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    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 (315) 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]
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    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]
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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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    1985
    Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) Panther
    The Eurocopter AS565 "Panther" is nothing more than a medium class, multi-role, twin-engined militar... [Read More]
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    1975
    Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil / Astar
    The AS350 was originally designed to replace the aging Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale Alouette II light... [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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    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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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1989
    ATR 72 (Avions de Transport Regional Model 72)
    ... [Read More]
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    1936
    Avro Anson
    The Avro Anson was a militarized version of the commercial passenger transport Avro 652. The Anson i... [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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    1947
    Beechcraft Bonanza
    ... [Read More]
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    1984
    Beechcraft C-12 Huron
    ... [Read More]
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    1964
    Beechcraft King Air
    ... [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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    1967
    Bell AH-1 HueyCobra / Cobra
    While the helicopter was already being developed into a viable battlefield contributor during the da... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1961
    Bell D-188 (XF3L / XF-109)
    In January of 1954, Bell engineers finally saw the fruits of their labor concerning the Model 65 air... [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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    1946
    Bell Model 47
    While the helicopter received some attention during World War 2 (1939-1945), it was not until the Ko... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1945
    Bell P-59 Airacomet
    The Bell P-59 "Airacobra" became the first viable military jet-powered aircraft for the United State... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1962
    Bell UH-1B/C Huey Cobra / Frog
    One of the symbols of the American involvement in the Vietnam War (1955-1975) became the ubiquitous ... [Read More]
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    1947
    Bell X-1
    Bell Aircraft Company was contracted to build three XS-1 ("Experimental Supersonic 1") rocket planes... [Read More]
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    1957
    Bell X-14 (Type 68)
    Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) with transitioning to conventional forward flying had filled th... [Read More]
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    1955
    Bell X-2 (Starbuster)
    Bell Aircraft Company was once again contracted by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (... [Read More]
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    1951
    Bell X-5
    The X-5 was an experimental single-seat, single-engine, jet-powered fighter design prototype produce... [Read More]
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    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]
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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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    1986
    Boeing / Hughes AH-64 Apache
    The Hughes / McDonnell Douglas / Boeing AH-64 Apache has served American and allied military forces ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1940
    Boeing 307 Stratoliner (C-75)
    ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1958
    Boeing 707
    The 707 model series for The Boeing Company proved to be the catalyst for their commercial market su... [Read More]
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    1964
    Boeing 727
    After World War 2 (1939-1945) introduced the turbojet engine as a viable aviation propulsion system,... [Read More]
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    1968
    Boeing 737
    ... [Read More]
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    1970
    Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet)
    Thanks to advances in jet engine technology during the 1950s and 1960s, passenger air travel blossom... [Read More]
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    1983
    Boeing 757
    The 757-series airliner began as a 1970s Boeing endeavor to replace their aging 727 three-engined "t... [Read More]
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    1981
    Boeing 767
    ... [Read More]
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    1943
    Boeing B-29 Superfortress
    B-29 Superfortress status is often associated with the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities o... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1947
    Boeing B-54 (Ultrafortress)
    Outstanding issues inherent in the original Boeing B-29 "Superfortress" strategic bomber design of W... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1962
    Boeing CH-47 Chinook
    The Boeing "Chinook" line of medium-lift, tandem-rotor transport helicopters has been a mainstay uti... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1975
    Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post
    ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1962
    Boeing RC-135
    ... [Read More]
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    1973
    Boeing T-43 (Gator)
    In the early 1970s, the United States Air Force commissioned the Boeing concern to develop and deliv... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1947
    Boeing XB-55
    Not convinced of the reliability of, and promised performance from, early turbojet engines, the Unit... [Read More]
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    1949
    Boeing XB-59
    The merits of a jet-powered supersonic strategic bomber for the USAF during the early Cold War years... [Read More]
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    1941
    Boeing-Stearman Kaydet
    When The Boeing Company acquired the Stearman company in 1939, it also acquired the design and produ... [Read More]
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    1984
    Bombardier Dash 8 (DHC-8 / Q-Series)
    ... [Read More]
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    1940
    Bristol Beaufighter
    The twin-engine Bristol Beaufighter (known simply as "Beau") heavy fighter became a national wartime... [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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    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]
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    1956
    Cessna 172
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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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    1967
    Cessna O-2 Skymaster
    ... [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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    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]
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    1947
    Consolidated Vultee Downey
    World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased to American warplanners the need to invest in "penetration fighter... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1960
    CONVAIR B-58 Hustler
    The delta-wing CONVAIR B-58 "Hustler" was the first operational supersonic-capable bomber of the Uni... [Read More]
