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The Messerschmitt “Giant” was the largest aircraft of any sort ever built at the time. Outfitted with six Junkers Jumo engines and with a total wingspan of 600 feet, this massive aircraft...

British paratroops inside a Dakota transport aircraft on their way to Holland during 1st Airborne Division's operation to Arnhem, 17 September 1944.

Aviation and Transport Art "Short Stirlings" - 602 Squadron Short Stirling glider tugs crossing the Rhine moments before releasing the 6th Airborne Division in their Horsa gliders


A nice day out for six elderly ladies... but why the Spitfire? Some of the few surviving pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary, finally honored in 2008 for their service. The ATA delivered more than 300,000 aircraft of 130 different types from factories and repair yards to frontline airfields. By 1945, it had 650 pilots, of whom 164 were women. In a "non-combat" role, but flying under very difficult conditions, 173 pilots and eight flight engineers were killed in service.

This is the incredible true story of a wartime sisterhood of women pilots: a group of courageous pioneers who took exceptional risks to fly Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters to the frontlines of World War II. The women pilots of Air Transport Auxiliary came from all countries and backgrounds. Although not allowed into combat, they demonstrated astonishing bravery in their supporting role.

Women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in flying kit at Hatfield, 10 January 1940. Daventry (F/O) © IWM (C 381)

The Blohm & Voss BV 222 Wiking (Viking) was a large, six-engined German flying boat of World War II, and the largest flying boat to achieve operational status during the war.