When the RAF were testing out their new hotrod ground attacker, the Mustang MK.I, they thought they’d see if it could also carry two massive Vickers S 40mm anti-tank cannons.
Playlist - Forgotten Aircraft
King of the Rats; The Polikarpov I-185
The I-185 could possibly be the greatest “What-If?” fighter in history. Unfortunately it was stymied by a number of factors, mainly personal.
The McDonnell Douglas F-15N Sea Eagle; Tomcat Rival
The F-14 was a great aircraft. But when costs became a concern, rival McDonnell Douglas suggested an intriguing alternative; the F-15N.
Let’s Settle This. What Was the Fastest Piston Fighter Ever?
My piece on the XP-47J caused a fuss, so I thought I’d through and see just what was the fastest piston engine fighter in history.
Sea Sabres; The North American FJ Furys
Everyone has heard of the F-86 Sabre. But not so many have heard of the aircraft that originated it, the FJ Fury.
The ALR Piranha; Switzerland’s Diddy Gripen
Many countries have built light fighters. But none has proposed a front line fighter quite as tiny as the Swiss ALR Piranha.
French Swingers; The Dassault Mirage G
While the Dassault Mirage series is famous there was one experimental variant that offered even better potential performance – the Mirage G’s.
The Fieseler Fi 167; Germany’s STOVL (kind of) Torpedo Bomber
When Germany decided to build aircraft carriers, they also needed aircraft to go on them, leading to the creation of the Fieseler Fi 167.
Hitler’s Last Ditch SS Interceptor; The Junkers Klf 255
With Allied airpower shredding the Luftwaffe on the ground, a novel solution was proposed – a rocket interceptor mounted on a rail cart. And the idea caught the attention of Hitler himself.
Supermarine Seafire; The Great British Bodge Job
The Spitfire was just about the worst aircraft to convert for use on carriers. But in 1941 the British found they didn’t have a choice. Despite this, and a rather bad attrition rate, the type went on to have a rather long and successful career.
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!