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    Special Purpose Aircraft

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

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




    1957
    Aerospatiale Alouette II
    The Alouette II helicopter series is billed as a multi-role, light rotary-wing platform charged with... [Read More]
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    1976
    AgustaWestland AW109
    The British-Italian helicopter concern of AgustaWestland developed their AW109 model of 1971 as a co... [Read More]
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    2015
    AgustaWestland AW189
    Sensing the growing market need for an all-modern, cost-effective medium-lift helicopter to serve in... [Read More]
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    2017
    AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor
    Tiltrotors seemingly combine the best of two worlds in the scope of aviation - the fast, straight-li... [Read More]
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    2007
    Airbus Helicopters (NHIndustries) NH90
    The NH90, developed by Eurocopter's helicopter arm NHIndustries (now under the Airbus Helicopters br... [Read More]
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    1998
    Airbus Helicopters EC120 Colibri (Hummingbird)
    Introduced in 1998, the EC120 "Colibri" ("Hummingbird") Light Utility Helicopter has seen over 550 e... [Read More]
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    2002
    Airbus Helicopters HH-65 Dolphin
    The HH-65 Dolphin replaced the Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guards then in service with the United States Coa... [Read More]
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    2016
    Airbus Helicopters MRH90 Taipan
    For decades the Australian military relied on the ubiquitous Bell UH-1 "Huey" helicopter line and th... [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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    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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    1942
    Airspeed Horsa
    Aircraft such as the Airspeed AS.51 "Horsa" rarely receive their due in the grand scope of World War... [Read More]
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    1978
    Alenia-Aeritalia G.222
    The Italian Alenia G.222 medium-lift tactical transport was born from a 1962 NATO requirement for a ... [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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    2016
    Antonov An-70
    The Antonov An-70 is a Ukrainian transport aircraft - currently in development as of 2012 - intended... [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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    1941
    Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
    The Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle became one of those aircraft designs that evolved into a role not ... [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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    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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    1945
    Bachem Ba 349 Natter (Adder / Viper)
    The Bachem Ba 349 Natter (translated to "Adder" though also known as the "Viper") was one of the lat... [Read More]
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    1997
    BAe QF-4 (McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II)
    The QF-4 represents a full-size unmanned target drone version of the successful Cold War-era F-4 Pha... [Read More]
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    1947
    Beechcraft Bonanza
    ... [Read More]
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    1941
    Beechcraft C-45 (Expeditor)
    The Beechcraft C-45 was based on the Beech Aircraft Corporation's civilian-minded Model 18 "Twin Bee... [Read More]
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    1964
    Beechcraft King Air
    ... [Read More]
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    1961
    Bell D-188 (XF3L / XF-109)
    In January of 1954, Bell engineers finally saw the fruits of their labor concerning the Model 65 air... [Read More]
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    1947
    Bell H-13 Sioux
    The "helicopter" saw development during World War 2 (1939-1945) and some were in fact used by the Ge... [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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    1962
    Bell UH-1B/C Huey Cobra / Frog
    One of the symbols of the American involvement in the Vietnam War (1955-1975) became the ubiquitous ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Berezniak-Isayev BI
    Rocket- and jet-powered fighter aircraft were not the sole developments of Germany, Britain, and the... [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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    1972
    Beriev-Bartini VVA-14 (Vertikal no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia)
    The "Polaris" submarine-launched missiles debuted by the West during the Cold War (1947-1991) caused... [Read More]
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    1962
    Blackburn Buccaneer
    The Blackburn Buccaneer was a low-level, high-speed, carrier-borne strike aircraft utilized by the B... [Read More]
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    1980
    Boeing / Hughes AH-6 / MH-6 Little Bird
    The AH-6/MH-6 "Little Bird" forms an oft-overlook yet wholly vital part of American Special Operatio... [Read More]
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    2014
    Boeing 737 Peace Eagle
    The Boeing 737-700 civilian passenger jet airliner - coupled with a modern radar and airborne contro... [Read More]
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    2007
    Boeing 747 Dreamlifter
    ... [Read More]
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    1983
    Boeing 757
    The 757-series airliner began as a 1970s Boeing endeavor to replace their aging 727 three-engined "t... [Read More]
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    1944
    Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter
    A post-World War 2 design, the C-97 was developed by The Boeing Company from its Model 367 product -... [Read More]
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    1975
    Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post
    ... [Read More]
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    1989
    Boeing E-6 Mercury
    The Boeing E-6 Mercury was original developed for the United States Navy as an airborne command and ... [Read More]
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    1927
    Boeing Model 40
    One of the earlier, effective uses of the airplane outside of the military realm was in mail deliver... [Read More]
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    2015
    Boeing QF-16 (Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon)
    QF-16 is the designation assigned to retired Lockheed Martin F-16 "Fighting Falcon" multirole fighte... [Read More]
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    1962
    Boeing RC-135
    ... [Read More]
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    1983
    Boeing Skyfox
    The Boeing Skyfox was a modification program intended to modernized the large fleet of existing Lock... [Read More]
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    1973
    Boeing T-43 (Gator)
    In the early 1970s, the United States Air Force commissioned the Boeing concern to develop and deliv... [Read More]
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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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    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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    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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    1950
    Cessna O-1 Bird Dog (L-19)
    In 1947, the United States Army Air Forces ceased to exist in the American military structure, repla... [Read More]
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    1964
    Cessna T-41 Mescalero
    Because of the intricacies involved in training on jet aircraft, the United States Air Force adopted... [Read More]
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    1950
    CONVAIR C-131 / R4Y Samaritan
    CONVAIR introduced its CV-240 passenger airliner in 1947 with American Airlines and production of th... [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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    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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    1938
    de Havilland DH.91 Albatross
    ... [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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    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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    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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    2009
    EADS CASA HC-144 Ocean Sentry
    ... [Read More]
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    2018
    Embraer KC-390
    To head off the sudden global military need for a modern medium-lift transport system estimated to c... [Read More]
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    1944
    Fieseler Fi 103R (Reichenberg)
    The Fiseler Fi 103R was, in essence, the piloted form of the successful V-1 rocket that terrorized L... [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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    1943
    Focke-Achgelis Fa 330 Bachsteize (Wagtail)
    ... [Read More]
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    1944
    Focke-Wulf Projekt Kamikaze Carrier
    For a brief moment in World War 2 history (1939-1945), some elements of the German hierarchy enterta... [Read More]
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    1942
    General Aircraft Hamilcar
    ... [Read More]
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    1941
    Gotha Go.242
    After the stunning successes of German airborne troops using gliders in the opening stages of World ... [Read More]
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    1931
    Granville Gee Bee Racer (Series)
    The Gee Bee (deriving its name from a shortened form of "Granville Brothers") racers became the unof... [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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    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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    2002
    HAL Dhruv (Polaris)
    While still largely reliant on foreign suppliers, the Indian military industry has made strides in d... [Read More]
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    1935
    Heinkel He 111
    The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 fielded a trio of capable (though eventually limited) medium-cla... [Read More]
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    1942
    Heinkel He 111Z (Zwilling)
    The He 111 Z (or "Zwilling") was a relatively successful joining of two He 111 medium-class bombers ... [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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    1942
    Henschel Hs 129
    The Henschel Hs 129 fighter-bomber was built to a 1937 German specification for a twin-engine close-... [Read More]
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    1948
    Hiller OH-23 Raven (Model UH-12)
    Hiller Aircraft began during World War 2 in 1942 under the operating name of Hiller Industries. The ... [Read More]
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    1935
    Hughes H-1 (Hughes 1B)
    The H-1 (also known as the "Hughes 1B") model was the first product of the Hughes Aircraft firm and ... [Read More]
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    1961
    Hughes TH-55 Osage
    ... [Read More]
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    2020
    Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10
    ... [Read More]
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    1932
    Junkers Ju 52
    The tri-motor, prop-driven aircraft achieve popularity for a short time during the Interwar years - ... [Read More]
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    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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    1958
    Kaman HH-43 Huskie
    Charles Kaman (1919 - 2011), an aeronautical engineering student, served as an employee to another f... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Kaman HH-43 Huskie

    1994
    Kaman K-MAX (K-1200)
    The Kaman K-MAX is a general purpose, multi-role, all-weather platform certified for long endurance,... [Read More]
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    2002
    Kamov Ka-226 Sergei
    ... [Read More]
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    1945
    Kawanishi Baika (Ume Blossom)
    The Japanese benefitted greatly from the alliance struck with Nazi Germany during World War 2 (1939-... [Read More]
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    1935
    Kellett KD-1
    ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Kyushu K11W Shiragiku (White Chrysanthemum)
    Oft-forgotten, but no less important to the Japanese war effort of World War 2, was the Kyushu K11W ... [Read More]
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    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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    1956
    Lockheed C-130 Hercules
    Easily one of the most successful military aircraft of the post-World War 2 age, the Lockheed C-130 ... [Read More]
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    1965
    Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
    The Lockheed C-141 "Starlifter" became the United States military's first jet-powered, strategic tra... [Read More]
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    2013
    Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II
    The Lockheed HC-130J "Combat King II" is a long-range Search and Rescue (SAR)/aerial refueling platf... [Read More]
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    2018
    Lockheed Martin LMH-1 (P-791)
    ... [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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    1966
    Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talon (I / II)
    The MC-130 series is represented by the MC-130E Combat Talon I and the MC-130H Combat Talon II syste... [Read More]
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    2011
    Lockheed MC-130J Commando II
    The Lockheed MC-130J "Commando II" is an in-flight refueling platform of the United States Air Force... [Read More]
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    1986
    Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow
    The Lockheed MC-130P "Combat Shadow" debuted with American forces in the Vietnam War when it was kno... [Read More]
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    1954
    Lockheed XFV (Salmon)
    The Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) fighter aircraft had always been on the minds of aeronautic... [Read More]
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    2015
    Marenco SwissHelicopter SKYe SH09
    The SKYe SH09 is an in-development, low-cost, light utility helicopter venture originating out of Sw... [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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    1943
    Martin JRM Mars
    World War 2 proved the swan song for the flying boat, large aircraft granted boat-like hulls and hig... [Read More]
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    1968
    McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II)
    ... [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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    1941
    Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant (Giant)
    The Messerschmitt Me 321 "Gigant" ("Giant") was developed as a large cargo hauler to help supplement... [Read More]
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    1943
    Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant (Giant)
    No sooner had the Messerschmitt Me 321 unpowered glider entered service that a powered version was b... [Read More]
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    1944
    Messerschmitt Me 328
    The "parasite" fighter had long held an interest within the minds of aircraft engineers, particularl... [Read More]
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    1981
    Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)
    The original Mil Mi-8 "Hip" medium-lift transport helicopter series first flew in prototype form on ... [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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    1983
    Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
    Since its adoption into service with the Soviet Air Force during the early 1980s, the Cold War-era M... [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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    2017
    Mil Mi-38
    Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant holds a long-running history of rotary-wing aircraft design and developm... [Read More]
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    1962
    Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
    The Mil Mi-6 was an inventory stalwart for the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War. For ... [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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    1978
    Myasishchev M-55 (Mystic)
    ... [Read More]
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    1945
    Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi
    The Nakajima Ki-115 Tsuguri ("Sword") was a simplistic single-seat, single-engine suicide fighter ai... [Read More]
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    1942
    Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar)
    By 1937, it became apparent to the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) that a more modern replacement for t... [Read More]
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    1970
    Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)
    As a long time Soviet equipment user, the Chinese were already building the twin-engine Mikoyan-Gure... [Read More]
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    1964
    Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
    The E-2 Hawkeye series serves carrier battle groups (principally in the United States Navy) and is c... [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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    1994
    ORBIS International DC-10 (Flying Eye Hospital)
    ORBIS International is a non-profit organization developed to combat blindness in Third World countr... [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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    2017
    Paramount AHRLAC (Mwari)
    The AHRLAC (Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft) is a budget-minded, light strik... [Read More]
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    1929
    Polikarpov Po-2 (Mule)
    ... [Read More]
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    1941
    Radioplane OQ-2
    Today's multi-billion dollar UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and drone industry held some rather modes... [Read More]
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    1927
    Ryan NYP (Spirit of St. Louis)
    The Ryan NYP that was flown by aviation pioneer Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974) was a heavily-modif... [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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    2013
    Saab Skeldar
    The Saab Skeldar is an unarmed rotary-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It is a relatively new dev... [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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    1950
    Short S38 Sturgeon
    The Short S.38 Sturgeon was born through a World War 2 (1939-1945) British naval requirement under S... [Read More]
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    1981
    Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion
    The mammoth Sikorsky CH-53E "Super Stallion" heavy-lift transport helicopter was designed from the o... [Read More]
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    1962
    Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe / Erickson S-64 Skycrane
    The original Sikorsky S-60 proved itself as a heavy-lift helicopter through its sole example complet... [Read More]
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    1967
    Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant
    The HH-3E "Jolly Green Giant" was a specialized development of the original Sikorsky CH-3 transport ... [Read More]
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    1990
    Sikorsky HH-60 / MH-60T Jayhawk
    The US Coast Guard's HH-60 "Jayhawk" is based on the hugely successful Sikorsky Aircraft "S-70" rota... [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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    1988
    Sikorsky VH-60 White Hawk
    The Sikorsky VH-60N "White Hawk" is a Presidential ("Marine One") and government-level VIP transport... [Read More]
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    1914
    Sopwith Tabloid
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    1933
    Stinson Reliant
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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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    1931
    USS Akron (ZRS-4)
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    1933
    USS Macon (ZRS-5)
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    1938
    Westland Lysander
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    1945
    Yokosuka MXY7-K1 Ohka (Cherry Blossom)
    The Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka (translated to "Cherry Blossom") was a single-seat, pilot-guided suicide figh... [Read More]
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