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    Aircraft from 1980 - 1989

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 11/30/2015

    Unknown to the world at the time, the Stealth Age was born in the West while the Soviet Empire crumbled to pieces in front of the cameras in the East.





    There are a total of (78) Aircraft from 1980 - 1989 in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1986
    Aero L-59 Super Albatros
    Aero Vodochody was established in post-war Europe during early 1919 and made a name for itself as a ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Aero L-59 Super Albatros

    1984
    AIDC AT-3 Tz-Chiang
    The AT-3 is in a special class of aircraft that specialize in both advanced pilot training as well a... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the AIDC AT-3 Tz-Chiang

    1983
    Airbus A310
    The Airbus A310-300 was produced as a budgeted alternative to the based A300-series (detailed elsewh... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus A310

    1988
    Airbus A320
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus A320

    1985
    Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) Panther
    The Eurocopter AS565 "Panther" is nothing more than a medium class, multi-role, twin-engined militar... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) Panther

    1982
    Airbus Helicopters Super Puma / AS532 Cougar
    The Super Puma was developed by French-based Aerospatiale (formerly Sud Aviation) form the successfu... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters Super Puma / AS532 Cougar

    1988
    Airbus Military / CASA CN-235
    Attempting to cut a niche in the medium-lift, fixed-wing tactical transport market has been the CASA... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Military / CASA CN-235

    1984
    Alenia Aermacchi S-211
    Sensing the growing need for light, jet-powered dual-role aircraft, the Italian concern of SIAI-Marc... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Alenia Aermacchi S-211

    1989
    AMX International AMX
    The subsonic AMX International AMX (known as the "Gibli" to the Italian Air Force) was the result of... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the AMX International AMX

    1986
    Antonov An-124 Ruslan (Condor)
    The Antonov An-124 (NATO codename of "Condor") was the world's largest aircraft before the Antonov A... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-124 Ruslan (Condor)

    1989
    Antonov An-225 Mriya (Cossack)
    The Antonov An-225 "Mriya" (Meaning "Dream") (NATO: "Cossack") is one of the largest and heaviest ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-225 Mriya (Cossack)

    1986
    Antonov An-72 (Coaler)
    The An-72 "Coaler" was another Antonov Design Bureau creation designed to assist the Soviet military... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-72 (Coaler)

    1989
    ATR 72 (Avions de Transport Regional Model 72)
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the ATR 72 (Avions de Transport Regional Model 72)

    1985
    Avioane IAR 99 Soim (Hawk)
    Romania went the indigenous route in developing its advanced jet trainer with light strike capabilit... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Avioane IAR 99 Soim (Hawk)

    1983
    BAe 146
    Introduced in 1983 by British Aerospace (BAe), the BAe 146 has served for several decades as a civil... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the BAe 146

    1984
    Beechcraft C-12 Huron
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Beechcraft C-12 Huron

    1989
    Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
    The Soviets progressed jet-powered amphibious aircraft more so than any world power during the Cold ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)

    1980
    Boeing / Hughes AH-6 / MH-6 Little Bird
    The AH-6/MH-6 "Little Bird" forms an oft-overlook yet wholly vital part of American Special Operatio... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing / Hughes AH-6 / MH-6 Little Bird

    1986
    Boeing / Hughes AH-64 Apache
    The Hughes / McDonnell Douglas / Boeing AH-64 Apache has served American and allied military forces ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing / Hughes AH-64 Apache

    1988
    Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
    The F-15E "Strike Eagle" is a dual-role version of the highly successful base F-15 air superiority f... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle

    1983
    Boeing 757
    The 757-series airliner began as a 1970s Boeing endeavor to replace their aging 727 three-engined "t... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 757

    1981
    Boeing 767
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 767

    1989
    Boeing E-6 Mercury
    The Boeing E-6 Mercury was original developed for the United States Navy as an airborne command and ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing E-6 Mercury

    1983
    Boeing Skyfox
    The Boeing Skyfox was a modification program intended to modernized the large fleet of existing Lock... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing Skyfox

    1984
    Bombardier Dash 8 (DHC-8 / Q-Series)
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Bombardier Dash 8 (DHC-8 / Q-Series)

