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Modern Military Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/5/2014

Modern military aviation has evolved much in the century since man's first heavier-than-air powered flight.

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There are a total of 428 Modern Military Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2030
Lockheed SR-72
Developed with the same primary mission as the Cold War-era SR-71 "Blackbird", the new high-speed, high-altitude-minded SR-72...
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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 - as operators of the only...
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2025
Tupolev PAK DA
Russia is moving ahead with the design phase of a new subsonic strategic stealth bomber to succeed the aging lines of Tu-95 "...
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2023
TAI TFX / F-X
For decades, the modern Turkish air force relied on Western partners to stock its available inventory. Prospects changed when...
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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 governments of India and Russia on...
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2021
Aerion AS2 / (SBJ (Supersonic Business Jet)
The Aerion AS2 is a supersonic business jet product being forwarded by American billionaire businessman and philanthropist Ro...
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2020
KAI KF-X
The "5th Generation Fighter" - along with the "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" - is the current buzzword in the aviation defense ind...
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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 5th Generation Fighter co...
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2020
Sikorsky S-97 Raider
While helicopters have evolved since their mainstream inception in the 1950s, the "rotorcraft" has remained largely conventio...
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2020
Bell V-280 Valor
Bell Helicopters is forging their 3rd Generation Tiltrotor concept for marketing to the United States Army and its Future Ver...
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2020
DRDO AURA
The "AURA" is an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) currently under development by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Org...
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2018
DRDO Rustom (Warrior)
Despite being one of the largest (if not THE largest) customer of military purchases in the world, the Indian military-indust...
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2018
BAe Systems Taranis
The UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) is the evolution of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The UAV began life as a reconna...
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2018
Dassault nEUROn
The Dassault nEUROn is an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator intended to provide participating Europe...
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2018
Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)
The Chinese Chengdu J-20 "Black Eagle" is a 5th Generation fighter design exhibiting stealth characteristics not unlike the A...
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2018
Sikorsky CH-53K Super Stallion
The Sikorsky CH-53K "Super Stallion" represents the latest incarnation of the famous large American military helicopter with ...
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2018
Boeing KC-46 Pegasus
The Boeing KC-46 was selected to replace the aging line of Boeing KC-135 "Stratotankers" through the KC-X program - a competi...
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2018
COMAC C919
The government-owned aviation company of COMAC ("COMmercial Aircraft corporation of China") was founded as recently as 2008 a...
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2018
EADS Talarion
With the growing need for more capable surveillance-minded Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flying about in uncontested airspa...
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2018
Textron AirLand Scorpion
With shrinking global procurement budgets, the light attack aircraft category is experiencing a renaissance of sorts as a low...
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2017
AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor
Tiltrotors seemingly combine the best of two worlds in the scope of aviation - the fast, straight-line speed of a fixed-wing ...
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2017
Hongdu Lijian (Sharp Sword)
In tune with other leading military powers of the world, China has delved into the realm of the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (...
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2017
Rostech Chirok (Teal)
The Rostech Chirok ("Teal") Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was unveiled in prototype form during Innoprom 2014 and differentia...
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2017
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2017
Xian Y-20 (Kunpeng)
After decades of relying - and then locally copying - Soviet Russian aircraft types, the Chinese undertook several indigenous...
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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 aircraft firm granted origins in...
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2016
Embraer C-390
To head off the sudden global military need for a modern medium-lift transport system estimated to come within the next ten y...
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2016
TAI Anka
For growing military powers like India and Turkey, it behooves these nations to begin developing sustainable indigenous progr...
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2016
Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II
Its design shape no doubt inspired by the successful American General Atomics "Predator" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) line, ...
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2016
Shenyang J-15 (Flying Shark)
The nation of China is utilizing whatever means necessary to become a recognized world power - both economically and militari...
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2016
Shenyang J-31 (F-60)
China has long since held a desire to showcase itself as a growing power to the world. Besides achieving a strong global econ...
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2016
Kamov Ka-175
Slower to the UAV game that Western world powers, the Russians are steadily gaining ground in an effort to match potential en...
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2016
AVIC TA-600
In 1986, the Chinese Navy began operations of the Harbin SH-5, a large amphibious aircraft utilized primarily for maritime pa...
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2016
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2016
Dassault Falcon 8X
Many aviation companies realize profits through both military- and civilian-minded avenues and the French concern of Dassault...
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2016
ADCOM Systems United 40
Entering the field of military-minded drone aircraft is the Persian Gulf nation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with its ra...
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2015
General Atomics Sea Avenger
The United States Navy's "Unmanned, Carrier-Launched, Airborne Surveillance and Strike" (UCLASS) program was launched to deli...
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2015
AgustaWestland AW149
AgustaWestland has developed its AW149 model as a military-minded, medium-lift helicopter, competing with the Eurocopter AS53...
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2015
Paramount AHRLAC
The AHRLAC (Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft) is a budget-minded, light strike solution currently unde...
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2015
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2015
AVICopter AC311
With China's massive industrial growth in recent decades, its defense industry has flourished with a range of ongoing project...
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2015
Marenco SwissHelicopter SKYe SH09
The SKYe SH09 is an in-development, low-cost, light utility helicopter venture originating out of Swiss-based Marenco SwissHe...
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2015
Northrop Grumman RQ-180
The existence of the Northrop Grumman RQ-180 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was unveiled by the United States Air Force in Dec...
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2015
Kawasaki P-1
Maritime patrol remains a hugely important facet of defense, particularly for island nations such as Japan and especially wit...
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2015
Kazan Ansat
The medium-lift utility helicopter market is a fierce one and it therefore comes as no surprise that there are many participa...
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2015
AgustaWestland AW189
Sensing the growing market need for an all-modern, cost-effective medium-lift helicopter to serve in the offshore drilling se...
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2015
HAL HJT-36 Sitara (Star)
The Indian military industry has worked towards breaking free of the reliance on foreign suppliers through indigenous designs...
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2015
Harbin Z-20
In 1984, the People's Republic of China procured several examples of the civilian-minded Sikorsky S-70C-2 model. From this, i...
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2015
Airbus DS Tanan 300
Joining the ranks of unmanned Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) air systems of the world is the Airbus Defence & Space Tan...
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2015
Bell Model 525 Relentless
The Bell 525 "Relentless" is a new Bell Helicopter offering for the medium-lift commercial market. The model is currently in...
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2015
Piaggio P.1HH Hammerhead
In a field primarily dominated by the United States and Israel - though now introducing more concepts from Europe and elsewhe...
