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The Corsair is one of the best known airplanes of World War Il which fought against the entire array of aircraft used by the Japanese Forces in the Pacific theatre. After the war the Corsairs were set aside, together with other propeller-driven planes, to expect demolition awaiting replacement by jet aircraft. In 1950, at the outbreak of the Korean conflict, more than one hundred units were re-activated to combat the onslaught of the North Korean Forces. The Corsair still proved a viable airplane, robust and reliable, superior to the first, rather delicate jets which were to end the Corsair's life span.
The Eurofighter project, developed from the second half of the 80s by a consortium of European companies, had the aim of realizing an advanced multi-role combat aircraft strongly specialized in interception. The result of the project is the "Typhoon" that is one of the best air superiority fighter in the world. Its aerodynamic design is characterized by canard-delta wings. Thanks to its two Eurojet EJ200 turbofan engines, the Typhoon is able to reach a maximum speed of Mach 2. The on board technology, enhanced by fly-by-wire control system, allows to obtain a great maneuverability in air combat duties. To celebrate the 100 years from the establishment of Italian Air Force fighter Squadrons in First World War, the “Gruppi di Volo” have realised on the modern Typhoons four captivating commemorative liveries.
The S.M.82 “Marsupiale” was the most famous transport aircraft of the Italian Regia Aeronautica during the Second World War. Directly derived by its predecessor, the S.M.75, it adopts the main features of the most traditional Savoia Marchetti production as the three radial engines configuration and the lay-out structure made by welded-steel tubes, wood, and fabric. The S.M.82 main strength was its wide fuselage capable of loading a significant amount of goods, materials and troops. The “Marsupiale” has been used to perform, successfully, tactical transport duties on all Italian military theaters of World War II, from Africa to Russia. It was also used for paratroops dropping. Even the German Luftwaffe recognized and appreciated the good features of the Italian aircraft. After the Armistice of 8 September 1943, the S.M. 82 were used by either the Italian Cobelligerent Air Force or the Repubblica Sociale Air Force. To point out the reliability of the project, after the war, some S.M. 82s continued in service with the Italian Aeronautica Militare until the early ‘60s.
The Douglas Skyraider was manufactured immediately after War World II. Despite its traditional piston motor, in an age when jets were spreading, the Skyraider had an extraordinary long career. It made its first flight in 1945 and it was retired from service only in 1975. It has participated to several conflicts, demonstrating its value in Korea and in Vietnam. Characterised by low speed manoeuvrability, it was able to transport impressive war cargos of over 3,500Kg. Perfect for ground attack missions, it was provided with robust armour to minimise fire damages from the enemy. The AD-4W three-seat (one pilot and two observers) airborne “early warning” version has been developed from its robust and reliable design. It has built in more than 150 units and it has been characterized by the big “radome”, the adoption of radar picket system to look and acquire potential targets, and the adoption of advanced communication system.
Together with its British counterpart, the Spitfire, this was the best known aircraft of World War II. The BF version was distributed to German units around the spring of 1942. It is considered to be the best version of this small fighter plane, despite considerable structural and engine problems in the beginning.With this aircraft quite a number of German aces won their battles in the air. Various types of Bf-109 F were built such as ground attack fighters, anti-ship versions and reconnaissance planes.
The Mustang is one of the worlds best known airplanes and was without doubt the best fighter plane of World War II. It was built in record time in 1943 for the European campaign and was well suited to fight the BF-109s and FW-190s of the German Luftwaffe
The Short Stirling was the first heavy bomber used during the Second World War by the British Royal Air Force. Although it was built around a robust metal airframe and it was able to carry a good offensive load, the Stirling was gradually replaced in RAF Bomber Squadron with the more advanced Halifax and Lancaster. Thanks to its 4 powerful 1,635 hp Bristol Hercules engines, it was able to perform other important duties in airborne operations : dropping paratroopers and towing gliders. The Stirling Mk IV version was adapted to optimize the towing of gliders, such as Horsa and Hamilcar, with the elimination of nose and dorsal turrets and the introduction of mechanisms to release gliders. The Stirlings Mk IV were used in the Battle of Normandy and Operation Market Garden.
