The Avro Manchester was a disaster as an aircraft. But from inauspicious beginnings came a legend - the Lancaster.
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Combining a semi-flying wing – which were incidentally swept forward – an four crew sandwiched into engine nacelles, the DB-LK was unique.
Often thought of as a beefed-up Australian version of the P-51D Mustang, in fact the CA-15 was inspired by the German Focke Wulf FW 190!
Adored by the pilots who flew it, the Martin Baker MB.5 represents the prop fighter in it’s final – and arguably finest – form.
A prototype fighter which had the heaviest armament in the world, the loss of the MB.3 led to developments that saved thousands of lives.
The Swiss, cut off from foreign designs during World War Two, created a unique multirole attack fighter that defended their skies.
Designed and built for the French by an obscure Dutch aircraft company, the F.K.58 ended up flying with a Free Polish Unit.
Americans keen to get into the war against Germany flocked to join the Eagle Squadrons of the RAF in World War Two.
The Blackburn Roc is rated as one of the worst “fighters” ever designed. But let’s look at the method behind the madness.
Built to a be both a dive-bomber and a fighter, the Skua was outclassed from the start. Despite this, it did remarkably well in the first 18 months of World War Two.