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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 fighting into United States nava...
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2015
TAI Hurkus
Continuing their attempts to become a more self-sufficient world military power through a growing military-industrial complex...
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2015
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2015
TAI T-129 (ATAK)
The TAI T-129 (ATAK) is a Turkish attack helicopter project aimed at supplying the Turkish Army with a modern battlefield per...
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2015
Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone
After a review of Canadian military requirements that began in the 1980s, the conservative party went on to select the Agusta...
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2015
Harbin Z-19
China garnered much experience in the license production of the French-made Eurocopter AS365 "Dauphin" (which it produced as ...
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2015
Denel Dynamics Bateleur
The Denel Dynamics Bateleur is categorized as a "Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)" and is...
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2015
Mikoyan Skat
The Mikoyan Skat is an in-development armed Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) with origins in a Russian Defense Ministry rec...
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2015
Boeing Phantom Eye
The Boeing Phantom Eye is a next generation UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The most unique facet of the Phantom Eye is its us...
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2015
Sukhoi Zond (Series)
The Zond family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is being developed by Russian mainstay Sukhoi OKB. The family consists of ...
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2015
Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton
The MQ-4C "Triton" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) represents a "navalized" form of the original Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global H...
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2015
HAL Tejas
The HAL Tejas is India's newest and latest fighter platform and represents an indigenous design effort culminating from decad...
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2015
EADS KC-45 (KC-30)
The KC-45 is/was a joint proposal from primary contractor Northrop Grumman of the United States and subcontractor EADS (Europ...
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2015
HAL LCH (Light Combat Helicopter)
The HAL LCH ("Light Combat Helicopter") is an indigenous Indian attack helicopter currently in development as of this writing...
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2015
General Atomics Avenger (Predator C)
The General Atomics Avenger (formerly marked as the "Predator C") is one of the newer UAV systems to come online with the Uni...
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2014
AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat
The AgustaWestland AW159 "Lynx Wildcat" is an relatively new, thoroughly improved and modernized form of the successful "Lynx...
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2014
HESA Shafaq (Before the Dawn)
The Shafaq (formally known as the "Integral" and translating to "Before the Dawn") is a two-seat, lightweight-class multi-rol...
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2014
Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master
The advanced jet trainer/light strike market has grown considerably over the last several decades. This class of aircraft all...
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2014
Mil Mi-38
Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant holds a long-running history of rotary-wing aircraft design and development, its first successful...
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2014
Lockheed F-35 Lightning II
The Lockheed F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter development of the United States that incorporates new and learn...
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2014
Northrop Grumman / Bell Fire-X (MQ-8C)
The Fire-X is being jointly developed as a full-size Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by Northrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter. T...
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2014
Chengdu Pterodactyl I (Wing Loong)
The Chengdu Pterodactyl I (also known as the Wing Loong) was unveiled by company representatives during the China Internation...
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2014
CASIC WJ-600
The CASIC WJ-600 is a large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ("UAV", though more commonly referred to as a "drone") currently un...
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2014
Guizhou Soar Eagle / Soar Dragon
Like other military powers of the world, China has whole-heartedly embraced the concept of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) ...
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2014
Antonov An-70
The Antonov An-70 is a Ukrainian transport aircraft - currently in development as of 2012 - intended to replace the aging fle...
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2014
Airbus A350
The A350 is the latest Airbus contribution to the competitive wide-body, long-range airliner market. The aircraft is intended...
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2014
Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack (Integrator)
The Boeing Insitu RQ-21 "Blackjack" (formerly known as the "Integrator") is an in-development Unmanned Air System (UAS) inten...
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2014
Guizhou JL-9 Shanying (FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle)
Once wholly dependent on Soviet/Russian-inspired jet-powered trainers, China has since developed the indigenous JL-9 through ...
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2014
IAI Super Heron
At Singapore Air Show 2014, Israel Aerospace Industries revealed an all-new Unmanned Air System (UAS) addition to their exist...
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2014
Thales Watchkeeper WK450
The Thales "Watchkeeper" WK450 is the British Army derivative of the Israeli Elbit "Hermes" 450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)...
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2014
Boeing 737 Peace Eagle
The Boeing 737-700 civilian passenger jet airliner - coupled with a modern radar and airborne control system - forms the basi...
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2014
Embraer Legacy 500
The "Legacy 500" is Brazilian-based Embraer's entry into the competitive corporate VIP jet market with an expected price in t...
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2014
AgustaWestland HH-101 Caesar
First flying in October of 1987 and officially adopted in 1999, the AgustaWestland AW101/EH101 "Merlin" has gone on to find t...
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2013
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2013
Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II
The Lockheed HC-130J "Combat King II" is a long-range Search and Rescue (SAR)/aerial refueling platform utilized by the Unite...
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2013
Shenyang J-16 (Red Eagle)
The Chinese have held a long-running and beneficial relationship with the Russians that eventually netted the country access ...
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2013
Aurora Flight Sciences Orion
In the world of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) - popularly referred to by their generic collective name of "drone" - the cha...
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2013
KAI KUH-1 Surion
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is largely recognized in military markets for its capable KAI/Lockheed product known as the ...
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2013
Lockheed Martin X-56A (MUTT)
Flutter affects the wing assemblies of any aircraft at speed, causing a violent oscillation to take place which ultimately de...
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2013
Beechcraft AT-6
The light strike aircraft category continues to be a growing market around the globe as more advanced platforms grow increasi...
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2013
Saab Skeldar
The Saab Skeldar is an unarmed rotary-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It is a relatively new development in the UAV field...
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2013
Airbus Military A400M Atlas
The Airbus A400M "Atlas" is billed as long-range military transport and represents a multi-national development effort. To da...
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2013
Boeing P-8 Poseidon
The Boeing P-8 "Poseidon" is a militarized form of the Boeing Model 737-800 NG ("Next Generation") airframe and has been deve...
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2012
Boeing 787 (Dreamliner)
The 787 "Dreamliner" represents Boeing's latest foray into the world of commercial passenger air travel. To this point, the p...
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2012
Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird (A160)
The A160 Hummingbird is a rotary-winged unmanned aerial vehicle that supplies the benefits of conventional UAV systems with t...
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2012
Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback)
The Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name of "Fullback") is a dedicated Fourth Generation two-seat fighter-bomber/strike fighter ...
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2012
Boeing F-15SE (Silent Eagle)
The Boeing F-15SE "Silent Eagle" is a "stealthified" version of the successful two-seat F-15E "Strike Eagle" debuted in 1988....
