Military Factory

Complete Aircraft Timeline - From the Wright Brothers to the Present Day

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/3/2016

After centuries of dreaming and experimentation, man finally realized heavier-than-air powered flight at the beginning of the 20th Century.





There are a total of (1,474) Military and Civilian Aircraft (including Helicopters and Drones) from the Wright Brothers to the Present Day in the Military Factory Timeline. Entries are listed below by initial year of service. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Developmental systems and experimental models, as well as future concepts, are also included in this listing.




1903
Wright Flyer
Though the prospect of manned flight had been around for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, it... [Read More]

1908
British Army Aeroplane No 1 (Cody 1)
The British Army's first powered airship became the Dirigible No 1 "Nulli Secundus" born at the Ball... [Read More]

1909
Bleriot XI
The Bleriot XI was one of the first notable monoplanes to achieve any level of fame. Primitive by to... [Read More]

1910
Coanda-1910
This invention by Romanian inventor Henri Coanda was in the works as early as 1905 - an experimental... [Read More]

1910
Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube)
... [Read More]

1911
Curtiss A-1 Triad (Model E)
Like the United States Army's air service of the early 20th century, the United States Navy (USN) ai... [Read More]

1911
Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer
American William Starling Burgess made quite a name for himself across various industries and was re... [Read More]

1912
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2
The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 was born through the Royal Balloon Factory (RBF) establishment whic... [Read More]

1913
Avro 504
Without knowing it from the outset, the Avro Type 504 series of aircraft would become one of the mos... [Read More]

1914
Albatros B.II
The Albatros B.II was a reconnaissance biplane used in the early years of the First World War, parti... [Read More]

1914
Aviatik B.I
The Aviatik B.I series handled reconnaissance duties for Germany in the early years of the war, serv... [Read More]

1914
Bristol Scout
The Bristol Scout was born from a racing aircraft and was, therefore, based upon an excellent perfor... [Read More]

1914
Zeppelin Z.XII (LZ-26)
First flown on December 14th, 1914, the military-minded Zeppelin "LZ-26" became one of the more succ... [Read More]

1914
Rumpler B.I
While discussions of World War 1 (1914-1918) aircraft inevitably turn to Fokkers, SPADs and Sopwiths... [Read More]

1914
Sopwith Tabloid
... [Read More]

1914
Hansa-Brandenburg B.I (Type D/FD)
Ernst Heinkel - whose German firm Heinkel would gain some level of notoriety in World War 2 - design... [Read More]

1914
Farman MF.11 Shorthorn
The Farman MF.11 "Shorthorn" was a development of French aeronautical engineering and was essentiall... [Read More]

1914
Caudron G.3
As was the case with most of the aircraft featured during World War 1 (1914-1918), the French Caudro... [Read More]

1915
SPAD S.A
Developed in the mold of a "fighting scout", the French-originated SPAD S.A served in the armed reco... [Read More]

1915
Nieuport 12
Air superiority became a back-and-forth affair for the air services involved in World War 1 (1914-19... [Read More]

1915
Short Type 184
... [Read More]

1915
Caproni Ca.1
While the British Handley Page and German Gotha bombers receive their fair share of notoriety in Wor... [Read More]

1915
Lloyd C.II
The Lloyd C.II was a reconnaissance biplane fielded by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War 1, w... [Read More]

1915
Lohner B.VII
The Lohner B.VII was a two-seat reconnaissance aircraft produced by and for the Austro-Hungarian Emp... [Read More]

1915
LVG C.II
The LVG C.II was a limited-production reconnaissance scout plane utilized by the German Empire durin... [Read More]

1915
Lebed Type XII
The Russian Empire did not field many indigenous aircraft designs during World War 1, instead relyin... [Read More]

1915
Sopwith Baby
Sopwith Aviation was founded in 1912 by Thomas Sopwith (1888-1989) at Kingston upon Thames in London... [Read More]

1915
Rumpler C.I
Austrian-born engineer Edmund Rumpler settled his Rumpler Flugzeugwerke concern in 1909 and began by... [Read More]

1915
Rumpler G.I
... [Read More]

1915
Curtiss JN-4 (Jenny)
The much-loved Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" two-seat trainer aircraft was utilized in a myriad of ways throu... [Read More]

1915
LVG B (Series)
Prior to production of military aircraft, the LVG concern ("Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft") was focused... [Read More]

1915
Zeppelin L.10 (LZ-40)
The Zeppelin was a rigid, "lighter-than-air" manned aircraft developed by German Count Ferdinand von... [Read More]

1915
Nieuport 11 (Bebe)
The Nieuport 11 "Bebe" (or "Baby" - known officially as the "Nieuport 11 C1") was one of the first t... [Read More]

1915
Aviatik C.I
Aviatik (Automobil und Aviatikwerke) of Germany was already involved in aircraft designs from the ou... [Read More]

1915
Vickers FB.5 (Gunbus)
The FB.5 (also known as the "Gunbus") was of a biplane type design for the scouting role. What set t... [Read More]

1915
Caudron G.4
The Caudron G.4 series was a twin-engine bomber platform introduced in the early years of World War ... [Read More]

1915
Breguet Br.5
The Breguet Br.5 series of biplane bomber was developed from the Breguet Br.4. The Br.5 was operated... [Read More]

1915
Voisin Type 5
The French Voisin Type 5 bomber was developed from the proven Voisin III series and saw action in th... [Read More]

1915
Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz (Series)
The Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz series of aircraft were the world's first four-engine bombers in operati... [Read More]

1915
Morane-Saulnier Type N
The Moraine-Saulnier Type N (or simply "Moraine-Saulnier N") was a French fighter aircraft of the Fi... [Read More]

1915
Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2
The F.E.2 series of aircraft were produced by the Royal Aircraft Factory and had their origins in th... [Read More]

1915
Airco DH.2
Geoffrey de Havilland was hired by the Airco firm in June of 1914 as lead designer and quickly lent ... [Read More]

1915
Albatros C.I
The Albatros C.I series of aircraft was the next evolution in the brand's reconnaissance aircraft li... [Read More]

1915
Albatros C.III
Albatros built several "C-type" twin-seat reconnaissance biplanes for the German Air Service in Worl... [Read More]

1915
AGO C.II
The AGO C.II was the product of the Aerowerke Gustav Otto (abbreviated as "AGO") concern and is cons... [Read More]

1915
Fokker E (Eindecker)
As with most aircraft developed during World War 1, the Eindecker series enjoyed a relatively short ... [Read More]

1916
Albatros D.I
The Albatros Flugzeugwerke firm certainly made a name for itself in World War 1. It was responsible ... [Read More]

1916
Albatros D.II
Albatros produced a variety of capable fighter mounts throughout World War 1 and the original D.I se... [Read More]

1916
Nieuport 17
Fresh off of the heels of the success that was the Nieuport 11, the Nieuport 17 was a direct develop... [Read More]

1916
AEG C.IV
The C.IV was a twin-seat biplane aircraft produced by the German firm of Allgemeine Elektrizitats-Ge... [Read More]

1916
AEG G.IV
The German concern of AEG (Allgemeine Elektritzitats Gesellschaft) delivered another successful wart... [Read More]

1916
Albatros C.V
The Albatros C.V can, in some ways, be approached as a step backwards in the progression of the C-se... [Read More]

1916
Sopwith Triplane
The Sopwith Triplane (dubbed the "Triplehound" by her pilots) was a three wing design built upon the... [Read More]

1916
Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8
The Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8 ("F.E." for "Fighter Experimental") was developed in 1915 and relea... [Read More]

1916
Siemens-Schuckert D.I
So desperate were the Germans of finding a counter to the French Nieuport 17 biplane fighter that th... [Read More]

1916
DFW C.V
The DFW C.V series of biplane aircraft was of German design in World War 1. The system was particula... [Read More]

1916
Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter (One-and-One-Half Strutter)
Like other Sopwith Aviation Company aircraft, the wartime Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter owed its existence ... [Read More]

1916
SPAD S.VII
The SPAD S.VII (or "S.7") was one of France's best single-seat fighters of World War 1 (1914-1918). ... [Read More]

1916
Sopwith Pup
The Sopwith Pup was a World War 1-era biplane fighter design appearing in 1916 during a time when Ge... [Read More]

1916
Zeppelin L.32 (LZ-74)
The German Zeppelin L.32 (production designation of "LZ-74") served the Imperial German Navy (German... [Read More]

1916
Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8
The Royal Aircraft Factory's B.E.2 two-seat biplane scout gave exceptional service during World War ... [Read More]

1916
Rumpler 6B
The Rumpler concern has become a largely forgotten aviation manufacturer when pitted alongside the l... [Read More]

1916
Rumpler C.III
Rumpler Flugzeugwerke followed their Rumpler C.I biplane reconnaissance aircraft with the improved C... [Read More]

1916
Lohner C.I
The Lohner C.I was nothing more than the armed version of the two-seat Lohner B.VII reconnaissance a... [Read More]

1916
Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (Type LDD)
The Hansa-Brandenburg C.I was a two-seat reconnaissance aircraft seeing action with the Austro-Hunga... [Read More]

1916
Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (Type KD)
The D.I was another of Ernst Heinkel's aircraft designs for the Hansa-Brandenburg firm (known formal... [Read More]

1916
Hanriot HD.1
Despite its French origins, the Hanriot HD.1 biplane fighter saw extensive service with the Belgian ... [Read More]

1916
Gotha G.IV
The Gotha G.IV series of heavy biplane bombers served the German Air Service of World War 1 (1914-19... [Read More]

1916
Avro 523 Pike
Avro (A.V. Roe and Company) was founded in 1910 and based out of Manchester. The firm played a large... [Read More]

1916
Sikorsky S-16 (RBVZ S-XVI)
Designed by Ukrainian aviation engineer Igor Sikorsky, the S-16 was developed to a Russian Empire re... [Read More]

1916
LFG Roland C.II (Whale)
The LFG Roland C.II was a rather advanced biplane fighter design of World War 1 (1914-1918) serving ... [Read More]

1917
Caudron G.6
The French aviation concern of Caudron continued to evolve their serviceable G-series reconnaissance... [Read More]

1917
LTG FD.1
... [Read More]

1917
LVG D.III
LVG (Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft) was established in Berlin-Johannisthal, Germany during 1912 and amo... [Read More]

1917
Curtiss H-16
In 1911, the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company unveiled their Model D, a biplane aircraft powered ... [Read More]

1917
Felixstowe F.2
In the pre-World War 1 period, Royal Navy Lt Cmdr John Porte partnered with famous American aviator ... [Read More]

1917
Fairey Campania
The British became big proponents and pioneers of naval aviation during World War 1. War had broken ... [Read More]

1917
Gotha G.V
With the Germans having gained critical territory up to the Belgian coast in 1914, thoughts to the b... [Read More]

1917
Zeppelin-Staaken R-series
When World War 1 (1914-1918) bogged down into the stubborn battles of trench warfare in the Autumn o... [Read More]

1917
Albatros J.I
The Albatros J.I was conceived of as a dedicated ground attack aircraft for use in the "infantry clo... [Read More]

1917
Avro 529
The Avro 529 followed closely in line with Avro's preceding bomber attempt - the 523. Both were desi... [Read More]

1917
Dorand AR
The Dorand AR series was developed for the French air service to replace the outmoded, two-seat Farm... [Read More]

1917
Beardmore WB III / SB 3
The Beardmore WB III was nothing more than a highly-modified, navalized version of the successful la... [Read More]

1917
Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
The Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 was a two-seat floatplane fighter seaplane design serving the German Empi... [Read More]

1917
Phonix C.I
The Phonix C.I was a rather simplistic two-seat armed reconnaissance fighter utilized by the Austro-... [Read More]

1917
Phonix D (Series)
The Phonix D.I was a single-seat fighter platform developed and produced by the Phonix Flugzeug-Werk... [Read More]

1917
LVG C.V
The LVG C.V was a general-purpose, two-seat reconnaissance aircraft utilized by the German air servi... [Read More]

1917
Aviatik D.I (Berg D.I)
The Aviatik D.I served the Austro-Hungarian Empire as a fighter and reconnaissance escort through th... [Read More]

1917
SPAD S.XII
French flying ace Georges Guynemer pushed the idea of a cannon-armed fighter plane after his experie... [Read More]

1917
Aeromarine 39
In 1917, the United States Navy entered into a contract with the Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company ... [Read More]

1917
Standard J-1
The Standard J-1 appeared in the First World War and served the United States Army Air Service in th... [Read More]

1917
Caproni Ca.3
The Caproni Ca.36 represented the definitive model in the C-bomber series debuted in 1914 as the C.3... [Read More]

1917
Rumpler C.IV
... [Read More]

1917
Rumpler C.VII
... [Read More]

1917
Rumpler C.VIII
The aircraft, as a viable standalone weapon of war, emerged in World War 1 (1914-1918) along with th... [Read More]

1917
Rumpler D.I
... [Read More]

1917
Macchi M.5
The Italian concern of Macchi was founded in 1912 by Giulio Macchi out of Varese, Italy. Despite Ita... [Read More]

1917
SPAD S.XI
The storied engineering career of Frenchman Louis Bechereau spanned decades and several popular des... [Read More]

1917
SPAD S.XIV
The SPAD S.XIV was a floatplane version of the earlier S.XII fighter. The original S.XII was develop... [Read More]

1917
Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98)
The Zeppelin was a principle weapon of both the German Army and Navy concerning World War 1 (1914-19... [Read More]

1917
C.23 (Coastal Class)
C.23 Coastal Class airship served the British Royal Navy during World War 1 (1914-1918). The aircraf... [Read More]

1917
Sopwith Dolphin
The Sopwith Dolphin was yet another fighter design in the long line of Thomas Sopwith production air... [Read More]

1917
Armstrong Whitworth FK8
The Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 model series was a biplane aircraft conceived of by aircraft designer ... [Read More]

1917
Friedrichshafen G.III
The Friedrichshafen G.III was a medium bi-plane class bomber utilized by the German Empire in World ... [Read More]

1917
Airco DH.4
With production numbering over 6,000 total units, the AirCo / de Havilland DH.4 was another one of G... [Read More]

1917
Airco DH.5
With the vantage point afforded to pilots of the earlier Airco DH.2 model, famous aircraft designer ... [Read More]

1917
Albatros C.X
The Albatros production of the C.X model continued the firm's commitment to producing capable reconn... [Read More]

1917
Nieuport 27
The Nieuport Nie.27 (or simply Nieuport 27) was designed by Gustave Delage and became an advanced tr... [Read More]

1917
Pfalz D.III
The Pfalz D.III was an exceptional aircraft produced in large numbers by Bavaria for Bavarian forces... [Read More]

1917
Siemens-Schuckert D.III
The Siemens-Schuckert D series of fighters evolved from captured French-made Nieuport 11 aircraft. T... [Read More]

1917
Albatros D.V
At the time of its inception, the Albatros D-series of fighter aircraft (beginning with the D.I mode... [Read More]

1917
SPAD S.XIII
The SPAD S.XIII (S.13) was a further development of the successful SPAD S.VII (S.7) design, the latt... [Read More]

1917
Albatros D.III
While the Albatros D.I proved critical in winning back air superiority for the Germans in early 1917... [Read More]

1917
Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5
The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 ("S.E." for "Scout Experimental") was designed from the outset as a... [Read More]

1917
Fokker Dr.I (Dreidecker)
The Fokker Dr.I ("Dr" for "Dreidecker" meaning "triplane") series is most closely associated with Ma... [Read More]

1917
Breguet Br.14
French aviation design triumphed with the arrival of the Breguet Br.14 series (sometimes written as ... [Read More]

1917
Airco DH.9
The AirCo DH.9 was a further revision of the DH.4 bomber - again headed by famous aviation engineer ... [Read More]

1917
Bristol F.2
The Bristol F.2 fighter series operated throughout the British Empire for decades, serving through W... [Read More]

1917
Albatros D.Va
The Albatros D.I of 1916 proved instrumental in bringing air superiority back into the favor of the ... [Read More]

1917
Sopwith Camel
Though the Sopwith Camel (the official designation being Sopwith Biplane F.1) was designed as a repl... [Read More]

1918
Fokker D.VIII (Fokker E.V)
The Fokker D.VIII was a rare monoplane design of World War 1 and regarded as one of the best fighter... [Read More]

1918
Martin MB-1 / Glenn Martin Bomber
The Martin MB-1 (also known as the "Glenn Martin Bomber") became the first American-designed heavy b... [Read More]

1918
Fokker D.VII
Regarded as Germany's finest fighter of World War 1 (1914-1918), the Fokker D.VII actually had a sho... [Read More]

1918
Nieuport 28
Aerial combat in World War 1 (1914-1918) turned into a tit-for-tat affair as technology ruled the la... [Read More]

1918
Handley Page H.P. O/400
The O/400 model series by Handley Page aircraft firm was the principle heavy bomber of the RAF by th... [Read More]

1918
Junkers CL.I
The Junkers CL.I was something of a break-through aircraft design for its time, appearing during the... [Read More]

1918
Caudron R.11
The Caudron R.11 was initially developed as an armed reconnaissance platform for the French Air Serv... [Read More]

1918
Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard
The Martinsyde F.4 "Buzzard" was a British-designed, single-seat fighting biplane appearing in the l... [Read More]

1918
Ansaldo A 1 Balilla (Hunter)
The Ansaldo A 1 Balilla ("Hunter") was the first aircraft fighter design of Italian origins. Italian... [Read More]

1918
Sopwith Snipe
The Sopwith Snipe took all of the components that had made the Sopwith Camel a legend in the middle ... [Read More]

1918
SSZ.65
The "Submarine Scout Zero" ("SSZ") airships were manufactured across seventy-seven examples during W... [Read More]

1918
NS7
... [Read More]

1918
Sopwith Rhino
Lost in the discussions concerning Sopwith aircraft of World War 1 was the Sopwith "Rhino", an inter... [Read More]

1918
Macchi M.7
Before the Italian concern of Macchi developed its stable of frontline fighters for the Italian Air ... [Read More]

1918
Aeromarine 40
The Aeromarine Model 40 (or simply "Aeromarine 40") was a two-seat flying boat trainer aircraft serv... [Read More]

1918
Vought VE-7 Bluebird
In 1917 Mr. Birdseye B. Lewis formed an aircraft business with the Vought group, becoming the Lewis ... [Read More]

1918
Halberstadt CL.IV
The CL.IV was a further development of the CL.II design, both aircraft a product of Halberstadt Flug... [Read More]

1918
Siemens-Schuckert D.IV
The Siemens-Schuckert D.IV was a further development of the D-series brand, itself a copy of the spe... [Read More]

1918
Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo
The Kangaroo was the product of the Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Company, Limited. The design began... [Read More]

1918
LVG C.VI
The LVG C.VI became one of the final German two-seat aircraft to see quantitative production in Worl... [Read More]

1918
Ufag C.I
The Ufag C.I was a two-seat, single-engine biplane fighter serving the Austro-Hungarian Empire air s... [Read More]

1918
Felixstowe F.5
The Felixstowe F.5 series originated in the United Kingdom as a militarized flying boat in the last ... [Read More]

1918
Fairey III
The British war effort of World War 1 (1914-1918) brought about many new aircraft developments. Fair... [Read More]

1918
Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
World War 1 in Europe prompted all military industries to develop and produce various solutions to o... [Read More]

1918
Salmson 2
The French Salmson concern was founded in 1890 by Emile Salmson and produced a variety of automobile... [Read More]

1918
Packard-Le Pere LUSAC-11 (Lepere United States Army Comba Model 11)
French Captain Georges LePere was employed by the United States Army Air Service (USAAS) in 1917 whe... [Read More]

1918
LFG Roland D.VI
The LFG Roland D.VI was adopted by the German Air Service of World War 1 (1914-1918) as a successor ... [Read More]

1918
Fokker C.I
The Fokker C.I was a biplane aircraft that entered development under the flag of the German Empire d... [Read More]

1919
Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII
The Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII was a mammoth biplane aircraft design intended as a heavy bomber for th... [Read More]

1919
Vickers Vimy
The Vimy was designed to a Royal Air Force (RAF) requirement for a night bomber with inherently long... [Read More]

1920
Martin MB-2 / NBS-1
The Martin MB-2 series of twin-engine bombers holds a distinct footnote in the history of United Sta... [Read More]

1920
SPAD S.XX (S.20)
During World War 1 (1914-1918), the advantage in the air war over Europe had changed hands several t... [Read More]

1921
Aero A.11
The Aero A.11 was a successful, multi-faceted performer for the Czech Army Air Force in the interwar... [Read More]

1922
Nieuport-Delage NiD 29
World War 1 had been raging in Europe since 1914 and aircraft technology had advanced ten-fold by 19... [Read More]

1922
Avro Bison
When the aircraft carrier was proven a viable sea-going warship in World War 1 (1914-1918), military... [Read More]

1923
Fairey Flycatcher
The primary Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) fighter aircraft of the 1920s and early 1930s became the ... [Read More]

1923
Huff-Daland LB-1
Huff-Daland produced a series of aircraft for American agricultural and military service that began ... [Read More]

1923
Aero A.12
The Aero A.12 was designed specifically to succeed the company's previous biplane effort - the A.11.... [Read More]

1923
Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1 (Barling Bomber)
The Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1 (popularly known as the "Barling Bomber") was an ambitious heavy bomber de... [Read More]

1923
Aeromarine 75
The American concern of Aeromarine converted the British Felixstowe F5L military flying boat for the... [Read More]

1923
Breguet Br.19
The French-designed and produced Breguet Br.19 was designed as successor to the stellar Br.14 model ... [Read More]

1923
Nieuport Nighthawk
The Nieuport Nighthawk began as a design showing great promise. Development began in 1918, the final... [Read More]

1924
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin
The Armstrong Whitworth Siskin (a siskin being a smallish yellow-tinged finch) was the primary air m... [Read More]

1924
Boeing PW-9 (Model 15)
The Boeing PW-9 series was based on the company's "Model 15" aircraft which, in turn, held origins b... [Read More]

1924
Curtiss F6C HAWK
The Curtiss F6C Hawk series of aircraft was in fact the US Navy/Marine model of the US Army's P-1 Ha... [Read More]

1924
Consolidated PT-1 Trusty
The "Trusty" was a product of the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation (though designed under the brand... [Read More]

1926
Ford Trimotor
... [Read More]

1927
Vought FU-1
During May of 1922, the Lewis and Vought Corporation was reformed to become the Chance Vought Corpor... [Read More]

1927
Boeing Model 40
One of the earlier, effective uses of the airplane outside of the military realm was in mail deliver... [Read More]

1927
Westland Wizard
Westland began its contribution to the aviation world by license producing the Short Type 184 floatp... [Read More]

1927
Keystone XLB-3
As promising as the performance jump from the Martin MB-2 to the Huff-Daland LB-1 series was, Army a... [Read More]

1927
Huff-Daland XB-1 Super Cyclops
... [Read More]

1927
Huff-Daland XHB-1 Cyclops
For years in the decade following World War 1 (1914-1918) the Huff-Daland Aero Corporation attempted... [Read More]

1927
Ryan NYP (Spirit of St. Louis)
The Ryan NYP that was flown by aviation pioneer Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974) was a heavily-modif... [Read More]

