The Curtiss-Wright P-46 "Super Shark" - Essentially an upgraded version of the P-27 Sky Shark with a Lockheed L-301 engine (a licensed produced version of the German Junkers Jumo 213 engine,) a taller tail, and a longer fuselage.
The P-24 Hawk (aka the Model 75) would be the Union Air Force's most numerous fighter at the outbreak of war making up for 44% of the Union Fighter Force. It was also widely exported before the war as well, it's foreign users would notably be Finland, the Ottoman Empire, Quebec, China, Persia, Ethiopia, Norway, the Netherlands, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, Haiti, and even was licensed produced by the Lohner Werke company in Austria-Hungary as the LW. 75.
a bit late in the game of response, but I feel it's worth mentioning that the USA wouldn't be entirely incapable of original designs. Let's not forget the first tank prototypes were built on US-desgned Holt Crawler tractor chassis. I could see some of the same design philosophies that inspired the British coming to Union Engineers, and let's be fair, France and the UK both developed the concept of the Tank in the same timeframe, the British just fielded a...functional, design first. if tanks were solely a British idea, then the French and Germans would also have fielded Rhomboids because they would have just copied the British. As for the British themselves, they certainly didn't have anything like the FT-17 later in the war, instead producing dead-end designs like the Whippit, which in form was essentially a scaled-down Rhomboid.Like RamscoopRaider said, it was Morrel who came up with the idea for a steel helmet and I suppose it could be different from the stahlhelm design but the way its described in the book, it sounds like a stahlhelm.
RamscoopRaider makes a good case for US barrel development too IMO.
Impressive work there
The Wright 26 was a major step forward for the USAAF from the machines that were in service in the years after the Great War. Amalgamating a variety of features such as enclosed cockpits, monoplane wings and retractable landing gear into one aircraft, the 26 was already being phased out of service by the outbreak of war, but continued to see service as a trainer, and with second-line forces such as Quebec. Several were also captured by the Utah rebels from US air bases in the territory.
the Wright-27 was by and large the USA's most important fighter of the war, and remained in service in some form or another throughout the entire war. Updating the Wright-26 airframe with a more powerful engine, the plane was faster, more agile, and had a longer range than it's predecessor and could be configured as a fighter-bomber. These machines went toe-to-toe with the CSA's "Hound Dog" fighters throughout the war.
The Boeing P8A benefited from the alliance with Imperial Germany, and is something of a reverse-engineer of the Focke-Wulf FW-190 used by the Luftwaffe. Designed as a long-range bomber escort, the "Colt" could also serve as a heavy ground-attack fighter with its punishing 8x Browning .50 caliber Machine guns, and made short work of Hound Dogs and Razorback bombers in the air.
a revolution in the air war came with the Boeing 71 "Turbo." Powered by two Westinghouse Turbojet engines copied from a German design, the fighter could push past the maximum speed of any aircraft flown by the CSA, and it's nose-mounted 20mm cannons made it a fierce opponent to both air and ground targets.
while the Boeing 17 dive bomber was no match to the Turbo or Colt in terms of speed, it was robust and strong. It needed to be, for it was more than a match for the CSA's "Mule" Dive Bomber, and in both naval and land-based variations it served well. Later in the war, a number of the aircraft were modified to carry twin 37mm cannons to knock out ground targets and Confederate Barrels.
the Douglas DC-2 was the primary transport of the USA during the war. Robust, well-built and long-ranged, the DC-2 came into its own once the war came back in the USA's favor following the battle of Pittsburgh, and was deployed in its most well-known role of Paratroop transport during the assault on Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain during Irving Morrell's drive into Tennessee.
one of the most important aircraft of the USA's effort was the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress," which was the USA's primary heavy bomber. Hundreds of these planes pounded Confederate industrial targets and cities throughout the war, further weakening the CSA's already strained industry and war effort, and would continue to punish the CSA throughout the conflict.
the Wright-26 was Influenced by the fine work of S. Marlowski. Not trying to step on your toes, friend, I love your work.
Very nice. A few things:
US ranking systems would have been in place before the Civil War, and wouldn't really change just because of the alliance with Germany. And I don't think the US has a rank of "Field Marshal."
General of the Army existed because George Marshall did not want to be called Marshal Marshall. If the US is operating a force as big as implied then it is very likely that 191 US would create a 5 star rank called Field Marshal, as it would view a 5 star rank as neccesary, and field Marshal is the international precedent. Now it's not certain they would call it that, but I put odds at better than evenGeneral of the Army would be the highest rank. That's five stars, by the way.