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Modern U.S. Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/13/2014

While still retaining some older aircraft from the Cold War decades, modern American air power remains second to none.

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There are a total of 184 Modern (and future) U.S. Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2030
Lockheed SR-72
Developed with the same primary mission as the Cold War-era SR-71 "Blackbird", the new high-speed, high-altitude-minded SR-72...
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2020
Bell V-280 Valor
Bell Helicopters is forging their 3rd Generation Tiltrotor concept for marketing to the United States Army and its Future Ver...
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2020
Sikorsky S-97 Raider
While helicopters have evolved since their mainstream inception in the 1950s, the "rotorcraft" has remained largely conventio...
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2018
Sikorsky CH-53K Super Stallion
The Sikorsky CH-53K "Super Stallion" represents the latest incarnation of the famous large American military helicopter with ...
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2018
Boeing KC-46 Pegasus
The Boeing KC-46 was selected to replace the aging line of Boeing KC-135 "Stratotankers" through the KC-X program - a competi...
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2016
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2015
Boeing F/A-18E/F Advanced Super Hornet
Seeking to fill the void now presented by the expected delay of the F-35 Lightning II strike fighting into United States nava...
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2015
Bell Model 525 Relentless
The Bell 525 "Relentless" is a new Bell Helicopter offering for the medium-lift commercial market. The model is currently in...
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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 United States Air Force in Dec...
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2015
AgustaWestland AW189
Sensing the growing market need for an all-modern, cost-effective medium-lift helicopter to serve in the offshore drilling se...
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2015
General Atomics Sea Avenger
The United States Navy's "Unmanned, Carrier-Launched, Airborne Surveillance and Strike" (UCLASS) program was launched to deli...
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2015
Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton
The MQ-4C "Triton" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) represents a "navalized" form of the original Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global H...
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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 come online with the Uni...
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2015
EADS KC-45 (KC-30)
The KC-45 is/was a joint proposal from primary contractor Northrop Grumman of the United States and subcontractor EADS (Europ...
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2015
Boeing Phantom Eye
The Boeing Phantom Eye is a next generation UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The most unique facet of the Phantom Eye is its us...
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2014
Lockheed F-35 Lightning II
The Lockheed F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter development of the United States that incorporates new and learn...
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2014
Airbus A350
The A350 is the latest Airbus contribution to the competitive wide-body, long-range airliner market. The aircraft is intended...
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2014
Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack (Integrator)
The Boeing Insitu RQ-21 "Blackjack" (formerly known as the "Integrator") is an in-development Unmanned Air System (UAS) inten...
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2014
Northrop Grumman / Bell Fire-X (MQ-8C)
The Fire-X is being jointly developed as a full-size Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by Northrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter. T...
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2013
Lockheed Martin X-56A (MUTT)
Flutter affects the wing assemblies of any aircraft at speed, causing a violent oscillation to take place which ultimately de...
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2013
Aurora Flight Sciences Orion
In the world of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) - popularly referred to by their generic collective name of "drone" - the cha...
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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 platform utilized by the Unite...
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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") airframe and has been deve...
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2012
Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird (A160)
The A160 Hummingbird is a rotary-winged unmanned aerial vehicle that supplies the benefits of conventional UAV systems with t...
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2012
Boeing 787 (Dreamliner)
The 787 "Dreamliner" represents Boeing's latest foray into the world of commercial passenger air travel. To this point, the p...
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2012
DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk)
KQ-X is a program designation commissioned by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) of the United States to modif...
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2012
Northrop Grumman Sandstorm
Northrop Grumman heads the "Sandstorm/Longshot" unmanned aerial system (UAS) program developed by Unmanned Systems, Incorpora...
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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, intended to refuel heli...
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2011
Northrop Grumman X-47B
Following the proof-of-concept demonstrator X-47A "Pegasus", the X-47B was born as a full-sized technology demonstrating Unma...
