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Military Factory

U.S. Cold War Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/26/2014

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.

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There are a total of 260 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 as its predecessor - the...
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1975
Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil / Astar
The AS350 was originally designed to replace the aging Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale Alouette II light utility helicopter serie...
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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 light utility helicopter and ...
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1976
AgustaWestland AW109
The British-Italian helicopter concern of AgustaWestland developed their AW109 model of 1971 as a commercial-level passenger-...
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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-Marchetti proposed a new airc...
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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 Vertical / Short Take-Off...
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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 Soviet Union and its satelli...
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1936
Avro Anson
The Avro Anson was a militarized version of the commercial passenger transport Avro 652. The Anson itself was produced to ful...
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1976
BAe Hawk
The BAe Hawk has maintained one of the most successful aerial tenures of any lightweight jet trainer aircraft with origins da...
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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 generations of aviators in ...
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1967
Bell AH-1 Cobra / HueyCobra (Bell 209)
Based on the private venture Bell 209 helicopter, the AH-1 Cobra series of attack helicopter remains a primary weapons delive...
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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 the 1960s. The SuperCobra i...
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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 Germans in the latter phase...
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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 Korean War that its practic...
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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 others) since its inception ...
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1942
Bell P-59 Airacomet
The Bell-produced P-59 Airacomet series is one of those aircraft that becomes more of a study in American jet pioneering than...
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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 expanding throughout the...
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1947
Bell X-1
The Bell X-1 was an advanced technology demonstrator that became the first aircraft in the history of aviation to break the s...
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1951
Bell X-5
The X-5 was an experimental single-seat, single-engine, jet-powered fighter design prototype produced by the Bell Aircraft co...
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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 jet-powered aircraft to ...
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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 Operations services. This highly ...
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1986
Boeing / Hughes AH-64 Apache / Apache Longbow
The Hughes / McDonnell Douglas / Boeing AH-64 Apache has served American and allied military forces well during her storied o...
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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 air superiority, incorpor...
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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 fighter. The Strike Eagle ...
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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 Pan American requirement f...
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1958
Boeing 707
The 707 model series for The Boeing Company proved to be the catalyst for their commercial market successes to come. The 707 ...
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1964
Boeing 727
After World War 2 (1939-1945) introduced the turbojet engine as a viable aviation propulsion system, the jet age was born and...
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1968
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1970
Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet)
Thanks to advances in jet engine technology during the 1950s and 1960s, passenger air travel blossomed during this period of ...
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1983
Boeing 757
The 757-series airliner began as a 1970s Boeing endeavor to replace their aging 727 three-engined "trijet" airliner model. Th...
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1981
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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 of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ...
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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 several ways. The system pionee...
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1948
Boeing B-50 Superfortress
Though looking every bit the identical twin of the World War Two-era B-29 Superfortress (also produced by Boeing), the B-50 i...
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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 served throughout the heigh...
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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 - a military-minded transp...
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1962
Boeing CH-47 Chinook
The Chinook series of medium-lift helicopters has been a mainstay utility service system for the US Army (among others) for d...
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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 primary Airborne Early Wa...
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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 communications relay plat...
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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 than one, firstly solidifyi...
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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 Boeing Aircraft Company ...
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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 deliver an airborne navigation...
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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 Boeing 707s configured to the ...
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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 helicopters. Both offer up unobst...
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1941
Boeing-Stearman Kaydet
When The Boeing Company acquired the Stearman company in 1939, it also acquired the design and production rights to the promi...
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1939
CAC Wirraway
The CAC Wirraway ("Challenge" in the Woiwurrung native tongue) became one of Australia's primary trainer aircraft from 1939 o...
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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 globe in re-equipping its f...
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1956
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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 "Tweet" as its primary traine...
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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, replaced instead by two autono...
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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 exploits ranged the world ove...
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1947
Convair B-36 Peacemaker
If developed a few years sooner, the B-36 could have very well taken part in the Second World War. The initial designed was p...
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1960
Convair B-58 Hustler
The delta-wing Convair B-58 Hustler was the first United States Air Force supersonic operational bomber. The system was desig...
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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 this aircraft eventually re...
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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 World War 2 in which jet ...
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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 produced the capable F-102 "Del...
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1949
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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 in the Pacific Theater of ...
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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 Air Force requirement for t...
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1965
Dassault Falcon 20
In 1965, the French concern of Dassault introduced its line of business jets with the Dassault "Falcon 20" (despite its desig...
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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 few were pressed into servi...
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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 derived from the preceding D...
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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 and successful of the conf...
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1946
Douglas A-1 Skyraider
The Douglas A-1 Skyraider series would have become a major contributor to warplans concerning American involvement in World W...
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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 Force (as the B-66 Destro...
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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 when the Douglas corporat...
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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 (1939-1945) and the Korean...
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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 Douglas A-26 Invader attack ...
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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) contracted with the Doug...
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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 need to replace its aged ...
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1940
Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota
The C-47 Skytrain was a product of the Douglas Aircraft Company and is regarded as the best transport of World War 2. Interes...
