Seema Syeda reviews the newly remodelled RAF Museum. Museums, I thought in a rather prosaic way as I sat underneath the bomb bay of an Avro Vulcan B2 in the RAF Museum’s Hangar 5, usually chronicle the events of the past. Meandering through the corridors of the British Museum, for instance, gazing at the ossified warriors […]
A masterpiece of aerodynamic engineering, the Spitfire was among the finest fighter aircraft of the Second World War. Military archaeologist Keith Robinson celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire’s iconic design.
Used throughout the Second World War to identify friend from foe, these original spotter cards show the differences in the silhouettes between British and German aircraft.
Aircraft: Supermarine Spitfire Mk I Type: single-engine British fighter Manufacturer: Supermarine Division, Vickers-Armstrong Ltd Year: 1938 Engine: Rolls-Royce Merlin II, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,030 hp Wingspan: 11.22m Length: 9.12m Height: 3.48m Weight (loaded): 2,415 kg Maximum speed: 355 mph Ceiling: 34,000 feet Range: 500 miles Armament: 8 Browning machineguns in wings Crew: 1 Click to […]
Aircraft: Hawker Hurricane Mk I Type: single-engine British _ ghter Manufacturer: Hawker Aircraft Ltd Year: 1937 Engine: Rolls-Royce Merlin II, 12-cylinder V, air-cooled, 1,030 hp Wingspan: 12.19m Length: 9.55m Height: 3.99m Weight (loaded): 2,993 kg Maximum speed: 320 mph Ceiling: 33,200 feet Range: 460 miles Armament: 8 Browning machine guns in wings Crew: 1 Click […]
Aircraft: Messerschmitt Bf 109E Type: single-engine German _ ghter Manufacturer: Messerschmitt AG Year: 1939 Engine: Daimler-Benz DB 601, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,050 hp Wingspan: 9.87m Length: 8.65m Height: 2.50m Weight (loaded): 2,010 kg Maximum speed: 342 mph Ceiling: 34,450 feet Range: 410 miles Armament: 2 machine-guns on top of engine cowling and 2 20-mm cannon […]
Aircraft: Messerschmitt Bf 110C Type: twin-engine German fighterbomber Manufacturer: Messerschmitt AG Year: 1939 Engines: 2 Daimler-Benz DB 601,12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,050 hp each Wingspan: 16.25m Length: 12.07m Height: 4.12m Weight (loaded): 6,028 kg Maximum speed: 336 mph Ceiling: 32,810 feet Range: 680 miles Armament: 5 machine-guns and 2 20-mm cannon Crew: 2-3 Click to view all our […]
Aircraft: Junkers Ju 87B Type: single-engine German divebomber Manufacturer: Junkers Flugzeug und Motorenwerke AG Year: 1938 Engine: Junkers Jumo 211, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,200 hp Wingspan: 13.79m Length: 11.10m Height: 4.01m Weight (loaded): 4,330 kg Maximum speed: 238 mph Ceiling: 26,250 feet Range: 490 miles Armament: 3 machine-guns and 500 kg of bombs Crew: 2 Click to […]
Aircraft: Heinkel He 111H Type: twin-engine German medium bomber Manufacturer: Ernst Heinkel AG Year: 1939 Engines: 2 Junkers Jumo 211A, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,100 hp each Wingspan: 22.60m Length: 16.39m Height: 4.0m Weight (loaded): 14,000 kg Maximum speed: 252 mph Ceiling: 27,900 feet Range: 1,280 miles 6 machine-guns and 2,495 kg Click to view all our Battle […]
Aircraft: Dornier Do 17Z Type: twin-engine German medium bomber Manufacturer: Dornier-Werke GmbH Year: 1939 Engines: 2 BMW Bramo 323P, 9-cylinder radial, air-cooled, 1,000 hp each. Wingspan: 18.0m Length: 15.79m Height: 4.55m Weight (loaded): 8,590 kg Maximum speed: 255 mph Ceiling: 26,900 feet Range: 721 miles Armament: 6 machine-guns and 1,000 kg of bombs Crew: 4 Click to view […]