The Saratoga is part of the U.S. Atlantic fleet and participated in operation Desert Storm in 1990/91. Launched in 1956, this aircraft carrier is continuously up-dated, especially its radar and electronic systems.
Introduced to the RNLI in 1995, the all-weather Severn Class Lifeboat is the largest in their fleet. It has a range of 250 nautical miles and a top speed of 25 knots. It carries a powered Y boat that can be launched and recovered by a lightweight crane to enable rescues close to shore. It propellers are protected so it can take ground without damage.
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.
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.
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-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”...
Supermarine Spitfire is the most beautifully designed single seat fighter to appear during WWII.Spitfire went through changes throughout its life. Early changes resulted in the Mk.V series of Spitfires which became the most widely produced versions of all Mk's. The most numerous Mk.V was the "b" version which had a mixed armament of two 7.7mm machine guns...