Wildcat was the main shipboard fighter when the US entered WWII. The F4F was barrel-shaped, with angular wingtips and rudder and a narrow-track undercarriage. The F4F was well-armed and reliable, and was a natural shipboard aircraft, probably more easier to land on a carrier deck than on land.
Scheme 1 -Supermarine Walrus Mk.I, No.276 Squadron, Royal Air Force Harrowbeer, Devon, England, 1944.Scheme 2 - Supermarine Walrus Mk.I, No.700 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Sheffield, 1941. Scheme 3 - Supermarine Walrus Mk.I, No.5 CF Royal Australian Air Force, Australia & New Guinea, early 1943.
Scheme 1 - Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.IIA, No.26 Squadron, Royal Air Force Army Cooperation Command, Gatwick, Sussex, England, 1941.Scheme 2 - Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.II, aircraft flown by Sgt. William Earl Houston, No. 112 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Libya 1941.
Scheme 1 - Boulton Paul Defiant NF.I, No.151 Squadron, Royal Air Force Wittering, Cambridgeshire, England, February 1941.Scheme 2 - Boulton Paul Defiant NF.I, aircraft flown by Squadron Leader Phillip James Saunders, No. 264 Squadron, Royal Air Force Debden & Biggin Hill, England, December 1940/February 1941.
Scheme 1 - North American P-51D Mustang, "Little Indian", 2nd Air Command Group, 10th Air Force, United States Army Air Force, Kalaikunda, India, 1945.Scheme 2 - North American P-51D Mustang, 44-15152 "Jersey Jerk", aircraft flown by Captain Donald Strait, 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, United States Army Air Force, Royal Air Force...
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maybe was the definitive incarnation of this known aircraft and was the main RAF fighter throughout the 1950’s, until superseded by the Hawker Hunter.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.
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.
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...