We don’t need Carriers for Libya

Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Over at the USNI Blog they are posting annotated maps such as this one: Followed by a statement such as this: There is only one way to do this: Carrier Aviation. American Carrier Aviation. If you have access to actual data, like I do; it is relatively easy to disabuse the USNI of it’s delusions. […]

Categories: Aircraft, Strategy

The Avro Lancaster as A-Bomb Carrier

Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

For a brief time, paper studies were done concerning the use of reverse-lend-leased Avro Lancasters to carry the Atomic Bomb. On paper it was theoretically possible from what I understand, due to the huge size of the Lancaster’s bomb bay. But when it was looked into in detail, it was not to be for several […]

Categories: Aircraft, Nuclear Weapons

The Truth about the WS-10

Friday, January 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I’ve been reading up on the WS-10 lately with all the news in the media about the new Chinese J-14/J-20 Stealth fighter prototype. One of the most common refrains by the ‘learned’ who say that we don’t need to worry about the J-20 is that “China cannot make engines”. To support this, they usually trot […]

Categories: Aircraft

The Secret Planes of Groom Lake — or why Aurora doesn’t exist

Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 8:03 am

Since the 1980s, there have long been rumors about all sorts of secret planes and projects flying out of Groom Lake (aka Area 51, aka whatever), including the hypothetical so-called Aurora, a hypersonic spyplane successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. And since many of you are going to ask — If Aurora exists and is operational, […]

Categories: Aircraft

Secret weapons of the Luftwaffe…uhh…USAF

Friday, December 4, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Looks like the “Beast of Kandahar”, a fuzzy-image drone that has been spotted flying out of Afghanistan for the two years or so, does in fact exist. The photo out there with the best respolution makes it look like a flying wing…I can’t help but think of the old Secret weapons of the Luftwaffe game, […]

Categories: Aircraft, Classic Gaming, Napkinwaffe

Killer robots from the future

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 7:42 pm

As always, xkcd doesn’t fail to disappoint.

Categories: Aircraft, Oops, Plotholes

Alternative WWII Scenario I: The Mosquito Option

Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm

This one has been discussed ad nauseam as far as I know since World War II ended; what if Bomber Command had used Mosquitos instead of Lancasters? The advantages are that the Mosquito flies much higher and faster than the Lancaster: 275 MPH @ 15,000 ft fully loaded maximum speed for a Lancaster vs 340 […]

Categories: Aircraft

Why the F-35 will continue to stumble forward

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Despite the many difficulties with the program, there are only two other “4.5+” generation Western aircraft out there on the open market besides the F-35 family, the Typhoon and the Rafale(I suppose one could include the F/A-18E/F and Gripen as well). The “Stealth Eagle” isn’t in production, and the F-22 is forbidden from being sold […]

Categories: Aircraft, F-35, Oops

F-35 Death Watch II

Friday, August 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Hi all, new contributor for alternate wars here.  I was a former USN sailor, and my current profession is as a IT contractor for a DoD Agency in the DC Area.   Hope to add to the blog, although Shep is a bit more nuts and bolts than me. As an update to yesterday’s entry about […]

Categories: Aircraft, Carriers, F-35

Mission Statement

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 9:01 am

A long time ago, I had the idea to create a series of websites under the following domain names: www.usaaf46.com www.raf46.com www.vvs46.com And use them to disseminate information on whatever paper projects everyone else had in World War II; as a counter to all the sites which give you the performance claims for some dirty […]

Categories: Aircraft, British Secret Projects