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2010
DARPA Falcon HTV-2
Billed as the "World's Fastest Airplane", the Falcon HTV-2 ("Hypersonic Technology Vehicle") is a long-duration, hypersonic t...
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2010
Boeing X-51 (Waverider)
The Boeing X-51 "Waverider" is an unmanned technology demonstrator designed to further develop the concept of shockwave-assis...
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2009
Northrop Grumman RQ-8/MQ-8 Fire Scout / Sea Scout
The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 is classified as a "Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" and - unlike other UAVs in operation today - ...
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2009
Arcturus T-20
The Arcturus T-20 was initially developed as a private venture by the Arcturus-UAV LLC concern of California, USA and further...
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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 breed of armed UAV (Unma...
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2009
Boeing EA-18G Growler
The Boeing EA-18G "Growler" was designed and developed to overtake the Electronic Warfare Aircraft (EWA) role from the venera...
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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) currently in limited service wit...
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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) currently in service wi...
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2007
Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota
The UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopter was introduced with U.S. military forces in 2007. The aircraft was an offshoot of t...
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2007
Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel
The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 "Sentinel" is a relatively new stealth Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and is categorized officially...
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2007
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey
In 1981, the United States Department of Defense enacted the "Joint-Service Vertical Take-Off/Landing Experimental" (JVX) pro...
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2006
Bell ARH-70 (Arapaho)
The Bell ARH-70 helicopter was developed for the US Army as a possible direct replacement to the successful but aged Kiowa Wa...
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2006
General Atomics Guardian
The General Atomics "Guardian" is a modified maritime patrol variant of the successful line of General Atomics MQ-9 "Reaper" ...
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2005
Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175)
The Lockheed Martin "Polecat" was a private venture high-altitude, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flying wing development inten...
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2005
Boeing ScanEagle
The ScanEagle is a joint production UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) by The Boeing Company and The Insitu Group. As a whole, the...
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2005
IAI Heron / Machatz-1
The IAI Heron (also known as the "Machatz-1") is a modern Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) currently in service with several mil...
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2005
Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor
The Lockheed F-22 "Raptor" represents a culmination of decades-worth of data collection, testing and evaluation for the Unite...
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2004
Boeing / Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche
At one point, the Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche was set to become the future of U.S. Army rotary-wing aviation. It was a stealth-b...
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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 the United States Air For...
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2003
AgustaWestland AW139
The AgustaWestland model AW139 is a modern medium-lift, multi-purpose/multi-role rotary-wing product offered for both militar...
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2003
Airbus A318
The French concern of Airbus unveiled their new A320 commercial aircraft family line in March of 1984 and eventually expanded...
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2003
Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano / A-29
The EMB 314 "Super Tucano" (also "A-29") represents a locally-produced Brazilian aircraft product falling under the then-gove...
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2003
Elbit Hermes 450
The Hermes 450 is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of Israeli origination, part of the growing family of Hermes "Unmanned Air...
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2003
AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven
The AeroVinronment RQ-11 "Raven" is classified as a "Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" (SUAV), this attributed directly to its ...
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2003
Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
The X-47A "Pegasus" stealthy technology demonstrator Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) began as a private venture by defe...
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2002
Sikorsky MH-60 (Knighthawk)
The MH-60S Knighthawk is the United States Navy's newest multi-mission helicopter. Originally designated as the CH-60S to sig...
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2002
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
The Super Hornet is the latest, and most likely the ultimate, evolution in the F/A-18 Hornet series of precision strike aircr...
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2002
Aerospatiale / Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin
The HH-65 Dolphin replaced the Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guards then in service with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The HH-6...
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2002
Boeing X-45
The Boeing X-45 served as a proof-of-concept technology demonstrator - developed in conjunction with DARPA (Defense Advanced ...
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2002
Eurocopter EC145
The Eurocopter EC145 is a light-to-medium-lift transport helicopter produced under the Airbus Helicopters label (formerly Eur...
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2001
AAI MQ-19 Aerosonde
The AAI Aerosonde is described as a modular, long endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS) which intends to fulfill the primary...
