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    Reconnaissance, Scout and Spy Aircraft

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

    Since the days of the observation balloon, aerial reconnaissance and scouting has been a prerequisite to any victory in war.





    There are a total of (379) Reconnaissance, Scout and Spy Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. All manner of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) types - including drones - are showcased in this listing. Base aircraft models making up reconnaissance variants are also included.




    2001
    AAI RQ-7 Shadow 200 Tactical
    The AAI Corporation RQ-7 Shadow is an unarmed tactical reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle curren... [Read More]
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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 E... [Read More]
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    1916
    AEG C.IV
    The C.IV was a twin-seat biplane aircraft produced by the German firm of Allgemeine Elektrizitats-Ge... [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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    1923
    Aero A.12
    The Aero A.12 was designed specifically to succeed the company's previous biplane effort - the A.11.... [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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    2003
    AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven
    The AeroVinronment RQ-11 "Raven" is classified as a "Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" (SUAV), this at... [Read More]
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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... [Read More]
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    1915
    AGO C.II
    The AGO C.II was the product of the Aerowerke Gustav Otto (abbreviated as "AGO") concern and is cons... [Read More]
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    1941
    Aichi E13A (Jake)
    Based on number alone, the Aichi production E13A series of floatplanes (dubbed "Jake" by the Allies)... [Read More]
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    1944
    Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)
    The E16A Zuiun (translated into "Auspicious Cloud" and codenamed "Paul" by the Allies) was a dedicat... [Read More]
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    1945
    Aichi M6A Seiran
    This oft-forgotten Aichi aircraft design was classified as an attack floatplane, designed exclusivel... [Read More]
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    1988
    Airbus Military / CASA CN-235
    Attempting to cut a niche in the medium-lift, fixed-wing tactical transport market has been the CASA... [Read More]
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    1915
    Airco DH.2
    Geoffrey de Havilland was hired by the Airco firm in June of 1914 as lead designer and quickly lent ... [Read More]
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    1917
    Airco DH.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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    1914
    Albatros B.II
    The Albatros B.II was a reconnaissance biplane used in the early years of the First World War, parti... [Read More]
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    1915
    Albatros C.I
    The Albatros C.I series of aircraft was the next evolution in the brand's reconnaissance aircraft li... [Read More]
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    1915
    Albatros C.III
    Albatros built several "C-type" twin-seat reconnaissance biplanes for the German Air Service in Worl... [Read More]
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    1916
    Albatros C.V
    The Albatros C.V can, in some ways, be approached as a step backwards in the progression of the C-se... [Read More]
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    1917
    Albatros C.X
    The Albatros production of the C.X model continued the firm's commitment to producing capable reconn... [Read More]
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    1940
    Amiot 354
    The Amiot 354 (Model 354) had its origins in the Model 341 fast mail carrier transport. The bomber f... [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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    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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    1939
    Arado Ar 196
    The Arado Ar 196 was the principle floatplane of the German Luftwaffe throughout World War 2. The ai... [Read More]
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    1944
    Arado Ar 234 (Blitz)
    As the German Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" ("Swallow") holds the distinction of becoming the worl... [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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    2015
    ARCA AirStrato
    The AirStrato is a Romanian response to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry need for a low-co... [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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    2015
    ARP Golden Eagle
    The nation of Belarus has jumped into the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) fold with several relatively... [Read More]
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    1914
    Aviatik B.I
    The Aviatik B.I series handled reconnaissance duties for Germany in the early years of the war, serv... [Read More]
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    1915
    Aviatik C.I
    Aviatik (Automobil und Aviatikwerke) of Germany was already involved in aircraft designs from the ou... [Read More]
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    2016
    AVIC TA-600 / AG-600
    In 1986, the Chinese Navy began operations of the Harbin SH-5, a large amphibious aircraft utilized ... [Read More]
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    1913
    Avro 504
    Without knowing it from the outset, the Avro Type 504 series of aircraft would become one of the mos... [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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    1922
    Avro Bison
    When the aircraft carrier was proven a viable sea-going warship in World War 1 (1914-1918), military... [Read More]
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    1942
    Avro Lancaster
    The Avro Lancaster went on to become the most important British heavy bomber or World War 2. Interes... [Read More]
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    1945
    Avro Lincoln
    The Avro Lincoln became a late-World War 2, four-engined heavy bomber developed form the hugely succ... [Read More]
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    1951
    Avro Shackleton
    The Avro Shackleton was derived from the Avro Lincoln bomber (the Lincoln itself designed from the A... [Read More]
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    1959
    BAC TSR-2
    Along the same lines as the prototype North American XB-70 Valkyrie strategic bomber of the United S... [Read More]
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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 Av... [Read More]
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    2018
    BAe Systems Taranis
    The UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) is the evolution of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The UA... [Read More]
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    1946
    Bell Model 47
    While the helicopter received some attention during World War 2 (1939-1945), it was not until the Ko... [Read More]
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    1961
    Beriev Be-10 (Mallow)
    The Beriev Be-10 flying boat was developed for use by Soviet Naval Aviation as a patrol bomber durin... [Read More]
