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Playlist - Forgotten Aircraft

Nanchang J-12; China’s First Lightweight Fighter

Nanchang J-12; China’s First Lightweight Fighter

Many countries tried out light jet fighters. But an often forgotten one is China’s J-12, designed to act as a “guerrilla” aircraft against technologically superior enemies.

Ilyushin Il-20; Beast From the East

Ilyushin Il-20; Beast From the East

The Soviet Air Force really took the armoured attack aircraft – the Shturmovik – to heart. After World War 2, they wanted an improved model. So Ilyushin came up with the Il-20, which was many things, but not a looker.

French Eagle – the Dassault Mirage 4000

French Eagle – the Dassault Mirage 4000

When the USA cut fighter exports in the ’70s, France offered a number of alternatives. To compete against the formidable F-15, Dassault created the Mirage 4000 – a formidable multirole aircraft.

Fifi the Goblin; Grumman’s First Fighter

Fifi the Goblin; Grumman’s First Fighter

When people Grumman, it brings to mind tough, capable carrier fighters. And the company’s first fighter was that, even if given unusual names.

The Westland Whirlwind Reassessed

The Westland Whirlwind Reassessed

My first “Forgotten Aircraft” video was on the Westland Whirlwind. But new research means it is time to revise old ideas on this aircraft.

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!

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