Reportedly dubbed “Whispering Death” by Japanese ground forces due to its quiet engines (courtesy of engine sleeve valves), fast and powerful Bristol Beaufighter heavy fighters were flown by Allied pilots to strike Axis shipping and ground targets in the European, North African, Mediterranean and South West Pacific theatres of World War Two. I can picture… Read More The Survivors: Bristol Beaufighter – The “Whispering Death” of the Pacific and Beyond!
A Cold War legend – USAF General Dynamics F-111E Aardvark “The Chief” (says it all really) at The American Air Museum, IWM Duxford during my visit in the summer of 2012. Swing wing, supersonic (Mach 2.5!), massive payload and with terrain following radar, what a beast! The F-111E strike bomber variant entered USAF service from… Read More IWM Duxford – Cold War Legend: F-111E Aardvark “The Chief”
One of my true passions is obviously aviation, but not just those amazing aircraft that take to the air or can be seen immaculately restored (or not so as the case may be) in museums around the world. I also am fascinated by the process that gets historic aircraft that have seen better days back… Read More Aircraft restoration at IWM Duxford
During my travels in the UK in June 2012 I took a day trip from London to Cambridge, then caught a shuttle bus from the train station direct to the Imperial War Museum Duxford (the whole process could not have been easier). This is a massive museum with one of the worlds finest aviation collections from World War… Read More Imperial War Museum Duxford – One of the World’s Finest Air Museums
The Imperial War Museum Duxford in the UK has an incredible aviation collection including areas where you can see conservation in action, bringing historic aircraft back to life. From a personal point of view I was pleased to see in the restoration area during my visit in June 2012 a Bristol Beaufighter that was formerly… Read More RAAF Bristol Beaufighter – “Whispering Death”
The Imperial War Museum Duxford in the UK has an incredible aviation collection with many rare and interesting displays. Something that really stood out for me whilst visiting the museum on June 13th, 2012 was that I have never seen so many Supermarine Spitfires (static and flying versions) in one location, as at Duxford! There are… Read More The Spitfires of Duxford
In 1942 Spain entered an agreement with Germany to produce a variant of the Messerschmitt Bf-109G. The only problem was that Germany could never provide enough airframes or engines to get production going due to the war. As a result the Hispano Aviación HA-1112 Buchon was developed that was basically a Bf-109 with a Hispano engine… Read More Hispano Aviación HA-1112 Buchon