Too Little, Too Late: The “What If?” Story of the Me 262 Turbojet Fighter

Much has been said about Germany’s technologically superior fighter and bomber designs, but the political turmoil in which the Luftwaffe had been embroiled since the war’s early years eventually caught up to bring down Hitler’s quest for world domination. It is true that Germany’s rapid conquest since Poland’s invasion was unprecedented, but the following years saw […] More

3 Fun Facts About The Crazy-Slow Plane That Saved Benito Mussolini

The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch was a German liaison aircraft which is probably more known for its laid-back reputation as a STOL performer than for the daring rescue of the Italian Dictator from a snowy mountain peak. The Storch was equipped with a 237-hp engine that produced a maximum speed of  93 miles per hour – specifications […] More

5 Common Misconceptions About The A6M Zero

The Zero was a menacing war machine that toyed and destroyed the clunky Allied fighters on the onset of the Second World War. The Zeke’s unbeatable maneuverability and blazing speed were undoubtedly big factors in the swift destruction of Pearl Harbor.  One year after the attack, the USAAF issued in  Intelligence Summary No. 85, which […] More

If You Think That The B-29’s Final Mission In Japan Was Nagasaki, You’re Wrong

Just 3 days after the B-29 Enola Gay dropped the Little Boy over Hiroshima, the Bockscar followed suit and unleashed the more powerful Fat Man that killed 35,000 people. The atomic bombings are still widely believed to be World War II’s final blow. However, the Japanese were only keen to offer a conditional surrender. Without any negotiations having been conducted, the Twentieth Air Force launched […] 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

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

3 Major Weaknesses of the B-24 Liberator

B-24 Weaknesses The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is one of the most famous heavy bombers of World War II. Alongside the B-29 Superfortress and the B-17 Flying Fortress, the Liberator gained a distinguished war record during its service in the European, Pacific, African, and Middle Eastern theaters. The B-24’s longer range and higher bomb load capacity […] More

10 Spitfire Facts You Must Know If You’re A Warbird Fanatic

There’s no argument that the Supermarine Spitfire is one, if not the most iconic plane of World War II. It is loved both by veterans and enthusiasts alike. But how much do you know about this legendary fighter? Here are fascinating facts about the iconic plane that saved the Allies during the Battle of Britain. […] More