Famous World War II Airplanes That You Can Fly as RC Planes

The Second World War is one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history, with millions of lives lost by both the Allies and the Axis. Despite being the bloodiest and most calamitous conflict in human history, a large number of people admire the technological, scientific, and military advancements that were made prior to and during the conflict. After World War II, these advancements were celebrated because they aided in the improvement of various industries and societies; thus, the conflict had some positive effects.

One of the most renowned aspects of World War II is the variety of aircraft developed by various aircraft manufacturers for the Allies and Axis Forces. Some of these World War II aircraft have acquired a great deal of popularity due to the fame of their pilots, the depth of their history, and their design. If you are an RC enthusiast, here is a list of notable World War II aircraft that can be replicated as RC aircraft.

P- 47 Thunderbolt

P-47 Thunderbolt

The P-47 was one of the most durable Allied aircraft during World War II, and its eight.50-caliber machine guns gave it the most armament. The first prototype of the aircraft, designed by Alexander Kartveli and constructed by Republic Aviation, flew in June 1941. Pilots gave it the moniker “Jug” because it was so difficult to bring down. Despite being the heaviest single-engine fighter of World War II, the P- 47 had a service ceiling of over 40,000 feet due to its exceptional turbocharger.

The P-47 Thunderbolt was the largest, heaviest, and most expensive single-piston-powered fighter aircraft in history. It completed over 500,000 sorties in Europe and the Pacific. The P-47s were responsible for the destruction of nearly 4,000 hostile aircraft, 9,000 trains, 86,000 trucks, and 6,000 armored vehicles; this is evidence of its exceptional air-ground role.

The P-47, equipped with the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, excelled in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II as a short- to medium-range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and as a ground-attack fighter-bomber.

In March of 1942, the first production model was delivered to the AAF. The interior of the armored cockpit was spacious, pleasant, and offers excellent visibility. The P-47 quickly gained a reputation for reliability as a low-level fighter-bomber and high-altitude escort fighter. The Thunderbolt’s robust construction and air-cooled radial engine allowed it to withstand severe battle damage and continue flying. The P-47 saw action in almost every combat of World War II warfare and with multiple Allied nations.

Several of the photographs and three-views reveal that the P-47 possesses many of the characteristics of a well-flying RC P-47.

The semi-elliptical wing plan shape has a sufficient area at the tip, ensuring excellent stalling characteristics at the apex. The muzzle is sufficiently long, suggesting that balancing will be satisfactory. Comparing the tail area to the wing, it appears that excellent stability is feasible.

The landing gear is wide, so the aircraft’s ground maneuverability should be superb. When the gear is retracted, its angle simplifies installation.

P-51 Mustang

P-51 Mustang

The P-51 Mustang, produced by North American Aviation, is a single-seat, long-range fighter and fighter-bomber flown by the United States in wars like World War II, Cold War and the Korean War. The North American Aviation (NAA) team led by James Kindelberger designed the Mustang in April 1940 in response to a request from the British Purchasing Commission. North American Aviation was persuaded by the Purchasing Commission to manufacture Curtiss P-40 fighters under license for the Royal Air Force (RAF). North American Aviation proposed the design and production of a more modern fighter instead of replicating an older design from another company.

The Mustang was built around the Allison V-1710 engine, which in its early iterations suffered from low power at high altitudes. The Royal Air Force was the first to put the Mustang Mk I into service, using it as a tactical reconnaissance plane and a fighter-bomber. The P-51B/C (Mustang Mk III) model was created by replacing the Allison engine with a Rolls-Royce Merlin, which transformed the aircraft’s performance at altitudes above 15,000 ft (4,500 m) and able to go head-to-head with Luftwaffe fighters in combat, without surrendering too much range. The Packard V-1650-7, a licensed adaptation of the Merlin 66’s two-stage, two-speed supercharger, powered the P-51D, the final production aircraft.

The P-51, one of the most renowned and effective World War II fighter aircraft, was originally designed to meet a British requirement submitted in April 1940.The North American Aircraft Corporation was tasked with the Design and Construction of the New Fighter. Earlier models were powered by 1,100-hp Allison engines, but beginning in 1943, more powerful Packard-built Merlin V-1650 engines were utilized.

The long range and powerful high-altitude escort capabilities of the Merlin-powered Mustangs made them indispensable to the Allies’ bombers in Europe.

The P-51 Mustang must be one of, if not the most ubiquitous scale RC aircraft of all time. It is available in a variety of sizes and complexities, ranging from the simplest to the most intricate. With its gradually tapered wing and ample tail area, it makes such an excellent model. The wide tracked landing gear, which is retractable, can be made extremely dependable.

Typically, the canopy can conceal most RC engines, and the detail can be enhanced to satisfy the most ardent scale enthusiast.

