Military Factory

Fighter Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/1/2015

As with the bomber, the "fighter" aircraft saw its rather humble beginnings during World War 1 - combining pilot, aircraft and any viable weaponry.





There are a total of (509) Fighter Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1958
AERFER Ariete
In an effort to refine the earlier AERFER "Sagittario 2" ("Archer 2") swept-wing, jet-powered demons... [Read More]
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1956
AERFER Sagittario 2 (Archer 2)
The first Italian aircraft to break the speed of sound under control - the "Sagittario 2" ("Archer ... [Read More]
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1984
AIDC AT-3 Tz-Chiang
The AT-3 is in a special class of aircraft that specialize in both advanced pilot training as well a... [Read More]
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1994
AIDC F-CK-1 (Ching-Kuo) / (Indigenous Defence Fighter)
The AIDC F-CK-1 ("Fighter, Ching-Kuo 1") is a modern lightweight fighter developed by Taiwanese aero... [Read More]
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1915
Airco DH.2
Geoffrey de Havilland was hired by the Airco firm in June of 1914 as lead designer and quickly lent ... [Read More]
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1917
Airco DH.5
With the vantage point afforded to pilots of the earlier Airco DH.2 model, famous aircraft designer ... [Read More]
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1915
Albatros C.III
Albatros built several "C-type" twin-seat reconnaissance biplanes for the German Air Service in Worl... [Read More]
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1916
Albatros D.I
The Albatros Flugzeugwerke firm certainly made a name for itself in World War 1. It was responsible ... [Read More]
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1916
Albatros D.II
Albatros produced a variety of capable fighter mounts throughout World War 1 and the original D.I se... [Read More]
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1917
Albatros D.III
While the Albatros D.I proved critical in winning back air superiority for the Germans in early 1917... [Read More]
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1917
Albatros D.V
At the time of its inception, the Albatros D-series of fighter aircraft (beginning with the D.I mode... [Read More]
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1917
Albatros D.Va
The Albatros D.I of 1916 proved instrumental in bringing air superiority back into the favor of the ... [Read More]
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1947
Alekseyev I-211
Like other global powers in the post-World War 2 period, the Soviet Union was hard at work at develo... [Read More]
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1989
AMX International AMX
The subsonic AMX International AMX (known as the "Gibli" to the Italian Air Force) was the result of... [Read More]
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1933
ANF Les Mureaux (Series)
The ANF les Mureaux series of light observation aircraft first appeared during the inter-war years b... [Read More]
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1918
Ansaldo A 1 Balilla (Hunter)
The Ansaldo A 1 Balilla ("Hunter") was the first aircraft fighter design of Italian origins. Italian... [Read More]
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1940
Arado Ar 240
The Arado Ar 240 was designed to an RLM 1938 response to replace the twin engine, two seat Messersch... [Read More]
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1934
Arado Ar 68
The Arado-production of the Ar 68 signaled a stepping stone for fighter design in the German Luftwaf... [Read More]
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1944
Arado Ar E.381 (Kleinstjager)
The Ar E.381 rocket-fighter proposal was submitted in 1944 for review by the German Air Ministry. Wh... [Read More]
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1936
Arado Ar E.500
The E.500 was a proposed heavy fighter design put forth by Arado Flugzeugwerke of Germany. The syste... [Read More]
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1937
Arado Ar E.561
The Arado Ar E.561 was on the drawing boards as early as 1937. Classified as a heavy fighter, the ty... [Read More]
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1944
Arado Ar E.580
Once the Volksjager competition came around in 1944, Arado Flugzeugwerke went back to a 1943 design ... [Read More]
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1944
Arado Ar E.581.4
The Arado Ar E.581.4 was a proposed single-seat, jet-powered fighter design put forth by the Arado c... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar E.654 (Kampfzerstorer / Skorpion)
The Arado Ar E.654 was proposed as a heavy fighter / destroyer platform designed from another Arado... [Read More]
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1945
Arado Ar Projekt II
The Arado Ar Projekt II was a proposed jet-powered fighter of considerable size. It carried a basic ... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15
The Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15 concept was born out of an in-house research project studying the possibil... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-19
With development of the advanced twin-engine, jet-powered Ar 234 "Blitz" bomber coming along, the Ar... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-23
The single-seat, jet-powered Arado Ar TEW 16/43-23 design was penciled sometime in 1943. Categorized... [Read More]
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1945
Arado NJ-1 Nacht Jager (Night Hunter)
Project NJ-1 "Nacht Jager 1" ("Night Hunter 1") was put forth by the Arado concern of Germany during... [Read More]
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1917
Armstrong Whitworth FK8
The Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 model series was a biplane aircraft conceived of by aircraft designer ... [Read More]
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1924
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin
The Armstrong Whitworth Siskin (a siskin being a smallish yellow-tinged finch) was the primary air m... [Read More]
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1946
Arsenal VB-10
The Arsenal VB-10 was the culmination of advanced, prop-driven fighter work by Arsenal de l'Aeronati... [Read More]
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1940
Arsenal VG-33
In the grand scope of World War 2 fighter aircraft there is a little-remembered French design design... [Read More]
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1949
Arsenal VG-90
French aviation's road to respectability in the period immediately following World War 2 (1939-1945)... [Read More]
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1942
Avia B.135
Though originating as a Czech pre-war design (through the Avia B.35 venture), the B.135 was utilized... [Read More]
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1938
Avia B.35
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1945) the nation of Czechoslovakia maintained a strong local military ind... [Read More]
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1934
Avia B.534
The Czechoslovakian Avia B.534 series of biplane was a highly regarded though often forgotten produc... [Read More]
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1917
Aviatik D.I (Berg D.I)
The Aviatik D.I served the Austro-Hungarian Empire as a fighter and reconnaissance escort through th... [Read More]
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1933
Avions Fairey Fox
Avions Fairey was set up in Belgium as an offshoot of the Fairey Aviation Company of Britain. The pr... [Read More]
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1952
Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck
The Avro Canada CF-100 "Canuck" marked the first indigenously designed, developed, and serially prod... [Read More]
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1978
BAe Sea Harrier
The arrival of the land-based Hawker Siddeley Harrier revolutionized the British military approach u... [Read More]
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1917
Beardmore WB III / SB 3
The Beardmore WB III was nothing more than a highly-modified, navalized version of the successful la... [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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1941
Bell P-39 Airacobra
The Bell P-39 Airacobra is yet another in the long line aircraft studies stemming from World War 2 i... [Read More]
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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 Ame... [Read More]
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1943
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
At its core, the Bell P-63 Kingcobra proved a modest improvement over the relative failure that was ... [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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1940
Bell XFL Airabonita
The XFL "Airabonita" was a Bell Aircraft Company product developed in parallel with the P-39 Airacob... [Read More]
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1944
Bell XP-77
The deteriorating war situations in both Europe and the Far East during World War 2 began forcing Am... [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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1942
Berezniak-Isayev BI
Rocket- and jet-powered fighter aircraft were not the sole developments of Germany, Britain, and the... [Read More]
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1945
Blackburn Firebrand
The Blackburn Firebrand was a carried-based strike fighter aircraft developed by Blackburn Aircraft ... [Read More]
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1939
Bloch MB.150 (Series)
The Bloch MB.150 was a family of modern, all-metal monoplane fighter types developed for the French ... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv 155
The Blohm & Voss Bv 155 can trace its long and ever changing history back to a Messerschmitt project... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv 40
While generally focused on shipbuilding for its role in history, the German concern of Blohm und Vos... [Read More]
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1943
Blohm and Voss Bv Ae 607
The Blohm & Voss concern of Germany has been remembered primarily as a shipbuilder but it also provi... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv P.208
Blohm and Voss, the famous German shipbuilder of World War 2 was also responsible for several of the... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv P.209.02
1944 presented a myriad of problems for the Germans during World War 2 (1939-1945). Such was the pai... [Read More]
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1945
Blohm and Voss Bv P.212
A major strategic oversight on the part of the German Air Ministry was not pursuing large four-engin... [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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1997