Developed in the early seventies from the American company Northrop, as direct evolution of its predecessor, the F-5E Tiger II was characterized by an increased power, a better maneuverability and better air-to-air performance. Its real strength, however, was represented by the low production and maintenance costs compared to a good combat effectiveness. Thanks to its cost / performance ratio the F-5E was chosen to equip the fighter squadrons of several air forces. Among these countries, the Swiss Air Force considered the F-5E suitable to meet the real unique features of which the Alpine Country needed. It was also produced under license by the Helvetic country. From the single-seat F-5E, the two-seat trainer F5-F has been directly derived. Armed with a single M39 gun, it keeps all the main operating features of the single-seat version.
The Soviet fighter Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21 is the most widely produced
The twin-engine Douglas DC-3 was definitely one of the most famous transport aircraft of aviation history thanks to its reliability, flexibility and service life. During the Second World War it was developed a version dedicated to military duties: the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. Produced in large numbers by American production plants, was used extensively by the Allies on all fronts. In particular, the C-47s received by British Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Air Forces took the name “Dakota” and they were used for logistic, tactical transports, launch of paratroopers and medical evacuation. Thanks to its two Pratt & Whitney 1,200 HP engines the “Dakota” was able to reach a top speed of 360 Km/h. It had a pay-load of 2,500 Kg or a capacity of 28 troops.
The twin-engine Fokker F-27 Friendship was developed during the fifties
In 1969 the Boeing 747 flew for the first time and until the appearance of the Airbus A380, was the world's largest passenger aircraft. Unlike the Airbus, the Boeing has two passenger decks in the front part only. Even four decades after its intial flight, this four engined wide body airplane is still one of the most widely used airplanes in the world. The Jumbo is being flown in different configurations, mainly the 70 meter long version 747-400 (first flight in 1988).For kids and beginners of scale modeling!
Boba Fett's space ship uses the bounty hunting fighter to track down and capture booty . The Slave 1 is a patrol ship of the Firespray Class, but was extensively upgraded and improved, in particularly its weapons systems. A special feature of the space ship is its vertical flight even at considerable speeds.easykit pocket - great easykit fun in miniature format. All parts pre-painted and printed of course. Simply snap them together and you're ready to play.
The name X-Wing Fighter is derived from its superimposed double wings that form a lying X in combat configuration in order to increase its area of fire. The wings can be extended during combat or upon entry into a planet's atmosphere. High Energy Laser Cannon can be found on the wing-tips. The X-Wing Fighter soon proved itself to be one of the most effective ships in the Galaxy and quickly became the standard fighter in the Rebel Alliance.
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The F/A-18 Super Hornet is the most modern combat fighter aircraft in the US Navy and replaces the F-14 as well as the F/A-18C. Enemy targets can be attacked with significantly greater precision through the use of JDAM and Laser Guided Bombs . The F/A-18E also has an extensive arsenal of the latest generation of guided missiles at its disposal.
The LTV A-7 Corsair II was designed and implemented in the first half of the 1960s to satisfy the specific United States Navy request to have a new carrier-capable light attack aircraft able to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and the piston-powered Douglas A-1 Skyraider. It was directly developed by the fighter Vought F-8 Crusade airframe. The A-7 was characterised by the large frontal air intake under tha cabin, by the 35° foldable swept wing to optimize the use and the storage on the aircraft carriers flight decks and by the adoption of a modern Head-up-Display to enhance the operational effectiveness. Thanks to its underwing hardpoints the A-7 was able to carry an impressive offensive load based on conventional bombs, guided bombs as the Paveway and air-to-surface missiles. The A-7E was the last version produced for the U.S Navy with an improved operational capabilities and the possibility to use the Harpoon anti-ship missiles and the AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles.
The Alpha Jet advanced trainer is the result of a collaboration project
The A-6 Intruder entered service in the mid-60s as ground attack carrier based aircraft to replace the outdated planes as the propeller-driven A-1 Skyraider and the A-3 Skywarrior. The Grumman Corporation developed and designed the A-6A, based on U.S. Navy specifications, a twin jet-engine all-weather medium attack aircraft able to operate from the American aircraft carriers. The “Intruder” was characterized by a sturdy and robust fuselage and by the two side by side seats cabin configuration for the pilot and the weapons officer. To satisfy the U.S. Navy operative needs of having a tanker aircraft providing aerial refueling support to strike aircrafts, in 1970 the K-A6D version was born. Directly derived from the A-6A airframe, the K-A6D was fitted with an internal hose and reel refueling package and with the adoption of extra underwing pylon tanks.
During the ‘90s the United States Department of Defense launched the
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