1927
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas
The Armstrong Whitworth Atlas was designed to replace the aging de Havilland DH.9A biplane of 1918 a... [Read More]

1928
Liore-et-Olivier LeO 25
The Liore-et-Olivier was a bomber platform developed by the French for its Air Force and also went o... [Read More]

1928
Boeing XP-8
Following World War 1 (1914-1918), the aircraft as a military platform advanced beyond its original ... [Read More]

1928
Boeing F2B (Model 69)
The Boeing F2B biplane fighter served the United States Navy in a carrier-based fighter role. It was... [Read More]

1929
Blackburn Ripon
The Blackburn concern was founded in 1914 by aviation engineer Robert Blackburn as the "Blackburn Ae... [Read More]

1929
Nieuport-Delage NiD 52
The French concern of Nieuport was founded in 1908 prior to World War 1 (1914-1918) as a raceplane m... [Read More]

1929
Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
... [Read More]

1929
Boeing F4B / P-12
In the latter half of the 1920s, Boeing undertook another private venture of a pursuit-minded milita... [Read More]

1929
Bristol Bulldog
In 1926, the British Air Ministry put forth a specification for a radial-piston engine fighter desig... [Read More]

1929
Curtiss P-6 Hawk
Originally based on the existing Curtiss P-1B series of fighter aircraft, the Curtiss P-6 Hawk serie... [Read More]

1931
Hawker Fury (I & II)
The Hawker Fury was the mainstay of Britain air defense throughout the 1930's until being replaced b... [Read More]

1931
Granville Gee Bee Racer (Series)
The Gee Bee (deriving its name from a shortened form of "Granville Brothers") racers became the unof... [Read More]

1931
Boeing YB-9 (Death Angel)
Long before Boeing became a household name with its B-17 "Flying Fortress" bombers of World War 2 fa... [Read More]

1931
Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk
... [Read More]

1931
USS Akron (ZRS-4)
... [Read More]

1932
Tupolev TB-3 (ANT-6)
... [Read More]

1932
Farman F.211
... [Read More]

1932
Junkers Ju 52
The tri-motor, prop-driven aircraft achieve popularity for a short time during the Interwar years - ... [Read More]

1932
Martin B-10
The Martin B-10 medium bomber was a breakthrough design for American military aviation when it appea... [Read More]

1932
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
The famous de Havilland DH.82 "Tiger Moth" biplane was a dedicated military-minded basic trainer der... [Read More]

1932
PZL P.11
The PZL P.11 was a high-wing monoplane fighter design emerging from Polish aero industry during the ... [Read More]

1932
Boeing P-26 Peashooter
The P-26 became the first all-metal fighter design for the United States. Appearing similar to the l... [Read More]

1933
Avro 621 Tutor
The Avro 621 Tutor was a primary component of RAF and RN pilot training in the interwar years. Devel... [Read More]

1933
ANF Les Mureaux (Series)
The ANF les Mureaux series of light observation aircraft first appeared during the inter-war years b... [Read More]

1933
Avions Fairey Fox
Avions Fairey was set up in Belgium as an offshoot of the Fairey Aviation Company of Britain. The pr... [Read More]

1933
Heinkel He 70 (Blitz)
The Heinkel 70 (Blitz) was originally born out of a need for a speedy aeroplane charged with "fast" ... [Read More]

1933
Curtiss A-12 (Shrike)
The A-12 was an inter-war product of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company first appearing in 1933... [Read More]

1933
Stinson Reliant
... [Read More]

1933
Kalinin K-7
Konstantin Kalinin (1889-1938) had forged his history in aviation as a Red Army pilot during the Rus... [Read More]

1933
USS Macon (ZRS-5)
... [Read More]

1933
Grumman FF
Grumman began its long-running relationship with the United States Navy when the service branch adop... [Read More]

1933
Hawker Nimrod
... [Read More]

1934
Handley Page Heyford
... [Read More]

1934
Dornier Do 23
During the 1930s rearmament period for Germany, the country furthered many projects that went clearl... [Read More]

1934
Douglas DC-2
Before the DC-3 became a marketing success for the Douglas Aircraft Company - produced in some 16,00... [Read More]

1934
Blackburn Baffin
The Blackburn Baffin was nothing more than a Pegasus-engined evolution of the Blackburn Ripon bomber... [Read More]

1934
Arado Ar 68
The Arado-production of the Ar 68 signaled a stepping stone for fighter design in the German Luftwaf... [Read More]

1934
Polikarpov I-15 (Chaika)
The Polikarpov I-15 was a biplane fighter aircraft designed and produced by the Soviet Union during ... [Read More]

1934
Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun (Typhoon)
The high performance, record-setting Messerschmitt Bf 108 "Taifun" ("Typhoon") was born as a racing ... [Read More]

1934
Avia B.534
The Czechoslovakian Avia B.534 series of biplane was a highly regarded though often forgotten produc... [Read More]

1935
Heinkel He 111
The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 fielded a trio of capable (though eventually limited) medium-cla... [Read More]

1935
Polikarpov I-16
The Polikarpov I-16 fighter proved to be quite the little aggressor before and throughout the Second... [Read More]

1935
Bristol Blenheim
The Bristol Blenheim billed as a bomber though when it was officially installed into operational act... [Read More]

1935
Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
Prior to becoming a world-renown helicopter-maker, Sikorsky delivered to the United States military ... [Read More]

1935
Amiot 143
The Amiot 143 of the French Air Force represented an evolution in the Amiot piston-engine bomber ser... [Read More]

1935
Gloster Gauntlet
Gloster Gauntlet origins lay in a Gloster design appearing in the late 1920's for the Royal Air Forc... [Read More]

1935
Grumman F2F
Leroy Grumman designed this portly biplane fighter for the United States Navy. Grumman had already m... [Read More]

1935
Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2
The Beriev Be-2 was one of the few flying boats of note fighting for the Soviet Union throughout Wor... [Read More]

1935
Heinkel He 51
The He 51 was a product of the German Heinkel firm and a design of the Gunter twins, Walter and Sieg... [Read More]

1935
Heinkel He 59
Because of the restrictions heaped upon Germany after the close of World War 1 (1914-1918), its mili... [Read More]

1935
Heinkel He 112
The Heinkel He 112 was the only serious threat (next to the Messerschmitt Bf 109) to becoming German... [Read More]

1935
Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 Pipistrello (Bat)
The Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 Pipistrello ("Bat") served primarily with the Regia Aeronautica throughou... [Read More]

1935
Hughes H-1 (Hughes 1B)
The H-1 (also known as the "Hughes 1B") model was the first product of the Hughes Aircraft firm and ... [Read More]

1935
Curtiss SOC Seagull
... [Read More]

1935
Bloch MB.210
Societe des Avions Marcel Bloch, a French aviation concern, designed, developed and produced several... [Read More]

1935
Farman F.220
... [Read More]

1935
Curtiss A-18 Shrike
... [Read More]

1935
Kellett KD-1
... [Read More]

1935
Tachikawa Ki-9
... [Read More]

1935
Nakajima E8N (Dave)
... [Read More]

1935
Blohm and Voss Bv Ha 137
... [Read More]

1936
Grumman F3F
When the United States Navy (USN) adopted the Grumman F3F series, it took on its last biplane-arrang... [Read More]

1936
Fairey Hendon
... [Read More]

1936
Henschel Hs 124 (Kampfzerstorer)
Many aviation concerns of pre-World War 2 Germany competed to have their submission selected by the ... [Read More]

1936
CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)
Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico ("CANT") was responsible for the excellent Italian floatplane design... [Read More]

1936
Focke-Wulf Fw 57
The Focke-Wulf Fw 57 was born during a period of military aviation history when the enemy bomber req... [Read More]

1936
Mitsubishi G3M Rikko (Nell)
The Mitsubishi G3M "Rikko" (codenamed "Nell" by the Allies) was a frontline, twin-engine medium bomb... [Read More]

1936
Caproni AP.1
A pair of Ca.301 prototypes served as the basis for a new Italian attack aircraft. The original desi... [Read More]

1936
Breda Ba.65
The Breda Ba.65 was a ground attack aircraft serving primarily with the Italian Air Force (Regia Aer... [Read More]

1936
Junkers Ju 86
Before the power of the German Luftwaffe was unleashed upon the world in World War 2 (1939-1945) it ... [Read More]

1936
Douglas DC-3
... [Read More]

1936
Focke-Wulf Fw 61 / Fa 61
The autogyro is a unique breed of air vehicle that more a fixed-wing aircraft than true helicopter. ... [Read More]

1936
Douglas B-18 Bolo
In 1934, the American Douglas aircraft concern developed the DB-1 (also known as the "Douglas Bomber... [Read More]

1936
Avro Anson
The Avro Anson was a militarized version of the commercial passenger transport Avro 652. The Anson i... [Read More]

1936
PZL.23 Karas
The PZL.23 "Karas" (meaning "the crucian carp") series of aircraft was a conventional - yet outdated... [Read More]

1936
Arado Ar E.500
The E.500 was a proposed heavy fighter design put forth by Arado Flugzeugwerke of Germany. The syste... [Read More]

1936
Grumman J2F Duck
... [Read More]

1936
CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)
The CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (meaning "Gull") was a flying boat aircraft developed in Italy and shared a ... [Read More]

1936
Armstrong Whitworth Ensign
The impressive Armstrong Whitworth Ensign AW.27 series was made originally designed to a 1934 Britis... [Read More]

1936
Saunders-Roe A.27 London
The SARO London borrowed much from the British flying boat designs peppering the 1920s and, in many ... [Read More]

1936
Supermarine Walrus
... [Read More]

1936
Fairey Swordfish
The Fairey Swordfish was one of the unsung heroes of the Second World War. With Britain seemingly fi... [Read More]

1936
Tupolev SB-2
The Tupolev SB-2 (the "SB" in the designation standing for "skorostnoi bombardirovschik" meaning "fa... [Read More]

1936
Fiat BR.20 Cicogna (Stork)
The Fiat BR.20 Cicogna (translated to "Stork") was a medium bomber in service with the Italian Air F... [Read More]

1936
Henschel Hs 123
The Henschel-produced Hs 123 aircraft became the last operational biplane for the German Luftwaffe d... [Read More]

1936
North American T-6 Texan
The T-6 Texan was and is a world famous single-engine aircraft primarily known for its use as a trai... [Read More]

1936
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Sparrowhawk)
The Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero series of tri-engined bombers was the best bomber for the Itali... [Read More]

1936
Consolidated PBY Catalina
Maritime aircraft play an understated - yet hugely important - role during World War 2 where their l... [Read More]

1936
Dewoitine D.500
The D.500 series, as a whole, was merely a stop-gap design for France - bridging a gap between two e... [Read More]

1937
Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate)
The Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" (known early on as "Abdul") was a successful low-monoplane, all-metal with... [Read More]

1937
Short S25 Sunderland
The Short Sunderland was the premiere flying boat of British military aviators during World War 2. O... [Read More]

1937
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
Continuing in the tradition of ugly yet robust and reliable heavy bombers, the British Armstrong Whi... [Read More]

1937
Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
The Dornier Do 17 was a medium-class bomber fielded primarily by the German Luftwaffe in the years l... [Read More]

1937
Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer)
The Messerschmitt name was tied to many aircraft products during World War 2 (1939-1945) - the class... [Read More]

1937
Junkers Ju 87 (StuKa - Sturzkampfflugzeug)
Before the Allies would gain air superiority over the skies of France and Germany, the Junkers Ju 87... [Read More]

1937
Hawker Hurricane
The Hawker Hurricane was the culmination of a series of capable metal biplane fighters evolved by th... [Read More]

1937
Brewster F2A Buffalo
The stubby F2A Buffalo series became the United States Navy's first operational aircraft of monoplan... [Read More]

1937
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Though the Consolidated B-24 Liberator was built in greater numbers, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress... [Read More]

1937
Messerschmitt Bf 109
In the years leading up to and during World War 2, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the principle fighte... [Read More]

1937
Airspeed Oxford
The Airspeed Oxford was a critical component of the British and Commonwealth forces aerial training ... [Read More]

1937
Ilyushin IL-4
In many ways the Ilyushin-brand IL-4 was a "forgotten" bomber of the Second World War - at least in ... [Read More]

1937
Arado Ar 195
The Arado Ar 195 was prototype design intended for operations from Germany's first aircraft carrier ... [Read More]

1937
Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork)
The seemingly fragile Fieseler Fi 156 Storch(or "Stork") does not seem to have a home in a global co... [Read More]

1937
Focke-Wulf Fw 187 Falke (Falcon)
Despite demonstrating some impressive performance statistics from underpowered engines, the Focke-Wu... [Read More]

1937
Supermarine Stranraer
The Supermarine Stranraer was the final evolution of the Supermarine Southampton which debuted in Ma... [Read More]

1937
Dornier Do 24
The Dornier Do 24 was a capable flying both serving in limited numbers both Allied and Axis powers i... [Read More]

1937
Mitsubishi A5M (Claude)
The Mitsubishi A5M (code-named "Claude" by the Allies) became the world's first shipborne monoplane ... [Read More]

1937
Gloster Gladiator
The Gloster Gladiator was a product of the Gloster Aircraft Company and a design of one Henry Philli... [Read More]

1937
Seversky P-35
Upon its adoption in 1937, the portly Seversky P-35 pursuit aircraft became the United States Army A... [Read More]

1937
Vought SB2U Vindicator
The Vought SB2U "Vindicator" became the first monoplane dive bomber adopted by the United States Nav... [Read More]

1937
Douglas TBD Devastator
The Douglas TBD Devastator was classified as a torpedo bomber and served in the early half of World ... [Read More]

1937
Bell XFM Airacuda
The XFM "Airacuda" was Bell Aircraft's first foray into military aircraft design. With this unique b... [Read More]

1937
Arado Ar E.561
The Arado Ar E.561 was on the drawing boards as early as 1937. Classified as a heavy fighter, the ty... [Read More]

1937
Mitsubishi Ki-15 (Babs)
The Mitsubishi Ki-15 (codenamed "Babs" by the Allies) was a light-class aircraft of the Japanese Emp... [Read More]

1937
Aero A.304
The Aero A.304 originally began life as the Aero A.204 passenger airliner produced by Aero Vodochody... [Read More]

1937
Breda Ba.64
The Breda Ba.64 was a short-lived ground attack platform fielded primarily by the Regia Aeronautica ... [Read More]

1937
Fairey Battle
The Fairey Battle was a prewar British light bomber design that proved a step-forward for the nation... [Read More]

1937
Grumman Goose (G-21)
While most every aircraft venture usually began with a military requirement or private venture under... [Read More]

1937
Boeing XB-15 (XBLR-1 / Grandpappy)
In 1933, the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) delivered a new specification for a heavy bomber w... [Read More]

1937
Vickers Wellesley
The Vickers Wellesley was one of two aircraft submitted by the Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd company to ful... [Read More]

1937
Fairey Seafox
Since 1917, Fairey Aviation Company delivered many-an-aircraft for British Royal Navy service and th... [Read More]

1938
Breda Ba.88 (Lince)
... [Read More]

1938
Avia B.35
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1945) the nation of Czechoslovakia maintained a strong local military ind... [Read More]

1938
Fieseler Fi 167
... [Read More]

1938
Martin-Baker MB.2
Before the Martin-Baker name became associated with ejection seats in jet-powered aircraft, it estab... [Read More]

1938
Latecoere 298
... [Read More]

1938
Liore-et-Olivier LeO 45
The French Air Force fielded a variety of capable aircraft prior to World War 2 and its ability to d... [Read More]

1938
Handley Page Hampden
In 1932, the British Air Ministry sent out Specification B.9/32 calling for a high performance, twin... [Read More]

1938
Boeing Y1B-20
Leading up to its famous stable of World War 2 heavy bombers, Boeing undertook a variety of projects... [Read More]

1938
de Havilland DH.91 Albatross
... [Read More]

1938
DFS 230
... [Read More]

1938
CANT Z.1007 Alcione (Kingfisher)
The Italian Air Force ("Regia Aeronautica") was one of the few air national powers of World War 2 (1... [Read More]

1938
Fokker G.I (Reaper)
The Fokker G.I "Reaper" began as a private venture in 1936 under the leadership of Dr. Erich Schatzk... [Read More]

1938
Mitsubishi Ki-30 (Ann)
Mitsubishi played a prominent role as a primary defense contractor for the Empire of Japan during Wo... [Read More]

1938
Fokker T.V
Originating on German soil prior to World War 1 (1914-1918), Fokker delivered several famous fighter... [Read More]

1938
Koolhoven F.K.55
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1945) the Dutch held a respectable aero industry that produced a few nota... [Read More]

1938
Koolhoven F.K.56
... [Read More]

1938
Curtiss SBC Helldiver
In 1932, the United States Navy contracted the Curtiss-Wright Corporation to produce a modern, two-s... [Read More]

1938
Blohm and Voss Bv 141
While the Blohm & Voss (or "Blohm und Voss") aircraft firm will forever be linked to their many succ... [Read More]

1938
Caproni Ca.310 (Libeccio)
The Caproni concern of Italy was founded in 1908 and delivered several notable designs to the Italia... [Read More]

1938
Morane-Saulnier MS 405 / 406
The Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 was a single engine, piston-powered, single-seat fighter appearing just ... [Read More]

1938
Fiat G.50 Freccia (Arrow)
The Fiat G.50 Freccia (meaning "Arrow") series provided the Italian Air Force with a then-modern mon... [Read More]

1938
Fokker D.XXI
Designed by Anthony Fokker in 1935, the Fokker D.XXI first flew on March 27th, 1936. The system was ... [Read More]

1938
Potez 630 (Series)
The Potez 630 series of twin-engine aircraft was introduced with the French Armee de l'Air (French A... [Read More]

1938
Dornier Do 22
The Dornier Do 22 was a German-designed and produced three-man floatplane. It was produced in German... [Read More]

1938
Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)
Though looking very much the part of a German-produced Dornier series flying boat, the Kawanishi bra... [Read More]

1938
Dornier Do 18
Though a serviceable flying boat with a successful pedigree, the Dornier Do 18 was highly outclassed... [Read More]

1938
Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75 / Mohawk)
The Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft saw considerable operational service in the years leading up to, and ... [Read More]

1938
Vickers Wellington
The Vickers Wellington was the primary bomber of the Royal Air Force at the start of World War 2, se... [Read More]

1938
Douglas SBD Dauntless
The Douglas DBS Dauntless dive bomber was a key cog in the America Navy war effort throughout the Pa... [Read More]

1938
Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire the legendary British fighter aircraft developed prior to World War 2. The ... [Read More]

1938
Focke-Wulf Fw 200 (Condor)
The German Fw 200 Condor was initially a trans-Atlantic passenger and cargo (mail) aircraft develope... [Read More]

1938
Fiat CR.32
Arguably the best biplane fighter of Italian design before the start of the Second World War. The pl... [Read More]

1939
Heinkel He 178
The Heinkel He 178 became the world's first practical turbojet-powered aircraft to fly, beginning a ... [Read More]

1939
Arado Ar 196
The Arado Ar 196 was the principle floatplane of the German Luftwaffe throughout World War 2. The ai... [Read More]

1939
Curtiss XP-42
The Curtiss XP-42 was a further development of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk model though it would share som... [Read More]

1939
Boulton Paul Defiant
The inter-war years saw a vast shift to more modern and potent aircraft platforms. The Boulton Paul ... [Read More]

1939
Junkers Ju 88
The Junkers Ju 88 formed a third of the German Luftwaffe medium bomber triad of World War 2 (1939-19... [Read More]

1939
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning, nicknamed the "Fork-Tailed Devil" - Der Gabelschwanz Teufel - by the Ge... [Read More]

1939
Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
Along with the Short Brothers and Supermarine, Saunders-Roe (SARO) was a principle flying boat devel... [Read More]

1939
Fiat CR.42 Falco (Falcon)
Despite its by-gone era appearance, the Fiat CR.42 Falco (meaning "Falcon") played a crucial role in... [Read More]

1939
Mitsubishi Ki-21 (Sally)
The Mitsubishi Ki-21 (codenamed "Sally" by the Allies) was a successful medium bomber in service wit... [Read More]

1939
Dewoitine D.520
The Dewoitine D.520 was a single seat piston-engine fighter designed and built for the French Air Fo... [Read More]

1939
Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)
The Boeing Model 314 "Clipper" was a flying boat developed by Boeing Aircraft Company to fulfill a P... [Read More]

1939
Macchi C.200 Saetta (Lightning)
The Macchi C.200 Saetta ("Lightning" or "Arrow") became a hugely important contributor for the natio... [Read More]

1939
Vultee BT-13 Valiant
The BT-13 Valiant was a stellar trainer aircraft used for basic flight training and for blind instru... [Read More]

1939
Loire-Nieuport LN.401/LN.411 (LN.40)
The Loire-Nieuport LN.40/LN.401 series of aircraft was a carrier-based dive bomber developed for the... [Read More]

1939
Dornier Do 215
The Dornier Do 215 was originally intended for export, beginning life as a redesignated version of t... [Read More]

1939
Heinkel He 115
By all accounts, the He 115 series of floatplane aircraft was regarded as the finest such aircraft i... [Read More]

1939
Flettner Fl 265
The Flettner Fl 265 served as an experimental helicopter system for the German Kriegsmarine during W... [Read More]

1939
CAC Wirraway
The CAC Wirraway ("Challenge" in the Woiwurrung native tongue) became one of Australia's primary tra... [Read More]

1939
Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Demon
In the pre-World War 2 world, engineers at Curtiss-Wright began work on an export-minded, single-sea... [Read More]

1939
Bloch MB.150 (Series)
The Bloch MB.150 was a family of modern, all-metal monoplane fighter types developed for the French ... [Read More]

1939
Fokker T.IX
... [Read More]

1939
Hawker Tornado
The Hawker Tornado was born of the same initiative that brought forth the Hawker Typhoon of World Wa... [Read More]

1939
Heinkel He 176
In the late 1930s, the Heinkel concern of Germany began work on the world's first all-liquid fueled ... [Read More]

1939
SAI-Ambrosini SS.4
Even before the American Curtiss XP-55 "Ascender" and the Japanese Kyushu J7W "Shinden" came into be... [Read More]

1939
Breguet Br.690
... [Read More]

1939
Fokker T.VIII
Prior to the German invasion of the Netherlands in World War 2, the Dutch maintained a relatively he... [Read More]

1940
Fairey Albacore
As effective and well-liked as the Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber was for the Royal Navy's Fleet Ai... [Read More]

1940
Potez 230
Before the World War 2 (1939-1945) began, the nation of France made some strides in attempting to de... [Read More]

1940
Boeing 307 Stratoliner (C-75)
... [Read More]

1940
Mikoyan-Gurevich DIS (MiG-5)
Nearly all world air services of the interwar period entertained the concept of a twin-engined "heav... [Read More]

1940
Arsenal VG-33
In the grand scope of World War 2 fighter aircraft there is a little-remembered French design design... [Read More]

1940
Rogozarski IK-3
When covering the range of topics concerning aviation in World War 2, it becomes accepted practice t... [Read More]

1940
Fairey Fulmar
The Fairey Fulmar became the British Fleet Air Arm's first dedicated monoplane fighter when it was i... [Read More]

1940
Miles M.20
Victory for Britain in the early stages of World War 2 (1939-1945) was not assured and this led the ... [Read More]

