Yokosuka E14Y Type 0 “Glen”

September 22, 2015 PE Matt 0

Requested as part of the same 12-Shi requirements, issued in 1937, that produced the A6M Zero, the G4M “Betty” and the E13A, the E14Y was a small seaplane designed to be carried aboard the Imperial […]

Aichi E13A

Aichi E13A Type 0 “Jake”

September 15, 2015 PE Matt 0

The 1937 12-Shi requirements for new naval aircraft included a request for a new reconnaissance seaplane to be carried by cruisers and battleships of the Combined Fleet. This aircraft would replace the E7K and E8N […]

Mitsubishi G4M

Mitsubishi G4M Type 1 “Betty”

September 3, 2015 PE Matt 0

A requirement for a new naval land-based bomber was included in 1937’s 12-Shi program, along with the fighter requirements which resulted in the design of the Mitsubishi A6M ‘Zero’. Mitsubishi assigned Kiro Honjo, who had […]

Morane-Saulnier MS.406

August 30, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Armée de l’Air issued a requirement in 1934 for a new modern fighter, a monoplane to replace the biplanes then in service. The Moraine-Saulnier company responded with a design that was designated the MS.405, […]

Loire 130

Loire 130

August 24, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Loire 130 was designed for the French Navy in response to a request for a new reconnaissance seaplane to serve aboard battleships and cruisers in the fleet. The 130 beat off competition from 5 […]

Heinkel He114

Heinkel He114

August 13, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Heinkel He114 was designed as a warship based reconnaissance and artillery spotting aircraft, which was intended to replace the company’s previous He60 aircraft that was standard in the Kriegsmarine at the time. Although the […]

Arado Ar196

Arado Ar196

August 11, 2015 PE Matt 0

The He114 was regarded as a failed design, due to its poor sea handling capability and that fact that its performance was not much better than previous types. Several firms were invited to put forward […]

Aichi D3A

Aichi D3A Type 99 “Val”

August 6, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Imperial Japanese Navy’s 11-Shi requirements for new aircraft, issued in 1936, included a request for a monoplane dive bomber to replace the biplane D1A. Both Nakajima and Aichi produced designs but it was the […]

Nakajima B5N

Nakajima B5N Type 97 “Kate”

August 5, 2015 PE Matt 0

In 1935 the year’s 10-Shi requirements included a request by the IJN for a new torpedo bomber to replace the B3Y Type 92, and the interim B4Y Type 96, which were both considered to be […]

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