The Survivors: Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai – When Violet Lightning Strikes!

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!

Boeing 737 AEW&C

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

The Centennial of US Naval Aviation – Pensacola, Florida 2011

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