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2012
Jordan Falcon
The Jordan Falcon in a light-class unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) currently in development and headed by the concerns of King ...
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2012
Pegaz
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2012
HESA Shahed 285 / AH-85 (Witness)
The Iranian Shahed 285 light helicopter is a highly modified version of the American Bell 206 Ranger series of helicopters (k...
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2012
DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk)
KQ-X is a program designation commissioned by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) of the United States to modif...
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2012
DRDO Nishant
Joining other leading world military powers in increased use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is India whose Defence Resear...
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2012
AirTanker Voyager (A330 MRTT)
The Royal Air Force had long since relied on a capable, though aging, fleet of Lockheed L-1011 TriStar and Vickers VC10 serie...
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2012
Northrop Grumman Sandstorm
Northrop Grumman heads the "Sandstorm/Longshot" unmanned aerial system (UAS) program developed by Unmanned Systems, Incorpora...
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2012
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2012
Elbit Hermes 900 (Kochav)
The Israeli Elbit Hermes 900 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an evolved, and dimensionally larger, version of the earlier He...
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2012
Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle)
The Chinese military-industrial complex continues to evolve at a quickening pace as its growing collection of active, and in-...
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2011
Lockheed MC-130J Commando II
The Lockheed MC-130J "Commando II" is an in-flight refueling platform of the United States Air Force, intended to refuel heli...
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2011
Northrop Grumman X-47B
Following the proof-of-concept demonstrator X-47A "Pegasus", the X-47B was born as a full-sized technology demonstrating Unma...
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2011
Airbus A330 MRTT
The French Airbus A330 MRTT (MultiRole Tanker Transport) is a modern militarized version of the commercial-minded A330-200 se...
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2011
IAI Panther
Israel Aerospace Industries has added its "Panther" to its deep mix of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - better known as "drones" in...
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2011
Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100)
While largely recognized for its strong military hardware roots, Sukhoi introduced their "Superjet 100" line of regional pass...
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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" family of air superiority...
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2010
Yakovlev Yak-130 (Mitten)
Advanced jet-powered trainers with secondary strike roles are becoming an ever more growing presence on the modern battlefiel...
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2010
Karrar (Striker)
The Islamic Republic of Iran developed the rudimentary "Karrar" ("Striker") as an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), becomin...
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2010
Eurocopter X3 (X Cubed)
The Eurocopter X3 (or simply as the "X-Cubed") is an developmental rotary-wing platform intended to validate a helicopter des...
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2010
DARPA Falcon HTV-2
Billed as the "World's Fastest Airplane", the Falcon HTV-2 ("Hypersonic Technology Vehicle") is a long-duration, hypersonic t...
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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 Aircraft Industry Corporati...
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2010
CAIC Z-10
The CAIC Z-10/WZ-10 (Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation / Wuzhuang Zhisheng) is a modern battlefield attack helicopter o...
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2010
Boeing X-51 (Waverider)
The Boeing X-51 "Waverider" is an unmanned technology demonstrator designed to further develop the concept of shockwave-assis...
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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 Fulcrum family of fighters. ...
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2009
BAe Systems Mantis
European reliance on UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) systems has grown considerably with each passing modern conflict and sever...
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2009
Shaanxi KJ-2000 (Mainring)
China was one of the many Soviet-aligned national powers to take on stocks of the famous Ilyushin IL-76 four-engined heavy ha...
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2009
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2009
Antonov An-148
The Antonov concern of Ukraine holds a long-running, storied existence, particularly in the large aircraft domain where it ha...
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2009
Hongdu JL-10 / L-15 Falcon
Supersonic trainers are an integral part of the military aviation regime for any world power. Supersonic trainers bridge the ...
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2009
Boeing EA-18G Growler
The Boeing EA-18G "Growler" was designed and developed to overtake the Electronic Warfare Aircraft (EWA) role from the venera...
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2009
General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle (Sky Warrior)
The remotely-piloted General Atomics MQ-1C "Sky Warrior" / "Gray Eagle" is part of the ever-growing breed of armed UAV (Unma...
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2009
SELEX Galileo Falco
The SELEX Galileo Falco (meaning "Falcon") is another addition to the ever-growing list of modern Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (U...
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2009
Northrop Grumman RQ-8/MQ-8 Fire Scout / Sea Scout
The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 is classified as a "Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" and - unlike other UAVs in operation today - ...
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2009
Arcturus T-20
The Arcturus T-20 was initially developed as a private venture by the Arcturus-UAV LLC concern of California, USA and further...
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2009
Mil Mi-28 (Havoc)
The Mil Mi-28 (NATO reporting name of "Havoc") was a product of the Cold War designed as an anti-tank attack platform similar...
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2008
Utva Vrabac
With drones becoming the military operational norm across all major powers of the world, Serbia has followed suit, adopting t...
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2008
Guizhou WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9)
it is only natural that the unarmed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of today become the armed Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (U...
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2008
Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk (Tarantula Hawk)
The Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) currently in limited service wit...
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2008
EADS Harfang
As with many other European powers, the French have fielded only a limited fleet of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) systems to...
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2008
AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma
The AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma is one of the many intelligence-gathering unmanned aircraft system (UAS) currently in service wi...
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2008
Bombardier Raytheon Sentinel
The Bombardier Raytheon Sentinel currently (2013) serves the Royal Air Force (RAF) as its primary Airborne Battlefield and G...
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2007
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2007
Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel
The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 "Sentinel" is a relatively new stealth Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and is categorized officially...
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2007
HESA Saeqeh (Thunderbolt)
The Islamic Republic of Iran has benefited greatly from their associations with both the United States (pre-1979 revolution) ...
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2007
Airbus A380
Developed as a direct competitor to the hugely successful Boeing 747 line, Airbus introduced their wide-body, long-range jet ...
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2007
Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota
The UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopter was introduced with U.S. military forces in 2007. The aircraft was an offshoot of t...
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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. With an increase to its MT...
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2007
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey
In 1981, the United States Department of Defense enacted the "Joint-Service Vertical Take-Off/Landing Experimental" (JVX) pro...
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2006
Bell ARH-70 (Arapaho)
The Bell ARH-70 helicopter was developed for the US Army as a possible direct replacement to the successful but aged Kiowa Wa...
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2006
Schiebel Camcopter S-100
The Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) is a relatively new addition to the world of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Veh...
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2006
General Atomics Guardian
The General Atomics "Guardian" is a modified maritime patrol variant of the successful line of General Atomics MQ-9 "Reaper" ...
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2006
Black Hornet Nano
The future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles goes beyond the large, missile-carrying platforms commonly showcased by the media. The...
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2006
Elbit Skylark
Elbit Systems of Israel produces their Skylark series of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) as a portable surveillance and reconna...
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2005
Eurocopter EC725 Caracal (Super Cougar)
The Eurocopter EC725 helicopter series was designed to a French Air Force requirement for a military-grade long-range Search ...
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2005
Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175)
The Lockheed Martin "Polecat" was a private venture high-altitude, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flying wing development inten...
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2005
IAI Harop (Harpy)
Very few military-related fields are advancing as quickly as unmanned systems - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) typically ref...
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2005
IAI Heron / Machatz-1
The IAI Heron (also known as the "Machatz-1") is a modern Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) currently in service with several mil...
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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 originally designed as an...
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2005
KAI / Lockheed Martin T-50 Golden Eagle
The T-50 / A-50 "Golden Eagle" is an advanced supersonic trainer and light strike-capable aircraft platform produced jointly ...
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2005
Boeing ScanEagle
The ScanEagle is a joint production UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) by The Boeing Company and The Insitu Group. As a whole, the...
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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 evaluation for the Unite...
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2004
Boeing / Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche
At one point, the Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche was set to become the future of U.S. Army rotary-wing aviation. It was a stealth-b...
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2004
General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B)
The MQ-9 "Reaper" ("M" = multirole; "Q" = Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; "9" = series designation) offers the United States Air For...
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2004
Kamov Ka-60 (Orca) / (Killer Whale)
The Kamov Ka-60 series of medium transport multi-role helicopters is intended to replace the aged Mil Mi-8 series. The Ka-60 ...
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2003
AgustaWestland AW139
The AgustaWestland model AW139 is a modern medium-lift, multi-purpose/multi-role rotary-wing product offered for both militar...
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2003
Airbus A318
The French concern of Airbus unveiled their new A320 commercial aircraft family line in March of 1984 and eventually expanded...
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2003
Beriev Be-200 Altair
The Beriev Be-200 "Altair" is based on the Cold War-era Beriev A-40 "Albatros", a twin-engined amphibious aircraft capable of...
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2003
Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano / A-29
The EMB 314 "Super Tucano" (also "A-29") represents a locally-produced Brazilian aircraft product falling under the then-gove...
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2003
Eurocopter Tiger (EC665)
The Eurocopter Tiger (EC 665) is a relatively new attack helicopter initially designed and developed through a joint venture ...
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2003
Elbit Hermes 450
The Hermes 450 is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of Israeli origination, part of the growing family of Hermes "Unmanned Air...
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2003
AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven
The AeroVinronment RQ-11 "Raven" is classified as a "Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" (SUAV), this attributed directly to its ...
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2003
Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
The X-47A "Pegasus" stealthy technology demonstrator Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) began as a private venture by defe...
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2003
Eurofighter Typhoon
The Eurofighter Typhoon represents much of what is both good and bad in multi-national joint ventures. While itself appearing...
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2002
Aerospatiale / Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin
The HH-65 Dolphin replaced the Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guards then in service with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The HH-6...
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2002
Sikorsky MH-60 (Knighthawk)
The MH-60S Knighthawk is the United States Navy's newest multi-mission helicopter. Originally designated as the CH-60S to sig...
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2002
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2002
Boeing X-45
The Boeing X-45 served as a proof-of-concept technology demonstrator - developed in conjunction with DARPA (Defense Advanced ...
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2002
Eurocopter EC145
The Eurocopter EC145 is a light-to-medium-lift transport helicopter produced under the Airbus Helicopters label (formerly Eur...
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2001
AAI MQ-19 Aerosonde
The AAI Aerosonde is described as a modular, long endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS) which intends to fulfill the primary...
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2001
Airbus Military / EADS CASA C-295
In 1988, a joint Spanish-Indonesian endeavor introduced the high-winged CN-235, propeller-driven tactical transport aircraft ...
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2001
AAI RQ-7 Shadow 200 Tactical
The AAI Corporation RQ-7 Shadow is an unarmed tactical reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle currently in active service wit...
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2001
Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk
The Northrop Grumman "Global Hawk" is a large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) utilized by the United States Air Force and...
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2000
Raytheon T-6 Texan II
Based on the Pilatus PC-9 aircraft, the Raytheon-built T-6 Texan II series was the product of a Department of Defense initiat...
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2000
Boeing X-32 JSF (Joint Stike Fighter)
The Boeing X-32 was a prototype aircraft developed for the US military's Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The Boeing submi...
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2000
Mitsubishi F-2
The Mitsubishi F-2 fighter was initially intended as a wholly indigenous Japanese multirole fighter design to replace the agi...
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2000
EMT Luna X-2000
The EMT Luna series of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Luna X-2000) is billed as a short-range, all-weather airborne reconnaissance...
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2000
Kawasaki OH-1 Ninja
For decades the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has made use of the American Hughes OH-6 "Cayuse" light observatio...
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2000
AgustaWestland AW101/ EH Industries EH101 Merlin
The AgustaWestland AW101 "Merlin" (formerly the EH Industries EH101 Merlin) is a medium-lift, multi-purpose, multi-role helic...
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2000
Aero L-159 ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft)
The Aero L-29 Delfin (NATO: "Maya") began the long-running line of indigenously-designed light strike / advanced trainers eme...
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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 through the "Multifuncti...
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1999
Denel AH-2 Rooivalk (Kestrel)
The Denel (then Atlas) AH-2 Rooivalk (translating to "Kestrel") was an ambitious and indigenous undertaking by the nation of ...
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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) proved a largely successful ...
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1998
Dassault Rafale
The Dassault Rafale, when released into operational service in the late 1990's, was the pinnacle of French aircraft engineeri...
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1998
Bell Eagle Eye (Model 918)
The Bell Eagle Eye (company Model 918) is/was an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) developed to compete in the US Navy's "Vertical...
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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 series with some local modifi...
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1998
PANHA 2091 (Toufan)
The Islamic Republic of Iran received much of its pre-1979 revolution military support from the United States of America. Tha...
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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 (Ames and Dryden Research...
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1997
Alenia C-27 Spartan
The Alenia C-27 "Spartan" is a medium-lift transport and joint development effort founded by Italy's Alenia and America's Loc...
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1997
Sukhoi Su-32/37/47 Berkut (Golden Eagle)
While the collapse of the Soviet Empire in 1991 stymied many-a-program in Russia, the Sukhoi concern proceeded with their Su-...
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1997
McDonnell / BAE QF-4 (Phantom II)
The QF-4 represents a full-size unmanned target drone version of the successful Cold War-era F-4 Phantom II aircraft. QF-4's ...
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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 others). The type is a hi...
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1997
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit (Stealth Bomber)
The B-2 Spirit (generically known as the "Stealth Bomber") was the pinnacle of tail-less flight designs beginning in the mind...
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1996
Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint STARS (JSTARS)
A product of the Northrop Grumman Corporation, the E-8 "Joint Stars" series of aircraft provides the United States Air Force ...
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1996
IAI / TRW RQ-5 Hunter
The Hunter is a large Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and was first introduced in 1996 in limited numbers with the United State...
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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 the Su-27 "Flanker" serie...
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1996
Lockheed / Boeing RQ-3 DarkStar
DarkStar origins were found in a 1983 initiative that saw the United States Air Force (USAF), the Central Intelligence Agency...
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1995
Bell CH-146 Griffon
When Canadian Armed Forces adopted a new "do-everything" utility-minded helicopter platform in 1995, it selected the Bell 412...
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1995
Ababil (Swallow)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) were once considered primarily the domains of Israel and the United States Military. Througho...
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1995
Boeing 777 (Triple Seven)
Throughout the 1970s, the Boeing Company operated the mammoth 747 four-engined, "wide-body" long-range jet airliner. In 1978,...
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1995
Kamov Ka-31 (Helix)
The Kamov Ka-31 "Helix" series of medium-lift navalized helicopters was born out of a Soviet Navy need for an interim Airborn...
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1995
Kamov Ka-50 / Ka-52 (Black Shark / Alligator) / (Hokum)
The Kamov Ka-50 Chernaya Akula (or "Black Shark" and Codenamed "Hokum" by NATO) series of attack helicopter was developed in ...
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1995
Airbus A300-600ST (Beluga)
Several leading large-aircraft manufacturers eventually develop a "super-heavy hauler" for transporting large aircraft compon...
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1995
General Atomics MQ-1 Predator (Predator A)
At a cost of about $40 million dollars per system, the RQ-1/MQ-1 Predator is a pricey yet integral part of US Air Force opera...
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1995
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The C-17 Globemaster III is the primary long-haul transport for the United States and has been adopted, in limited numbers, b...
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1994
Kaman K-MAX (K-1200)
The Kaman K-MAX is a general purpose, multi-role, all-weather platform certified for long endurance, repeated external medium...
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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-produced Sukhoi Su-27 "Fla...
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1994
Hongdu JL-8 / K-8 Karakorum
The Hongdu JL-8 / K-8 is a series of indigenous Chinese lightweight jet-powered aircraft. The JL-8 is a dual-role platform th...
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1994
Harbin Z-9 (Haitun)
Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation of China began local-license production of the French Aerospatiale AS365 Dauphin in...
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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 aerospace industry - the most...
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1994
ORBIS International DC-10 (Flying Eye Hospital)
ORBIS International is a non-profit organization developed to combat blindness in Third World countries. Philanthropists purc...
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1994
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1993
Airbus A340
The Airbus A340 series was already in design and development alongside the similar A330 series. In that respect, the two syst...
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1992
Novi Avion
The Novi Avion ("New Aircraft") was a Yugoslavian effort to produce a home-grown supersonic multi-role aircraft on par with t...
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1992
IAI Searcher
The Israelis realized the value of drones in warfare before most and developed a very mature industry to fulfill a bevy of ru...
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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 indigenously designed an...
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1991
KAI KF-16 Fighting Falcon
South Korea's close political ties with the United States allows for access to American military products such as the Lockhee...
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1991
Sikorsky HH-60 (Pave Hawk)
The HH-60 Pave Hawk series of all-weather day/night transport helicopters is an Air Force version of the successful UH-60 Bla...
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1991
McDonnell Douglas / Boeing T-45 Goshawk
The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing T-45 Goshawk is a navalized version of the land-based British Aerospace (now BAe Systems) Hawk -...
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1990
Boeing VC-25 (Air Force One)
The VC-25 is used to usher the President of the United States and his staff on various journeys around the globe. The VC-25 i...
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1990
Sikorsky HH-60 / MH-60T Jayhawk
The US Coast Guard's HH-60 "Jayhawk" is based on the hugely successful Sikorsky Aircraft "S-70" rotary-wing model series that...
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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 the American ATF (Advanc...
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1990
Panavia Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat / Reconnaissance)
The Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat / Reconnaissance) is a specialized "Suppression of Enemy Air Defense" (SEAD) offshoot of t...
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1990
AMX International AMX (Ghibli)
The AMX International AMX is the result of cooperation between two Italian (Aeritalia - now Alenia - and Aermacchi) and one B...
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1990
AgustaWestland A129 Mangusta (Mongoose)
The Agusta A129 "Mangusta" ("Mongoose") is a modern Italian-designed and developed, two-seat, twin-engined battlefield helico...
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1989
Beriev Be-42 (A-40) Albatross (Mermaid)
The Soviets progressed jet-powered amphibious aircraft more so than any world power during the Cold War years. Beriev, with a...
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1989
Britten-Norman Defender
The Britten-Norman Defender is a militarized version of the successful Britten-Norman Islander twin turboprop-powered aircraf...
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1989
Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack)
Since its inception, the Tupolev-produced Tu-160 (NATO codename of "Blackjack") has been the largest jet-powered, swing-wing ...
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1989
Boeing E-6 Mercury
The Boeing E-6 Mercury was original developed for the United States Navy as an airborne command and communications relay plat...
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1989
Antonov An-225 Mriya (Cossack)
The Antonov An-225 "Mriya" (Meaning "Dream") (NATO: "Cossack") is one of the largest and heaviest aircraft ever constructed...
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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 fighter. The Strike Eagle ...
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1988
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1987
Lun (Ekranoplan)
One of the more interesting of the Cold War aircraft developments became the massive Soviet Lun Ekranoplan (NATO codename of ...
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1986
Atlas (Denel) Cheetah
The Denel (formally Atlas) Cheetah came about from a South African Air Force requirement to update or replace its series of a...
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1986
Antonov An-72 (Coaler)
The An-72 "Coaler" was another Antonov Design Bureau creation designed to assist the Soviet military in logistical sorties as...
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1986
Boeing / Hughes AH-64 Apache / Apache Longbow
The Hughes / McDonnell Douglas / Boeing AH-64 Apache has served American and allied military forces well during her storied o...
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1986
Antonov An-124 Ruslan (Condor)
The Antonov An-124 (NATO codename of "Condor") was the world's largest aircraft before the Antonov An-225 made its debut. The...
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1986
IAI RQ-2 Pioneer
The RQ-2 Pioneer series of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) was one of the first operational UAVs utilized by the United States...
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1986
Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow
The Lockheed MC-130P "Combat Shadow" debuted with American forces in the Vietnam War when it was known under the designation ...
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1986
Aero L-59 Super Albatros
Aero Vodochody was established in post-war Europe during early 1919 and made a name for itself as a developer of capable Czec...
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1986
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1985
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1985
Short C-23 Sherpa
The Short Brothers (sometimes shortened to "Shorts") concern was formed in 1908 with operations settled out of London (having...
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1985
Rockwell / Boeing B-1 Lancer
The Rockwell B-1 Lancer series was a variable sweep wing low-altitude penetration aircraft capable of delivering nuclear free...
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1985
McDonnell Douglas / Boeing / BAe Systems AV-8B Harrier II
While the original Hawker Siddeley Harrier proved revolutionary for its time, and the follow-up BAe Systems Sea Harrier bette...
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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 the role of long-range, ...
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1985
Eurocopter / Aerospatiale Panther
The Eurocopter AS565 "Panther" is nothing more than a medium class, multi-role, twin-engined militarized form of the original...
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1985
Avioane IAR 99 Soim (Hawk)
Romania went the indigenous route in developing its advanced jet trainer with light strike capability when producing its IAR ...
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1984
Alenia Aermacchi S-211
Sensing the growing need for light, jet-powered dual-role aircraft, the Italian concern of SIAI-Marchetti proposed a new airc...
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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 as light combat and includ...
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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 the Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker...
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1984
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
The Su-27 "Flanker" series of aircraft is regarded by most airplane aficionados as the ultimate in Russian fighter design. Th...
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1984
Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk
The Sikorsky SH-60 "Seahawk" is the navalized derivative of the ubiquitous land-based UH-60 "Black Hawk" series transport hel...
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1984
Ilyushin IL-78 (Midas)
The Soviet / Russian military has received a great number of years of faithful service from its Ilyushin IL-76 line (NATO cod...
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1983
McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet
The CF-18 / CF-188 "Hornet" is the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) equivalent of the American McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 "Horne...
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1983
BAe 146
Introduced in 1983 by British Aerospace (BAe), the BAe 146 has served for several decades as a civilian and military airliner...
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1983
Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
At the time of its inception, the Cold War-era Mi-26 (codenamed "Halo" by NATO) was - and still remains - the most powerful o...
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1983
Boeing 757
The 757-series airliner began as a 1970s Boeing endeavor to replace their aging 727 three-engined "trijet" airliner model. Th...
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1983
Airbus A310
The Airbus A310-300 was produced as a budgeted alternative to the based A300-series (detailed elsewhere on this web site) at ...
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1983
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F/A-18 "Hornet" emerged as one of the very successful 4th Generation Fighter entries of the latt...
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1983
SOKO G-4 Super Galeb (Super Seagull)
The G-4 Super Galeb (Super Seagull) advanced trainer/light strike aircraft was born out of a Yugoslavian requirement to repla...
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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 stealth aircraft. The type ...
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1982
Aerospatiale / Eurocopter Super Puma / AS532 Cougar
The Super Puma was developed by French-based Aerospatiale (formerly Sud Aviation) form the successful AS 330 Puma series of m...
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1982
Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call
The EC-130H "Compass Call" is a dedicated Electronic Warfare Aircraft (EWA) platform based on the hugely successful Lockheed ...
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1981
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1981
Sukhoi Su-25 (Frogfoot)
Since the early 1980s, the Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO codename of "Frogfoot") has served the close-support air strike interests of th...
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1981
McDonnell Douglas / Boeing KC-10 Extender
The KC-10 Extender airframe is based on a modified Boeing DC-10 (more precisely the "DC-10-30CF" model) and retains some 88 p...
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1981
Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion
The mammoth Sikorsky CH-53E "Super Stallion" heavy-lift transport helicopter was designed from the original CH-53 "Sea Stalli...
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1981
Sikorsky MH-53 (Pave Low)
The MH-53 was a series of large transport helicopters operated by the United States Air Force in the special operations role....
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1981
Dornier Do 228
The Dornier Do 228 appeared in the early 1980's and served as a utility transport and maritime patrol aircraft for several gl...
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1981
Tadiran Mastiff
Tadiran Electronic Systems of Israel produced the Tadiran Mastiff large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in the 1980s to an Isra...
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1981
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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 naturally led to China bein...
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1980
CASA C-101 Aviojet
As jet-powered fighter-types grew evermore impressive during the Cold War decades, it became imperative for manufacturers to ...
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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 design appearing in 1980. A...
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1980
Boeing / Hughes AH-6 / MH-6 Little Bird
The AH-6/MH-6 "Little Bird" forms an oft-overlook yet wholly vital part of American Special Operations services. This highly ...
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1979
Panavia Tornado IDS (InterDictor / Strike)
The Panavia Tornado emerged as the product of a consortium of European companies from the United Kingdom, West Germany and It...
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1979
Dassault Mirage 2000
The Dassault Mirage 2000 formed a potent interceptor and strike component of the French Air Force for the last three decades....
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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 Foxbat was of a fast breed of ...
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1979
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk has become a workhorse for the United States and other military forces the world over. Its capa...
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1979
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1978
SOKO J-22 Orao (Eagle)
In 1971, the nations of Romania and Yugoslavia joined together to develop a light strike, low-level interceptor to fulfill lo...
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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-development and introduced along ...
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1978
Westland / AgustaWestland Lynx
The Westland Lynx (AgustaWestland since 2000) was designed to a British Army requirement and initially consisted of four plan...
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1978
Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet
The Alpha Jet series of aircraft was a joint Franco-German initiative to produce a highly-advanced tactical trainer with clos...
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1978
Aermacchi MB.339
The Aermacchi MB.339 was the successor to the Aermacchi MB.326 in the advanced trainer and light strike role. This twin-seat ...
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1978
Alenia-Aeritalia G.222
The Italian Alenia G.222 medium-lift tactical transport was born from a 1962 NATO requirement for a Vertical / Short Take-Off...
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1977
Boeing E-3 Sentry (AWACS)
From 1954 into 1982, the United States military relied on the EC-121 "Warning Star" platform as its primary Airborne Early Wa...
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1976
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)
The A-10 Thunderbolt II was designed exclusively to fulfill the Close-Air Support (CAS) role from the outset, perhaps matched...
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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 air superiority, incorpor...
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1976
Antonov An-32 (Cline)
The Antonov An-32 (NATO reporting name of "Cline") was developed as an improved version of the An-26 ("Curl") twin-engine tra...
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1976
AgustaWestland AW109
The British-Italian helicopter concern of AgustaWestland developed their AW109 model of 1971 as a commercial-level passenger-...
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1976
BAe Hawk
The BAe Hawk has maintained one of the most successful aerial tenures of any lightweight jet trainer aircraft with origins da...
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1975
Kamov Ka-27 (Helix)
The Ka-27 Helix was designed and built as a replacement for the aging Soviet-era Ka-25 navy helicopter - also built by Kamov....
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1975
FMA IA-58 Pucara (Fortress)
The impressive-looking, two-seat IA-58 Pucara (meaning "Fortress") was produced by the Fabrica Militar de Aviones of Argentin...
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1975
Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil / Astar
The AS350 was originally designed to replace the aging Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale Alouette II light utility helicopter serie...
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1975
Mil Mi-14 (Haze)
The Mil Mi-14 (NATO codename "Haze") was a dedicated naval anti-submarine helicopter appearing in limited production numbers ...
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1975
Mikoyan MiG-27 (Flogger)
The Mikoyan MiG-27 "Flogger" was derived from the successful MiG-23 "Flogger" interceptor and made into a dedicated ground at...
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1975
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
The Ilyushin IL-76 heavy transport was debuted in the early 1970s, entered service in the mid-1970s and is still operating to...
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1975
IAI Kfir / F-21A
The Kfir (translated to "Lion Cub") was a semi-indigenous Israeli fighter development designed to fulfill an IAF (Israeli Air...
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1974
Lockheed / Vought S-3 Viking
The S-3 Viking series of carrier-borne aircraft was a joint production effort from the Lockheed and Vought aircraft firms. Se...
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1974
Airbus A300
The Airbus A300 series of passenger jet airliner was developed by the French concern as a wide-body passenger hauler for medi...
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1974
Sukhoi Su-24 (Fencer)
The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" was the Soviet answer to the American General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The Soviet design was no dou...
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1974
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1973
Sukhoi Su-20 (Fitter-C)
The Su-20 was nothing more than the export version of the Su-17M / S-32M "Fitter-C" series of swing-wing aircraft which, itse...
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1973
Boeing T-43 (Gator)
In the early 1970s, the United States Air Force commissioned the Boeing concern to develop and deliver an airborne navigation...
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1973
SEPECAT Jaguar
The SEPECAT Jaguar was a joint aircraft venture between Britain and France to produce a supersonic, low-level strike fighter....
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1973
Mil Mi-24 (Hind)
The famous Mil Mi-24 "Hind" helicopter stemmed from a Soviet Cold-War requirement for a heavily armed and armored transport h...
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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 name of "Foxbat") became ...
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1972
Lockheed AC-130H Spectre / AC-130U Spooky
Since the advent of the airplane as an instrument of war, warplanners have relied on the power of mobile aerial attacks to ke...
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1972
Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear)
As the Tupolev Tu-95 "Bear" proved a successful strategic bomber across several roles for the Soviet military, a dedicated ma...
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1972
Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
The Tupolev concern of Russia holds an aviation history dating as far back as 1926, having since established a name in large ...
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1972
Aero L-39 Albatros
The Aero L-39 series of advanced jet trainer and light strike aircraft followed along the same lines as its predecessor - the...
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1972
Tupolev Tu-22M (Backfire)
The Tupolev Tu22M "Backfire" was/is a dedicated strategic bombing and maritime strike platform primarily serving Soviet inter...
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1971
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1971
Bell AH-1 SuperCobra
The AH-1 "SuperCobra" is a further evolution of the original Vietnam War-era AH-1 "Cobra" born in the 1960s. The SuperCobra i...
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1971
Aerospatiale Gazelle
A popular light reconnaissance and attack helicopter for export order, the Aerospatiale Gazelle systems are a common site all...
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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" fighter/fighter-bomber f...
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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 the Soviet Union and wen...
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1970
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
At one time the Lockheed-built C-5 Galaxy was the largest aircraft ever produced, being able to field a compliment of 350 tro...
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1970
Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet)
Thanks to advances in jet engine technology during the 1950s and 1960s, passenger air travel blossomed during this period of ...
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1970
Eurocopter BO105
The Bo 105 is a light utility helicopter system recognized around the globe for its versatility, performance and safety recor...
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1970
Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)
As a long time Soviet equipment user, the Chinese were already building the twin-engine Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 "Farmer" jet ...
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1969
Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma
The Puma began life as a product of Sud Aviation designed to meet an French Army requirement for an all-weather, medium-lift,...
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1969
Bell OH-58 Kiowa
The Bell OH-58 Kiowa has seen a long, successful and extended service life with the US Army (and others) since its inception ...
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1968
BAe / Hawker Siddeley Nimrod
The Nimrod aircraft came about as a replacement for the aging and World War Two-era piston-engine Avro Shackleton. Charged wi...
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1968
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1968
Ilyushin IL-38 (May)
The Ilyushin IL-38 (NATO codename of "May") is a maritime patrol and anti-submarine platform utilized solely by the navies of...
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1967
BAC Strikemaster
At its core, the Strikemaster was a jet-powered training platform with inherent light ground attack facilities as secondary. ...
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1967
Antonov An-22 Antei
With one of the largest ground armies in the world during the Cold War, the Soviet military required many large transport typ...
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1967
Dassault Mirage V (5) / Mirage 50
The Dassault Mirage V / Mirage 50 series of French-built multi-role aircraft stands as the last further development of the su...
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1967
Transall C-160
The Transall C-160 tactical transport aircraft was born out of a joint French-West German consortium known as "Transporter Al...
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1967
Bell Model 206 JetRanger
The Bell 206 was derived from the unsuccessful OH-4 bid by the Bell company to fulfill a US Army need for a light-weight, tur...
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1967
Bell AH-1 Cobra / HueyCobra (Bell 209)
Based on the private venture Bell 209 helicopter, the AH-1 Cobra series of attack helicopter remains a primary weapons delive...
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1967
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Numbering well over 12,000 production examples, the Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name of "Hip") can be viewed as one of the most ...
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1967
Grumman C-2 Greyhound
The Grumman C-2 Greyhound was developed from the successful Grumman E-2 Hawkeye. Whereas the latter was a dedicated carrier-b...
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1967
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1966
North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
The North American/Rockwell OV-10 Bronco was developed through the United States Marine Corps Light Armed Reconnaissance Airc...
