An Icon Of The US Army Air Corps | Boeing P-26 ‘Peashooter’

The Boeing P-26 ‘Peashooter’ was an American-built single-seat fighter aircraft that entered service in the 1930s. It became the first all-metal monoplane fighter operated by the US Army Air Corps, ushering in a new era in military aviation. From The Start The P-26 was a design created in response to a USAAC requirement for a […] More

The RAF’s first jet fighter | As good as the Me 262?

World War II introduced us to the Mustangs, Lightnings, Spitfires, Mosquitos, Bf 109s, and many more. Included in this long list of fascinating aircraft are the RAF’s Gloster Meteor and Germany’s Messerschmitt Me 262. These two warbirds became the first operational jet-powered fighters in the world. Both were developed in secrecy during the war and […] More

What Happened to German Leaders’ Luxury Planes After WWII?

Like the leaders of today, Germany’s political and military leaders during WWII also had special aircraft reserved for their personal use. These aircraft were all of one type – usually the luxury version of the famous Junkers Ju52/3m – a tri-motor transport plane equivalent to the Douglas DC-3. Creating The FDF In 1934, Hitler created […] More

The Secret Stealth Fighter That Could Have Changed Everything

Designing a stealthy fighter aircraft with great maneuverability is certainly achievable today. In the 1990s, however, Lockheed Martin decided to make their own version – one with a sleek airframe but no tail. Multi-Axis, No-Tail Aircraft An aircraft that could leverage thrust vector control to manipulate high-end dogfights, the new design skipped on using a […] More

WW2 German Planes in Japanese Service

Did you know that the Imperial Japanese Army, Navy, and Air Forces also operated WWII-era German planes?  Close Ties Germany and Japan maintained friendly relations in the mid-30s, a partnership that would eventually culminate with the two joining forces together with Italy on September 27, 1940. He 100s and 112s One of the first German […] More

F-14 Tomcat – The US Navy’s Hunter and Movie Star

We all know that the F-14 Tomcat is one of the greatest fighter aircraft ever built. Developed by Grumman in the late 1960s, the Tomcat first entered service with the US Navy in 1974. Over the years, it has proven to be a versatile and reliable aircraft, capable of performing a wide range of missions […] More

The Worst Fighter in Russian History?

The MiG-23 was designed in the early 1960s as a successor to the highly successful MiG-21, which had served the Soviet Union well during the Cold War. However, the MiG-23 was plagued with design flaws and mechanical problems that made it a difficult aircraft to fly and operate effectively.  Design Flaws One of the primary […] More

Fritz X – Germany’s Guided Bomb In WWII

It’s no secret that war leads to many technological advancements – especially in the field of military weaponry. One example of this is the Fritz X – a smart bomb developed by Germany during WWII. It was the world’s first precision-guided munition used in combat and the first ever to sink a ship. But what […] More

Why The US Stopped Producing The F-22 Raptor

The United States Air Force announced in 2009 that it would cease production of the F-22 Raptor. The decision to cease production of the iconic warbird was met with some controversy, as the aircraft was considered the most advanced fighter jet in the world at the time. However, there are several reasons why the US […] More

The F15 Eagle: The Greatest Fighter Jet of All Time?

The F-15 Eagle is widely regarded as one of the best jet fighters of all time. It has been in service with the USAF since 1976 and has proven its worth in numerous conflicts, including the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the war in Afghanistan. The fighter’s sleek lines and distinctive silhouette have made […] More

The German Space Plane Designed To Destroy New York – The Silbervogel

A boost-glide concept that can be considered an intercontinental spaceplane – this was one of Germany’s many attempts to strike America during WWII.  Germany’s Silbervogel, also known as the “Silver Bird,” was a concept for a suborbital bomber intended to be launched vertically using a rocket-powered sled, which would propel the aircraft to a high […] More