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The P-47 was designed around the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp, 18 cylindre engine—the same engine used by two very successful U.S. Navy fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat, Vought F4U Corsair, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat, P-61 Black Widow, A-26 Invader and many others. The P-47D-...read more

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 Lieutenant) November 20, 2016

This is the first public display of rebuilt Polikarpov I -16. WWII fighters were displayed at the Wanaka Air Show New Zealand in 1998. Mark Hanna flew in Number. 4 which is shown in this video clip. Mark was killed after landing a Hispano Buchon ME Bf 109 in Spain in 1999 prior to displaying at...read more

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 Lieutenant) November 03, 2016

Rare footage of a World War Two German ME-262 prototype aircraft conduct a take-off. The Messerschmitt Me 262 'Schwalbe' was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but engine problems prevented the aircraft from attaining...read more

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Nicely done, that merlin sounded mighty happy to be running again! This Spitfire MK XVI rolled out of the hangar for its first engine run in 17 years! It happened on 16 January 2015. They had been flying it after they opened Fantasy of Flight (the world’s largest private collection of vintage...read more

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 Lieutenant) October 14, 2016

It's a Fw-190A-5 - BMW-801, the only Flying Original in the world. Flying Heritage Collection owns and maintains the only flying original Focke-Wulf 190 in the world at this time. Though several are under restoration, this unique Fw-190 was recovered from an overgrown forest in the 1990's and...read more

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The December 1954 edition of Air Trails magazine, a mere decade past the end of World War II, did a short feature on 11 of the Japanese Air Force's most important airplanes. Description and role for each model is brief.

As remarked in the previous installment, the highly...read more

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During 1941, seated at the kitchen table in his rented house in Coronado, California, a naval aviator spent an evening with match sticks arrayed in front of him, each representing an aircraft. Lieutenant Commander John S. “Jimmy” Thach’s goal as he...read more

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Germany's Messerschmitt Me 262 was by far the fastest fighter of World War II. In addition to its Jumo 004 turbojet powerplants, its swept wings were a further innovation that made the Me 262 one of the most extraordinary designs of World War II. The Me 262 A-1a achieved the incredible speed...read more

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French ace Pierre Clostermann encounter with a Pfeil in April 1945. He describes leading a pack of four Hawker Tempests from 3 Squadron RAF when he intercepted a lone Do 335 flying at maximum speed at treetop level. Despite the Tempest's considerable low altitude speed, the RAF fighters were...read more

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 Lieutenant) June 09, 2016

Many people said the Bf109 was the best fighter of the World War but only if you knew how to fly it . Nigel Askey tells us in his book "Operation Barbarossa: the Complete Organisational and Statistical Analysis, and Military Simulation" that: "The Messerschmitt Bf 109 can justifiably lay...read more

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