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The BAe SABA – Havoc for Havocs

When the Soviet Union designed new attack helicopters in the ’80s, BAe came up with a concept to deal with it – SABA; the Havoc Killer.

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The Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-8; Original MiG-23

The Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-8; Original MiG-23

You might not know that the MiG-23 – NATO designation “Flogger” – was not the original aircraft intended to use that service number. Instead, a very different and rather modern looking aircraft was, which in fact was an evolution of the MiG-21.

The Last of the Centauros: Fiat G.59

The Last of the Centauros: Fiat G.59

When after WW2 Fiat wanted to restart their production lines, they combined their best wartime fighter -the G.55 – with a Rolls Royce Merlin.

How Northrop Grew its Teeth; The N-102 Fang

How Northrop Grew its Teeth; The N-102 Fang

When Lockheed proposed a new lightweight fighter that sacrificed everything for performance, rivals Northrop decided to enter the competition. Though unsuccessful, their efforts would not go in vain.

Dassault Milan – the Moustachioed Gaul

Dassault Milan – the Moustachioed Gaul

When the Swiss wanted an improved fighter bomber that could operate better in amongst mountain valleys, Dassault came up with an unusual idea.

The VL Myrsky: Finnish Storm

The VL Myrsky: Finnish Storm

The Finnish Air Force in World War Two achieved remarkable success with aircraft that other combatants considered obsolete.
But what the Finns really wanted was their own fighter aircraft, built to their requirements and from local material.

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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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