Military history

Flying to the Limit: Testing World War II Single-engined Fighter Aircraft

Flying to the Limit: Testing World War II Single-engined Fighter Aircraft

During the years preceding and during WW2, the RAF and the Royal Aircraft Establishment were responsible for the selection and procurement of British military aircraft and also to evaluate their capabilities against captured enemy models whenever possible. During the lend-lease agreement with the USA, the RAF and Fleet Air Arm operated several American designs, each of which was tested to evaluate its potential.

Part One: British Fighters

Chapter 1: Hawker Hurricane

Chapter 2: Supermarine Spitfire

Chapter 3: Boulton Paul Defiant

Chapter 4: Blackburn Skua / Roc

Chapter 5: Fairey Fulmar

Chapter 6: Hawker Tornado/Typhoon

Chapter 7: Hawker Tempest

Part Two: German Fighters

Chapter 8: Messerschmitt Bf 109E/G

Chapter 9: Focke-Wulf Fw 190A

Part Three: American Fighters

Chapter 10: Brewster Buffalo

Chapter 11: Curtiss Mohawk

Chapter 12: Bell Airacobra

Chapter 13: Curtiss Tomahawk

Chapter 14: Curtiss Kittyhawk

Chapter 15: North American Mustang

Chapter 16: Republic Thunderbolt

Chapter 17: Grumman Martlet / Wildcat

Chapter 18: Grumman Hellcat

Chapter 19: Vought Corsair

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