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    Sometimes there proves a select aviation requirement for the military that produces specialized aircraft not fitting into any one category.





    There are a total of (159) Special Purpose Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.



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    Aerospatiale Alouette II
    Light Utility Helicopter
     1957 
       
    Airbus Helicopters (NHIndustries) NH90
    Medium-Lift Transport / Utility Helicopter
     2007 
       
    Airbus Helicopters H120 Colibri (Hummingbird) / (Eurocopter EC120)
    Light Utility Helicopter
     1998 
       
    Airbus Helicopters HH-65 Dolphin
    Short Range Recovery / MEDEVAC / Search & Rescue Helicopter
     2002 
       
    Airbus Helicopters MRH90 Taipan
    Medium-Lift Utility Helicopter
     2016 
       
    Airbus Military / CASA CN-235
    Medium-Lift Tactical Transport / Maritime Patrol Aircraft
     1988 
       
    AirCo DH.10 (Amiens)
    Twin-Engine Medium Biplane Bomber Aircraft
     1918 
       
    AirCo DH.4
    Light Day Bomber Biplane Aircraft
     1917 
       
    Airspeed Horsa
    Towed Glider Transport
     1942 
       
    Alenia-Aeritalia G.222
    Medium-Lift Tactical Transport Aircraft
     1978 
       
    Antonov An-2 (Colt)
    Utility Aircraft
     1947 
       
    Antonov An-70
    Medium-Lift Military Transport Aircraft
     2018 
       
    ARCA AirStrato
    Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
     2015 
       
    Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
    Transport Aircraft / Glider Tug
     1941 
       
    Armstrong Whitworth Atlas
    Army Liaison Biplane Aircraft
     1927 
       
    Avro Bison
    Carrier-Based Artillery Spotting / Reconnaissance Aircraft
     1922 
       
    Avro York (Type 685)
    Four-Engined Heavy Transport / Airliner Aircraft
     1944 
       
    Bachem Ba 349 Natter (Adder / Viper)
    Vertically-Launched, Rocket-Powered Interceptor
     1945 
       
    BAe QF-4 (McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II)
    Unmanned Target Drone
     1997 
       
    Beechcraft Bonanza
    Civilian Multi-Purpose Utility Aircraft
     1947 
       
    Beechcraft C-45 (Expeditor)
    Utility / Trainer Aircraft
     1941 
       
    Beechcraft King Air
    Multirole Transport Aircraft
     1964 
       
    Bell D-188 (XF3L / XF-109)
    Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Supersonic Multirole Aircraft Proposal
     1961 
       
    Bell H-13 Sioux
    Light Utility / Observation Helicopter
     1947 
       
    Bell Model 407
    Light Utility Helicopter
     1996 
       
    Bell Model 47
    Light Multi-Purpose Utility Helicopter
     1946 
       
    Bell UH-1B/C Huey Cobra / Frog
    Gunship Helicopter
     1962 
       
    Bell V-247 Vigilant
    Tiltrotor Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Proposal
     2023 
       
    Berezniak-Isayev BI
    Rocket-Powered Interceptor / Fighter Prototype
     1942 
       
    Beriev Be-200 Altair
    Amphibious Aircraft
     2003 
       
    Beriev Be-42 Albatros (Mermaid) (A-40)
    Amphibious Maritime Patrol / ASW Aircraft
     1989 
       
    Beriev-Bartini VVA-14 (Vertikal no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia)
    Amphibious Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft Prototype
     1972 
       
    Blackburn Buccaneer
    Carrier-Borne Low-Level Strike Bomber Aircraft
     1962 
       
    Boeing / Hughes AH-6 / MH-6 Little Bird
    Light Attack / Observation / Transport Helicopter
     1980 
       
    Boeing 737 Peace Eagle
    Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACs) Aircraft
     2014 
       
    Boeing 747 Dreamlifter
    Oversized Heavy Cargo Transport Aircraft
     2007 
       
    Boeing 757
    Intermediate Range Passenger Transport
     1983 
       
    Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter
    Transport Aircraft
     1944 
       
    Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post
    National Emergency Airborne Command Post Aircraft
     1975 
       
    Boeing E-6 Mercury
    Naval Communications Relay Aircraft / Airborne Command Post
     1989 
       
    Boeing KC-97 Stratofreighter
    Strategic Air Tanker / Aerial Refueling Aircraft
     1951 
       
    Boeing Model 40
    Mailplane Transport Biplane
     1927 
       
    Boeing QF-16 (Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon)
    Unmanned Target and Training Drone
     2015 
       
    Boeing RC-135
    Multi-Role, Multi-Mission Reconnaissance Aircraft
     1962 
       
    Boeing Skyfox
    Advanced Jet Trainer Proposal
     1983 
       
    Boeing T-43 (Gator)
    Navigational Trainer / VIP Transport Aircraft
     1973 
       
    Bombardier Raytheon Sentinel
    Airborne Battlefield and Ground Surveillance Aircraft
     2008 
       
    Bristol M.1
    Single-Seat Monoplane Fighter Aircraft
     1917 
       
    Britten-Norman Defender
    Reconnaissance / Transport / Patrol Aircraft
     1989 
       
    Canadair CT-133 Silver Star
    Jet Trainer
     1951 
       
    Cessna O-1 Bird Dog (L-19)
    Liaison and Observation Aircraft
     1950 
       
    Cessna T-41 Mescalero
    Trainer / Liaison / Light Transport Aircraft
     1964 
       
    CONVAIR C-131 / R4Y Samaritan
    MEDEVAC / VIP Transport / Trainer Platform
     1950 
       
    Curtiss H-16
    Seaplane / Flying Boat
     1917 
       
    Curtiss SC Seahawk
    Scout Floatplane / Air-Sea Rescue Aircraft
     1944 
       
    de Havilland DH.91 Albatross
    Passenger Airliner / Mail Plane / General Transport
     1938 
       
    Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
    Medium Bomber
     1937 
       
    Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
    Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) Light Utility Aircraft
     1959 
       
    Douglas B-66 / RB-66 Destroyer
    Tactical Light Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
     1956 
       
    EADS CASA HC-144 Ocean Sentry
    Maritime Search and Rescue Aircraft
     2009 
       
    Embraer KC-390
    Medium-Lift Transport Aircraft
     2018 
       
    Fieseler Fi 103R (Reichenberg)
    Pilot-Guided Suicide Fighter
     1944 
       
    Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork)
    Reconnaissance / Army Co-operation Multi-Purpose Aircraft
     1937 
       
    Focke-Achgelis Fa 330 Bachsteize (Wagtail)
    Rotary-Wing Autogyro Kite
     1943 
       
    Focke-Wulf Projekt Kamikaze Carrier
    Parasite Fighter Mothership Proposal
     1944 
       
    General Aircraft Hamilcar
    Towed Heavy Glider
     1942 
       
    Gotha Go.242
    Transport Glider
     1941 
       
    Granville Gee Bee (Series)
    High Performance Racing Aircraft
     1931 
       
    Griffon Aerospace MQM-170 Outlaw
    Target Drone / ISR / Trainer UAV
     2004 
       
    Grumman Goose (G-21)
    Multirole Flying Boat
     1937 
       
    Grumman TBF Avenger
    Carrier-Borne Torpedo Bomber Aircraft
     1942 
       
    Guizhou WU-14
    Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV)
     2014 
       
    Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH
    Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter
     1963 
       
    HAL Dhruv (Polaris)
    Multirole Medium-Lift Transport Helicopter
     2002 
       
    Heinkel He 111
    Medium Bomber Aircraft
     1935 
       
    Heinkel He 111Z (Zwilling)
    Utility Transport
     1942 
       
    Heinkel He 70 (Blitz)
    Reconnaissance Bomber / Transport Aircraft
     1933 
       
    Henschel Hs 129
    Close-Support / Anti-Tank Aircraft
     1942 
       
    Hiller OH-23 Raven (Model UH-12)
    Light Utility Helicopter
     1948 
       
    Hughes H-1 (Hughes 1B)
    Racer Aircraft
     1935 
       
    Hughes TH-55 Osage
    Light Utility Helicopter
     1961 
       
    Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10
    Hybrid Airship Prototype
     2020 
       
