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The legendary workhorse of the skies during the 1930-50s Douglas Dakota DC 3 Aluminum Airplane Model
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Jaser J-18 Albatross World War I Fighter. Rudolph Berthold airplane source
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Night Witches: Soviet Female Aviators in World War II
Hundreds of women served as Soviet combat pilots and flight crew during World War II. Other nations allowed a few women to fly as flight instructors, test or ferry pilots, but only the Red Air Force sent women into battle. This was not from any shortage of male aviators – theLuftwaffe’s destruction of hundreds of Soviet planes on the ground in the war’s opening strikes left a surplus of pilots, but a desperate shortage of modern aircraft. So women combat pilots were not a propaganda ploy to show off Communist “gender equality” – there was very little wartime publicity for the female aviators. The battle to let Soviet women fly in combat was the achievement of one young major, Marina M. Raskova source
Close-up of Japanese Kamikaze just before he crashed on USS Essex, November 25, 1944 Photographed by Lt. Comdr. Earl Colgrove, USNR.
The P-38 was the first fighter to fly faster than 400 mph photo source
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The P-38s guns were so effective, they could reliably hit targets at up to 1,000 yards. Most other fighters were only effective at 100-250 yards.
The P-38 was nicknamed the ‘fork-tailed devil’ by the German Luftwaffe and ‘two planes, one pilot’ by Japanese fighter pilots.
And, it was the only American fighter aircraft in production throughout the entire American involvement in WWII.
The legendary workhorse of the skies during the 1930-50s. Some are still flying in far-flung places like the Amazon and the Gobi Desert. It’s taken us a couple years, but the Authentic Models pulled off a major feat. The first limited edition production of a hand-built model in aluminum. Complete with etched metal sheets and rivets. Windows, extreme engine detail, propellers, landing gear, ailerons. Inspect… Admire!
The Sopwith was the mainstay fighter-plane of the British and USA air forces in the early 1900s. Brightly painted in various national colors, it ruled the skies for a number of years. Some of the propellers were later suppled by an American propeller maker. Admire the shape and finish of a wood creation that once propelled daring aviators over uncharted landscapes. Feel the smooth, somewhat distressed, honey surface. The punched serial numbers around the hub. The authentic 1930s maker’s decal. Picture it in a bar or a boy’s room, a corner of the living room or a restaurant!.
Fokker Dr.I (C-GFJK)
If you’ve ever heard of the famous German Ace the “Red Baron,” you’ll probably recognize this iconic WWI triplane. Originally flown by Manfred von Richthofen in 1917, this modern replica from 1982 will take you back to dogfights over the trenches in war-torn Europe.
Delicate fabric stretched over a lightweight frame, just as the original was made. Detailed wing rigging comes pre-assembled. Leather Seat. Laminated rotating wood propeller. Detailed engine cover – riveted parts and struts. Hand fitted spoke wheels. Accents are in aluminum, brass, leather, wood and resin. Painted nylon canvas colors are red and white with German insignia.
In 1939, one of the first P-38 prototype aircraft set a speed record from California to New York in 7 hours and 2 minutes, but it crashed short of its intended airport due to carburetor icing.
Spanish Air Force Polikarpov I-16 Rata: Air-to-Air & History
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