Military Factory

Multirole Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/3/2015

The mount-of-choice for discerning combat pilots has always been the multirole-minded platform.





There are a total of (190) Multirole Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1962
Aermacchi MB.326
The Aermacchi MB.326 series of aircraft has become one of the most successful blends of operational ... [Read More]
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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 str... [Read More]
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1921
Aero A.11
The Aero A.11 was a successful, multi-faceted performer for the Czech Army Air Force in the interwar... [Read More]
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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 strik... [Read More]
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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 "May... [Read More]
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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... [Read More]
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1984
AIDC AT-3 Tz-Chiang
The AT-3 is in a special class of aircraft that specialize in both advanced pilot training as well a... [Read More]
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1994
AIDC F-CK-1 (Ching-Kuo) / (Indigenous Defence Fighter)
The AIDC F-CK-1 ("Fighter, Ching-Kuo 1") is a modern lightweight fighter developed by Taiwanese aero... [Read More]
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2001
Airbus Military / EADS CASA C-295
In 1988, a joint Spanish-Indonesian endeavor introduced the high-winged CN-235, propeller-driven tac... [Read More]
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1917
Airco DH.4
With production numbering over 6,000 total units, the AirCo / de Havilland DH.4 was another one of G... [Read More]
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2016
Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master
The advanced jet trainer/light strike market has grown considerably over the last several decades. T... [Read More]
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1989
AMX International AMX
The subsonic AMX International AMX (known as the "Gibli" to the Italian Air Force) was the result of... [Read More]
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1947
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
The Antonov An-2 is a multi-role light utility biplane initially produced under the Soviet flag. Des... [Read More]
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1940
Arado Ar 240
The Arado Ar 240 was designed to an RLM 1938 response to replace the twin engine, two seat Messersch... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-19
With development of the advanced twin-engine, jet-powered Ar 234 "Blitz" bomber coming along, the Ar... [Read More]
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1927
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas
The Armstrong Whitworth Atlas was designed to replace the aging de Havilland DH.9A biplane of 1918 a... [Read More]
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1917
Armstrong Whitworth FK8
The Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 model series was a biplane aircraft conceived of by aircraft designer ... [Read More]
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1924
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin
The Armstrong Whitworth Siskin (a siskin being a smallish yellow-tinged finch) was the primary air m... [Read More]
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1933
Avions Fairey Fox
Avions Fairey was set up in Belgium as an offshoot of the Fairey Aviation Company of Britain. The pr... [Read More]
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1916
Avro 523 Pike
Avro (A.V. Roe and Company) was founded in 1910 and based out of Manchester. The firm played a large... [Read More]
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1936
Avro Anson
The Avro Anson was a militarized version of the commercial passenger transport Avro 652. The Anson i... [Read More]
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1978
BAe Sea Harrier
The arrival of the land-based Hawker Siddeley Harrier revolutionized the British military approach u... [Read More]
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1964
Beechcraft King Air
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1944
Beechcraft XA-38 Grizzly / Destroyer (Model 28)
The XA-38 was a developmental twin-engine heavy fighter produced by the Beech Aircraft firm. By all ... [Read More]
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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 amphi... [Read More]
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1962
Blackburn Buccaneer
The Blackburn Buccaneer was a low-level, high-speed, carrier-borne strike aircraft utilized by the B... [Read More]
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1945
Blackburn Firebrand
The Blackburn Firebrand was a carried-based strike fighter aircraft developed by Blackburn Aircraft ... [Read More]
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1976
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
For a time, the McDonnell Douglas (now under Boeing) F-15 Eagle series was the pinnacle of American ... [Read More]
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1988
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
The F-15E "Strike Eagle" is a dual-role version of the highly successful base F-15 air superiority f... [Read More]
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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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2009
Boeing F-15SE (Silent Eagle)
The Boeing F-15SE "Silent Eagle" is a "stealthified" version of the successful two-seat F-15E "Strik... [Read More]
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1917
Breguet Br.14
French aviation design triumphed with the arrival of the Breguet Br.14 series (sometimes written as ... [Read More]
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1946
Bristol Brigand
In 1942, the British Air Ministry sought to replace its Bristol Beaufighter heavy fighter fleet with... [Read More]
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1917
Bristol F.2
The Bristol F.2 fighter series operated throughout the British Empire for decades, serving through W... [Read More]
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1939
CAC Wirraway
The CAC Wirraway ("Challenge" in the Woiwurrung native tongue) became one of Australia's primary tra... [Read More]
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1918
Caudron R.11
The Caudron R.11 was initially developed as an armed reconnaissance platform for the French Air Serv... [Read More]
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1967
Cessna A-37 Dragonfly (Super Tweet)
The United States Air Force (USAF) was already using the straight-wing, jet-powered Cessna T-37 "Twe... [Read More]
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1950
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog (L-19)
In 1947, the United States Army Air Forces ceased to exist in the American military structure, repla... [Read More]
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1964
Cessna T-41 Mescalero
Because of the intricacies involved in training on jet aircraft, the United States Air Force adopted... [Read More]
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2005
Chengdu J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) / F-10 Vanguard
The Chengdu Jian-J10 (also "J-10" and "Annihilator" but known to the West as "Vigorous Dragon") was ... [Read More]
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2017
Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)
The Chinese Chengdu J-20 "Black Eagle" is a 5th Generation fighter design exhibiting stealth charact... [Read More]
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1980
Chengdu J-7 / F-7
After World War 2 (1939-1945), China and the Soviet Union were cooperating political powers. This na... [Read More]
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2010
Chengdu JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)
The FC-1/JF-17 lightweight multirole combat fighter platform was developed jointly by the Chengdu Ai... [Read More]
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1933
Curtiss A-12 (Shrike)
The A-12 was an inter-war product of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company first appearing in 1933... [Read More]
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1938
Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75 / Mohawk)
The Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft saw considerable operational service in the years leading up to, and ... [Read More]
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1941
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
The Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk" series of fighter aircraft was a further development of the Curtiss P-36 ... [Read More]
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1965
Dassault Falcon 20
In 1965, the French concern of Dassault introduced its line of business jets with the Dassault "Falc... [Read More]
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1979
Dassault Mirage 2000
The Dassault Mirage 2000 formed a potent interceptor and strike component of the French Air Force fo... [Read More]
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1969
Dassault Mirage 5
The Dassault Mirage 5 was the continuing evolution of the famous - and successful - Mirage III delta... [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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1961
Dassault Mirage III
The Mirage III supersonic fighter line proved a popular product throughout the Cold War decades wher... [Read More]
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1955
Dassault Mystere / Super Mystere
The Dassault-produced Mystere series of turbojet aircraft appeared just when the French nation was i... [Read More]
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2001
Dassault Rafale
The Dassault Rafale is the primary French multirole 4th Generation Fighter aircraft. During the 1970... [Read More]
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1978
Dassault Super Etendard
The Dassault "Super Etendard" was a further development of the original French Dassault Etendard IV ... [Read More]
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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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1937
Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
The Dornier Do 17 was a medium-class bomber fielded primarily by the German Luftwaffe in the years l... [Read More]
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1941
Dornier Do 217
The Dornier Do 217 was a multi-role aircraft design for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (193... [Read More]
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1982
Dornier Do 228
The Dornier Do 228 was introduced in 1982 and was developed as a light utility transport and maritim... [Read More]
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1945
Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (Arrow)
The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (or "Arrow") was one of the more interesting examples of a twin prop-driven... [Read More]
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1946
Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD-1)
Throughout World War 2 (1939-1945) the United States Navy (USN) - like the United States Air Force (... [Read More]
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1941
Douglas A-24 Banshee
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1945), United States military aviation doctrine centered primarily on gai... [Read More]
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1944
Douglas A-26 / B-26 Invader
The Douglas A-26 Invader was a distinguished twin-engine light bomber whose origins were well-placed... [Read More]
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1956
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
The A-4 Skyhawk (nicknamed "Heinemann's Hot Rod" and the "Scooter") came about as a private venture ... [Read More]
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1934
Douglas DC-2
Before the DC-3 became a marketing success for the Douglas Aircraft Company - produced in some 16,00... [Read More]
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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 fa... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano (A-29)

