World War 2

World War 2 saw the airplane rise to even greater importance than in the first World War. Air superiority became a crucial component of battlefield operations and air forces were massively expanded during the conflict.The Allied and Axis sides of the war developed enormous war machines, capable of developing and rolling out unprecedented numbers of advanced new military equipment in rapid response to changing conditions on the battlefield, as well keeping up with the technological advances of adversaries.

High altitude bombing raids and night fighting were hallmarks of the War for Europe, whilst aircraft carrier battles pitched the American and Japanese fleets against one another. The technology of the day was pushed to it’s limit with the use of superchargers in aircraft engines, the introduction of radar, and the rapid development of the jet engine by the war’s end.

The period ended as the Nuclear Age and subsequent Cold War were ushered in by the tremendous and tragic blows to Japan’s wearied people.

  United States

F4 Corsair
Vought F4U Corsair
North American P-51 Mustang

 

Nazi Germany

Messerschmitt Bf 109
Junkers Ju 322 “Mammut”
Siebel Si 204
Messerschmitt Me209

 

 

 

Empire of Japan

Tachikawa-Kokusai Ta-Gō

 

sweden flag Sweden

Saab B-18
FFVS J 22
Saab 17

 

Yugoslavia

Rogozarski IK-3

 

Republic of China

3rd AFAMF XB-3
1st AFAMF XP-1