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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 rep... [Read More]
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    1935
    Beriev Be-2 / MBR-2
    The Beriev Be-2 was one of the few flying boats of note fighting for the Soviet Union throughout Wor... [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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    1989
    Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
    The Soviets progressed jet-powered amphibious aircraft more so than any world power during the Cold ... [Read More]
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    1934
    Blackburn Baffin
    The Blackburn Baffin was nothing more than a Pegasus-engined evolution of the Blackburn Ripon bomber... [Read More]
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    1918
    Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo
    The Kangaroo was the product of the Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Company, Limited. The design began... [Read More]
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    1929
    Blackburn Ripon
    The Blackburn concern was founded in 1914 by aviation engineer Robert Blackburn as the "Blackburn Ae... [Read More]
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    1909
    Bleriot XI
    The Bleriot XI was one of the first notable monoplanes to achieve any level of fame. Primitive by to... [Read More]
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    1940
    Blohm and Voss Bv 138
    The Blohm and Voss (also written as "Blohm und Voss" or "Blohm & Voss") Bv 138 was a German flying b... [Read More]
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    1938
    Blohm and Voss Bv 141
    While the Blohm & Voss (or "Blohm und Voss") aircraft firm will forever be linked to their many succ... [Read More]
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    1941
    Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
    The Blohm & Voss Bv 222 Wiking (translating to "Viking") was a large German flying boat design of Wo... [Read More]
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    1943
    Boeing B-29 Superfortress
    B-29 Superfortress status is often associated with the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities o... [Read More]
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    1951
    Boeing B-47 Stratojet
    The swept-wing B-47 Stratojet produced by Boeing was a milestone in American bomber design in severa... [Read More]
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    1948
    Boeing B-50 Superfortress
    Though looking every bit the direct copy of the World War 2-era Boeing B-29 "Superfortress" heavy bo... [Read More]
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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 se... [Read More]
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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 ... [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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    2005
    Boeing Insitu ScanEagle
    The ScanEagle is a joint production UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) by The Boeing Company and The Insi... [Read More]
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    1947
    Boeing L-15 Scout
    The L-15 Scout was a light and small observation liaison aircraft produced in limited numbers by the... [Read More]
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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") a... [Read More]
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    1962
    Boeing RC-135
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    2008
    Bombardier Raytheon Sentinel
    The Bombardier Raytheon Sentinel currently (2013) serves the Royal Air Force (RAF) as its primary A... [Read More]
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    1936
    Breda Ba.65
    The Breda Ba.65 was a ground attack aircraft serving primarily with the Italian Air Force (Regia Aer... [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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    1941
    Brewster SB2A Buccaneer
    The Brewster Aeronautical Corporation managed to sell the United States Navy (USN) its proposed airc... [Read More]
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    1917
    Bristol F.2
    The Bristol F.2 fighter series operated throughout the British Empire for decades, serving through W... [Read More]
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    1914
    Bristol Scout
    The Bristol Scout was born from a racing aircraft and was, therefore, based upon an excellent perfor... [Read More]
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    1989
    Britten-Norman Defender
    The Britten-Norman Defender is a militarized version of the successful Britten-Norman Islander twin ... [Read More]
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    1911
    Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer
    American William Starling Burgess made quite a name for himself across various industries and was re... [Read More]
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    1941
    CAC Woomera (A23)
    The CAC A23 "Woomera" was a short-lived dive bomber/torpedo bomber of Australian design during World... [Read More]
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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 ty... [Read More]
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    1938
    CANT Z.1007 Alcione (Kingfisher)
    The Italian Air Force ("Regia Aeronautica") was one of the few air national powers of World War 2 (1... [Read More]
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    1936
    CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull)
    The CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (meaning "Gull") was a flying boat aircraft developed in Italy and shared a ... [Read More]
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    1936
    CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)
    Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico ("CANT") was responsible for the excellent Italian floatplane design... [Read More]
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    1938
    Caproni Ca.310 (Libeccio)
    The Caproni concern of Italy was founded in 1908 and delivered several notable designs to the Italia... [Read More]
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    1914
    Caudron G.3
    As was the case with most of the aircraft featured during World War 1 (1914-1918), the French Caudro... [Read More]
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    1917
    Caudron G.6
    The French aviation concern of Caudron continued to evolve their serviceable G-series reconnaissance... [Read More]
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    1918
    Caudron R.11
    The Caudron R.11 was initially developed as an armed reconnaissance platform for the French Air Serv... [Read More]
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    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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    1967
    Cessna O-2 Skymaster
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    2020
    Chengdu / Guizhou Soar Dragon (Soar Eagle)
    Like other military powers of the world, China has whole-heartedly embraced the concept of the UAV (... [Read More]
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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 dur... [Read More]
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    1941
    Consolidated B-24 Liberator
    The Consolidated B-24 Liberator became a major player for Allied forces during World War 2. Its expl... [Read More]
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    1940
    Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
    By the middle of the 1930's America was no longer blind to the real possibility that the war would s... [Read More]
