Martin Maryland

August 29, 2017 PE Matt 0

In 1938 the US Army Air Corps issued the specifications for a new light bomber, and the subsequent design competition eventually produced 3 production bombers – the Douglas A-20, North American B-25, and the Martin […]

The Fall of Burma

August 27, 2017 PE Matt 0

After the fall of Rangoon in early March 1942, the remaining RAF and AVG aircraft withdrew to Magwe airfield in central Burma, from where they hoped to give what air cover they could to the […]

Boeing 314 Clipper

Boeing 314 Clipper

August 14, 2017 PE Matt 0

Pan Am approached several companies with a request for a large flying boat to augment their existing fleet of Sikorsky S-42s and Martin M-130s. The requirements specified an aircraft with enormous range, but still capable […]

Short S.23 Empire

Short S.23 Empire

August 11, 2017 PE Matt 0

In 1935 Imperial Airways, the British- government-backed service for air travel to the Empire, issued a requirement for a medium range flying boat capable of carrying up to 24 passengers, plus airmail and freight, at […]

Martin 130 China Clipper at Pearl Harbor

Martin M-130

August 8, 2017 PE Matt 0

1931, Pan Am president Juan Trippe requested proposals for a passenger aircraft capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, a distance of around 2,000 miles from Newfoundland to Ireland. This was just 4 years […]

USS Lexington on fire and sinking in the Coral Sea

Coral Sea: After Action Report

August 6, 2017 PE Matt 0

Famously, the Battle of the Coral Sea was the first naval action where the opposition ships never saw each other. All of the offensive action was carried out by aircraft, particularly the carrier bombers of […]

Sikorsky S-42 at Pearl Harbour

Sikorsky S-42

August 4, 2017 PE Matt 0

In 1931 Pan Am president Juan Trippe solicited designs from six different companies for an aircraft to fly long distance, transoceanic passenger and airmail routes. Of the six companies, only Martin with their ambitious M-130 […]