1940
Koolhoven F.K.58
Prior to its conquer at the hands of Nazi Germany, the Netherlands held a viable, standalone aero-in... [Read More]

1940
Petlyakov Pe-8 (TB-7)
During the lead-up to World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Union joined Germany and Italy in providin... [Read More]

1940
Tucker XP-57 (Peashooter)
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1944), American airpower authorities began to seriously consider the conc... [Read More]

1940
Mitsubishi Ki-51 (Sonia)
Mitsubishi lent its considerable development and production talents to more than just "Zeroes" durin... [Read More]

1940
Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei (Lily)
The Kawasaki Ki-48 proved itself a serviceable twin-engine light bomber mount for the Japanese milit... [Read More]

1940
Arado Ar E.530
The idea of twin fuselage aircraft was always on the minds of aeronautical engineers throughout Worl... [Read More]

1940
Bell XFL Airabonita
The XFL "Airabonita" was a Bell Aircraft Company product developed in parallel with the P-39 Airacob... [Read More]

1940
Avro Manchester
The Avro Manchester was a semi-successful attempt by the Avro firm to fulfill Air Ministry Specifica... [Read More]

1940
Sukhoi Su-1 / Su-3
The Su-1 (and related Su-3) fighter aircraft were short-lived prototype developments of the Soviet S... [Read More]

1940
Vought OS2U Kingfisher
The OS2U Kingfisher was a product of the Vought aircraft firm, appearing initially as the VS.310 des... [Read More]

1940
Blohm and Voss Bv 138
The Blohm and Voss (also written as "Blohm und Voss" or "Blohm & Voss") Bv 138 was a German flying b... [Read More]

1940
Martin Maryland
The Martin-produced Maryland series was classified as a light bomber and saw action as a photographi... [Read More]

1940
Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu (Owl)
The Focke-Wulf brand Fw 189 Uhu (translated to "Owl") was of the most peculiar aircraft design for t... [Read More]

1940
Amiot 354
The Amiot 354 (Model 354) had its origins in the Model 341 fast mail carrier transport. The bomber f... [Read More]

1940
Yakovlev Yak-1 (Krasavyets)
Often overshadowed by its contemporaries in the West (to include the Supermarine Spitfire, North Ame... [Read More]

1940
Caproni-Campini N1 (CC.2)
With the introduction of the N1 (may also be known as the CC.2), Italy became only the second nation... [Read More]

1940
Westland Whirlwind
The Westland Whirlwind became a capable twin-engined, heavy fighter design that might have seen even... [Read More]

1940
Reggiane Re.2000 Falco I (Falcon I)
The Reggiane 2000 series of aircraft was very reminiscent of American interwar designs appearing bet... [Read More]

1940
Arado Ar 240
The Arado Ar 240 was designed to an RLM 1938 response to replace the twin engine, two seat Messersch... [Read More]

1940
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
By the middle of the 1930's America was no longer blind to the real possibility that the war would s... [Read More]

1940
North American B-25 Mitchell
The North American B-25 Mitchell series of medium bombers went on to become one of the classic Ameri... [Read More]

1940
Grumman F4F Wildcat
The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the unsung hero of the Allied Pacific Theater campaign in the early year... [Read More]

1940
Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota
The C-47 Skytrain was a product of the Douglas Aircraft Company and is regarded as the best transpor... [Read More]

1940
Bristol Beaufighter
The twin-engine Bristol Beaufighter (known simply as "Beau") heavy fighter became a national wartime... [Read More]

1940
Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen (Zero)
The Mitsubishi A6M "Rei-sen" was the primary naval fighter of the Japanese Empire heading into World... [Read More]

1940
Aichi D3A (Val)
The D3A series of aircraft (dubbed "Val" by the Allies) were thought to be all but extinct when the ... [Read More]

1940
Bristol Beaufort
The Bristol Beaufort enjoyed a strong run between the war years of 1940-1943 as the primary British ... [Read More]

1940
Handley Page Halifax
While the Lancaster Heavy Bomber will always be more identifiable in terms of the British night bomb... [Read More]

1941
Heinkel He 280
Though never produced in any operational format, the Heinkel He 280 series was the world's first tur... [Read More]

1941
Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
The Douglas A-20 Havoc served Allied forces through most of World War 2, fighting for British, Ameri... [Read More]

1941
Short Stirling
The Short Sterling formed the backbone of British RAF heavy bomber groups beginning in January of 19... [Read More]

1941
Petlyakov Pe-2 (Pawn)
During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviets lacked a heavy bomber stable when compared to the Britis... [Read More]

1941
Martin B-26 Marauder
The Martin B-26 Marauder overcame a rocky start to become one of the finest medium bombers of World ... [Read More]

1941
Martin Baltimore
The Martin Baltimore (Model 187) was a light-/medium-class bomber whose design developed from the Ma... [Read More]

1941
Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik
The Il-2 Sturmovik (or "Shturmovik") was designed as a low-level close-support aircraft capable of d... [Read More]

1941
Bell P-39 Airacobra
The Bell P-39 Airacobra is yet another in the long line aircraft studies stemming from World War 2 i... [Read More]

1941
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (Wurger)
While the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter/fighter-bomber became the iconic German fighter of World War ... [Read More]

1941
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
The Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk" series of fighter aircraft was a further development of the Curtiss P-36 ... [Read More]

1941
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator became a major player for Allied forces during World War 2. Its expl... [Read More]

1941
Martin PBM-3 / PBM-5 Mariner
The Martin PBM-3 / PBM-5 Mariner was a World War 2-era flying boat used in the maritime reconnaissan... [Read More]

1941
Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
The Blohm & Voss Bv 222 Wiking (translating to "Viking") was a large German flying boat design of Wo... [Read More]

1941
Hawker Sea Hurricane
When the need arose for British shipping to be protected from air attack during World War 2, the lan... [Read More]

1941
Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (Tojo)
The Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (meaning "Demon Queller" and codenamed "Tojo" by the Allies) was a single e... [Read More]

1941
Macchi C.202 Folgore (Thunderbolt)
The Macchi C.202 Folgore ("Thunderbolt") served as one of the top Italian-designed fighters during t... [Read More]

1941
IAR 80 / IAR 81
When first unveiled in 1938, the Romanian-produced I.A.R. 80 (IAR = Industria Aeronautica Romana) pi... [Read More]

1941
Mitsubishi Ki-46 (Dinah)
Since May of 1937, the Empire of Japan - both the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force and the Imperial ... [Read More]

1941
Petlyakov Pe-3
The Petlyakov Pe-2 was an original Soviet twin-engined aircraft design emerging in the late-1930s, b... [Read More]

1941
Vultee A-35 Vengeance
The A-35 Vengeance was a dive bomber produced by the Vultee Aircraft Company and resulted in over a ... [Read More]

1941
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-1 / MiG-3
Despite being one of the fastest Soviet piston-engine designs in the early years of the war, the MiG... [Read More]

1941
Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
The Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle became one of those aircraft designs that evolved into a role not ... [Read More]

1941
Douglas A-24 Banshee
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1945), United States military aviation doctrine centered primarily on gai... [Read More]

1941
Dornier Do 217
The Dornier Do 217 was a multi-role aircraft design for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (193... [Read More]

1941
Mitsubishi G4M (Betty)
Like most of Imperial Japan's aircraft in the early stages of World War 2, the Mitsubishi G4M (coden... [Read More]

1941
Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu (Helen)
The Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu (meaning "storm dragon" and codenamed "Helen" by the Allies) heavy bomber ... [Read More]

1941
Lavochkin LaGG-3
The LaGG-3 piston-engine pursuit fighter (the LaGG in the designation coming from "Lavochkin-Gorbuno... [Read More]

1941
Arado Ar 232 Tausendfussler (Millipede)
The Arado aircraft concern of Germany produced one of the more identifiable large transport aircraft... [Read More]

1941
Hawker Typhoon
The Hawker Typhoon (affectionate known as the "Tiffie") was initially intended as a dedicated interc... [Read More]

1941
Curtiss XP-46
The smallish XP-46 was to be the answer for the deficiencies encountered in the P-40 Warhawk platfor... [Read More]

1941
Aichi E13A (Jake)
Based on number alone, the Aichi production E13A series of floatplanes (dubbed "Jake" by the Allies)... [Read More]

1941
Nakajima B5N (Kate)
By 1941, the B5N series of torpedo bombers were considered the best of their type anywhere in the wo... [Read More]

1941
Radioplane OQ-2
Today's multi-billion dollar UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and drone industry held some rather modes... [Read More]

1941
Piper L-4 Grasshopper
The Piper L-4 Grasshopper evolved from the successful Piper Cub series that took to the air as early... [Read More]

1941
Beechcraft C-45 (Expeditor)
The Beechcraft C-45 was based on the Beech Aircraft Corporation's civilian-minded Model 18 "Twin Bee... [Read More]

1941
Boeing-Stearman Kaydet
When The Boeing Company acquired the Stearman company in 1939, it also acquired the design and produ... [Read More]

1941
Sukhoi Su-2
The Sukhoi Su-2 was the first aircraft design of Pavel Sukhoi and became a two-seat light bomber fie... [Read More]

1941
Grumman XP-50 Skyrocket
Firmly entrenched as an aircraft supplier to the United States Navy, the Grumman aircraft company se... [Read More]

1941
Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant (Giant)
The Messerschmitt Me 321 "Gigant" ("Giant") was developed as a large cargo hauler to help supplement... [Read More]

1941
Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache (Dragon)
The military helicopter earned its wings over the Korean peninsula during the Korean War (1950-1953)... [Read More]

1941
Henschel Hs P.75
The Henschel Hs P.75 appeared in 1941 as a possible contender to the outmoded and outclassed Messers... [Read More]

1941
CAC Woomera (A23)
The CAC A23 "Woomera" was a short-lived dive bomber/torpedo bomber of Australian design during World... [Read More]

1941
CAC Wackett
The CAC Wackett was an indigenously designed and developed dedicated basic trainer for the Royal Aus... [Read More]

1941
Brewster XSBA-1 / SBN-1
The Brewster aviation concern managed some - albeit slow - headway on their XSBA/SBN carrier aircraf... [Read More]

1941
Gotha Go.242
After the stunning successes of German airborne troops using gliders in the opening stages of World ... [Read More]

1941
Gotha Go.244
The Gotha Go.244 was based on the original Go.242 glider model of 1941 though now the design had evo... [Read More]

1941
Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II (Falcon II)
While the other major global participant of World War 2 found tremendous successes with their variou... [Read More]

1941
Savoia-Marchetti SM.84
With the arrival of World War 2 in September 1939, many existing aircraft of all types were pressed ... [Read More]

1941
Kawasaki Ki-60
The Kawasaki Ki-60 was an ultimately abandoned interceptor/fighter design that was attempted as earl... [Read More]

1941
Northrop N-1M
John "Jack" Northrop long held a fascination with the "flying wing" concept, an aircraft that did no... [Read More]

1941
Northrop N-3PB Nomad
... [Read More]

1941
Douglas XB-19 (XBLR-2)
Douglas Aircraft played a major role in American aviation from the 1920s into the 1960s, encompassin... [Read More]

1941
Brewster SB2A Buccaneer
The Brewster Aeronautical Corporation managed to sell the United States Navy (USN) its proposed airc... [Read More]

1941
Curtiss XP-60
Many attempts by many American companies were made to replace outmoded and outgoing fighters in serv... [Read More]

1941
Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk
The Curtiss P-40 "Tomahawk" became an offshoot of the classic American P-40 "Warhawk" monoplane figh... [Read More]

1941
Mitsubishi F1M (Pete)
The Empire of Japan's military aviation industry played catch up to the world on its path to World W... [Read More]

1941
Vultee P-66 Vanguard (Model 48)
A shortage of modern monoplane fighters worldwide preceding World War 2 (1939--1945) meant that virt... [Read More]

1941
Republic P-43 Lancer
... [Read More]

1941
Gloster E.28/39
... [Read More]

1941
Stinson L-1 Vigilant (Model 74)
... [Read More]

1942
Yakovlev Yak-7
The Yak-9 piston-engine fighter was one of the more important fighters to serve the Soviet Air Force... [Read More]

1942
Lockheed L-133 Starjet
Jet-powered flight was a concept already taking hold even before the events of World War 2 1939-1945... [Read More]

1942
Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe)
As an island nation with a primary military focus placed on a powerful navy, the Empire of Japan was... [Read More]

1942
Junkers Ju 290
... [Read More]

1942
Avia B.135
Though originating as a Czech pre-war design (through the Avia B.35 venture), the B.135 was utilized... [Read More]

1942
Vickers Type 432
Since 1911, the Vickers concern of Britain delivered aircraft for military and civilian market use. ... [Read More]

1942
Martin-Baker MB.3
The original Martin-Baker MB.1 civilian-minded lightweight aircraft was lost in a fire that claimed ... [Read More]

1942
Stinson L-5 Sentinel
... [Read More]

1942
Blohm and Voss Bv P.170
During World War 2 (1939-1945), German shipbuilder Blohm and Voss ventured into many aircraft design... [Read More]

1942
Tachikawa Ki-77
The period between World Wars allowed aircraft builders and pilots the chance to set and break many ... [Read More]

1942
North American XB-28 (Dragon)
North American, the U.S. aviation concern fondly remembered for its World War 2 contributions throug... [Read More]

1942
Tupolev Tu-2 (Bat)
Russian aviation engineer Andrei Tupolev would lend his surname to a plethora of Soviet-era aircraft... [Read More]

1942
Northrop N-9M
Before the famous Northrop B-2 "Spirit" stealth bomber became a reality, Jack Northrop persevered in... [Read More]

1942
Messerschmitt Me 309
The Messerschmitt Me 309 was one of two fighters (joining the later Me 209-II) developed by the Germ... [Read More]

1942
Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete (Ram)
The original Reggiane Re.2000 "Falco" was rejected by the Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) in f... [Read More]

1942
Focke-Wulf Fw 191
The Fw 191 was the Focke-Wulf submission to the German Air Ministry's "Bomber B" program of 1939. Au... [Read More]

1942
Waco CG-4 (Hadrian)
A new aerial war tactic was developed in World War 2 called "vertical envelopment" in which paratro... [Read More]

1942
Douglas P-70 Nighthawk
To shore up its need for a dedicated night fighter in 1940, the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)... [Read More]

1942
Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
Charles Zimmerman (1908-1996) served as an aeronautical engineer through most of his life and operat... [Read More]

1942
Sikorsky R-4
... [Read More]

1942
Piaggio P.108
The Piaggio P.108 was a multi-faceted airframe developed to fulfill a variety of roles for the Itali... [Read More]

1942
Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri (Hummingbird)
The helicopter, as a viable war weapon, was not the sole historical domain of the Vietnam War - nor ... [Read More]

1942
Curtiss SO3C Seamew
The Curtiss SO3C "Seamew" (Curtiss Model 82) was an oft-forgotten navy reconnaissance/scout/patrol f... [Read More]

1942
Berezniak-Isayev BI
Rocket- and jet-powered fighter aircraft were not the sole developments of Germany, Britain, and the... [Read More]

1942
Airspeed Horsa
Aircraft such as the Airspeed AS.51 "Horsa" rarely receive their due in the grand scope of World War... [Read More]

1942
General Aircraft Hamilcar
... [Read More]

1942
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon
... [Read More]

1942
Kyushu K11W Shiragiku (White Chrysanthemum)
Oft-forgotten, but no less important to the Japanese war effort of World War 2, was the Kyushu K11W ... [Read More]

1942
Messerschmitt Me 264 (Amerika Bomber)
The Messerschmitt Me 264 was intended as a long-range aircraft and reconnaissance platform that was ... [Read More]

1942
Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
The United States Air Force utilized the C-46 Commando series as their primary transport workhorse i... [Read More]

1942
Henschel Hs 129
The Henschel Hs 129 fighter-bomber was built to a 1937 German specification for a twin-engine close-... [Read More]

1942
Lockheed XP-49
The XP-49 was a development of the Lockheed Corporation and a possible replacement for its successfu... [Read More]

1942
Lavochkin La-5
Design of the Lavochkin La-5 series of low-to-medium altitude, prop-driven fighter was spurred on by... [Read More]

1942
Heinkel He 177 Greif (Griffin)
The Heinkel concern of World War 2 Germany became one of the largest and most prolific aircraft make... [Read More]

1942
Nakajima J1N1 Gekko (Irving)
Many of the participating air powers of World War 2 (1939-1945) adopted twin-engine "heavy fighter" ... [Read More]

1942
Heinkel He 111Z (Zwilling)
The He 111 Z (or "Zwilling") was a relatively successful joining of two He 111 medium-class bombers ... [Read More]

1942
Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)
By 1937, interest in a twin-engine fighter had peaked for the Imperial Japanese Army so much so that... [Read More]

1942
Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (Judy)
The Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (translating to "Comet" and nicknamed "Judy" by the Allies) was a capable di... [Read More]

1942
Mitsubishi J2M Raiden (Jack)
The J2M Raiden (translating to "Thunderbolt" and codenamed "Jack" by the Allies) was primarily used ... [Read More]

1942
Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar)
By 1937, it became apparent to the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) that a more modern replacement for t... [Read More]

1942
CAC Boomerang
The Commonwealth Boomerang (also known as the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation - or "CAC" - Boomera... [Read More]

1942
Supermarine Seafire
When the land-based Hawker Hurricane was successfully converted into the carrier-based "Sea Hurrican... [Read More]

1942
Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
The Empire of Japan seemed to be producing its best aircraft designs of the war towards the end of t... [Read More]

1942
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
While much of the romance of World War 2 dogfighting often heads in the direction of the United Stat... [Read More]

1942
North American P-51 Mustang
The North American P-51 Mustang proved an invaluable addition to the Allied cause in the latter half... [Read More]

1942
Vought F4U Corsair
One of the greatest fighter aircraft of all time, the American Vought F4U "Corsair" became the stuff... [Read More]

1942
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
Discussions of war-winning World War 2 aircraft regularly seem to leave out one of the most famous a... [Read More]

1942
Beech AT-10 Wichita
... [Read More]

1942
Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4)
Derived from the commercial DC-4 airliner, the C-54 Skymaster was a workhorse transport aircraft for... [Read More]

1942
Grumman TBF Avenger
Destined never to win beauty contests, the Grumman TBF Avenger series of aircraft would go down as o... [Read More]

1942
Bell P-59 Airacomet
The Bell-produced P-59 Airacomet series is one of those aircraft that becomes more of a study in Ame... [Read More]

1942
Avro Lancaster
The Avro Lancaster went on to become the most important British heavy bomber or World War 2. Interes... [Read More]

1943
Yakovlev Yak-9 (Frank)
In line with other classic wartime fighters of World War 2, the Yakovlev-produced Yak-9 was another ... [Read More]

1943
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was a rather unassuming dive bomber / reconnaissance aircraft serving thr... [Read More]

1943
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
At its core, the Bell P-63 Kingcobra proved a modest improvement over the relative failure that was ... [Read More]

1943
Grumman F6F Hellcat
The F6F Hellcat was the successor to - and a logical evolution of - the capable F4F Wildcat series o... [Read More]

1943
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
B-29 Superfortress status is often associated with the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities o... [Read More]

1943
Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
The Northrop P-61 Black Widow became the United States' first aircraft specifically designed from th... [Read More]

1943
Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet
The XP-56 "Black Bullet" was designed by the Northrop company to an Army Air Corps proposal known as... [Read More]

1943
Heinkel He 219 Uhu (Eagle-Owl)
The advanced Heinkel He 219 "Uhu" (meaning "Eagle-Owl") was an impressive dedicated night-fighter pl... [Read More]

1943
Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender
The XP-55 Ascender was an unorthodox attempt by the Curtiss-Wright company that produced just three ... [Read More]

1943
Arado Ar E.340
Arado proposed the Ar E.340 for a German Air Ministry requirement during World War 2 calling for a t... [Read More]

1943
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer
The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer was a further development of the United States Navy's PB4Y-1 anti-... [Read More]

1943
Junkers Ju 188 Rache (Avenger)
When the new Junkers Ju 288 - a design meant to replace the Junkers Ju 88 series of bombers - ran in... [Read More]

1943
Kawanishi N1K-J Shiden (George)
Despite some early setbacks in design, the Kawanishi N1K1-J "Shiden" (or "violet lightning" - codena... [Read More]

1943
Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Tony)
The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (meaning "Swallow" and codenamed "Tony" by the Allies) was another of the of... [Read More]

1943
Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose
The Vultee XP-54 was one of the more distinct aircraft creations designed during World War 2. Produc... [Read More]

1943
Junkers Ju 390 (New York Bomber)
The German Junkers Ju 390 long range heavy bomber was intended to be able to strike far-off location... [Read More]

1943
Fisher XP-75 / P-75 Eagle
General Motors became a major player in the American manufacturing realm when World War 2 arrived fo... [Read More]

1943
McDonnell XP-67 Bat / Moonbat
The XP-67 was the first attempt by the McDonnell corporation to build a fighter for the United State... [Read More]

1943
Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse (Hornet)
The Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse ("Hornet") was a further development of the ultimately-abandoned M... [Read More]

1943
Nakajima B6N Tenzan (Jill)
The torpedo bomber was born in the period preceding World War 1 (1914-1918) and had advanced conside... [Read More]

1943
Fairey Firefly
The Fairey Firefly was a hugely successful, two-seat, carrierborne fighter aircraft serving with the... [Read More]

1943
Messerschmitt Me 209-II
The Messerschmitt Me 209-II was a proposed successor to the far-reaching Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighte... [Read More]

1943
Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant (Giant)
No sooner had the Messerschmitt Me 321 unpowered glider entered service that a powered version was b... [Read More]

1943
Arado Ar E.555
Arado proposed this E.555 flying wing concept towards the end of 1943 as a high-speed long-range bom... [Read More]

1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-13
The Arado Ar TEW 16/43-13 was a design concept envisioned as a rocket-propelled interceptor for the ... [Read More]

1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15
The Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15 concept was born out of an in-house research project studying the possibil... [Read More]

1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-19
With development of the advanced twin-engine, jet-powered Ar 234 "Blitz" bomber coming along, the Ar... [Read More]

1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-23
The single-seat, jet-powered Arado Ar TEW 16/43-23 design was penciled sometime in 1943. Categorized... [Read More]

1943
Arado Ar E.654 (Kampfzerstorer / Skorpion)
The Arado Ar E.654 was proposed as a heavy fighter / destroyer platform designed from another Arado... [Read More]

1943
North American A-36 Apache (Invader)
The A-36 Apache was a United States Army version of the successful North American P-51 Mustang pisto... [Read More]

1943
VL Myrsky (Storm)
Prior to its war with the Soviets, Finnish authorities were contemplating an indigenous fighter desi... [Read More]

1943
Macchi C.205 Veltro (Greyhound)
The Macchi C.205 "Veltro" ("Greyhound") - also known as "MC.205" - was a further evolution of the Ma... [Read More]

1943
Fiat G.55 Centauro (Centaur)
Undoubtedly, the Fiat G.55 Centauro (Centaur) served as Italy's best fighter design of World War 2. ... [Read More]

1943
Luftwaffe Mistel (Mistletoe)
The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 (1939-1945) embarked on many aircraft programs throughout the co... [Read More]

