Among the logistical marvels which made the US Navy so successful in the Pacific War of World War II were various kinds of floating dry docks it could deploy into areas close behind the westward-moving ‘front line’. These could be towed to advanced bases by tugs, and were designed and delivered in a variety of …
In 1938/39 Germany undertook its third Antarctic expedition. Led by Kapitän Alfred Ritscher of the German Navy, the expedition was to find part of Antarctica on which a German whaling station could be established as a way to increase Germany’s production of fat. Whale oil was then the most important raw material for the production …
A history of the VL Myrsky, a Finnish fighter of the WWII period designed to be constructed with materials which were not in short supply.
A history of the Caudron C.714, a French lightweight fighter of wooden construction which was beset by many problems in the period immediately before WWII; some of planes were flown by Polish pilots who had escaped to France during WWII.
A history of the Bloch MB.700, a French warplane designed with non-strategic materials to help to maintain France’s supply of steel and light alloys in the period leading to WWII.
A history of the Ambrosini SAI.207 which was a lightweight interceptor designed for the Italian Air Ministry during WWII; the improved variant of the plane was the SAI.403.
At the time of the Munich Crisis in September 1938, when the start of World War II was less than one year distant, it was unclear to the British authorities, in the government, the services and industry, whether or not production of the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire fighters could be accelerated sufficiently to allow …
A history of the Bell Model 32 (XP-77) which was a lightweight fighter aircraft designed using non-strategic materials; its development was beset by problems and terminated in December 1944.
The third installment of the history of the Heinkel He 162, as the leaders of the Third Reich began to inhabit a fantasy world, and the increasing difficulties that frustrated the development and deployment of the fighter.
More information about the development of the wood constructed Luftwaffe fighter, the Heinkel He 162 (II); plus armament options as well as unorthodox plans for further development of the fighter in the face of increasing desperation of the Third Reich.