    IAI EL/W-2085
    Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft
     2010 
       
    IOMAX Archangel
    Counter-Insurgency Aircraft
     2017 
       
    Junkers G38
    Long-Haul Passenger Airliner / Heavy-Lift Long-Range Transport Aircraft
     1931 
       
    Junkers Ju 52
    Tri-Motor Transport / Medium Bomber Aircraft
     1932 
       
    Junkers Ju 86
    Passenger Airliner / Reconnaissance Aircraft / Medium Bomber
     1936 
       
    Junkers Ju 88
    Medium Bomber / Multi-Role Aircraft
     1939 
       
    Kaiser-Fleetwings BQ-2
    Expendable Unmanned Assault Drone / Flying Bomb Prototype
     1943 
       
    Kaman HH-43 Huskie
    Rescue Helicopter
     1958 
       
    Kaman K-MAX (K-1200)
    Medium-Lift Helicopter
     1994 
       
    Kamov Ka-226 Sergei (Hoodlum)
    Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)
     2002 
       
    Kawanishi Baika (Ume Blossom)
    Pilot-Guided, Pulsejet-Powered Expendable Suicide Aircraft
     1945 
       
    Kellett KD-1
    Two-Seat Observation Autogiro Aircraft
     1935 
       
    Kyushu K11W Shiragiku (White Chrysanthemum)
    Advanced Bomber Crew Trainer / Transport / Anti-Submarine Warfare
     1942 
       
    Leonardo (AgustaWestland) AW109
    Multirole Military / Utility Helicopter
     1976 
       
    Leonardo (AgustaWestland) AW189
    Medium-Lift Multirole Helicopter
     2015 
       
    Leonardo (AgustaWestland) AW609 TiltRotor
    Multirole Tiltrotor Transport
     2017 
       
    Lockheed A-12 (Archangel 12)
    High-Altitude Strategic Reconnaissance Stealth Aircraft
     1963 
       
    Lockheed C-130 Hercules
    Tactical Transport / Multi-role / Multi-Mission Aircraft
     1956 
       
    Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
    Strategic Airlifter Transport
     1965 
       
    Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II
    General Transport / Search and Rescue (SAR) / Aerial Refueling Aircraft
     2013 
       
    Lockheed Martin LMH-1 (P-791)
    Cargo Hybrid Airship
     2019 
       
    Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady
    High-Altitude Reconnaissance Aircraft / Spyplane
     1955 
       
    Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talon (I / II)
    Special Forces Transport Aircraft
     1966 
       
    Lockheed MC-130J Commando II
    Special Forces In-Flight Refueler / General Transport Aircraft
     2011 
       
    Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow
    Special Forces Inflight Refueling Aircraft
     1986 
       
    Lockheed XFV (Salmon)
    Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Navy Fighter Aircraft Prototype
     1954 
       
    Marenco SwissHelicopter SKYe SH09
    Light Utility Helicopter
     2015 
       
    Martin B-57 Canberra
    Tactical Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
     1954 
       
    Martin JRM Mars
    Flying Boat Aircraft
     1943 
       
    McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II)
    Transport
     1968 
       
    Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun (Typhoon)
    Competition / Liason / VIP Transport Aircraft
     1934 
       
    Messerschmitt Bf 109
    Single-Seat Multirole Fighter
     1937 
       
    Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant (Giant)
    Heavy Cargo Glider Aircraft
     1941 
       
    Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant (Giant)
    Heavy Transport
     1943 
       
    Messerschmitt Me 328
    Parasite Fighter Concept
     1944 
       
    Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)
    Medium-Lift Transport Helicopter / Gunship
     1981 
       