1943
Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
The promising nature of the Vought V-173 technology demonstrator produced a US Navy fighter contract... [Read More]

1943
Bristol Buckingham
In the lead-up to World War 2, British authorities sought to shore up key limitations in their arsen... [Read More]

1943
Martin JRM Mars
World War 2 proved the swan song for the flying boat, large aircraft granted boat-like hulls and hig... [Read More]

1943
Junkers Ju 352 (Herkules)
While the Junkers Ju 252 had proven itself the expected improvement over the original Ju 52 tri-moto... [Read More]

1943
Hughes Model D-2 (XP-73 / XA-37)
The Hughes Model D-2 was born around 1937 to compete for the US Army Air Corp's (USAAC) contract for... [Read More]

1943
Kawasaki Ki-64 (Rob)
During the height of World War 2 (1939-1945), all major participants undertook various programs to f... [Read More]

1943
Kawasaki Ki-96
After witnessing the successes encountered by the German Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine, two-seat ... [Read More]

1943
Brewster XA-32
The United States Army Air Corps appreciated the tactical scope of the German Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 8... [Read More]

1943
Junkers Ju 187
Throughout the latter half of the 1930s and into the early 1940s, the Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" dive bom... [Read More]

1943
Blohm and Voss Bv P.192
The German concern of Blohm & Voss (also Blohm und Voss) is largely remembered for their commitment ... [Read More]

1943
Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario (Archer)
The culmination of the Reggiane Re.2000 series of Italian-originated fighter aircraft of World War 2... [Read More]

1943
Junkers Ju 252
Junkers of Germany was approached by passenger carrier Lufthansa for a new transport design to succe... [Read More]

1943
Curtiss-Wright XP-71
Prior to America's entry into World War 2 (1939-1945) in 1941, the war was viewed from an "outside-l... [Read More]

1943
Blohm and Voss Bv Ae 607
The Blohm & Voss concern of Germany has been remembered primarily as a shipbuilder but it also provi... [Read More]

1943
Focke-Wulf Projekt II
Famous German aviation engineer Kurt Tank (designer of the Fw 190 and Ta 153 fighters) fleshed out t... [Read More]

1943
Heinkel He 277 (Amerika Bomber)
There were many German aviation concerns lending their talents to the war effort of World War 2 (193... [Read More]

1943
Tachikawa Ki-70 (Clara)
From 1941 onwards, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF) relied on the twin-engine Mitsubishi... [Read More]

1943
Kawasaki Ki-88
Concerned about the slow progress in getting the complex Kawasaki Ki-64 Heavy Fighter into the air (... [Read More]

1943
Savoia-Marchetti SM.92
The conjoining of two airframes to produce an all-new design was a somewhat common occurrence throug... [Read More]

1943
Miles M.39B (Libellula)
The M.39 "Libellula" was conceived of by the Miles Aircraft concern during the early 1940s as World ... [Read More]

1943
Junkers Ju P.009 (Hubjager)
The situation for Germany during World War 2 (1939-1945) was taking a turn for the worse during the ... [Read More]

1943
Fairey Barracuda
The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) attempted to replace its aging Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo b... [Read More]

1943
Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)
Early in World War 2 (1939-1945), Japanese authorities understood that their conquest of the Pacific... [Read More]

1943
Curtiss XP-62
Curtiss Aeroplane's success in delivering a U.S. Army fighter was in the classic P-40 "Warhawk" line... [Read More]

1943
Messerschmitt Me 210
The twin-engined heavy fighter saw its battlefield usefulness realized during World War 2 where desi... [Read More]

1944
Focke-Wulf Fw P.VII (Flitzer)
The situation in Germany during World War 2 was one that forced its aviation industry to continually... [Read More]

1944
Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster
World War 2 (1939-1945) provided American aeronautical engineers with something of a blank canvas wh... [Read More]

1944
Blohm and Voss Bv 40
While generally focused on shipbuilding for its role in history, the German concern of Blohm und Vos... [Read More]

1944
Supermarine Spiteful
The Supermarine Spiteful was an outgrowth of the fabulous, war-winning Supermarine Spitfire single-e... [Read More]

1944
Ilyushin IL-1
The Ilyushin Design Bureau was founded in Moscow, Russia during January of 1933 and its services wer... [Read More]

1944
Focke-Achgelis Fa 269
Focke-Achgelis was founded prior to World War 2 in 1937, and marked a partnership between Heinrich F... [Read More]

1944
Mitsubishi Ki-73 (Steve)
During May of 1943, Japanese authorities delivered a new requirement for a single-seat, single-engin... [Read More]

1944
Martin-Baker MB.5
Martin-Baker, who would go one to become a well-known aircraft ejection seat-maker, originally was i... [Read More]

1944
Junkers Ju 488
The German concern of Junkers took on many aircraft projects during, and before to the end, of World... [Read More]

1944
Nakajima J5N Tenrai (Heavenly Thunder)
Japanese aircraft engineers made some notable contributions to military air power prior to, and duri... [Read More]

1944
Blohm and Voss Bv P.209.02
1944 presented a myriad of problems for the Germans during World War 2 (1939-1945). Such was the pai... [Read More]

1944
Focke-Wulf Projekt Kamikaze Carrier
For a brief moment in World War 2 history, some elements of the German hierarchy entertained the pro... [Read More]

1944
Blohm and Voss Bv P.194
Despite the successes encountered by the German Luftwaffe with their famous Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" di... [Read More]

1944
Focke-Wulf Fw 3x1000C
While the Heinkel He 177 "Greif" long-range heavy bomber became a troublesome bomber design, it was ... [Read More]

1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1106
Realizing the limitations of the P.1101 jet-powered, variable-wing fighter design, German engineer D... [Read More]

1944
Lavochkin La-7
The Lavochkin La-7 was an improved variant of the preceding La-5 form. It incorporated a new Shvetso... [Read More]

1944
Bell XP-77
The deteriorating war situations in both Europe and the Far East during World War 2 began forcing Am... [Read More]

1944
Tachikawa Ki-74 (Pat / Patsy)
In the realm of World War 2 Japanese Empire aviation, Tachikawa certainly does not carry the same we... [Read More]

1944
BMW Strahlbomber I / P.1
In the years leading up to World War 2 (1939-1945) the German Luftwaffe mistakenly neglected heavy b... [Read More]

1944
Lippisch P.13A
Alexander Lippisch (1894-1976) became an important figure in aviation research, having earned his "w... [Read More]

1944
Curtiss XF14C
Curtiss Aircraft enjoyed success with its inline piston-engined P-40 "Warhawk" series of fighters wh... [Read More]

1944
Douglas BTD Destroyer
The awkward-looking Douglas BTD Destroyer was developed by the Douglas Aircraft Company for use on A... [Read More]

1944
Boeing XF8B
The Boeing XF8B "do-everything" carrier-based fighter-bomber prototype of World War 2 (1939-1945) em... [Read More]

1944
Consolidated Vultee TBY Sea Wolf
The story of the Consolidated Vultee TBY "Sea Wolf" began with competitor Vought who earned a single... [Read More]

1944
Vultee XA-41
It was during September of 1942 that the United States Army commissioned the Vultee Aircraft concern... [Read More]

1944
Blohm and Voss Bv 155
The Blohm & Voss Bv 155 can trace its long and ever changing history back to a Messerschmitt project... [Read More]

1944
Junkers Ju 388 (Stortebeker)
The Junkers Ju 88 became a workhorse medium bomber for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (1939... [Read More]

1944
Blohm and Voss Bv P.208
Blohm and Voss, the famous German shipbuilder of World War 2 was also responsible for several of the... [Read More]

1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1101/92
In 1944, Messerschmitt (among other German aircraft firms) was hard at work penciling out design con... [Read More]

1944
Curtiss SC Seahawk
World War 2 (1939-1945) required an equal victory over the sea as it did over land, particularly for... [Read More]

1944
Heinkel Lerche (Lark)
Several aviation concerns of World War 2 fame (1939-1945) delved into the concept of Vertical Take-O... [Read More]

1944
Heinkel He 343 (Strahlbomber / Strabo 16)
Towards the end of World War 2, there was a definitive shift in German thinking from piston-powered ... [Read More]

1944
Horton Ho X
The Horten Ho X (10) continued the Horten Brother's love affair with the flying wing concept. The co... [Read More]

1944
Kawasaki Ki-102 (Randy)
The two-seat, twin-engine Ki-102 was classified as a close-support/heavy fighter aircraft and develo... [Read More]

1944
Beechcraft XA-38 Grizzly / Destroyer (Model 28)
The XA-38 was a developmental twin-engine heavy fighter produced by the Beech Aircraft firm. By all ... [Read More]

1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1101
The Messerschmitt Me P.1101 was a swept-wing, single-seat, single-engine jet-powered fighter aircraf... [Read More]

1944
Arado Ar E.580
Once the Volksjager competition came around in 1944, Arado Flugzeugwerke went back to a 1943 design ... [Read More]

1944
Arado Ar E.581.4
The Arado Ar E.581.4 was a proposed single-seat, jet-powered fighter design put forth by the Arado c... [Read More]

1944
Messerschmitt Me 328
The "parasite" fighter had long held an interest within the minds of aircraft engineers, particularl... [Read More]

1944
Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito)
The Ta 154 Moskito ("Mosquito") was another product of the Focke-Wulf aircraft design firm operating... [Read More]

1944
Blohm and Voss Bv 238
The mammoth Blohm & Voss Bv 238 was the next evolution in the Blohm & Voss flying boat series for Ge... [Read More]

1944
Republic XP-72 Super Thunderbolt
The Republic XP-72 Wasp Major-powered "Super Thunderbolt" was being developed in the latter part of ... [Read More]

1944
Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning
The XP-58 "Chain Lightning" was initially envisioned as a larger version of the successful Lockheed ... [Read More]

1944
Aichi B7A Ryusei (Grace)
The Aichi-produced B7A "Ryusei" (translated to "Shooting Star" and nicknamed "Grace" by the Allies) ... [Read More]

1944
Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)
The E16A Zuiun (translated into "Auspicious Cloud" and codenamed "Paul" by the Allies) was a dedicat... [Read More]

1944
Grumman F7F Tigercat
The F7F Tigercat was another carrier-borne aircraft development in Grumman's long line of "cat" name... [Read More]

1944
Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter
A post-World War 2 design, the C-97 was developed by The Boeing Company from its Model 367 product -... [Read More]

1944
Ilyushin IL-10 (Beast)
The Ilyushin IL-10 was a follow-up design to the classic IL-2 "Shturmovik", an armored ground attack... [Read More]

1944
Westland Welkin
With its origins in the Westland Whirlwind, the Westland Welkin (meaning "Vault of Heaven") was a tw... [Read More]

1944
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIc Toryu (Nick)
Despite serving in limited numbers, fielded with no search-finding radar and appearing as the only I... [Read More]

1944
Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (Frank)
Out of the many fine fighters available to the Japanese Army in the closing months of World War 2, n... [Read More]

1944
Hawker Tempest
The Hawker Tempest originally appeared as an improved Hawker Typhoon, the war-winning aircraft that ... [Read More]

1944
Mitsubishi Ki-109
The Mitsubishi Ki-109 was a specialized derivative of the Mitsubishi Ki-67 heavy bomber detailed els... [Read More]

1944
Yakovlev Yak-3
The Yakovlev Yak-3 was a further development of the Yak-1 series of fighters (detailed elsewhere on ... [Read More]

1944
Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet (Comet)
The German Messerschmitt Me 163 "Komet" was perhaps the most unique frontline, operational-level fig... [Read More]

1944
Messerschmitt Me 262 (Schwalbe / Sturmvogel)
The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the German answer to a failing war effort heading into 1945 during Worl... [Read More]

1944
Arado Ar 234 (Blitz)
As the German Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" ("Swallow") holds the distinction of becoming the worl... [Read More]

1944
Arado Ar E.381 (Kleinstjager)
The Ar E.381 rocket-fighter proposal was submitted in 1944 for review by the German Air Ministry. Wh... [Read More]

1944
Douglas A-26 / B-26 Invader
The Douglas A-26 Invader was a distinguished twin-engine light bomber whose origins were well-placed... [Read More]

1944
Gloster / Armstrong Whitworth Meteor
The Gloster Meteor became Britain's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. It reached opera... [Read More]

1944
Mitsubishi Ki-67 Hiryu (Peggy)
The Mitsubishi-designed Ki-67 Hiryu (translated to "flying dragon" and dubbed "Peggy" by the Allies)... [Read More]

1944
Fieseler Fi 103R (Reichenberg)
The Fiseler Fi 103R was, in essence, the piloted form of the successful V-1 rocket that terrorized L... [Read More]

1944
Junkers Ju 287
The Junkers Ju 287 certainly proved one of the most unique of the approved late-war, jet-powered des... [Read More]

1945
Henschel Hs 132
The Henschel Hs 132 was another in the long line of ambitious German jet-powered designs under devel... [Read More]

1945
Grumman F8F Bearcat
In many ways, the Grumman F8F Bearcat was the pinnacle of United States piston-engine fighter design... [Read More]

1945
Bachem Ba 349 Natter (Adder / Viper)
The Bachem Ba 349 Natter (translated to "Adder" though also known as the "Viper") was one of the lat... [Read More]

1945
Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (Arrow)
The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (or "Arrow") was one of the more interesting examples of a twin prop-driven... [Read More]

1945
Horten Ho IX / Horten Ho 229
The Horten Ho IX (or "Horten Ho 229" - sometimes wrongly designated the "Gotha Go 229") maintains a ... [Read More]

1945
Heinkel He 162 Volksjager (Peoples Fighter)
The He 162 Volksjager (the "People's Fighter") was developed as a quick solution to stem the tide of... [Read More]

1945
Lockheed P-80 / F-80 Shooting Star
The Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star is undoubtedly the world's most successful first generation jet... [Read More]

1945
Yokosuka MXY7-K1 Ohka (Cherry Blossom)
The Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka (translated to "Cherry Blossom") was a single-seat, pilot-guided suicide figh... [Read More]

1945
Northrop XP-79
The concept of the flying wing had been around since the dawn of flight and made more so intriguing ... [Read More]

1945
Kawasaki Ki-100
Despite being produced in severely limited numbers (thanks in large part to the Allied bombing campa... [Read More]

1945
Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)
This famous Howard Hughes flying boat aircraft - formally designated by Hughes Aircraft as the H-4 "... [Read More]

1945
Aichi M6A Seiran
This oft-forgotten Aichi aircraft design was classified as an attack floatplane, designed exclusivel... [Read More]

1945
Vultee XP-81
The Consolidated Vultee XP-81 was a proposed long-range, high-altitude fighter design that was to be... [Read More]

1945
Nakajima G8N Renzan (Rita)
The Nakajima G8N Renzan (or "Mountain Range" - codenamed "Rita" by the Allies) was a heavy bomber de... [Read More]

1945
Lockheed C-69 Constellation
The Lockheed Constellation series of aircraft was a successful design that initially began as a mili... [Read More]

1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 152
The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 was a short-lived, high-level interceptor fielded by the German Luftwaffe in t... [Read More]

1945
Kyushu Q1W Tokai (Eastern Sea) / (Lorna)
The Kyushu Q1W "Tokai" (translating to "Eastern Sea" and codenamed "Lorna" by the Allies) was an ant... [Read More]

1945
Kyushu J7W Shinden (Magnificent Lightning)
The unorthodox Kyushu J7W Shinden ("Magnificent Lightning") was a "wonder-weapon" of the Empire of J... [Read More]

1945
Arado Ar E.560
The Arado E.560 series of developmental high-speed jet bombers saw a large evolution on paper. Desig... [Read More]

1945
Arado NJ-1 Nacht Jager (Night Hunter)
Project NJ-1 "Nacht Jager 1" ("Night Hunter 1") was put forth by the Arado concern of Germany during... [Read More]

1945
Arado Ar Projekt II
The Arado Ar Projekt II was a proposed jet-powered fighter of considerable size. It carried a basic ... [Read More]

1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 183 (Huckebein)
By late in World War 2, German authorities had already made a stout commitment to the production of ... [Read More]

1945
Consolidated B-32 Dominator
Consolidated Aircraft Corporation held an existing relationship with the United States military in d... [Read More]

1945
Saab J21
Sweden elected to remain neutral during the fighting of World War 2 (1939-1945) but this did not mea... [Read More]

1945
Hawker Sea Fury / Fury
The Hawker Sea Fury was developed out Hawker's Typhoon and Tempest aircraft designs utilized by Brit... [Read More]

1945
Blackburn Firebrand
The Blackburn Firebrand was a carried-based strike fighter aircraft developed by Blackburn Aircraft ... [Read More]

1945
Gotha Go P.60C
The Gotha Project 60C nightfighter was another late-war "paper airplane" design attempt intended to ... [Read More]

1945
Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi
The Nakajima Ki-115 Tsuguri ("Sword") was a simplistic single-seat, single-engine suicide fighter ai... [Read More]

1945
Heinkel He P.1078C
Germany's Emergency Fighter Program was enacted in the middle of July in 1944 in response to the All... [Read More]

1945
Ryan FR Fireball
The Ryan FR Fireball fighter was something of a unique creation in the annals of US Navy aviation. T... [Read More]

1945
Heinkel He P.1078B
The various fighter programs of wartime Germany in World War 2 produced a bevy of fantastical design... [Read More]

1945
Douglas C-74 Globemaster
World War 2 (1939-1945) pushed the American military to require all sorts of aircraft types and avia... [Read More]

1945
Blohm and Voss Bv P.212
A major strategic oversight on the part of the German Air Ministry was not pursuing large four-engin... [Read More]

1945
Fairey Spearfish
Fairey Aviation, founded as early as 1915, had been designing, developing and building warplanes sin... [Read More]

1945
Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK
The "escort carrier" was adopted by the United States Navy during World War 2 (1939-1945) to provide... [Read More]

1945
Avro Lincoln
The Avro Lincoln became a late-World War 2, four-engined heavy bomber developed form the hugely succ... [Read More]

1945
Bell XP-83
In 1942, with World War in full swing across Europe and the Pacific, work began on an American turbo... [Read More]

1945
Heinkel He P.1077 (Julia)
1944 proved a critical year for Germany and its fabled Luftwaffe. Once a master of the skies, advanc... [Read More]

1945
Gotha Go P.60A/B
The Gotha P.60 was a highly-modified version of the famous Horten Ho 229 "flying wing" appearing in ... [Read More]

1945
Mitsubishi J8M (Shusui)
The Empire of Japan and the nation of Germany had maintained a relationship since Prussian authoriti... [Read More]

1945
Mitsubishi A7M Reppu (Sam)
Japanese engineers developed many fine fighter designs during the height of World War 2 including th... [Read More]

1945
Heinkel He P.1079 (Zerstorer)
One of the greatest threats to The Reich in the latter stages of World War 2 (1939-1945) was the bom... [Read More]

1945
Lippisch Gleiter Bombenflugzeug (GB)
Part of the German problem heading into the middle-to-later years of World War 2 (1939-1945) was the... [Read More]

1945
Nakajima J9Y Kikka / Kitsuka (Orange Blossom)
The Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" jet-powered fighter was a wartime breakthrough in the field of m... [Read More]

1945
Horten Ho XVIII (Amerika Bomber)
The Horten H.XVIII existed as a proposed jet-powered bomber for the German Luftwaffe during World Wa... [Read More]

1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1111
Messerschmitt AG of World War 2 Germany managed three of the more iconic aircraft used operationally... [Read More]

1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1110
The Emergency Fighter Program (EFP) was begun in July of 1944 by the German Luftwaffe to help produc... [Read More]

1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1112
Messerschmitt's last turbojet-powered aircraft submission of World War 2 (1939-1945) became its P.11... [Read More]

1945
Junkers Ju EF 140 (Amerika Bomber)
What became the last Junkers wartime submission to the German Air Ministry during World War 2 (1939-... [Read More]

1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 400 (Amerika Bomber)
The early wartime commitment to fighters and medium bombers came back to haunt German warplanners du... [Read More]

1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 283
The deteriorating late-war situation for Germany in World War 2 (1939-1945) was brought about, in pa... [Read More]

1945
Focke-Wulf Super Lorin
The "Super Lorin" stood as one of the many "paper airplane" projects undertaken by German aviation d... [Read More]

1945
Kawanishi Baika (Ume Blossom)
The Japanese benefitted greatly from the alliance struck with Nazi Germany during World War 2 (1939-... [Read More]

1945
Kawasaki Ki-108
The Ki-102 heavy fighter was introduced late in the Pacific War by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Se... [Read More]

1945
Nakajima Ki-87
Even as early as 1942, Japanese Army engineers were fleshing out a new high-altitude fighter design.... [Read More]

1945
Rikugun Ki-93
The heavy fighter as a military aircraft class was a constant throughout the inventories of the air ... [Read More]

1945
Rikugun Ki-202
The alliance between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan during World War 2 (1939-1945) allowed for the ... [Read More]

1945
Tachikawa Ki-94
Many aircraft in development by Japan at the time of the surrender of 1945 were ended in whatever st... [Read More]

1945
Kawasaki Ki-91
The Kawasaki Ki-91 represented a rare four-engine heavy bomber initiative of the middle-to-late war ... [Read More]

1945
Kayaba Katsuodori
Aircraft propulsion by way of the "ramjet" had been on the minds of aeronautical engineers for some ... [Read More]

1945
Mansyu / Manshu Ki-98
The Mansyu Ki-98 was a mid-war entry attack-minded aircraft development by the Japanese and original... [Read More]

1945
Mitsubishi Ki-83
The Japanese held a talent for developing excellent twin-engined aircraft during World War 2 (1939-1... [Read More]

1945
Tachikawa Ki-106 (Ki-84 Hayate)
Because of the deteriorating war situation for Japan amidst the relentless Allied bombing campaign o... [Read More]

1945
Dornier Do P.256 (Project 256)
Dornier of World War 2 Germany was forced by the Air Ministry to focus its production strength on bo... [Read More]

1945
VL Pyorremyrsky (Whirlwind)
The nation of Finland went to war twice with the Soviet Union during World War 2 (1939-1945). The fi... [Read More]

1945
Curtiss XF15C
World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased both the pinnacle of the propeller-driven aircraft design and the ... [Read More]

1945
Junkers Ju EF 128
The Emergency Fighter Program (EFP) brought about by the German Luftwaffe during the latter stages o... [Read More]

1945
Douglas XTB2D Skypirate
Throughout World War 2 (1939-1945), the United States Navy pushed its ever-growing stable of carrier... [Read More]

1945
Goodyear F2G Super Corsair
Goodyear was one of the companies charged with large-scale production of the classic, war-winning Vo... [Read More]

1946
Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster
Born from the XB-42 "Mixmaster" program - which sought a unique solution for a budget-conscious medi... [Read More]

1946
Supermarine Seafang
In the course of the storied career of the fabulous Supermarine Spitfire of the British Royal Air Fo... [Read More]

1946
Lavochkin La-150
In February of 1945 Soviet leader Josef Stalin issued a directive for a single-seat fighter to be bu... [Read More]

1946
Lavochkin La-152 (Series)
In February of 1945, Soviet leader Josef Stalin ordered aviation concerns to concentrate their energ... [Read More]

