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Volume 24 #2, Issue 110

HORTEN’S BAT WINGED SHIP

Horten Ho229One of the more futuristic designs to come out of the Third Reich was the Horten Ho 229, a jet powered ‘all wing’ fighter/bomber. Fortunately development was in its infancy as the war ended, however several prototypes had been built, and one successfully flown. Given the technology associated with the type, a relatively intact captured example was selected for further testing and shipped to the USA, it fortunately being handed over to the then named National Air Museum. Here we take a look at the aircraft’s development and the history of the only surviving example which spent many years in deep storage until much interest was sparked following the release of the National Geographic documentary “Hitler's Stealth Fighter.’ This was the catalyst for the NASM to bring the dilapidated machine out of its long slumber and set about conserving the aircraft in order to place it on display. This proved to be a difficult juggling act and the fascinating process is described here in detail.


MURMANSK MESSERSCHMITT

Messerschmitt

In our Northern Wreck Recoveries article in the previous issue we made mention that apart from the featured IL-2 and Spitfire, another recovery had been accomplished which we were unable to report on prior to going to print, given the required paperwork had not been completed at that time. With the red tape cut we are now clear to do so. A combat veteran of both Jagdgeschwader 54 (Fighter Wing 54) and JG 5 was recovered from Lake Tuljavr near Murmansk in mid June 2018. In this article we take a look at the aircraft’s known history, the recovery and plans for the historic fighter.


OUR LAST MYSTERY AIRCRAFT WAS A...VOUGHT (O SERIES) CORSAIR

(O SERIES) CORSAIRIt was a no surprise that when the US Navy sought options for a new observation / scout aircraft in 1925 that the Chance Vought Corporation, which had specialized from the beginning in naval aircraft, submitted plans and won a contract to produce two prototypes of what would become known as the Corsair. The type proved to be a robust biplane, with wonderful flying qualities - its manoeuvrability similar to that of single-seater Pursuit aircraft of the time. Exported to numerous countries, three of which built them under licence, the Corsair served with distinction in a number of conflicts in the role of fighter, bomber and scout. Here we take a look at the aircraft’s development and varied career in Central and South America and Asia and look at the only known surviving aircraft.


BATTLING BETTY-The MITSUBISHI G4M HAMAKI

MITSUBISHI G4M HAMAKI

Arguably the best land-based naval bomber in the world when it first appeared in late 1939, the G4M’s (Allied code name Betty) most outstanding success came early in the war with the sinking of the HMS Prince Of Wales and Repulse, the first capital ships ever to be sunk by air attack while at sea. Despite the G4M’s speed and exceptional range, its fatal flaws were the lack of armour and self-sealing fuel tanks, thus making the aircraft especially vulnerable to enemy fire. In this article the type’s development and operational history is focussed upon, prior to detailing the few survivors which have a secure future, along with touching on those derelict examples which remain at the mercy of the elements and the scrap merchants.


KILLER KITTYHAWK

P-40 KittyhawkAn accomplished WWII combat veteran fighter that has been awaiting rebuild for many years, is soon to be made available to a new owner in the hope that they can move this worthy warrior back towards airworthiness. In this article CW Editor and owner of the P-40 relates the history of the fighter, which includes a Betty kill, and his long association with wreck and why it is now time to part with it.


AIRSHOWS

AirshowsWarbirds Downunder, NZ Warbirds & Reno.



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