SQUADRONS! No.46: The North American & CAC Mustang – The RAAF

The North American P-51 is among the most famous fighters of WW2, and the P-51D probably the model the best known. In April 1944, the Australian Government selected the North […]

SQUADRONS! No.47: The Westland Whirlwind

The Westland Whirlwind belongs to that category of aircraft which entered production but failed to live up to their designers’ expectations. Its unreliable engines can be seen as a major […]

SQUADRONS! No.48: The Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV – The British squadrons

The Spitfire XIV was the logical development of the Spitfire Mk XII (see SQUADRONS! 5). The Mk.XIV differed from the Mk.XII in that the longer, two-stage supercharged Griffon 65 was […]

SQUADRONS! No.49: The Supermarine Spitfire Mk I – The beginning, the Auxiliary squadrons

The Spitfire was designed as a short-range interceptor which first flew on 5 March 1936 and was soon ordered in large quantities.The first production Spitfire came off the assembly line […]

SQUADRONS! No.50: The Hawker Tempest Mk V – The New Zealanders

The Hawker Tempest was derived from the Hawker Typhoon. The new design was tested with various engines and eventually the Mk V was the first to enter service making its […]

SQUADRONS! No.51: The Last of the Long-Range Biplane Flying Boats

In the years following the end of WW1, the RAF produced a variety of specifications for long-range reconnaissance flying boats. During the thirties, some types were put into service, the […]

SQUADRONS! No.52: The Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX – The former Canadian Homefront squadrons

The Spitfire Mk.IX is one of the best known versions of the Spitfire. However, it should never really have existed. Its creation can be attributed to the appearance of the […]

SQUADRONS! No.53: The Hawker Hurricane Mk I & Mk II – The Eagle Squadrons

The Hawker Hurricane was the first of the modern fighter types to begin re-equipping the RAF in the 1930s. As the RAF was undergoing a massive expansion in the mid-thirties, […]

SQUADRONS! No.54: The Hawker biplane fighters

Hawker had its roots in the aftermath of the First World War, which resulted in the bankruptcy of the Sopwith Aviation Company. The new team began to work on new […]