Which planes got the star treatment design analysis, extensive coverage, lots of photos others, some of major importance and some of lesser, were mentioned only in short articles or survey articles. Those planes are gathered here.
- Avro Anson, British two-engine light bomber and trainer
- Boeing 307 Stratoliner, American four-engine transport
- Boeing 314 Clipper, American four-engine flying boat transport
- Boeing B-29 Superfortress, American four-engine super-heavy bomber
- Consolidated Vultee B-32 Dominator, American four-engine super-heavy bomber
- Dornier Do-217, German two-engine medium and dive bomber
- Hughes H-4 Hercules, aka Spruce Goose, eight-engine flying boat
- Handley-Page Halifax, British four-engine heavy bomber
- Heinkel He-111, German two-engine bomber
- Lockheed Hudson, American two-engine bomber
- Hawker Hurricane, British single-engine front-line fighter
- Junkers Ju-52 Tante Ju, German trimotor transport
- Junkers Ju-87 Stuka, German single-engine dive bomber
- Junkers Ju-88, German two-engine medium bomber with a lot of other uses
- Avro Lancaster, British four-engine heavy bomber
- Avro Manchester, British two-engine medium bomber
- Martin Mars, American four-engine flying boat transport
- Martin Maryland, American two-engine bomber
- Messerschmitt Me-109, German single-engine front-line fighter
- Messerschmitt Me-110 Zerstörer, German two-engine escort fighter
- Messerschmitt Me-210/Me-410 Hornisse German two-engine heavy fighter
- Curtiss-Wright P-40 (Tomahawk, Kittyhawk, Warhawk) American single-engine fighter
- Bell P-59 Airacomet American two-engine jet-propelled fighter
- Supermarine Spitfire, British single-engine front-line fighter
- Short Stirling, British four-engine heavy bomber
- Short Sunderland, British four-engine flying boat patrol bomber
- Hawker Typhoon, British single-engine fighter
- Fieseler Fi-103 V-1 "Buzz bomb", German pulse-jet-powered cruise missile
- Vought-Sikorsky VS-44 Excalibur, American four-engine flying boat transport
- Mittelwerk A4 V-2 German ballistic missile
- Vickers-Armstrong Wellington, aka Wimpy, British two-engine medium bomber
- Mitsubishi A6M Zero (Zeke, Hamp, Rufe), Japanese single-engine naval fighter
The Hamp version, A6M3 Model 32, is covered more completely in its own section.
Overviews of various aspects of the major combatants
Italy appeared from time to time.
Occasional isolated articles appeared on minor Allies, such as Turkey, China, the Netherlands (mostly in the context of the Netherlands East Indies)
- Most of this site is arranged around American aircraft, organization, operations, design and production.
- Articles on Germany discussed the organization, insignia, etc, of the Luftwaffe, various aspects of German design and production practices and other related topics. Articles on various aircraft are cross referenced here.
- Articles on Japan describe the Japanese Air Force and Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service organization and insignia, Japanese production capacity and other issues.
- Articles on the Soviet Union, aka Russia, deal primarily with aspects of the Red Air Force, with a few article on other issues.
A wide variety of articles comparing and contrasting different types or styles of planes came out during the war.
- "Flying Blue Amazons" [ HTML ] is a short article about women aircrew in the Turkish air force.
Since the European war was first priority for the Allies, German planes got a good deal of detailed attention:
"Review of British Warplanes" [ HTML ] , [ PDF, 18.2 MiB ] is an apparently comprehensive listing of types in use by the RAF in early 1942.
"Our Planes Can Fight!" [ HTML ] , [ PDF, 9.5 MiB ] was written as a counter to claims in the press of American warplane inadequacies. It mentions several types but goes into the most depth on the P-40.
"Japanese Air Power" [ HTML ] focuses on numbers and production capacity of the Japanese air industry.
"Typical Soviet Aircraft" [ HTML ] discusses several Soviet types and has 3-view silhouettes of nine types.
"American Aircraft in the RAF" [ HTML ] , [ PDF, 2.7 MiB ] goes through the various American types in RAF service in 1942.
"New Allied and Axis Planes" [ HTML ] mentions several new types in the fall of 1942, with details on the Typhoon and Stirling.
"Germans, Japs Copy American Fighters" [ HTML ] lists a number of fighter planes in use in the first years of the war. To later eyes, it reads as a morale-boosting propaganda piece, downplaying the technical abilities of the Axis by attributing the quality of their warplanes to copying. Nowadays we would be likelier to say that the designers were all working from pretty much the same reference books and engine/armament constraints.
"Allied Dive Bombers Outclass Nazi Stuka" [ HTML ] discusses dive bombing and dive bombers, with an emphasis on the Ju-87 Stuka and its shortcomings. While dive bombing remained an important element in the Pacific for some time, it was already being considered obsolete in the European war.
"Torpedo Bombers End Battleship Supremacy" [ HTML ] discusses the history and limitations of the torpedo bomber.
"Twin-engine Fighters may aid Second Front" [ HTML ] describes three twin-engined fighters FW-187, Whirlwind, P-38 and mentions a couple more in development.
"Look At the Record!" [ HTML ] , [ PDF, 3.2 MiB ] discusses combat successes with several types, especially the B-17 and P-40.
"The World's Best Warplanes" [ HTML ] , [ PDF, 11.1 MiB ] is one of several "World's Best" lists published during the war. This one was compiled by a Public Information Officer in the USAAF.
The Italians were never much of a factor in the European air war. "What's Happened to the Italian Air Force?" [ HTML ] discusses the history of the Italian Air Force and the kinds of planes it had available in late 1942.
"Air weapons in review" [ HTML ] , [ PDF, 14 MiB ] describes the various armaments used in warplanes, with history, and many of the planes that use the various weapons.
"Double Trouble" [ HTML ] , [ PDF, 10.2 MiB ] gives quick capsule descriptions of a number of twin-engined fighters.
"5 years of air war" [ HTML ] , [ PDF, 9.5 MiB ] goes into the development histories of five US types.
"Low level attack" [ HTML ] discusses the use of aircraft in the low level attack role.
"Planes for the Pacific" [ HTML ] discusses the types in use by the US and Japan late in the war.
- "An Analysis of Captured Nazi Warplanes" [ HTML ] gives descriptions of Me-109, Me-110, Ju-88 and He-111 planes captured in England.
- "Hitler's Latest Weapon" [ HTML ] discusses the possibility of using torpedo-carrying seaplanes against Allied shipping, especially to Russia. A photo caption mentions Russian Baltic ports, but the emphasis is on the Murmansk/Arkhangelsk run.
- "Fire Power, Range and Gun Arcs of Currently Active German Aircraft" [ PDF, 2 MiB ] shows armament and firing arcs of Do-17, Ju-88, Me-110, and He-111.
- "What's Become of the Luftwaffe
?" [ HTML ] discusses reasons for the Germans' difficulties with the air war on the Eastern Front.
- "Fire Power Details of Nazi Planes" [ HTML ] shows armament and firing arcs for Ju-88, He-111, Me-110, and Ju-87 Stuka.
- "Planes of the German Air Force" [ HTML ] is a quite comprehensive account of the wide variety of planes experimented with and/or developed by the Luftwaffe during the war. It includes a large table of types and characteristics.