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Dornier Do 217 by Sakhal

The origins of the Do 217 date back to 1937, when it was presented, to take part in the aeronautical competition in the Alps Circuit, a bomber obtained from the transformation of a civilian aircraft. Built by Dornier, the Do 17 was soon nicknamed "Fly...

2015-07-04 - Votes: 0 - Views: 184 - Length: 18 Kb - Last update: Never
The rocket-propelled fighters Me 163 and J8M by Sakhal

The rocket-propelled fighter was realized as prototype the 13th August 1941. In that day the test pilot of Messerschmitt, Heini Dittmar, fastened the seat belts onboard the prototype Me 163A, ignited the rocket engine and departed, leaving behind a tr...

2015-07-02 - Votes: 0 - Views: 95 - Length: 13 Kb - Last update: Never
Fieseler 156 by Sakhal

Berlin, night of the 25-26 April 1945. The superb capital of which should have been the Reich of the thousand years is agonizing. Practically there is no building unaffected by the devastating fury of the war. The sky is grey during daytime because of...

2015-06-01 - Votes: 0 - Views: 72 - Length: 8 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-06
Macchi-Castoldi fighters by Sakhal

The binomial Macchi-Castoldi created a family of fighters that constituted the pride and backbone of this specialty on the Regia Aeronautica. Engineer Mario Castoldi projected for Aeronautica Macchi the three excellent fighters Mc 200 "Saetta", Mc 202 "Fo...

2015-05-31 - Votes: 0 - Views: 121 - Length: 15 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-07
P-38 Lightning by Sakhal

The two engines of the Mitsubishi G4M2 buzzed regularly that morning of April 1943. At the controls a veteran expert piloted the aircraft with particular attention. He knew that he had aboard an exceptional passenger, Admiral Yamamoto, who was in his ...

2015-05-29 - Votes: 0 - Views: 79 - Length: 12 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-10
Il-2 Sturmovik by Sakhal

The Il-2 In the autumn of 1942, a German airfield in the immediate rearguard is suffering the attack of a Soviet assault squadron. Here is how the scene was described by a witness destined to be famous as tank destroyer, the then lieutenant pilot Han...

2015-05-21 - Votes: 0 - Views: 73 - Length: 10 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-10
Aichi D3A by Sakhal

In the morning of that 7th December 1941 a pungent howl reached the ears of the military personnel based in Pearl Harbor, who prepared for another quiet Sunday. Apart from the momentary surprise caused by the unexpected noise, almost nobody turned the...

2015-05-11 - Votes: 0 - Views: 85 - Length: 8 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-07
Fairey Swordfish by Sakhal

When in 1922 the Italian Regia Aeronautica was dedicated to project a "high-seas torpedo seaplane", their attempts to develop this new offensive use of the aerial weapon were followed with interest by several nations, but one of them in particular pai...

2015-05-04 - Votes: 0 - Views: 68 - Length: 8 Kb - Last update: Never
Fiat G50 by Sakhal

Around 1935, the military aviations of the main European powers started studies trying to solve a problem that was common to all of them: the replacement of the fighters in service until then already obsolete because of being of biplane design. Also the H...

2015-05-03 - Votes: 0 - Views: 65 - Length: 9 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-07
Supermarine Spitfire by Sakhal

In the summer 1940 Germany continued the war in the sky of its great enemy; it was the "Adlertag", the operation that should warrant to the Luftwaffe three days of air superiority. This was the indispensable condition for the success of the operation ...

2015-05-02 - Votes: 0 - Views: 76 - Length: 19 Kb - Last update: Never
Messerschmitt Bf 109 by Sakhal

Until the 1960s the Spanish military aviation had in production a piston engine fighter built by Hispano Aviation; that one was the last descendant of one of the best fighters used in the Second World War: the Messerschmitt Bf 109. And however, when i...

2015-03-15 - Votes: 0 - Views: 117 - Length: 25 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-10
Swedish fighters 1940-60 by Sakhal

While United States efforted to supply their allies with modern combat aircraft, there was a neutral country - Sweden - that had been developing on its own aircraft as good as the best ones. Before the Second World War and during it, Sweden had been q...

2014-12-03 - Votes: 0 - Views: 112 - Length: 9 Kb - Last update: Never
BAC Lightning by Sakhal

From all the air forces in the world, only the Royal Air Force jumped from the subsonic fighter to the Mach 2 one without any intermediate aircraft, by replacing the diurnal fighter Hawker Hunter and the all-weather Gloster Javelin by the English Elec...