    1989
    Britten-Norman Defender
    The Britten-Norman Defender is a militarized version of the successful Britten-Norman Islander twin ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Britten-Norman Defender

    1980
    CASA C-101 Aviojet
    As jet-powered fighter-types grew evermore impressive during the Cold War decades, it became imperat... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the CASA C-101 Aviojet

    1980
    Chengdu J-7 / F-7
    After World War 2 (1939-1945), China and the Soviet Union were cooperating political powers. This na... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Chengdu J-7 / F-7

    1986
    Denel (Atlas) Cheetah
    The Denel (formally Atlas) Cheetah came about from a South African Air Force requirement to update o... [Read More]
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    1987
    Denel (Atlas) Oryx
    The Denel (formally Atlas) Oryx is a medium-class transport helicopter serving the South African Air... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Denel (Atlas) Oryx

    1982
    Dornier Do 228
    The Dornier Do 228 was introduced in 1982 and was developed as a light utility transport and maritim... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 228

    1988
    FMA IA-63 Pampa (Prairie)
    Comparatively smaller air powers of the world - such as that of Argentina - rely on more cost-effect... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the FMA IA-63 Pampa (Prairie)

    1981
    General Dynamics / Grumman EF-111 Raven
    The EF-111 Raven was developed from a United States Air Force need for an Electronic Warfare Aircraf... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the General Dynamics / Grumman EF-111 Raven

    1982
    General Dynamics F-16XL
    What began life as a General Dynamics research project evolved into a United States Air Force conten... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the General Dynamics F-16XL

    1981
    Ghods Mohajer / Mersad (Migrant)
    Iranian engineers have been hard at work in building up local Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) stocks f... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Ghods Mohajer / Mersad (Migrant)

    1982
    Grumman X-29
    The Grumman X-29 aircraft was a technology demonstrator appearing in the latter years of the Cold Wa... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman X-29

    1983
    Gulfstream II / III / C-20 / SRA-1
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Gulfstream II / III / C-20 / SRA-1

    1986
    Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
    The Harbin SH-5 became a locally designed and developed flying boat for the Chinese Navy ("PLAN") du... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)

    1986
    IAI Lavi (Young Lion)
    In the late 1970s, Israeli thinking began to focus on upgrading its stock of aging Douglas A-4 "Skyh... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IAI Lavi (Young Lion)

    1986
    IAI RQ-2 Pioneer
    The RQ-2 Pioneer series of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) was one of the first operational UAVs util... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IAI RQ-2 Pioneer

    1981
    IAI Scout
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IAI Scout

    1984
    Ilyushin IL-78 (Midas)
    The Soviet / Russian military has received a great number of years of faithful service from its Ilyu... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Ilyushin IL-78 (Midas)

    1982
    Kamov Ka-27 (Helix)
    The Kamov Ka-27 Helix naval helicopter was developed as a direct successor to the aging Kamov Ka-25 ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Kamov Ka-27 (Helix)

    1988
    Kawasaki T-4
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki T-4

    1982
    Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call
    The EC-130H "Compass Call" is a dedicated Electronic Warfare Aircraft (EWA) platform based on the hu... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call

    1982
    Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk (Stealth Fighter)
    The F-117 Nighthawk achieved global fame in the 1991 air war against Iraq. The aircraft was the worl... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk (Stealth Fighter)

    1986
    Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow
    The Lockheed MC-130P "Combat Shadow" debuted with American forces in the Vietnam War when it was kno... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow

    1982
    Lockheed MQM-105 Aquila TADAR
    The MGM-105 Aquila (Eagle) TADAR (Target Acquisition, Designation and Aerial Reconnaissance) was the... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed MQM-105 Aquila TADAR

    1987
    Lun (Ekranoplan)
    One of the more interesting of the Cold War aircraft developments became the massive Soviet Lun Ekra... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lun (Ekranoplan)

    1985
    MBB Lampyridae (Firefly)
    It is now clear that, during the 1980s, the Americans were not the only power working on low-observa... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the MBB Lampyridae (Firefly)