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas X-36
The Boeing X-36 (formerly McDonnell Douglas) was a unmanned technology demonstrator and served NASA ... [Read More]
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2015
Boeing F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet
Seeking to fill the void now presented by the expected delay of the F-35 Lightning II strike fightin... [Read More]
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1999
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 "Hornet" carrier-borne fighter line of the United States Navy (USN) pro... [Read More]
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1928
Boeing F2B (Model 69)
The Boeing F2B biplane fighter served the United States Navy in a carrier-based fighter role. It was... [Read More]
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1929
Boeing F4B / P-12
In the latter half of the 1920s, Boeing undertook another private venture of a pursuit-minded milita... [Read More]
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1932
Boeing P-26 Peashooter
The P-26 became the first all-metal fighter design for the United States. Appearing similar to the l... [Read More]
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1924
Boeing PW-9 (Model 15)
The Boeing PW-9 series was based on the company's "Model 15" aircraft which, in turn, held origins b... [Read More]
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1944
Boeing XF8B
The Boeing XF8B "do-everything" carrier-based fighter-bomber prototype of World War 2 (1939-1945) em... [Read More]
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1928
Boeing XP-8
Following World War 1 (1914-1918), the aircraft as a military platform advanced beyond its original ... [Read More]
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1939
Boulton Paul Defiant
The inter-war years saw a vast shift to more modern and potent aircraft platforms. The Boulton Paul ... [Read More]
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1917
Breguet Br.14
French aviation design triumphed with the arrival of the Breguet Br.14 series (sometimes written as ... [Read More]
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1915
Breguet Br.5
The Breguet Br.5 series of biplane bomber was developed from the Breguet Br.4. The Br.5 was operated... [Read More]
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1937
Brewster F2A Buffalo
The stubby F2A Buffalo series became the United States Navy's first operational aircraft of monoplan... [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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1929
Bristol Bulldog
In 1926, the British Air Ministry put forth a specification for a radial-piston engine fighter desig... [Read More]
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1917
Bristol F.2
The Bristol F.2 fighter series operated throughout the British Empire for decades, serving through W... [Read More]
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1914
Bristol Scout
The Bristol Scout was born from a racing aircraft and was, therefore, based upon an excellent perfor... [Read More]
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1942
CAC Boomerang
The Commonwealth Boomerang (also known as the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation - or "CAC" - Boomera... [Read More]
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1946
CAC CA-15 (Kangaroo)
Much of Australian industry was evolved and put to the test during World War 2 (1939-1945). Its avia... [Read More]
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1954
CAC CA-27 Avon-Sabre (F-86F)
The F-86 "Sabre" was a success story for the North American Company as 9,860 of all types were made,... [Read More]
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1962
Canadair CF-104 Starfighter
Canadair took to producing several American-originated aircraft during the Cold War decades that inc... [Read More]
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1968
Canadair CF-5 Freedom Fighter (CF-116)
When it came time for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) to upgrade it aged stock of 1950s-era figh... [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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1936
Caproni AP.1
A pair of Ca.301 prototypes served as the basis for a new Italian attack aircraft. The original desi... [Read More]
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1917
Caudron G.6
The French aviation concern of Caudron continued to evolve their serviceable G-series reconnaissance... [Read More]
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1918
Caudron R.11
The Caudron R.11 was initially developed as an armed reconnaissance platform for the French Air Serv... [Read More]
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2005
Chengdu J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) / F-10 Vanguard
The Chengdu Jian-J10 (also "J-10" and "Annihilator" but known to the West as "Vigorous Dragon") was ... [Read More]
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2017
Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)
The Chinese Chengdu J-20 "Black Eagle" is a 5th Generation fighter design exhibiting stealth charact... [Read More]
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1980
Chengdu J-7 / F-7
After World War 2 (1939-1945), China and the Soviet Union were cooperating political powers. This na... [Read More]
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2010
Chengdu JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)
The FC-1/JF-17 lightweight multirole combat fighter platform was developed jointly by the Chengdu Ai... [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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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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1954
Convair XFY Pogo
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1933
Curtiss A-12 (Shrike)
The A-12 was an inter-war product of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company first appearing in 1933... [Read More]
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1924
Curtiss F6C HAWK
The Curtiss F6C Hawk series of aircraft was in fact the US Navy/Marine model of the US Army's P-1 Ha... [Read More]
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1931
Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk
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1938
Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75 / Mohawk)
The Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft saw considerable operational service in the years leading up to, and ... [Read More]
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1941
Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk
The Curtiss P-40 "Tomahawk" became an offshoot of the classic American P-40 "Warhawk" monoplane figh... [Read More]
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1941
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
The Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk" series of fighter aircraft was a further development of the Curtiss P-36 ... [Read More]
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1929
Curtiss P-6 Hawk
Originally based on the existing Curtiss P-1B series of fighter aircraft, the Curtiss P-6 Hawk serie... [Read More]
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1944
Curtiss XF14C
Curtiss Aircraft enjoyed success with its inline piston-engined P-40 "Warhawk" series of fighters wh... [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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1939
Curtiss XP-42
The Curtiss XP-42 was a further development of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk model though it would share som... [Read More]
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1941
Curtiss XP-46
The smallish XP-46 was to be the answer for the deficiencies encountered in the P-40 Warhawk platfor... [Read More]
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1941
Curtiss XP-60
Many attempts by many American companies were made to replace outmoded and outgoing fighters in serv... [Read More]
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1943
Curtiss XP-62
Curtiss Aeroplane's success in delivering a U.S. Army fighter was in the classic P-40 "Warhawk" line... [Read More]
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1939
Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Demon
In the pre-World War 2 world, engineers at Curtiss-Wright began work on an export-minded, single-sea... [Read More]
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1943
Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender
The XP-55 Ascender was an unorthodox attempt by the Curtiss-Wright company that produced just three ... [Read More]
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1943
Curtiss-Wright XP-71
Prior to America's entry into World War 2 (1939-1945) in 1941, the war was viewed from an "outside-l... [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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1962
Dassault Etendard IV
The base Dassault Etendard began as a private venture that was initially greeted without much intere... [Read More]
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1952
Dassault MD.450 Ouragan (Hurricane)
The Dassault MD.450 "Ouragan" (meaning "Hurricane") became France's first home-grown operational, je... [Read More]
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1979
Dassault Mirage 2000
The Dassault Mirage 2000 formed a potent interceptor and strike component of the French Air Force fo... [Read More]
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1973
Dassault Mirage F1
The Dassault Mirage F1 was designed to replace the successful Dassault Mirage III series. With a hos... [Read More]
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1967
Dassault Mirage G
The idea of variable sweep wing mainplanes was in play as early as the 1920s and 1930s but did not s... [Read More]
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1961
Dassault Mirage III
The Mirage III supersonic fighter line proved a popular product throughout the Cold War decades wher... [Read More]
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1955
Dassault Mystere / Super Mystere
The Dassault-produced Mystere series of turbojet aircraft appeared just when the French nation was i... [Read More]
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2001
Dassault Rafale
The Dassault Rafale is the primary French multirole 4th Generation Fighter aircraft. During the 1970... [Read More]
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1978
Dassault Super Etendard
The Dassault "Super Etendard" was a further development of the original French Dassault Etendard IV ... [Read More]
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1946
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire
The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire held two key distinctions concerning aviation history - she was the ... [Read More]
