The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission. The Purchasing Commission approached North American Aviation to build Curtiss P-40 fighters under license for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Rather than build an old design from another company, North American Aviation proposed the design and production of a more modern fighter. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed, and first flew on 26 October
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a heavy lift helicopter that first saw service in 1962 and is still serving its country today. It is unique, powerful, reliable and has seen service in almost every military theater since its introduction. It is also the longest running production model in Boeing’s inventory.
In 1958, the Army commissioned Vertol to design a transport helicopter that could lift 2000Kg in all weathers. The answer was the Model 107 and Model 114. In 1960, Boeing bought Vertol and took over development and production of the airfram
Helicopters have been proving their worth daily in both civilian and military use. One of the most important roles a helicopter fulfills is that of medevac. An airborne ambulance that can get there faster, safer and smoother than by land. The first helicopter medevac was performed during World War 2 in Burma. In April 1944, a U.S. Army Sikorsky YR-4B helicopter rescued 3 wounded troops from Mawlu. The helicopter could only carry one casualty at a time, so had to make repeat journeys to get everyone to safety, but they persevered and got everyone out. After that, the helicopter was the vehicle of choice for fast medevac from combat situations, as well as at home.