Friday, April 27, 2007
The Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II was a much improved development of the Re.2001 using a German engine produced under license in Italy. It was followed by the Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete (Ram) a fighter bomber developed from the Re.2001, the Reggiane Re.2003 a reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Re.2002 and finally the Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario (Archer), which was the last and best of the Reggiane fighter, but appeared too late to help the Italian cause.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
The Bristol Buckingham was a light bomber that had already been superceded by the time it entered production in 1944. However, the Bristol Buckmaster trainer, the most powerful advanced trainer to enter RAF service during the Second World War, did see extensive service, as did the Bristol Brigand a ground attack aircraft closely related to the Buckmaster.
The Bristol Beaufighter was the first dedicated night fighter to enter RAF service. As well as a solid career as a night fighter, it was developed into an excellent anti-shipping weapons and even a torpedo bomber. As well as our main article, we also add an article on the main variants of the Beaufighter, and another on the squadrons that used the Beaufighter.
The Dewoitine D.520 was the best fighter aircraft available to the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) in 1940. Sadly, it was not available in sufficient numbers to pose a serious threat to the Luftwaffe. It was the first of a series of proposed fighters. The D.521, D.522, D.523 and D.524 each used a different engine, none entered production. The D.551 was a much more advanced aircraft, with a top speed of over 400mph. However, none of the prototypes were complete at the time of the French collapse. Finally, the SE.520z was a version of the fighter developed in Vichy France. It did reach the prototype stage, but only after the German occupation of Vichy, and never took to the air.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
The Boulton Paul Defiant was one of the less successful British fighter aircraft of the Second World War, based around a four gun powered turret. After a spectacular debut in May 1940 its weaknesses were soon exposed, and it was quickly withdrawn as a day fighter. It had a second, more successful career as a night fighter, serving in that role until 1942.
The Hawker Hurricane was the first monoplane fighter to enter RAF service, and was still the most important RAF fighter during the Battle of Britain. After that it gained another lease of life as an excellent ground attack aircraft. Today we add a major article on the combat record of the Hurricane, six articles on its major variants and look at the Hawker Fury Monoplane, an earlier project from the same company.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
EWe return after Easter with a major series of articles on the de Havilland Mosquito. The most versatile aircraft of the Second World War, the Mosquito served as a bomber, fighter bomber, night fighter and photo reconnaissance aircraft, relying on its speed to avoid enemy aircraft. Our coverage of the Mosquito runs to forty articles, including twenty nine on the major variants of the aircraft and eight on its combat record.