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1946
de Havilland DH.103 Hornet / Sea Hornet
The de Havilland DH.98 "Mosquito" achieved a tremendous level of success for its part in World War 2... [Read More]
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1959
de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen
United Kingdom engineers delivered several notable aircraft designs during the Cold War decades. Onc... [Read More]
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1956
de Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom
With the de Havilland Venom already in the works for the British Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Na... [Read More]
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1952
de Havilland DH.112 Venom
The de Havilland Vampire became the British Royal Air Force's second jet-powered fighter after the f... [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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1986
Denel (Atlas) Cheetah
The Denel (formally Atlas) Cheetah came about from a South African Air Force requirement to update o... [Read More]
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1936
Dewoitine D.500
The D.500 series, as a whole, was merely a stop-gap design for France - bridging a gap between two e... [Read More]
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1939
Dewoitine D.520
The Dewoitine D.520 was a single seat piston-engine fighter designed and built for the French Air Fo... [Read More]
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1937
Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
The Dornier Do 17 was a medium-class bomber fielded primarily by the German Luftwaffe in the years l... [Read More]
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1939
Dornier Do 215
The Dornier Do 215 was originally intended for export, beginning life as a redesignated version of t... [Read More]
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1941
Dornier Do 217
The Dornier Do 217 was a multi-role aircraft design for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (193... [Read More]
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1945
Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (Arrow)
The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (or "Arrow") was one of the more interesting examples of a twin prop-driven... [Read More]
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1945
Dornier Do P.256 (Project 256)
Dornier of World War 2 Germany was forced by the Air Ministry to focus its production strength on bo... [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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1941
Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
The Douglas A-20 Havoc served Allied forces through most of World War 2, fighting for British, Ameri... [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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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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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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1942
Douglas P-70 Nighthawk
To shore up its need for a dedicated night fighter in 1940, the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)... [Read More]
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1964
EGAO Helwan HA-300
Germany's defeat in World War 2 (1939-1945) meant that its military-industrial capability was heavil... [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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2003
Eurofighter Typhoon
The Eurofighter Typhoon represents much of what is both good and bad in multi-national joint venture... [Read More]
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1943
Fairey Firefly
The Fairey Firefly was a hugely successful, two-seat, carrierborne fighter aircraft serving with the... [Read More]
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1923
Fairey Flycatcher
The primary Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) fighter aircraft of the 1920s and early 1930s became the ... [Read More]
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1940
Fairey Fulmar
The Fairey Fulmar became the British Fleet Air Arm's first dedicated monoplane fighter when it was i... [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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1938
Fiat CR.32
Arguably the best biplane fighter of Italian design before the start of the Second World War. The pl... [Read More]
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1939
Fiat CR.42 Falco (Falcon)
Despite its by-gone era appearance, the Fiat CR.42 Falco (meaning "Falcon") played a crucial role in... [Read More]
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1938
Fiat G.50 Freccia (Arrow)
The Fiat G.50 Freccia (meaning "Arrow") series provided the Italian Air Force with a then-modern mon... [Read More]
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1943
Fiat G.55 Centauro (Centaur)
Undoubtedly, the Fiat G.55 Centauro (Centaur) served as Italy's best fighter design of World War 2. ... [Read More]
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1943
Fisher XP-75 / P-75 Eagle
General Motors became a major player in the American manufacturing realm when World War 2 arrived fo... [Read More]
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1948
FMA IAe 30 Namcu (Eagle)
In 1947, the Argentine Air Force broadened its strategic reach by purchasing a fleet of 30 Avro Linc... [Read More]
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1950
FMA IAe 33 Pulqui II (Arrow II)
Argentina's first attempt at an indigenous jet-powered fighter was an underwhelming one by way of th... [Read More]
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1944
Focke-Achgelis Fa 269
Focke-Achgelis was founded prior to World War 2 in 1937, and marked a partnership between Heinrich F... [Read More]
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1937
Focke-Wulf Fw 187 Falke (Falcon)
Despite demonstrating some impressive performance statistics from underpowered engines, the Focke-Wu... [Read More]
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1941
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (Wurger)
While the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter/fighter-bomber became the iconic German fighter of World War ... [Read More]
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1936
Focke-Wulf Fw 57
The Focke-Wulf Fw 57 was born during a period of military aviation history when the enemy bomber req... [Read More]
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1944
Focke-Wulf Fw P.VII (Flitzer)
The situation in Germany during World War 2 was one that forced its aviation industry to continually... [Read More]
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1943
Focke-Wulf Projekt II
Famous German aviation engineer Kurt Tank (designer of the Fw 190 and Ta 153 fighters) fleshed out t... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Super Lorin
The "Super Lorin" stood as one of the many "paper airplane" projects undertaken by German aviation d... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 152
The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 was a short-lived, high-level interceptor fielded by the German Luftwaffe in t... [Read More]
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1944
Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito)
The Ta 154 Moskito ("Mosquito") was another product of the Focke-Wulf aircraft design firm operating... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 183 (Huckebein)
By late in World War 2, German authorities had already made a stout commitment to the production of ... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 283
The deteriorating late-war situation for Germany in World War 2 (1939-1945) was brought about, in pa... [Read More]
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1918
Fokker C.I
The Fokker C.I was a biplane aircraft that entered development under the flag of the German Empire d... [Read More]
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1918
Fokker D.VII
Regarded as Germany's finest fighter of World War 1 (1914-1918), the Fokker D.VII actually had a sho... [Read More]
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1918
Fokker D.VIII (Fokker E.V)
The Fokker D.VIII was a rare monoplane design of World War 1 and regarded as one of the best fighter... [Read More]
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1938
Fokker D.XXI
Designed by Anthony Fokker in 1935, the Fokker D.XXI first flew on March 27th, 1936. The system was ... [Read More]
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1917
Fokker Dr.I (Dreidecker)
The Fokker Dr.I ("Dr" for "Dreidecker" meaning "triplane") series is most closely associated with Ma... [Read More]
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1915
Fokker E (Eindecker)
As with most aircraft developed during World War 1, the Eindecker series enjoyed a relatively short ... [Read More]
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1938
Fokker G.I (Reaper)
The Fokker G.I "Reaper" began as a private venture in 1936 under the leadership of Dr. Erich Schatzk... [Read More]
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1959
Folland / Hawker-Siddeley Gnat
The Folland Gnat was a swept-wing, jet-powered fighter of British origins appearing in the middle of... [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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1935
Gloster Gauntlet
Gloster Gauntlet origins lay in a Gloster design appearing in the late 1920's for the Royal Air Forc... [Read More]
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1937
Gloster Gladiator
The Gloster Gladiator was a product of the Gloster Aircraft Company and a design of one Henry Philli... [Read More]
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1956
Gloster Javelin
The Gloster Javelin was the first twin-engine delta-wing jet fighter design to take up service with ... [Read More]
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1945
Goodyear F2G Super Corsair
Goodyear was one of the companies charged with large-scale production of the classic, war-winning Vo... [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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1945
Gotha Go P.60A/B
The Gotha P.60 was a highly-modified version of the famous Horten Ho 229 "flying wing" appearing in ... [Read More]
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1945
Gotha Go P.60C
The Gotha Project 60C nightfighter was another late-war "paper airplane" design attempt intended to ... [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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1935
Grumman F2F
Leroy Grumman designed this portly biplane fighter for the United States Navy. Grumman had already m... [Read More]
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1936
Grumman F3F
When the United States Navy (USN) adopted the Grumman F3F series, it took on its last biplane-arrang... [Read More]
