Image used: Size comparison between German tanks- Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte, Panzer VIII Maus and Tiger II tanks. Junkers only could finish two prototypes by the time the war ended. To design this airplane, Northrop used a lot of the research he developed while working on the N-9M, making this World War II plane the predecessor of the famous B-2. Engineers completed plans for the rocket plane by spring of 1941, but Stalin did not give authorization to build a prototype. Image used: A Japanese Fu-Go or fire balloon with incendiary apparatus attached. The 123 cm (48 in) long 123 kg (271 lb) bat bombs were scheduled to be dropped at dawn from a bomber over Japanese airspace. The British Air Ministry realized that it was a fluke. The frame, made of plywood and metal, was not designed for nearly supersonic speeds. Most of these planes, like the P-51 and P-47, were still under development and hadn’t reached their peak performance. The project’s name was taken from the Bible. Image used: British soldiers during WWII with captured German Goliath tracked mines. The United States was seemingly never short of both good and bad aircraft ideas during World War 2. Compared to Germany and the United Kingdom, the United States ended up behind the curve when it came to building and adopting effective jet aircraft. The Bat Bomb casing would deploy a parachute in mid air around 1000ft and open compartments to release the bats which would roost in attics and eaves to stay away from daylight. There is a common saying that necessity is the mother of all invention. A relatively inexperienced pilot inside it had one major work of aiming the Interceptor at its target bomber plane and firing rockets. Ww2 Aircraft Fighter Aircraft Military Aircraft Fighter Jets Spitfire Supermarine Train Art Ww2 Planes Aircraft … The result of extensive research, particularly in the British National Archives at Kew, British Experimental Combat Aircraft of World War II fills a significant gap in aviation literature by bringing together these lesser-known, but often very impressive, aeroplane types of WWII. Images used (Clockwise from top left): (1) A WWII SdKfz. USSR started their research into tank drones as early as in early 30s. They agreed to fund his research, so Northrop went ahead and built a small test airplane to investigate the feasibility of a flying wing bomber. When the B-20 went to land on the water, the lower part of the fuselage would descend into the water. So the Blackburn Aircraft Company decided to design an airplane that joined the best elements of floatplanes and flying boats, ending up with the oddball B-20 (somewhat similar to the one depicted above). The Japanese Unit 731 was a covert Chemical and Biological warfare research & development unit that operated between 1935 and 1945 participating in the Second Sino Japanese War (1937-1945) and WWII. It was basically a rotor kite fitted Willys MB, the US Army Jeep, intended to introduce air-dropping ability of the off-road vehicles. 36 of Bachem Ba 349 were built by the end of the WWII but were never deployed in active warfare. The diameter of the rotor was 12.4m (40ft 8.2in). They experimented for years with helicopters, but it was not until the Fl 282 that they had a design that could be be mass-produced. The N-9M took some getting used to, but it was a good airplane once the pilot adjusted. During most operations (specifically landing and takeoff), the Fireball used its propeller engine, but when they needed extra thrust, the pilots activated the jet engine. Test flights commenced in 1944, and they showed the Ju 390 was an effective and powerful machine. However, by that time, the Luftwaffe was on the defensive, and any offensive bomber projects were given low priority. At the beginning of World War II, Northrop convinced the United States Army Air Force to fund his research into flying wings with the hope of creating a bomber based on that configuration. The shells inside the cannon had the ability to achieve a muzzle velocity of 1,500m/s (4,900 ft/s) and fire 300 shells per hour. It melted slower than ice, had the strength and toughness as good as that of concrete. That refers to a plane with the “main wing mounted at the rear of the fuselage and a smaller wing fixed to the front.” The hope is that with this innovative layout, the J7W would be highly maneuverable and able to fight American B-29 bombers. But German Minister of Armaments and War Production, Albert Speer cancelled the project in 1943 before any units were constructed. It required two personnel to pilot it, one to pilot it in the air and another to drive it as an automobile. The first prototype was built over the base of a Caterpillar D8 tractor and was fitted with 7 Bren Light Machine Guns. With that limitation, testing ground to a halt, and the war turned in favor of the Soviets, ensuring that there was no further development of defensive rocket planes. Floatplanes had the advantage of being more flexible in water operations, but they were often small and struggled with maneuverability due to the large float on the bottom of the plane. Even the project’s goal was a quote from it: “… be utterly amazed, for I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” -Bible (NIV), Habakkuk 1:5. The intermeshing rotors gave the helicopter the advantage of not needing a tail rotor to offset the torque from the main rotors. DH.98 Mosquito original surviving ww2 prototype aircraft undergoing restoration Oct 2014 by Tony Buttler “Far less is known about the experimental and cancelled aircraft of the era. The design somewhat followed the American Disston Six Ton Tractor Tank. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). In retaliation to the German cities pounded to rubble by the Allied bombers, this supergun was developed as ‘vengeance’ weapon by the Germans. Japanese Navy officials had such hope in the J7W that they ordered production before the first prototype even got off the ground. But the Aircrafts did not have adequate range to cover the entire Atlantic. The three-man attack aircraft was designed to deliver a 2,000 lb. However, by the time production was ready in 1944, the Luftwaffe was already fighting on the defensive, and the fleet of Flettner helicopters never materialized. The Horten H.IX, RLM designation Ho 229 (or Gotha Go 229 for extensive re-design work done by Gotha to prepare the aircraft for mass production) was a German prototype fighter/bomber initially designed by Reimar and Walter Horten to be built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. Nevertheless, shortly after production started, an Allied bombing raid destroyed the production plant, ending any possible production of the helicopter. As for Lt. Drew, he became something of a legend. The project ended in the late 1940s. If dropped from an aircraft, it could fly at 65mph (105kmph) and maintain altitude of around 400ft (121.9m). The vehicle had a 20 mm cannon and an 8 mm machine gun fixed on a centrally mounted turret, with 9 mm armoured plating. It was the development, often in secret, and subsequent employment of America's fighter aircraft that helped turn the tide of the war. Images used (from left): (1) A V-3 cannon or London Gun during WWII (2) American Soldiers analyzing a captured V-3 at Pas-de-Calais, Northern France. The aircraft in this list include prototype versions of aircraft used by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and unfinished wartime experimental programmes. An International Symposium on Crimes of Bacteriological Warfare in Changde, China in 2002 estimated that at least 580,000 Chinese people died due to the WWII biological attacks by Japan. The need for such a plane became especially pronounced as German forces began to invade Russia. These were comparatively cheaper weapons which were designed to use the Tropospheric jet stream over the Pacific Ocean and hit targets in United States. Rotabuggy’s last test flight was also described as ‘highly satisfactory’. The vehicle was also equipped with a detachable 8 mm light machine gun fired through the rear hatch in the anti-aircraft role. Its name was changed from ‘Blitz Buggy’ to ‘Rotabuggy’. Allison and the Fisher Body Division of the General Motors Corporation worked together to make a new airplane around the engine. Two 6,300 KW (8,400 hp) marine diesel engines of U-boats or eight 1,500KW (2,000hp) E-boat engines were supposed to be fitted with the super tank. Image used: British experimental aircraft, Hafner Rotabuggy in flight in 1943. . Ultimately, this culminated in the BV 238, a behemoth flying boat that was the biggest airplane designed by the Axis powers during the war. Image used: Cutaway illustration depicting the Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte Super Tank Design. According to some sources, one of the prototypes flew from Germany to South Africa on a test flight. Ww2 Aircraft. The plan was to create a bomb shaped casing with many compartments each containing a small timed incendiary bomb attached to a Mexican Free-tailed Bat. Nothing ever came from the B-20. Fisher then tried to advertise the P-75 as a long-range escort fighter for bombers, but by that time, better fighter planes were available, leaving Fisher to stop development on the P-75. Most of the work in this interceptor aircraft was done by autopilot. Or “Robotic tanks”. The war ended before the Navy could perform other tests on the airplane. However, Goliath was a pioneer in advancement of post war technologies related to remote-controlled vehicles. After all, he set the record for “biggest Axis airplane ever destroyed by an Allied pilot.”. "The DFS 346 (Samolyot 346) was a German rocket-powered swept-wing vehicle subsequently completed and flown (with indifferent success) in the Soviet Union after World War II. Entwicklung Series Entwicklung series, a comprehensive redesign of German armor from small tracked vehicles to a 100-ton super-heavy tank. However, when the German invasion began, Stalin told engineers Alexander Bereznyak and Aleksei Isayev to get the airplane ready as soon as possible. The Luftwaffe considered many different designs for the project, but one of the most feasible was the Junkers Ju 390. The helicopter, as a viable useful military platform, was just in its infancy during World War 2. The leading competitor for the design was the Heinkel He 100, one of the best airplanes in the world at the time. 302 model of Goliath Tracked Mine, displayed at the Tank Museum in Munster, Germany in 2005 (2) A bat with incendiary bomb attached during WWII, bats can carry a lot more than their own weight during flight (3) A Japanese Fu-Go or fire balloon, shot-down and then re-inflated