The Most Damaged WWII Plane You’ll Ever See Flying

On December 1, 1951, amid the Korean War, a WWII Gloster Meteor, part of the 77 squadrons piloted by RAAF Squadron Leader R. Wilson, who was a WWII veteran, was attacked by Russian MiG-17s.  How did this WWII fighter manage to survive and return home during a fateful encounter during the Korean War?  The Gloster […] More

5 Things You Never Knew About the P-47 Thunderbolt

The P-37 Thunderbolt is a deadly ground attack aircraft and one of the most formidable fighters in WWII, with the ability to take heavy beatings from the enemy.  Here are the five things that you never knew about this legendary aircraft:  5. Its first confirmed aerial victory was in the hands of pilot Donald Blakeslee […] More

What Japan Did To Shoot Down One Last American Jet

The Grumman A-6 Intrude was the first all-weather attack bomber in the world that was capable of finding tactical and strategic targets, delivering both conventional and nuclear ordnance under zero visibility conditions.  But did you know that a Japanese warship mistakenly engaged this American aircraft in a strange twist of fate?  A Worthy Successor In […] More

5 Facts About the XB-70 Valkyrie – Mach 3 Nuclear Bomber

The XB-70 Valkyrie was the ultimate high-altitude and high-speed strategic bomber with a cruise speed of Mach 3. The events that transpired, however, would cause it to play a different role in aviation history.  1. It was an experimental aircraft with remarkable features Its size was the largest of any aircraft in aviation history. The […] More

Its Weapons Were Half Its Weight – Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk resulted from the concern for the enhanced weight and cost of combat aircraft during the 1950s. Thus, the A-4 was built to counter the trend. A Cheap Replacement In the 1950s, aviation engineer Ad Heinemann developed a novel concept for the Douglas Aviation Company. He planned to replace the AD1 Skyraider […] More

What Happened To Kamikaze Pilots That Returned Alive

In 1944, when Japan couldn’t stop the allied soldiers from penetrating the Pacific, the Imperial forces formed special attack units. These were subdivisions created to fulfill goals designed for suicide missions which clearly showed how hopeless the situation was. Kamikaze pilots became of the most recognizable subdivisions of the Japanese forces. By the war’s end, […] More

10 Things About Omar N. Bradley That Made Him So Great

Recognized as a master strategist, Bradley was given command forces that spearheaded and carried through victory the campaigns and the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.  Here are the ten things that made this soft-spoken general so great:  1. No other American General had exercised direct field command over so many combat troops He was in command […] More

5 Facts About The Bomber’s Tail Section

The B-17’s tail gunner station played an effective defensive role in shooting down fighter interceptors. Here are the five interesting facts about the bomber’s tail section:  1. The B-17’s tail station is fed by two of the four oxygen systems There’s also a portable 24 walk-around bottle, which provides eight minutes of work of oxygen. […] More

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About One of Britain’s Best WWII Commanders

Bernard Montgomery was a British soldier who fought in the First and Second World Wars.  Famously known as the Spartan General, here are the facts that you didn’t know about one of Britain’s best WWII commanders:  1. He attended the Royal Military College Sandhurst and was almost expelled Montgomery grew up to be a kind of […] More

5 Things You Never Knew About the Japanese Zero

The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a Japanese long-range carrier-based fighter. It was deployed in combat from 1940-1945. During its years in service, the aircraft achieved an outstanding kill ratio and unprecedented dominance in air combat.   However, there are still some fascinating and relatively unknown facts you never knew about this incredibly nimble and quick fighter […] More