And to celebrate the 100 mark, one of my favorite subjects... AIRCRAFTS!

Friday, February 18, 2011

From the so called Dogfights, I write this article in memory of those who fought their battles in the sky.

A fighter aircraft is a military aircraft designed primarily for air-to-air combat with other aircraft.
Fighters are the primary means by which armed forces gain air superiority over their opponents in battle. Since at least World War II, achieving and maintaining this air superiority has been a key component of victory in warfare, particularly conventional warfare, between regular armies (as opposed to guerrilla warfare).
The purchase, training and maintenance of a fighter fleet therefore consumes a substantial proportion of the defense budgets of modern armed forces.
Fighters were developed in response to the fledgling use of aircraft and dirigibles in World War I for reconnaissance and ground-attack roles. Early fighters were very small and lightly armed by later standards, and were mostly biplanes. As aerial warfare became increasingly important, so did control of the airspace.

By World War II, fighters were predominantly all-metal monoplanes with wing-mounted batteries of cannons or machine guns. By the end of the war, turbojet engines were already beginning to replace piston engines as the means of propulsion, and increasingly sophisticated refinements to armament were already appearing.

Personal Favorite: The P-51 Mustang

26 comments:

Diclonus said...

Man! I look at some of the new aircraft and then I look at these and it just amazes me, the technological advancements made through these years is really something!

Jay Cockson said...

I always wondered what it would be like to be a dogfighter back in the day, before modern technology changed it so push button missile lock did all the work.

TheDeftGamer said...

hey congrats on the 100 followers, too bad i was 3rd away from the 100th spot.

FilmAdviser said...

I've listened to some WW2 airfighters stories and they were scary and breathtaking at the same time.

Tasty said...

I am with Jay, I've always wondered about oldschool dogfighting.

Also, congrats on your 100 followers.

blaza1 said...

Sweet blog man! Following and supporting, great work!

Smog Town Leaf said...

In school the teacher asked us if we'd rather be Flyboys or Infantry during WW1 and I was the only one who wanted to be a Flyboy.

Doesn't matter to me though, they can have fun with their trench foot and mud pillows.

Congrats on 100.

ReidTech said...

Ah yes the P-51 Mustang. It was Designed and built in about 120 days apparently. Btw grats on 100 followers.

Filipe Ferreira said...

Congratz!

Anonymous. said...

I love these pictures of old aircraft.

JMchief said...

WOW what a great blog! This is so interesting

I'm following

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PvtCarlin said...

This is a time when it was cool to be an engineer.

jonwinters said...

aircrafts will always be interesting, congrats on the 100 followers!

Charles said...

congrats and I love the look of those planes! so cool!

Lhosreiff said...

Always been a fan of old aircraft.

mtn said...

congratulations on the 100 followers

Siphil said...

I love anything related to flying. I remember being really young and thinking that I wanted to be a bird when I grew up.

displayed said...

makes me want to go back in time and fly one of these babies. id definitely have so much fun in that era

Eric P said...

old aircrafts had such poor accuracy with their bombs compared to their modern counterparts. the work those pilots did is so fascinating.

Chris C. said...

Congrads on the hard work!

Disser2 said...

There you can see a big difference to todays aircraft! But there are also today pilots who give their life in the airial war!

Snuggs said...

Keep up the great work!

afrodude50 said...

congrats

Paddock Webfoot said...

There's nothing like the sound of a radial engine. Except the sound of a radial engine built into a motorcycle, hehe.

Fly safe.

Mike said...

p=51 mustang is siiick!! nice post

Tom said...

Grats on 100.

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