Thursday May 23
A naval raptor - the Sea Hawk
The old adage, 'If it looks right, it'll fly right' holds true for such aircraft as the Mustang and the SPAD 11, the Mosquito and the F-86, but there is also a classic jet fighter/fighter-bomber of the 1950s that this applies to, that few people have heard of.
A fiercer storm - " the Hawker Tempest II, Royal Air Force Museum, London
It all comes down to the engine, in the end. So many combat aircraft were transformed or condemned by the choice of engine .
V-1 - technical triumph, tactical failure
Long before the day of the Chance-Vought SSM-N-8 Regulus, the prototypical submarine-launched cruise missile, and the present-day, incredibly effective BMG-1019 Tomahawk, there was the V-1. This was a 'terror weapon' that might not have won the Second World War, but could have delayed the inevitable, if not for some very poor operational decisions ... (more)