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    1943
    Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer
    The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer was a further development of the United States Navy's PB4Y-1 anti-... [Read More]
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    1936
    Consolidated PBY Catalina
    Maritime aircraft play an understated - yet hugely important - role during World War 2 where their l... [Read More]
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    1949
    CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker
    If developed a few years sooner, the massive jet-powered CONVAIR B-36 "Peacemaker" could have very w... [Read More]
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    1911
    Curtiss A-1 Triad (Model E)
    Like the United States Army's air service of the early 20th century, the United States Navy (USN) 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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    1917
    Curtiss H-16
    In 1911, the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company unveiled their Model D, a biplane aircraft powered ... [Read More]
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    1918
    Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
    World War 1 in Europe prompted all military industries to develop and produce various solutions to o... [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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    1943
    Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
    The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was a rather unassuming dive bomber / reconnaissance aircraft serving thr... [Read More]
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    1944
    Curtiss SC Seahawk
    World War 2 (1939-1945) required an equal victory over the sea as it did over land, particularly for... [Read More]
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    1942
    Curtiss SO3C Seamew
    The Curtiss SO3C "Seamew" (Curtiss Model 82) was an oft-forgotten navy reconnaissance/scout/patrol f... [Read More]
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    1935
    Curtiss SOC Seagull
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    1962
    Dassault Etendard IV
    The base Dassault Etendard began as a private venture that was initially greeted without much intere... [Read More]
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    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 Falcon 50
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    1952
    Dassault MD.450 Ouragan (Hurricane)
    The Dassault MD.450 "Ouragan" (meaning "Hurricane") became France's first home-grown operational, je... [Read More]
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    1965
    Dassault-Breguet Br.1150 Atlantic / Atlantique 2
    The French concern of Breguet Aviation was awarded a 1958 NATO-sponsored contract to design, develop... [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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    2016
    Denel Dynamics Bateleur
    The Denel Dynamics Bateleur is categorized as a "Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aer... [Read More]
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    1916
    DFW C.V
    The DFW C.V series of biplane aircraft was of German design in World War 1. The system was particula... [Read More]
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    1917
    Dorand AR
    The Dorand AR series was developed for the French air service to replace the outmoded, two-seat Farm... [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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    1938
    Dornier Do 18
    Though a serviceable flying boat with a successful pedigree, the Dornier Do 18 was highly outclassed... [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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    1938
    Dornier Do 22
    The Dornier Do 22 was a German-designed and produced three-man floatplane. It was produced in German... [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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    1937
    Dornier Do 24
    The Dornier Do 24 was a capable flying both serving in limited numbers both Allied and Axis powers i... [Read More]
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    1959
    Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
    In the mid-1950s, Dornier Flugzeugbau GmbH of West Germany developed the single engine Do 27 Short T... [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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    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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    1956
    Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
    Douglas supplied its large, twin-engine Skywarrior jet-powered bomber to both the United States Air ... [Read More]
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    1936
    Douglas B-18 Bolo
    In 1934, the American Douglas aircraft concern developed the DB-1 (also known as the "Douglas Bomber... [Read More]
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    1956
    Douglas B-66 / RB-66 Destroyer
    Requiring a successor for their aging Douglas A-26 Invader fleet, the United States Air Force (USAF)... [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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    2012
    DRDO Nishant
    Joining other leading world military powers in increased use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is I... [Read More]
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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, t... [Read More]
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    2018
    EADS Talarion
    With the growing need for more capable surveillance-minded Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flying ab... [Read More]
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    2012
    Elbit Hermes 900 (Kochav)
    The Israeli Elbit Hermes 900 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an evolved, and dimensionally larger, ... [Read More]
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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-weathe... [Read More]
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    1951
    English Electric Canberra
    The English Electric Canberra was a strike-minded, jet-powered medium bomber platform that made up B... [Read More]
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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 th... [Read More]
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    1937
    Fairey Battle
    The Fairey Battle was a prewar British light bomber design that proved a step-forward for the nation... [Read More]
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    1917
    Fairey Campania
    The British became big proponents and pioneers of naval aviation during World War 1. War had broken ... [Read More]
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    1918
    Fairey III
    The British war effort of World War 1 (1914-1918) brought about many new aircraft developments. Fair... [Read More]
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    1937
    Fairey Seafox
    Since 1917, Fairey Aviation Company delivered many-an-aircraft for British Royal Navy service and th... [Read More]
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    1936
    Fairey Swordfish
    The Fairey Swordfish was one of the unsung heroes of the Second World War. With Britain seemingly fi... [Read More]
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    1914
    Farman MF.11 Shorthorn
    The Farman MF.11 "Shorthorn" was a development of French aeronautical engineering and was essentiall... [Read More]
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    1917
    Felixstowe F.2
    In the pre-World War 1 period, Royal Navy Lt Cmdr John Porte partnered with famous American aviator ... [Read More]
