Lack of a suitable engine almost killed the Warwick before it got to serve, but instead it went on to save thousands of lives!
Playlist - Forgotten Aircraft
The Bristol Buckingham certainly seemed the have the makings of a fine medium bomber. Unfortunately it came after the superlative Mosquito.
The Fairey Albacore is generally recalled negatively by history when compared to its illustrious forebear, the Swordfish. But is that fair?
The advent of air assault doctrine created a need for heavily armed escort helicopters. Bell came up with the AH-1. Boeing went another route…
Competing against the innovative YC-14, the YC-15 seemed quite conventional. But it used some clever technology and led to bigger things.
When the USAF said they wanted something better than the C-130 after Vietnam, it was a pretty tall order. But Boeing seem to have achieved it.
When the Ruhr was occupied by the French in 1923, the German military decided to break the Versailles Treaty and acquire a new fighter.
When the Luftwaffe formed in 1933, they needed a new fighter. Ultimately, the Bf 109 was chosen. But Focke Wulf’s entry was certainly novel.
With the Ro.58 the Italians might finally have got a worthwhile twin-engine heavy fighter…shame it was just too late to actually get built.
The Ro.57 was planned as an attacker, developed as a long-range fighter, THEN built as a dive bomber. Unsurprisingly, it never got into service.
About This Playlist
The Martin Baker MB.5? Westland Wendover? Some of the aircraft here have just faded into history. Some were good planes that just came at the wrong time and so are now barely remembered. And some are just so utterly weird it boggles the mind as to what the designers were thinking!