A12005. The MkVb was produced in greater numbers than any other of the Spitfire Marks and served in all theatres of war during World War II. Spitfires V’s entered service with UK based fighter squadrons early in 1941 and provided escorts to daylight bombers as well as undertaking low-level fighter sweeps accross occupied Europe. From 1942 the Mk.V’s began widespread service overseas with Malta’s defences being bolstered by three squadrons while many more went to the Middle East for the build up of the Desert Air Force in the North African campaigns. Later the type was supplied to the Soviet Union Portugal and Turkey.
The Focke Wulf 190 was one of the outstanding fighter aircraft of World War two with over 20000 being manufactured. The Fw190 D were nicknamed the long-nosed Dora because of the lengthened nose that was an improvement from the A series.
As well as a RAF bomber large numbers of Canberras were ordered for photo reconnaissance duties culminating in the P.R-9. This was unarmed carried seven cameras under the fuselage with an increased wing area plus more powerful Avons which gave it a much greater operational ceiling. To ease production the P.R.9 was built by Short Bros at Belfast entering service in January 1960 and it still remained in RAF service at the start of the 21st Century
Prior to Pearl Harbour and the United States war with Japan the Devastator equipped the U.S. Navy’s Torpedo Squadrons and the type took part in all the major sea battles in the early months following the devastating attack of December 1941
The Stirling was the first of the RAF’s four engined bombers to go into service during the Second World War. Its function was that of bomber mine-layer supply dropping transport and glider tug. It could absorb a terrific amount of damage and was used consistently by Bomber Command well into 1944.
The Nimrod is a Limited Edition Kit please see History for more information. Nimrod is the worlds only jet maritime reconnaissance aircraft and submarine hunter. The Aircraft has been in service with the RAF for over three decades and has flown in a number of conflicts around the world including the Falklands War two Gulf Wars and other troubled spots. Given four sidewinder air-to-air missiles in the first Gulf War it could be said that Nimrod became the largest fighter in the world and it can now fly up to maximum speeds of 575mph powered by four Rolls Royce Spey engines. Please see History for more information.
The Horsa was the primary glider used in the paratrooper landings at both D-Day in June 1944 and Arnhem in September 1944. The Horsa was made up of thirty separate parts primarily made out of wood. This allowed production to be subcontracted out with some parts being made by furniture manufacturers! In all over 3700 were built. The Horsa I was designed to carry 25 soldiers while the Horsa II had a hinged nose and carried vehicles and guns.