    Mil Mi-24 (Hind)
    Armed Assault Gunship / Attack Helicopter
     1973 
       
    Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
    Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter
     1983 
       
    Mil Mi-35 (Hind)
    All-Weather Heavy Assault Gunship / Attack Helicopter
     2005 
       
    Mil Mi-38
    Medium-Lift Transport Helicopter
     2015 
       
    Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
    Transport Helicopter
     1962 
       
    Mitsubishi Ki-51 (Sonia)
    Ground Attack / Reconnaissance Aircraft
     1940 
       
    Myasishchev M-55 (Mystic)
    High-Altitude Reconnaissance / Scientific Research Aircraft
     1978 
       
    Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi
    Suicide Fighter
     1945 
       
    Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar)
    Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
     1942 
       
    Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)
    Ground Attack / Close-Air Support (CAS) Aircraft
     1970 
       
    Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
    All-Weather Airborne Command and Control (ACC) / Battle Space Management Aircraft
     1964 
       
    Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint STARS (JSTARS)
    Airborne Battle Management Platform
     1996 
       
    Northrop Grumman MQ-4 Triton
    Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
     2018 
       
    ORBIS International DC-10 (Flying Eye Hospital)
    Ophthalmic Hospital and Instruction Platform
     1994 
       
    Panavia Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat / Reconnaissance)
    Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) Aircraft
     1990 
       
    Paramount AHRLAC (Mwari)
    Reconnaissance Platform / Light Strike Aircraft
     2017 
       
    Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
    Multi-Purpose Biplane
     1929 
       
    Radioplane OQ-2
    Aerial Target Drone
     1941 
       
    Reiner Stemme Q01
    Manned / Unmanned Light Multirole Aircraft
     2017 
       
    Ryan NYP (Spirit of St. Louis)
    Record-Setting Long-Range Aircraft
     1927 
       
    Saab J32 Lansen (Lance)
    Jet-Powered Single-Seat Fighter / Strike Aircraft
     1955 
       
    Saab Skeldar
    Rotary-Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
     2013 
       
    Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 Pipistrello (Bat)
    Medium Bomber / Transport Aircraft
     1935 
       
    Short S38 Sturgeon
    Target Tug Aircraft
     1950 
       
    Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion
    Super Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter
     1981 
       
    Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe / Erickson S-64 Skycrane
    Heavy-Lift Cargo / Firefighting Helicopter
     1962 
       
    Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant
    Search and Rescue (SAR) Helicopter
     1967 
       
    Sikorsky HH-60 / MH-60T Jayhawk
    Medium Range Search & Rescue (SAR) / Interdiction Helicopter
     1990 
       
    Sikorsky S-43 (Baby Clipper)
    Flying Boat / Amphibious Transport Aircraft
     1935 
       
    Sikorsky S-92
    Medium-Lift Multirole Transport Helicopter
     2004 
       
    Sikorsky VH-60 White Hawk
    Presidential / VIP Transport
     1988 
       
    Sopwith Tabloid
    Competition / Military Scout Aircraft
     1914 
       
    Stinson L-1 Vigilant (Model 74)
    Liaison / Observation / Utility Aircraft
     1941 
       
    Stinson Reliant
    Lightweight Liaison Aircraft
     1933 
       
    Sud-Ouest SO 9000 Trident
    Research Interceptor Aircraft
     1953 
       
    Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
    Reconnaissance / Electronic Warfare / Heavy Bomber
     1954 
       
    USS Akron (ZRS-4)
    Akron-class Rigid Airship / Scout / Aircraft Carrier
     1931 
       
    USS Macon (ZRS-5)
    Akron-class Rigid Airship / Scout / Aircraft Carrier
     1933 
       
    Vickers Vespa
    Army Co-Oporation Aircraft
     1928 
       
    Westland Lysander
    Liaison / Army Cooperation Aircraft
     1938 
       
    Yokosuka MXY7-K1 Ohka (Cherry Blossom)
    Single-Seat Pilot-Guided Suicide Aircraft
     1945