Scheme 1 - Aircraft flown by Lieutenant Richard John (Dickie) Cork (DSO & DSC), No.880 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Indomitable, Operation “Ironclad”,Diego Suarez, Madagascar, May 1942.Scheme 2 - No.804 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Arm Arm, HMS Eagle, 1941.
Hawker Hurricane was arguably the most important fighter aircraft available to the Royal Air Force at the beginning of WWII much because of it's reliability. It was easier to produce and more forgiving to fly than the more glamorous Spitfire.
Gloster Meteor was Britain’s first jet fighter and the only Allied jet aircraft to participate during the WWII. The F.8 variant of the Meteor maybe was the definitive incarnation of this known aircraft and was the main RAF fighter throughout the 1950’s, until superseded by the Hawker Hunter.
Spitfire Mk1 is a symbol of 'The Few', vital to the defense of the United Kingdom against the previously all-conquering Luftwaffe. Together with the Hurricane, it conquered its place in history during the Battle of Britain and continues now to be a hugely desirable 'warbird' at air shows.
Between June 1940 and November 1942 Malta became the most heavily bombed place on earth. Initially Malta’s only defending fighter aircraft were outdated Gloster Gladiators and then Hawker Hurricanes but at the height of the battle, cannon armed and tropicalized Spitfire Mk.Vbs were used to intercept the German Ju88 and Ju87 Stuka dive bombers which were...
The PRXVI was faster than all of the fighters of its era except the Messerschmitt Me163 rocket plane and the Me262 jet fighter. Used in many roles – bomber, fighter and photo reconnaissance, the Mosquito was one of the most successful aircraft of the Second World War.
The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb was the most widely produced variant of the Mk.V series of Spitfires. Entering service with the RAF in early 1941 the Mk.Vb variant incorporated a number of improvements over earlier Spitfires. A beautiful machine to fly, the Spitfire Mk.Vb is today considered by many to be one of the prettiest and best of the breed.
Developed from earlier Bf109E variants, the Bf109E-4/N Trop was modified for use in the arid and dusty conditions of the North African desert. The large tropical filter covering the engine’s air intake being the most obvious difference between this and the standard E-4.
Classed as one of the best fighters of the war, the Bf109 served from 1938 to 1945 and beyond. After successful campaigns across Poland, France and the Low Countries this E variant was the Spitfire's main adversary across England in 1940. While hampered by its short range, the Messerschmitt acquitted itself well, as it later did over the whole Western Front.
The PR.XIX was the final Photo Reconnaissance version of the Spitfire to see active RAF service. Produced by mating features of the Mk.XI Spitfire to the powerful Griffon engine of the XIV, the PR.XIX was one of the fastest and some say best looking of all the Spitfire variants.
Entering RAF squadron service in 1960, the Lightning represented a quantum leap in capability and performance over the RAF's previous interceptor jets, offering Mach 2+ performance as well as a phenomenal rate of climb. Until its retirement in the 1980s, the Lightning had few rivals for outright speed and climbing ability.
Considered by many to be the ultimate Spitfire/Seafire variant, the FR.46/47 differed dramatically from R.J Mitchells' orginal design, featuring a chin mounted radiator, contra-rotating propellers, folding wings and short barrelled cannons.
The Spitfire XII was the first of the Griffon powered Spitfires and excelled in its role of a low level interceptor. Although its career was short, serving from October 1942 to September 1944, the Spitfire XII was still an important variant. Serving in small numbers with two squadrons, the Spitfire XII proved to be a vital step on the development of the...