Playlist - Forgotten Aircraft

The Vickers Warwick; Life Saver

The Vickers Warwick; Life Saver

Lack of a suitable engine almost killed the Warwick before it got to serve, but instead it went on to save thousands of lives!

Guns-A-Go-Go; The Boeing Vertol ACH-47A

Guns-A-Go-Go; The Boeing Vertol ACH-47A

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…

The Boeing YC-14; Taking on the King

The Boeing YC-14; Taking on the King

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.

The IMAM Ro.58; Finally!…But Too Late

The IMAM Ro.58; Finally!…But Too Late

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.

Italian Whirlwind; The IMAM Ro.57

Italian Whirlwind; The IMAM Ro.57

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.

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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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