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    1918
    Felixstowe F.5
    The Felixstowe F.5 series originated in the United Kingdom as a militarized flying boat in the last ... [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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    1975
    FMA IA-58 Pucara (Fortress)
    The impressive-looking, two-seat IA-58 Pucara (meaning "Fortress") was produced by the Fabrica Milit... [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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    1943
    Focke-Achgelis Fa 330 Bachsteize (Wagtail)
    ... [Read More]
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    1940
    Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu (Owl)
    The Focke-Wulf brand Fw 189 Uhu (translated to "Owl") was of the most peculiar aircraft design for t... [Read More]
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    1938
    Focke-Wulf Fw 200 (Condor)
    The German Fw 200 Condor was initially a trans-Atlantic passenger and cargo (mail) aircraft develope... [Read More]
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    1918
    Fokker C.I
    The Fokker C.I was a biplane aircraft that entered development under the flag of the German Empire d... [Read More]
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    2015
    General Atomics Avenger (Predator C)
    The General Atomics Avenger (formerly marked as the "Predator C") is one of the newer UAV systems to... [Read More]
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    2006
    General Atomics Guardian
    The General Atomics "Guardian" is a modified maritime patrol variant of the successful line of Gener... [Read More]
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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 p... [Read More]
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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... [Read More]
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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 ... [Read More]
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    2016
    General Atomics Sea Avenger
    The United States Navy's "Unmanned, Carrier-Launched, Airborne Surveillance and Strike" (UCLASS) pro... [Read More]
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    1995
    Ghods Ababil (Swallow)
    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) were once considered primarily the domains of Israel and the United ... [Read More]
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    2004
    Griffon Aerospace MQM-170 Outlaw
    Developed as a low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for military applications, the Griffon Aerospa... [Read More]
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    1937
    Grumman Goose (G-21)
    While most every aircraft venture usually began with a military requirement or private venture under... [Read More]
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    1949
    Grumman HU-16 Albatross
    Even after World War 2 (1939-1945) the flying boat remained a key component of world military forces... [Read More]
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    1959
    Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
    Development of the OV-1 Mohawk platform stemmed from a joint requirement fielded by both the United ... [Read More]
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    1954
    Grumman S-2 Tracker (S2F)
    The Grumman S-2 Tracker was designed, developed and produced for the United States Navy at a time wh... [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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    2014
    Guizhou WU-14
    ... [Read More]
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    1983
    Gulfstream II / III / C-20 / SRA-1
    ... [Read More]
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    1938
    Handley Page Hampden
    In 1932, the British Air Ministry sent out Specification B.9/32 calling for a high performance, twin... [Read More]
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    1957
    Handley Page Victor
    The Handley Page Victor formed the last part of the RAF's "V-Bomber" triangle which also included th... [Read More]
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    1914
    Hansa-Brandenburg B.I (Type D/FD)
    Ernst Heinkel - whose German firm Heinkel would gain some level of notoriety in World War 2 - design... [Read More]
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    1916
    Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (Type LDD)
    The Hansa-Brandenburg C.I was a two-seat reconnaissance aircraft seeing action with the Austro-Hunga... [Read More]
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    1917
    Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
    The Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 was a two-seat floatplane fighter seaplane design serving the German Empi... [Read More]
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    1986
    Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
    The Harbin SH-5 became a locally designed and developed flying boat for the Chinese Navy ("PLAN") du... [Read More]
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    1939
    Heinkel He 115
    By all accounts, the He 115 series of floatplane aircraft was regarded as the finest such aircraft i... [Read More]
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    1944
    Heinkel He 343 (Strahlbomber / Strabo 16)
    Towards the end of World War 2, there was a definitive shift in German thinking from piston-powered ... [Read More]
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    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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    1935
    Heinkel He 59
    Because of the restrictions heaped upon Germany after the close of World War 1 (1914-1918), its mili... [Read More]
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    1933
    Heinkel He 70 (Blitz)
    The Heinkel 70 (Blitz) was originally born out of a need for a speedy aeroplane charged with "fast" ... [Read More]
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    2012
    HESA Shahed 129 (Eye-Witness)
    Iranian industry has been actively involved in development of drone aircraft for some time now - ree... [Read More]
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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) current... [Read More]
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    1943
    Hughes Model D-2 (XP-73 / XA-37)
    The Hughes Model D-2 was born around 1937 to compete for the US Army Air Corp's (USAAC) contract for... [Read More]
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    1966
    Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (Loach)
    The Hughes OH-6 "Cayuse" (popularly recognized as the "Loach") was a revolutionary light helicopter ... [Read More]
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    1946
    Hughes XR-11 / XF-11
    Though only achieving prototype form, the XF-11 was one of the darling designs of famed American avi... [Read More]
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    2020
    Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10
    ... [Read More]
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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 numb... [Read More]
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    1975
    IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
    The Kfir (translated to "Lion Cub") was a semi-indigenous Israeli fighter development designed to fu... [Read More]
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    1986
    IAI RQ-2 Pioneer
    The RQ-2 Pioneer series of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) was one of the first operational UAVs util... [Read More]
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    1949