1946
CAC CA-15 (Kangaroo)
Much of Australian industry was evolved and put to the test during World War 2 (1939-1945). Its avia... [Read More]

1946
Kawanishi K-200
The Japanese concern of Kawanishi made a name for itself in service to the Empire by delivering a he... [Read More]

1946
Vought F6U Pirate
The Chance Vought V-340 was part of the submissions made to the United States Navy (USN) intending t... [Read More]

1946
Arsenal VB-10
The Arsenal VB-10 was the culmination of advanced, prop-driven fighter work by Arsenal de l'Aeronati... [Read More]

1946
Nakajima Ki-201 Karyu
The Nakajima concern of the Imperial Japanese nation of World War 2 was already charged with bringin... [Read More]

1946
de Havilland DH.108 (Swallow)
The elegant - though highly lethal - de Havilland DH.108 "Swallow" was one of the more important res... [Read More]

1946
Sud-Ouest SO 6000 Triton
It was an uphill battle for the rebuilding French aviation industry following the close of World War... [Read More]

1946
Junkers Ju EF 132
The German Luftwaffe seized on the importance of jet-powered aircraft in the mid-to-latter stages of... [Read More]

1946
Bristol Brigand
In 1942, the British Air Ministry sought to replace its Bristol Beaufighter heavy fighter fleet with... [Read More]

1946
Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
The concept of the flying wing bomber had been on the minds of aeronautical engineers for quite some... [Read More]

1946
Bell Model 47
While the helicopter received some attention during World War 2 (1939-1945), it was not until the Ko... [Read More]

1946
Ryan XF2R Dark Shark
The Ryan "Dark Shark" was an impressive developmental hybrid fighter design considered for service w... [Read More]

1946
Sukhoi Su-9 / Su-11 / Su-13 (1946)
While the concept of the turbojet engine lingered for some time, it was not put into practical use u... [Read More]

1946
Yakovlev Yak-18 (Max)
During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Yakovlev UT-2 served as the standardized, primary aircraft train... [Read More]

1946
Republic XF-12 Rainbow
During World War 2, the Republic Aviation name was primarily tied to the excellent P-47 "Thunderbolt... [Read More]

1946
Hughes XR-11 / XF-11
Though only achieving prototype form, the XF-11 was one of the darling designs of famed American avi... [Read More]

1946
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo)
The MiG-9 (NATO codename of "Fargo") was only the second attempt by the Soviet Union at designing an... [Read More]

1946
Lavochkin La-9 (Fritz)
Lavochkin produced two notable fighters during the defense of the Soviet Union in World War 2 (1939-... [Read More]

1946
de Havilland DH.103 Hornet / Sea Hornet
The de Havilland DH.98 "Mosquito" achieved a tremendous level of success for its part in World War 2... [Read More]

1946
Short S45 Solent
The Golden Age of Flight encompassed the years between the two World Wars and introduced airline tra... [Read More]

1946
Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD-1)
Throughout World War 2 (1939-1945) the United States Navy (USN) - like the United States Air Force (... [Read More]

1946
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire
The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire held two key distinctions concerning aviation history - she was the ... [Read More]

1946
North American F-82 / P-82 Twin Mustang
While several aviation concerns of World War 2 (1939-1945) entertained the idea of mating two fusela... [Read More]

1947
McDonnell F2H Banshee
The twin-engine, single-seat F2H Banshee was based on the successes that the McDonnell company found... [Read More]

1947
Bell X-1
Bell Aircraft Company was contracted to build three XS-1 ("Experimental Supersonic 1") rocket planes... [Read More]

1947
Republic F-84 Thunderjet / Thunderstreak
The Republic F-84 Thunderjet appeared as an American post-war design and played a pivotal role in th... [Read More]

1947
Lockheed P2V Neptune
The P2V Neptune series of aircraft was one of the more successful post-war designs for America, with... [Read More]

1947
Boeing L-15 Scout
The L-15 Scout was a light and small observation liaison aircraft produced in limited numbers by the... [Read More]

1947
McDonnell FH / FD Phantom
The Allied victory in World War 2 (1939-1945) was not a foregone conclusion in 1943 as the war in Af... [Read More]

1947
North American FJ-1 Fury
As with the post-World War 2 United States Air Force (USAF), the United States Navy (USN) benefitted... [Read More]

1947
Yakovlev Yak-23
The Yakovlev Yak-23 was the final iteration of the post-war turbojet designs beginning with the Yak-... [Read More]

1947
Yakovlev Yak-17
The Yak-17 was a solid operator in service with the Soviet Union. As a post-World War Two design, th... [Read More]

1947
Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
Fairchild Corporation produced a winner in the post-war world with the introduction of the C-119 "Fl... [Read More]

1947
Lavochkin La-11 (Fang)
The Lavochkin La-11 was designed from the successful Lavochkin La-9 series of piston engine fighters... [Read More]

1947
Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak (Phase 1)
World War 2 (1939-1945) sparked a research boom for American aviation - particularly concerning the ... [Read More]

1947
Beechcraft Bonanza
... [Read More]

1947
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
The Antonov An-2 is a multi-role light utility biplane initially produced under the Soviet flag. Des... [Read More]

1947
Yakovlev Yak-15 (Feather)
After the fall of Germany in May of 1945, the Soviet Union (as well as the Allies) was privy to piec... [Read More]

1947
Bell H-13 Sioux
The "helicopter" saw development during World War 2 (1939-1945) and some were in fact used by the Ge... [Read More]

1947
Northrop YB-49
The YB-49 strategic bomber prototype came about as an extension of the ultimately-cancelled XB-35/YB... [Read More]

1947
Consolidated Vultee Downey
World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased to American warplanners the need to invest in "penetration fighter... [Read More]

1947
Armstrong Whitworth AW52
Flying wings were not strictly the domain of the Americans and German during World War 2 (1939-1944)... [Read More]

1947
Saunders-Roe SR.A-1
The flying boat had certainly proved its worth during combat service in World War 2 (1939-1945). Pri... [Read More]

1947
OKB-1 EF-131
In their historical advance on Berlin during World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Army captured the r... [Read More]

1947
Martin XB-48
World War 2 (1939-1945) saw the rise of turbojet technology for future military aircraft application... [Read More]

1947
Lavochkin La-160
The Lavochkin concern of the Soviet Union provided several notable wartime fighter developments duri... [Read More]

1947
FMA IAe 27 Pulqui (Arrow)
Like other nations following World War 2 (1939-1945), Argentina began to look to the near-future and... [Read More]

1947
Alekseyev I-211
Like other global powers in the post-World War 2 period, the Soviet Union was hard at work at develo... [Read More]

1948
FMA IAe 30 Namcu (Eagle)
In 1947, the Argentine Air Force broadened its strategic reach by purchasing a fleet of 30 Avro Linc... [Read More]

1948
Arsenal VG-70
The French aero industry suffered more than most due to the German invasion of May 1940. As a result... [Read More]

1948
OKB-1 EF-140
The EF-140 was a Soviet post-World War 2 jet-powered tactical bomber design continuation of the line... [Read More]

1948
Curtiss Proposal II
Following World War 2 (1939-1945) and coinciding with the rise of the jet age, many American aviatio... [Read More]

1948
Yakovlev Yak-30
Like the global powers of the West during the Cold War decades, the Soviet Union moved on rapid test... [Read More]

1948
McDonnell Model 60
Before the close of World War 2 (1939-1945), and in the period immediately following, the United Sta... [Read More]

1948
Martin AM Mauler
The Martin AM Mauler was designed to a US Navy requirement during the critical middle years of World... [Read More]

1948
Hiller OH-23 Raven (Model UH-12)
Hiller Aircraft began during World War 2 in 1942 under the operating name of Hiller Industries. The ... [Read More]

1948
de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
... [Read More]

1948
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
During World War 2, all major participants were evolving their jet programs to gain an advantage in ... [Read More]

1948
Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (Phase 2)
Prior to the end of World War 2 (1939-1945), the US Navy teamed with National Advisory Committee for... [Read More]

1948
Northrop X-4 Bantam
The compact Northrop X-4 "Bantam" research aircraft was built by the Northrop Corporation for the Na... [Read More]

1948
Boeing B-50 Superfortress
Though looking every bit the direct copy of the World War 2-era Boeing B-29 "Superfortress" heavy bo... [Read More]

1948
Curtiss-Wright XP-87 / XF-87 Blackhawk
The XF-87 was a failed proposal attempted by the Curtiss-Wright aircraft design bureau to meet an Ai... [Read More]

1948
McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo
World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased to American warplanners the importance of "escort fighters" for th... [Read More]

1948
McDonnell XF-85 Goblin (Parasite Fighter)
The XF-85 Goblin was an attempt by the McDonnell bureau to realize the dream of a "parasite fighter"... [Read More]

1948
North American B-45 Tornado
Development of the XB-45 began in 1944 and continued into 1945, representing the later years of the ... [Read More]

1949
Ilyushin IL-28 (Beagle)
The Ilyushin IL-28 (codenamed "Beagle" by NATO) holds many distinctions in the annals of aviation hi... [Read More]

1949
Grumman HU-16 Albatross
Even after World War 2 (1939-1945) the flying boat remained a key component of world military forces... [Read More]

1949
Grumman F9F Panther
Grumman managed a long-standing tradition of successfully fulfilling US Navy carrier-based fighter r... [Read More]

1949
Vought F7U Cutlass
The Vought F7U "Cutlass" was an American Cold War-era naval fighter and the first swept-wing USN fig... [Read More]

1949
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot)
The MiG-15 (codenamed "Fagot" by the United Nations in reference to a "hastily bundled pile of stick... [Read More]

1949
North American F-86 Sabre
The F-86 Sabre was the product of the North American Aviation Company based in the United States of ... [Read More]

1949
Saab J29 Tunnan (Barrel)
The Saab-produced J 29 Tunnan (meaning "barrel" due to its stubby-like barrel appearance) was the se... [Read More]

1949
Convair B-36 Peacemaker
If developed a few years sooner, the massive jet-powered Convair B-36 "Peacemaker" could have very w... [Read More]

1949
Tupolev Tu-4 (Bull)
During World War 2, the Soviet Union was threatened by both the Empire of Japan to the East and Nazi... [Read More]

1949
Bristol Brabazon
The post-World War 2 Bristol "Brabazon" was born from committee work in 1943 and held direct origins... [Read More]

1949
North American T-28 Trojan
... [Read More]

1949
Tupolev Tu-80
In order to provide its bomber force with a long-range weapons delivery platform, Soviet engineers s... [Read More]

1949
Martin XB-51
Developed as a low-level bomber and ground attack platform for the then-United States Army Air Force... [Read More]

1949
Convair Skate
With advances being made in turbojet technology - and aeronautics in general - during the latter par... [Read More]

1949
Yakovlev Yak-50
Around mid-February of 1949, Soviet Air Force (VVS) officials called for a new lightweight, all-weat... [Read More]

1949
Avro 707
The classic British "V-Bomber" - the Avro Vulcan - incorporated a highly advanced, large-area delta ... [Read More]

1949
Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor
After World War 2 and during the early Cold War years, the American government now faced the Soviet ... [Read More]

1949
Lavochkin La-15 (Fantail)
A series of Lavochkin jet-powered fighter prototypes preceded the La-15 (NATO reporting name of "Fan... [Read More]

1949
Lockheed XP-90 / XF-90
On August 28th, 1945, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) announced a new requirement calling ... [Read More]

1949
Arsenal VG-90
French aviation's road to respectability in the period immediately following World War 2 (1939-1945)... [Read More]

1949
Piasecki H-25 (HUP Retriever)
... [Read More]

1950
Bell D-36
The pace of technological developments concerning military aircraft during World War 2 (1939-1945) s... [Read More]

1950
Goodyear GA-17
GA-17 was the project designation allotted to a Goodyear Aircraft design attempting to fulfill a Uni... [Read More]

1950
Sud-Ouest SO.2400 (Grognard)
The French aero-industry was virtually non-existent throughout World War 2 (1939-1945) and in the pe... [Read More]

1950
FMA IAe 33 Pulqui II (Arrow II)
Argentina's first attempt at an indigenous jet-powered fighter was an underwhelming one by way of th... [Read More]

1950
North American YF-93
At the close of World War 2 (1939-1945), with the jet age dawning on engineers and military warplann... [Read More]

1950
Nord 1601
Following the end of World War 2 in 1945, French aero industry had a long, arduous path before it as... [Read More]

1950
Grumman AF Guardian
The Grumman AF Guardian line became the United States Navy's first purpose-built, dedicated Anti-Sub... [Read More]

1950
Canadair CL-13 Sabre
After World War 2, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) joined other major air services around the gl... [Read More]

1950
Convair C-131 / R4Y Samaritan
Convair introduced its CV-240 passenger airliner in 1947 with American Airlines and production of th... [Read More]

1950
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog (L-19)
In 1947, the United States Army Air Forces ceased to exist in the American military structure, repla... [Read More]

1950
Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw
The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw was an excellent multipurpose transport helicopter that saw use in vario... [Read More]

1950
Northrop F-89 Scorpion
The Northrop F-89 Scorpion delivered a decade of service to the United States Air Force, charged wit... [Read More]

1950
Lockheed F-94 Starfire
The F-94 (nicknamed "Starfire" in the "C" model only) was developed from the successful twin-seat Lo... [Read More]

1950
Douglas C-124 Globemaster II
With the close of World War 2 and the accompanying Berlin Airlift, the United States military saw a ... [Read More]

1950
North American AJ (A-2) Savage
The AJ Savage series of aircraft was a product of the North American Aviation Company for the United... [Read More]

1950
Short S38 Sturgeon
The Short S.38 Sturgeon was born through a World War 2 (1939-1945) British naval requirement under S... [Read More]

1951
Douglas F3D / F-10 Skyknight
The Douglas Skyknight was a dedicated carrier-based night fighter serving with the United States Nav... [Read More]

1951
Supermarine Attacker
The Supermarine Attacker was a solid, if unspectacular, aircraft that failed to make much of a splas... [Read More]

1951
Avro Shackleton
The Avro Shackleton was derived from the Avro Lincoln bomber (the Lincoln itself designed from the A... [Read More]

1951
Boeing B-47 Stratojet
The swept-wing B-47 Stratojet produced by Boeing was a milestone in American bomber design in severa... [Read More]

1951
English Electric Canberra
The English Electric Canberra was a strike-minded, jet-powered medium bomber platform that made up B... [Read More]

1951
Bell X-5
The X-5 was an experimental single-seat, single-engine, jet-powered fighter design prototype produce... [Read More]

1951
Canadair CT-133 Silver Star
America's first operational jet-powered fighter became the P-80 Shooting Star of World War 2. The ty... [Read More]

1951
Tupolev Tu-85
During World War 2 (1939-1945), Soviet engineers were able to study three captured American B-29 Sup... [Read More]

1952
de Havilland DH.106 Comet
... [Read More]

1952
de Havilland DH.112 Venom
The de Havilland Vampire became the British Royal Air Force's second jet-powered fighter after the f... [Read More]

1952
Douglas X-3 (Stiletto)
The Douglas X-3 existed purely as a research aircraft, designed to study the barrier of sustained, s... [Read More]

1952
Fairchild C-123 Provider
The C-123 Provider was a twin engine military transport aircraft utilized to good effect in the Viet... [Read More]

1952
Grumman C-1A / TF-1 Trader
The C-1 Trader was a carrier-based transport (Carrier-Onboard-Delivery - COD) aircraft utilized by t... [Read More]

1952
Dassault MD.450 Ouragan (Hurricane)
The Dassault MD.450 "Ouragan" (meaning "Hurricane") became France's first home-grown operational, je... [Read More]

1952
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
As impressive as the later versions of the MiG-15 fighter were (detailed elsewhere on this site), th... [Read More]

1952
Grumman F9F Cougar
Even as the straight-winged F9F "Panther" was beginning to take shape on the design board during the... [Read More]

1952
Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck
The Avro Canada CF-100 "Canuck" marked the first indigenously designed, developed, and serially prod... [Read More]

1952
Martin P5M Marlin
World War 2 showcased the value of large flying boats in the long range maritime patrol and anti-shi... [Read More]

1952
OKB-1 EF-150
... [Read More]

1952
Grumman XF10F Jaguar
The Model 83 was a submission put forward by Grumman to the United States Navy (USN) as a single-sea... [Read More]

1953
Grumman Sapphire Cougar
As the age of the jet fighter was getting its feet underneath, longtime fighter supplier Grumman app... [Read More]

1953
Westland Wyvern
Like the United States, Britain required considerable naval power during World War 2 (1939-1945) and... [Read More]

1953
SNCASE S.E.5000 (Baroudeur)
The French aviation industry was left in ruins following the events of World War 2 (1939-1945) and q... [Read More]

1953
Convair F2Y Sea Dart
The concept of a jet-powered "seaplane fighter" had long been on the minds of military aircraft engi... [Read More]

1953
Hawker (Armstrong Whitworth) Sea Hawk
The Hawker Sea Hawk (also Armstrong Whitworth Sea Hawk) was a no-nonsense navy fighter aircraft desi... [Read More]

1953
Mil Mi-4 (Hound)
The broad-reaching Mil Mi-4 series of helicopter (known to NATO as "Hound") first appeared in 1952 a... [Read More]

1953
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
... [Read More]

1953
Ilyushin IL-40 (Brawny)
Following World War 2 (1939-1945) the ground attack role was still very much a consideration for wor... [Read More]

1953
Fairey Gannet
The Fairey Gannet was a dedicated anti-submarine platform primarily serving the Fleet Air Arm of the... [Read More]

1953
North American X-10
... [Read More]

1953
Ryan X-13 Vertijet
The Ryan X-13 "Vertijet" was an experimental program of the 1950s funded by the United States Air Fo... [Read More]

1953
Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
The T-34 Mentor series served the United States Air Force and United States Navy well in training ge... [Read More]

1953
Piasecki H-21 Workhorse
The Piasecki H-21 tandem-rotor helicopter was born from a line of Piasecki products that began with ... [Read More]

1954
Grumman S-2 Tracker (S2F)
The Grumman S-2 Tracker was designed, developed and produced for the United States Navy at a time wh... [Read More]

1954
Supermarine Swift
The Supermarine Swift series of aircraft was initially designed to supplant the aging and outclassed... [Read More]

1954
North American F-100 Super Sabre
The North American F-100 Super Sabre was developed as the successor to the F-86 Sabre, another North... [Read More]

1954
Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
The Tupolev Tu-16 (codenamed "Badger" by NATO) owed its success story to the Cold War and its own ve... [Read More]

1954
Sikorsky H-34 / CH-34 Choctaw
The H-34 Choctaw was a multi-purpose, radial-powered utility helicopter produced by Sikorsky in the ... [Read More]

1954
North American FJ-2 / FJ-3 Fury
The American jet fighter program evolved considerably following the close of World War 2 in 1945. Or... [Read More]

1954
Martin B-57 Canberra
When the United States committed to participation in the Korean War (1950-1953), it pressed into ser... [Read More]

1954
CAC CA-27 Avon-Sabre (F-86F)
The F-86 "Sabre" was a success story for the North American Company as 9,860 of all types were made,... [Read More]

1954
Convair XFY Pogo
... [Read More]

1955
Blackburn Beverly
During the Cold War period, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Transportation Command section require... [Read More]

1955
North American FJ-4 Fury
The United States Navy learned much in its early years of operating jet-powered fighters from its de... [Read More]

1955
North American XF-108 Rapier
The prospect of high speed, high altitude bombers captivated war planners on both sides of the Cold ... [Read More]

1955
Bell X-2 (Starbuster)
Bell Aircraft Company was once again contracted by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (... [Read More]

1955
Dassault Mystere / Super Mystere
The Dassault-produced Mystere series of turbojet aircraft appeared just when the French nation was i... [Read More]

1955
Vickers Valiant
At a time when military satellites, ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and UAVs didn't rule the ... [Read More]

1955
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
As with most global powers of World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Union forged a bulk of its jet fig... [Read More]

1955
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
The B-52 has been the preeminent American heavy bomber of the last 54 years. The massive aircraft se... [Read More]

1955
Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady
The U-2 spyplane was a pivotal player during the peak years of the Cold War between the United State... [Read More]

1955
Yakovlev Yak-25 (Flashlight / Mandrake)
The Yak-25 (NATO codename of "Flashlight") was yet another jet fighter design introduced by the Sovi... [Read More]

1955
Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech
The Republic XF-84H was an experimental airframe based on the jet-powered, single-seat Republic F-84... [Read More]

1955
CAC Winjeel
The Australian aero industry has produced a few notable aircraft for its part in aviation history. O... [Read More]

1955
Saab J32 Lansen (Lance)
By the late 1940s, the Swedish Air Force (or "Flygvapnet") was reviewing options in an effort to rep... [Read More]

1955
Myasishchev M-4 / 3M (Bison)
The Myasishchev M-4 (NATO codename of "Bison") was developed to a Soviet Navy requirement for a jet-... [Read More]

1955
Martin P6M SeaMaster
The Cold War (1947-1991) period was one of technological advancement whose momentum was driven by de... [Read More]

1956
de Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom
With the de Havilland Venom already in the works for the British Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Na... [Read More]

1956
Cessna 172
... [Read More]

1956
Tupolev Tu-98 (Backfin)
Following World War 2, the aviation world was moving along at breakneck speeds in development of adv... [Read More]

1956
Fouga CM.170 Magister
It becomes much too easy to lose track of French military prowess following World War 2 but the Foug... [Read More]

1956
McDonnell F3H Demon
During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" fighter appeared and made possibl... [Read More]

1956
Grumman F11F / F-11 Tiger
The United States Navy maintained its reliance on aircraft designed, developed and produced by the G... [Read More]

1956
Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
Douglas supplied its large, twin-engine Skywarrior jet-powered bomber to both the United States Air ... [Read More]

1956
Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear)
Following the developmental Tupolev Tu-80 and Tu-85 programs was the famous Tupolev Tu-95 "Bear" whi... [Read More]

1956
Douglas F4D Skyray / F-6 Skyray
The F4D Skyray (affectionately nicknamed the "Ford" for its "F", "Four" and "D" used in the designat... [Read More]

1956
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Easily one of the most successful military aircraft of the post-World War 2 age, the Lockheed C-130 ... [Read More]

1956
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
The KC-135 Stratotanker proved to be a monumental product for the Boeing corporation in more ways th... [Read More]

1956
Convair F-102 Delta Dagger
The Convair F-102 "Delta Dagger" was a product of the ensuing Cold War years following the close of ... [Read More]

1956
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
The A-4 Skyhawk (nicknamed "Heinemann's Hot Rod" and the "Scooter") came about as a private venture ... [Read More]

1956
Avro Vulcan
The Avro Vulcan formed the second point on the triangle in the British "V-Bombers" collection - a se... [Read More]

1956
Hawker Hunter
The Hawker Hunter was the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy jet fighter of choice for decades since its... [Read More]

1956
Gloster Javelin
The Gloster Javelin was the first twin-engine delta-wing jet fighter design to take up service with ... [Read More]

1956
Douglas F5D Skylancer
Developed to fulfill a United States Navy (USN) requirement for a carrier-based supersonic fighter, ... [Read More]

