The German Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (Swallow) was the first operational jet fighter and appeared in air combat towards the end of World War Two. The Me 262 has always been one of my favourite World War Two era aircraft. It wasn’t the best jet to ever grace the skies but I have always… Read More The Survivors: Messerschmitt Me 262 – Germany’s Jet Fighter
The Kawanishi N1K1-J Shiden (“Violet Lightning“, Allied Code Name: George) and N1K2-J Shiden Kai (Modified) are regarded as the best land based fighter operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War Two. The George was reasonably fast (top speed 595 Km/h / 369 mph – a bit less than the planned 656 km/h / 408mph),… Read More The Survivors: Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai – When Violet Lightning Strikes!
Back in the early days of Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft (AEW&C) they would have massive radar domes and sensors fitted above or below the fuselage such as the Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star (1952-1984 in US service), Grumman E-1 Tracer (1958-1977 US Navy) and Fairey Gannet AEW.3 (1959-1978 Royal Navy). The latter two types operated off aircraft… Read More Boeing 737 AEW&C
2011 marked the Centennial of US Naval Aviation, a service that started very humbly with only 2 Curtiss Pusher Biplanes in 1911. The first take off from a warship was completed by Eugene Ely on November 14th, 1910 in Virginia from the cruiser USS Birmingham which had a temporary platform erected over the bow. A few months later he completed… Read More The Centennial of US Naval Aviation – Pensacola, Florida 2011