Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI

The Spitfire XVI was the last major version of the Spitfire to be powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin before introduction of the RR Griffon powered variants. Externally …

de Havilland Vampire F3

The Vampire was a first generation jet fighter which saw service in the immediate post-war period with Royal Air Force front-line fighter squadrons in the United Kingdom …

Sikorsky R-4B Hoverfly 1

Though only 133 Hoverfly 1s were built, the type holds a significant place in the history of both the Royal Air Force and the United States Army …

English Electric Canberra PR3

The Canberra long-range, photo-reconnaissance aircraft was one of several versions of the Canberra bomber, one of the success stories of the post-war British aircraft industry. Many British-built …

Slingsby Cadet TX3

The traditionally built wood-and-fabric Slingsby Cadet was an excellent glider, produced in large numbers for Air Training Corps use. 131 of the TX Mk 3 variant were …

Slingsby Type 38 Grasshopper

The Grasshopper is a primary glider intended, as the name suggests, to give basic training through short ‘hops’ on airfields or school playing fields. I was based …

Fiat CR42 Falco

The CR42 was a delightful machine to fly and was the best biplane in service in 1940. Although the days of the biplane fighter were numbered it …

Supermarine Southampton

The Southampton flying-boat was one of the most successful ever used by the Royal Air Force. With a reputation for reliability, its service life of eleven years …

Supermarine Spitfire F24

The Spitfire F24 was the ultimate development of the type, but the advent of the jet fighter meant that only small numbers were built and even fewer …

Gloster Meteor F8

The Gloster Meteor was the only allied jet to see combat in World War Two and in its various marks served in day, night and training operations. …

Supermarine Spitfire I

The Spitfire is the most famous British fighter aircraft in history. It became a symbol of freedom during the summer months of 1940 by helping to defeat …