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1966
Kamov Ka-25 (Hormone)
The Kamov Ka-25 (NATO codename of "Hormone") was developed from the Ka-20, which itself was a response to a Soviet Navy requi...
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1966
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (Loach)
The Hughes OH-6 "Cayuse" (popularly recognized as the "Loach") was a revolutionary light helicopter mount primarily in servic...
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1965
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1965
Lockheed L-100 Hercules
The excellent hauling capabilities and military market success that was the Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport eventually yiel...
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1965
Dassault-Breguet Br.1150 Atlantic / Atlantique 2
The French concern of Breguet Aviation was awarded a 1958 NATO-sponsored contract to design, develop and produce a new purpos...
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1965
Dassault Falcon 20
In 1965, the French concern of Dassault introduced its line of business jets with the Dassault "Falcon 20" (despite its desig...
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1964
Lockheed HC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules
The Lockheed HC-130 is based on the standard C-130H model which introduced updated Allison T56-A-15 series turboprop engines....
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1964
Aerospatiale Super Frelon (Super Hornet)
The SA 321 Super Frelon is a French-produced multirole helicopter falling under the Aerospatiale brand. The mammoth design be...
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1964
Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight
The CH-46 Sea Knight is similar in design and role to the CH-47 Chinook series of transport helicopters. Both offer up unobst...
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1964
Boeing 727
After World War 2 (1939-1945) introduced the turbojet engine as a viable aviation propulsion system, the jet age was born and...
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1964
Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
The E-2 Hawkeye series serves carrier battle groups (principally in the United States Navy) and is called upon as an all-weat...
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1963
Aero L-29 Delfin / Maya
The Czech designed and produced Aero L-29 Delfin (translating to "Dolphin"; NATO designation of "Maya") series was a highly u...
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1963
Dassault Mirage IV
The Dassault Mirage IV series was designed to a French requirement for a supersonic aircraft platform capable of delivering a...
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1962
Blackburn Buccaneer
The Blackburn Buccaneer was a low-level, high-speed, carrier-borne strike aircraft utilized by the British Royal Air Force an...
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1962
Kaman SH-2 Seasprite / Super Seasprite
The Kaman SH-2 Seasprite helicopter has served a lengthy and respected career in the navies of several nations across the glo...
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1962
Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
The Mil Mi-6 was an inventory stalwart for the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War. For a time, the Mi-6 represen...
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1962
Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion
The P-3 Orion aircraft is a product of Lockheed Martin, designed and accepted at a time when Lockheed could do little wrong i...
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1962
Aermacchi MB.326
The Aermacchi MB.326 series of aircraft has become one of the most successful blends of operational trainer and light attack ...
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1962
Antonov An-24 (Coke)
The An-24 "Coke" was yet another in the long line of military transport aircraft produced during the Cold War by the Antonov ...
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1962
Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules
The Lockheed KC-130 Hercules is a combination tanker-transport aircraft based on the hugely successful like of high-wing C-13...
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1961
Beriev Be-12 Tchaika (Mail)
The Beriev Be-12 "Mail" was a successful flying boat aircraft developed for the Soviet Navy as a replacement for its troubles...
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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 (NATO codename of "Farmer...
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1961
Northrop T-38 Talon
The Northrop T-38 "Talon" is a dedicated supersonic advanced trainer used by a handful of global air powers today - though it...
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1960
Saab J 35 Draken (Dragon / Kite)
The Saab J 35 Draken (translated in English to "Dragon" but carrying the meaning of "Kite" based on the aircraft's angular re...
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1960
Aerospatiale Alouette III
The Aerospatiale Alouette III, is French for Skylark having a single-engine and to be used as a light utility helicopter and ...
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1959
Antonov An-12 (Cub)
The Antonov An-12 (NATO codename of "Cub") was the primary medium-lift military transport of the Soviet Union and its satelli...
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1959
Boeing VC-137 / C-137 Stratoliner
VC-137 "Stratoliner" is the designation used by the United States Air Force (USAF) to mark its Boeing 707s configured to the ...
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1959
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1959
North American / Boeing T-2 Buckeye
The North American (now Boeing) T-2 Buckeye was responsible for the training of thousands of American naval aviators from 195...
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1958
Boeing 707
The 707 model series for The Boeing Company proved to be the catalyst for their commercial market successes to come. The 707 ...
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1958
Xian H-6
Into the 1960s, communist China held a close working military and political relationship with the Soviet Union. As such, ther...
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1957
Aerospatiale Alouette II
The Alouette II helicopter series is billed as a multi-role, light rotary-wing platform charged with a myriad of duties in bo...
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1956
Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear)
Following the developmental Tupolev Tu-80 and Tu-85 programs was the famous Tupolev Tu-95 "Bear" which proved a common site i...
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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 inception, becoming the ...
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1956
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Easily one of the most successful military aircraft of the post-World War 2 age, the Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" continues in d...
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1956
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1955
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
The B-52 has been the preeminent American heavy bomber of the last 54 years. The massive aircraft served throughout the heigh...
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1955
Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady
The U-2 spyplane was a pivotal player during the peak years of the Cold War between the United States of America and the Sovi...
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1955
Myasishchev M-4 / 3M (Bison)
The Myasishchev M-4 (NATO codename of "Bison") was developed to a Soviet Navy requirement for a jet-powered, long-range marit...
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1955
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1955
Saab 32 Lansen (Lance)
By the late 1940s, the Swedish Air Force (or "Flygvapnet") was reviewing options in an effort to replace its aging series of ...
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1954
Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
The Tupolev Tu-16 (codenamed "Badger" by NATO) owed its success story to the Cold War and its own versatility. Throughout its...
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1953
Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
The T-34 Mentor series served the United States Air Force and United States Navy well in training generations of aviators in ...
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1951
Canadair CT-133 Silver Star
America's first operational jet-powered fighter became the P-80 Shooting Star of World War 2. The type was a single-engine, s...
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1947
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
The Antonov An-2 is a multi-role light utility biplane initially produced under the Soviet flag. Despite its 1940's pedigree,...
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1937
Grumman Goose (G-21)
While most every aircraft venture usually began with a military requirement or private venture undertaken by a manufacturer f...
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1934
Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun (Typhoon)
The high performance, record-setting Messerschmitt Bf 108 "Taifun" ("Typhoon") was born as a racing aircraft under the protot...
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1932
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
The famous de Havilland DH.82 "Tiger Moth" biplane was a dedicated military-minded basic trainer derived from the preceding D...
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