The Reichsluftfahrtministerium Volksjäger (“People’s Fighter”) design competition was issued on September 10th, 1944 by the German Ministry of Aviation (Reichsluftfahrtministerium – RLM) to develop an inexpensive, mass produced emergency light jet fighter that was fast but easy to fly, to combat the Allied bomber offensive that was devastating Germany. Designs were to be returned by… Read More The Survivors: Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger – Germany’s “Peoples Fighter”
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
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!
The Fiat CR.42 Falco (“Falcon”) fighter aircraft was an Italian sesquiplane variant of the biplane design, where the lower wing was not more than half the surface of the upper wing. Introduced into Italian Regia Aeronautica service in 1939, the fighter was already obsolete in the World War Two era of modern, faster monoplane aircraft such as the French Dewoitine… Read More The Survivors: Fiat CR.42 Falco – Maneuverable But Outgunned!
The Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstörer (“Destroyer”) twin-engine heavy fighter was designed for the Luftwaffe to combat bombers and fighters alike. It seemed to offer it all when it was first flown on May 12th, 1936 and entered Luftwaffe service in 1937. With the introduction of more powerful Daimler-Benz DB 601 engines in 1938, the Bf 110C… Read More The Survivors: Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstörer
The Supermarine Seagull V was a 3 seat all metal hulled air-sea rescue / reconnaissance / maritime patrol amphibian biplane aircraft with a single Bristol Pegasus VI 9-cylinder radial pusher engine (775hp with a top speed of just 217 km/h). The Seagull V was also capable of carrying a military payload of 2 x 0.303 machine… Read More RAAF Supermarine Seagull V – When a Seagull became a Walrus