aircraft

  1. Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Aircraft

    Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Aircraft

    The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is an American single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft that was developed by Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works division and operated by the United States Air Force. The F-117 was based on the Have Blue technology demonstrator.
  2. P

    3.7mm anti aircraft cannon a missed opportunity

    Bt general consent most British military historins agree that the stabndard British anti tank gun in 1939-41 -the 2 pounder was a poor creature when deployed against Nazi tanks like the Panzer Mark IV onwards. And the Boyes anti tank rifle was an even bigger joke against German armour. However...
  3. Old Reb

    Personalized nose art on military aircraft

    WWI aircraft had squadron markings (like the U.S. hat in the ring insignia used by Eddie Rickenbacker) but I'm not sure if personalized artwork appeared that early. However,in WWII nose art was widely used by the USAAF and RAF and I assume that the Luftwaffe and Red Air Force used them too...
  4. DavidChandler

    Film: Visiting site of WW2 fuel refinery

    Here is a short film, looking at the site of a WW2 aviation fuel refinery. The plant produced fuel for RAF and USAF planes and played a vital role in supporting the Battle of Britain. QnhFj7vAxUQ
  5. redskevin

    North Korea Sinks US Aircraft Carrier

    Unknown to the world, North Korea has managed to obtain and reverse-engineer a Chinese DF-21, and launches it in the direction of the Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier that is currently in the Sea of Japan, having been hastily deployed to sea because of the ongoing Korean peninsula...
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    Air-Ground aircraft

    What was the main aicraft that would be used against ground forces around 1980 and if it would perform operations 100km from the place it refuells how long would it take for it to rearm and refuell so it can do another run?
  7. L

    The Eagles of Canton

    Should you be interested in early aviation in Canton/South China before 1927 you might like this new e-book. More information: The Eagles of Canton Lennart A
  8. SSDD

    Was this tactic ever used by aircraft against armoured vehicles?

    The tactic is aircraft is loaded with anti-tank mines. Since mines are generally small and light weight many can be carried. Then the pilot notices enemy armoured vehicles moving. He then simply drops those mines en mass hoping the moving tanks would them. Like Soviet IL-2 aircraft dropped PTAB...
  9. Joe Freeman

    How effective was aircraft against armored targets during WW2?

    Some say aircraft was not particularly effeective against tanks during WW2. Although some plays were specifically designed to deal with them, dive bombers seem to not have been so good against tanks. What do you think about this? Was it easy for a pilot to destroy tanks, or was it easier for the...
  10. S

    Aircraft carrier battle group in a sea of time:

    Inspired by the film, Final Countdown: In this scenario, the same storm anomally that swallowed the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz while on maneuvers in the Pacific in 1980 and transports it back to 1941, reappears again in 2011. This time the storm appears out of nowhere in the Meditteranean...
  11. R

    Airborne aircraft carriers viable?

    Hi new guy here. Were Airborne aircraft carriers viable at any point, possibly early 20th century, maybe using helium? Or were they just too much of a target for aircraft and AA. Was it too high or cold for pilots? Was helium too expensive? Your thoughts. Cheers.
  12. Darth Raidius

    Effectiveness of WW1 military aircraft?

    I understand that aircraft brought a great advantage by information gathering and reconnaissance during World War I. But how effective were they for a pure combat purpose against ground forces? How decisive would the impact of air superiority be between 1914 and 1918? And how effective were the...
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    Will The F-35 Be the Next Blue Angels & Thunderbirds Aircraft?

    The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration teams the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds respectively have used F/A-18 Hornets and F-16 Falcons for decades. There is a tradition of the services using cutting edge combat aircraft and IIRC though the F-35 has had all sorts of teething...
  14. S

    P-51 Mustang operations on aircraft carriers

    I share with you some photos showing P-51 Mustangs on aircraft carriers. There was a naval version of this plane? To see the photos, visit the link below: Aviação em Floripa: Um P-51 Mustang navalizado Stephan
  15. B

    How many aircraft carriers did the USN have at the end of WW2 (1945)

    How many aircraft carriers did they have? And how many did the RN have?
  16. B

    Which fighter aircraft was better; P-51 Mustang vs Focke-Wulf 190

    Which aircraft was a better fighter?
  17. HunnicTurk

    Iraq shoots down 2 British aircraft dropping weapons to ISIS?

    I've been trying to find a news outlet from the West that has reported on this story, but so far to no avail. Here is the link: Farsnews I don't quite know what to make of this story, but if there is even an ounce of truth to it, then it is unlikely that this story ever sees the...
  18. M

    How useful are Rotary cannons on Aircraft?

    How effective are Rotary Autocannons on aircraft? Modern air combat and air-ground combat seems mostly dominated by by missiles and bombs. Is the cannon still useful? I noticed that the ammunition is very limmited. Rotary cannons on planes like the F-35 only carry about 200 rounds. Even the...
  19. Darth Raidius

    Single-seat aircraft vs two-seat aircraft?

    Mostly focused on modern multirole fighters, but any era of military aviation is valid. I have noticed that many modern multirole fighters come in single-seat and two-seat versions, and some aircraft (such as the Sukhoi Su-30) is even intended as a two-seat fighter. What are the advantages and...
  20. Darth Raidius

    Best fighter aircraft of late World War II?

    If you disagree with all given options, feel free to name your choice in a post. Please give some arguments why the aircraft you chose is the best. Only mass-produced fighters, not prototypes, are valid choices. Jet fighters are also invalid. "Late" means that the aircraft must have been...