Catalina Post-War

PBY-6A Unit: 721 Eskadrille Serial: L-868 Typical of the ultimate form of Catalina remaining in use after WWII, this PBY-6A served until the late 1950’s with the Royal Danish air force based at Vaerlose. After the war a different radar was fitted and the bow was remodelled without the turret. An Australian PBY made the […]

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Coronados

Coronados served in combat in the Pacific, in both bombing and anti-submarine roles, but transport and hospital aircraft were the most common. The British Royal Air Force Coastal Command had hoped to use the Coronado as a maritime patrol bomber, as it already used the PBY Catalina. However, the range of the Coronado (1,070 miles) […]

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Arado Ar 234B-2 “Nachtigall”

This particular aircraft (WNr 140146) was flown by Hauptmann Kurt Bonow based in Oranienburg during March 1945. It seems that during the last weeks of the War he managed to engage some RAF Mosquito night fighters although he failed to down any of them. Some references mention that a cramped radar compartment in the aft […]

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Fighters in the West

CLASH OF EAGLES – Roy Grinnell On the morning of May 25, 1944, three pilots from the 4th Fighter Group, the “Debden Eagles”, 336th Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force, were over Germany looking for trouble. Flying near Botenheim, they encountered German planes from III JG1, 9th Staffel.During the ensuing dogfight, a Messerschmitt Bf109G-6/AS (also known […]

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Blitz Bomber

KG 76 Arado Ar234B Sorties over Remagen March 9th 1945 III./KG76 flew three sorties against the Remagen bridge. Ofw Bruchlos of 8./KG76 was reported missing in WNr.140589 following an attack on the bridge. March 11th 1945 Two Ar234s from III./KG76 attack the bridge. March 12th 1945 Two Ar234s from the Stab and two from 6./KG76 […]

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HELICOPTERS AND ROTARY WINGS

The basic idea of generating lift from a rotating wing can be traced back certainly to the early fourteenth century: an illuminated manuscript of this period gives the earliest known illustration of a child’s toy consisting of a fourbladed `airscrew’ mounted on a vertical spindle. This is rotated by pulling a string wrapped round the […]

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MiG-19

From 1951 to 1956, the MiG-15 was supplanted in production with a modernized version, the MiG-17. Neither the MiG-15 nor the MiG-17 was capable of supersonic flight, which was finally achieved by the MiG-19 series (in production from 1954 to 1961). Only 3,700 MiG-19s were produced; it was sold widely, but it had the misfortune […]

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A “Predator” is born

Gnat 750 Abraham Karem was about to change the world, but he had no idea. It was 1980 in Hacienda Heights outside Los Angeles. Karem, a then-forty-three-year-old aeronautical engineer born in Baghdad and raised in Israel, was spending much of his time in his garage. The garage doubled as headquarters for Karem’s own aerospace design […]

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Kamov Ka-29

Country of origin: Russia Type: Assault transport & radar picket helicopter Powerplants: Ka-29 – Two 1635kW (2190shp) Klimov (Isotov) TV3-117V turboshafts, driving two three bladed counter rotating coaxial main rotors. Performance: Ka-29 – Max level speed at sea level 280km/h (151 kt), cruising speed 235km/h (127kt). Max initial rate of climb 3050ft/min. Service ceiling 14,100ft. […]

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French Bombers 1939-42

Although the French had been early pioneers of military aviation and had developed important combat aircraft during World War I, few French designs played important roles in World War II. The most significant French bomber was the Liori et Olivier LeO 451. Introduced in 1937, this medium bomber, crewed by four, was driven by two […]

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