Spain’s Messerschmitt Bf 109 Hybrids: The Hispano Aviación HA-1112 Tripala and Buchón

In December 2016 I headed to the outskirts of Madrid in Spain, to visit the Spanish Air Force Museum (Museo de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica de España).  The museum was inexpensive to enter (just 3 euros in 2016) but to see such a large collection of aircraft spanning the history of the Spanish Air Force, along with aircraft… Read More Spain’s Messerschmitt Bf 109 Hybrids: The Hispano Aviación HA-1112 Tripala and Buchón

The Survivors: Fiat CR.42 Falco – Maneuverable But Outgunned!

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!

Austrian Aviation Heritage: Aviatik (Berg) D.I – A Hidden Treasure from World War One!

Aviatik “Berg Scout“ When you think of military aircraft operated by the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary during World War One, aircraft manufacturers like Fokker, Albatros and Gotha generally spring to mind. The German Aviatik aircraft company is probably lesser known to most and the aircraft produced by the Austro-Hungarian branch of Aviatek probably even… Read More Austrian Aviation Heritage: Aviatik (Berg) D.I – A Hidden Treasure from World War One!

The Survivors: Mitsubishi J8M Shusui – Imperial Japan’s Rocket Powered Interceptor

Just as the Allies were keen to gather as much information as they could on German rocket and jet technology during World War Two, the Japanese were likewise seeking this very same technology to aid their war effort. Their need was out of desperation, being constantly pounded by Allied bombing raids and rapidly losing territory they… Read More The Survivors: Mitsubishi J8M Shusui – Imperial Japan’s Rocket Powered Interceptor