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    1950
    CONVAIR C-131 / R4Y Samaritan
    CONVAIR introduced its CV-240 passenger airliner in 1947 with American Airlines and production of th... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1949
    CONVAIR Skate
    With advances being made in turbojet technology - and aeronautics in general - during the latter par... [Read More]
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    1949
    CONVAIR XA-44 (XB-53)
    The period immediately following World War 2 (1939-1945) provided aeronautical engineers with a new ... [Read More]
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    1947
    CONVAIR XB-46
    American authorities were not blind to the advances in military combat aircraft being made by the Ge... [Read More]
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    1954
    CONVAIR XFY Pogo
    Both the CONVAIR XFY "Pogo" and Lockheed XFV were developed to a 1950 United States Navy (USN) requi... [Read More]
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    1948
    Curtiss Proposal II
    Following World War 2 (1939-1945) and coinciding with the rise of the jet age, many American aviatio... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1945
    Curtiss XF15C
    World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased both the pinnacle of the propeller-driven aircraft design and the ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1965
    Dassault Falcon 20
    In 1965, the French concern of Dassault introduced its line of business jets with the Dassault "Falc... [Read More]
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    1965
    Dassault HU-25 Guardian
    ... [Read More]
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    1948
    de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
    Introduced in 1948, the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 "Beaver" went on to achieve global popularity with... [Read More]
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    1953
    de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
    ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1965
    de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo
    ... [Read More]
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    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]
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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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    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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    1954
    Douglas A2D Skyshark
    The Douglas A2D "Skyshark" grew out of a post-World War 2 United States Navy (USN) need for a prop-d... [Read More]
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    1956
    Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
    Douglas supplied its large, twin-engine Skywarrior jet-powered bomber to both the United States Air ... [Read More]
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    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]
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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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    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]
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    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]
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    1957
    Douglas C-133 Cargomaster
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    1942
    Douglas C-47 (Skytrain / Dakota)
    The C-47 Skytrain was a product of the Douglas Aircraft Company and achieved its first flight in pro... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1936
    Douglas DC-3
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    1959
    Douglas DC-8
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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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    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]
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    1956
    Douglas F5D Skylancer
    Developed to fulfill a United States Navy (USN) requirement for a carrier-based supersonic fighter, ... [Read More]
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    1959
    Douglas F6D Missileer
    As missile technology began to progress in the 1950s, the United States Navy began looking at plans ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1941
    Douglas XB-19 (XBLR-2)
    Douglas Aircraft played a major role in American aviation from the 1920s into the 1960s, encompassin... [Read More]
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    1944
    Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster
    World War 2 (1939-1945) provided American aeronautical engineers with something of a blank canvas wh... [Read More]
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    1946
    Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster
    Born from the XB-42 "Mixmaster" program - which sought a unique solution for a budget-conscious medi... [Read More]
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    1960
    English Electric / BAC Lightning
    The English Electric Lightning was an impressive engineering feat for the British people. She was th... [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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    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]
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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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    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]
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    1926
    Ford Trimotor
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    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]
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    1982
    General Dynamics F-16XL
    What began life as a General Dynamics research project evolved into a United States Air Force conten... [Read More]
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    1944
    Gloster (Armstrong Whitworth) Meteor
    The Gloster Meteor became Britain's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. It reached opera... [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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    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]
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    1950
    Grumman AF Guardian
    The Grumman AF Guardian line became the United States Navy's first purpose-built, dedicated Anti-Sub... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1967
    Grumman C-2 Greyhound
    The Grumman C-2 Greyhound was developed from the successful Grumman E-2 Hawkeye. Whereas the latter ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1956
    Grumman F11F / F-11 Tiger
    The United States Navy maintained its reliance on aircraft designed, developed and produced by the G... [Read More]
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    1974
    Grumman F-14 Tomcat
    The Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" was the quintessential United States Navy (USN) fleet defense interceptor ... [Read More]
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    1943
    Grumman F6F Hellcat
    The F6F Hellcat was the successor to - and a logical evolution of - the capable F4F Wildcat series o... [Read More]
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    1944
    Grumman F7F Tigercat
    The F7F Tigercat was another carrier-borne aircraft development in Grumman's long line of "cat" name... [Read More]
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    1945
    Grumman F8F Bearcat
    In many ways, the Grumman F8F Bearcat was the pinnacle of United States piston-engine fighter design... [Read More]
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    1952
    Grumman F9F Cougar
