Why These Two Planes Were Stuck Together

In early 1944, a Spitfire pilot on patrol over Northern France reported seeing what appeared to be two German Heinkel 111 bombers that were joined together as one aircraft.  Initially, British intelligence dismissed this, until an RAF Mosquito shot one down, finally confirming that such a weird aircraft did actually exist.  Weird Tech The Heinkel […] More

Which Country Had The Most Effective Fighter Plane In WWII?

There were hundreds of fighter planes that flew in the skies during World War II, taking out other aircraft, striving for air superiority, and only undergoing specific operations.  But which country has the most effective fighter plane during that era? Japan When the Mitsubishi A6M Zero was first introduced, it was considered the world’s best carrier-based fighter. […] More

Is the V-280 The Right Choice For The Army?

Just recently, the US Army announced that Bell’s V-280 Valor won the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition, replacing the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The contract is said to be worth $1.2 billion. However, many voiced their concerns about Valor’s ability, and whether or not it’s the right choice. The V-280 Valor The helicopter is […] More

Did The F-16 Really Outperform The F-35?  

With estimated costs to exceed 1.7 trillion dollars, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is history’s most expensive defense acquisition. Yet despite that, according to a report in 2015, the plane was no match for its predecessor, which is the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The report showed that it couldn’t even hold its own in a dogfight […] More

The Battle That Knocked Out 50% of Destroyers

During World War II, Britain and France planned Plan R4, frustrated by the country’s neutrality, and their unwillingness to allow the Allied troops to cross the country to help Finland during the Soviet Invasion.  When Hitler learned about the Allies’ major military operation to occupy Norway, he planned to seize Norway before the Allies did. […] More

5 Facts About the British Bristol Blenheim medium bomber

The Bristol Blenheim is a British light bomber aircraft that became the fastest commercial airliner in the world in the 1930s. It was also extensively used during the early part of World War II. Here are five facts that you need to know about this medium bomber:  1. Over 1550 units of the Mark 1 […] More

The Ace Pilot Who Defied All the Odds

Flying the P-51 Mustang Ding Hao!, ace pilot Major James H. Howard defied all odds by defending the heavy bombers of the 401st Bomb Group from a swarm of Luftwaffe fighters. Andy Rooney went as far as saying that it was “the greatest fighter pilot story of World War II.” A Tricky Situation On January 11, […] More

Why Soviet Pilots Called The Tupolev Tu-22 “The Booze Carrier”

On July 9, 1962, thousands of people gathered in Tushino Airfield to watch a grand air parade dedicated to Soviet Aviation Day.  At the parade’s conclusion, 10 unusually looking aircraft appeared- the aerodynamic shape and swept wings resembled the fighter, but these mysterious planes were thrice the fighter size.   This is the day of the […] More

The Russian Fighter That Couldn’t Shoot Its Guns

The MiG-9 was the first Soviet turbojet fighter built after World War II. Here are some interesting facts about this Russian fighter that couldn’t shoot its guns:  Parade Fighter During the Soviet Air Force Day, the MiG-9 with its gigantic cannon indeed look ferocious, what most foreign officers didn’t know is that these all-new Soviet […] More

10 Facts About Japan’s Answer To The P-38, The Ki-61 Tony

The Ki-61 Tony was a Japanese World War II fighter aircraft and was considered Japan’s only real answer to the P-38 Lighting. Here are ten facts about this performance fighter aircraft:  1. At first glance, you’d think that this plane is of the German and Italian design It was initially thought to be of German […] More

The Japanese Floatplane That Fought A B-29 | Aichi E13A ‘Jake’

The Aichi E13A ‘Jake’ was a long-range reconnaissance plane used by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.  It became Imperial Japan’s most important floatplane and would serve until the war’s end, notoriously in the form of Kamikaze attacks against American naval convoys.  The Aichi E13A ‘Jake’ The Aichi had a wingspan of 14.5 […] More

Why Tandem Wing Aircraft Were Almost A Thing in WWII

One of the most unique-looking aircraft in the 1940s is the ‘Libellula’ aircraft by Miles Aircraft, specifically the M.35 and the M.39B. ‘Libellula’ ‘Libellula’ was a designation given to a series of Miles aircraft that experimented with the same concept. From the get-go, this was predicted to have a fair number of benefits over conventional […] More