In late 1942, a German heavy tank with extra thick armor and a very powerful gun, showed itself in the North African front. It was long desired by German Soldiers who were fighting non-stopping against the allies.
P-40 fighter/ bomber was the last of the famous "Hawk" line developed by Curtiss Aircraft in the 30s and 40s, and it shared certain design elements with its predecessors. It was the third-most numerous US fighter of WWII.
D520 was a French fighter aircraft that entered service in early 40s, right after the start of WWII. It turned out the best French fighter of the war. The initial prototype of D520 flew in October 1938.
The Grumman F9F Panther was the manufacturer's first jet fighter and the US Navy's second. It first flew in 47, powered by a Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet built under license by Pratt & Whitney as the J42.
Me 163 “Komet” was the only operational rocket-powered fighter aircraft during WWII. The Me 163 Interceptor project code named “Project X” begun in 1937 under directions of Dr. Alexander Lippisch. It was made for defense purposes.
Messerschmitt Me262 "Swallow" was the world's first working jet-powered fighter aircraft. Officially named "Swallow", the Allies named it the “Storm bird”. The Me262 had a negligible impact on the course of the WWII, but its design was highly influential on postwar aircraft development.
P-39 “Airacobra” was one of the best fighter aircraft in service with American forces at the start of World War II. It was developed by the Bell Aircraft Corporation. The aircraft's unusual design featured an Allison engine mounted in the middle of the fuselage, just behind the pilot, driving the propeller through a driveshaft passing between the pilot's...
Grumman F9F Panther was the manufacturer's first jet fighter and one of the U.S. Navy's first successful carrier-based jet fighters. The Panther was the most used U.S. Navy jet fighter of the Korean War, flying 78,000 sorties and scoring the first air-to-air kill by the US Navy in the war, the drop of a North Korean Yakovlev Yak-9 fighter.
F-16 Fighting Falcon is an American multirole jet fighter aircraft originally designed for the United States Air Force. Designed as a lightweight fighter, it evolved into a successful multirole aircraft. The Falcon's versatility is the reason why it was a success on the export market, serving at less 24 countries.
F-14 Tomcat followed a history of “Cats” in the military. The F4F Wildcat and the F6F Hellcat that fought in the skies before the Tomcat ever bit the air. In the 1960's, the US Navy dropped its TFX program, and decided to focus on an aircraft dedicated to fleet defense. Grumman had already begun making the F-14, and was definitely headed for a “Cat”...
Hawker undertook feasibility testing of a cannon armed Hurricane MK I(L1750)fitted with a Swiss 20MM OerliKon gunin fairing mounted under each wing. The fist flight was made on 24 May 1939, with the aircraft being tested at A&AEE, and the operational trials being conducted by No 151 Squadron.