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The Hurricane, produced for the Royal Air Force by Hawker Aircraft Ltd, is a single-seater fighter aircraft that saw combat throughout World War II.Though often overshadowed by the Spitfire, it was the Hawker Hurricane that was truly the most acclaimed, successful and reliable aircraft for the Allied Forces.
The Hawker Hunter is a single-seat jet-propelled fighter developed by Hawker Ltd. in the 1950s. At the end of World War II the British Government commissioned the Hawker team to develop a more advanced aircraft to meet the needs of the Royal Air Force and its allies.Entering service in 1954, the Hunter F.1 was the first high-speed jet aircraft equipped with radar and fully powered flight controls. Neville Duke flew a prototype of the Hunter when he broke the airspeed record in 1953. To this day, the Hunter remains an iconic benchmark of the leap to jet-powered aviation technology.
A product of famed aeronautical engineer Sydney Camm, the Typhoon was one of the first planes to provide close air support to ground forces as a low-altitude interceptor. The Typhoon became a welcome and reassuring friend in the sky. Soldiers were always happy to see its silhouette above them.
On D-Day, the Typhoon was the main close support aircraft for the RAF’s 2nd Tactical Support Force.
Typhoon attacks had a debilitating effect on enemy morale. Playing a key role in the Normandy Campaign, the Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, singled out the contributions the Typhoon made to the Allied victory.
The P-40 was America's chief fighter in service when WWII began. Noted for their blazing “sharks teeth” paint design, they have endured as one of WWII’s most iconic planes.
The P-40 gained its greatest fame as the plane of the famed “Flying Tigers.” In the late 1930's, Japanese forces were inflicting heavy loses on the Chinese. President Roosevelt promised the Chinese president that the United States would help, even though the US was not at war.
The United States provided obsolete P-40B airplanes to the Chinese while the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines asked for volunteers. The volunteer "Chinese Air Force,“ or the “Flying Tigers,” received their first taste of battle when they inflicted heavy losses on Japanese bombers attempting to attack Kunming. Out manned and under resourced they nonetheless scored a very impressive record of 285 enemy planes shot down at a cost of 12 pilots killed or missing in action.