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    Vietnam War American Airpower

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

    Having an edge in total available aircraft types and advanced technologies could not guarantee victory for the Americans in Vietnam.





    There are a total of (97) Vietnam War - United States Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1964
    Beechcraft King Air
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    1967
    Bell AH-1 HueyCobra / Cobra
    While the helicopter was already being developed into a viable battlefield contributor during the da... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Bell AH-1 HueyCobra / Cobra

    1970
    Bell AH-1J SeaCobra
    In the latter part of the 1960s, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) had enough interest in the ne... [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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    1967
    Bell Model 206 (JetRanger / LongRanger)
    Bell's successful Model 206 was born from the company's failed YOH-4 bid used in the 1960 U.S. Army ... [Read More]
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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 oth... [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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    1962
    Boeing CH-47 Chinook
    The Boeing "Chinook" line of medium-lift, tandem-rotor transport helicopters has been a mainstay uti... [Read More]
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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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    1962
    Boeing RC-135
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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 Boein... [Read More]
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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 helicopt... [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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    1957
    Cessna T-37 Tweet
    The Cessna T-37 came about through a new United States Air Force (USAF) requirement calling for a li... [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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    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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    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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    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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    1959
    CONVAIR F-106 Delta Dart
    The F-106 "Delta Dart" holds origins in the original United States Air Force requirement that produc... [Read More]
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    1942
    Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
    The United States Air Force utilized the C-46 Commando series as their primary transport workhorse i... [Read More]
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    1948
    de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
    Introduced in 1948, the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 "Beaver" went on to achieve global popularity with... [Read More]
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    1953
    de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
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    1959
    de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou
    The Caribou series proved to be such an effective battlefield transport aircraft that more than a fe... [Read More]
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    1946
    Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD-1)
    Throughout World War 2 (1939-1945) the United States Navy (USN) - like the United States Air Force (... [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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    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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    1956
    Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
    The A-4 Skyhawk (nicknamed "Heinemann's Hot Rod" and the "Scooter") came about as a private venture ... [Read More]
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    1965
    Douglas AC-47 Spooky
    Despite its service entry in 1941 and an American military career spanning across both World War 2 (... [Read More]
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    1961
    Douglas B-26K/A-26B Counter Invader
    The B-26K/A-26B "Counter Invader" was based on a highly modified airframe of the World War 2-era Dou... [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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    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
    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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    1968
    Fairchild AC-119 (Shadow / Stinger)
    The Fairchild AC-119 series was a modified form of the successful Fairchild C-119 "Flying Boxcar" tr... [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]
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    1952
    Fairchild C-123 Provider
    The C-123 Provider was a twin engine military transport aircraft utilized to good effect in the Viet... [Read More]
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    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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    1963
    Grumman A-6 Intruder
    The Grumman A-6 "Intruder" was a dedicated strike platform designed to a United States Navy (USN) re... [Read More]
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    1952
    Grumman C-1A / TF-1 Trader
    The C-1 Trader was a carrier-based transport (Carrier-Onboard-Delivery - COD) aircraft utilized by t... [Read More]
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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 ... [Read More]
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    1963
    Grumman EA-6 Prowler
    For a time in American naval history, the Grumman EA-6 "Prowler" served as the United States Navy's ... [Read More]
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    1943
    Grumman F6F Hellcat
    The F6F Hellcat was the successor to - and a logical evolution of - the capable F4F Wildcat series o... [Read More]
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    1945
    Grumman F8F Bearcat
    In many ways, the Grumman F8F Bearcat was the pinnacle of United States piston-engine fighter design... [Read More]
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    1952
    Grumman F9F Cougar
    Even as the straight-winged F9F "Panther" was beginning to take shape on the design board during the... [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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    1958
    Grumman WF-2 / E-1 Tracer
    With the rise of the aircraft carrier in World War 2 and advances in radar technology, the United St... [Read More]
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    1963
    Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH
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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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    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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    1958
    Kaman HH-43 Huskie
    Charles Kaman (1919 - 2011), an aeronautical engineering student, served as an employee to another f... [Read More]
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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 sever... [Read More]
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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 mo... [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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    1970
    Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
    The United States Air Force (USAF) initiative that eventually begat the Lockheed C-5 "Galaxy" heavy-... [Read More]
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    1945
    Lockheed C-69 Constellation (Model L-049)
    The Lockheed Constellation series of aircraft was a successful design that initially began as a mili... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed C-69 Constellation (Model L-049)

    1958
    Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
    The Lockheed F-104 was in many ways an engineering marvel whose legacy suffered terribly due to seve... [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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion

    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

    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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    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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    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

    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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    1952
    Martin P5M Marlin
    World War 2 showcased the value of large flying boats in the long range maritime patrol and anti-shi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin P5M Marlin

    1968
    McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II)
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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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    1969
    McDonnell Douglas F-4 Wild Weasel
    "Wild Weasel" was a concept tied to various aircraft serving the United States military in the Elect... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Wild Weasel

    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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    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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    1967
    Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
    Numbering well over 12,000 production examples, the Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name of "Hip") can be v... [Read More]
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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 America... [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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    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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    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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    1949
    North American T-28 Trojan
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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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    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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    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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    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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    1956
    Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave
    The Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave was an early-generation, heavy-lift cargo helicopter in service with the A... [Read More]
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    1966
    Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion
    The Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion is a heavy-lift helicopter system developed for the United States Ma... [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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    1950
    Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw
    The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw was an excellent multipurpose transport helicopter that saw use in vario... [Read More]
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    1954
    Sikorsky H-34 / CH-34 Choctaw
    The H-34 Choctaw was a multi-purpose, radial-powered utility helicopter produced by Sikorsky in the ... [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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    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

    1967
    Vought / LTV A-7 Corsair II
    Developed as a successor to the Douglas A-4 "Skyhawk" series of carrier-based strike fighter, the LT... [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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