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If you're new to this website, please visit the Site Map. A lot will be explained and clarified there. In short it boils down to this: I'm building a website about all aircraft in military service during World War 2. Not only the well-known ones, but also the reasonably unknowns ones. As long as their developmental status reached the flying stage. I distinguish about 100 well-known aircraft, and about 500 less known aircraft, so the total amount of aircraft will be 600.

In order to browse through so many aircraft I supplied indexes sorted on all kinds of things, simplifying your search. Furthermore I created a messageboard where you can ask questions, or spout your knowledge, for I might be wrong about details. Pay it a visit when you're up to it. Besides the messageboard there is always a way to reach me by mail, so feel free to drop one. For questions about the aircraft I kindly ask you to use the messageboard, where other people can answer your question(s) as well.

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recent news:

27 May 2002

Many people have despaired, including me, whether there would be another update ever. Well, you have to despair no longer. I finally managed to brew the final batch of the initial 100. Yeah, I know, I'll promise you no new dates ever, it looks like you and I just have to see when I'm finally up to publish my new batch.
In the meantime, here are the last of the 100 to chew on while I will be looking at improving the website, looks and underpinning technicallities alike. Also, I might decide to host my website elsewhere in the future, since the current host has been unpleasantly independable. Some time ago I noticed that an old version of the website was put in place, and before that the website just kept flipping between the old version and the last version. Already you can use the address http://www.ww2warbirds.net, at the moment it is only used as a portal to the current host.

It is somehow funny that concerning the aircraft I completed the circle. A long time ago I started with the Aichi D3A 'Val', and I'm finishing with the Yokosuka D4Y Suisei 'Judy'. Both are Japanese naval dive bombers, the last one being the successor of the first one. I could think of no better coincidence as this one. The complete new list of aircraft is as follows: Reggiane Re.2000 Falco, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79 Sparviero, Short Stirling, Short Sunderland, Supermarine Spitfire (at last :-)), Tupolev SB-2, Tupolev Tu-2, Vickers Wellington, Vought F4U Corsair, Yakovlev Yak-1 and as mentioned above the Yokosuka D4Y Suisei 'Judy'. 12 new planes, now totalling the list at the grand total of108
Yeah, I know, I can't count really :-), but some aircraft really deserved to be in the first 100 :-):-):-).

My plans for the future with this website are:

  • Redesigning the looks of this page
  • Simplifying the path to the index pages
  • Creating more kinds of index pages
  • Filling in the gaps between the aircraft as presented now
  • Redoing all old pages according to my new standards
The fact that I will be working on new aircraft will motivate me to continue parallel to the restructuring phase which will be rather dull and time consuming. Next release will show some great changes though.

30 September 2001

Well, you probably noticed: pretty much time has ticked by since the last update. I just hope to make the first hundred in time before the end of the year :-(. The good news, however, is that I updated two aircraft (the Macchi MC.200 and MC.202) after a tip from Claudio Berni from Italy, Thanks Claudio. Furthermore I included the following new aircraft on my website: Morane-Saulnier MS.406, Nakajima B5N, Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa, Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki, Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate, North American B-25 Mitchell, Northrop P-61 Black Widow, Petlyakov Pe-2 Peshka, Petlyakov Pe-3, Polikarpov I-15 Chaika, Polikarpov I-16 Rata (Mosca), Potez 63, and P.Z.L. P.11 Jedenastka. Quite the list at 13 new planes.
Enjoy these aircraft, and I'll finish the last batch of the initial 100, being 11 more...

