The B-52 Stratofortress is the most famous long-range jet-powered strategic bomber in aviation history. First produced by the American company Boeing in 1955, it has become symbolic of the Cold War period between the U.S.A and the former Soviet Union. It was for many years the backbone of the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command. The aircraft was also manufactured in a number of different versions over the years to meet ever changing operational requirements. The B-52H is the most updated version of the famous American bomber and is characterized by the addition of improved engines offering considerably better performance, fuel economy and increased operational range. Other improvements have been made to the avionics, electronic counter measures (ECM) and weapons systems. The B-52 is currently one of the most enduring aircraft in aviation history.
Skill level 4
During the Second World War the U.S. Navy deployed a large amount of three types of motor torpedo boats: the Higgins measuring 78 feet and ELCO measuring 77 and 80 feet. Every model could be distinguished from the others, apart from by length, by configuration, weapons and various other details. The 80 foot ELCOs represented the most numerous class: they were realised in five series, for a total of about 300 examples Built in mahogany and pushed by three 1,350cv Packard 4M-2500 engines (taken to 1,500 in the latest series), these vessels easily exceeded 40 knots. The equipment and weapons were constantly updated and improved thanks to experience acquired in the field and the progressive change of role: with the progress of the conflict, in fact, the PT Boats left the original task of attacking and cutting off the traffic, taking on the role of gunships and operating in the proximity of the coast or in channels. The Italeri model reproduces the PT 596 and an 80-foot ELCO from the last batch produced.
Skill level 5