Multirole or multiple dead-end?   The dream of a multi-role aircraft began in World War I.  The best example is the Bristol F2B reconnaissance/fighter. Built to replace the obsolete BE2c and RE8 the Britstol F2A endured a disastrous combat debut. Armed with a forward firing Vickers machine gun and a flexible Lewis gun in the observers position the F2A was heavily […]

Brewster Buffalo – Schizophrenic Fighter The much-maligned Buffalo is a great example of a fighter that was both terrible and successful at the same time. In British, Dutch and, for a very short time, American service the tubby Buffalo failed against the faster and more nimble Japanese fighters in 1941. Often used as a scapegoat […]