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We use to think that WW2 was a monoplanes' war. But a considerable number of biplanes took their part in air combat.

They were very different - obsolete like the Finnish (British-built) Gloster Gauntlets and brand-new Soviet Polikarpov I-153s. Most of them were fighters, but there were also bombers and attackers - like the German Henschel Hs 123. Some were carrier-based like the British Gloster Gladiator fighter and Fairey Swordfish -a great ASW aircraft that soldiered on till 1945.
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Special thanks to Airliners.net., Flightglobal, Mr. Shigeo Koike, Mr. Srecko Bradic and especially - the Håkans aviation page that was my source of inspiration for this post

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Comment by Neil Crompton on October 28, 2009 at 1:59pm
And it looked dashed good as well.
Comment by lord_k on October 28, 2009 at 1:33pm
Not only the lift - it also improved stability. That's why RAF (as well as the Czechoslovak and Russian Air Force) was addicted to biplanes till mid-30s.
Comment by Tome Wilson on October 28, 2009 at 1:23pm
Did the extra wing actually increase lift at that point, or just add extra weight?
Comment by lord_k on October 28, 2009 at 11:34am
Thank you Neil!
Comment by Neil Crompton on October 28, 2009 at 10:58am
Splendid I have a love of Biplanes and flying boats. Even the Westland Lysander looks great. A little earlier but have you seen. www.airdromeairplanes.com/index.html They offer a great selection of fully air worthy biplane kits.
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