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1940
Grumman F4F Wildcat
The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the unsung hero of the Allied Pacific Theater campaign in the early year... [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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1933
Grumman FF
Grumman began its long-running relationship with the United States Navy when the service branch adop... [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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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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1941
Grumman XP-50 Skyrocket
Firmly entrenched as an aircraft supplier to the United States Navy, the Grumman aircraft company se... [Read More]
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1977
HAL Ajeet (Invincible)
The Indian Air Force was a primary operator of the classic British Folland "Gnat", a swept-wing, sub... [Read More]
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2025
HAL AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft)
India plans to join other military powers - namely the United States, Russia, and (possibly) China -... [Read More]
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1967
HAL HF-24 Marut (Spirit of the Tempest)
The modern Indian Air Force (IAF) has a relatively young history when compared to world heavyweights... [Read More]
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2022
HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA
In December of 2010, it was announced that a partnership deal had been reached between the governmen... [Read More]
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1918
Halberstadt CL.IV
The CL.IV was a further development of the CL.II design, both aircraft a product of Halberstadt Flug... [Read More]
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1916
Hanriot HD.1
Despite its French origins, the Hanriot HD.1 biplane fighter saw extensive service with the Belgian ... [Read More]
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1916
Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (Type LDD)
The Hansa-Brandenburg C.I was a two-seat reconnaissance aircraft seeing action with the Austro-Hunga... [Read More]
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1916
Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (Type KD)
The D.I was another of Ernst Heinkel's aircraft designs for the Hansa-Brandenburg firm (known formal... [Read More]
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1917
Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
The Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 was a two-seat floatplane fighter seaplane design serving the German Empi... [Read More]
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1953
Hawker (Armstrong Whitworth) Sea Hawk
The Hawker Sea Hawk (also Armstrong Whitworth Sea Hawk) was a no-nonsense navy fighter aircraft desi... [Read More]
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1931
Hawker Fury (I & II)
The Hawker Fury was the mainstay of Britain air defense throughout the 1930's until being replaced b... [Read More]
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1956
Hawker Hunter
The Hawker Hunter was the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy jet fighter of choice for decades since its... [Read More]
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1937
Hawker Hurricane
The Hawker Hurricane was the culmination of a series of capable metal biplane fighters evolved by th... [Read More]
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1933
Hawker Nimrod
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1945
Hawker Sea Fury / Fury
The Hawker Sea Fury was developed out Hawker's Typhoon and Tempest aircraft designs utilized by Brit... [Read More]
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1941
Hawker Sea Hurricane
When the need arose for British shipping to be protected from air attack during World War 2, the lan... [Read More]
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1944
Hawker Tempest
The Hawker Tempest originally appeared as an improved Hawker Typhoon, the war-winning aircraft that ... [Read More]
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1939
Hawker Tornado
The Hawker Tornado was born of the same initiative that brought forth the Hawker Typhoon of World Wa... [Read More]
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1941
Hawker Typhoon
The Hawker Typhoon (affectionate known as the "Tiffie") was initially intended as a dedicated interc... [Read More]
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1935
Heinkel He 112
The Heinkel He 112 was the only serious threat (next to the Messerschmitt Bf 109) to becoming German... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He 162 Volksjager (Peoples Fighter)
The He 162 Volksjager (the "People's Fighter") was developed as a quick solution to stem the tide of... [Read More]
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1943
Heinkel He 219 Uhu (Eagle-Owl)
The advanced Heinkel He 219 "Uhu" (meaning "Eagle-Owl") was an impressive dedicated night-fighter pl... [Read More]
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1941
Heinkel He 280
Though never produced in any operational format, the Heinkel He 280 series was the world's first tur... [Read More]
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1935
Heinkel He 51
The He 51 was a product of the German Heinkel firm and a design of the Gunter twins, Walter and Sieg... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1077 (Julia)
1944 proved a critical year for Germany and its fabled Luftwaffe. Once a master of the skies, advanc... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1078B
The various fighter programs of wartime Germany in World War 2 produced a bevy of fantastical design... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1078C
Germany's Emergency Fighter Program was enacted in the middle of July in 1944 in response to the All... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1079 (Zerstorer)
One of the greatest threats to The Reich in the latter stages of World War 2 (1939-1945) was the bom... [Read More]
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1944
Heinkel Lerche (Lark)
Several aviation concerns of World War 2 fame (1939-1945) delved into the concept of Vertical Take-O... [Read More]
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1936
Henschel Hs 124 (Kampfzerstorer)
Many aviation concerns of pre-World War 2 Germany competed to have their submission selected by the ... [Read More]
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1941
Henschel Hs P.75
The Henschel Hs P.75 appeared in 1941 as a possible contender to the outmoded and outclassed Messers... [Read More]
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1997
HESA Azarakhsh (Lightning)
Iran received the first of its Northrop F-5 "Freedom Fighter" aircraft from the United States beginn... [Read More]
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2018
HESA F-313 Qaher (Conqueror)
The Iranian government and military are billing their Qaher-313 ("Conqueror") (also "F-313" or "Q-31... [Read More]
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2014
HESA Saeqeh (Thunderbolt)
The Islamic Republic of Iran has benefited greatly from their associations with both the United Stat... [Read More]
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2015
HESA Shafaq (Before the Dawn)
The Shafaq (formally known as the "Integral" and translating to "Before the Dawn") is a two-seat, li... [Read More]
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1945
Horten Ho IX / Horten Ho 229
The Horten Ho IX (or "Horten Ho 229" - sometimes wrongly designated the "Gotha Go 229") maintains a ... [Read More]
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1944
Horton Ho X
The Horten Ho X (10) continued the Horten Brother's love affair with the flying wing concept. The co... [Read More]
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1943
Hughes Model D-2 (XP-73 / XA-37)
The Hughes Model D-2 was born around 1937 to compete for the US Army Air Corp's (USAAC) contract for... [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 Lavi (Young Lion)
In the late 1970s, Israeli thinking began to focus on upgrading its stock of aging Douglas A-4 "Skyh... [Read More]
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1991
IAI Nammer (Leopard)
The prior success of the potent and effective IAI "Kfir" fighter-bomber platform for the Israeli Air... [Read More]
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1972
IAI Nesher (Vulture)
The nation of Israel, in its modern incarnation, was born into war and this meant that a ready and w... [Read More]
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1941
IAR 80 / IAR 81
When first unveiled in 1938, the Romanian-produced I.A.R. 80 (IAR = Industria Aeronautica Romana) pi... [Read More]
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1944
Ilyushin IL-1
The Ilyushin Design Bureau was founded in Moscow, Russia during January of 1933 and its services wer... [Read More]
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1918
Junkers CL.I
The Junkers CL.I was something of a break-through aircraft design for its time, appearing during the... [Read More]
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1944
Junkers Ju 388 (Stortebeker)
The Junkers Ju 88 became a workhorse medium bomber for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (1939... [Read More]
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1939
Junkers Ju 88
The Junkers Ju 88 formed a third of the German Luftwaffe medium bomber triad of World War 2 (1939-19... [Read More]
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1945
Junkers Ju EF 128
The Emergency Fighter Program (EFP) brought about by the German Luftwaffe during the latter stages o... [Read More]
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2026
KAI KF-X
The "5th Generation Fighter" - along with the "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" - is the current buzzword in... [Read More]
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1943
Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)
Early in World War 2 (1939-1945), Japanese authorities understood that their conquest of the Pacific... [Read More]
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1943
Kawanishi N1K-J Shiden (George)
Despite some early setbacks in design, the Kawanishi N1K1-J "Shiden" (or "violet lightning" - codena... [Read More]
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1945
Kawasaki Ki-100
Despite being produced in severely limited numbers (thanks in large part to the Allied bombing campa... [Read More]
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1944
Kawasaki Ki-102 (Randy)
The two-seat, twin-engine Ki-102 was classified as a close-support/heavy fighter aircraft and develo... [Read More]
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1945
Kawasaki Ki-108
The Ki-102 heavy fighter was introduced late in the Pacific War by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Se... [Read More]
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1944
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIc Toryu (Nick)
Despite serving in limited numbers, fielded with no search-finding radar and appearing as the only I... [Read More]
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1942
Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)
By 1937, interest in a twin-engine fighter had peaked for the Imperial Japanese Army so much so that... [Read More]
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1941
Kawasaki Ki-60
The Kawasaki Ki-60 was an ultimately abandoned interceptor/fighter design that was attempted as earl... [Read More]
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1943
Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Tony)
The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (meaning "Swallow" and codenamed "Tony" by the Allies) was another of the of... [Read More]
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1943
Kawasaki Ki-64 (Rob)
During the height of World War 2 (1939-1945), all major participants undertook various programs to f... [Read More]
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1943
Kawasaki Ki-88
Concerned about the slow progress in getting the complex Kawasaki Ki-64 Heavy Fighter into the air (... [Read More]
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1943
Kawasaki Ki-96
After witnessing the successes encountered by the German Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine, two-seat ... [Read More]
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1938
Koolhoven F.K.55
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1945) the Dutch held a respectable aero industry that produced a few nota... [Read More]
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1940
Koolhoven F.K.58
Prior to its conquer at the hands of Nazi Germany, the Netherlands held a viable, standalone aero-in... [Read More]
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1945
Kyushu J7W Shinden (Magnificent Lightning)
The unorthodox Kyushu J7W Shinden ("Magnificent Lightning") was a "wonder-weapon" of the Empire of J... [Read More]
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1947
Lavochkin La-11 (Fang)
The Lavochkin La-11 was designed from the successful Lavochkin La-9 series of piston engine fighters... [Read More]
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1949
Lavochkin La-15 (Fantail)
A series of Lavochkin jet-powered fighter prototypes preceded the La-15 (NATO reporting name of "Fan... [Read More]
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1946
Lavochkin La-150
In February of 1945 Soviet leader Josef Stalin issued a directive for a single-seat fighter to be bu... [Read More]
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1946
Lavochkin La-152 (Series)
In February of 1945, Soviet leader Josef Stalin ordered aviation concerns to concentrate their energ... [Read More]
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1947
Lavochkin La-160
The Lavochkin concern of the Soviet Union provided several notable wartime fighter developments duri... [Read More]
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1942
Lavochkin La-5
Design of the Lavochkin La-5 series of low-to-medium altitude, prop-driven fighter was spurred on by... [Read More]
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1944
Lavochkin La-7
The Lavochkin La-7 was an improved variant of the preceding La-5 form. It incorporated a new Shvetso... [Read More]
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1946
Lavochkin La-9 (Fritz)
Lavochkin produced two notable fighters during the defense of the Soviet Union in World War 2 (1939-... [Read More]
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1941
Lavochkin LaGG-3
The LaGG-3 piston-engine pursuit fighter (the LaGG in the designation coming from "Lavochkin-Gorbuno... [Read More]
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1916
LFG Roland C.II (Whale)
The LFG Roland C.II was a rather advanced biplane fighter design of World War 1 (1914-1918) serving ... [Read More]
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1918
LFG Roland D.VI
The LFG Roland D.VI was adopted by the German Air Service of World War 1 (1914-1918) as a successor ... [Read More]
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1944
Lippisch P.13A
Alexander Lippisch (1894-1976) became an important figure in aviation research, having earned his "w... [Read More]
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1915
Lloyd C.II
The Lloyd C.II was a reconnaissance biplane fielded by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War 1, w... [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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2016
Lockheed F-35 Lightning II
The Lockheed F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter development of the United States that i... [Read More]
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1942
Lockheed L-133 Starjet
Jet-powered flight was a concept already taking hold even before the events of World War 2 1939-1945... [Read More]
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2005
Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor
The Lockheed F-22 "Raptor" represents a culmination of decades-worth of data collection, testing and... [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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1939
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning, nicknamed the "Fork-Tailed Devil" - Der Gabelschwanz Teufel - by the Ge... [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 XP-49
The XP-49 was a development of the Lockheed Corporation and a possible replacement for its successfu... [Read More]
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1944
Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning
The XP-58 "Chain Lightning" was initially envisioned as a larger version of the successful Lockheed ... [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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1917
LTG FD.1
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1915
LVG C.II
The LVG C.II was a limited-production reconnaissance scout plane utilized by the German Empire durin... [Read More]
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1917
LVG C.V
The LVG C.V was a general-purpose, two-seat reconnaissance aircraft utilized by the German air servi... [Read More]
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1917
LVG D.III
LVG (Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft) was established in Berlin-Johannisthal, Germany during 1912 and amo... [Read More]
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1939
Macchi C.200 Saetta (Lightning)
The Macchi C.200 Saetta ("Lightning" or "Arrow") became a hugely important contributor for the natio... [Read More]
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1941
Macchi C.202 Folgore (Thunderbolt)
The Macchi C.202 Folgore ("Thunderbolt") served as one of the top Italian-designed fighters during t... [Read More]
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1943
Macchi C.205 Veltro (Greyhound)
The Macchi C.205 "Veltro" ("Greyhound") - also known as "MC.205" - was a further evolution of the Ma... [Read More]
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1917
Macchi M.5
The Italian concern of Macchi was founded in 1912 by Giulio Macchi out of Varese, Italy. Despite Ita... [Read More]
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1918
Macchi M.7
Before the Italian concern of Macchi developed its stable of frontline fighters for the Italian Air ... [Read More]
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1938
Martin-Baker MB.2
Before the Martin-Baker name became associated with ejection seats in jet-powered aircraft, it estab... [Read More]
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1942
Martin-Baker MB.3
The original Martin-Baker MB.1 civilian-minded lightweight aircraft was lost in a fire that claimed ... [Read More]
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1944
Martin-Baker MB.5
Martin-Baker, who would go one to become a well-known aircraft ejection seat-maker, originally was i... [Read More]
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1918
Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard
The Martinsyde F.4 "Buzzard" was a British-designed, single-seat fighting biplane appearing in the l... [Read More]
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1985
MBB Lampyridae (Firefly)
It is now clear that, during the 1980s, the Americans were not the only power working on low-observa... [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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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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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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1943
McDonnell XP-67 Bat / Moonbat
The XP-67 was the first attempt by the McDonnell corporation to build a fighter for the United State... [Read More]
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1937
Messerschmitt Bf 109
In the years leading up to and during World War 2, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the principle fighte... [Read More]
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1937
Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer)
The Messerschmitt name was tied to many aircraft products during World War 2 (1939-1945) - the class... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet (Comet)
The German Messerschmitt Me 163 "Komet" was perhaps the most unique frontline, operational-level fig... [Read More]
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1943
Messerschmitt Me 209-II
The Messerschmitt Me 209-II was a proposed successor to the far-reaching Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighte... [Read More]
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1943
Messerschmitt Me 210
The twin-engined heavy fighter saw its battlefield usefulness realized during World War 2 where desi... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me 262 (Schwalbe / Sturmvogel)
The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the German answer to a failing war effort heading into 1945 during Worl... [Read More]
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1942
Messerschmitt Me 309
The Messerschmitt Me 309 was one of two fighters (joining the later Me 209-II) developed by the Germ... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me 328
The "parasite" fighter had long held an interest within the minds of aircraft engineers, particularl... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1101
The Messerschmitt Me P.1101 was a swept-wing, single-seat, single-engine jet-powered fighter aircraf... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1101/92
In 1944, Messerschmitt (among other German aircraft firms) was hard at work penciling out design con... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1106
Realizing the limitations of the P.1101 jet-powered, variable-wing fighter design, German engineer D... [Read More]
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1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1110
The Emergency Fighter Program (EFP) was begun in July of 1944 by the German Luftwaffe to help produc... [Read More]
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1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1111
Messerschmitt AG of World War 2 Germany managed three of the more iconic aircraft used operationally... [Read More]
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1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1112
Messerschmitt's last turbojet-powered aircraft submission of World War 2 (1939-1945) became its P.11... [Read More]
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1999
Mikoyan MiG 1.42 / 1.44 / MFI
Mikoyan designed the MiG 1.42 in response to a Soviet requirement for a multi-role frontline fighter... [Read More]
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1984
Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
The Mikoyan MiG-29 "Fulcrum" did much to further Soviet/Russian aviation technology and, along with ... [Read More]
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2009
Mikoyan MiG-29K (Fulcrum-D)
The Mikoyan MiG-29K (NATO = "Fulcrum-D") is a navalized variant of the successful Mikoyan MiG-29 Ful... [Read More]
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2007
Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F)
The Mikoyan MiG-35 is the latest incarnation of the successful light-weight MiG-29 Fulcrum series. W... [Read More]
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1940
Mikoyan-Gurevich DIS (MiG-5)
Nearly all world air services of the interwar period entertained the concept of a twin-engined "heav... [Read More]
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1941
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-1 / MiG-3
Despite being one of the fastest Soviet piston-engine designs in the early years of the war, the MiG... [Read More]
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1949
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot)
The MiG-15 (codenamed "Fagot" by the United Nations in reference to a "hastily bundled pile of stick... [Read More]
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1952
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
As impressive as the later versions of the MiG-15 fighter were (detailed elsewhere on this site), th... [Read More]
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1955
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
As with most global powers of World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Union forged a bulk of its jet fig... [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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1946
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo)
The MiG-9 (NATO codename of "Fargo") was only the second attempt by the Soviet Union at designing an... [Read More]
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1962
Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-8 (Fishbed) / (MiG-23)
While it may seem that the West was the only power at work on fantastical "x-planes" during the Cold... [Read More]
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1940
Miles M.20
Victory for Britain in the early stages of World War 2 (1939-1945) was not assured and this led the ... [Read More]
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1937
Mitsubishi A5M (Claude)
The Mitsubishi A5M (code-named "Claude" by the Allies) became the world's first shipborne monoplane ... [Read More]
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1940
Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen (Zero)
The Mitsubishi A6M "Rei-sen" was the primary naval fighter of the Japanese Empire heading into World... [Read More]
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1945
Mitsubishi A7M Reppu (Sam)
Japanese engineers developed many fine fighter designs during the height of World War 2 including th... [Read More]
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2020
Mitsubishi ATD-X (Shinshin)
Joining several other notable world air powers, Japan is in the process of developing an indigenous ... [Read More]
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1978
Mitsubishi F-1 (Supersonic Rei-Sen)
In the decades following World War 2 (1939-1945), the Japanese defense industry was rebuilt. After t... [Read More]
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2000
Mitsubishi F-2
The Mitsubishi F-2 fighter was initially intended as a wholly indigenous Japanese multirole fighter ... [Read More]
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1944
Mitsubishi Ki-109
The Mitsubishi Ki-109 was a specialized derivative of the Mitsubishi Ki-67 heavy bomber detailed els... [Read More]
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1941
Mitsubishi Ki-46 (Dinah)
Since May of 1937, the Empire of Japan - both the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force and the Imperial ... [Read More]
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1944
Mitsubishi Ki-73 (Steve)
During May of 1943, Japanese authorities delivered a new requirement for a single-seat, single-engin... [Read More]
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1945
Mitsubishi Ki-83
The Japanese held a talent for developing excellent twin-engined aircraft during World War 2 (1939-1... [Read More]
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1938
Morane-Saulnier MS 405 / 406
The Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 was a single engine, piston-powered, single-seat fighter appearing just ... [Read More]
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1915
Morane-Saulnier Type N
The Moraine-Saulnier Type N (or simply "Moraine-Saulnier N") was a French fighter aircraft of the Fi... [Read More]
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1942
Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe)
As an island nation with a primary military focus placed on a powerful navy, the Empire of Japan was... [Read More]
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1942
Nakajima J1N1 Gekko (Irving)
Many of the participating air powers of World War 2 (1939-1945) adopted twin-engine "heavy fighter" ... [Read More]
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1944
Nakajima J5N Tenrai (Heavenly Thunder)
Japanese aircraft engineers made some notable contributions to military air power prior to, and duri... [Read More]
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1945
Nakajima J9Y Kikka / Kitsuka (Orange Blossom)
The Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" jet-powered fighter was a wartime breakthrough in the field of m... [Read More]
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1945
Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi
The Nakajima Ki-115 Tsuguri ("Sword") was a simplistic single-seat, single-engine suicide fighter ai... [Read More]
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1946
Nakajima Ki-201 Karyu
The Nakajima concern of the Imperial Japanese nation of World War 2 was already charged with bringin... [Read More]
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1937
Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate)
The Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" (known early on as "Abdul") was a successful low-monoplane, all-metal with... [Read More]
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1942
Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar)
By 1937, it became apparent to the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) that a more modern replacement for t... [Read More]
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1941
Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (Tojo)
The Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (meaning "Demon Queller" and codenamed "Tojo" by the Allies) was a single e... [Read More]
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1944
Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (Frank)
Out of the many fine fighters available to the Japanese Army in the closing months of World War 2, n... [Read More]
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1945
Nakajima Ki-87
Even as early as 1942, Japanese Army engineers were fleshing out a new high-altitude fighter design.... [Read More]
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1915
Nieuport 11 (Bebe)
The Nieuport 11 "Bebe" (or "Baby" - known officially as the "Nieuport 11 C1") was one of the first t... [Read More]
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1915
Nieuport 12
Air superiority became a back-and-forth affair for the air services involved in World War 1 (1914-19... [Read More]
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1916
Nieuport 17
Fresh off of the heels of the success that was the Nieuport 11, the Nieuport 17 was a direct develop... [Read More]
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1917
Nieuport 27
The Nieuport Nie.27 (or simply Nieuport 27) was designed by Gustave Delage and became an advanced tr... [Read More]
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1918
Nieuport 28
Aerial combat in World War 1 (1914-1918) turned into a tit-for-tat affair as technology ruled the la... [Read More]
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1923
Nieuport Nighthawk
The Nieuport Nighthawk began as a design showing great promise. Development began in 1918, the final... [Read More]
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1922
Nieuport-Delage NiD 29
World War 1 had been raging in Europe since 1914 and aircraft technology had advanced ten-fold by 19... [Read More]
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1929
Nieuport-Delage NiD 52
The French concern of Nieuport was founded in 1908 prior to World War 1 (1914-1918) as a raceplane m... [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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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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1990
Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II
The YF-23 Black Widow II was Northrop Grumman's (along with McDonnell Douglas Corporation) answer to... [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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1943
Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet
The XP-56 "Black Bullet" was designed by the Northrop company to an Army Air Corps proposal known as... [Read More]
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1992
Novi Avion
The Novi Avion ("New Aircraft") was a Yugoslavian effort to produce a home-grown supersonic multi-ro... [Read More]
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1918
Packard-Le Pere LUSAC-11 (Lepere United States Army Comba Model 11)
French Captain Georges LePere was employed by the United States Army Air Service (USAAS) in 1917 whe... [Read More]
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1985
Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant)
The Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant) was developed for the Royal Air Force (RAF) to fulfill... [Read More]
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1941
Petlyakov Pe-2 (Pawn)
During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviets lacked a heavy bomber stable when compared to the Britis... [Read More]
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1941
Petlyakov Pe-3
The Petlyakov Pe-2 was an original Soviet twin-engined aircraft design emerging in the late-1930s, b... [Read More]
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1917
Pfalz D.III
The Pfalz D.III was an exceptional aircraft produced in large numbers by Bavaria for Bavarian forces... [Read More]
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1917
Phonix D (Series)
The Phonix D.I was a single-seat fighter platform developed and produced by the Phonix Flugzeug-Werk... [Read More]
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1934
Polikarpov I-15 (Chaika)
The Polikarpov I-15 was a biplane fighter aircraft designed and produced by the Soviet Union during ... [Read More]
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1935
Polikarpov I-16
The Polikarpov I-16 fighter proved to be quite the little aggressor before and throughout the Second... [Read More]
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1940
Potez 230
Before the World War 2 (1939-1945) began, the nation of France made some strides in attempting to de... [Read More]
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1938
Potez 630 (Series)
The Potez 630 series of twin-engine aircraft was introduced with the French Armee de l'Air (French A... [Read More]
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1932
PZL P.11
The PZL P.11 was a high-wing monoplane fighter design emerging from Polish aero industry during the ... [Read More]
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1940
Reggiane Re.2000 Falco I (Falcon I)
The Reggiane 2000 series of aircraft was very reminiscent of American interwar designs appearing bet... [Read More]
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1941
Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II (Falcon II)
While the other major global participant of World War 2 found tremendous successes with their variou... [Read More]
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1942
Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete (Ram)
The original Reggiane Re.2000 "Falco" was rejected by the Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) in f... [Read More]
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1943
Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario (Archer)
The culmination of the Reggiane Re.2000 series of Italian-originated fighter aircraft of World War 2... [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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1941
Republic P-43 Lancer
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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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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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1944
Republic XP-72 Super Thunderbolt
The Republic XP-72 Wasp Major-powered "Super Thunderbolt" was being developed in the latter part of ... [Read More]
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1945
Rikugun Ki-93
The heavy fighter as a military aircraft class was a constant throughout the inventories of the air ... [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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1940
Rogozarski IK-3
When covering the range of topics concerning aviation in World War 2, it becomes accepted practice t... [Read More]
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1912
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2
The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 was born through the Royal Balloon Factory (RBF) establishment whic... [Read More]
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1915
Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2
The F.E.2 series of aircraft were produced by the Royal Aircraft Factory and had their origins in th... [Read More]
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1916
Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8
The Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8 ("F.E." for "Fighter Experimental") was developed in 1915 and relea... [Read More]
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1917
Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5
The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 ("S.E." for "Scout Experimental") was designed from the outset as a... [Read More]
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1916
Rumpler 6B
The Rumpler concern has become a largely forgotten aviation manufacturer when pitted alongside the l... [Read More]
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1917
Rumpler D.I
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1910
Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube)
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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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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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1945
Saab J21
Sweden elected to remain neutral during the fighting of World War 2 (1939-1945) but this did not mea... [Read More]
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1949
Saab J29 Tunnan (Barrel)
The Saab-produced J 29 Tunnan (meaning "barrel" due to its stubby-like barrel appearance) was the se... [Read More]
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1955
Saab J32 Lansen (Lance)
By the late 1940s, the Swedish Air Force (or "Flygvapnet") was reviewing options in an effort to rep... [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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1968
Saab JA37 Viggen (Thunderbolt)
The Swedish Saab JA 37 "Viggen" ("Thunderbolt") was yet another milestone aircraft design for the Sc... [Read More]
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1997
Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
The Saab JAS 39 "Gripen" ("Griffin") forms the primary fighter wing of the Swedish Air Force (among ... [Read More]
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1939
SAI-Ambrosini SS.4
Even before the American Curtiss XP-55 "Ascender" and the Japanese Kyushu J7W "Shinden" came into be... [Read More]
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1947
Saunders-Roe SR.A-1
The flying boat had certainly proved its worth during combat service in World War 2 (1939-1945). Pri... [Read More]
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1943
Savoia-Marchetti SM.92
The conjoining of two airframes to produce an all-new design was a somewhat common occurrence throug... [Read More]
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1937
Seversky P-35
Upon its adoption in 1937, the portly Seversky P-35 pursuit aircraft became the United States Army A... [Read More]
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1998
Shenyang J-11 (Flanker B+)
The Shenyang J-11 is based on the Soviet-Russian Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" air-superiority fighter seri... [Read More]
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2013
Shenyang J-15 (Flying Shark)
The nation of China is utilizing whatever means necessary to become a recognized world power - both ... [Read More]
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2020
Shenyang J-31 Gryfalcon (FC-31 / F-60)
China has long since held a desire to showcase itself as a growing power to the world. Besides achie... [Read More]
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1961
Shenyang J-6 / F-6 (Farmer)
For decades China, and its regional allies, relied on the availability of their Shenyang J-6 series ... [Read More]
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1980
Shenyang J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)
The Shenyang J-8 series (NATO codename of "Finback") was an indigenous Chinese multi-role fighter de... [Read More]
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1916
Siemens-Schuckert D.I
So desperate were the Germans of finding a counter to the French Nieuport 17 biplane fighter that th... [Read More]
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1917
Siemens-Schuckert D.III
The Siemens-Schuckert D series of fighters evolved from captured French-made Nieuport 11 aircraft. T... [Read More]
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1918
Siemens-Schuckert D.IV
The Siemens-Schuckert D.IV was a further development of the D-series brand, itself a copy of the spe... [Read More]
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1916
Sikorsky S-16 (RBVZ S-XVI)
Designed by Ukrainian aviation engineer Igor Sikorsky, the S-16 was developed to a Russian Empire re... [Read More]
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1953
SNCASE S.E.5000 (Baroudeur)
The French aviation industry was left in ruins following the events of World War 2 (1939-1945) and q... [Read More]
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1916
Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter (One-and-One-Half Strutter)
Like other Sopwith Aviation Company aircraft, the wartime Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter owed its existence ... [Read More]
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1917
Sopwith Camel
Though the Sopwith Camel (the official designation being Sopwith Biplane F.1) was designed as a repl... [Read More]
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1917
Sopwith Dolphin
The Sopwith Dolphin was yet another fighter design in the long line of Thomas Sopwith production air... [Read More]
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1916
Sopwith Pup
The Sopwith Pup was a World War 1-era biplane fighter design appearing in 1916 during a time when Ge... [Read More]
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1918
Sopwith Snipe
The Sopwith Snipe took all of the components that had made the Sopwith Camel a legend in the middle ... [Read More]
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1916
Sopwith Triplane
The Sopwith Triplane (dubbed the "Triplehound" by her pilots) was a three wing design built upon the... [Read More]
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1915
SPAD S.A
Developed in the mold of a "fighting scout", the French-originated SPAD S.A served in the armed reco... [Read More]
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1916
SPAD S.VII
The SPAD S.VII (or "S.7") was one of France's best single-seat fighters of World War 1 (1914-1918). ... [Read More]
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1917
SPAD S.XI
The storied engineering career of Frenchman Louis Bechereau spanned decades and several popular des... [Read More]
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1917
SPAD S.XII
