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    Night Fighter Aircraft

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

    At one point in military aviation history, the dedicated "Night Fighter" ruled the night sky.





    There are a total of (56) Night Fighter Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1946
    Aichi S1A Denko (Bolt of Lightning)
    The Aichi S1A "Denko" was in development with the Empire of Japan during World War 2 (1939-1945) as ... [Read More]
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    1933
    ANF Les Mureaux (Series)
    The ANF les Mureaux series of light observation aircraft first appeared during the inter-war years b... [Read More]
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    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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    1945
    Arado Ar Projekt II
    The Arado Ar Projekt II was a proposed jet-powered fighter of considerable size. It carried a basic ... [Read More]
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    1943
    Arado Ar TEW 16/43-19
    With development of the advanced twin-engine, jet-powered Ar 234 "Blitz" bomber coming along, the Ar... [Read More]
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    1945
    Arado NJ-1 Nacht Jager (Night Hunter)
    Project NJ-1 "Nacht Jager 1" ("Night Hunter 1") was put forth by the Arado concern of Germany during... [Read More]
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    1950
    Bell D-36
    The pace of technological developments concerning military aircraft during World War 2 (1939-1945) s... [Read More]
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    1939
    Boulton Paul Defiant
    The inter-war years saw a vast shift to more modern and potent aircraft platforms. The Boulton Paul ... [Read More]
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    1915
    Breguet Br.5
    The Breguet Br.5 series of biplane bomber was developed from the Breguet Br.4. The Br.5 was operated... [Read More]
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    1940
    Bristol Beaufighter
    The twin-engine Bristol Beaufighter (known simply as "Beau") heavy fighter became a national wartime... [Read More]
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    1949
    CONVAIR Skate
    With advances being made in turbojet technology - and aeronautics in general - during the latter par... [Read More]
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    1948
    Curtiss-Wright XP-87 / XF-87 Blackhawk
    The XF-87 was a failed proposal attempted by the Curtiss-Wright aircraft design bureau to meet an Ai... [Read More]
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    1946
    de Havilland DH.100 Vampire
    The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire held two key distinctions concerning aviation history - she was the ... [Read More]
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    1952
    de Havilland DH.112 Venom
    The de Havilland Vampire became the British Royal Air Force's second jet-powered fighter after the f... [Read More]
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    1942
    de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
    Discussions of war-winning World War 2 aircraft regularly seem to leave out one of the most famous a... [Read More]
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    1937
    Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
    The Dornier Do 17 was a medium-class bomber fielded primarily by the German Luftwaffe in the years l... [Read More]
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    1939
    Dornier Do 215
    The Dornier Do 215 was originally intended for export, beginning life as a redesignated version of t... [Read More]
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    1941
    Dornier Do 217
    The Dornier Do 217 was a multi-role aircraft design for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (193... [Read More]
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    1945
    Dornier Do P.256 (Project 256)
    Dornier of World War 2 Germany was forced by the Air Ministry to focus its production strength on bo... [Read More]
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    1946
    Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD-1)
    Throughout World War 2 (1939-1945) the United States Navy (USN) - like the United States Air Force (... [Read More]
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    1941
    Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
    The Douglas A-20 Havoc served Allied forces through most of World War 2, fighting for British, Ameri... [Read More]
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    1951
    Douglas F3D / F-10 Skyknight
    The Douglas Skyknight was a dedicated carrier-based night fighter serving with the United States Nav... [Read More]
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    1942
    Douglas P-70 Nighthawk
    To shore up its need for a dedicated night fighter in 1940, the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)... [Read More]
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    1940
    Fairey Fulmar
    The Fairey Fulmar became the British Fleet Air Arm's first dedicated monoplane fighter when it was i... [Read More]
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    1944
    Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito)
    The Ta 154 Moskito ("Mosquito") was another product of the Focke-Wulf aircraft design firm operating... [Read More]
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    1935
    Gloster Gauntlet
    Gloster Gauntlet origins lay in a Gloster design appearing in the late 1920's for the Royal Air Forc... [Read More]
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    1950
    Goodyear GA-17
    GA-17 was the project designation allotted to a Goodyear Aircraft design attempting to fulfill a Uni... [Read More]
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    1945
    Gotha Go P.60C
    The Gotha Project 60C nightfighter was another late-war "paper airplane" design attempt intended to ... [Read More]
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    1944
    Grumman F7F Tigercat
    The F7F Tigercat was another carrier-borne aircraft development in Grumman's long line of "cat" name... [Read More]
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    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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    1943
    Heinkel He 219 Uhu (Eagle-Owl)
    The advanced Heinkel He 219 "Uhu" (meaning "Eagle-Owl") was an impressive dedicated night-fighter pl... [Read More]
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    1945
    Heinkel He P.1078B
    The various fighter programs of wartime Germany in World War 2 produced a bevy of fantastical design... [Read More]
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    1944
    Junkers Ju 388 (Stortebeker)
    The Junkers Ju 88 became a workhorse medium bomber for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (1939... [Read More]
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    1939
    Junkers Ju 88
    The Junkers Ju 88 formed a third of the German Luftwaffe medium bomber triad of World War 2 (1939-19... [Read More]
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    1944
    Kawasaki Ki-102 (Randy)
    The two-seat, twin-engine Ki-102 was classified as a close-support/heavy fighter aircraft and develo... [Read More]
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    1944
    Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIc Toryu (Nick)
    Despite serving in limited numbers, fielded with no search-finding radar and appearing as the only I... [Read More]
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    1947
    McDonnell F2H Banshee
    The twin-engine, single-seat F2H Banshee was based on the successes that the McDonnell company found... [Read More]
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    1937
    Messerschmitt Bf 109
    In the years leading up to and during World War 2, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the principle fighte... [Read More]
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    1937
    Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer)
    The Messerschmitt name was tied to many aircraft products during World War 2 (1939-1945) - the class... [Read More]
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    1944
    Messerschmitt Me 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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    1941
    Mitsubishi Ki-46 (Dinah)
    Since May of 1937, the Empire of Japan - both the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force and the Imperial ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Nakajima J1N1 Gekko (Irving)
    Many of the participating air powers of World War 2 (1939-1945) adopted twin-engine "heavy fighter" ... [Read More]
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    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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    1943
    Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
    The Northrop P-61 Black Widow became the United States' first aircraft specifically designed from th... [Read More]
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    1941
    Petlyakov Pe-2 (Pawn)
    During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviets lacked a heavy bomber stable when compared to the Britis... [Read More]
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    1941
    Petlyakov Pe-3
    The Petlyakov Pe-2 was an original Soviet twin-engined aircraft design emerging in the late-1930s, b... [Read More]
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    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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    1941
    Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II (Falcon II)
    While the other major global participant of World War 2 found tremendous successes with their variou... [Read More]
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    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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    1916
    Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter (One-and-One-Half Strutter)
    Like other Sopwith Aviation Company aircraft, the wartime Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter owed its existence ... [Read More]
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    1917
    SPAD S.XI
    The storied engineering career of Frenchman Louis Bechereau spanned decades and several popular des... [Read More]
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    1946
    Sukhoi Su-9 / Su-11 / Su-13 (1946)
    While the concept of the turbojet engine lingered for some time, it was not put into practical use u... [Read More]
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    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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    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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    1944
    Yokosuka P1Y1 Ginga (Frances)
    The twin-engine combat platform proved popular with the forces of the Japanese Empire during World W... [Read More]
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    1944
    Yokosuka P1Y2-S Kyokko (Aurora)
    The Yokosuka P1Y2 "Kyokko" ("Aurora") became an offshoot of the original P1Y1 Medium Bomber (detail... [Read More]
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