5 Notable WW2 Planes You’ve Never Heard Of!

5 Notable WW2 Planes You’ve Never Heard Of! | World War Wings Videos

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We’re all familiar with the iconic warbirds that have dominated the skies since their introduction. Yet, amidst the spotlight, there are lesser-known aircraft that have nearly faded into obscurity.

Here are five remarkable planes from World War II that deserve recognition.

Fiat G.55 Centauro

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An Italian fighter aircraft, the Centauro was known for its powerful engine and excellent performance. 

It was one of the best fighters produced by Italy during WWII but is often overshadowed by more famous aircraft like the Bf 109 or the Spitfire.

Bristol Beaufort

This British twin-engine torpedo bomber saw action in various theaters of WWII, including the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Pacific. 

Because of this, at least 1,180 Beauforts were built by the British manufacturers.

The Australian government also manufactured more than 700 Beaufort variants known as the DAP Beaufort.

Polikarpov I-16

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The Soviets’ fighter plane, the I-16, was notable for being the world’s first operational low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear.

It played a significant role in the Spanish Civil War and early stages of WWII, forming  the backbone of the Soviet Air Force.

Its importance tends to be overlooked compared to other Soviet aircraft like the Yakovlev Yak-3 or the Lavochkin La-5.

Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu

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A German twin-engine reconnaissance plane, notable for its distinctive twin-boom design and excellent visibility for its three-man crew. 

This recon plane had a rotating conical rear turret that was manually rotated. The turret’s opening provides the firing aperture for either a single or twin-mounted machine gun.

Caproni Campini N.1

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To round off the list, we have the Caproni Campini N.1, an Italian experimental plane notable for being one of the first jet-powered aircraft to ever take off in 1940.

Although it didn’t see combat, its development contributed to the advancement of jet propulsion technology during World War II.

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