The Curtiss P-40 served as the principal US fighter for much of the war, subject to gradual upgrades. But by 1943 it needed a major overhaul.
Had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Daniel Lomas, an expert on intelligence history from the University of Nottingham.
It’s not well remembered, but same day the US Navy ordered the famous F6F Hellcat they also ordered another fighter; the Curtiss XF14C.
Though the US Navy swore off liquid cooled engines in 1921 they always kept an eye on developments. And the P-51 certainly caught their eye.
When Fokker lost a major contract to build bombers for the Dutch East Indies, they responded by coming up with a thoroughly up-to-date design
It might appear to be a run-of-the-mill bomber of its day, but the Fokker T.V was originally planned for shooting down other aircraft!
One of the oddest and least known episodes in the history of airborne warfare was when the RAF had to arrange an emergency drop of cats.
Considering the amount of combat it saw from 1942 until 1945, it is quite remarkable how poorly remembered the Martin Baltimore is!