Friday, April 5, 2013

B-29 Superfortress – The First Strategic Bomber

The mighty super fortress was a war-winning weapon, and went on to become one of the main forces in the Cold War. The RAF operated the type in the late 1940s and early 1950s, calling it the Washington.
The forward cabin was connected to the rear cabin by a crawlway. In the back sat the gunners, and there were also bunks for resting on long missions.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

BRE 693 Aircraft – Promising Attack Bomber

A single-seat cockpit was located in the nose. Pilots enjoyed flying the 693 which was remarkably capable in the air, especially at low level. This performance was improved by the substitution of more engines.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

BA.65 Aircraft – Civil and Desert War Veteran

This Ba.65 is a Fiat-engined example, like the bulk of production aircraft. The first 81 delivered to the Regis Aeronautics employed 522-kW (700-hp.) French Gnome-Rhone K-14 radials. Chile's 20 examples were powered by Piaggio P.XI C.40s.

Friday, March 29, 2013

B-17 Flying Fortress – Castles in the Sky

The Norden bomb sight with which the B-17 model airplane was equipped was reputed to be able to drop a bomb into a pickle barrel from 4000-m. (13,125 ft.).

The B-17 was powered by reliable Wright Cyclone radial engines. They were turbocharged, which enabled the Fortress to operate at higher altitudes than its European contemporaries.