Vertical/Short Take Off Vertical Landing (V/STOL) combat jet aircraft were first developed in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s to provide a means for an aircraft to operate from normal bases, damaged airfields, rugged forward field deployments close to combat zones and from air-capable ships such as aircraft carriers and helicopter carriers. The concept was born from the fear that… Read More A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part I: From the Kestrel to the Supersonic Sixties
The Battle of Britain was the largest and most famous air battle in history. By day and night the combatants from Britain’s Royal Air Force and their enemies in the German Luftwaffe (with some limited late support from Italy) fought in the skies over Britain between July 10th, 1940 and October 31st, 1940. France had fallen to… Read More The Battle of Britain 1940: A Duel of Eagles
70 years ago today brave Allied servicemen undertook the largest sea and airborne invasion in history: D-Day: June 6th, 1944. This was the Allied invasion of Normandy, France and a significant turning point in the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two. These men dropped from the sky and stormed the beaches of France to open… Read More D-Day: 70th Anniversary
2 years ago I wrote a blog titled Intercepting the Bear, that has gone on to be one of my most popular. In it I detailed how the Soviet Union and later Russia sent aircraft to probe and spy on the air defences of NATO nations and the US Pacific naval fleet. The main aircraft used on many… Read More Return of the Bear!
The Battle of Britain hangar at the IWM Duxford tells the story of Britain’s air defence from World War One, World War Two and the Cold War period. Here you can see some of the greatest combat aircraft developed and used by Great Britain along with a couple of their old foes. From the two world wars the… Read More Imperial War Museum Duxford – Battle of Britain Hangar
June 12th, 2012 The Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, UK has a fantastic collection of not only British designed aircraft but also those of American, German and Italian origin (Axis). American aircraft include World War Two legends such as the Curtis P-40N Kittyhawk IV, Republic P-47D Thunderbolt and North American P-51D Mustang fighters; and the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, North… Read More Royal Air Force Museum – American & Axis Aircraft
June 12th, 2012 The main Royal Air Force Museum is located in Hendon on the outskirts of London in the UK and it contains a large collection of famous military aircraft that have served in the RAF from the early years of flight to the modern-day. It is a fantastic collection with some very rare historic aircraft. Classic aircraft of… Read More Royal Air Force Museum – British Aircraft