The D-9 was immediately a favourite with pilots, who considered it an aircraft equal to the P-51 Mustang. In its secondary role as a ground strike aircraft, the Dora 9 performed excellently during Operation Bodenplatte, the last stand of the 3rd Reich in the Ardennes. About 650-700 D versions are thought to have been made, of which four still exist today.
The SU-34 is a development of the outstanding air superiority fighter SU-27 Flanker, which entered service with the Soviet forces towards the later eighties. This plane will gradually replace the SU-24 Fencer, presently in service. The SU-34 has a redesigned front section with complex electronics to precision navigate and operate the sophisticated...
Together with its British counterpart, the Spitfire, this was the best known aircraft of World War II. Quite a number of German aces won their battles in the air with this aircraft. Various types of Bf-109 F were built such as ground attack fighters, anti-ship versions and reconnaissance planes.
During Martin B-57 Canberra's long operating activities several versions were developed, in particular the B-57G. It was developed as a night intruder - easily recognizable by the added “radome”, the B-57G played an important role during the Vietnam war to support combats along the Ho Chi Minh trail. It was equipped with a new radar and a variety of...
The F-15C entered service with the US Air Force in September 1979 at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. At the present time the F-15C represents one of the most modern fighters and is in use by the following countries: U.S. Air Force, Japan, Israel and Saudi-Arabia.
In 1974 the F-15 Eagle went into service as the U.S. Air Force's most modern fighter aircraft. Built by Mc Donnell-Douglas, it will be the basic back-bone of the U.S. air defence into the nineties. The F-15E Strike Eagle is in service since 1978. It represents a ground attack version and is equipped with a large number of bombs and rockets.
The OA-4M version of the A-4 Skyhawk was specifically designed for USMC and was characterized by its two-seat configuration and its advanced avionics derived from the A-4M such as EMC and RWR systems. The OA-4M was used, in particular, for reconnaissance missions and Fast Forward Air Control duties.
The Corsair is one of the best known airplanes of World War Il which fought against the entire array of aircraft used by the Japanese Forces in the Pacific theatre. After the war the Corsairs were set aside but in 1950, at the outbreak of the Korean conflict, more than one hundred units were re-activated.
The Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk is the result of a long and very secret development program dating back to the early 1970s. Numerous attempts and tests were conducted to see if an aircraft could be designed to hide from radar observation. The Lockheed U-2 had radar absorging paint.
The Phantom entered squadron service in 1961. Its adoption by the Marines and Air Force started the Phantom on the road to becoming the most produced modern day fighter. Still today many countries use Phantoms in their Armed Forces.
The Raptor represents the new air superiority fighter presently under construction for the U.S. Air Force. It will eventually substitute the F-15 Eagles which have been in service since the late seventies. The weapons are carried inside the fuselage to avoid radar detection and to improve the planes aerodynamic features.
This aircraft was introduced in June 22, 1990. The MIG 29 UB is normally used in groups of 2 to 3 units in each squadron of single- seat planes. This system used by the Soviet Air Force was also followed by other forces which aquired the MIG 29: India, Syria, lrak, Poland, Tchechoslovakia and the German Democratic Republic.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is the most advanced aircraft in performing close support and ground attack duties. Its flexibility makes it suitable for "dogfighting" and to carry out missions of air superiority. The development project is based on 3 models: F-35A (convention take off/landing aircraft), F-35B (short take off an vertical landing...
D-day series - Normandy 1944/2014. Thanks to its 4 1635 hp Bristol Hercules engines, the Short Stirling was able to perform duties in airborne operations such as dropping paratroopers and towing gliders.The Stirling Mk IV version was adapted to optimize the towing of gliders (Horsa and Hamilcar) by eliminating nose and dorsal turrets, and the...
The Corsair obtained many outstanding victories. In the Pacific Ocean theatre alone, the F4U shot down over 2000 Japanese aircraft, with a loss of only 189 Corsairs, resulting in a kill/loss ratio never equaled in history. This aircraft was produced for 10 years, until 1952, establishing it as the American aircraft to remain in production for the longest...
The BF-109 G represents the logical evolution of the earlier F version of the well-known German fighter plane, which dominated the skies during the early stages of World War II. By the end of 1943, the BF-109 G was the backbone of the Luftwaffe and saw action on all theaters, where it was successful in matching allied air power until the very end of the...
The twin-seat training Mirage 2000 D was released to serve as a nuclear attack aircraft. From this airpiane, used only by French Airforce for strategic missions, the Mirage 2000 D evolved. Soon, France will substitute its aging Mirage V and Jaguar with this new aircraft which represent a similar to the Tornado family.
Hornet is the most modern fighter/bomber in service at the moment. Due to the flexibility of its electronics components it's able to operate as an air superiority fighter. It can also carry out night bombing missions.
U.S. Navys first super-fighter, the F-14, was made partially on the basis of experience gained with the F-111, a multi-tasking plane developed by General Dynamics, the Navy version of which, the F111B, was built by Grumman.
Stirling was the first 4-engined British heavy bomber of the WWII. The design had high wing, four engines and the cabin elevated over the fuselage. The airframe was all made in metal. Another specs that characterised the bomber was the impressive size of the landing gears.Photo Etched Included.