Military Factory

Close Air Support (CAS) Aircraft

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

Close Air Support platforms provide a much needed punch to frontline operations.





There are a total of (159) Close Air Support (CAS) Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




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]
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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]
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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]
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1957
Aerospatiale Alouette II
The Alouette II helicopter series is billed as a multi-role, light rotary-wing platform charged with... [Read More]
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1976
AgustaWestland AW109
The British-Italian helicopter concern of AgustaWestland developed their AW109 model of 1971 as a co... [Read More]
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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]
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2007
Airbus Helicopters (NHIndustries) NH90
The NH90, developed by Eurocopter's helicopter arm NHIndustries (now under the Airbus Helicopters br... [Read More]
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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]
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1917
Airco DH.5
With the vantage point afforded to pilots of the earlier Airco DH.2 model, famous aircraft designer ... [Read More]
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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]
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2017
Alenia Aermacchi M-345
Currently under development (2015), the Alenia Aermacchi is in contention to become an advanced jet ... [Read More]
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1984
Alenia Aermacchi S-211
Sensing the growing need for light, jet-powered dual-role aircraft, the Italian concern of SIAI-Marc... [Read More]
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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]
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1949
Arsenal VG-90
French aviation's road to respectability in the period immediately following World War 2 (1939-1945)... [Read More]
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1985
Avioane IAR 99 Soim (Hawk)
Romania went the indigenous route in developing its advanced jet trainer with light strike capabilit... [Read More]
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1967
BAC Strikemaster
At its core, the Strikemaster was a jet-powered training platform with inherent light ground attack ... [Read More]
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1976
BAe Hawk
The BAe Hawk has maintained one of the most successful aerial tenures of any lightweight jet trainer... [Read More]
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1978
BAe Sea Harrier
The arrival of the land-based Hawker Siddeley Harrier revolutionized the British military approach u... [Read More]
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2013
Beechcraft AT-6
The light strike aircraft category continues to be a growing market around the globe as more advance... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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1995
Bell CH-146 Griffon
When Canadian Armed Forces adopted a new "do-everything" utility-minded helicopter platform in 1995,... [Read More]
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1950
Bell D-36
The pace of technological developments concerning military aircraft during World War 2 (1939-1945) s... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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1962
Blackburn Buccaneer
The Blackburn Buccaneer was a low-level, high-speed, carrier-borne strike aircraft utilized by the B... [Read More]
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1935
Blohm and Voss Bv Ha 137
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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1937
Breda Ba.64
The Breda Ba.64 was a short-lived ground attack platform fielded primarily by the Regia Aeronautica ... [Read More]
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1936
Breda Ba.65
The Breda Ba.65 was a ground attack aircraft serving primarily with the Italian Air Force (Regia Aer... [Read More]
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1938
Breda Ba.88 (Lince)
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1939
Breguet Br.690
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1943
Brewster XA-32
The United States Army Air Corps appreciated the tactical scope of the German Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 8... [Read More]
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1946
Bristol Brigand
In 1942, the British Air Ministry sought to replace its Bristol Beaufighter heavy fighter fleet with... [Read More]
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1989
Britten-Norman Defender
The Britten-Norman Defender is a militarized version of the successful Britten-Norman Islander twin ... [Read More]
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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]
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1939
CAC Wirraway
The CAC Wirraway ("Challenge" in the Woiwurrung native tongue) became one of Australia's primary tra... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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1980
CASA C-101 Aviojet
As jet-powered fighter-types grew evermore impressive during the Cold War decades, it became imperat... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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1964
Cessna T-41 Mescalero
Because of the intricacies involved in training on jet aircraft, the United States Air Force adopted... [Read More]
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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]
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1935
Curtiss A-18 Shrike
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1952
Dassault MD.450 Ouragan (Hurricane)
The Dassault MD.450 "Ouragan" (meaning "Hurricane") became France's first home-grown operational, je... [Read More]
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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]
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1946
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire
The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire held two key distinctions concerning aviation history - she was the ... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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1941
Douglas A-24 Banshee
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1945), United States military aviation doctrine centered primarily on gai... [Read More]
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1965
Douglas AC-47 Spooky
Despite its service entry in 1941 and an American military career spanning across both World War 2 (... [Read More]
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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]
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1951
Douglas F3D / F-10 Skyknight
The Douglas Skyknight was a dedicated carrier-based night fighter serving with the United States Nav... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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1937
Fairey Battle
The Fairey Battle was a prewar British light bomber design that proved a step-forward for the nation... [Read More]
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1975
FMA IA-58 Pucara (Fortress)
The impressive-looking, two-seat IA-58 Pucara (meaning "Fortress") was produced by the Fabrica Milit... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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1950
Goodyear GA-17
GA-17 was the project designation allotted to a Goodyear Aircraft design attempting to fulfill a Uni... [Read More]
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1977
HAL Ajeet (Invincible)
The Indian Air Force was a primary operator of the classic British Folland "Gnat", a swept-wing, sub... [Read More]
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2002
HAL Dhruv (Polaris)
While still largely reliant on foreign suppliers, the Indian military industry has made strides in d... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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1941
Hawker Typhoon
The Hawker Typhoon (affectionate known as the "Tiffie") was initially intended as a dedicated interc... [Read More]
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1935
Heinkel He 111
The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 fielded a trio of capable (though eventually limited) medium-cla... [Read More]
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1936
Henschel Hs 123
The Henschel-produced Hs 123 aircraft became the last operational biplane for the German Luftwaffe d... [Read More]
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1942
Henschel Hs 129
The Henschel Hs 129 fighter-bomber was built to a 1937 German specification for a twin-engine close-... [Read More]
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1997
HESA Azarakhsh (Lightning)
Iran received the first of its Northrop F-5 "Freedom Fighter" aircraft from the United States beginn... [Read More]
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2014
HESA Saeqeh (Thunderbolt)
The Islamic Republic of Iran has benefited greatly from their associations with both the United Stat... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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1944
Ilyushin IL-1
The Ilyushin Design Bureau was founded in Moscow, Russia during January of 1933 and its services wer... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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1944
Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning
The XP-58 "Chain Lightning" was initially envisioned as a larger version of the successful Lockheed ... [Read More]
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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]
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1917
LVG C.V
The LVG C.V was a general-purpose, two-seat reconnaissance aircraft utilized by the German air servi... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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1948
Martin AM Mauler
The Martin AM Mauler was designed to a US Navy requirement during the critical middle years of World... [Read More]
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1954
Martin B-57 Canberra
When the United States committed to participation in the Korean War (1950-1953), it pressed into ser... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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1943
Messerschmitt Me 210
The twin-engined heavy fighter saw its battlefield usefulness realized during World War 2 where desi... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me 328
The "parasite" fighter had long held an interest within the minds of aircraft engineers, particularl... [Read More]
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1975
Mikoyan MiG-27 (Flogger)
The Mikoyan MiG-27 "Flogger" was derived from the successful MiG-23 "Flogger" interceptor and made i... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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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]
Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-24 (Hind)

