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United States Cold War Military Interceptor Aircraft

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

The threat being posed by ever-advancing Soviet jet bombers forced many-an-interceptor emerging from the United States to be equally advanced.





There are a total of (27) U.S. Cold War Interceptors in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1976
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
For a time, the McDonnell Douglas (now under Boeing) F-15 Eagle series was the pinnacle of American ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

1956
Convair F-102 Delta Dagger
The Convair F-102 "Delta Dagger" was a product of the ensuing Cold War years following the close of ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger

1959
Convair F-106 Delta Dart
The F-106 "Delta Dart" holds origins in the original United States Air Force requirement that produc... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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

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

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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1956
Douglas F4D Skyray / F-6 Skyray
The F4D Skyray (affectionately nicknamed the "Ford" for its "F", "Four" and "D" used in the designat... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas F4D Skyray / F-6 Skyray

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

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

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

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

1958
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
The Lockheed F-104 was in many ways an engineering marvel whose legacy suffered terribly due to seve... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

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

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

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

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

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

1959
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
The MiG-21 was undoubtedly the most successful Cold War fighter in terms of reach, operating in over... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)

1970
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
The Mach 2-capable MiG-23 "Flogger" became the first true "swing-wing" fighter to enter service with... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)

1955
North American XF-108 Rapier
The prospect of high speed, high altitude bombers captivated war planners on both sides of the Cold ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the North American XF-108 Rapier

1962
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II
The Northrop F-5 "Freedom Fighter" / "Tiger" / "Tiger II" series was designed from the outset as a l... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II

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

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

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

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

1958
Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III
The XF8U-3 "Crusader III" was a Chance Vought Mach 2-capable prototype series intended to fulfill th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III