The prototype Bf109A first flew in 1935. The later E model was more powerful and better armed and by the summer of 1940 over 500 were in service for the offensive against Great Britain.
By this time, the 109E had already proved to be a competent fighter aircraft in the skies above Poland, France and the low countries. It met its match over England and was shown to be inferior
to the RAFs Spitfire.
Paint Scheme - Messerschmitt Bf109E-3, aircraft flown by Obit. Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe, III./JG 51, France, 1940
The Spitfire gained immortality during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. The main role was to intercept and destroy the Luftwaffe's fighters whilst the Hurricanes of the RAF attacked
the incoming bombers.
The P40, in its various incarnations, served in the United States Army Air Force throughout the Second World War, fighting in Europe, across Asia and in the deserts of North Africa. The first
model to see active service, the P40B proved to be an effective and tough low-level fighter, able to withstand heavy enemy fire and bring its pilot home safely.
Paint Scheme - Curtiss Tomahawk IIB, Flown by Pilot Officer Neville Duke, No.112 Squadron, Fort Maddalena, Libya, 1941
The A4-B was the second variant of the Skyhawk and one of the first to see combat in the skies over Vietnam, where it was involved in the early stages of the conflict, with later version serving
throughout the campaign. Due to its small size, the A4 was able to operate off the smaller World War Two era Essex Class carriers, but it could still carry a useful payload to its target.
Paint Scheme - Douglas A-4B Skyhawk, VA-95, 'Green Lizards', USS Intrepid, 1966