Looking back on the final years of the second world war its easy to forget that nobody knew quite when the conflict would end. Many aircraft were constructed and flown and were thought to be the pinnacle of fighting science at the time but we know little of them nowadays because the war ended and they never made it into service… they were no longer required. Here are a few.

The Supermarine Spitfire


The Republic Rainbow



The Martin Baker MB3


The Martin Baker MB5


The CAC Boomerang


The CA 15 Kangaroo



The HO 229


Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the RAF, SDASM, USAF, Insomnia Cured Here,  RAF, Martin Baker, IWM, Australian War Memorial collection John Thomas Harrison,  US Army, Tomás Del Coro and the NASM.