In the year 1952, on the day April 15th, an enormous aircraft with a wingspan area of 4000 square feet was taken into flight by a test pilot named Tex Johnson. The world was now to learn about the B52 bomber airplane!
Following the end of the Second World War, the French aircraft industry again became active. An innovative aircraft was built that had a futuristic elegance with a unique rear engine design which was well ahead of it time. The Sud-Est Caravelle Jetliner had arrived!
The Dassault Rafale is a generation 4.5 fighter currently operated by the French Air Force and French Navy. A successor to the highly acclaimed Mirage series, the Rafale is meant to replace almost every other combat airframe design currently in French military service, and is marketed for export.
One of the more spectacular tales to arise from the horror of the Second World War is that of the Luftwaffe. WWII was the only conflict in history where fighter aces racked up kill counts in the triple digits. Luftwaffe aces of WWII shot down more enemy aircraft than aces of any other nationality.
The Russian designed Sukhoi SU-27 Flanker is an air superiority fighter designed in the Soviet Union during the Cold War and used by a number of countries, including Russia and China. The SU-27 Flanker was designed to defeat the F-15 Eagle used by the United States and its allies - could it do so?
The Royal Australian Air Force is a regional power in the Pacific and has a fleet of well over 100 RAAF jet aircraft with numerous other turboprop planes as well. The RAAF jets are used as trainers, fighters, advanced early warning systems, and for refueling and transport.
The largest aircraft ever built, the Spruce Goose airplane, was built by Howard Hughes during and just after WWII. It sealed its place in history with a one-time flight.
The airplanes flown by Amelia Earhart include her Kinner Airster, the first plane she bought, as well as models made by Curitss, Avro, Pitcairn, and Lockheed. Known for aviation records, Earhart disappeared in 1937 along with her navigator in the Lockheed Electra 10E, which was never found.
The so-called Red Baron airplanes, flown by “Red Baron” Manfred von Richthofen during World War I, were made by Fokker and Albatros, except for the Halberstadt D.II that he flew for a time in early 1917. The most famous of these is the Fokker Dr. I triplane.
The Stearman biplane, also known as the Model 75 or the Kaydet, is one of the most mass produced airplanes in history. It was used as a training craft for World War II and later as an advertising plane for Red Baron Pizza.