1956
North American YF-107 (Ultra Sabre)
The North American YF-107 "Ultra Sabre" prototype represented the final foray into military aviation... [Read More]

1956
Douglas B-66 / RB-66 Destroyer
Requiring a successor for their aging Douglas A-26 Invader fleet, the United States Air Force (USAF)... [Read More]

1956
Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave
The Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave was an early-generation, heavy-lift cargo helicopter in service with the A... [Read More]

1956
Lavochkin La-250 (Anaconda)
The Lavochkin concern of the Soviet Union became perhaps best known for its contribution of fighters... [Read More]

1956
SNCASE S.E.212 (Durandal)
With the establishment of NATO in April of 1949, there arose a need for standardization among its me... [Read More]

1956
AERFER Sagittario 2 (Archer 2)
The first Italian aircraft to break the speed of sound under control - the "Sagittario 2" ("Archer ... [Read More]

1957
Saunders-Roe SR.53
... [Read More]

1957
Bell X-14 (Type 68)
Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) with transitioning to conventional forward flying had filled th... [Read More]

1957
Handley Page Victor
The Handley Page Victor formed the last part of the RAF's "V-Bomber" triangle also consisting of the... [Read More]

1957
Vought F-8 Crusader
The Vought F-8 "Crusader" was a direct response to a United States Navy requirement for a modern sup... [Read More]

1957
McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was affectionately called the "One-oh-Wonder" and known moreso early on ... [Read More]

1957
Cessna T-37 Tweet
The Cessna T-37 came about through a new United States Air Force (USAF) requirement calling for a li... [Read More]

1957
Supermarine Scimitar
The Supermarine Scimitar was an oft-forgotten carrier-based, jet-powered, single-seat fighter for th... [Read More]

1957
Aerospatiale Alouette II
The Alouette II helicopter series is billed as a multi-role, light rotary-wing platform charged with... [Read More]

1957
Lockheed T-1 SeaStar (T2V SeaStar)
... [Read More]

1957
Douglas C-133 Cargomaster
... [Read More]

1958
Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III
The XF8U-3 "Crusader III" was a Chance Vought Mach 2-capable prototype series intended to fulfill th... [Read More]

1958
Grumman WF-2 / E-1 Tracer
With the rise of the aircraft carrier in World War 2 and advances in radar technology, the United St... [Read More]

1958
Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow
The Avro CF-105 "Arrow" was born out of an indigenous Canadian aviation effort during the Cold War i... [Read More]

1958
Xian H-6
Into the 1960s, communist China held a close working military and political relationship with the So... [Read More]

1958
Kaman HH-43 Huskie
Charles Kaman (1919 - 2011), an aeronautical engineering student, served as an employee to another f... [Read More]

1958
Sud-Ouest SO 4050 Vautour
These limited-production aircraft served with little distinction in French hands but were better ser... [Read More]

1958
Fiat Aeritalia G.91 (Gina)
The Fiat Aeritalia G.91 was an Italian Cold War-era, single-seat, jet-powered fighter design that sa... [Read More]

1958
Republic F-105 Thunderchief
The F-105 Thunderchief was a Cold War product of the Republic Aviation Corporation and became the co... [Read More]

1958
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
The Lockheed F-104 was in many ways an engineering marvel whose legacy suffered terribly due to seve... [Read More]

1958
Boeing 707
The 707 model series for The Boeing Company proved to be the catalyst for their commercial market su... [Read More]

1958
AERFER Ariete
In an effort to refine the earlier AERFER "Sagittario 2" ("Archer 2") swept-wing, jet-powered demons... [Read More]

1959
TEMCO TT-1 Pinto
... [Read More]

1959
Douglas F6D Missileer
As missile technology began to progress in the 1950s, the United States Navy began looking at plans ... [Read More]

1959
Kamov Ka-22
Since the prospect of vertical flight became established during the 1940s and evolved throughout the... [Read More]

1959
Douglas DC-8
... [Read More]

1959
Boeing VC-137 / C-137 Stratoliner
VC-137 "Stratoliner" is the designation used by the United States Air Force (USAF) to mark its Boein... [Read More]

1959
North American X-15
The North American X-15 was the culmination of the rocket powered research aircraft that peppered th... [Read More]

1959
Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
Development of the OV-1 Mohawk platform stemmed from a joint requirement fielded by both the United ... [Read More]

1959
BAC TSR-2
Along the same lines as the prototype North American XB-70 Valkyrie strategic bomber of the United S... [Read More]

1959
de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou
The Caribou series proved to be such an effective battlefield transport aircraft that more than a fe... [Read More]

1959
Convair F-106 Delta Dart
The F-106 "Delta Dart" holds origins in the original United States Air Force requirement that produc... [Read More]

1959
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
The MiG-21 was undoubtedly the most successful Cold War fighter in terms of reach, operating in over... [Read More]

1959
Sukhoi Su-7 (Fitter-A)
The Sukhoi Su-7 (NATO codename of "Fitter-A") was a single-seat, single engine jet-powered fighter i... [Read More]

1959
Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey)
The UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" became an important part of American military actions beginning in 1960 and... [Read More]

1959
de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen
United Kingdom engineers delivered several notable aircraft designs during the Cold War decades. Onc... [Read More]

1959
Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind)
The Breguet Br.1050 "Alize" (meaning "tradewind") was a French production aircraft suitable for carr... [Read More]

1959
Antonov An-12 (Cub)
The Antonov An-12 (NATO codename of "Cub") was the primary medium-lift military transport of the Sov... [Read More]

1959
Myasishchev M-50 / M-52 (Bounder)
The M-50 and M-52 bombers were two prototype intercontinental supersonic strategic bombers proposed ... [Read More]

1959
North American / Boeing T-2 Buckeye
The North American (now Boeing) T-2 Buckeye was responsible for the training of thousands of America... [Read More]

1959
Sukhoi Su-9 (Fishpot)
During the Korean War (1950-1953), the age of the jet-powered fighter had arrived. Soviet MiG-15s re... [Read More]

1959
Folland / Hawker-Siddeley Gnat
The Folland Gnat was a swept-wing, jet-powered fighter of British origins appearing in the middle of... [Read More]

1959
Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
In the mid-1950s, Dornier Flugzeugbau GmbH of West Germany developed the single engine Do 27 Short T... [Read More]

1960
Aerospatiale Alouette III
The Aerospatiale Alouette III, is French for Skylark having a single-engine and to be used as a ligh... [Read More]

1960
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Arguably one of the finest combat fighters of the 20th Century, the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II series ... [Read More]

1960
Convair B-58 Hustler
The delta-wing Convair B-58 Hustler was the first United States Air Force supersonic operational bom... [Read More]

1960
Saab J35 Draken (Dragon / Kite)
The Saab J 35 Draken (translated in English to "Dragon" but carrying the meaning of "Kite" based on ... [Read More]

1960
Yakovlev Yak-28 (Brewer / Firebar)
Post-World War 2 swept-wing research - coupled with advanced in turbojet technology - allowed the So... [Read More]

1960
English Electric / BAC Lightning
The English Electric Lightning was an impressive engineering feat for the British people. She was th... [Read More]

1960
Yakovlev Yak-30 (1960)
... [Read More]

1961
Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)
The Beriev Be-10 flying boat was developed for use by Soviet Naval Aviation as a patrol bomber durin... [Read More]

1961
Hughes TH-55 Osage
... [Read More]

1961
Dassault Mirage III
The Mirage III supersonic fighter line proved a popular product throughout the Cold War decades wher... [Read More]

1961
North American A-5 Vigilante
The aviation concern of North American became a household name in American military aviation thanks ... [Read More]

1961
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King
At its peak, the Sikorsky SH-3 series of naval aircraft was a widely used and successful platform ut... [Read More]

1961
Northrop T-38 Talon
The Northrop T-38 "Talon" is a dedicated supersonic advanced trainer used by a handful of global air... [Read More]

1961
Douglas B-26K/A-26B Counter Invader
The B-26K/A-26B "Counter Invader" was based on a highly modified airframe of the World War 2-era Dou... [Read More]

1961
Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)
The Beriev Be-12 "Mail" was a successful flying boat aircraft developed for the Soviet Navy as a rep... [Read More]

1961
Shenyang J-6 / F-6 (Farmer)
For decades China, and its regional allies, relied on the availability of their Shenyang J-6 series ... [Read More]

1962
Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe / Erickson S-64 Skycrane
The original Sikorsky S-60 proved itself as a heavy-lift helicopter through its sole example complet... [Read More]

1962
Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules
The Lockheed KC-130 Hercules is a combination tanker-transport aircraft based on the hugely successf... [Read More]

1962
Aermacchi MB.326
The Aermacchi MB.326 series of aircraft has become one of the most successful blends of operational ... [Read More]

1962
Antonov An-24 (Coke)
The An-24 "Coke" was yet another in the long line of military transport aircraft produced during the... [Read More]

1962
Boeing CH-47 Chinook
The Boeing "Chinook" line of heavy-lift, tandem-rotor transport helicopters has been a mainstay util... [Read More]

1962
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II
The Northrop F-5 "Freedom Fighter" / "Tiger" / "Tiger II" series was designed from the outset as a l... [Read More]

1962
Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion
The P-3 Orion aircraft is a product of Lockheed Martin, designed and accepted at a time when Lockhee... [Read More]

1962
Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
The Mil Mi-6 was an inventory stalwart for the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War. For ... [Read More]

1962
Kaman SH-2 Seasprite / Super Seasprite
The Kaman SH-2 Seasprite helicopter has served a lengthy and respected career in the navies of sever... [Read More]

1962
Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder)
The Soviet/Russian Tupolev concern has had a long and established history in developing and producin... [Read More]

1962
Blackburn Buccaneer
The Blackburn Buccaneer was a low-level, high-speed, carrier-borne strike aircraft utilized by the B... [Read More]

1962
Dassault Etendard IV
The base Dassault Etendard began as a private venture that was initially greeted without much intere... [Read More]

1962
Dassault Balzac V
Even in the face of total devastation at the hands of the German invasion of World War 2 (1939-1945)... [Read More]

1962
Canadair CF-104 Starfighter
Canadair took to producing several American-originated aircraft during the Cold War decades that inc... [Read More]

1962
Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-8 (Fishbed) / (MiG-23)
While it may seem that the West was the only power at work on fantastical "x-planes" during the Cold... [Read More]

1962
Boeing RC-135
... [Read More]

1963
Lockheed A-12 (Archangel 12)
Following World War 2 (1939-1945) and into the 1950s, more and more national powers were secretly in... [Read More]

1963
Lockheed YF-12
With the abandonment of the North American XF-108 "Rapier" high-speed interceptor program for the Un... [Read More]

1963
Dassault Mirage IV
The Dassault Mirage IV series was designed to a French requirement for a supersonic aircraft platfor... [Read More]

1963
Grumman A-6 Intruder
The Grumman A-6 "Intruder" was a dedicated strike platform designed to a United States Navy (USN) re... [Read More]

1963
Grumman EA-6 Prowler
For a time in American naval history, the Grumman EA-6 "Prowler" served as the United States Navy's ... [Read More]

1963
Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya
The Czech designed and produced Aero L-29 Delfin (translating to "Dolphin"; NATO designation of "May... [Read More]

1964
Aerospatiale Super Frelon (Super Hornet)
The SA 321 Super Frelon is a French-produced multirole helicopter falling under the Aerospatiale bra... [Read More]

1964
Tupolev Tu-28 / Tu-128 (Fiddler)
With the vast territory encompassing the Soviet Union at its peak during the Cold War, its military ... [Read More]

1964
Lockheed HC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules
The Lockheed HC-130 is based on the standard C-130H model which introduced updated Allison T56-A-15 ... [Read More]

1964
Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
The E-2 Hawkeye series serves carrier battle groups (principally in the United States Navy) and is c... [Read More]

1964
North American XB-70 Valkyrie
In the decades following World War 2 (1939-1945) there stood a period of immense achievements relate... [Read More]

1964
Boeing 727
After World War 2 (1939-1945) introduced the turbojet engine as a viable aviation propulsion system,... [Read More]

1964
Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight
The CH-46 Sea Knight is similar in design and role to the CH-47 Chinook series of transport helicopt... [Read More]

1964
Cessna T-41 Mescalero
Because of the intricacies involved in training on jet aircraft, the United States Air Force adopted... [Read More]

1964
Vickers VC10
The VC10 was born under the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) brand label founded in 1960. The comp... [Read More]

1964
Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C)
The Su-11, by any regard, is considered a potent fighter. Based on a further development of the infe... [Read More]

1964
Beechcraft King Air
... [Read More]

1964
EGAO Helwan HA-300
Germany's defeat in World War 2 (1939-1945) meant that its military-industrial capability was heavil... [Read More]

1965
Mil Mi-2 (Hoplite)
... [Read More]

1965
Douglas AC-47 Spooky
Despite its service entry in 1941 and an American military career spanning across both World War 2 (... [Read More]

1965
Tupolev Tu-126 (Moss)
Design of the Tupolev Tu-126 (NATO codename of "Moss") was conventional and followed much of what ma... [Read More]

1965
Dassault Falcon 20
In 1965, the French concern of Dassault introduced its line of business jets with the Dassault "Falc... [Read More]

1965
de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo
... [Read More]

1965
Lockheed L-100 Hercules
The excellent hauling capabilities and military market success that was the Lockheed C-130 Hercules ... [Read More]

1965
Dassault-Breguet Br.1150 Atlantic / Atlantique 2
The French concern of Breguet Aviation was awarded a 1958 NATO-sponsored contract to design, develop... [Read More]

1965
Sikorsky HH-3 Pelican
... [Read More]

1965
Dassault HU-25 Guardian
... [Read More]

1965
Mitsubishi MU-2
... [Read More]

1965
Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
The Lockheed C-141 "Starlifter" became the United States military's first jet-powered, strategic tra... [Read More]

1965
Harbin Z-5
One-time close political ties between the Soviet Union and China allowed for the passing of military... [Read More]

1965
Dassault Mirage IIIV
The Mirage IIIV was designed to a NATO requirement for a supersonic VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Land... [Read More]

1966
Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talon (I / II)
The MC-130 series is represented by the MC-130E Combat Talon I and the MC-130H Combat Talon II syste... [Read More]

1966
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
The sleek SR-71 Blackbird spyplane reached an all new plateau in supersonic high-level flight for th... [Read More]

1966
North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
The North American/Rockwell OV-10 Bronco was developed through the United States Marine Corps Light ... [Read More]

1966
Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion
The Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion is a heavy-lift helicopter system developed for the United States Ma... [Read More]

1966
Kamov Ka-25 (Hormone)
The Kamov Ka-25 (NATO codename of "Hormone") was developed from the Ka-20, which itself was a respon... [Read More]

1966
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (Loach)
The Hughes OH-6 "Cayuse" (popularly recognized as the "Loach") was a revolutionary light helicopter ... [Read More]

1967
BAC Strikemaster
At its core, the Strikemaster was a jet-powered training platform with inherent light ground attack ... [Read More]

1967
Cessna O-2 Skymaster
... [Read More]

1967
Tupolev Tu-134
... [Read More]

1967
Sukhoi Su-15 (Flagon)
The Su-15 (NATO codename of "Flagon") series of aircraft was designed by the Sukhoi firm as a true i... [Read More]

1967
Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne
The AH-56 Cheyenne was Lockheed's first and only foray into development of a production helicopter. ... [Read More]

1967
Transall C-160
The Transall C-160 tactical transport aircraft was born out of a joint French-West German consortium... [Read More]

1967
Cessna A-37 Dragonfly (Super Tweet)
The United States Air Force (USAF) was already using the straight-wing, jet-powered Cessna T-37 "Twe... [Read More]

1967
Grumman C-2 Greyhound
The Grumman C-2 Greyhound was developed from the successful Grumman E-2 Hawkeye. Whereas the latter ... [Read More]

1967
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Numbering well over 12,000 production examples, the Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name of "Hip") can be v... [Read More]

1967
Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant
The HH-3E "Jolly Green Giant" was a specialized development of the original Sikorsky CH-3 transport ... [Read More]

1967
Vought / LTV A-7 Corsair II
Developed as a successor to the Douglas A-4 "Skyhawk" series of carrier-based strike fighter, the LT... [Read More]

1967
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
The General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark" was purposely-designed as a variable geometry "swing wing" pla... [Read More]

1967
Bell AH-1 HueyCobra / Cobra
While the helicopter was already being developed into a viable battlefield contributor during the da... [Read More]

1967
Bell Model 206 JetRanger
The Bell 206 was derived from the unsuccessful OH-4 bid by the Bell company to fulfill a US Army nee... [Read More]

1967
HAL HF-24 Marut (Spirit of the Tempest)
The modern Indian Air Force (IAF) has a relatively young history when compared to world heavyweights... [Read More]

1967
Antonov An-22 Antei
With one of the largest ground armies in the world during the Cold War, the Soviet military required... [Read More]

1967
Dassault Mirage G
The idea of variable sweep wing mainplanes was in play as early as the 1920s and 1930s but did not s... [Read More]

1967
Ilyushin IL-62 (Classic)
... [Read More]

1968
Canadair CF-5 Freedom Fighter (CF-116)
When it came time for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) to upgrade it aged stock of 1950s-era figh... [Read More]

1968
Saab JA37 Viggen (Thunderbolt)
The Swedish Saab JA 37 "Viggen" ("Thunderbolt") was yet another milestone aircraft design for the Sc... [Read More]

1968
McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II)
... [Read More]

1968
Fairchild AC-119 (Shadow / Stinger)
The Fairchild AC-119 series was a modified form of the successful Fairchild C-119 "Flying Boxcar" tr... [Read More]

1968
BAe / Hawker Siddeley Nimrod
The Nimrod aircraft came about as a replacement for the aging and World War Two-era piston-engine Av... [Read More]

1968
Boeing 737
... [Read More]

1968
Ryan AQM-91 Firefly / Compass Arrow
Teledyne Ryan / Ryan Aeronautical produced the AQM-91 "Firefly" as a stealth-minded, high-altitude, ... [Read More]

1968
Mil V-12 (Homer)
The Mil V-12 was a massive heavy-lift helicopter project taken on by the Soviet Union during the Col... [Read More]

1968
Ilyushin IL-38 (May)
The Ilyushin IL-38 (NATO codename of "May") is a maritime patrol and anti-submarine platform utilize... [Read More]

1968
HAL HJT-16 Kiran (Ray of Light)
Not content with relying on purchase of foreign military goods, the nation of India has long been nu... [Read More]

1969
Martin X-24A
... [Read More]

1969
Lockheed D-21
The Gary Powers incident of 1960 changed the way the United States spied on the Soviet Union. The su... [Read More]

1969
Antonov An-26 (Curl)
The Antonov An-26 was developed from the An-24 of 1962 for the airliner passenger / general transpor... [Read More]

1969
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Wild Weasel
"Wild Weasel" was a concept tied to various aircraft serving the United States military in the Elect... [Read More]

1969
Aerospatiale / BAC Concorde
One of the great aviation stories to come out of a post-Cold War world, the British and French-made ... [Read More]

1969
Dassault Mirage 5
The Dassault Mirage 5 was the continuing evolution of the famous - and successful - Mirage III delta... [Read More]

1969
Bell OH-58 Kiowa
The Bell OH-58 Kiowa has seen a long, successful and extended service life with the US Army (and oth... [Read More]

1969
Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma
The Puma began life as a product of Sud Aviation designed to meet an French Army requirement for an ... [Read More]

1969
Hawker Siddeley Harrier / AV-8A
The subsonic British Harrier "jump jet" became the world's first practical VTOL (Vertical Take-Off a... [Read More]

1969
Kawasaki P-2J Neptune
In 1961, work began on a new maritime patrol platform for the nation of Japan. Instead of heavily in... [Read More]

1970
Bell AH-1J SeaCobra
In the latter part of the 1960s, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) had enough interest in the ne... [Read More]

1970
MBB Bo 105
The Bo 105 is a light utility helicopter system recognized around the globe for its versatility, per... [Read More]

1970
Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)
As a long time Soviet equipment user, the Chinese were already building the twin-engine Mikoyan-Gure... [Read More]

1970
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
At one time the Lockheed-built C-5 Galaxy was the largest aircraft ever produced, being able to fiel... [Read More]

1970
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
The Mach 2-capable MiG-23 "Flogger" became the first true "swing-wing" fighter to enter service with... [Read More]

1970
Sukhoi Su-17 / Su-20 / Su-22 (Fitter)
The Mach 2-capable Sukhoi Su-17 "Fitter" was a further development of the successful Su-7 "Fitter-A"... [Read More]

1970
Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet)
Thanks to advances in jet engine technology during the 1950s and 1960s, passenger air travel blossom... [Read More]

1970
Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk
Before the US Army's ubiquitous workhorse transport/utility helicopter - the Sikorsky UH-60 "Black H... [Read More]

1971
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was one of several "tri-engine" jet-powered airliners developed into the... [Read More]

1971
IAR 316
... [Read More]

1971
Bell AH-1 SuperCobra
The AH-1 "SuperCobra" is a further evolution of the original Vietnam War-era AH-1 "Cobra" born in th... [Read More]

1971
Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1
... [Read More]

1972
Northrop YA-9
World War 2 (1939-1945) thrust the idea of dedicated strike aircraft for the Close Air Support (CAS)... [Read More]

1972
IAI Nesher (Vulture)
The nation of Israel, in its modern incarnation, was born into war and this meant that a ready and w... [Read More]

1972
Beriev-Bartini VVA-14 (Vertikal no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia)
The "Polaris" submarine-launched missiles debuted by the West during the Cold War (1947-1991) caused... [Read More]

1972
Sukhoi T-4 (Sotka)
When it was learned that the Americans were delving into a high-speed, high-altitude Mach 3-capable ... [Read More]

1972
Lockheed AC-130H Spectre / AC-130U Spooky
Since the advent of the airplane as an instrument of war, warplanners have relied on the power of mo... [Read More]

1972
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Foxbat)
Like the Tupolev Tu-95 "Bear" and the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 "Fishbed", the MiG-25 (NATO reporting ... [Read More]

1972
Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear)
As the Tupolev Tu-95 "Bear" proved a successful strategic bomber across several roles for the Soviet... [Read More]

1972
Northrop YF-17 (Cobra)
The YF-17 Cobra was a Northrop Aviation creation through NASA to support further testing and researc... [Read More]

1972
Aero L-39 Albatros
The Aero L-39 series of advanced jet trainer and light strike aircraft followed along the same lines... [Read More]

1972
Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
The Tupolev concern of Russia holds an aviation history dating as far back as 1926, having since est... [Read More]

1972
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
... [Read More]

1972
Tupolev Tu-22M (Backfire)
The Tupolev Tu22M "Backfire" was/is a dedicated strategic bombing and maritime strike platform prima... [Read More]

1973
IAI Arava (Willow)
... [Read More]

1973
Martin X-24B
... [Read More]

1973
Dassault Mirage F1
The Dassault Mirage F1 was designed to replace the successful Dassault Mirage III series. With a hos... [Read More]

1973
Sukhoi Su-20 (Fitter-C)
With the success that was the Sukhoi Su-17 "Fitter" swing-wing product, it was only natural for Sovi... [Read More]

1973
Boeing T-43 (Gator)
In the early 1970s, the United States Air Force commissioned the Boeing concern to develop and deliv... [Read More]