    Ilyushin IL-28 (Beagle)
    The Ilyushin IL-28 (codenamed "Beagle" by NATO) holds many distinctions in the annals of aviation hi... [Read More]
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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 utilize... [Read More]
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    1943
    Junkers Ju 188 Rache (Avenger)
    When the new Junkers Ju 288 - a design meant to replace the Junkers Ju 88 series of bombers - ran in... [Read More]
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    1942
    Junkers Ju 290
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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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    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]
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    1936
    Junkers Ju 86
    Before the power of the German Luftwaffe was unleashed upon the world in World War 2 (1939-1945) it ... [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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    1995
    Kamov Ka-31 (Helix)
    The Kamov Ka-31 "Helix" series of medium-lift navalized helicopters was born out of a Soviet Navy ne... [Read More]
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    1938
    Kawanishi H6K (Mavis)
    Though looking very much the part of a German-produced Dornier series flying boat, the Kawanishi bra... [Read More]
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    1942
    Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
    The Empire of Japan seemed to be producing its best aircraft designs of the war towards the end of t... [Read More]
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    1943
    Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)
    Early in World War 2 (1939-1945), Japanese authorities understood that their conquest of the Pacific... [Read More]
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    2013
    Kawasaki P-1
    Maritime patrol remains a hugely important facet of defense, particularly for island nations such as... [Read More]
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    1969
    Kawasaki P-2J Neptune
    In 1961, work began on a new maritime patrol platform for the nation of Japan. Instead of heavily in... [Read More]
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    1938
    Latecoere 298
    ... [Read More]
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    1915
    Lebed Type XII
    The Russian Empire did not field many indigenous aircraft designs during World War 1, instead relyin... [Read More]
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    1916
    LFG Roland C.II (Whale)
    The LFG Roland C.II was a rather advanced biplane fighter design of World War 1 (1914-1918) serving ... [Read More]
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    1928
    Liore-et-Olivier LeO 25
    The Liore-et-Olivier was a bomber platform developed by the French for its Air Force and also went o... [Read More]
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    1915
    Lloyd C.II
    The Lloyd C.II was a reconnaissance biplane fielded by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War 1, w... [Read More]
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    1974
    Lockheed / Vought S-3 Viking
    The S-3 Viking series of carrier-borne aircraft was a joint production effort from the Lockheed and ... [Read More]
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    1963
    Lockheed A-12 (Archangel 12)
    Following World War 2 (1939-1945) and into the 1950s, more and more national powers were secretly in... [Read More]
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    1969
    Lockheed D-21
    The Gary Powers incident of 1960 changed the way the United States spied on the Soviet Union. The su... [Read More]
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    2016
    Lockheed F-35 Lightning II
    The Lockheed F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter development of the United States that i... [Read More]
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    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 ... [Read More]
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    2018
    Lockheed Martin LMH-1 (P-791)
    ... [Read More]
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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 Lockhee... [Read More]
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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 State... [Read More]
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    1982
    Lockheed MQM-105 Aquila TADAR
    The MGM-105 Aquila (Eagle) TADAR (Target Acquisition, Designation and Aerial Reconnaissance) was the... [Read More]
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    1947
    Lockheed P2V Neptune
    The P2V Neptune series of aircraft was one of the more successful post-war designs for America, with... [Read More]
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    1939
    Lockheed P-38 Lightning
    The Lockheed P-38 Lightning, nicknamed the "Fork-Tailed Devil" - Der Gabelschwanz Teufel - by the Ge... [Read More]
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    1942
    Lockheed PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon
    ... [Read More]
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    1966
    Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
    The sleek SR-71 Blackbird spyplane reached an all new plateau in supersonic high-level flight for th... [Read More]
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    2030
    Lockheed SR-72
    Developed with the same primary mission as the Cold War-era SR-71 "Blackbird", the new high-speed, h... [Read More]
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    1948
    Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
    During World War 2, all major participants were evolving their jet programs to gain an advantage in ... [Read More]
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    2025
    Lockheed TR-X
    The United States Air Force (USAF) is seeking to retire its aging line of Lockheed U-2 spy planes as... [Read More]
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    1915
    Lohner B.VII
    The Lohner B.VII was a two-seat reconnaissance aircraft produced by and for the Austro-Hungarian Emp... [Read More]
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    1916
    Lohner C.I
    The Lohner C.I was nothing more than the armed version of the two-seat Lohner B.VII reconnaissance a... [Read More]
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    1939
    Loire-Nieuport LN.401/LN.411 (LN.40)
    The Loire-Nieuport LN.40/LN.401 series of aircraft was a carrier-based dive bomber developed for the... [Read More]
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    1915
    LVG B (Series)
    Prior to production of military aircraft, the LVG concern ("Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft") was focused... [Read More]
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    1915
    LVG C.II
    The LVG C.II was a limited-production reconnaissance scout plane utilized by the German Empire durin... [Read More]
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    1917
    LVG C.V
    The LVG C.V was a general-purpose, two-seat reconnaissance aircraft utilized by the German air servi... [Read More]
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    1918
    LVG C.VI
    The LVG C.VI became one of the final German two-seat aircraft to see quantitative production in Worl... [Read More]
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    1941
    Macchi C.202 Folgore (Thunderbolt)
    The Macchi C.202 Folgore ("Thunderbolt") served as one of the top Italian-designed fighters during t... [Read More]
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    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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    1940
