Curtiss A-12 Shrike – From Innovative to Quickly Obsolete

Once considered an innovative aircraft quickly turned into an obsolete plane in just half a decade. The A-12 Shrike peaked way too early and was already considered a liability before the start of the Second World War. Structurally Innovative – (X)A-8 Model 59, as it was called, was the first Curtiss with an all-metal low-wing […] More

Why Modern Submarines Have Round Noses

Prior to the Cold War, most submarines had a somewhat pointed bow. That’s because most submarines were more like boats as they spent more time on the surface. Older submarines needed fresh air intake for their diesel engines to work. Turning Point Launched in 1954, USS Nautilus became the first nuclear-powered submarine in the world. […] More

3 Design Flaws Of The B-24

Obviously, the B-24 is a highly regarded aircraft and was a tremendous help to the Allies in WWII. However, having a distinguished war record doesn’t mean you don’t have flaws. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Adrian V. (@the.cutaway.archive) Davis Wing The attribute that gave the Liberator its strength is also its […] More

Q and A With The Darkstar’s Project Leader

Sam Eckholm gets a chance to talk to the people who made the Darkstar from Top Gun: Maverick. Here are the five most interesting questions asked in the video: 1. Can the Darkstar actually fly? Skunk Works Engineer and DarkStar Project Leader, Brian Hershberger, confirmed that the aircraft couldn’t fly unless you use Hollywood magic. […] More

The Strangest Aircraft Ever Built: The Soviet Union’s VVA-14

Designed fifty years ago by Robert Bartini, it was to be the most versatile flying machine ever built. It could take off vertically, hover mid-air, land on any surface, cruise at high altitudes, and harness the ground effect. But why isn’t it as popular as other aircraft today?  The Origin of the Bartini Beriev VVA-14  […] More

Was America’s Top Secret Aurora Spy Plane Real?

After scouring over hundreds of historical media reports, declassified documents, eyewitness accounts, and forum posts, Alex Hollings thinks it is extremely unlikely that the US had an operational fleet of top-secret hypersonic aircraft – such as the Aurora. But that doesn’t mean it never existed. Aurora was probably born out of a strategic need for […] More

What Happened To Giant Ekranoplans?

Nikita Khrushchev once bragged about the Soviet Union’s ships that could jump over bridges. Though it may look like something out of a science fiction book, there was some truth to it. Utilizing The Ground Effect Hydrofoils were regular boats with wings attached to their hull. At high speeds, its underwater wings would lift the […] More

How A Lost Battle Won The War

The Japanese Empire had already planned to occupy Tulagi in Solomon Islands in 1942. To stretch their defensive perimeter even more, they had decided to turn their attention to Australia. Conflicting Ideas Some Japanese officials voiced their disagreement towards the planned invasion in Australia. They argued that the New Guinea stronghold at Port Moresby would […] More

Why The Navy Still Needs The Super Hornet

The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is one of America’s multi-role supersonic fighter and attack aircraft. This combat-proven fighter is and will be the backbone of the US Navy carrier air wing for decades to come. Notable Features It has the capability to employ any air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons in the Navy’s arsenal. The F/A-18E/F’s most notable […] More

BV 141 – The Most Asymmetrical Airplane of WWII

Blohm and Vohs’ creation, the infamous BV 141, was designed to be Germany’s reconnaissance aircraft in WWII. The strange-looking plane was in tight competition with the twin-engined, twin-boom Fw 189 before it lost the contract. Here’s what you need to know about the Luftwaffe’s uncommon reconnaissance plane. Unique Structural Asymmetry The Bv 141 was aerodynamically […] More