Like the Allies, the Axis was dominated by a subgroup of three, the members of the Tripartite Pact — Germany, Italy and Japan. While other members may have had planes of their own, virtually all effective air action involved the planes of those three nations.

Germany and Japan had active, prolific aircraft industries. Italy had a very good aircraft industry between the wars, but the decay of national morale in light of Fascist military adventurism meant that their industry was not as prolific as the others'.




Specific plane types

Three Axis warplanes got the Design Analysis treatment: Focke-Wulf FW-190 Würger, Mitsubishi A6M3 Type 0 Model 32 Hamp, Messerschmitt Me-262 Schwalbe.

Less complete articles, often nothing more than a "New Plane" mention with an artist's conception, on a fair range of Axis planes did appear. On the whole coverage of German planes was better than that of the other Axis combatants. There were probably several contributing reasons for this: lots of German planes came down on British soil, so were available for analysis; Germans were considered the greatest threat, so their war equipment got closer attention; Japanese were propagandized as being copycats and incompetent warriors; by the time the US entered the war, Italy was a minor player.

German planes:

Italian planes: Japanese planes:

There were also articles on engines: