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    Strategic Air Command (SAC) Aircraft

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

    United States Strategic Air Command relied upon a variety of aircraft types to deter - and counter - Soviet aggression during the Cold War decades.





    There are a total of (36) Strategic Air Command (SAC) Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    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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    1959
    Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey)
    The UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" became an important part of American military actions beginning in 1960 and... [Read More]
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    1937
    Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
    Though the Consolidated B-24 Liberator was built in greater numbers, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress... [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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet

    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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    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
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    1956
    Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
    The KC-135 Stratotanker proved to be a monumental product for the Boeing corporation in more ways th... [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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    1960
    CONVAIR B-58 Hustler
    The delta-wing CONVAIR B-58 "Hustler" was the first operational supersonic-capable bomber of the Uni... [Read More]
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    1956
    CONVAIR F-102 Delta Dagger
    The CONVAIR F-102 "Delta Dagger" was a product of the ensuing Cold War years following the close of ... [Read More]
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    1944
    Douglas A-26 / B-26 Invader
    The Douglas A-26 Invader was a distinguished twin-engine light bomber whose origins were well-placed... [Read More]
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    1950
    Douglas C-124 Globemaster II
    With the close of World War 2 and the accompanying Berlin Airlift, the United States military saw a ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Douglas C-47 (Skytrain / Dakota)
    The C-47 Skytrain was a product of the Douglas Aircraft Company and achieved its first flight in pro... [Read More]
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    1942
    Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4)
    Derived from the commercial DC-4 airliner, the C-54 Skymaster was a workhorse transport aircraft for... [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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    1947
    Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
    Fairchild Corporation produced a winner in the post-war world with the introduction of the C-119 "Fl... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar

    1967
    General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
    The General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark" was purposely-designed as a variable geometry "swing wing" pla... [Read More]
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    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady

    1945
    Lockheed P-80 / F-80 Shooting Star
    The Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star is undoubtedly the world's most successful first generation jet... [Read More]
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    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

    1981
    McDonnell Douglas / Boeing KC-10 Extender
    The KC-10 Extender airframe is based on a modified Boeing DC-10 (more precisely the "DC-10-30CF" mod... [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]
    Thumbnail picture of the North American B-45 Tornado

    1946
    North American F-82 / P-82 Twin Mustang
    While several aviation concerns of World War 2 (1939-1945) entertained the idea of mating two fusela... [Read More]
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    1949
    North American F-86 Sabre
    The F-86 Sabre was the product of the North American Aviation Company based in the United States of ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the North American F-86 Sabre

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the North American P-51 Mustang

    1961
    Northrop T-38 Talon
    The Northrop T-38 "Talon" is a dedicated supersonic advanced trainer used by a handful of global air... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop T-38 Talon

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Piper L-4 Grasshopper

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Republic F-84 Thunderjet / Thunderstreak

    1942
    Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
    While much of the romance of World War 2 dogfighting often heads in the direction of the United Stat... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

    1986
    Rockwell B-1 Lancer
    Military aircraft seldom take an uneventful road to full operational service and such was the case w... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Rockwell B-1 Lancer

    1961
    Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King
    At its peak, the Sikorsky SH-3 series of naval aircraft was a widely used and successful platform ut... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King