With flying boats generally suffering from poor aerodynamics, the Blackburn company came up with a solution - retracting hull flying boats.
Everyone's heard of the Kaiser-Fleetwing XBTK dive-and-torpedo bomber, right? In fact, had World War Two lasted a little longer, you would've.
The Mauler is thought to hold the record for ordnance carried by a single piston engine aircraft. But despite promise, it had many issues.
Adored by the pilots who flew it, the Martin Baker MB.5 represents the prop fighter in it's final - and arguably finest - form.
The US military once considered developing a weapon to turn its enemies homosexual on the dubious grounds of they wouldn't then fight.
We tend to think that armoured attack aircraft were a Second World War invention. But in fact the need was recognised in 1917!
The legendary reputation of the P-51 Mustang meant that the idea of building updated versions for service went on a very long time!
When the relationship between Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union fell apart in 1948, Yugoslavia needed to replace their Russian fighters quickly
How a Stray Fighter Nearly Led to Special Forces Raid and Saddled the Swiss Air Force with a Bunch of Lemons
When an advanced German fighter had to put down in neutral Switzerland, the Nazi's considered extreme actions to keep its technology secret.
The Swiss, cut off from foreign designs during World War Two, created a unique multirole attack fighter that defended their skies.
Designed and built for the French by an obscure Dutch aircraft company, the F.K.58 ended up flying with a Free Polish Unit.
What happens when a prop aircraft goes up against a modern fighter jet? An example form the Venezuelan coup of 1992 give graphic demonstration.
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