    Even as the straight-winged F9F "Panther" was beginning to take shape on the design board during the... [Read More]
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    1949
    Grumman F9F Panther
    Grumman managed a long-standing tradition of successfully fulfilling US Navy carrier-based fighter r... [Read More]
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    1937
    Grumman Goose (G-21)
    While most every aircraft venture usually began with a military requirement or private venture under... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1959
    Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
    Development of the OV-1 Mohawk platform stemmed from a joint requirement fielded by both the United ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1953
    Grumman Sapphire Cougar
    As the age of the jet fighter was getting its feet underneath, longtime fighter supplier Grumman app... [Read More]
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    1942
    Grumman TBF Avenger
    Destined never to win beauty contests, the Grumman TBF Avenger series of aircraft would go down as o... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1982
    Grumman X-29
    The Grumman X-29 aircraft was a technology demonstrator appearing in the latter years of the Cold Wa... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1963
    Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH
    ... [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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    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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    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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    1966
    Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (Loach)
    The Hughes OH-6 "Cayuse" (popularly recognized as the "Loach") was a revolutionary light helicopter ... [Read More]
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    1961
    Hughes TH-55 Osage
    ... [Read More]
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    1975
    IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
    The Kfir (translated to "Lion Cub") was a semi-indigenous Israeli fighter development designed to fu... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1932
    Junkers Ju 52
    The tri-motor, prop-driven aircraft achieve popularity for a short time during the Interwar years - ... [Read More]
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    1958
    Kaman HH-43 Huskie
    Charles Kaman (1919 - 2011), an aeronautical engineering student, served as an employee to another f... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1967
    Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne
    The AH-56 Cheyenne was Lockheed's first and only foray into development of a production helicopter. ... [Read More]
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    1965
    Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
    The Lockheed C-141 "Starlifter" became the United States military's first jet-powered, strategic tra... [Read More]
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    1970
    Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
    The United States Air Force (USAF) initiative that eventually begat the Lockheed C-5 "Galaxy" heavy-... [Read More]
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    1945
    Lockheed C-69 Constellation (Model L-049)
    The Lockheed Constellation series of aircraft was a successful design that initially began as a mili... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1965
    Lockheed L-100 Hercules
    The excellent hauling capabilities and military market success that was the Lockheed C-130 Hercules ... [Read More]
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    1972
    Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
    ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1982
    Lockheed MQM-105 Aquila TADAR
    The MGM-105 Aquila (Eagle) TADAR (Target Acquisition, Designation and Aerial Reconnaissance) was the... [Read More]
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    1947
    Lockheed P2V Neptune
    The P2V Neptune series of aircraft was one of the more successful post-war designs for America, with... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1942
    Lockheed PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon
    ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1957
    Lockheed T-1 SeaStar (T2V SeaStar)
    ... [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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    1954
    Lockheed XFV (Salmon)
    The Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) fighter aircraft had always been on the minds of aeronautic... [Read More]
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    1949
    Lockheed XP-90 / XF-90
    On August 28th, 1945, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) announced a new requirement calling ... [Read More]
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    1963
    Lockheed YF-12
    With the abandonment of the North American XF-108 "Rapier" high-speed interceptor program for the Un... [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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    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]
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    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]
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    1955
    Martin P6M SeaMaster
    The Cold War (1947-1991) period was one of technological advancement whose momentum was driven by de... [Read More]
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    1969
    Martin X-24A
    ... [Read More]
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    1973
    Martin X-24B
    ... [Read More]
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    1947
    Martin XB-48
    World War 2 (1939-1945) saw the rise of turbojet technology for future military aircraft application... [Read More]
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    1949
    Martin XB-51
    Developed as a low-level bomber and ground attack platform for the then-United States Army Air Force... [Read More]
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    1970
    MBB Bo 105
    The Bo 105 is a light utility helicopter system recognized around the globe for its versatility, per... [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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    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]
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    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]
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    1968
    McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II)
    ... [Read More]
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    1971
    McDonnell Douglas DC-10
    The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was one of several "tri-engine" jet-powered airliners developed into the... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1957
    McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
    The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was affectionately called the "One-oh-Wonder" and known moreso early on ... [Read More]
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    1947
    McDonnell F2H Banshee
    The twin-engine, single-seat F2H Banshee was based on the successes that the McDonnell company found... [Read More]
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    1956
    McDonnell F3H Demon
    During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" fighter appeared and made possibl... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1948
    McDonnell Model 60
    Before the close of World War 2 (1939-1945), and in the period immediately following, the United Sta... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1948
    McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo
    World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased to American warplanners the importance of "escort fighters" for th... [Read More]
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    1982
    MD Helicopters / Hughes MD500
    ... [Read More]
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    1934
    Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun (Typhoon)
    The high performance, record-setting Messerschmitt Bf 108 "Taifun" ("Typhoon") was born as a racing ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1965
    Mil Mi-2 (Hoplite)
    ... [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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1961
    North American A-5 Vigilante
    The aviation concern of North American became a household name in American military aviation thanks ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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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    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]
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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]
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    1949
    North American T-28 Trojan
    ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1953
    North American X-10
    ... [Read More]
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    1959
    North American X-15
    The North American X-15 was the culmination of the rocket powered research aircraft that peppered th... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1956
    North American YF-107 (Ultra Sabre)
    The North American YF-107 "Ultra Sabre" prototype represented the final foray into military aviation... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1953
    Northrop N-102 Fang
    The rise of the turbojet engine after World War 2 (1939-1945) led to a new Golden Age for military a... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1982
    Northrop Tacit Blue
    In late 1976 Northrop was to design, develop and build an experimental reconnaissance-minded stealth... [Read More]
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    1948
    Northrop X-4 Bantam
    The compact Northrop X-4 "Bantam" research aircraft was built by the Northrop Corporation for the Na... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1972
    Northrop YA-9
    World War 2 (1939-1945) thrust the idea of dedicated strike aircraft for the Close Air Support (CAS)... [Read More]
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    1947
    Northrop YB-49
    The YB-49 strategic bomber prototype came about as an extension of the ultimately-cancelled XB-35/YB... [Read More]
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    1972
    Northrop YF-17 (Cobra)
    The YF-17 Cobra was a Northrop Aviation creation through NASA to support further testing and researc... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1949
    Piasecki H-25 (HUP Retriever)
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    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]
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    1941
    Radioplane OQ-2
    Today's multi-billion dollar UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and drone industry held some rather modes... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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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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    1956
    Republic XF-103 (Thunderwarrior)
    Before ground-based missiles provided the basis for viable air defense systems, the "interceptor" co... [Read More]
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    1946
    Republic XF-12 Rainbow
    During World War 2, the Republic Aviation name was primarily tied to the excellent P-47 "Thunderbolt... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1986
    Rockwell B-1 Lancer
    Military aircraft seldom take an uneventful road to full operational service and such was the case w... [Read More]
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    1977
    Rockwell XFV-12
    The Rockwell XFV-12 aircraft was a proposed design attempting to fulfill a United States Navy (USN) ... [Read More]
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    1990
    Rockwell-MBB X-31 (EFM)
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    1968
    Ryan AQM-91 Firefly / Compass Arrow
    Teledyne Ryan / Ryan Aeronautical produced the AQM-91 "Firefly" as a stealth-minded, high-altitude, ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1946
    Ryan XF2R Dark Shark
    The Ryan "Dark Shark" was an impressive developmental hybrid fighter design considered for service w... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1985
    Short C-23 Sherpa
    The Short Brothers (sometimes shortened to "Shorts") concern was formed in 1908 with operations sett... [Read More]
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    1946
    Short S45 Solent
    The Golden Age of Flight encompassed the years between the two World Wars and introduced airline tra... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1981
    Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion
    The mammoth Sikorsky CH-53E "Super Stallion" heavy-lift transport helicopter was designed from the o... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1950
    Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw
    The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw was an excellent multipurpose transport helicopter that saw use in vario... [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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    1965
    Sikorsky HH-3 Pelican
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    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]
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    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]
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    1935
    Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
    Prior to becoming a world-renown helicopter-maker, Sikorsky delivered to the United States military ... [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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    1976
    Sikorsky S-72 (X-Wing)
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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1984
    Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103)
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    1942
    Stinson L-5 Sentinel
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    1985
    Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
    Designed as a counter to the excellent American swing-wing Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" carrierborne fleet ... [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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    1937
    Supermarine Stranraer
    The Supermarine Stranraer was the final evolution of the Supermarine Southampton which debuted in Ma... [Read More]
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    1959
    TEMCO TT-1 Pinto
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    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]
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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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    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]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1942
    Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
    Charles Zimmerman (1908-1996) served as an aeronautical engineer through most of his life and operat... [Read More]
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    1943
    Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
    The promising nature of the Vought V-173 technology demonstrator produced a US Navy fighter contract... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1938
    Westland Lysander
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