The most capable carrier based fighter-bomber of World War II featured the largest engine available at the time: the 2,000 hp, 18-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial. It was the first US warplane to exceed 400 mph in level flight. The plane featured an unusual inverted gull wing to keep the undercarriage short while allowing the use of the large diameter propeller demanded by the powerful engine.
The Mitsubishi Zero is a long-range fighter aircraft operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service. When first introduced early in World War II, the Zero was considered the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world, combining long range capabilities with excellent maneuverability.
The First Space Shuttle built was the Enterprise. It was built by Rockwell International to be used by NASA for test flights in the atmosphere. The Enterprise had been designed so it could be refitted and used for orbital flight. However, this plan proved too expensive and so it was decided to simply build a new shuttle called Challenger. The Enterprise now resides in the Intrepid Museum in New York City.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is one of the retired orbiters of the Space Shuttle program of NASA, the space agency of the United States. Endeavour was the fifth and final spaceworthy NASA space shuttle to be built, and first flew in May 1992 on mission STS-49 and its last mission STS-134 was in May 2011.
Its maiden voyage was on August 30, 1984. Since then it has flown more than any other Spacecraft having completed 39 successful missions one of which was the launching of the Hubble Space Telescope. Discovery now resides at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
Was the fourth shuttle built and the last one to fly. It was launched on its maiden voyage October 3rd 1985 and landed for the last time on July 12th 2011 at Cape Kennedy. By the end of its last flight, Atlantis had orbited the Earth 4,848 times, traveling nearly 126 million miles.
The most famous helicopter in the world is the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, most commonly referred to as the Huey which first flew in 1956. It earned its fame during the Vietnam War and has been featured in many war movies, including Apocalypse Now and Platoon, as well as in numerous action adventure films.
This American tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter was first used during the Vietnam War. Powered by two 4,733 horsepower turbo-shaft engines, it has a top speed of 196 mph which made it faster than any other utility and attack helicopter at that time. It remains in production and frontline service, with over 1,200 built to date.
Originally produced by McDonnell Douglas, this Boeing twin-engine army attack helicopter first entered service with the US Army in 1984. Since then it has become the primary attack helicopter of many nations. More than 2,000 have been produced.
This twin engine tactical fighter was designed for the U.S. Air Force to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It first flew July 1972 and has become among the most successful modern fighter jets with over 100 aerial combat victories.
Manfred von Richthofen praised this aircraft as the best he had flown. It offered excellent performance, yet it was safe and easy to fly. Richthofen's recommendation led to the first provisional order for 400 production aircraft. In all, Germany produced around 3,300 D-VII aircraft in summer and autumn of 1918.
The P-51 Mustang was a long-range World War II fighter aircraft that flew as a bomber escort over Germany. Powered with the British Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, it was unmatched by any other piston fighter aircraft of World War II.
InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars. InSight launched on May 5, 2018 and successfully landed on Mars on Nov. 26, 2018.
Its finding are expected to shed light on the processes responsible for the formation of Mars, Earth, and even rocky exoplanets more than 4 billion years ago.
The Hogwarts Express runs between London, Kings Cross Station Platform 9 ¾ and Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movie franchise. The Express dutifully carries students to and from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the start and end of every term. Originally steam fitted by the Muggles (non-magic people) who built it, the Hogwarts Express now runs exclusively on magic.
The consolidated B-24 Liberator, first flown in 1939, began active service in 1941 and was the most produced American aircraft of World War II, with 18,482 built. The Liberator was used in every theater of the war and for a variety of missions from long-range bombing and submarine patrol, to transporting high priority cargo and VIPs.
DIAMOND LIL was the 18th production B-24 built.
Today Diamond Lil is one of two airworthy B-24s.