The FMA Pucará IA 58 counter insurgency aircraft is a plane that seems to have both missed its window and fallen foul of international politics.
Playlist - Forgotten Aircraft
When the RAF started looking at a campaign against Japan in WW2, Avro did the logical thing and built a “Super Lancaster”, the Lincoln.
The Avro Manchester was a disaster as an aircraft. But from inauspicious beginnings came a legend – the Lancaster.
Combining a semi-flying wing – which were incidentally swept forward – an four crew sandwiched into engine nacelles, the DB-LK was unique.
In 1980 the Israeli’s set out to develop one of the most advanced aircraft of the day – despite not having the tech or money. And they did!
In 1938, a French designer proposed a remarkable fighter aircraft – a tandem wing delta design with unusual powerplant ideas.
Many French fighter aircraft are things of amazing grace and beauty. It is difficult to say that about the Arsenal-Delanne 10-C2.
It isn’t well remembered that before WW2 a Belgian designer, Alfred Renard,, developed a series of fighter aircraft that had huge potential.
The 818 was Boeing’s entry into the TFX competition for a new USAF bomber and interceptor for the Navy. Despite winning, it was not built.
Northrop’s F-20 Tigershark was an aircraft that seemed to offer everything that a customer could want. So what went wrong?
When President Carter banned the export of top-end American fighters in 1977, it left a gap in the market. The F-16/79 was built to fill it.
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!