Military Factory

United States Cold War Military Aircraft

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

Despite the end of World War 2, American air industry continued to produce and procure aircraft of all types to counter the threats emerging from the Soviet Union.





There are a total of (299) U.S. Cold War Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




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]
Thumbnail picture of the Aero L-39 Albatros

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Aerospatiale Alouette III

1976
AgustaWestland AW109
The British-Italian helicopter concern of AgustaWestland developed their AW109 model of 1971 as a co... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the AgustaWestland AW109

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

1975
Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil / Astar
The AS350 was originally designed to replace the aging Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale Alouette II light... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil / Astar

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Alenia-Aeritalia G.222

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-12 (Cub)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-26 (Curl)

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

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

1976
BAe Hawk
The BAe Hawk has maintained one of the most successful aerial tenures of any lightweight jet trainer... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BAe Hawk

1947
Beechcraft Bonanza
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Beechcraft Bonanza

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

1964
Beechcraft King Air
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Beechcraft King Air

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor

1967
Bell AH-1 HueyCobra / Cobra
While the helicopter was already being developed into a viable battlefield contributor during the da... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Bell AH-1 HueyCobra / Cobra

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Bell AH-1 SuperCobra

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Bell AH-1J SeaCobra

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Bell H-13 Sioux

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Bell OH-58 Kiowa

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Bell P-59 Airacomet

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey)

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

1957
Bell X-14 (Type 68)
Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) with transitioning to conventional forward flying had filled th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Bell X-14 (Type 68)

1955
Bell X-2 (Starbuster)
Bell Aircraft Company was once again contracted by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Bell X-2 (Starbuster)

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Bell XP-83

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

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

1940
Boeing 307 Stratoliner (C-75)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 307 Stratoliner (C-75)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)

1958
Boeing 707
The 707 model series for The Boeing Company proved to be the catalyst for their commercial market su... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 707

1964
Boeing 727
After World War 2 (1939-1945) introduced the turbojet engine as a viable aviation propulsion system,... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 727

1968
Boeing 737
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 737

1970
Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet)
Thanks to advances in jet engine technology during the 1950s and 1960s, passenger air travel blossom... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet)

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

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-50 Superfortress

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter

1962
Boeing CH-47 Chinook
The Boeing "Chinook" line of heavy-lift, tandem-rotor transport helicopters has been a mainstay util... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing E-3 Sentry (AWACS)

1975
Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing L-15 Scout

1962
Boeing RC-135
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing RC-135

1973
Boeing T-43 (Gator)
In the early 1970s, the United States Air Force commissioned the Boeing concern to develop and deliv... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing T-43 (Gator)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing VC-137 / C-137 Stratoliner

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight

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

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

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Canadair CL-13 Sabre

1956
Cessna 172
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Cessna 172

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Cessna A-37  Dragonfly (Super Tweet)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog (L-19)

1967
Cessna O-2 Skymaster
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Cessna O-2 Skymaster

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Cessna T-37 Tweet

1964
Cessna T-41 Mescalero
Because of the intricacies involved in training on jet aircraft, the United States Air Force adopted... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Cessna T-41 Mescalero

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Convair B-36 Peacemaker

1960
Convair B-58 Hustler
The delta-wing Convair B-58 Hustler was the first United States Air Force supersonic operational bom... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Convair B-58 Hustler

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Convair F2Y Sea Dart

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

1954
Convair XFY Pogo
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Convair XFY Pogo

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss SC Seahawk

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss-Wright XP-87 / XF-87 Blackhawk

1965
Dassault Falcon 20
In 1965, the French concern of Dassault introduced its line of business jets with the Dassault "Falc... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Dassault Falcon 20

1965
Dassault HU-25 Guardian
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Dassault HU-25 Guardian

1948
de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

1953
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter

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]
Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou

1965
de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo

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]
Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth

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]
Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD-1)

1956
Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
Douglas supplied its large, twin-engine Skywarrior jet-powered bomber to both the United States Air ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

1965
Douglas AC-47 Spooky
Despite its service entry in 1941 and an American military career spanning across both World War 2 (... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas AC-47 Spooky

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas B-26K/A-26B Counter Invader

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas B-66 / RB-66 Destroyer

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

1957
Douglas C-133 Cargomaster
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas C-133 Cargomaster

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas C-74 Globemaster

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak (Phase 1)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (Phase 2)

1936
Douglas DC-3
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas DC-3

1959
Douglas DC-8
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas DC-8

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas F4D Skyray / F-6 Skyray

1956
Douglas F5D Skylancer
Developed to fulfill a United States Navy (USN) requirement for a carrier-based supersonic fighter, ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas F5D Skylancer

1959
Douglas F6D Missileer
As missile technology began to progress in the 1950s, the United States Navy began looking at plans ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas F6D Missileer

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas X-3 (Stiletto)

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

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

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

1960
English Electric / BAC Lightning
The English Electric Lightning was an impressive engineering feat for the British people. She was th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the English Electric / BAC Lightning

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Fairchild AC-119 (Shadow / Stinger)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Fairchild C-123 Provider

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Fiat Aeritalia G.91 (Gina)

1926
Ford Trimotor
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ford Trimotor

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

1967
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
The General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark" was purposely-designed as a variable geometry "swing wing" pla... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

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

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman A-6 Intruder

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman C-1A / TF-1 Trader

1967
Grumman C-2 Greyhound
The Grumman C-2 Greyhound was developed from the successful Grumman E-2 Hawkeye. Whereas the latter ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman C-2 Greyhound

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman EA-6 Prowler

1956
Grumman F11F / F-11 Tiger
The United States Navy maintained its reliance on aircraft designed, developed and produced by the G... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman F11F / F-11 Tiger

1974
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
The Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" was the quintessential United States Navy (USN) fleet defense interceptor ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross

1959
Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
Development of the OV-1 Mohawk platform stemmed from a joint requirement fielded by both the United ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman S-2 Tracker (S2F)

1953
Grumman Sapphire Cougar
As the age of the jet fighter was getting its feet underneath, longtime fighter supplier Grumman app... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman Sapphire Cougar

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman WF-2 / E-1 Tracer

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman XF10F Jaguar

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier / AV-8A

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Hiller OH-23 Raven (Model UH-12)

1966
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (Loach)
The Hughes OH-6 "Cayuse" (popularly recognized as the "Loach") was a revolutionary light helicopter ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (Loach)

1961
Hughes TH-55 Osage
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Hughes TH-55 Osage

1975
IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
The Kfir (translated to "Lion Cub") was a semi-indigenous Israeli fighter development designed to fu... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)

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

1958
Kaman HH-43 Huskie
Charles Kaman (1919 - 2011), an aeronautical engineering student, served as an employee to another f... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kaman HH-43 Huskie

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Kaman SH-2 Seasprite / Super Seasprite

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Liore-et-Olivier LeO 45

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed / Vought S-3 Viking

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed A-12 (Archangel 12)

1967
Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne
The AH-56 Cheyenne was Lockheed's first and only foray into development of a production helicopter. ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne

1965
Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
The Lockheed C-141 "Starlifter" became the United States military's first jet-powered, strategic tra... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed D-21

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed F-94 Starfire

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed HC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules

1965
Lockheed L-100 Hercules
The excellent hauling capabilities and military market success that was the Lockheed C-130 Hercules ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed L-100 Hercules

1972
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin / General Dynamics F-16  Fighting Falcon

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talon (I / II)

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

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed P-80 / F-80 Shooting Star

1942
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

1957
Lockheed T-1 SeaStar (T2V SeaStar)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed T-1 SeaStar (T2V SeaStar)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star

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

1963
Lockheed YF-12
With the abandonment of the North American XF-108 "Rapier" high-speed interceptor program for the Un... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed YF-12

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

1954
Martin B-57 Canberra
When the United States committed to participation in the Korean War (1950-1953), it pressed into ser... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Martin B-57 Canberra

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Martin JRM Mars

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Martin P5M Marlin

1955
Martin P6M SeaMaster
The Cold War (1947-1991) period was one of technological advancement whose momentum was driven by de... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Martin P6M SeaMaster

1969
Martin X-24A
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Martin X-24A

1973
Martin X-24B
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Martin X-24B

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

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

1970
MBB Bo 105
The Bo 105 is a light utility helicopter system recognized around the globe for its versatility, per... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the MBB Bo 105

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

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

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

1968
McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II)

1971
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was one of several "tri-engine" jet-powered airliners developed into the... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

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]
Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Wild Weasel

1957
McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was affectionately called the "One-oh-Wonder" and known moreso early on ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo

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

1956
McDonnell F3H Demon
During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" fighter appeared and made possibl... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell F3H Demon

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]
Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell FH / FD Phantom

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin (Parasite Fighter)

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)

1965
Mil Mi-2 (Hoplite)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-2 (Hoplite)

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)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-8 (Hip)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American / Boeing T-2 Buckeye

1961
North American A-5 Vigilante
The aviation concern of North American became a household name in American military aviation thanks ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the North American A-5 Vigilante

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American AJ (A-2) Savage

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American B-45 Tornado

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American F-100 Super Sabre

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American F-86 Sabre

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American FJ-1 Fury

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American FJ-2 / FJ-3 Fury

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American FJ-4 Fury

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American P-51 Mustang

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
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the North American T-28 Trojan

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American T-6 Texan

1953
North American X-10
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the North American X-10

1959
North American X-15
The North American X-15 was the culmination of the rocket powered research aircraft that peppered th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the North American X-15

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American XB-70 Valkyrie

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American XF-108 Rapier

1956
North American YF-107 (Ultra Sabre)
The North American YF-107 "Ultra Sabre" prototype represented the final foray into military aviation... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the North American YF-107 (Ultra Sabre)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the North American YF-93

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop F-89 Scorpion

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop T-38 Talon

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop XB-35 / YB-35

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

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

1972
Northrop YF-17 (Cobra)
The YF-17 Cobra was a Northrop Aviation creation through NASA to support further testing and researc... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop YF-17 (Cobra)

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

1949
Piasecki H-25 (HUP Retriever)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Piasecki H-25 (HUP Retriever)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Piper L-4 Grasshopper

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Republic F-84 Thunderjet / Thunderstreak

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor

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

1977
Rockwell XFV-12
The Rockwell XFV-12 aircraft was a proposed design attempting to fulfill a United States Navy (USN) ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Rockwell XFV-12

1968
Ryan AQM-91 Firefly / Compass Arrow
Teledyne Ryan / Ryan Aeronautical produced the AQM-91 "Firefly" as a stealth-minded, high-altitude, ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ryan AQM-91 Firefly / Compass Arrow

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Ryan FR Fireball

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Ryan X-13 Vertijet

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Saab J35 Draken (Dragon / Kite)

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe / Erickson S-64 Skycrane

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky H-34 / CH-34 Choctaw

1965
Sikorsky HH-3 Pelican
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky HH-3 Pelican

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant

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

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

1970
Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk
Before the US Army's ubiquitous workhorse transport/utility helicopter - the Sikorsky UH-60 "Black H... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk

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

1942
Stinson L-5 Sentinel
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Stinson L-5 Sentinel

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

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

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

1959
TEMCO TT-1 Pinto
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the TEMCO TT-1 Pinto

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Vought / LTV A-7 Corsair II

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Vought F6U Pirate

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Vought F7U Cutlass

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Vought F-8 Crusader

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

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

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III