by Americans in California  (4) Major General Shirō Ishii, who was director of Unit 731, infamous Japanese biological warfare unit during WWII (5) Comparative size of 1942 Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte, Experimantal Super Tank Design. Although it entered service in March 1945, the Fireball never saw combat service. Currently, one of the N-9M prototypes is still flying, making regular appearances at air shows and other events. It was capable of carrying 60-100 kg (132-220 lb) of explosives to targets, which were typically tanks, dense infantry, bridges and buildings. German weapon manufacturing company Friedrich Krupp AG designed this super heavy tank in 1942 upon approval of Adolf Hitler. Saved by Reichsmarshal Goring. Also Portugal agreed to allow its port to be used for U-boat hunting and number of escort carriers was increased by 1944. At 1000 metric tons, if built, it would have been 5 times heavier than the heaviest tank ever built, Panzer VIII Maus. British Experimental Combat Aircraft of World War II Prototypes, Research Aircraft and Failed Production Designs. During WWII, Australia and New Zealand found themselves in a delicate situation. The interceptor had a big engine that drove a six-blade pusher propeller by an extension shaft. Product description. But few people will think all the way back to World War II when German and American helicopters all served on the front lines. The huge engine was located in the middle of the airplane, driving the two contra-rotating propellers by a drive shaft. Some of these weapons were made and became quite popular; some were produced up to prototype level and some crazy conceptual weapons were abandoned during designing and planning stage. With the Japanese advancing rapidly and conquering one island after another in the Pacific, New Zealand decided to build its own tanks. It should come as no surprise that during World War II, airplane designers around the world built some fascinating experimental airplanes. The final design was required to be 2000 feet (610m) long with a 40 feet (12m) thick hull to withstand any torpedo attack. This proved a severe limitation. Moreover, there was a shortage of aluminum and steel. That’s when Luftwaffe commanders realized they needed a heavy bomber, specifically one that could strike the United States. But ice proved unsuitable as natural icebergs have very small surface above water for aircrafts to land, are prone to roll over and splits easily. But Hirohito was forced to surrender five weeks earlier. Although it is difficult to find wartime documents about the He 100, it is clear that the plane was a significant improvement over the Bf 109 and had a variety of characteristics that would have made it an effective airplane against Allied pilots. This meant the two main rotors angled away from each other, but the arc of the blades crossed. The P-75 was slow and sluggish in its interceptor role, causing the Air Force to pass on the design. 27. Blohm & Voss built the BV 238 in 1944, intending for it to offer the Luftwaffe long-range transport capabilities. United States did not acknowledge this trial and Soviet Union built a biological weapon facility in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) using the blueprints captured from Unit 731 in Manchuria. Shortly, the time delayed fire bombs would detonate, sparking devastating and raging fire throughout Japanese cities. Oddly, Fisher decided to build the P-75 with preexisting parts. Germans used to call it HDP (Hochdruckpumpe) gun that meant High Pressure Pump. (1) Ice Aircraft Carrier “Bergships” Under Project Habakkuk (1942 to 1943): (2) ‘Goliath Tracked Mine’, the Remote Controlled Demolition Carrier (1942 to 1945): (3) Bat Bombs, an American Experimental Weapon (January 1942): (4) Fu-Go or Fire Balloon, a Windship Weapon (1944 to 1945): (5) Bob Semple Tank, a Bit More Than a Farm Tractor (1944 to 1945): (6) Bachem Ba 349 German Interceptor (1945): (7) V-3 Cannon, the London Gun (1944 to 1945): (8) Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte, Experimantal Super Tank Design (1942 to 1943): (9) Hafner Rotabuggy, British Experimantal ‘Flying Jeep’ (1943 to 1944): (10) Flea Bombs, the Covert Japanese Biological & Chemical Warfare during WWII (1940 to 1941): hundreds of cutting-edge and sometimes bizarre war machines, Company Imports Trove of M1 Carbines from Ethiopia to Sell in US, US Marine MIA for More Than 70 Years on Tarawa Atoll Returned to Home Town from Pacific Atoll, German Mass Grave Discovered in Stalingrad, Rocket Propelled Grenades – A One Man Wrecking Crew in Photos, The Highest-Scoring Female Fighter Ace Ever: The Short but Daring Life of Lydia Litvyak, Predators of the Seas: Life Inside a U-Boat – In 41 Images, Divers cleaning up the ocean net themselves an Enigma machine, “Big Lizzie” met 2 Russian Blackjacks Last Week off the Coast of Scotland, Footage of 60,000 German Prisoners Paraded Through Moscow, ‘Barn Finds’, Mosquito, P-51 & Others, The Aviation Equivalent of Aladdin’s Cave. 1,700 Japanese in Chekiang, China were also killed by the very germ weapons they triggered. “The DFS 346 (Samolyot 346) was a German rocket-powered swept-wing vehicle subsequently completed and flown (with indifferent success) in the Soviet Union after World War II. 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