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 Technik Museum Speyer in south-west Germany has a fantastic technology collection that includes aircraft, spacecraft, ships, submarines, cars and much more in both indoor and outdoor exhibits (it’s a big museum)! Part of the collection includes a number of NATO Cold War veteran aircraft, including those operated by what was then West Germany. Here… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – NATO Tech
This weekends Flying Heritage Collection Famous Fighters Flying Day held much promise. As part of US Fathers Day weekend celebrations it featured father and son teams Steve and Steven Hinton, along with Bud and Ross Granley, who were to fly some incredible and original World War Two Allied and Axis aircraft: A Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (USAAF),… Read More FHC Famous Fighters Flying Day 2016
The Flying Heritage Collection 1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc (AR-614) looks resplendent as the last light of the day floods through the windows of the hangar door during a recent visit to the museum. This aircraft wears the markings of Royal Air Force No. 312 (Czech) Squadron (AR-614 / DU-Z). The aircraft was allocated to the squadron on September… Read More Last Light, Spitfire Delight
Within the Striking by Night exhibition of the Australian War Memorial sits some of the most famous World War Two aircraft produced by German aviation company Messerschmitt AG. The jewel in the crown is a Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a jet fighter-bomber “Jabo” variant. The Me 262 was the world’s first fully operational jet aircraft. The Australian… Read More Australian War Memorial: Messerschmitt Me 262 “Black X”
Royal Yugoslav Air Force The original Royal Yugoslav Air Force operated from 1918 to 1941 and at the start of World War Two was equipped with a large number of modern combat aircraft from numerous nations which were purchased directly and licence-built. These included Bristol Blenheim I (61), Dornier DO-17K (69) and Savoia-Marchetti SM.79K (40) bombers and… Read More Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1941 to 1952
At the Adelaide Airport in South Australia is possibly one of the cities best hidden aviation treasures. In an obscure and almost forgotten location down near the airport long-term parking, sits the Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith War Memorial building (established 1958). Inside is the immaculate looking World War One era Vickers Vimy IV G-EAOU (dubbed “God ‘Elp All Of Us“). Vickers… Read More Ross & Keith Smith Vickers Vimy & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race