    Martin Maryland
    The Martin-produced Maryland series was classified as a light bomber and saw action as a photographi... [Read More]
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    1918
    Martin MB-1 / Glenn Martin Bomber
    The Martin MB-1 (also known as the "Glenn Martin Bomber") became the first American-designed heavy b... [Read More]
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    1955
    Martin P6M SeaMaster
    The Cold War (1947-1991) period was one of technological advancement whose momentum was driven by de... [Read More]
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    1941
    Martin PBM-3 / PBM-5 Mariner
    The Martin PBM-3 / PBM-5 Mariner was a World War 2-era flying boat used in the maritime reconnaissan... [Read More]
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    1960
    McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
    Arguably one of the finest combat fighters of the 20th Century, the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II series ... [Read More]
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    1957
    McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
    The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was affectionately called the "One-oh-Wonder" and known moreso early on ... [Read More]
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    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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    1934
    Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun (Typhoon)
    The high performance, record-setting Messerschmitt Bf 108 "Taifun" ("Typhoon") was born as a racing ... [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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    1942
    Messerschmitt Me 264 (Amerika Bomber)
    The Messerschmitt Me 264 was intended as a long-range aircraft and reconnaissance platform that was ... [Read More]
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    1955
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
    As with most global powers of World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Union forged a bulk of its jet fig... [Read More]
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    1959
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
    The MiG-21 was undoubtedly the most successful Cold War fighter in terms of reach, operating in over... [Read More]
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    1972
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Foxbat)
    Like the Tupolev Tu-95 "Bear" and the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 "Fishbed", the MiG-25 (NATO reporting ... [Read More]
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    1973
    Mil Mi-24 (Hind)
    The famous Mil Mi-24 "Hind" helicopter stemmed from a Soviet Cold-War requirement for a heavily arme... [Read More]
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    2005
    Mil Mi-35 (Hind)
    The Mil Mi-35 "Hind" became a major upgrade to the classic Soviet-era Mi-24 "Hind" assault gunships ... [Read More]
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    1941
    Mitsubishi F1M (Pete)
    The Empire of Japan's military aviation industry played catch up to the world on its path to World W... [Read More]
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    1936
    Mitsubishi G3M Rikko (Nell)
    The Mitsubishi G3M "Rikko" (codenamed "Nell" by the Allies) was a frontline, twin-engine medium bomb... [Read More]
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    1937
    Mitsubishi Ki-15 (Babs)
    The Mitsubishi Ki-15 (codenamed "Babs" by the Allies) was a light-class aircraft of the Japanese Emp... [Read More]
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    1938
    Mitsubishi Ki-30 (Ann)
    Mitsubishi played a prominent role as a primary defense contractor for the Empire of Japan during Wo... [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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    1940
    Mitsubishi Ki-51 (Sonia)
    Mitsubishi lent its considerable development and production talents to more than just "Zeroes" durin... [Read More]
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    1946
    Mitsubishi Q2M (Taiyo)
    The last desperate months of 1945 for the Axis in World War 2 saw both the Japanese and Germans unde... [Read More]
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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-... [Read More]
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    1978
    Myasishchev M-55 (Mystic)
    The Myasishchev M-55 (NATO codename of "Mystic") was originally developed to counter the cold War-er... [Read More]
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    1935
    Nakajima E8N (Dave)
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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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    2015
    NESCOM Burraq
    When it became apparent to Pakistani authorities that American Predator drones would not be forthcom... [Read More]
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    1915
    Nieuport 11 (Bebe)
    The Nieuport 11 "Bebe" (or "Baby" - known officially as the "Nieuport 11 C1") was one of the first t... [Read More]
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    1915
    Nieuport 12
    Air superiority became a back-and-forth affair for the air services involved in World War 1 (1914-19... [Read More]
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    1916
    Nieuport 17
    Fresh off of the heels of the success that was the Nieuport 11, the Nieuport 17 was a direct develop... [Read More]
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    1922
    Nieuport-Delage NiD 29
    World War 1 had been raging in Europe since 1914 and aircraft technology had advanced ten-fold by 19... [Read More]
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    1961
    North American A-5 Vigilante
    The aviation concern of North American became a household name in American military aviation thanks ... [Read More]
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    1940
    North American B-25 Mitchell
    The North American B-25 Mitchell series of medium bombers went on to become one of the classic Ameri... [Read More]
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    1948
    North American B-45 Tornado
    Development of the XB-45 began in 1944 and continued into 1945, representing the later years of the ... [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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    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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    1966
    North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
    The North American/Rockwell OV-10 Bronco was developed through the United States Marine Corps Light ... [Read More]
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    1942
    North American XB-28 (Dragon)
    North American, the U.S. aviation concern fondly remembered for its World War 2 contributions throug... [Read More]
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    1964
    North American XB-70 Valkyrie
    In the decades following World War 2 (1939-1945) there stood a period of immense achievements relate... [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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    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... [Read More]
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    2017
    Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton
    The MQ-4C "Triton" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) represents a "navalized" form of the original North... [Read More]
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    2009
    Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout
    The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 is classified as a "Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" and - unlike other U... [Read More]
