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    Interceptor Aircraft

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/2/2015

    The dedicated Interceptor met its technological and operational peak during the Cold War years.





    There are a total of (155) Interceptor Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    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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    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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    1943
    Arado Ar TEW 16/43-13
    The Arado Ar TEW 16/43-13 was a design concept envisioned as a rocket-propelled interceptor for the ... [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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    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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    1979
    Avioane IAR 93 Vultur (Vulture)
    Romania and Yugoslavia managed autonomy in the Soviet-dominated socialist period following World War... [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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    1958
    Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow
    The Avro CF-105 "Arrow" was born out of an indigenous Canadian aviation effort during the Cold War i... [Read More]
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    1945
    Bachem Ba 349 Natter (Adder / Viper)
    The Bachem Ba 349 Natter (translated to "Adder" though also known as the "Viper") was one of the lat... [Read More]
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    1961
    Bell D-188 (XF3L / XF-109)
    In January of 1954, Bell engineers finally saw the fruits of their labor concerning the Model 65 air... [Read More]
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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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    1937
    Bell XFM Airacuda
    The XFM "Airacuda" was Bell Aircraft's first foray into military aircraft design. With this unique b... [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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    1949
    CONVAIR Skate
    With advances being made in turbojet technology - and aeronautics in general - during the latter par... [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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    1956
    Douglas F4D Skyray / F-6 Skyray
    The F4D Skyray (affectionately nicknamed the "Ford" for its "F", "Four" and "D" used in the designat... [Read More]
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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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    1964
    EGAO Helwan HA-300
    Germany's defeat in World War 2 (1939-1945) meant that its military-industrial capability was heavil... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the EGAO Helwan HA-300

    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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    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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    1947
    FMA IAe 27 Pulqui (Arrow)
    Like other nations following World War 2 (1939-1945), Argentina began to look to the near-future and... [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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    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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    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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    1938
    Fokker T.V
    Originating on German soil prior to World War 1 (1914-1918), Fokker delivered several famous fighter... [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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    1944
    Hawker Tempest
    The Hawker Tempest originally appeared as an improved Hawker Typhoon, the war-winning aircraft that ... [Read More]
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    1944
    Heinkel He 343 (Strahlbomber / Strabo 16)
    Towards the end of World War 2, there was a definitive shift in German thinking from piston-powered ... [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.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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    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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    1943
    Junkers Ju P.009 (Hubjager)
    The situation for Germany during World War 2 (1939-1945) was taking a turn for the worse during the ... [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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    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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    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-96
    After witnessing the successes encountered by the German Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine, two-seat ... [Read More]
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    1945
    Kayaba Katsuodori
    Aircraft propulsion by way of the "ramjet" had been on the minds of aeronautical engineers for some ... [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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    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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    1956
    Lavochkin La-250 (Anaconda)
    The Lavochkin concern of the Soviet Union became perhaps best known for its contribution of fighters... [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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    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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    1950
    Lockheed F-94 Starfire
    The F-94 (nicknamed "Starfire" in the "C" model only) was developed from the successful twin-seat Lo... [Read More]
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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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    1942
    Lockheed XP-49
    The XP-49 was a development of the Lockheed Corporation during World War 2 (1939-1945) as a possible... [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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    1963
    Lockheed YF-12
    With the abandonment of the North American XF-108 "Rapier" high-speed interceptor program for the Un... [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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    1957
    McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
    The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was affectionately called the "One-oh-Wonder" and known moreso early on ... [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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.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.1112
    Messerschmitt's last turbojet-powered aircraft submission of World War 2 (1939-1945) became its P.11... [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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    1979
    Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
    The MiG-31 "Foxhound" was developed as an off-shoot of the record-setting MiG-25 "Foxbat". The Foxba... [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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    1972
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Foxbat)
    Like the Tupolev Tu-95 "Bear" and the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 "Fishbed", the MiG-25 (NATO reporting ... [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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    1941
    Mitsubishi F1M (Pete)
    The Empire of Japan's military aviation industry played catch up to the world on its path to World W... [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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    1942
    Mitsubishi J2M Raiden (Jack)
    The J2M Raiden (translating to "Thunderbolt" and codenamed "Jack" by the Allies) was primarily used ... [Read More]
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    1945
    Mitsubishi J8M (Shusui)
    The Empire of Japan and the nation of Germany had maintained a relationship since Prussian authoriti... [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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    1955
    North American XF-108 Rapier
    The prospect of high speed, high altitude bombers captivated war planners on both sides of the Cold ... [Read More]
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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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    1945
    Northrop XP-79
    The concept of the flying wing had been around since the dawn of flight and made more so intriguing ... [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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    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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    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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    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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    1946
    Republic P-47 (Turbobolt)
    By the end of 1944, the Germans had pushed the Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" into operational serv... [Read More]
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    1956
    Republic XF-103 (Thunderwarrior)
    Before ground-based missiles provided the basis for viable air defense systems, the "interceptor" co... [Read More]
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    1949
    Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor
    After World War 2 and during the early Cold War years, the American government now faced the Soviet ... [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-202
    The alliance between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan during World War 2 (1939-1945) allowed for the ... [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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    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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    1957
    Saunders-Roe SR.53
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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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    1956
    SNCASE S.E.212 (Durandal)
    With the establishment of NATO in April of 1949, there arose a need for standardization among its me... [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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    1965
    Sukhoi Su-15 (Flagon)
    Like the United States and Britain in the post-World War 2 years, the Soviet Union managed a long hi... [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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    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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    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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    1957
    Supermarine Scimitar
    For its part in history, the Supermarine Scimitar served the British Fleet Air Arm (FAA) as a carrie... [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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    1954
    Supermarine Swift
    The Supermarine Swift series of aircraft was initially designed to supplant the aging and outclassed... [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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    1964
    Tupolev Tu-28 / Tu-128 (Fiddler)
    With the vast territory encompassing the Soviet Union at its peak during the Cold War, its military ... [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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    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
    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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    1960
    Yakovlev Yak-28 (Brewer / Firebar)
    Post-World War 2 swept-wing research - coupled with advanced in turbojet technology - allowed the So... [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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    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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    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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