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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 United States Air Force and...
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2001
AAI RQ-7 Shadow 200 Tactical
The AAI Corporation RQ-7 Shadow is an unarmed tactical reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle currently in active service wit...
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2000
Boeing X-32 JSF (Joint Stike Fighter)
The Boeing X-32 was a prototype aircraft developed for the US military's Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The Boeing submi...
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2000
AgustaWestland AW101/ EH Industries EH101 Merlin
The AgustaWestland AW101 "Merlin" (formerly the EH Industries EH101 Merlin) is a medium-lift, multi-purpose, multi-role helic...
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2000
Raytheon T-6 Texan II
Based on the Pilatus PC-9 aircraft, the Raytheon-built T-6 Texan II series was the product of a Department of Defense initiat...
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1998
Bell Eagle Eye (Model 918)
The Bell Eagle Eye (company Model 918) is/was an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) developed to compete in the US Navy's "Vertical...
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1997
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas X-36
The Boeing X-36 (formerly McDonnell Douglas) was a unmanned technology demonstrator and served NASA (Ames and Dryden Research...
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1997
Alenia C-27 Spartan
The Alenia C-27 "Spartan" is a medium-lift transport and joint development effort founded by Italy's Alenia and America's Loc...
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1997
McDonnell / BAE QF-4 (Phantom II)
The QF-4 represents a full-size unmanned target drone version of the successful Cold War-era F-4 Phantom II aircraft. QF-4's ...
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1997
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit (Stealth Bomber)
The B-2 Spirit (generically known as the "Stealth Bomber") was the pinnacle of tail-less flight designs beginning in the mind...
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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 United States Air Force ...
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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 numbers with the United State...
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1996
Lockheed / Boeing RQ-3 DarkStar
DarkStar origins were found in a 1983 initiative that saw the United States Air Force (USAF), the Central Intelligence Agency...
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1995
Boeing 777 (Triple Seven)
Throughout the 1970s, the Boeing Company operated the mammoth 747 four-engined, "wide-body" long-range jet airliner. In 1978,...
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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 part of US Air Force opera...
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1995
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The C-17 Globemaster III is the primary long-haul transport for the United States and has been adopted, in limited numbers, b...
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1994
Kaman K-MAX (K-1200)
The Kaman K-MAX is a general purpose, multi-role, all-weather platform certified for long endurance, repeated external medium...
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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 countries. Philanthropists purc...
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1994
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1993
Airbus A340
The Airbus A340 series was already in design and development alongside the similar A330 series. In that respect, the two syst...
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1991
McDonnell Douglas / Boeing T-45 Goshawk
The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing T-45 Goshawk is a navalized version of the land-based British Aerospace (now BAe Systems) Hawk -...
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1991
Sikorsky HH-60 (Pave Hawk)
The HH-60 Pave Hawk series of all-weather day/night transport helicopters is an Air Force version of the successful UH-60 Bla...
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1990
Boeing VC-25 (Air Force One)
The VC-25 is used to usher the President of the United States and his staff on various journeys around the globe. The VC-25 i...
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1990
Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II
The YF-23 Black Widow II was Northrop Grumman's (along with McDonnell Douglas Corporation) answer to the American ATF (Advanc...
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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" rotary-wing model series that...
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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 communications relay plat...
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1988
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
The F-15E "Strike Eagle" is a dual-role version of the highly successful base F-15 air superiority fighter. The Strike Eagle ...
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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 utilized by the United States...
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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 known under the designation ...
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1986
Boeing / Hughes AH-64 Apache / Apache Longbow
The Hughes / McDonnell Douglas / Boeing AH-64 Apache has served American and allied military forces well during her storied o...
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1985
Rockwell / Boeing B-1 Lancer
The Rockwell B-1 Lancer series was a variable sweep wing low-altitude penetration aircraft capable of delivering nuclear free...