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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 both the United States A...
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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 realm of transonic/supers...
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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 Aeronautics ("NACA" - fo...
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1936
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1959
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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 Navy (USN) and Marine Corps ...
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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 designation) stemmed from a 1947 ...
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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, supersonic jet-powered fli...
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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, encompassing the Golden Age of Fligh...
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1960
English Electric / BAC Lightning
The English Electric Lightning was an impressive engineering feat for the British people. She was the first (and only) Mach 2...
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1985
Eurocopter / Aerospatiale Panther
The Eurocopter AS565 "Panther" is nothing more than a medium class, multi-role, twin-engined militarized form of the original...
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1945
Fairchild AC-119 Shadow / Stinger
The AC-119 series was a modified "G" model of the successful C-119 "Flying Boxcar" transport aircraft. The AC-119's would see...
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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 "Flying Boxcar". The Boxcar ...
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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 Vietnam War. Design of the ai...
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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 the outset, perhaps matched...
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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 saw an extended period of s...
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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 Aircraft (EWA) to replace its ag...
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1967
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
The General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark" was purposely-designed as a variable geometry "swing wing" platform from the outset. Th...
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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 contender to replace the expens...
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1944
Gloster / Armstrong Whitworth Meteor
The Gloster Meteor became Britain's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. It reached operational status in the latt...
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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) requirement for an all-weat...
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1950
Grumman AF Guardian
The Grumman AF Guardian line became the United States Navy's first purpose-built, dedicated Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) airc...
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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 the United States Navy fro...
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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 was a dedicated carrier-b...
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1964
Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
The E-2 Hawkeye series serves carrier battle groups (principally in the United States Navy) and is called upon as an all-weat...
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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 lone Electronic Warfare A...
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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 Grumman concern from pre-W...
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1974
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
The Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" was the quintessential United States Navy (USN) fleet defense interceptor of the latter Cold War ye...
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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 of carrier-borne aircraft ...
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1944
Grumman F7F Tigercat
The F7F Tigercat was another carrier-borne aircraft development in Grumman's long line of "cat" named fighters. The system wa...
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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. The aircraft arrived wi...
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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 latter stages of World W...
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1949
Grumman F9F Panther
Grumman managed a long-standing tradition of successfully fulfilling US Navy carrier-based fighter requirements. It developed...
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1937
Grumman Goose (G-21)
While most every aircraft venture usually began with a military requirement or private venture undertaken by a manufacturer f...
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1949
Grumman HU-16 Albatross
The Grumman HU-16 Albatross platform made appearances all across the globe with United States military forces, rescuing downe...
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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 States Army and the Unite...
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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 when carriers had taken the...
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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 one of the most potent tor...
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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 States Navy entered into a ...
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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 War (1947-1991). The design...
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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 and Landing) aircraft afte...
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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 company carried the surna...
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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 mount primarily in servic...
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1975
IAI Kfir / F-21A
The Kfir (translated to "Lion Cub") was a semi-indigenous Israeli fighter development designed to fulfill an IAF (Israeli Air...
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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 utilized by the United States...
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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 and is still operating to...
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1932
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 fabled helicopter develope...
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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 several nations across the glo...
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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 defend itself against the ...
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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 Vought aircraft firms. Se...
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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. In many respects, howeve...
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1965
Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
The Lockheed C-141 "Starlifter" became the United States military's first jet-powered, strategic transport when it was adopte...
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1970
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
At one time the Lockheed-built C-5 Galaxy was the largest aircraft ever produced, being able to field a compliment of 350 tro...
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1945
Lockheed C-69 Constellation
The Lockheed Constellation series of aircraft was a successful design that initially began as a militarized transport, appear...
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1969
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 hugely successful Lockheed ...
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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 several internal and external...
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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 world's first operational ste...
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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 Lockheed trainer aircraft k...
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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 series turboprop engines....
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1965
Lockheed L-100 Hercules
The excellent hauling capabilities and military market success that was the Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport eventually yiel...
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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-development and introduced along ...
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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 successful like of high-wing C-13...
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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 Lockheed could do little wrong i...
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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 States of America and the Sovi...
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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 systems. Both utilize the huge...
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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 known under the designation ...
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1982
Lockheed MQM-105 Aquila TADAR
The MGM-105 Aquila (Eagle) TADAR (Target Acquisition, Designation and Aerial Reconnaissance) was the first United States Army...
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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 service that spanned dec...
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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-powered fighter. Appeari...
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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 the Lockheed Corporation. D...
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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 the ongoing effort. The m...
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1948
Martin AM Mauler
The Martin AM Mauler was designed to a US Navy requirement during the height of World War 2. It appeared in competition with ...
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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 service much of its existing...
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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 high-mounted wings to allow ...
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1955
Martin P6M SeaMaster
The Cold War (1947-1991) period was one of technological advancement whose momentum was driven by developments during World W...
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1969
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1973
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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 (USAAF), the Martin XB-5...
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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 Systems Sea Harrier bette...
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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" model) and retains some 88 p...
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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 stealth aircraft. The type ...
