Grumman TBF Avenger

Grumman TBF Avenger

December 19, 2017 PE Matt 0

In March 1939, the US Navy requested design proposals for a new carrier based torpedo bomber to replace the Douglas TBD in the fleet. The requirements for the new aircraft included a desired top speed […]

Fairey Fulmar

January 31, 2017 PE Matt 0

The Fairey Fulmar represents the philosophy of the Fleet Air Arm just prior to World War II, that navigational science was not advanced enough to allow for the creation of a single-seat naval fighter. Therefore, […]

Fairey Swordfish

June 11, 2016 PE Matt 0

A legendary aircraft of World War II, the Fairey Swordfish wrote itself into history by sinking three Italian battleships in an attack on Taranto and playing a significant role in the sinking of the German […]

Fairey Albacore

January 25, 2016 PE Matt 0

Often described as a failed successor to the famous Swordfish torpedo bomber, the Fairey Albacore was an advanced biplane naval bomber that was ordered as a replacement for its older sibling. Seeking a replacement for […]

Vought OS2U Kingfisher

October 12, 2015 PE Matt 0

The OS2U Kingfisher was designed in the late 1930s as an intended replacement for the biplane Curtiss SOC Seagull, but in the event both aircraft would end up serving together. The OS2U would become one […]

F4F-4 Wildcat of VGF-27 in the Solomons 1943

Grumman F4F Wildcat

September 29, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the workhorse fighter of the US Navy in the first 18 months of the Pacific War. Designed as part of the competition for the Navy’s first monoplane fighter which was […]

Supermarine Walrus

Supermarine Walrus

August 19, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Supermarine Walrus was a single engine amphibious reconnaissance seaplane designed by RJ Mitchell, of Spitfire fame. It was originally designed for the Royal Australian Navy and designated the Seagull V, although it had little […]