Wooden fighters of World War II – the Caudron C.714

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.

Wooden fighters of World War II – the Miles M.20

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 …

Defending the bomber – The Nash & Thompson FN121 Gun Turret

A history of the British FN121 Gun Turret which utilised radar-aiming and was fitted onto some Avro Lancaster bombers during WWII, including developments which came about from the experience of turrets being used in service.

First-generation ‘modern’ monoplane fighters – The Soviet Polikarpov I-16

A history of the Soviet Polikarpov I-16, the monoplane fighter that featured strongly in WW2, the Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Khalkhin Gol and the Spanish Civil War.