The P-47 is a legendary aircraft. But not so well known was its predecessor, and the company's first production aircraft - the P-43 Lancer.
Playlist - Forgotten Aircraft
Certainly not a forgotten aircraft, and one that shall be remembered for a long time, I suspect – the epic Antonov An 225
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.
When after WW2 Fiat wanted to restart their production lines, they combined their best wartime fighter -the G.55 – with a Rolls Royce Merlin.
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.
When the Swiss wanted an improved fighter bomber that could operate better in amongst mountain valleys, Dassault came up with an unusual idea.
The ME 209 was actually two completely different aircraft – one a record breaking racer, the other an upgrade to the Bf 109 fighter.
Of the many designs made by Germany in WW1, the Floh is one of the more…unusual ones. In fact, Dick Dastardly wouldn’t be out of place.
Little known is the Finns effort to built an aircraft that could compete with the best – the VL Pyörremyrsky AKA the “Wooden Messerschmitt”.
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.
On the questions of what sort of engine to use and where to place it on an aircraft, the Piaggio company likes to keep things… different.
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!