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The SM.92 was devised to fulfill an Italian Air Force requirement for a new twin-seat multirole fighter. The wings, tailplanes and boom of the earlier SM.91 were retained for expediency and a twin fuselage, twin-boom planform was used to harness the power of two engines and doubled internal storage space. It was expected that the aircraft would.

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The twin tail was used on a wide variety of World War II multi-engine designs that saw mass production, especially on the American B-24 Liberator and B-25 Mitchell bombers, the British Avro Lancaster and Handley Page Halifax heavy bombers, and the Soviet Union's Petlyakov Pe-2 attack bomber.

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Taigh is a wealth of information on World War II era aircraft. He is a skilled craftsman restoring Twin Beech aircraft. Taigh also runs the World War II Bomber Camp. This camp allows you to step back in time and into the shoes of a bomber crew during the war, and is a part of the Stockton Field Museum..

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With its distinctive design, the P-38 was sleek but its twin tails gave the Lightning a radical new look. The pilot, pumping 409 rounds per minute from its nose-mounted machine guns, dispatched the Condor in seconds, marking the first successful American engagement of a German aircraft during World War II.

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Although the P-38 is the most famous twin-boom combat aircraft of World War II, it is not the first. That distinction belongs to the Fokker G.1, which first flew in 1937, two years before the XP-38.

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Lockheed twin-engine, twin-tail passenger aircraft were familiar sights at American and foreign airports during the 1930s. The most famous, which was featured prominently in movie newsreel and magazine photos, was the Electra 10E flown by aviatrix Amelia Earhart on her ill-fated round-the-world flight in 1937.

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Lockheed P-38 Lightning is an American single-seat, twin piston-engined fighter aircraft that was used during World War II. Developed for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) by the , the P-38 incorporated a distinctive design with a central and armament.

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The Strange Saga of the B-32 Dominator. This little-known aircraft was part of the last air battle of World War II. Top image courtesy of the National Archives. Before the Boeing B-29 Superfortress became the linchpin to victory in the Pacific, it was a troublesome mess. The "superbomber" was incredibly advanced and, as a result, it was.

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It was powered by twin Hercules radial engines, rated at 1,375 horsepower, and it was armed with four 20 mm cannon. The Mark I flew in July 1939 and arrived in squadrons barely a year later. By late summer of 1940, the AI Mark IV radar had been installed, and the Bristol began its successful career as a night fighter.

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The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was a 4-engine, twin-tail heavy bomber designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego. Its first flight was on December 29, 1939, and it began service in 1941. The B-24 was a more modern design than the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, with a higher top speed, greater range, higher ceiling, and a heavier bomb load.

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Possibly the greatest fighter of WWII, this aircraft flew with a recognizable scoop under its belly, a powerful V-12 in its tapered nose, and squared-off wings and tail surfaces. BIG WEEK Boeing B.

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World War II witnessed tremendous growth in the size of American military aviation, from about 2,500 airplanes to nearly 300,000 by the war's end. The Museum's collection of 30 World War II-era American military aircraft ranges from propeller-driven trainers, fighters, flying boats, and bombers to the nation's first generation of jet.

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World War II was a definitive moment in history for aircraft. For both the military and commercial industry it was the heyday of aircraft production. Before the start of the war the U.S. Army Air Corps had only a few hundred air planes. By the end of the war it was the largest Air Force ever assembled with nearly 80,000 airplanes.

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A Russian prince piloting a modified Spitfire for the RAF targeted a Junkers JU-86R during World War II's highest aerial combat. The high-altitude Ju-86 variants had their beginnings in an innovative but ultimately medio­cre twin-engine bomber of the mid-1930s. That aircraft's technical distinction lay in its 600-hp Junkers Jumo diesel.

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Jun 13, 2009 London Why did so many WW2 Planes have twin tails/stabilizers? I can see on the Lancaster, Halifax and Me110 that you wouldn't want your mid upper gunner to have an attacker hiding behind a fuselage based tail. But a single fuselage tail must be stronger and have less vulnerable controls and gives a rear gunner no disadvantages.

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The list of aircraft of World War II includes all the aircraft used by those countries which were at war during World War from the period between their joining the conflict and the conflict ending for them. Aircraft developed but not used operationally in the war are in the prototypes section at the end.