The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod was a maritime patrol aircraft developed and operated by the United Kingdom. It was an extensive modification of the deHavilland Comet, the world’s first operational jet airliner. It was originally designed by de Havilland’s successor firm, Hawker Siddeley; further development and maintenance work was undertaken by Hawker Siddeley’s own successor companies, British Aerospace and BAE Systems, respectively.
BAE Hawk T1 Trainer
The BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft. It was first flown at Dunsfold, Surrey, in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk, and subsequently produced by its successor companies, British Aerospace and BAE Systems, respectively. It has been used in a training capacity and a low-cost combat aircraft.
The Hawker Typhoon was a British single-seat fighter-bomber. When the Luftwaffe brought the formidable Focke-Wulf into service in 1941, the Typhoon was the only RAF fighter capable of catching it at low altitudes, securing a role as a low-altitude interceptor. The Typhoon is one of WW2’s most successful ground-attack aircraft.
The Gloster Javelin is a twin-engined T-tailed delta-wing subsonic night and all-weather interceptor aircraft that served with Britain’s Royal Air Force from the mid-1950s until the late 1960s. The last aircraft design to bear the Gloster name, it was introduced in 1956 after a lengthy development period and received several upgrades during its lifetime to its engines, radar and weapons, including support for the De Havilland Firestreak air-to-air missile.
Junkers Ju 88
The Junkers Ju 88 was a German World War II Luftwaffe twin-engined multirole combat aircraft. It was designed in the mid-1930s as a so-called Schnellbomber (“fast bomber”) that would be too fast for fighters of its era to intercept. It became one of the most versatile combat aircraft of the Second World War.
The Avro Lancaster is a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber designed and built by Avro for the Royal Air Force (RAF). It first saw active service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and, as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the central implement for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. It became the main heavy bomber used by the RAF, the RCAF, and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF. It was one of the more famous and successful of the Second World War night bombers.
Learjet is a Canadian owned, American manufacturer of business jets for civilian and military use. Founded in the late 1950s by William Powell Lear as Swiss American Aviation Corporation, it has been a subsidiary of Canadian Bombardier Aerospace since 1990, which markets it as the “Bombardier Learjet Family”.
The Maule Orion is an American four-seat cabin monoplane designed by Belford Maule and built by the Maule Aircraft Company. It has an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers, fixed tailwheel landing gear and gross weight of 2300lb.
The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies’ only operational jet aircraft during the Second World War. The Meteor’s development was heavily reliant on its ground-breaking turbojet engines. Development of the aircraft began in 1940, although work on the engines had been under way since 1936. The Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with No. 616 Squadron RAF. Nicknamed the “Meatbox”, the Meteor was not a sophisticated aircraft in its aerodynamics, but proved to be a successful combat fighter.
de Havilland Mosquito
The Mosquito is a British combat aircraft with a two-man crew which served duringand after World War II. It adapted to roles including day/night bomber, pathfinder, fighter-bomber, intruder, maritime strike aircraft, and fast photo-reconnaissance aircraft. A single passenger could be carried in the aircraft’s bomb bay, which would be adapted for the purpose.
The Mooney M20 is a family of piston-powered, propeller-driven general aviation aircraft, featuring low wings and tricycle gear, manufactured by the Mooney Airplane Company. The aircraft boosted output initially to 270 hp (200 kW) and was also turbo-charged. With minor changes in engine output and various performance tweaks, these two basic models (both high power, both with long bodies, one with turbo-charging) are known as the “Bravo”.
The Nieuport 28 C.1 was a French biplane fighter aircraft flown during World War I, built by Nieuport and designed by Gustave Delage. Owing its lineage to the successful line of sesquiplane fighters that included the Nieuport 17, the Nieuport 28 continued a similar design philosophy of a lightweight and highly maneuverable aircraft.By the time the Nieuport 28 was available, the SPAD XIII had been chosen to equip the escadrilles de chasse of the Aéronautique Militaire for 1918, and this fighter was also the first choice for the projected American “pursuit” squadrons. In the event, a shortage of SPADs led to Nieuport 28s being issued to four American squadrons between March and August 1918, and these became the first aircraft to see operational service with an American fighter squadron.
The P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission. The Purchasing Commission approached North American Aviation to build Curtiss P-40 fighters under license for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Rather than build an old design from another company, the NNA proposed the design and production of a more modern fighter.
The Piper Cherokee is a family of light aircraft built by Piper Aircraft and designed for flight training, air taxi, and personal use. The family of aircraft are all-metal, unpressurized, single-engine, piston powered airplanes with low-mounted wings and tricycle landing gear. They have a single door on the copilot side, which is entered by stepping on the wing.
The Piper Cub is an American light air-craft that was built between 1937 and 1947 by Piper Aircraft. The aircraft has a simple, lightweight design which gives it good low speed handling properties and short field performance. The Cub is one of the best known light aircraft of all time. Its simplicity, affordability and popularity is evident from its large production numbers (nearly 20,000 built in the US!) The Cub was originally intended as a trainer and saw great popularity in this role and as a general aviation craft. Due to its performance, it was well suited a variety of military and was produced in large numbers during World War II.
The PA-25 Pawnee was an agricultural aircraft produced by Piper Aircraft between 1959 and 1981. It remains a widely used aircraft in agricultural spraying and is also used as a tow plane, or tug, for launching gliders or for towing banners. In 1988 the design rights and support responsibility were sold to Latino Americana de Aviación of Argentina.