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Buffalo Mk.I versus Zero

The American fighter Buffalo has become a real synonym for failure in the history of air battles in World War II. The characteristically shaped monoplane was developed by Brewster as an onboard aircraft for the US Navy. The only clearly successful deployment was the service of the Model 239 version in the ranks of the Finnish Air Force. In the British RAF, which together with the USN was one of its largest users, it completely failed.

Buffalo of the British Naval Air Force 1

The bulging Brewster Buffalos were the first fighter monoplanes aboard American aircraft carriers. However, the ships did not warm up for a long time on the ships and were quickly replaced by the more modern F4F Wildcat. The aircraft thus began its combat career in the air forces of Finland, Great Britain and the Netherlands. The following lines will introduce you to the work of the "buffalo" in the RAF.

Code letters on the vertical tail surfaces of US military aircraft

Colleague Petr Müller took the careful work and collected the tail codes of American aircraft for individual squadrons and in the form of a table brings you this overview, including aircraft types, which will simplify the identification of aircraft in photographs from air days, etc.


Dogfights have always attracted attention. Since the First World War, their participants have been considered heroes, stories have been written about nothing, and they have become idols of generations. However, the reality of air combat is much more prosaic. Whatever the motivation of the pilots to fight, there was always a winner on one side and a loser on the other in a crippled or burning plane falling to the ground. This series deals with the struggle from their beginning to the modern age, when the sky is steadily ruled by jet engines.

F-22 Raptor

The one you don't see will take you down. Fighter alphabet. This is true even today in the age of the latest technologies. Perhaps even more than at a time when pilots had to rely only on their eyes. The growing emphasis on stealth technology only confirms this.

GBU-28 Bunker Buster

It might seem that bombs with a final guidance and a weight of over 1000 kg are a sufficiently effective means for all targets. Therefore, even military planners did not push manufacturers into the development of larger-caliber air bombs. When it turned out to be not entirely true, very little time remained for development. In the end, the GBU-28 weighing over two tons was made in an incredibly short time.

Hot seats

Right at the beginning, I have to disappoint all dentists. Here you will not find information about your seats, in which your patients will experience many hot moments. From this article, you will not breathe the menthol breath of a conscious patient, but the smell of kerosene. It does not evoke memories of the roar of the treated, but of the hum of jet engines operating in the mode of additional combustion. There will be talk of ejection seats, a means of emergency leaving the aircraft by the crew.

Is the American air power in danger of collapsing?

To the majority of the population in the Czech Republic, when reading this headline, it must come to mind that it is a kind of oxymoron. Over the past two decades, the US Air Force has become a persistent symbol of the world's only superpower. However, this article wants to show the whole thing in a slightly different light. In particular, it is the problems both on the part of the USAF and the growing capabilities of its opponents that may disrupt the overwhelming dominance of American forces in the future.


The LANTIRN navigation and shooting system significantly increases the combat effectiveness of aircraft. It allows them to operate very low above the ground, at night and in any weather, and attack ground targets with a wide range of guided and unguided munitions. The name LANTIRN originated from the initial letters of the words Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night, which describe its purpose. LANTIRN uses F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16C / D Fighting Falcon and F-14D Tomcat aircraft.

Northrop YA-9A

Prototype attack aircraft developed for the United States Air Force A-X program. The YA-9 was passed over in preference for the Fairchild Republic YA-10 that entered production as the A-10 Thunderbolt II.

Notes on American interwar aeronautics - Part 1

Although the most famous airships, the German Zeppelins, left the first-line service at the end of World War I, their derivatives and followers lived on. The US Navy also chose the Zeppelin model for its first airship and was about to build a slightly enlarged copy of the L.49.

Notes on American interwar aeronautics - Part 2

The American air force is finally rescued by Zeppelin again. The USA was entitled to 2 airships as war reparations from Germany. Since England and France had used their right before, retaining the existing zeppelins, Dr. Hugo Eckener, the new director of Zeppelin's plants, put the situation simply. He offered to build the Americans a new airship, specifically for military purposes and adapted to American design requirements. It was supposed to be the largest airship built to date. The offer was beneficial for both parties - America would get the latest airship construction technology, Germany's Zeppelin Luftschiffbau, and much-needed American money.









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