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
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
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
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
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
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
In this dive highlight from October 31, 2011, watch as the Nautilus crew finds a WWII Italian airplane in the Strait of Sicily off the coast of the volcanic island, Pantelleria. This airplane is a Macchi C.202 Folgore.