5 Facts About The TBF Avenger: Endgame of The Douglas Devastator

Upon its introduction in 1935, the TBD Devastator was widely considered the first modern torpedo bomber in the world. Then came the Avenger. It was a huge departure from the traditional bomber design because it was the first monoplane with hydraulic folding wings, and it was the US Navy’s first all-metal aircraft. But the Devastator’s […] More

The Statistics That Kept Countless Allied Fighter Planes In The Sky

Turns out, the secret to improving the odds of returning aircraft was not additional armor on the most damaged parts. During the war, The United States commissioned a select group of mathematicians which came to be known as the Statistical Research Group.  They worked around the clock in developing ballistic tables, patterns, and computational devices […] More

3 Reasons Why the Bf 109 Was Way Too Slow Compared To The P51

There’s nothing sweeter than a marriage between than American design philosophy and British Engineering. We can all agree to this: The Mustang was the finest mass-produced, piston fighter of the Second World War. The Mustang P51 and the Spitfire Mark IX were simultaneously baptized in a disastrous Allied loss during the botched Dieppe raid of […] More

Why The Fearsome A6M Zero Was Really A Tiger With A Glass Jaw

One of the war’s deadliest fighter planes was just too good for its own good. Kaizen is a  philosophy that encourages continuous and incremental improvement, which is probably why the Japanese are the most orderly and disciplined people in the world. Unfortunately, Japanese engineering did not catch up with the Kaizen way of life during the fast-paced production […] More

How The Luftwaffe Obliterated 30 British Aircraft In 1 Night

How the scarcity of night fighters led to Wilde Sau – a new tactic that helped in the Luftwaffe defense of Cologne and in the destruction of 30 British Aircraft in a single night. When World War II rolled around, the principles of aerial combat that were first formulated during the First World War proved to be […] More

Battle Of Britain: 3 Disadvantages Of The Legendary Spitfire

The Supermarine Spitfire’s rough path to perfection In the documentary Battle of Britain: Pilot’s Stories, David Denchfield of the Royal Air Force 610 Squadron was asked about the legendary British aircraft Spitfire. With every bit of nostalgia, he replied: “I took off, and it was bloody marvelous, you thought you’ve been flying it all your […] More

How Saburo Sakai Attacked Lyndon B. Johnson’s B-26 Marauder

One Of The Best Japanese Pilots Perhaps one of the most talented Japanese flying aces to have emerged during World War II was Sub-Lieutenant Saburō Sakai. He had claimed a total of 64 aerial victories, but his official record is only at 28. Despite flying an inferior aircraft, Saburō remained a threat to the Allies […] More

8 Reasons the B-25 Mitchell Was the Best Medium Bomber of WWII

The North American B-25 Mitchell is an American twin-engine, medium bomber designed and produced by the North American Aviation (NAA). The aircraft is named in honor of Major General William “Billy” Mitchell, making the B-25 the only US military aircraft named after a specific person. Although used in all theaters of the war, the B-25 […] More