1973
Mil Mi-24 (Hind)
The famous Mil Mi-24 "Hind" helicopter stemmed from a Soviet Cold-War requirement for a heavily arme... [Read More]

1973
SEPECAT Jaguar
The SEPECAT Jaguar was a joint aircraft venture between Britain and France to produce a supersonic, ... [Read More]

1973
Aerospatiale Gazelle
A popular light reconnaissance and attack helicopter for export order, the Aerospatiale Gazelle syst... [Read More]

1974
Lockheed / Vought S-3 Viking
The S-3 Viking series of carrier-borne aircraft was a joint production effort from the Lockheed and ... [Read More]

1974
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
The Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" was the quintessential United States Navy (USN) fleet defense interceptor ... [Read More]

1974
Sukhoi Su-24 (Fencer)
The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" was the Soviet answer to the American General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The... [Read More]

1974
Airbus A300
The Airbus A300 series of passenger jet airliner was developed by the French concern as a wide-body ... [Read More]

1974
Kawasaki C-1
With restrictions as to what type of weapons development and exportation could occur in Japan during... [Read More]

1974
AIDC T-CH-1 (Chung-Tsing)
At one point, the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force managed a stock of North American T-28 "Troja... [Read More]

1975
ENAER Mirage 50CN Pantera
The French aviation concern of Dassault found success with its Mirage 3 jet-powered interceptor plat... [Read More]

1975
Yakovlev Yak-50 (1975)
... [Read More]

1975
Mitsubishi T-2
Like Germany in the post-World War 2 years, Japan's military capacity was stripped. The United State... [Read More]

1975
Tupolev Tu-144 (Charger)
... [Read More]

1975
FMA IA-58 Pucara (Fortress)
The impressive-looking, two-seat IA-58 Pucara (meaning "Fortress") was produced by the Fabrica Milit... [Read More]

1975
Mikoyan MiG-27 (Flogger)
The Mikoyan MiG-27 "Flogger" was derived from the successful MiG-23 "Flogger" interceptor and made i... [Read More]

1975
Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post
... [Read More]

1975
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
The Ilyushin IL-76 heavy transport was debuted in the early 1970s, entered service in the mid-1970s ... [Read More]

1975
Mil Mi-14 (Haze)
The Mil Mi-14 (NATO codename "Haze") was a dedicated naval anti-submarine helicopter appearing in li... [Read More]

1975
IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
The Kfir (translated to "Lion Cub") was a semi-indigenous Israeli fighter development designed to fu... [Read More]

1975
Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil / Astar
The AS350 was originally designed to replace the aging Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale Alouette II light... [Read More]

1976
Antonov An-32 (Cline)
The Antonov An-32 (NATO reporting name of "Cline") was developed as an improved version of the An-26... [Read More]

1976
AgustaWestland AW109
The British-Italian helicopter concern of AgustaWestland developed their AW109 model of 1971 as a co... [Read More]

1976
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)
The A-10 Thunderbolt II was designed exclusively to fulfill the Close-Air Support (CAS) role from th... [Read More]

1976
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
For a time, the McDonnell Douglas (now under Boeing) F-15 Eagle series was the pinnacle of American ... [Read More]

1976
Yakovlev Yak-38 (Forger)
The Yakovlev Yak-38 Forger became the first (and last) VTOL service aircraft for the Soviet Union / ... [Read More]

1976
BAe Hawk
The BAe Hawk has maintained one of the most successful aerial tenures of any lightweight jet trainer... [Read More]

1977
Boeing E-3 Sentry (AWACS)
From 1954 into 1982, the United States military relied on the EC-121 "Warning Star" platform as its ... [Read More]

1977
Rockwell XFV-12
The Rockwell XFV-12 aircraft was a proposed design attempting to fulfill a United States Navy (USN) ... [Read More]

1977
HAL Ajeet (Invincible)
The Indian Air Force was a primary operator of the classic British Folland "Gnat", a swept-wing, sub... [Read More]

1978
Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet
The Alpha Jet series of aircraft was a joint Franco-German initiative to produce a highly-advanced t... [Read More]

1978
Aermacchi MB.339
The Aermacchi MB.339 was the successor to the Aermacchi MB.326 in the advanced trainer and light str... [Read More]

1978
Alenia-Aeritalia G.222
The Italian Alenia G.222 medium-lift tactical transport was born from a 1962 NATO requirement for a ... [Read More]

1978
BAe Sea Harrier
The arrival of the land-based Hawker Siddeley Harrier revolutionized the British military approach u... [Read More]

1978
Lockheed Martin / General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 "Fighting Falcon" was a product of Cold War-developm... [Read More]

1978
Dassault Super Etendard
The Dassault "Super Etendard" was a further development of the original French Dassault Etendard IV ... [Read More]

1978
Westland / AgustaWestland Lynx
The Westland Lynx (AgustaWestland since 2000) was designed to a British Army requirement and initial... [Read More]

1978
Mitsubishi F-1 (Supersonic Rei-Sen)
In the decades following World War 2 (1939-1945), the Japanese defense industry was rebuilt. After t... [Read More]

1978
SOKO J-22 Orao (Eagle)
In 1971, the nations of Romania and Yugoslavia joined together to develop a light strike, low-level ... [Read More]

1978
Myasishchev M-55 (Mystic)
... [Read More]

1979
Avioane IAR 93 Vultur (Vulture)
Romania and Yugoslavia managed autonomy in the Soviet-dominated socialist period following World War... [Read More]

1979
Panavia Tornado IDS (InterDictor / Strike)
The Panavia Tornado emerged as the product of a consortium of European companies from the United Kin... [Read More]

1979
Dassault Mirage 2000
The Dassault Mirage 2000 formed a potent interceptor and strike component of the French Air Force fo... [Read More]

1979
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk has become a workhorse for the United States and other military forces... [Read More]

1979
Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
The MiG-31 "Foxhound" was developed as an off-shoot of the record-setting MiG-25 "Foxbat". The Foxba... [Read More]

1979
Dassault Falcon 50
... [Read More]

1979
Yakovlev Yak-52
... [Read More]

1979
CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
The Soviet Navy made use of several "ekranoplan" design forms during the Cold War decades, these pse... [Read More]

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]

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]

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]

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

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

1981
IAI Scout
... [Read More]

1981
Shaanxi Y-8 (Yunshuji-8)
... [Read More]

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]

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]

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

1981
Boeing 767
... [Read More]

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]

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]

1981
Ghods Mohajer / Mersad (Migrant)
... [Read More]

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]

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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

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

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]

1983
Gulfstream II / III / C-20 / SRA-1
... [Read More]

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]

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

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

1984
Beechcraft C-12 Huron
... [Read More]

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]

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]

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

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

1984
Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103)
... [Read More]

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

1985
PZL W-3A Sokol
... [Read More]

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

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

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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]

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

1986
Denel (Atlas) Cheetah
The Denel (formally Atlas) Cheetah came about from a South African Air Force requirement to update o... [Read More]

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]

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

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

1987
Denel (Atlas) Oryx
The Denel (formally Atlas) Oryx is a medium-class transport helicopter serving the South African Air... [Read More]

1988
Kawasaki T-4
... [Read More]

1988
Airbus A320
... [Read More]

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

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]

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]

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]

1989
ATR 72 (Avions de Transport Regional Model 72)
... [Read More]

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

1990
AgustaWestland A129 Mangusta (Mongoose)
The Agusta A129 "Mangusta" ("Mongoose") is a modern Italian-designed and developed, two-seat, twin-e... [Read More]

1990
Panavia Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat / Reconnaissance)
The Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat / Reconnaissance) is a specialized "Suppression of Enemy Air Defe... [Read More]

1990
Sikorsky HH-60 / MH-60T Jayhawk
The US Coast Guard's HH-60 "Jayhawk" is based on the hugely successful Sikorsky Aircraft "S-70" rota... [Read More]

1990
McDonnell Douglas / Boeing MD-11
... [Read More]

1990
Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II
The YF-23 Black Widow II was Northrop Grumman's (along with McDonnell Douglas Corporation) answer to... [Read More]

1990
Boeing VC-25 (Air Force One)
The VC-25 is used to usher the President of the United States and his staff on various journeys arou... [Read More]

1990
Piaggio P.180 Avanti
... [Read More]

1991
IAI Nammer (Leopard)
The prior success of the potent and effective IAI "Kfir" fighter-bomber platform for the Israeli Air... [Read More]

1991
Sikorsky HH-60 (Pave Hawk)
The HH-60 Pave Hawk series of all-weather day/night transport helicopters is an Air Force version of... [Read More]

1991
McDonnell Douglas / Boeing T-45 Goshawk
The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing T-45 Goshawk is a navalized version of the land-based British Aerospace... [Read More]

1991
Yakovlev Yak-44
During the latter half of the Cold War (1947 - 1991) years, the Soviet Union's naval branch position... [Read More]

1991
KAI KF-16 Fighting Falcon
South Korea's close political ties with the United States allows for access to American military pro... [Read More]

1992
IAI Searcher
The Israelis realized the value of drones in warfare before most and developed a very mature industr... [Read More]

1992
Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
To help strengthen its strike wing, the Chinese defense ministry enacted a new program to produce an... [Read More]

1992
Novi Avion
The Novi Avion ("New Aircraft") was a Yugoslavian effort to produce a home-grown supersonic multi-ro... [Read More]

1993
Airbus A340
The Airbus A340 series was already in design and development alongside the similar A330 series. In t... [Read More]

1993
Dornier 328
... [Read More]

1994
Sukhoi Su-33 (Flanker-D)
The Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO: "Flanker-D") represents the navalized equivalent of the land-based Russian-p... [Read More]

1994
Kaman K-MAX (K-1200)
The Kaman K-MAX is a general purpose, multi-role, all-weather platform certified for long endurance,... [Read More]

1994
AIDC F-CK-1 (Ching-Kuo) / (Indigenous Defence Fighter)
The AIDC F-CK-1 ("Fighter, Ching-Kuo 1") is a modern lightweight fighter developed by Taiwanese aero... [Read More]

1994
Hongdu JL-8 / K-8 Karakorum
The Hongdu JL-8 / K-8 is a series of indigenous Chinese lightweight jet-powered aircraft. The JL-8 i... [Read More]

1994
ORBIS International DC-10 (Flying Eye Hospital)
ORBIS International is a non-profit organization developed to combat blindness in Third World countr... [Read More]

1994
Airbus A330
The passenger airliner market is lucrative business and typically involves two industry heavyweights... [Read More]

1994
Harbin Z-9 (Haitun)
Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation of China began local-license production of the French Aero... [Read More]

1995
Kamov Ka-31 (Helix)
The Kamov Ka-31 "Helix" series of medium-lift navalized helicopters was born out of a Soviet Navy ne... [Read More]

1995
Boeing 777 (Triple Seven)
Throughout the 1970s, the Boeing Company operated the mammoth 747 four-engined, "wide-body" long-ran... [Read More]

1995
Ghods Ababil (Swallow)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) were once considered primarily the domains of Israel and the United ... [Read More]

1995
Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark (Hokum)
The Kamov Ka-50 Chernaya Akula (or "Black Shark" and Codenamed "Hokum" by NATO) series of attack hel... [Read More]

1995
Airbus A300-600ST (Beluga)
Several leading large-aircraft manufacturers eventually develop a "super-heavy hauler" for transport... [Read More]

1995
General Atomics MQ-1 Predator (Predator A)
At a cost of about $40 million dollars per system, the RQ-1/MQ-1 Predator is a pricey yet integral p... [Read More]

1995
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The C-17 Globemaster III is the primary long-haul transport for the United States and has been adopt... [Read More]

1995
Bell CH-146 Griffon
When Canadian Armed Forces adopted a new "do-everything" utility-minded helicopter platform in 1995,... [Read More]

1996
Boeing Bird of Prey
The realm of stealth aircraft ultimately required dedicated technology demonstrators to prove variou... [Read More]

1996
Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint STARS (JSTARS)
A product of the Northrop Grumman Corporation, the E-8 "Joint Stars" series of aircraft provides the... [Read More]

1996
IAI / TRW RQ-5 Hunter
The Hunter is a large Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and was first introduced in 1996 in limited numb... [Read More]

1996
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
The Sukhoi Su-30 (NATO codename of "Flanker-C") is an air superiority and strike fighter version of ... [Read More]

1996
Lockheed / Boeing RQ-3 DarkStar
DarkStar origins were found in a 1983 initiative that saw the United States Air Force (USAF), the Ce... [Read More]

1997
Alenia C-27 Spartan
The Alenia C-27 "Spartan" is a medium-lift transport and joint development effort founded by Italy's... [Read More]

1997
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas X-36
The Boeing X-36 (formerly McDonnell Douglas) was a unmanned technology demonstrator and served NASA ... [Read More]

1997
BAe QF-4 (McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II)
The QF-4 represents a full-size unmanned target drone version of the successful Cold War-era F-4 Pha... [Read More]

1997
Sukhoi Su-32/37/47 Berkut (Golden Eagle)
While the collapse of the Soviet Empire in 1991 stymied many-a-program in Russia, the Sukhoi concern... [Read More]

1997
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
The Northrop Grumman B-2 "Spirit" (generically referred to as the "Stealth Bomber") became the pinna... [Read More]

1997
Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
The Saab JAS 39 "Gripen" ("Griffin") forms the primary fighter wing of the Swedish Air Force (among ... [Read More]

1997
HESA Azarakhsh (Lightning)
Iran received the first of its Northrop F-5 "Freedom Fighter" aircraft from the United States beginn... [Read More]

1998
Airbus Helicopters EC120 Colibri (Hummingbird)
Introduced in 1998, the EC120 "Colibri" ("Hummingbird") Light Utility Helicopter has seen over 550 e... [Read More]

1998
Bell Eagle Eye (Model 918)
The Bell Eagle Eye (company Model 918) is/was an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) developed to compete i... [Read More]

1998
Shenyang J-11 (Flanker B+)
The Shenyang J-11 is based on the Soviet-Russian Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" air-superiority fighter seri... [Read More]

1998
PANHA 2091 (Toufan)
The Islamic Republic of Iran received much of its pre-1979 revolution military support from the Unit... [Read More]

1999
Mikoyan MiG 1.42 / 1.44 / MFI
Mikoyan designed the MiG 1.42 in response to a Soviet requirement for a multi-role frontline fighter... [Read More]

1999
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 "Hornet" carrier-borne fighter line of the United States Navy (USN) pro... [Read More]

1999
Denel AH-2 Rooivalk (Kestrel)
The Denel (then Atlas) AH-2 Rooivalk (translating to "Kestrel") was an ambitious and indigenous unde... [Read More]

1999
Airbus Helicopters H155 (EC155)
... [Read More]

2000
Boeing X-32 JSF (Joint Stike Fighter)
The Boeing X-32 was a prototype aircraft developed for the US military's Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) ... [Read More]

2000
Mitsubishi F-2
The Mitsubishi F-2 fighter was initially intended as a wholly indigenous Japanese multirole fighter ... [Read More]

2000
Beechcraft / Raytheon T-6 Texan II
The Beechcraft/Raytheon T-6 "Texan II" is a lightweight, high performance, turboprop-powered basic/a... [Read More]

2000
AgustaWestland AW101/ EH Industries EH101 Merlin
The AgustaWestland AW101 "Merlin" (formerly the EH Industries EH101 Merlin) is a medium-lift, multi-... [Read More]

2000
EMT Luna X-2000
The EMT Luna series of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Luna X-2000) is billed as a short-range, all-weathe... [Read More]

2000
Kawasaki OH-1 Ninja
For decades the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has made use of the American Hughes OH-6 ... [Read More]

2000
Aero L-159 ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft)
The Aero L-29 Delfin (NATO: "Maya") began the long-running line of indigenously-designed light strik... [Read More]

2001
Airbus Military / EADS CASA C-295
In 1988, a joint Spanish-Indonesian endeavor introduced the high-winged CN-235, propeller-driven tac... [Read More]

2001
AAI MQ-19 Aerosonde
The AAI Aerosonde is described as a modular, long endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS) which inten... [Read More]

2001
SAGEM Sperwer (Sparrowhawk)
The modern wars of Afghanistan and Iraq pushed the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to the forefront of... [Read More]

2001
Dassault Rafale
The Dassault Rafale is the primary French multirole 4th Generation Fighter aircraft. During the 1970... [Read More]

2001
Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk
The Northrop Grumman "Global Hawk" is a large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) utilized by the Un... [Read More]

2001
AAI RQ-7 Shadow 200 Tactical
The AAI Corporation RQ-7 Shadow is an unarmed tactical reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle curren... [Read More]

2002
Airbus Helicopters HH-65 Dolphin
The HH-65 Dolphin replaced the Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guards then in service with the United States Coa... [Read More]

2002
Sikorsky MH-60 (Knighthawk)
The MH-60S Knighthawk is the United States Navy's newest multi-mission helicopter. Originally design... [Read More]

2002
AeroVironment RQ-14 Dragon Eye
The American military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq during the first decade of the present cen... [Read More]

2002
HAL Dhruv (Polaris)
While still largely reliant on foreign suppliers, the Indian military industry has made strides in d... [Read More]

2002
Boeing X-45
The Boeing X-45 served as a proof-of-concept technology demonstrator - developed in conjunction with... [Read More]

2002
Airbus Helicopters EC145
The Eurocopter EC145 is a light-to-medium-lift transport helicopter produced under the Airbus Helico... [Read More]

2002
Kamov Ka-226 Sergei
... [Read More]

2003
AgustaWestland AW139
The AgustaWestland model AW139 is a modern medium-lift, multi-purpose/multi-role rotary-wing product... [Read More]

2003
Beriev Be-200 Altair
The Beriev Be-200 "Altair" is based on the Cold War-era Beriev A-40 "Albatros", a twin-engined amphi... [Read More]

2003
Airbus A318
The French concern of Airbus unveiled their new A320 commercial aircraft family line in March of 198... [Read More]

2003
Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
The X-47A "Pegasus" stealthy technology demonstrator Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) began as ... [Read More]

2003
Elbit Hermes 450
The Hermes 450 is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of Israeli origination, part of the growing famil... [Read More]

2003
AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven
The AeroVinronment RQ-11 "Raven" is classified as a "Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" (SUAV), this at... [Read More]

2003
Airbus Helicopters Tiger (EC665)
The Eurocopter Tiger (EC 665) is a relatively new attack helicopter initially designed and developed... [Read More]

2003
Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano (A-29)
The EMB 314 "Super Tucano" (also "A-29") represents a locally-produced Brazilian aircraft product fa... [Read More]

2003
Eurofighter Typhoon
The Eurofighter Typhoon represents much of what is both good and bad in multi-national joint venture... [Read More]

2004
Boeing / Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche
At one point, the Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche was set to become the future of U.S. Army rotary-wing avi... [Read More]

2004
General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B)
The MQ-9 "Reaper" ("M" = multirole; "Q" = Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; "9" = series designation) offers ... [Read More]

2004
Kamov Ka-60 (Orca) / (Killer Whale)
The Kamov Ka-60 series of medium transport multi-role helicopters is intended to replace the aged Mi... [Read More]

2004
Eurocopter EC225 (Super Puma)
Eurocopter - now Airbus Helicopters (France) - developed its EC225 "Super Puma" for the passenger tr... [Read More]

2004
Griffon Aerospace MQM-170 Outlaw
Developed as a low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for military applications, the Griffon Aerospa... [Read More]

2004
Gulfstream G500
... [Read More]

2005
EMT Aladin (Abbildende Luftgestutzte AufklarungsDrohne Im Nachstbereich)
... [Read More]

2005
SATUMA Jasoos (Spy)
Jasoos is a tactical reconnaissance-minded Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in service with the Pakista... [Read More]

2005
IAI Harop (Harpy)
Very few military-related fields are advancing as quickly as unmanned systems - Unmanned Aerial Vehi... [Read More]

2005
Mil Mi-35 (Hind)
The Mil Mi-35 "Hind" became a major upgrade to the classic Soviet-era Mi-24 "Hind" assault gunships ... [Read More]

2005
Dassault Falcon 7X
... [Read More]

2005
Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175)
The Lockheed Martin "Polecat" was a private venture high-altitude, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flyi... [Read More]

2005
Eurocopter EC725 Caracal (Super Cougar)
The Eurocopter EC725 helicopter series was designed to a French Air Force requirement for a military... [Read More]

2005
IAI Heron / Machatz-1
The IAI Heron (also known as the "Machatz-1") is a modern Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) currently in... [Read More]

2005
Boeing Insitu ScanEagle
The ScanEagle is a joint production UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) by The Boeing Company and The Insi... [Read More]

2005
KAI / Lockheed Martin T-50 Golden Eagle
The T-50 / A-50 "Golden Eagle" is an advanced supersonic trainer and light strike-capable aircraft p... [Read More]

2005
Chengdu J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) / F-10 Vanguard
The Chengdu Jian-J10 (also "J-10" and "Annihilator" but known to the West as "Vigorous Dragon") was ... [Read More]

2005
Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor
The Lockheed F-22 "Raptor" represents a culmination of decades-worth of data collection, testing and... [Read More]

2006
Bell ARH-70 (Arapaho)
The Bell ARH-70 helicopter was developed for the US Army as a possible direct replacement to the suc... [Read More]

2006
Schiebel Camcopter S-100
The Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) is a relatively new addition to the world of ... [Read More]

2006
SKNL PRz PR-5 Wiewior Plus
Polish students at the Rzeszow University of Technology are working on the PRz PR-5 Unmanned Aerial ... [Read More]

2006
HESA Dorna (Lark)
... [Read More]

2006
Elbit Skylark
Elbit Systems of Israel produces their Skylark series of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) as a portable... [Read More]

2006
General Atomics Guardian
The General Atomics "Guardian" is a modified maritime patrol variant of the successful line of Gener... [Read More]

2006
Black Hornet Nano
The future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles goes beyond the large, missile-carrying platforms commonly sh... [Read More]

2006
Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk III
Developed by Skunkworks of Lockheed Martin, the Desert Hawk III was first flown in 2006 and designed... [Read More]

2007
Piasecki X-49 Speedhawk
The compound helicopter has been a concept in play for decades since conceived of in the mid-1930s. ... [Read More]

2007
Boeing X-48
The Blended Wing Body (BWB) concept in aircraft involves just that - fixed wing elements contoured f... [Read More]

2007
Airbus Helicopters (NHIndustries) NH90
The NH90, developed by Eurocopter's helicopter arm NHIndustries (now under the Airbus Helicopters br... [Read More]

2007
ShinMaywa US-2
While no longer as heavily relied upon as in previous decades of military aviation, the flying boat ... [Read More]

2007
Boeing 747 Dreamlifter
... [Read More]

2007
Airbus A380
Developed as a direct competitor to the hugely successful Boeing 747 line, Airbus introduced their w... [Read More]

2007
Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F)
The Mikoyan MiG-35 is the latest incarnation of the successful light-weight MiG-29 Fulcrum series. W... [Read More]

2007
Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel
The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 "Sentinel" is a relatively new stealth Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and ... [Read More]

2007
Airbus Helicopters / Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota
The Airbus Helicopters UH-72 "Lakota" Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) was introduced with U.S. milita... [Read More]