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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 Unite... [Read More]
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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 Un... [Read More]
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    1941
    Northrop N-3PB Nomad
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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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    1982
    Northrop Tacit Blue
    In late 1976 Northrop was to design, develop and build an experimental reconnaissance-minded stealth... [Read More]
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    1972
    Northrop YA-9
    World War 2 (1939-1945) thrust the idea of dedicated strike aircraft for the Close Air Support (CAS)... [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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    1948
    OKB-1 EF-140
    The EF-140 was a Soviet post-World War 2 jet-powered tactical bomber design continuation of the line... [Read More]
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    1918
    Packard-Le Pere LUSAC-11
    French Captain Georges LePere was employed by the United States Army Air Service (USAAS) in 1917 whe... [Read More]
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    1990
    Panavia Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat / Reconnaissance)
    The Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat / Reconnaissance) is a specialized "Suppression of Enemy Air Defe... [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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    2017
    Paramount AHRLAC (Mwari)
    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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    1917
    Phonix C.I
    The Phonix C.I was a rather simplistic two-seat armed reconnaissance fighter utilized by the Austro-... [Read More]
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    1917
    Phonix D (Series)
    The Phonix D.I was a single-seat fighter platform developed and produced by the Phonix Flugzeug-Werk... [Read More]
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    1990
    Piaggio P.180 Avanti
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    1953
    Piasecki H-21 Workhorse
    The Piasecki H-21 tandem-rotor helicopter was born from a line of Piasecki products that began with ... [Read More]
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    1941
    Piper L-4 Grasshopper
    The Piper L-4 Grasshopper evolved from the successful Piper Cub series that took to the air as early... [Read More]
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    1929
    Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
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    1914
    Ponnier L.1
    World War 1 (1914-1918) proved the perfect avenue for which aviation concerns could showcase their w... [Read More]
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    1925
    Potez 25
    ... [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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    1936
    PZL.23 Karas
    The PZL.23 "Karas" (meaning "the crucian carp") series of aircraft was a conventional - yet outdated... [Read More]
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    1958
    Republic F-105 Thunderchief
    The F-105 Thunderchief was a Cold War product of the Republic Aviation Corporation and became the co... [Read More]
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    1947
    Republic F-84 Thunderjet / Thunderstreak
    The Republic F-84 Thunderjet appeared as an American post-war design and played a pivotal role in th... [Read More]
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    1941
    Republic P-43 Lancer
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    1946
    Republic XF-12 Rainbow
    During World War 2, the Republic Aviation name was primarily tied to the excellent P-47 "Thunderbolt... [Read More]
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    1912
    Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2
    The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 was born through the Royal Balloon Factory (RBF) establishment whic... [Read More]
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    1915
    Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2
    The F.E.2 series of aircraft were produced by the Royal Aircraft Factory and had their origins in th... [Read More]
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    1916
    Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8
    The Royal Aircraft Factory's B.E.2 two-seat biplane scout gave exceptional service during World War ... [Read More]
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    1916
    Rumpler 6B
    The Rumpler concern has become a largely forgotten aviation manufacturer when pitted alongside the l... [Read More]
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    1914
    Rumpler B.I
    While discussions of World War 1 (1914-1918) aircraft inevitably turn to Fokkers, SPADs and Sopwiths... [Read More]
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    1915
    Rumpler C.I
    Austrian-born engineer Edmund Rumpler settled his Rumpler Flugzeugwerke concern in 1909 and began by... [Read More]
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    1916
    Rumpler C.III
    Rumpler Flugzeugwerke followed their Rumpler C.I biplane reconnaissance aircraft with the improved C... [Read More]
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    1917
    Rumpler C.IV
    ... [Read More]
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    1917
    Rumpler C.VII
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    1910
    Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube)
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    1968
    Ryan AQM-91 Firefly / Compass Arrow
    Teledyne Ryan / Ryan Aeronautical produced the AQM-91 "Firefly" as a stealth-minded, high-altitude, ... [Read More]
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    1944
    Saab B18
    The nation of Sweden maintained a neutral stance during World War 2 (1939-1945) but was not blind to... [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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    2001
    SAGEM Sperwer (Sparrowhawk)
    The modern wars of Afghanistan and Iraq pushed the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to the forefront of... [Read More]
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    1918
    Salmson 2
    The French Salmson concern was founded in 1890 by Emile Salmson and produced a variety of automobile... [Read More]
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    2005
    SATUMA Jasoos (Spy)
    Jasoos is a tactical reconnaissance-minded Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in service with the Pakista... [Read More]
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    1936
    Saunders-Roe A.27 London
    The SARO London borrowed much from the British flying boat designs peppering the 1920s and, in many ... [Read More]
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    1939
    Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
    Along with the Short Brothers and Supermarine, Saunders-Roe (SARO) was a principle flying boat devel... [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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    2020
    Shenyang Divine Eagle
    The Shenyang "Divine Eagle" joins the Chengdu "Soar Dragon" (detailed elsewhere on this site) as two... [Read More]
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    1971
    Shin Meiwa US-1 / PS-1
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    2007
    ShinMaywa US-2
    While no longer as heavily relied upon as in previous decades of military aviation, the flying boat ... [Read More]