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1985
McDonnell Douglas / Boeing / BAe Systems AV-8B Harrier II
While the original Hawker Siddeley Harrier proved revolutionary for its time, and the follow-up BAe Systems Sea Harrier bette...
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1985
Short C-23 Sherpa
The Short Brothers (sometimes shortened to "Shorts") concern was formed in 1908 with operations settled out of London (having...
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1985
Eurocopter / Aerospatiale Panther
The Eurocopter AS565 "Panther" is nothing more than a medium class, multi-role, twin-engined militarized form of the original...
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1984
Alenia Aermacchi S-211
Sensing the growing need for light, jet-powered dual-role aircraft, the Italian concern of SIAI-Marchetti proposed a new airc...
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1984
Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk
The Sikorsky SH-60 "Seahawk" is the navalized derivative of the ubiquitous land-based UH-60 "Black Hawk" series transport hel...
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1984
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
The Su-27 "Flanker" series of aircraft is regarded by most airplane aficionados as the ultimate in Russian fighter design. Th...
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1983
Boeing 757
The 757-series airliner began as a 1970s Boeing endeavor to replace their aging 727 three-engined "trijet" airliner model. Th...
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1983
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
The F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine carrier-based attack fighter currently in frontline service with a variety of forces world...
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1983
McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
The McDonnell Douglas A-12 "Avenger II" was slated to become the United States Navy's (USN) first stealth aircraft. The type ...
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1982
Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call
The EC-130H "Compass Call" is a dedicated Electronic Warfare Aircraft (EWA) platform based on the hugely successful Lockheed ...
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1981
Sikorsky MH-53 (Pave Low)
The MH-53 was a series of large transport helicopters operated by the United States Air Force in the special operations role....
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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" model) and retains some 88 p...
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1981
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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 original CH-53 "Sea Stalli...
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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 Operations services. This highly ...
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1979
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk has become a workhorse for the United States and other military forces the world over. Its capa...
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1978
Lockheed Martin / General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 "Fighting Falcon" was a product of Cold War-development and introduced along ...
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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 Vertical / Short Take-Off...
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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 primary Airborne Early Wa...
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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 the outset, perhaps matched...
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1976
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
For a time, the McDonnell Douglas (now under Boeing) F-15 Eagle series was the pinnacle of American air superiority, incorpor...
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1976
AgustaWestland AW109
The British-Italian helicopter concern of AgustaWestland developed their AW109 model of 1971 as a commercial-level passenger-...
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1976
BAe Hawk
The BAe Hawk has maintained one of the most successful aerial tenures of any lightweight jet trainer aircraft with origins da...
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1975
Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil / Astar
The AS350 was originally designed to replace the aging Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale Alouette II light utility helicopter serie...
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1975
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
The Ilyushin IL-76 heavy transport was debuted in the early 1970s, entered service in the mid-1970s and is still operating to...
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1975
IAI Kfir / F-21A
The Kfir (translated to "Lion Cub") was a semi-indigenous Israeli fighter development designed to fulfill an IAF (Israeli Air...
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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 Vought aircraft firms. Se...
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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 deliver an airborne navigation...
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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 armed and armored transport h...
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1972
Lockheed AC-130H Spectre / AC-130U Spooky
Since the advent of the airplane as an instrument of war, warplanners have relied on the power of mobile aerial attacks to ke...
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1972
Aero L-39 Albatros
The Aero L-39 series of advanced jet trainer and light strike aircraft followed along the same lines as its predecessor - the...
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1971
Bell AH-1 SuperCobra
The AH-1 "SuperCobra" is a further evolution of the original Vietnam War-era AH-1 "Cobra" born in the 1960s. The SuperCobra i...
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1970
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
At one time the Lockheed-built C-5 Galaxy was the largest aircraft ever produced, being able to field a compliment of 350 tro...
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1970
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
The Mach 2-capable MiG-23 "Flogger" became the first true "swing-wing" fighter to enter service with the Soviet Union and wen...
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1970
Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet)
Thanks to advances in jet engine technology during the 1950s and 1960s, passenger air travel blossomed during this period of ...
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1969
Bell OH-58 Kiowa
The Bell OH-58 Kiowa has seen a long, successful and extended service life with the US Army (and others) since its inception ...
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1969
Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma
The Puma began life as a product of Sud Aviation designed to meet an French Army requirement for an all-weather, medium-lift,...
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1968
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1967
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Numbering well over 12,000 production examples, the Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name of "Hip") can be viewed as one of the most ...
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1967
Grumman C-2 Greyhound
The Grumman C-2 Greyhound was developed from the successful Grumman E-2 Hawkeye. Whereas the latter was a dedicated carrier-b...
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1967
Bell AH-1 Cobra / HueyCobra (Bell 209)
Based on the private venture Bell 209 helicopter, the AH-1 Cobra series of attack helicopter remains a primary weapons delive...
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1967
Bell Model 206 JetRanger
The Bell 206 was derived from the unsuccessful OH-4 bid by the Bell company to fulfill a US Army need for a light-weight, tur...
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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 mount primarily in servic...
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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 Armed Reconnaissance Airc...
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1965
Lockheed L-100 Hercules
The excellent hauling capabilities and military market success that was the Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport eventually yiel...
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1965
Dassault Falcon 20
In 1965, the French concern of Dassault introduced its line of business jets with the Dassault "Falcon 20" (despite its desig...
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1964
Boeing 727
After World War 2 (1939-1945) introduced the turbojet engine as a viable aviation propulsion system, the jet age was born and...
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1964
Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
The E-2 Hawkeye series serves carrier battle groups (principally in the United States Navy) and is called upon as an all-weat...
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1964
Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight
The CH-46 Sea Knight is similar in design and role to the CH-47 Chinook series of transport helicopters. Both offer up unobst...
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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 series turboprop engines....
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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 Lockheed could do little wrong i...
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1962
Kaman SH-2 Seasprite / Super Seasprite
The Kaman SH-2 Seasprite helicopter has served a lengthy and respected career in the navies of several nations across the glo...
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1962
Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules
The Lockheed KC-130 Hercules is a combination tanker-transport aircraft based on the hugely successful like of high-wing C-13...
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1961
Northrop T-38 Talon
The Northrop T-38 "Talon" is a dedicated supersonic advanced trainer used by a handful of global air powers today - though it...
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1960
Saab J 35 Draken (Dragon / Kite)
The Saab J 35 Draken (translated in English to "Dragon" but carrying the meaning of "Kite" based on the aircraft's angular re...
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1960
Aerospatiale Alouette III
The Aerospatiale Alouette III, is French for Skylark having a single-engine and to be used as a light utility helicopter and ...
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1959
Antonov An-12 (Cub)
The Antonov An-12 (NATO codename of "Cub") was the primary medium-lift military transport of the Soviet Union and its satelli...
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1959
North American / Boeing T-2 Buckeye
The North American (now Boeing) T-2 Buckeye was responsible for the training of thousands of American naval aviators from 195...
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1959
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1959
Boeing VC-137 / C-137 Stratoliner
VC-137 "Stratoliner" is the designation used by the United States Air Force (USAF) to mark its Boeing 707s configured to the ...
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1958
Boeing 707
The 707 model series for The Boeing Company proved to be the catalyst for their commercial market successes to come. The 707 ...
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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 "Hercules" continues in d...
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1956
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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 served throughout the heigh...
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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 States of America and the Sovi...
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1953
Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
The T-34 Mentor series served the United States Air Force and United States Navy well in training generations of aviators in ...
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1937
Grumman Goose (G-21)
While most every aircraft venture usually began with a military requirement or private venture undertaken by a manufacturer f...
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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 aircraft under the protot...
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1932
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
The famous de Havilland DH.82 "Tiger Moth" biplane was a dedicated military-minded basic trainer derived from the preceding D...
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