2007
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey
In 1981, the United States Department of Defense enacted the "Joint-Service Vertical Take-Off/Landin... [Read More]

2008
Utva Vrabac
With drones becoming the military operational norm across all major powers of the world, Serbia has ... [Read More]

2008
EADS Harfang
As with many other European powers, the French have fielded only a limited fleet of UAV (Unmanned Ae... [Read More]

2008
Bombardier Raytheon Sentinel
The Bombardier Raytheon Sentinel currently (2013) serves the Royal Air Force (RAF) as its primary A... [Read More]

2008
Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk (Tarantula Hawk)
The Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) current... [Read More]

2008
Guizhou WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9)
It is only natural that the unarmed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of today become the armed Unmann... [Read More]

2008
AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma
The AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma is one of the many intelligence-gathering unmanned aircraft system (UAS... [Read More]

2008
Piper PA-47 PiperJet
... [Read More]

2009
Mikoyan MiG-29K (Fulcrum-D)
The Mikoyan MiG-29K (NATO = "Fulcrum-D") is a navalized variant of the successful Mikoyan MiG-29 Ful... [Read More]

2009
EADS CASA HC-144 Ocean Sentry
... [Read More]

2009
BAe Systems Mantis
European reliance on UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) systems has grown considerably with each passing ... [Read More]

2009
Shaanxi KJ-200
In attempting to broaden its Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) capabilities, the Chinese Ai... [Read More]

2009
Shaanxi KJ-2000 (Mainring)
China was one of the many Soviet-aligned national powers to take on stocks of the famous Ilyushin IL... [Read More]

2009
Antonov An-148
The Antonov concern of Ukraine holds a long-running, storied existence, particularly in the large ai... [Read More]

2009
Hongdu JL-10 / L-15 Falcon
Supersonic trainers are an integral part of the military aviation regime for any world power. Supers... [Read More]

2009
Arcturus T-20
The Arcturus T-20 was initially developed as a private venture by the Arcturus-UAV LLC concern of Ca... [Read More]

2009
SELEX Galileo Falco
The SELEX Galileo Falco (meaning "Falcon") is another addition to the ever-growing list of modern Un... [Read More]

2009
Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout
The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 is classified as a "Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" and - unlike other U... [Read More]

2009
Boeing F-15SE (Silent Eagle)
The Boeing F-15SE "Silent Eagle" is a "stealthified" version of the successful two-seat F-15E "Strik... [Read More]

2009
General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle (Sky Warrior)
The remotely-piloted General Atomics MQ-1C "Sky Warrior" / "Gray Eagle" is part of the ever-growing... [Read More]

2009
Mil Mi-28 (Havoc)
The Mil Mi-28 (NATO reporting name of "Havoc") was a product of the Cold War designed as an anti-tan... [Read More]

2009
Boeing EA-18G Growler
The Boeing EA-18G "Growler" was designed and developed to overtake the Electronic Warfare Aircraft (... [Read More]

2010
Chengdu JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)
The FC-1/JF-17 lightweight multirole combat fighter platform was developed jointly by the Chengdu Ai... [Read More]

2010
DARPA Falcon HTV-2
Billed as the "World's Fastest Airplane", the Falcon HTV-2 ("Hypersonic Technology Vehicle") is a lo... [Read More]

2010
Airbus Helicopters X3 (X Cubed)
The Eurocopter X3 (or simply as the "X-Cubed") is an developmental rotary-wing platform intended to ... [Read More]

2010
Karrar (Striker)
The Islamic Republic of Iran developed the rudimentary "Karrar" ("Striker") as an Unmanned Combat Ai... [Read More]

2010
Boeing X-51 (Waverider)
The Boeing X-51 "Waverider" is an unmanned technology demonstrator designed to further develop the c... [Read More]

2010
Yakovlev Yak-130 (Mitten)
Advanced jet-powered trainers with secondary strike roles are becoming an ever more growing presence... [Read More]

2010
Bell AH-1Z Viper
The AH-1Z "Viper" is the latest and most potent form of the Vietnam War-era AH-1 Cobra helicopter de... [Read More]

2010
Mil AH-2 Sabre (Mi-35M)
AH-2 "Sabre" is the designation used to represent twelve Russian Mi-35 heavy assault gunship helicop... [Read More]

2010
Kamov Ka-52 Alligator (Hokum-B)
The Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator" (Hokum-B) is an upgraded form of the original Ka-50 "Hokum" attack helic... [Read More]

2010
Northrop Grumman EURO HAWK
EURO HAWK Unmanned Air System (UAS) was under development by the American concern of Northrop Grumma... [Read More]

2011
Lockheed Martin Fury 1500
Lockheed Martin has been making a name in the defense industry since the days World War 2. Today, th... [Read More]

2011
Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100)
While largely recognized for its strong military hardware roots, Sukhoi introduced their "Superjet 1... [Read More]

2011
Northrop Grumman X-47B
Following the proof-of-concept demonstrator X-47A "Pegasus", the X-47B was born as a full-sized tech... [Read More]

2011
Airbus A330 MRTT
The French Airbus A330 MRTT (MultiRole Tanker Transport) is a modern militarized version of the comm... [Read More]

2011
IAI Panther
Israel Aerospace Industries has added its "Panther" to its deep mix of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - be... [Read More]

2011
Lockheed MC-130J Commando II
The Lockheed MC-130J "Commando II" is an in-flight refueling platform of the United States Air Force... [Read More]

2011
MTIS Pegaz 011
Modern Serbia retained an established military industry following the breakup of Yugoslavia. Develop... [Read More]

2011
EADS KC-45 (KC-30)
The KC-45 is/was a joint proposal from primary contractor Northrop Grumman of the United States and ... [Read More]

2011
Boeing 787 (Dreamliner)
The 787 "Dreamliner" represents Boeing's latest foray into the world of commercial passenger air tra... [Read More]

2011
Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
The Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO: "Flanker-E") is the latest (2013) variant of the successful Su-27 "Flanker" ... [Read More]

2012
CAIC Z-10
The CAIC Z-10/WZ-10 (Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation / Wuzhuang Zhisheng) is a modern battle... [Read More]

2012
Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird (A160)
The A160 Hummingbird is a rotary-winged unmanned aerial vehicle that supplies the benefits of conven... [Read More]

2012
Jordan Falcon
The Jordan Falcon in a light-class unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) currently in development and headed... [Read More]

2012
Shaanxi Y-9
The Chinese military is currently endorsing development of a plethora of military systems from Unman... [Read More]

2012
DRDO Nishant
Joining other leading world military powers in increased use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is I... [Read More]

2012
AirTanker Voyager (A330 MRTT)
The Royal Air Force had long since relied on a capable, though aging, fleet of Lockheed L-1011 TriSt... [Read More]

2012
DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk)
KQ-X is a program designation commissioned by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) of t... [Read More]

2012
Northrop Grumman Sandstorm
Northrop Grumman heads the "Sandstorm/Longshot" unmanned aerial system (UAS) program developed by Un... [Read More]

2012
Harbin Z-19
China garnered much experience in the license production of the French-made Eurocopter AS365 "Dauphi... [Read More]

2012
Lockheed Martin Quad Indago
Small profile "quad rotor" remote-controlled air vehicles are the current rage in Unmanned Air Syste... [Read More]

2012
HESA Shahed 129 (Eye-Witness)
Iranian industry has been actively involved in development of drone aircraft for some time now - ree... [Read More]

2012
Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle)
The Chinese military-industrial complex continues to evolve at a quickening pace as its growing coll... [Read More]

2012
Elbit Hermes 900 (Kochav)
The Israeli Elbit Hermes 900 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an evolved, and dimensionally larger, ... [Read More]

2012
CASC CH-3 Rainbow
The CH-3 is armed version of the unarmed CH-1/CH-2 drone series. All of the products come from China... [Read More]

2013
NESCOM Burraq
... [Read More]

2013
Shenyang J-15 (Flying Shark)
The nation of China is utilizing whatever means necessary to become a recognized world power - both ... [Read More]

2013
Lockheed Martin X-56A (MUTT)
Flutter affects the wing assemblies of any aircraft at speed, causing a violent oscillation to take ... [Read More]

2013
Beechcraft AT-6
The light strike aircraft category continues to be a growing market around the globe as more advance... [Read More]

2013
Aurora Flight Sciences Orion
In the world of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) - popularly referred to by their generic collective ... [Read More]

2013
Shenyang J-16 (Red Eagle)
The Chinese have held a long-running and beneficial relationship with the Russians that eventually n... [Read More]

2013
Kawasaki P-1
Maritime patrol remains a hugely important facet of defense, particularly for island nations such as... [Read More]

2013
KAI KUH-1 Surion
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is largely recognized in military markets for its capable KAI/Lockh... [Read More]

2013
Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II
The Lockheed HC-130J "Combat King II" is a long-range Search and Rescue (SAR)/aerial refueling platf... [Read More]

2013
AVICopter AC313
... [Read More]

2013
Saab Skeldar
The Saab Skeldar is an unarmed rotary-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It is a relatively new dev... [Read More]

2013
Airbus Military A400M Atlas
The Airbus A400M "Atlas" (formerly "Grizzly") is billed as long-range military transport and represe... [Read More]

2013
Boeing P-8 Poseidon
The Boeing P-8 "Poseidon" is a militarized form of the Boeing Model 737-800 NG ("Next Generation") a... [Read More]

2014
HESA Saeqeh (Thunderbolt)
The Islamic Republic of Iran has benefited greatly from their associations with both the United Stat... [Read More]

2014
Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback)
The Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name of "Fullback") is a dedicated Fourth Generation two-seat fight... [Read More]

2014
Embraer Legacy 500
The "Legacy 500" is Brazilian-based Embraer's entry into the competitive corporate VIP jet market wi... [Read More]

2014
AgustaWestland HH-101 Caesar
First flying in October of 1987 and officially adopted in 1999, the AgustaWestland AW101/EH101 "Merl... [Read More]

2014
Boeing 737 Peace Eagle
The Boeing 737-700 civilian passenger jet airliner - coupled with a modern radar and airborne contro... [Read More]

2014
IAI Super Heron
At Singapore Air Show 2014, Israel Aerospace Industries revealed an all-new Unmanned Air System (UAS... [Read More]

2014
Thales Watchkeeper WK450
The Thales "Watchkeeper" WK450 is the British Army derivative of the Israeli Elbit "Hermes" 450 Unma... [Read More]

2014
Latitude Engineering Hybrid Quadcopter
Latitude Engineering of Tucson, Arizona USA is developing the Hybrid Quadcopter, a twin-boom unmanne... [Read More]

2014
Chengdu Pterodactyl I (Wing Loong)
The Chengdu Pterodactyl I (also known as the Wing Loong) was unveiled by company representatives dur... [Read More]

2014
CASIC WJ-600
The CASIC WJ-600 is a large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ("UAV", though more commonly referred to a... [Read More]

2014
Airbus A350
The A350 is the latest Airbus contribution to the competitive wide-body, long-range airliner market.... [Read More]

2014
Guizhou JL-9 Shanying (FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle)
Once wholly dependent on Soviet/Russian-inspired jet-powered trainers, China has since developed the... [Read More]

2014
Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack (Integrator)
The Boeing Insitu RQ-21 "Blackjack" (formerly known as the "Integrator") is an in-development Unmann... [Read More]

2014
HESA Shahed 285 / AH-85 (Witness)
The Iranian Shahed 285 light helicopter is a highly modified version of the American Bell 206 Ranger... [Read More]

2014
Guizhou WU-14
... [Read More]

2014
Forpost ISR
Few world military powers hold the experience in deploying drones over active battlefields like Isra... [Read More]

2014
Tekever AR5 Life Ray Evolution
... [Read More]

2014
Boeing Insitu ScanEagle 2
... [Read More]

2014
IAIO Yasir (Yasseer)
... [Read More]

2015
ARCA AirStrato
The AirStrato is a Romanian response to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry need for a low-co... [Read More]

2015
AVICopter AC311
With China's massive industrial growth in recent decades, its defense industry has flourished with a... [Read More]

2015
NORINCO Sharp Eyes III
... [Read More]

2015
Boeing QF-16 (Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon)
QF-16 is the designation assigned to retired Lockheed Martin F-16 "Fighting Falcon" multirole fighte... [Read More]

2015
Northrop Grumman / Bell Fire-X (MQ-8C)
The Fire-X is being jointly developed as a full-size Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by Northrop Grumm... [Read More]

2015
Piaggio P.1HH Hammerhead
In a field primarily dominated by the United States and Israel - though now introducing more concept... [Read More]

2015
TAI T-129 (ATAK)
The TAI T-129 (ATAK) is a Turkish attack helicopter project aimed at supplying the Turkish Army with... [Read More]

2015
Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone
After a review of Canadian military requirements that began in the 1980s, the conservative party wen... [Read More]

2015
TAI Hurkus
Continuing their attempts to become a more self-sufficient world military power through a growing mi... [Read More]

2015
Boeing F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet
Seeking to fill the void now presented by the expected delay of the F-35 Lightning II strike fightin... [Read More]

2015
COMAC ARJ21 (Xiangfeng)
It was announced in January of 2015 that the ARJ21-700 has received its Chapter 25 type certificate ... [Read More]

2015
Northrop Grumman RQ-180
The existence of the Northrop Grumman RQ-180 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was unveiled by the Unite... [Read More]

2015
Airbus Helicopters EC175
Expanding the Airbus Helicopters medium-lift utility helicopter product line is the in-development E... [Read More]

2015
AgustaWestland AW189
Sensing the growing market need for an all-modern, cost-effective medium-lift helicopter to serve in... [Read More]

2015
HAL HJT-36 Sitara (Star)
The Indian military industry has worked towards breaking free of the reliance on foreign suppliers t... [Read More]

2015
AgustaWestland AW149
AgustaWestland has developed its AW149 model as a military-minded, medium-lift helicopter, competing... [Read More]

2015
Kazan Ansat
The medium-lift utility helicopter market is a fierce one and it therefore comes as no surprise that... [Read More]

2015
Airbus DS Tanan 300
Joining the ranks of unmanned Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) air systems of the world is the A... [Read More]

2015
Harbin Z-20
In 1984, the People's Republic of China procured several examples of the civilian-minded Sikorsky S-... [Read More]

2015
Marenco SwissHelicopter SKYe SH09
The SKYe SH09 is an in-development, low-cost, light utility helicopter venture originating out of Sw... [Read More]

2015
Paramount AHRLAC
The AHRLAC (Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft) is a budget-minded, light strik... [Read More]

2015
HESA Shafaq (Before the Dawn)
The Shafaq (formally known as the "Integral" and translating to "Before the Dawn") is a two-seat, li... [Read More]

2015
General Atomics Avenger (Predator C)
The General Atomics Avenger (formerly marked as the "Predator C") is one of the newer UAV systems to... [Read More]

2015
Boeing Phantom Eye
The Boeing Phantom Eye is a next generation UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The most unique facet of ... [Read More]

2015
HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)
The HAL Tejas is India's newest and latest fighter platform and represents an indigenous design effo... [Read More]

2015
Mikoyan Skat
The Mikoyan Skat is an in-development armed Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) with origins in a Rus... [Read More]

2015
Sukhoi Zond (Series)
The Zond family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is being developed by Russian mainstay Sukhoi OKB... [Read More]

2016
Denel Dynamics Bateleur
The Denel Dynamics Bateleur is categorized as a "Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aer... [Read More]

2016
HAL LCH (Light Combat Helicopter)
The HAL LCH ("Light Combat Helicopter") is an indigenous Indian attack helicopter currently in devel... [Read More]

2016
AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat
The AgustaWestland AW159 "Lynx Wildcat" is an relatively new, thoroughly improved and modernized for... [Read More]

2016
Dassault Falcon 8X
Many aviation companies realize profits through both military- and civilian-minded avenues and the F... [Read More]

2016
ADCOM Systems United 40
Entering the field of military-minded drone aircraft is the Persian Gulf nation of the United Arab E... [Read More]

2016
General Atomics Sea Avenger
The United States Navy's "Unmanned, Carrier-Launched, Airborne Surveillance and Strike" (UCLASS) pro... [Read More]

2016
COMAC C919
The government-owned aviation company of COMAC ("COMmercial Aircraft corporation of China") was foun... [Read More]

2016
Antonov An-70
The Antonov An-70 is a Ukrainian transport aircraft - currently in development as of 2012 - intended... [Read More]

2016
Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II
Its design shape no doubt inspired by the successful American General Atomics "Predator" Unmanned Ae... [Read More]

2016
TAI Anka
For growing military powers like India and Turkey, it behooves these nations to begin developing sus... [Read More]

2016
Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master
The advanced jet trainer/light strike market has grown considerably over the last several decades. T... [Read More]

2016
Lockheed F-35 Lightning II
The Lockheed F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter development of the United States that i... [Read More]

2016
Airbus Helicopters MRH90 Taipan
For decades the Australian military relied on the ubiquitous Bell UH-1 "Huey" helicopter line and th... [Read More]

2016
SkyPro UAV
... [Read More]

2016
AVIC TA-600 / AG-600
In 1986, the Chinese Navy began operations of the Harbin SH-5, a large amphibious aircraft utilized ... [Read More]

2016
Kawasaki C-2
With the need to modernize into an independent fighting force (apart from reliance on the United Sta... [Read More]

2016
Kamov Ka-175
Slower to the UAV game that Western world powers, the Russians are steadily gaining ground in an eff... [Read More]

2016
NORINCO Sky Saker
Chinese military industry is developing a producing a myriad of products for its massive land, sea, ... [Read More]

2017
IAIO Fotros (Fallen Angel)
Iran has consistently worked to broaden its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) inventory in the last d... [Read More]

2017
Rostech Chirok (Teal)
The Rostech Chirok ("Teal") Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was unveiled in prototype form during Inno... [Read More]

2017
Pilatus PC-24
... [Read More]

2017
Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ)
It has been some time since the island nation of Japan has introduced a wholly indigenously-designed... [Read More]

2017
Alenia Aermacchi M-345
Currently under development (2015), the Alenia Aermacchi is in contention to become an advanced jet ... [Read More]

2017
SAGEM Patroller
... [Read More]

2017
Mil Mi-38
Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant holds a long-running history of rotary-wing aircraft design and developm... [Read More]

2017
Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton
The MQ-4C "Triton" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) represents a "navalized" form of the original North... [Read More]

2017
Xian Y-20 (Kunpeng)
After decades of relying - and then locally copying - Soviet Russian aircraft types, the Chinese und... [Read More]

2017
Irkut MC-21
... [Read More]

2017
Bell Model 525 Relentless
The Bell 525 "Relentless" is a new Bell Helicopter offering for the medium-lift commercial market. ... [Read More]

2017
AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor
Tiltrotors seemingly combine the best of two worlds in the scope of aviation - the fast, straight-li... [Read More]

2017
Hongdu Lijian (Sharp Sword)
In tune with other leading military powers of the world, China has delved into the realm of the Unma... [Read More]

2017
Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA)
The PAK FA (or "PAK[FA]") is currently in development with the storied Sukhoi OKB, a Russian aircraf... [Read More]

2017
Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)
The Chinese Chengdu J-20 "Black Eagle" is a 5th Generation fighter design exhibiting stealth charact... [Read More]

2018
Boeing KC-46 Pegasus
The Boeing KC-46 was selected to replace the aging line of Boeing KC-135 "Stratotankers" through the... [Read More]

2018
Textron AirLand Scorpion
With shrinking global procurement budgets, the light attack aircraft category is experiencing a rena... [Read More]

2018
EADS Talarion
With the growing need for more capable surveillance-minded Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flying ab... [Read More]

2018
Embraer KC-390
To head off the sudden global military need for a modern medium-lift transport system estimated to c... [Read More]

2018
DRDO Rustom (Warrior)
Despite being one of the largest (if not THE largest) customer of military purchases in the world, t... [Read More]

2018
BAe Systems Taranis
The UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) is the evolution of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The UA... [Read More]

2018
Dassault nEUROn
The Dassault nEUROn is an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator intended to pro... [Read More]

2018
Bombardier Global 7000
Canadian-based Bombardier Aerospace is looking to find success with its upcoming, in-development "Gl... [Read More]

2018
AVICopter AC332 (Advanced Heavy lifter - AHL)
The Chinese and Russians have entered into a joint design partnership to produce an all-new very-hig... [Read More]

2018
Ilyushin IL-214 MTA (Multirole Transport Aircraft)
As with China and Turkey, India is striving to join the ranks of prominent world powers by becoming ... [Read More]

2018
HESA F-313 Qaher (Conqueror)
The Iranian government and military are billing their Qaher-313 ("Conqueror") (also "F-313" or "Q-31... [Read More]

2018
Airbus Helicopters H160 (X4)
The Airbus Helicopters H160 (formerly known under the designation of "X4") is an in-development, med... [Read More]

2019
Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion
The Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" represents the latest incarnation of the famous large American m... [Read More]

2020
DRDO AURA
The "AURA" is an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) currently under development by DRDO (Defence Res... [Read More]

2020
Sikorsky S-97 Raider
While helicopters have evolved since their mainstream inception in the 1950s, the "rotorcraft" has r... [Read More]

2020
Bell V-280 Valor
Bell Helicopters is forging their 3rd Generation Tiltrotor concept for marketing to the United State... [Read More]

2020
Chengdu / Guizhou Soar Dragon (Soar Eagle)
Like other military powers of the world, China has whole-heartedly embraced the concept of the UAV (... [Read More]

2020
Shenyang J-31 Gryfalcon (FC-31 / F-60)
China has long since held a desire to showcase itself as a growing power to the world. Besides achie... [Read More]

2020
Mitsubishi ATD-X (Shinshin)
Joining several other notable world air powers, Japan is in the process of developing an indigenous ... [Read More]

2020
Shenyang Divine Eagle
The Shenyang "Divine Eagle" joins the Chengdu "Soar Dragon" (detailed elsewhere on this site) as two... [Read More]

2020
Boeing 777X
The original Boeing 777 wide-body passenger jet airliner was introduced in 1995 (with United Airline... [Read More]

2021
FHI UH-X (Bell Model 412EPI)
Fresh off the heels of becoming the first export customer of the tilt-rotor Bell V-22 "Osprey" platf... [Read More]

2021
Aerion AS2 / SBJ (Supersonic Business Jet)
The Aerion AS2 is a supersonic business jet product being forwarded by American billionaire business... [Read More]

2022
HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA
In December of 2010, it was announced that a partnership deal had been reached between the governmen... [Read More]

2022
KAI / Airbus Helicopters Light Armed Helicopter (LAH)
In an effort to upgrade its stock of aging McDonnell Douglas MD500 and Bell AH-1S Cobra light attack... [Read More]

2025
TAI TFX / F-X
For decades, the modern Turkish air force relied on Western partners to stock its available inventor... [Read More]

2025
HAL AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft)
India plans to join other military powers - namely the United States, Russia, and (possibly) China -... [Read More]

2025
Tupolev PAK DA
Russia is moving ahead with the design phase of a new subsonic strategic stealth bomber to succeed t... [Read More]

2026
KAI KF-X
The "5th Generation Fighter" - along with the "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" - is the current buzzword in... [Read More]

2030
Lockheed SR-72
Developed with the same primary mission as the Cold War-era SR-71 "Blackbird", the new high-speed, h... [Read More]