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!
A Cold War legend – USAF General Dynamics F-111E Aardvark “The Chief” (says it all really) at The American Air Museum, IWM Duxford during my visit in the summer of 2012. Swing wing, supersonic (Mach 2.5!), massive payload and with terrain following radar, what a beast! The F-111E strike bomber variant entered USAF service from… Read More IWM Duxford – Cold War Legend: F-111E Aardvark “The Chief”
In June 2012 I visited the excellent Imperial War Museum in London. As you enter the main doors you are immediately within the Grand Atrium, the impressive centrepiece of the museum jam-packed with aircraft, tanks, weaponry and people. Recently I was quite surprised to see some photos of an almost empty Grand Atrium! It turns out the museum is about… Read More Transforming the Imperial War Museum of London
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
In 1942 Spain entered an agreement with Germany to produce a variant of the Messerschmitt Bf-109G. The only problem was that Germany could never provide enough airframes or engines to get production going due to the war. As a result the Hispano Aviación HA-1112 Buchon was developed that was basically a Bf-109 with a Hispano engine… Read More Hispano Aviación HA-1112 Buchon