2014-12-02 - Votes: 0 - Views: 135 - Length: 9 Kb - Last update: 2015-01-23
F-94 Starfire by Sakhal

Lockheed T-33 In the years just after the Second World War it occurred such a large and continuous progress in aeronautical technology that many of the aircraft developed then had a very short lifespan; such was the case of the F-80 Shooting Star. In...

2014-11-19 - Votes: 0 - Views: 81 - Length: 10 Kb - Last update: 2015-01-19
F-84 Thunderjet by Sakhal

The Republic F-84 Thunderjet, which would provide to many air forces of the NATO their initial experience with turbojet aircraft, started its life in the summer 1944, when the project team from the Republic Aviation studied the possibility of adapting...

2014-11-18 - Votes: 0 - Views: 367 - Length: 13 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-17
Heinkel He 112 by Sakhal

The Heinkel He 112 was conceived and realized in the first 1930s; the first prototype flew in the summer of 1935, being built another six exemplars for experimental purposes. A series of thirty He 112 were submitted to the Luftwaffe for evaluation in ...

2014-11-13 - Votes: 0 - Views: 516 - Length: 8 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-18
Dornier Do 335 by Sakhal

The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil was a very special aircraft of unique design, claimed to be the fastest piston-engine aircraft of the Second World War. The idea of allocating two compounds engine- propeller in the same axis was intended to reduce the aerodyna...

2014-11-10 - Votes: 0 - Views: 87 - Length: 11 Kb - Last update: Never
Yakovlev fighters 1940-46 by Sakhal

The prolific family of Yakovlev fighters and fighter-bombers amounted for more than 36700 units built of the models designed during the Second World War. They were really successful aircraft, surpassing in this regard the Mikoyan-Gurevich fighters bui...

2014-11-09 - Votes: 0 - Views: 79 - Length: 18 Kb - Last update: 2014-11-15
De Havilland Vampire by Sakhal

During the Second World War the British put into warlike operation the turbojet Gloster Meteor, which became the first turbojet fighter entering production ever. However, during those years the British aeronautic industry went further, creating parall...

2014-11-05 - Votes: 0 - Views: 121 - Length: 11 Kb - Last update: Never
Gloster Meteor by Sakhal

The Gloster Meteor was the first true British turbojet fighter and also the only Allied turbojet fighter that fought in the Second World War. It was designed as a bimotor because a single turbojet engine of the ones available in that time would be ins...

2014-11-03 - Votes: 0 - Views: 103 - Length: 12 Kb - Last update: Never
Gloster Gladiator by Sakhal

At the start of the Second World War many countries had in their armed forces many outdated aircraft such as the biplanes; among them distinguished itself the fighter Gloster Gladiator of the Royal Air Force. Designed in 1930, this aircraft had, for that ...

2014-10-29 - Votes: 0 - Views: 64 - Length: 5 Kb - Last update: Never
B-29 Superfortress by Sakhal

The B-29 Superfortress can be considered as one of the maximum expressions of the United States war industry, and for its time, almost a science-fiction machine and the largest bomber ever built. The Boeing Airplane Company had been awarded the main c...

2014-10-27 - Votes: 0 - Views: 145 - Length: 15 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-05
Ta 152H and Me 262A by Sakhal

These two aircraft, very different technically, were the pinnacle of what aeronautical technology could deliver in their time. The Ta 152H was one of the last piston-engine fighters ever designed, because in 1945 these were already saying their last w...

2014-10-27 - Votes: 0 - Views: 65 - Length: 14 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-05
Junkers Ju 87 by Sakhal

The Junkers Ju 87, commonly known as "Stuka" - abbreviation of Sturzkampfflugzeug (dive combat aircraft) - had its baptism of fire in the Spanish Civil War. Dive bomber whose precision became legendary, it was fitted with a siren called "Trumpet of Je...

2014-10-22 - Votes: 0 - Views: 102 - Length: 14 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-07
The last hopes of the Luftwaffe by Sakhal

This article presents a synthesis of the aircraft, more or less known, that should have returned the dominance of the skies to the Luftwaffe, or at least resist the Allied formations to the point of radically diminishing the bombings upon Germany. History...

2014-09-25 - Votes: 0 - Views: 74 - Length: 10 Kb - Last update: Never