French flying ace Georges Guynemer pushed the idea of a cannon-armed fighter plane after his experie... [Read More]
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1917
SPAD S.XIII
The SPAD S.XIII (S.13) was a further development of the successful SPAD S.VII (S.7) design, the latt... [Read More]
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1917
SPAD S.XIV
The SPAD S.XIV was a floatplane version of the earlier S.XII fighter. The original S.XII was develop... [Read More]
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1920
SPAD S.XX (S.20)
During World War 1 (1914-1918), the advantage in the air war over Europe had changed hands several t... [Read More]
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1958
Sud-Ouest SO 4050 Vautour
These limited-production aircraft served with little distinction in French hands but were better ser... [Read More]
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1950
Sud-Ouest SO.2400 (Grognard)
The French aero-industry was virtually non-existent throughout World War 2 (1939-1945) and in the pe... [Read More]
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1940
Sukhoi Su-1 / Su-3
The Su-1 (and related Su-3) fighter aircraft were short-lived prototype developments of the Soviet S... [Read More]
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1964
Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C)
The Su-11, by any regard, is considered a potent fighter. Based on a further development of the infe... [Read More]
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1967
Sukhoi Su-15 (Flagon)
The Su-15 (NATO codename of "Flagon") series of aircraft was designed by the Sukhoi firm as a true i... [Read More]
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1970
Sukhoi Su-17 / Su-20 / Su-22 (Fitter)
The Mach 2-capable Sukhoi Su-17 "Fitter" was a further development of the successful Su-7 "Fitter-A"... [Read More]
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1973
Sukhoi Su-20 (Fitter-C)
With the success that was the Sukhoi Su-17 "Fitter" swing-wing product, it was only natural for Sovi... [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]
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1996
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
The Sukhoi Su-30 (NATO codename of "Flanker-C") is an air superiority and strike fighter version of ... [Read More]
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1994
Sukhoi Su-33 (Flanker-D)
The Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO: "Flanker-D") represents the navalized equivalent of the land-based Russian-p... [Read More]
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2014
Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback)
The Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name of "Fullback") is a dedicated Fourth Generation two-seat fight... [Read More]
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2011
Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
The Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO: "Flanker-E") is the latest (2013) variant of the successful Su-27 "Flanker" ... [Read More]
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1959
Sukhoi Su-7 (Fitter-A)
The Sukhoi Su-7 (NATO codename of "Fitter-A") was a single-seat, single engine jet-powered fighter i... [Read More]
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1959
Sukhoi Su-9 (Fishpot)
During the Korean War (1950-1953), the age of the jet-powered fighter had arrived. Soviet MiG-15s re... [Read More]
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1946
Sukhoi Su-9 / Su-11 / Su-13 (1946)
While the concept of the turbojet engine lingered for some time, it was not put into practical use u... [Read More]
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2017
Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA)
The PAK FA (or "PAK[FA]") is currently in development with the storied Sukhoi OKB, a Russian aircraf... [Read More]
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1951
Supermarine Attacker
The Supermarine Attacker was a solid, if unspectacular, aircraft that failed to make much of a splas... [Read More]
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1957
Supermarine Scimitar
The Supermarine Scimitar was an oft-forgotten carrier-based, jet-powered, single-seat fighter for th... [Read More]
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1946
Supermarine Seafang
In the course of the storied career of the fabulous Supermarine Spitfire of the British Royal Air Fo... [Read More]
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1942
Supermarine Seafire
When the land-based Hawker Hurricane was successfully converted into the carrier-based "Sea Hurrican... [Read More]
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1944
Supermarine Spiteful
The Supermarine Spiteful was an outgrowth of the fabulous, war-winning Supermarine Spitfire single-e... [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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1945
Tachikawa Ki-106 (Ki-84 Hayate)
Because of the deteriorating war situation for Japan amidst the relentless Allied bombing campaign o... [Read More]
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1945
Tachikawa Ki-94
Many aircraft in development by Japan at the time of the surrender of 1945 were ended in whatever st... [Read More]
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2025
TAI TFX / F-X
For decades, the modern Turkish air force relied on Western partners to stock its available inventor... [Read More]
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1940
Tucker XP-57 (Peashooter)
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1944), American airpower authorities began to seriously consider the conc... [Read More]
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1942
Tupolev Tu-2 (Bat)
Russian aviation engineer Andrei Tupolev would lend his surname to a plethora of Soviet-era aircraft... [Read More]
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1918
Ufag C.I
The Ufag C.I was a two-seat, single-engine biplane fighter serving the Austro-Hungarian Empire air s... [Read More]
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1942
Vickers Type 432
Since 1911, the Vickers concern of Britain delivered aircraft for military and civilian market use. ... [Read More]
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1943
VL Myrsky (Storm)
Prior to its war with the Soviets, Finnish authorities were contemplating an indigenous fighter desi... [Read More]
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1945
VL Pyorremyrsky (Whirlwind)
The nation of Finland went to war twice with the Soviet Union during World War 2 (1939-1945). The fi... [Read More]
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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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1927
Vought FU-1
During May of 1922, the Lewis and Vought Corporation was reformed to become the Chance Vought Corpor... [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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1918
Vought VE-7 Bluebird
In 1917 Mr. Birdseye B. Lewis formed an aircraft business with the Vought group, becoming the Lewis ... [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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1941
Vultee P-66 Vanguard (Model 48)
A shortage of modern monoplane fighters worldwide preceding World War 2 (1939--1945) meant that virt... [Read More]
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1943
Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose
The Vultee XP-54 was one of the more distinct aircraft creations designed during World War 2. Produc... [Read More]
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1945
Vultee XP-81
The Consolidated Vultee XP-81 was a proposed long-range, high-altitude fighter design that was to be... [Read More]
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1944
Westland Welkin
With its origins in the Westland Whirlwind, the Westland Welkin (meaning "Vault of Heaven") was a tw... [Read More]
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1940
Westland Whirlwind
The Westland Whirlwind became a capable twin-engined, heavy fighter design that might have seen even... [Read More]
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1927
Westland Wizard
Westland began its contribution to the aviation world by license producing the Short Type 184 floatp... [Read More]
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1953
Westland Wyvern
Like the United States, Britain required considerable naval power during World War 2 (1939-1945) and... [Read More]
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1992
Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
To help strengthen its strike wing, the Chinese defense ministry enacted a new program to produce an... [Read More]
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1940
Yakovlev Yak-1 (Krasavyets)
Often overshadowed by its contemporaries in the West (to include the Supermarine Spitfire, North Ame... [Read More]
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1947
Yakovlev Yak-15 (Feather)
After the fall of Germany in May of 1945, the Soviet Union (as well as the Allies) was privy to piec... [Read More]
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1947
Yakovlev Yak-17
The Yak-17 was a solid operator in service with the Soviet Union. As a post-World War Two design, th... [Read More]
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1947
Yakovlev Yak-23
The Yakovlev Yak-23 was the final iteration of the post-war turbojet designs beginning with the Yak-... [Read More]
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1955
Yakovlev Yak-25 (Flashlight / Mandrake)
The Yak-25 (NATO codename of "Flashlight") was yet another jet fighter design introduced by the Sovi... [Read More]
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1944
Yakovlev Yak-3
The Yakovlev Yak-3 was a further development of the Yak-1 series of fighters (detailed elsewhere on ... [Read More]
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1948
Yakovlev Yak-30
Like the global powers of the West during the Cold War decades, the Soviet Union moved on rapid test... [Read More]
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1987
Yakovlev Yak-41 (Freestyle / Yak-141)
Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) flight of fixed-wing fighter aircraft eluded aeronautical engin... [Read More]
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1949
Yakovlev Yak-50
Around mid-February of 1949, Soviet Air Force (VVS) officials called for a new lightweight, all-weat... [Read More]
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1942
Yakovlev Yak-7
The Yak-9 piston-engine fighter was one of the more important fighters to serve the Soviet Air Force... [Read More]
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1943
Yakovlev Yak-9 (Frank)
In line with other classic wartime fighters of World War 2, the Yakovlev-produced Yak-9 was another ... [Read More]
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