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

1975
Mitsubishi T-2
Like Germany in the post-World War 2 years, Japan's military capacity was stripped. The United State... [Read More]
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1970
Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)
As a long time Soviet equipment user, the Chinese were already building the twin-engine Mikoyan-Gure... [Read More]
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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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American F-82 / P-82 Twin Mustang

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]
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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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco

1949
North American T-28 Trojan
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Thumbnail picture of the North American T-28 Trojan

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II

1972
Northrop YA-9
World War 2 (1939-1945) thrust the idea of dedicated strike aircraft for the Close Air Support (CAS)... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop YA-9

2015
Paramount AHRLAC
The AHRLAC (Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft) is a budget-minded, light strik... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Paramount AHRLAC

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Petlyakov Pe-2 (Pawn)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Piasecki H-21 Workhorse

1934
Polikarpov I-15 (Chaika)
The Polikarpov I-15 was a biplane fighter aircraft designed and produced by the Soviet Union during ... [Read More]
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1929
Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
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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]
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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]
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1945
Rikugun Ki-93
The heavy fighter as a military aircraft class was a constant throughout the inventories of the air ... [Read More]
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1945
Saab J21
Sweden elected to remain neutral during the fighting of World War 2 (1939-1945) but this did not mea... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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1970
Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk
Before the US Army's ubiquitous workhorse transport/utility helicopter - the Sikorsky UH-60 "Black H... [Read More]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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1957
Supermarine Scimitar
The Supermarine Scimitar was an oft-forgotten carrier-based, jet-powered, single-seat fighter for th... [Read More]
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1942
Supermarine Seafire
When the land-based Hawker Hurricane was successfully converted into the carrier-based "Sea Hurrican... [Read More]
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1938
Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire the legendary British fighter aircraft developed prior to World War 2. The ... [Read More]
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2016
TAI Anka
For growing military powers like India and Turkey, it behooves these nations to begin developing sus... [Read More]
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2015
TAI Hurkus
Continuing their attempts to become a more self-sufficient world military power through a growing mi... [Read More]
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2018
Textron AirLand Scorpion
With shrinking global procurement budgets, the light attack aircraft category is experiencing a rena... [Read More]
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1942
Tupolev Tu-2 (Bat)
Russian aviation engineer Andrei Tupolev would lend his surname to a plethora of Soviet-era aircraft... [Read More]
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1942
Vought F4U Corsair
One of the greatest fighter aircraft of all time, the American Vought F4U "Corsair" became the stuff... [Read More]
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1944
Vultee XA-41
It was during September of 1942 that the United States Army commissioned the Vultee Aircraft concern... [Read More]
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1953
Westland Wyvern
Like the United States, Britain required considerable naval power during World War 2 (1939-1945) and... [Read More]
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1940
Yakovlev Yak-1 (Krasavyets)
Often overshadowed by its contemporaries in the West (to include the Supermarine Spitfire, North Ame... [Read More]
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