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




    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Bell D-188 (XF3L / XF-109)

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito

    1956
    Douglas F4D / 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 / 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

    1956
    Republic XF-103 (Thunderwarrior)
    Before ground-based missiles provided the basis for viable air defense systems, the "interceptor" co... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Republic XF-103 (Thunderwarrior)

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

    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