Category: American Planes

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Flying Officer Lloyd Allan Trigg was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroic actions in destroying a German U-boat during World War II. But no one would have known about his act of bravery and dedication if the surviving U-boat captain had not recommended Trigg receive the highest award the British could give him. […]

The beloved Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is amongst the most produced bombers in history, with over 12,500 units being built. This is behind only two other aircraft; the US B-24 Liberator and German made Junkers Ju-88. The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) laid out their requirements for a new bomber on 8th August 1934. […]

The 1930s saw the development of the SB2U Vindicator dive bomber. This was a result of military technology rapidly evolve in all areas, aircraft in particular. Military aircraft had only been around for about two decades, and nations around the world were scrambling to achieve the next big break through in this field of aeronautics. […]

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Biggs enlisted in the US Army Air Corps when he was 18 years old. He trained with an elite group of fighter pilots at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute. George Washington Biggs, a member of the famous Tuskegee Airmen, died September 19, 2020, at the age of 95. Biggs was living in a senior care facility in […]

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Charles (Charlie) Rowley Miller OAM, passed away at the age of 96 on September 21, 2020. The Australian Spitfire pilot was known for his bravery in battle during World War II, along with his selfless service to his community after the war. Miller was born in Melbourne and moved to Mount Gambier as a teenager. […]

It was 1943, Sunday April 4th and the Allies were putting pressure on Axis forces bombing targets across Southern Italy, pressing home their air-power advantage in the Southern Mediterranean. One brand new B-24 Liberator bomber took off behind twelve others en-route for a high-altitude mission over the Italian city of Naples. Nine of the bombers […]

Flight Lieutenant and Spitfire pilot Alastair ‘Sandy’ Gunn enlisted in the British Royal Air Force on February 22nd, 1940. After a short period of training he began active service as an airman (2nd class) in June of the same year. By the following January he passed his pilot training and was promoted to Sergeant and […]

Is it a plane? Is it a boat? No! It’s a plane boat! This odd, interesting looking creation is that of an old 1930s era airliner, itself a unique machine, converted into a water-going boat. The aircraft fuselage used is that of a Boeing 307 Stratoliner, a truly advanced aeroplane built on the basis of […]

Some incredible weapons, machines and aircraft were designed by the United States to help win World War Two. While these were great on the battlefield, once the war had ended, these creations became redundant, and were scrapped in huge numbers. This mass of spare equipment quickly found its way into civilian hands, who made use […]

The Republic P-47 is one of the most iconic American aircraft from World War Two. Forming the backbone of the U.S. Air Force, it was the most produced U.S. fighter, with well over 15,000 being built. The P-47 was not only the most produced U.S. fighter, it was also the heaviest. A fully loaded weight […]

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The P-51 Mustang is considered one of the greatest fighter planes in history. It was the US military’s main fighter plane in World War II and continued to play an important role after the war ended. Originally built for Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF), the first Mustang was built in the early days of the […]

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WWII veteran Captain Robert Trimble served in the US Air Force during World War II. He flew 35 successful missions in a B-24 bomber before he was assigned a final mission that would take him deep into Soviet territory. Though it seemed like a relatively harmless and simple task of delivering recently repaired airplanes to […]