Bent Wing Birds

Vought Corsair I – Vought F4U-1D – Vought F4U-7The Curator’s Choice 65 One of the most distinctive shapes of all World War 2 aircraft is the bent wing of the Vought F4U Corsair naval fighter. It came from the desire to fit the most powerful piston engine possible to a fighter to give it outstanding … More Bent Wing Birds

Early X-planes

Douglas X-3 – Bell X-5 – Lockheed X-9The Curator’s Choice 63 There is something romantic about the early X-planes. The whole idea began towards the end of World War 2 when various organizations in the United States, including NACA, the USAAF and USN, wanted to conduct research into high speed flight. The first X-plane was … More Early X-planes

Lost Designs

BAC TSR2 – Northrop YF-23 – Dassault Mirage IIIVThe Curator’s Choice 62 The history of aviation is littered with aircraft designs that never made it off the drawing boards, many of them good ideas that weren’t needed or were impractical. There are also many good designs that were built but never entered production. Sometimes they … More Lost Designs

ANZAC Trainers

The Curator’s Choice 61Aermacchi MB.326H – Aermacchi MB.339CD – AESL CT/4A It is now a little over a century since soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps ‘were butchered like lambs at the slaughter’ on the beaches at Gallipoli. Every year since Australians and New Zealanders around the world have gather on 25 … More ANZAC Trainers