20 May 2001

Sigh... This update took quite some time, alas. Not only has the increase in sources (books) caused me to create more exact pages which in turn take more time, but also preoccupation with warbirds-unrelated business slowed the process down. After a long time I can finally add new aircraft to my website, being: Messerschmitt Bf 109, Messerschmitt Bf 110, Messerschmitt Me 163, Messerschmitt Me 262, Messerschmitt Me 410, Mikoyan MiG-3, Mitsubishi A6M Reisen, Mitsubishi G3M, Mitsubishi G4M, Mitsubishi Ki-21 and Mitsubishi Ki-46 Dinah. Also I have updated the LaGG LaGG-3 page when I received a tip from Peter Petkov. Peter should work on his communication, though :-). All in all I'll be able to add 11 new planes.
Enjoy these aircraft, and I'll try to do the next batch faster this time :-):-). (Hmmm, where did I hear that one before?)

09 Februari 2001

Finally... Another update on my website. I've been pretty busy with other stuff, work, etc etc. But now I'll be able to add 9 new planes. The new aircraft additions are: Lavochkin LaGG-3, Lavochkin La-5, Lockheed Hudson, Lockheed P-38, Lockheed PV-1 Ventura, Macchi C.200 Seatta, Macchi C.202 Folgore, Martin B-26 Marauder, and Martin Maryland.
Besides these new additions I've updated some aircraft because of erroneous data and/or additional information: DeHavilland Mosquitoes, Fairey Battle, Fairey Firefly, Hawker Hurricane, Dewoitine D.520 and Curtiss P-40.
Enjoy these aircraft, and I'll try to do the next batch faster this time :) :)
Oh, yeah, I almost forgot: on 4 Februari 2001 I reached 10.000 visitors, the vast majority during last year (the counter was up already before this website). Too bad I'm unable to identify this visitor, but he must've visited my website between 2 am and 4 am GMT :-) :-) Anyway, I Salute him/her :) :)

11 December 2000

Another batch is finished... This time it's 12 new aircraft, some of which are quite remarkable. The grand total until now is 64, and still counting :-)
The aircraft are: Heinkel He 219 Uhu, Henschel Hs 123, Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik, Ilyushin Il-4, Junkers Ju 52, Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, Junkers Ju 88, Kawanishi N1K1-J Shiden, Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai, Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu, Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien, and Kawasaki Ki-100. I think it's a nice coincidence that the worlds most successful tankbusters ever are in the same batch: the Shturmovik and the Stuka. Both etched their name into history, and were so successful that a generic term was applied to them as if it were their own name. The Stuka was the best Sturzkampfbomber, if not technically, then psycholigically. And the Shturmovik really showed what a ground-attack aircraft was worth. Further there are some very good Japanese fighters in this batch too, just check them out while I start at the next batch...

29 November 2000

Just a short message between two batches: I have lost all e-mails that were sent between 23 November and 27 November 2000. Please resend them if you will
Furthermore I have finished (but not yet placed) 7 aircraft. Due to lack of time because of local festivities the next batch is a little delayed. I have no doubt, however, that you will enjoy the next batch, for some remarkable aircraft are in that one :-)

8 November 2000

Allright
This time I have researched 6 new aircraft. The results are to be found via the Index pages. The aircraft are: Hawker Hurricane, Hawker Tempest, Hawker Typhoon, Heinkel He 111, Heinkel He 162 and the North American P-51 which was a special request by Rick 'Somebody' (don't know his last name). I expect a discussion to rise about the kills and losses of the Hurricane vs the Spitfire in the Battle of Britain, you can fight it out on the Message Board :-)
Also, I have introduced a mail-button (lower right image of the radar station) because I told you you could drop me a mail, but didn't give you the means to do so. Furthermore I noticed that some indexes are getting pretty big already, and looking for something without any alfabetical index is a pain. I will try to get something incorporated in the next batch as well.
Enjoy!

16 october 2000

Yes!!
After a long time I have researched 5 new aircraft. The results are to be found via the Index pages. The aircraft are: Grumman F4F Wildcat, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Grumman TBF Avenger, Handley Page Halifax and Handley Page Hampden. Check 'm out while I thrust myself at the next batch :-)
Also, work on the Main and Index pages has progressed quite well. You will notice it instantly

21 September 2000

I have just added my first 40 aircraft. Work will continue on the main and index pages first, before any more aircraft will be added.

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