2018
Embraer KC-390
To head off the sudden global military need for a modern medium-lift transport system estimated to c... [Read More]
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1975
ENAER Mirage 50CN Pantera
The French aviation concern of Dassault found success with its Mirage 3 jet-powered interceptor plat... [Read More]
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2003
Eurofighter Typhoon
The Eurofighter Typhoon represents much of what is both good and bad in multi-national joint venture... [Read More]
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1958
Fiat Aeritalia G.91 (Gina)
The Fiat Aeritalia G.91 was an Italian Cold War-era, single-seat, jet-powered fighter design that sa... [Read More]
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1937
Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork)
The seemingly fragile Fieseler Fi 156 Storch(or "Stork") does not seem to have a home in a global co... [Read More]
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1988
FMA IA-63 Pampa (Prairie)
Comparatively smaller air powers of the world - such as that of Argentina - rely on more cost-effect... [Read More]
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1941
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (Wurger)
While the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter/fighter-bomber became the iconic German fighter of World War ... [Read More]
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1967
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
The General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark" was purposely-designed as a variable geometry "swing wing" pla... [Read More]
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1982
General Dynamics F-16XL
What began life as a General Dynamics research project evolved into a United States Air Force conten... [Read More]
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1944
Gloster / Armstrong Whitworth Meteor
The Gloster Meteor became Britain's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. It reached opera... [Read More]
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1956
Gloster Javelin
The Gloster Javelin was the first twin-engine delta-wing jet fighter design to take up service with ... [Read More]
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1974
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
The Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" was the quintessential United States Navy (USN) fleet defense interceptor ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat

1943
Grumman F6F Hellcat
The F6F Hellcat was the successor to - and a logical evolution of - the capable F4F Wildcat series o... [Read More]
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1949
Grumman F9F Panther
Grumman managed a long-standing tradition of successfully fulfilling US Navy carrier-based fighter r... [Read More]
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1942
Grumman TBF Avenger
Destined never to win beauty contests, the Grumman TBF Avenger series of aircraft would go down as o... [Read More]
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1967
HAL HF-24 Marut (Spirit of the Tempest)
The modern Indian Air Force (IAF) has a relatively young history when compared to world heavyweights... [Read More]
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2022
HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA
In December of 2010, it was announced that a partnership deal had been reached between the governmen... [Read More]
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2015
HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)
The HAL Tejas is India's newest and latest fighter platform and represents an indigenous design effo... [Read More]
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1956
Hawker Hunter
The Hawker Hunter was the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy jet fighter of choice for decades since its... [Read More]
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1937
Hawker Hurricane
The Hawker Hurricane was the culmination of a series of capable metal biplane fighters evolved by th... [Read More]
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1969
Hawker Siddeley Harrier / AV-8A
The subsonic British Harrier "jump jet" became the world's first practical VTOL (Vertical Take-Off a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier / AV-8A

1944
Hawker Tempest
The Hawker Tempest originally appeared as an improved Hawker Typhoon, the war-winning aircraft that ... [Read More]
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1941
Hawker Typhoon
The Hawker Typhoon (affectionate known as the "Tiffie") was initially intended as a dedicated interc... [Read More]
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1935
Heinkel He 111
The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 fielded a trio of capable (though eventually limited) medium-cla... [Read More]
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1935
Heinkel He 51
The He 51 was a product of the German Heinkel firm and a design of the Gunter twins, Walter and Sieg... [Read More]
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2014
HESA Saeqeh (Thunderbolt)
The Islamic Republic of Iran has benefited greatly from their associations with both the United Stat... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the HESA Saeqeh (Thunderbolt)

2009
Hongdu JL-10 / L-15 Falcon
Supersonic trainers are an integral part of the military aviation regime for any world power. Supers... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Hongdu JL-10 / L-15 Falcon

1975
IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
The Kfir (translated to "Lion Cub") was a semi-indigenous Israeli fighter development designed to fu... [Read More]
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1986
IAI Lavi (Young Lion)
In the late 1970s, Israeli thinking began to focus on upgrading its stock of aging Douglas A-4 "Skyh... [Read More]
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1972
IAI Nesher (Vulture)
The nation of Israel, in its modern incarnation, was born into war and this meant that a ready and w... [Read More]
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1941
Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik
The Il-2 Sturmovik (or "Shturmovik") was designed as a low-level close-support aircraft capable of d... [Read More]
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1918
Junkers CL.I
The Junkers CL.I was something of a break-through aircraft design for its time, appearing during the... [Read More]
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1944
Junkers Ju 388 (Stortebeker)
The Junkers Ju 88 became a workhorse medium bomber for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (1939... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju 388 (Stortebeker)

1943
Junkers Ju 390 (New York Bomber)
The German Junkers Ju 390 long range heavy bomber was intended to be able to strike far-off location... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju 390 (New York Bomber)

1932
Junkers Ju 52
The tri-motor, prop-driven aircraft achieve popularity for a short time during the Interwar years - ... [Read More]
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1939
Junkers Ju 88
The Junkers Ju 88 formed a third of the German Luftwaffe medium bomber triad of World War 2 (1939-19... [Read More]
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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 p... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the KAI / Lockheed Martin T-50 Golden Eagle

2026
KAI KF-X
The "5th Generation Fighter" - along with the "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" - is the current buzzword in... [Read More]
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1942
Kyushu K11W Shiragiku (White Chrysanthemum)
Oft-forgotten, but no less important to the Japanese war effort of World War 2, was the Kyushu K11W ... [Read More]
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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 ... [Read More]
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2016
Lockheed F-35 Lightning II
The Lockheed F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter development of the United States that i... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed F-35 Lightning II

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor

1978
Lockheed Martin / General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 "Fighting Falcon" was a product of Cold War-developm... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin / General Dynamics F-16  Fighting Falcon

1939
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning, nicknamed the "Fork-Tailed Devil" - Der Gabelschwanz Teufel - by the Ge... [Read More]
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1945
Lockheed P-80 / F-80 Shooting Star
The Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star is undoubtedly the world's most successful first generation jet... [Read More]
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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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1954
Martin B-57 Canberra
When the United States committed to participation in the Korean War (1950-1953), it pressed into ser... [Read More]
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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 ... [Read More]
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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 McDonn... [Read More]
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1983
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F/A-18 "Hornet" emerged as one of the very successful 4th Generation Fi... [Read More]
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1960
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Arguably one of the finest combat fighters of the 20th Century, the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II series ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Messerschmitt Bf 109

1937
Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer)
The Messerschmitt name was tied to many aircraft products during World War 2 (1939-1945) - the class... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me 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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1943
Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse (Hornet)
The Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse ("Hornet") was a further development of the ultimately-abandoned M... [Read More]
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1999
Mikoyan MiG 1.42 / 1.44 / MFI
Mikoyan designed the MiG 1.42 in response to a Soviet requirement for a multi-role frontline fighter... [Read More]
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1975
Mikoyan MiG-27 (Flogger)
The Mikoyan MiG-27 "Flogger" was derived from the successful MiG-23 "Flogger" interceptor and made i... [Read More]
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1984
Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
The Mikoyan MiG-29 "Fulcrum" did much to further Soviet/Russian aviation technology and, along with ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)

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]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)

2007
Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F)
The Mikoyan MiG-35 is the latest incarnation of the successful light-weight MiG-29 Fulcrum series. W... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F)

1952
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
As impressive as the later versions of the MiG-15 fighter were (detailed elsewhere on this site), th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)

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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1978
Mitsubishi F-1 (Supersonic Rei-Sen)
In the decades following World War 2 (1939-1945), the Japanese defense industry was rebuilt. After t... [Read More]
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2000
Mitsubishi F-2
The Mitsubishi F-2 fighter was initially intended as a wholly indigenous Japanese multirole fighter ... [Read More]
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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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1970
Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)
As a long time Soviet equipment user, the Chinese were already building the twin-engine Mikoyan-Gure... [Read More]
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1954
North American F-100 Super Sabre
The North American F-100 Super Sabre was developed as the successor to the F-86 Sabre, another North... [Read More]
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1946
North American F-82 / P-82 Twin Mustang
While several aviation concerns of World War 2 (1939-1945) entertained the idea of mating two fusela... [Read More]
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1942
North American P-51 Mustang
The North American P-51 Mustang proved an invaluable addition to the Allied cause in the latter half... [Read More]
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1956
North American YF-107 (Ultra Sabre)
The North American YF-107 "Ultra Sabre" prototype represented the final foray into military aviation... [Read More]
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1982
Northrop F-20 Tigershark
The Northrop F-20 Tigershark was a further evolution of the F-5 Tiger II line, specifically the F-5E... [Read More]
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1962
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II
The Northrop F-5 "Freedom Fighter" / "Tiger" / "Tiger II" series was designed from the outset as a l... [Read More]
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1990
Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II
The YF-23 Black Widow II was Northrop Grumman's (along with McDonnell Douglas Corporation) answer to... [Read More]
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1972
Northrop YF-17 (Cobra)
The YF-17 Cobra was a Northrop Aviation creation through NASA to support further testing and researc... [Read More]
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1992
Novi Avion
The Novi Avion ("New Aircraft") was a Yugoslavian effort to produce a home-grown supersonic multi-ro... [Read More]
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1918
Packard-Le Pere LUSAC-11 (Lepere United States Army Comba Model 11)
French Captain Georges LePere was employed by the United States Army Air Service (USAAS) in 1917 whe... [Read More]
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1979
Panavia Tornado IDS (InterDictor / Strike)
The Panavia Tornado emerged as the product of a consortium of European companies from the United Kin... [Read More]
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2015
Paramount AHRLAC
The AHRLAC (Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft) is a budget-minded, light strik... [Read More]
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1941
Petlyakov Pe-2 (Pawn)
During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviets lacked a heavy bomber stable when compared to the Britis... [Read More]
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1929
Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
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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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1958
Republic F-105 Thunderchief
The F-105 Thunderchief was a Cold War product of the Republic Aviation Corporation and became the co... [Read More]
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1947
Republic F-84 Thunderjet / Thunderstreak
The Republic F-84 Thunderjet appeared as an American post-war design and played a pivotal role in th... [Read More]
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1942
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
While much of the romance of World War 2 dogfighting often heads in the direction of the United Stat... [Read More]
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1912
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2
The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 was born through the Royal Balloon Factory (RBF) establishment whic... [Read More]
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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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1935
Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 Pipistrello (Bat)
The Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 Pipistrello ("Bat") served primarily with the Regia Aeronautica throughou... [Read More]
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1973
SEPECAT Jaguar
The SEPECAT Jaguar was a joint aircraft venture between Britain and France to produce a supersonic, ... [Read More]
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1998
Shenyang J-11 (Flanker B+)
The Shenyang J-11 is based on the Soviet-Russian Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" air-superiority fighter seri... [Read More]
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2013
Shenyang J-15 (Flying Shark)
The nation of China is utilizing whatever means necessary to become a recognized world power - both ... [Read More]
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2013
Shenyang J-16 (Red Eagle)
The Chinese have held a long-running and beneficial relationship with the Russians that eventually n... [Read More]
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1980
Shenyang J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)
The Shenyang J-8 series (NATO codename of "Finback") was an indigenous Chinese multi-role fighter de... [Read More]
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1958
Sud-Ouest SO 4050 Vautour
These limited-production aircraft served with little distinction in French hands but were better ser... [Read More]
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1970
Sukhoi Su-17 / Su-20 / Su-22 (Fitter)
The Mach 2-capable Sukhoi Su-17 "Fitter" was a further development of the successful Su-7 "Fitter-A"... [Read More]
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1973
Sukhoi Su-20 (Fitter-C)
With the success that was the Sukhoi Su-17 "Fitter" swing-wing product, it was only natural for Sovi... [Read More]
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1985
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Designed as a counter to the excellent American swing-wing Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" carrierborne fleet ... [Read More]
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1996
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
The Sukhoi Su-30 (NATO codename of "Flanker-C") is an air superiority and strike fighter version of ... [Read More]
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1994
Sukhoi Su-33 (Flanker-D)
The Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO: "Flanker-D") represents the navalized equivalent of the land-based Russian-p... [Read More]
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2014
Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback)
The Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name of "Fullback") is a dedicated Fourth Generation two-seat fight... [Read More]
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2011
Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
The Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO: "Flanker-E") is the latest (2013) variant of the successful Su-27 "Flanker" ... [Read More]
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1959
Sukhoi Su-7 (Fitter-A)
The Sukhoi Su-7 (NATO codename of "Fitter-A") was a single-seat, single engine jet-powered fighter i... [Read More]
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2017
Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA)
The PAK FA (or "PAK[FA]") is currently in development with the storied Sukhoi OKB, a Russian aircraf... [Read More]
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1942
Supermarine Seafire
When the land-based Hawker Hurricane was successfully converted into the carrier-based "Sea Hurrican... [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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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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1967
Vought / LTV A-7 Corsair II
Developed as a successor to the Douglas A-4 "Skyhawk" series of carrier-based strike fighter, the LT... [Read More]
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1942
Vought F4U Corsair
One of the greatest fighter aircraft of all time, the American Vought F4U "Corsair" became the stuff... [Read More]
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1957
Vought F-8 Crusader
The Vought F-8 "Crusader" was a direct response to a United States Navy requirement for a modern sup... [Read More]
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1940
Westland Whirlwind
The Westland Whirlwind became a capable twin-engined, heavy fighter design that might have seen even... [Read More]
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1953
Westland Wyvern
Like the United States, Britain required considerable naval power during World War 2 (1939-1945) and... [Read More]
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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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2010
Yakovlev Yak-130 (Mitten)
Advanced jet-powered trainers with secondary strike roles are becoming an ever more growing presence... [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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1976
Yakovlev Yak-38 (Forger)
The Yakovlev Yak-38 Forger became the first (and last) VTOL service aircraft for the Soviet Union / ... [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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