    1985
    McDonnell Douglas / Boeing / BAe Systems AV-8B Harrier II
    While the original Hawker Siddeley Harrier proved revolutionary for its time, and the follow-up BAe ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas / Boeing / BAe Systems AV-8B Harrier II

    1981
    McDonnell Douglas / Boeing KC-10 Extender
    The KC-10 Extender airframe is based on a modified Boeing DC-10 (more precisely the "DC-10-30CF" mod... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas / Boeing KC-10 Extender

    1983
    McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
    The McDonnell Douglas A-12 "Avenger II" was slated to become the United States Navy's (USN) first st... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II

    1983
    McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet
    The CF-18 / CF-188 "Hornet" is the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) equivalent of the American McDonn... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet

    1983
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
    The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F/A-18 "Hornet" emerged as one of the very successful 4th Generation Fi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

    1982
    MD Helicopters / Hughes MD500
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the MD Helicopters / Hughes MD500

    1984
    Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
    The Mikoyan MiG-29 "Fulcrum" did much to further Soviet/Russian aviation technology and, along with ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)

    1981
    Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)
    The original Mil Mi-8 "Hip" medium-lift transport helicopter series first flew in prototype form on ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)

    1983
    Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
    Since its adoption into service with the Soviet Air Force during the early 1980s, the Cold War-era M... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-26 (Halo)

    1982
    Northrop F-20 Tigershark
    The Northrop F-20 Tigershark was a further evolution of the F-5 Tiger II line, specifically the F-5E... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop F-20 Tigershark

    1982
    Northrop Tacit Blue
    In late 1976 Northrop was to design, develop and build an experimental reconnaissance-minded stealth... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop Tacit Blue

    1985
    Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant)
    The Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant) was developed for the Royal Air Force (RAF) to fulfill... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant)

    1985
    PZL W-3A Sokol
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the PZL W-3A Sokol

    1986
    Rockwell B-1 Lancer
    Military aircraft seldom take an uneventful road to full operational service and such was the case w... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Rockwell B-1 Lancer

    1981
    Shaanxi Y-8 (Yunshuji-8)
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Shaanxi Y-8 (Yunshuji-8)

    1980
    Shenyang J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)
    The Shenyang J-8 series (NATO codename of "Finback") was an indigenous Chinese multi-role fighter de... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)

    1985
    Short C-23 Sherpa
    The Short Brothers (sometimes shortened to "Shorts") concern was formed in 1908 with operations sett... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Short C-23 Sherpa

    1981
    Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion
    The mammoth Sikorsky CH-53E "Super Stallion" heavy-lift transport helicopter was designed from the o... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion

    1981
    Sikorsky MH-53 (Pave Low)
    The MH-53 was a series of large transport helicopters operated by the United States Air Force in the... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky MH-53 (Pave Low)

    1984
    Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk
    The Sikorsky SH-60 "Seahawk" is the navalized derivative of the ubiquitous land-based UH-60 "Black H... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk

    1988
    Sikorsky VH-60 White Hawk
    The Sikorsky VH-60N "White Hawk" is a Presidential ("Marine One") and government-level VIP transport... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky VH-60 White Hawk

    1983
    SOKO G-4 Super Galeb (Super Seagull)
    The G-4 Super Galeb (Super Seagull) advanced trainer/light strike aircraft was born out of a Yugosla... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SOKO G-4 Super Galeb (Super Seagull)

    1984
    Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103)
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103)

    1981
    Sukhoi Su-25 (Frogfoot)
    Since the early 1980s, the Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO codename of "Frogfoot") has served the close-support a... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-25 (Frogfoot)

    1985
    Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
    Designed as a counter to the excellent American swing-wing Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" carrierborne fleet ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)

    1981
    Tadiran Mastiff
    Tadiran Electronic Systems of Israel produced the Tadiran Mastiff large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicl... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tadiran Mastiff

    1989
    Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack)
    Since its inception, the Tupolev-produced Tu-160 (NATO codename of "Blackjack", nicknamed in Russia/... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack)

    1987
    Yakovlev Yak-41 (Freestyle / Yak-141)
    Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) flight of fixed-wing fighter aircraft eluded aeronautical engin... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Yakovlev Yak-41 (Freestyle / Yak-141)