Military Factory

Commercial Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/20/2014

The commercial aviation industry has been largely evolved thanks to developments in the military realm.

There are a total of 118 Commercial Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

Aerion AS2 / SBJ (Supersonic Business Jet)
The Aerion AS2 is a supersonic business jet product being forwarded by American billionaire businessman and philanthropist Ro...
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Aeromarine 75
The American concern of Aeromarine converted the British Felixstowe F5L military flying boat for the civilian market. The F5L...
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Aerospatiale / BAC Concorde
One of the great aviation stories to come out of a post-Cold War world, the British and French-made Concorde stands as the on...
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AgustaWestland AW109
The British-Italian helicopter concern of AgustaWestland developed their AW109 model of 1971 as a commercial-level passenger-...
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AgustaWestland AW139
The AgustaWestland model AW139 is a modern medium-lift, multi-purpose/multi-role rotary-wing product offered for both militar...
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AgustaWestland AW189
Sensing the growing market need for an all-modern, cost-effective medium-lift helicopter to serve in the offshore drilling se...
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AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor
Tiltrotors seemingly combine the best of two worlds in the scope of aviation - the fast, straight-line speed of a fixed-wing ...
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Airbus A300
The Airbus A300 series of passenger jet airliner was developed by the French concern as a wide-body passenger hauler for medi...
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Airbus A310
The Airbus A310-300 was produced as a budgeted alternative to the based A300-series (detailed elsewhere on this web site) at ...
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Airbus A318
The French concern of Airbus unveiled their new A320 commercial aircraft family line in March of 1984 and eventually expanded...
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Airbus A330
The passenger airliner market is lucrative business and typically involves two industry heavyweights - Boeing and Airbus. Air...
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Airbus A340
The Airbus A340 series was already in design and development alongside the similar A330 series. In that respect, the two syst...
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Airbus A350
The A350 is the latest Airbus contribution to the competitive wide-body, long-range airliner market. The aircraft is intended...
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Airbus A380
Developed as a direct competitor to the hugely successful Boeing 747 line, Airbus introduced their wide-body, long-range jet ...
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Airbus Helicopters (NHIndustries) NH90
The NH90, developed by Eurocopter's helicopter arm NHIndustries (now under the Airbus Helicopters brand label), is a medium-l...
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Airbus Helicopters 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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Airbus Helicopters EC120 Colibri (Hummingbird)
Introduced in 1998, the EC120 "Colibri" ("Hummingbird") Light Utility Helicopter has seen over 550 examples produced. It was ...
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Airbus Helicopters H160 (X4)
The Airbus Helicopters H160 (formerly known under the designation of "X4") is an in-development, medium-lift, multi-role heli...
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Airco DH.4
With production numbering over 6,000 total units, the AirCo / de Havilland DH.4 was another one of Geoffrey de Havilland's su...
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Antonov An-148
The Antonov concern of Ukraine holds a long-running, storied existence, particularly in the large aircraft domain where it ha...
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Antonov An-2 (Colt)
The Antonov An-2 is a multi-role light utility biplane initially produced under the Soviet flag. Despite its 1940's pedigree,...
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Antonov An-24 (Coke)
The An-24 "Coke" was yet another in the long line of military transport aircraft produced during the Cold War by the Antonov ...
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Armstrong Whitworth Ensign
The impressive Armstrong Whitworth Ensign AW.27 series was made originally designed to a 1934 British government requirement ...
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AVIC TA-600 / AG-600
In 1986, the Chinese Navy began operations of the Harbin SH-5, a large amphibious aircraft utilized primarily for maritime pa...
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AVICopter AC311
With China's massive industrial growth in recent decades, its defense industry has flourished with a range of ongoing project...
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BAe 146
Introduced in 1983 by British Aerospace (BAe), the BAe 146 has served for several decades as a civilian and military airliner...
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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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Beriev Be-200 Altair
The Beriev Be-200 "Altair" is based on the Cold War-era Beriev A-40 "Albatros", a twin-engined amphibious aircraft capable of...
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Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
The Soviets progressed jet-powered amphibious aircraft more so than any world power during the Cold War years. Beriev, with a...
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Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo
The Kangaroo was the product of the Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Company, Limited. The design began as a venture in 1916 to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Boeing 777 (Triple Seven)
Throughout the 1970s, the Boeing Company operated the mammoth 747 four-engined, "wide-body" long-range jet airliner. In 1978,...
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Boeing 777X
The original Boeing 777 wide-body passenger jet airliner was introduced in 1995 (with United Airlines) and became a commercia...
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Boeing 787 (Dreamliner)
The 787 "Dreamliner" represents Boeing's latest foray into the world of commercial passenger air travel. To this point, the p...
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Boeing Model 40
One of the earlier, effective uses of the airplane outside of the military realm was in mail delivery. Until this point in hi...
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Bombardier Global 7000
Canadian-based Bombardier Aerospace is looking to find success with its upcoming, in-development "Global 7000" business marke...
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Breguet Br.19
The French-designed and produced Breguet Br.19 was designed as successor to the stellar Br.14 model line and was developed in...
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Bristol Brabazon
The post-World War 2 Bristol "Brabazon" was born from committee work in 1943 and held direct origins in a wartime bomber desi...
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CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)
Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico ("CANT") was responsible for the excellent Italian floatplane design that was the CANT Z.506 ...
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The government-owned aviation company of COMAC ("COMmercial Aircraft corporation of China") was founded as recently as 2008 a...
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Consolidated PBY Catalina
Maritime aircraft play an understated - yet hugely important - role during World War 2 where their long range capabilities we...
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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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Dassault Falcon 8X
Many aviation companies realize profits through both military- and civilian-minded avenues and the French concern of Dassault...
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Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
The Dornier Do 17 was a medium-class bomber fielded primarily by the German Luftwaffe in the years leading up to World War 2....
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Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
In the mid-1950s, Dornier Flugzeugbau GmbH of West Germany developed the single engine Do 27 Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL...
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Embraer Legacy 500
The "Legacy 500" is Brazilian-based Embraer's entry into the competitive corporate VIP jet market with an expected price in t...
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Eurocopter EC225 (Super Puma)
Eurocopter - now Airbus Helicopters (France) - developed its EC225 "Super Puma" for the passenger transport role particularly...
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Focke-Wulf Fw 200 (Condor)
The German Fw 200 Condor was initially a trans-Atlantic passenger and cargo (mail) aircraft developed by Focke-Wulf and legen...
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Friedrichshafen G.III
The Friedrichshafen G.III was a medium bi-plane class bomber utilized by the German Empire in World War 1 and designed by the...
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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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HAL Dhruv (Polaris)
While still largely reliant on foreign suppliers, the Indian military industry has made strides in developing internal soluti...
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Heinkel He 111
The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 fielded a trio of capable (though eventually limited) medium-class bombers in the Dornier...
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Heinkel He 70 (Blitz)
The Heinkel 70 (Blitz) was originally born out of a need for a speedy aeroplane charged with "fast" mail delivery for the Deu...
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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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Junkers Ju 252
Junkers of Germany was approached by passenger carrier Lufthansa for a new transport design to succeed their classic Junkers ...
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Junkers Ju 52
The tri-motor, prop-driven aircraft achieve popularity for a short time during the Interwar years - the period proceeding Wor...
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Kalinin K-7
Konstantin Kalinin (1889-1938) had forged his history in aviation as a Red Army pilot during the Russian Civil War (1918-1920...
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Kawasaki C-2
With the need to modernize into an independent fighting force (apart from reliance on the United States) and keep in step wit...
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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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Marenco SwissHelicopter SKYe SH09
The SKYe SH09 is an in-development, low-cost, light utility helicopter venture originating out of Swiss-based Marenco SwissHe...
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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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Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)
The original Mil Mi-8 "Hip" medium-lift transport helicopter series first flew in prototype form on July 7th, 1961 and was in...
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Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
Since its adoption into service with the Soviet Air Force during the early 1980s, the Cold War-era Mi-26 (NATO codename of "H...
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Mil Mi-38
Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant holds a long-running history of rotary-wing aircraft design and development, its first successful...
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Mil Mi-4 (Hound)
The broad-reaching Mil Mi-4 series of helicopter (known to NATO as "Hound") first appeared in 1952 and was designed within th...
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Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
The Mil Mi-6 was an inventory stalwart for the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War. For a time, the Mi-6 represen...
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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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Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ)
It has been some time since the island nation of Japan has introduced a wholly indigenously-designed and manufactured jet int...
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Piaggio P.108
The Piaggio P.108 was a multi-faceted airframe developed to fulfill a variety of roles for the Italians during World War 2. S...
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Piasecki H-21 Workhorse
The Piasecki H-21 tandem-rotor helicopter was born from a line of Piasecki products that began with the HRP-1. The HRP-1 util...
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Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2
The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 was born through the Royal Balloon Factory (RBF) establishment which was itself arranged to ...
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ShinMaywa US-2
While no longer as heavily relied upon as in previous decades of military aviation, the flying boat is alive and well through...
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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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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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Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100)
While largely recognized for its strong military hardware roots, Sukhoi introduced their "Superjet 100" line of regional pass...
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Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
The Tupolev concern of Russia holds an aviation history dating as far back as 1926, having since established a name in large ...
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Vickers VC10
The VC10 was born under the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) brand label founded in 1960. The company was something of a co...
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Vickers Vimy
The Vimy was designed to a Royal Air Force (RAF) requirement for a night bomber with inherently long endurance intended to re...
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