Welcome to Warbird Wednesday! Today, we’re visiting the world’s first low-wing monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear, the Polikarpov I-16. This Soviet aircraft was a revolutionary design that saw combat in the Spanish Civil War, in China, and the Winter War.
Welcome to Warbird Wednesday! Today, we’re visiting an air-sea rescue plane, the Cant Z 506. This Italian floatplane set several different aircraft records from 1936-1938 and had remarkable speed. This search and rescue plane was important during the fighting of Greece, the Italian Peninsula, and in North Africa.
Welcome to Warbird Wednesday! Today, we’re visiting a Japanese Navy fighter used during WWII, the A6M Zero. Nicknamed “Zeke” the Zero was designed to be highly maneuverable making it a lethal weapon for its time. This aircraft instilled the design philosophy that fighters didn’t have to be the fastest planes in the air, but maneuverability was the best tactic for success.
Welcome to Warbird Wednesday! This week Fred gives a shout-out to a Military Cargo airplane from the Commonwealth of Australia, the Government Aircraft Factories (GAF) Nomad.