A History of European Armor

When most people think of medieval armor, they picture a knight on a horse clad head to toe in plate armor. The reality though is that what we think of as the classic “knight in shining armor” only came at the very end of the period, and only lasted for a short time.

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One of King Henry VIII’s jousting armors, on display at the Royal Armouries Museum. The exaggerated codpiece is completely deliberate and intentional.

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Icons of Aviation History: The Mitsubishi A6M Zero

The Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter is one of the most famous aircraft of the Second World War. For several years, it dominated the skies over the Pacific. But, like the island nation that built it, the Zero was unable to keep up with the industrial power and technological advances of its opponents.

A6M5 Zero on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

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