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    1937
    Short S25 Sunderland
    The Short Sunderland was the premiere flying boat of British military aviators during World War 2. O... [Read More]
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    1915
    Short Type 184
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    1913
    Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz (Series)
    The Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz series of aircraft were the world's first four-engine bombers in operati... [Read More]
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    1935
    Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
    Prior to becoming a world-renown helicopter-maker, Sikorsky delivered to the United States military ... [Read More]
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    2006
    SKNL PRz PR-5 Wiewior Plus
    Polish students at the Rzeszow University of Technology are working on the PRz PR-5 Unmanned Aerial ... [Read More]
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    2016
    SkyPro UAV
    ... [Read More]
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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 ... [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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    1915
    Sopwith Baby
    Sopwith Aviation was founded in 1912 by Thomas Sopwith (1888-1989) at Kingston upon Thames in London... [Read More]
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    1914
    Sopwith Tabloid
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    1915
    SPAD S.A
    Developed in the mold of a "fighting scout", the French-originated SPAD S.A served in the armed reco... [Read More]
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    1917
    SPAD S.XI
    The storied engineering career of Frenchman Louis Bechereau spanned decades and several popular des... [Read More]
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    1917
    SPAD S.XIV
    The SPAD S.XIV was a floatplane version of the earlier S.XII fighter. The original S.XII was develop... [Read More]
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    1920
    SPAD S.XX (S.20)
    During World War 1 (1914-1918), the advantage in the air war over Europe had changed hands several t... [Read More]
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    1918
    SSZ.65
    The "Submarine Scout Zero" ("SSZ") airships were manufactured across seventy-seven examples during W... [Read More]
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    1941
    Stinson L-1 Vigilant (Model 74)
    The massive American military of World War 2 (1939-1945) fielded various "Light Observation and Liai... [Read More]
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    1942
    Stinson L-5 Sentinel
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    1933
    Stinson Reliant
    ... [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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    1941
    Sukhoi Su-2
    The Sukhoi Su-2 was the first aircraft design of Pavel Sukhoi and became a two-seat light bomber fie... [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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    1974
    Sukhoi Su-24 (Fencer)
    The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" was the Soviet answer to the American General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The... [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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    1972
    Sukhoi T-4 (Sotka)
    When it was learned that the Americans were delving into a high-speed, high-altitude Mach 3-capable ... [Read More]
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    1957
    Supermarine Scimitar
    For its part in history, the Supermarine Scimitar served the British Fleet Air Arm (FAA) as a carrie... [Read More]
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    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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    1937
    Supermarine Stranraer
    The Supermarine Stranraer was the final evolution of the Supermarine Southampton which debuted in Ma... [Read More]
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    1954
    Supermarine Swift
    The Supermarine Swift series of aircraft was initially designed to supplant the aging and outclassed... [Read More]
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    1943
    Tachikawa Ki-70 (Clara)
    From 1941 onwards, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF) relied on the twin-engine Mitsubishi... [Read More]
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    1944
    Tachikawa Ki-74 (Pat / Patsy)
    In the realm of World War 2 Japanese Empire aviation, Tachikawa certainly does not carry the same we... [Read More]
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    2016
    TAI Anka
    For growing military powers like India and Turkey, it behooves these nations to begin developing sus... [Read More]
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    2018
    Textron AirLand Scorpion
    With shrinking global procurement budgets, the light attack aircraft category is experiencing a rena... [Read More]
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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... [Read More]
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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 est... [Read More]
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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 ve... [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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    1962
    Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder)
    The Soviet/Russian Tupolev concern has had a long and established history in developing and producin... [Read More]
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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" whi... [Read More]
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    1918
    Ufag C.I
    The Ufag C.I was a two-seat, single-engine biplane fighter serving the Austro-Hungarian Empire air s... [Read More]
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    1931
    USS Akron (ZRS-4)
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    1933
    USS Macon (ZRS-5)
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    1915
    Vickers FB.5 (Gunbus)
    The FB.5 (also known as the "Gunbus") was of a biplane type design for the scouting role. What set t... [Read More]
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    1955
    Vickers Valiant
    At a time when military satellites, ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and UAVs didn't rule the ... [Read More]
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    1928
    Vickers Vespa
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    1943
    VL Myrsky (Storm)
    Prior to its war with the Soviets, Finnish authorities were contemplating an indigenous fighter desi... [Read More]
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    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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    1927
    Vought FU-1
    During May of 1922, the Lewis and Vought Corporation was reformed to become the Chance Vought Corpor... [Read More]
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    1940
    Vought OS2U Kingfisher
    The OS2U Kingfisher was a product of the Vought aircraft firm, appearing initially as the VS.310 des... [Read More]
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    1938
    Westland Lysander
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    1916
    Wright Model L
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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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    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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