Blohm & Voss Ha-137

Blohm & Voss Ha-137 Dive Bomber

The dive bomber Blohm & Voss Ha-137 was designed in 1935 by Richard Vogt, who had been working for a decade with Kawasaki and was looking to return to Germany. The singleseat, low-wing, cantilever monoplane aircraft had a length of 9.46 m (31 ft), a span of 11.15 m (36 ft 7 in) and an empty weight of 1,814 kg (4,000 lbs). […]

Henschel Hs-123

The single-seat dive bomber/ground support Henschel Hs-123 was designed in 1933, and entered Luftwaffe service in 1936. Powered by a 880-hp BMW 132 Dc nine-cylinder radial engine, it had a maximum speed of 345 km/h (214 mph) and a range of 850 km (530 miles). The biplane had an empty weight of 1,504 kg (3,316 lbs), a length of 8.3 m (27 ft 4 in), a height of 3.2 m (10 ft 6.5 in) […]

Heinkel He-70

The Heinkel He-70 was a reconnaissance/ bomber aircraft with a crew of two or three. Designed and first flown in 1932, it was in Luftwaffe service from 1934 to 1938. Its length was 12 m (39 ft 4.5 in), its wingspan was 14.80 m (48 ft 6.75 in), its height was 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in) and its weight (empty) 2,360 kg (5,203 lbs). The powerplant was a 750-hp BMW VI 7-3 V-12, water-cooled engine. […]

Tupolev ANT-20

Tupolev had already, in mid-1931, drawn a passenger derivative of the ANT-16 powered by four geared M-35R engines, designated Tupolev ANT-20. To meet the new demand, which was from the start named for the writer it honoured, Tupolev kept the ANT-20 designation but further extended the outer wings and made other minor changes. The most important modifications were that, lacking the desired engines, Tupolev had to add two more on the leading edge, outboard of the existing four. Then, finding that this was still only marginally enough power, he added a final pair, making eight in all, in a tandem push/pull nacelle. […]

Tupolev ANT-25

Though work on supporting items began immediately, actual design of the Tupolev ANT-25 did not start until April 1932. Tupolev appointed PO Sukhoi to lead the project. Structural design of the remarkable wing was entrusted to Petlyakov and Belyaev, with control surfaces assigned to N S Nekrasov. While the engine and its reduction gear were the responsibility of Mikulin, its installation and the fuel, oil and cooling systems were assigned to Ye I Pogosskii and K V Minkner. […]

Arado Ar-66

The Arado Ar-66 was German WW2 two-seat, single-engined biplane trainer of mixed construction designed by Walter Rethel’s. It was last Rethel’s completed design for Arado before his transfer to Messerschmitt. […]

North American P-51 – Mustang

The North American P-51 Mustang was one of the truly great fighters of the war, it was originally designed in 1940 to a British requirement. In spite of being superseded by jet fighters, the Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s. After World War II and the Korean War, many Mustangs were converted for civilian use, especially air racing.

The prototype NA-73 was first flown in October that year with a 820-kW (1,100-hp) Allison V-1710-F3F but, although two early aircraft were evaluated by the USAAF as XP-51 aircraft, the type was not adopted by that air force. Most of the early aircraft were supplied to the RAF (620 aircraft as Mustang Mk IA and Mustang Mk II). […]

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of WW2, designed by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich. It was a development of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-1. MiG-3 was introduced 1941 […]

Heinkel He – 176

The He 176 was to be the first aircraft in history to fly using only liquid-fueled rocket power. Design work was begun in late 1936, with detailed engineering drawings being completed around July 1937. […]