F4U Corsair

F4U Corsair

In 1938, a prototype of the Corsair was created. The model’s 18-cylinder, double-radial Pratt & Whitney engine was designed to produce approximately 2000 horsepower. The propulsion’s 46,000 cubic centimeters not only make it extremely potent, but also extremely loud. The propeller’s four-meter diameter enabled the installation of a relatively short and light carriage, which was made feasible by the gull-wing configuration. Fowler flaps are three gorgeously engineered and divided hydraulic landing flaps that resulted from precise surface geometry.

The F4U was capable of speeds in excess of 400 miles per hour, but the cockpit was placed far back on the fuselage, limiting pilots’ line of sight, and the aircraft had a tendency to jiggle on landing, which was undesirable for aircraft carrier use.

The Vought F4U Corsair was a high-performance, carrier- or ground-based fighter aircraft.  The aircraft’s primary mission was to destroy hostile aircraft and it was armed with bombs and rockets.   The low-wing monoplane was distinguished by its inverted gull appearance and long fuselage in front of its cockpit.   In May of 1940, the XF4U-1 made its first flight.   When the United States entered World War II, the F4U-1 design and concept were well advanced.  Goodyear and Brewster were granted contracts to produce Corsairs with the designations FG-1 and F3A-1, respectively, in order to expedite production.

The miniature Vought Corsair is made of molded polystyrene and is ready to fly right out of the box. About the only additional item you may decide to purchase is a lithium polymer battery for onboard use. It possesses four flight controls: ailerons, elevator, throttle, and rudder. The landing gear is removable for hand-launching, but the steerable tail wheel will be of great assistance if you have a suitable surface for takeoff.

The Corsair is capable of scale-like aerobatics due to its complete 4-channel control. Similar to its larger park flyer sibling, the RC Corsair can perform loops, rolls, and wingovers. Please note that this is not an appropriate first RC aircraft for beginners. Before attempting to conquer these micro scale models, pilot a trainer-type aircraft.

JU87 Stuka

In World War II, the Ju87 was one of the most fearsome aircraft. The Ju87’s fixed undercarriage and cranked wing gave it an evil appearance, and the sound of its ‘Trumpets of Jericho’ sirens as it dove served to instill fear in both soldiers and civilians.

The Ju87 was produced in large quantities and constituted a significant portion of the Luftwaffe’s strength. It could therefore hardly not be utilized. The Ju87, popularly known as the ‘Stuka’ after the German term for dive-bomber (Sturzkampfflugzueg), first saw combat during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The battles in Poland and France contributed to its legendary status. Due to the lack of aerial opposition, it was able to attack targets with pinpoint precision.

After the fall of France, it was utilized to assault Channel shipping. More ships were sunk by the Ju87 than by any other aircraft in history. ‘Stuka’ units then shifted their focus to coastal airfields and radar stations, but by August 1940, significant losses at the hands of defending fighters forced them to cease operations. It was unthinkable for this poorly armed, slow, and highly vulnerable aircraft to operate without air superiority over the battlefield.

This Radio-Controlled Stuka JU 87 is a popular ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) model with a wing span of 75.2 inches (1910 millimeters). It is made of laser-cut balsa and ply and is clad in a printed material with panel lines.

P-40 Warhawk

When World War II commenced, the P-40 was the best fighter aircraft the United States had in significant quantities. In December 1941, P- 40s engaged Japanese aircraft at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines. In 1942, they also operated with the renowned Flying Tigers in China.

The aircraft was a descendant of the “Hawk” series manufactured by Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Corporation during the 1930s and 1940s. It shared design elements with the Hawk and Sparrowhawk, its predecessors.

The P-40 performed better than the Louk quote implies and was exceptionally resilient, but it was typically eclipsed by its opponents, particularly the renowned Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero of Japan. Four years later than the P-36, from which the P-40 was derived, the A6M2 made its maiden flight and represented one of the rapid advances in aircraft technology during World War II.

Some pilots praised the P-40, while others condemned it. As the first mass-produced American single-seat fighter, it assumed the complete burden of air warfare in multiple battlefields. Its sturdiness, which allowed it to withstand punishment, and its ability to dive deeper than virtually every other aircraft it was likely to encounter partially compensated for its deficiencies.

The P-40 should make for an outstanding RC P-40. It has a large wing area and a substantial tail area. The length of the snout is adequate, so balancing shouldn’t be a problem.

The Warhawk has the largest cowl of all RC warbirds and should be able to enclose any size and type of engine as long as ample ventilation is provided. Engine cooling should not be an issue.

The RC P-40 Warhawk represents cutting-edge technology! This RC aircraft is the most comprehensive of all those made from molded foam. Retractable 2.4GHz transceiver is included. Out runner brushless motor and all servos are installed.


With the advent of more efficient motors (both electric and miniature internal combustion or jet engines), lighter and more powerful batteries, and less expensive radio systems, RC aircraft flying as a hobby has increased globally. There is a vast selection of models and designs available.

In addition to using RC aircraft for experiments, collecting weather data, aerodynamic modeling and testing, and even as drones and surveillance planes, scientific, government, and military organizations are also employing RC aircraft for weather data collection, aerodynamic modeling, and testing.