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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 1970s. The aircraft mark...
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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 Fighter entries of the latt...
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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 was produced in larger nu...
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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 Electronic Warfare Aircraft (E...
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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 for its many record-setti...
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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 with the F1H Phantom ser...
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1953
McDonnell F3H Demon
The F3H Demon series of aircraft produced by McDonnell Aircraft was a further development of the company's expertise with car...
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1947
McDonnell FH Phantom (FD Phantom)
The FH-1 Phantom served with the United States Navy as their first jet-powered carrer-based aircraft up until 1950 and was in...
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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" program that was actuall...
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1948
McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo
World War 2 proved to American warplanners that the importance of escort fighters for their bombers could not be overstated. ...
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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 aircraft under the protot...
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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 50 air forces around the...
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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 the Soviet Union and wen...
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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 armed and armored transport h...
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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 viewed as one of the most ...
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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 American naval aviators from 195...
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1961
North American A-5 Vigilante
The A-5 Vigilante bomber actually began as a private venture by the North American Aviation Company as early as 1953. This de...
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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 States Navy following th...
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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 Second World War. With re...
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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 American product. The F-...
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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 fuselages of existing successfu...
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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 America. The aircraft ser...
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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 from jet technology furt...
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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. Original offerings were of ...
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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 decks. The types replaced t...
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1942
North American P-51 / F-51 Mustang
The North American P-51 Mustang proved an invaluable addition to the Allied cause in the latter half of World War 2. The syst...
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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 Armed Reconnaissance Airc...
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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 trainer. A product of the Nor...
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1964
North American XB-70 Valkyrie
The XB-70 Valkyrie was intended to be the USAF 'super bomber' for decades to come and was tabbed as the eventual successor to...
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1957
North American YF-107 Ultra Sabre
The YF-107 "Ultra Sabre" prototype represented the final foray into military aviation for the North American Aircraft Corpora...
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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 model series. The F-20 e...
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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 low-cost, lightweight, mul...
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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 with the critical defense of...
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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 powers today - though it...
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1946
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1947
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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 research of aircraft at transoni...
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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 as 1930. By 1941, the US...
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1941
Radioplane OQ-2
Today's multi-billion dollar UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and drone industry held some rather modest roots in early forays c...
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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 company's last production a...
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1947
Republic F-84 Thunderjet / Thunderstreak / Thunderflash
The Republic F-84 Thunderjet appeared as an American post-war design and played a pivotal role in the early years that was th...
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1942
Republic P-47 / F-47 Thunderbolt
While much of the romance of World War 2 dogfighting often heads in the direction of the USAAF's North American P-51 Mustang ...
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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" fighter-bomber which pr...
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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-84F Thunderstreak fighter. ...
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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 Union and threat of nucle...
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1985
Rockwell / Boeing B-1 Lancer
The Rockwell B-1 Lancer series was a variable sweep wing low-altitude penetration aircraft capable of delivering nuclear free...
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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) requirement for a VTOL (V...
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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, photo-reconnaissance Unma...
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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. The fighter fielded two ...
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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 Force to help test the vali...
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1946
Ryan XF2R Dark Shark
The Ryan "Dark Shark" was an impressive developmental hybrid fighter design considered for service with both the United State...
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1960
Saab J 35 Draken (Dragon / Kite)
The Saab J 35 Draken (translated in English to "Dragon" but carrying the meaning of "Kite" based on the aircraft's angular re...
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1985
Short C-23 Sherpa
The Short Brothers (sometimes shortened to "Shorts") concern was formed in 1908 with operations settled out of London (having...
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1946
Short S45 Solent
The Golden Age of Flight encompassed the years between the two World Wars and introduced airline travel to the masses. With i...
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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 American military and serv...
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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 Marine Corps and utilized b...
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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 original CH-53 "Sea Stalli...
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1950
Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw
The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw was an excellent multipurpose transport helicopter that saw use in various roles on a global scal...
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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 United States. It was dev...
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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 helicopter. The HH-3E was...
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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 special operations role....
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1970
Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk
Before the US Army's ubiquitous workhorse transport/utility helicopter - the Sikorsky UH-60 "Black Hawk" - had become a house...
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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 utilized in anti-submarine ...
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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 Hawk" series transport hel...
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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 the world over. Its capa...
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1984
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
The Su-27 "Flanker" series of aircraft is regarded by most airplane aficionados as the ultimate in Russian fighter design. Th...
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1938
Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire the legendary British fighter aircraft developed prior to World War 2. The type earned its status as...
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1937
Supermarine Stranraer
The Supermarine Stranraer was the final evolution of the Supermarine Southampton which debuted in March of 1925. The original...
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1967
Vought / LTV A-7 Corsair II
The middle-weight Vought-produced A-7 Corsair II was designed as a replacement for the A-4 Skyhawk light-weight fighter / bom...
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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 of legend in its time al...
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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 fighter to be adopted into s...
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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 supersonic, carrier-based fi...
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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 operated under the Langley Memo...
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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 for an expanded prototyp...
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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 the supersonic, all-weather...
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