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    World War 2 Aircraft of 1940

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/8/2016

    1940 saw continued gains by the Axis powers - across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific - much of it made possible through air support.





    There are a total of (38) World War 2 Aircraft of 1940 in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1940
    Aichi D3A (Val)
    The D3A series of aircraft (dubbed "Val" by the Allies) were thought to be all but extinct when the ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Aichi D3A (Val)

    1940
    Amiot 354
    The Amiot 354 (Model 354) had its origins in the Model 341 fast mail carrier transport. The bomber f... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Amiot 354

    1940
    Arado Ar 240
    The Arado Ar 240 was designed to an RLM 1938 response to replace the twin engine, two seat Messersch... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Arado Ar 240

    1940
    Arado Ar E.530
    The idea of twin fuselage aircraft was always on the minds of aeronautical engineers throughout Worl... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Arado Ar E.530

    1940
    Arsenal VG-33
    In the grand scope of World War 2 fighter aircraft there is a little-remembered French design design... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Arsenal VG-33

    1940
    Avro Manchester
    The Avro Manchester was a semi-successful attempt by the Avro firm to fulfill Air Ministry Specifica... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Avro Manchester

    1940
    Bell XFL Airabonita
    The XFL "Airabonita" was a Bell Aircraft Company product developed in parallel with the P-39 Airacob... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Bell XFL Airabonita

    1940
    Bloch MB.700
    Like other global powers of the 1930s and 1940s, the French at one point entertained the thought of ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Bloch MB.700

    1940
    Blohm and Voss Bv 138
    The Blohm and Voss (also written as "Blohm und Voss" or "Blohm & Voss") Bv 138 was a German flying b... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 138

    1940
    Boeing 307 Stratoliner (C-75)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 307 Stratoliner (C-75)

    1940
    Bristol Beaufighter
    The twin-engine Bristol Beaufighter (known simply as "Beau") heavy fighter became a national wartime... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Bristol Beaufighter

    1940
    Bristol Beaufort
    The Bristol Beaufort enjoyed a strong run between the war years of 1940-1943 as the primary British ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Bristol Beaufort

    1940
    Caproni-Campini N1 (CC.2)
    With the introduction of the N1 (may also be known as the CC.2), Italy became only the second nation... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni-Campini N1 (CC.2)

    1940
    Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
    By the middle of the 1930's America was no longer blind to the real possibility that the war would s... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated PB2Y Coronado

    1940
    Fairey Albacore
    As effective and well-liked as the Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber was for the Royal Navy's Fleet Ai... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey Albacore

    1940
    Fairey Fulmar
    The Fairey Fulmar became the British Fleet Air Arm's first dedicated monoplane fighter when it was i... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey Fulmar

    1940
    Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu (Owl)
    The Focke-Wulf brand Fw 189 Uhu (translated to "Owl") was of the most peculiar aircraft design for t... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu (Owl)

    1940
    Grumman F4F Wildcat
    The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the unsung hero of the Allied Pacific Theater campaign in the early year... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman F4F Wildcat

    1940
    Grumman XF5F Skyrocket
    Before the unique, twin-engined Grumman XP-50 popped up on U.S. Army radars prior to World War 2 (19... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman XF5F Skyrocket

    1940
    Handley Page Halifax
    While the Lancaster Heavy Bomber will always be more identifiable in terms of the British night bomb... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Handley Page Halifax

    1940
    Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei (Lily)
    The Kawasaki Ki-48 proved itself a serviceable twin-engine light bomber mount for the Japanese milit... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei (Lily)

    1940
    Koolhoven F.K.58
    Prior to its conquer at the hands of Nazi Germany, the Netherlands held a viable, standalone aero-in... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Koolhoven F.K.58

    1940
    Martin Maryland
    The Martin-produced Maryland series was classified as a light bomber and saw action as a photographi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin Maryland

    1940
    Mikoyan-Gurevich DIS (MiG-5)
    Nearly all world air services of the interwar period entertained the concept of a twin-engined "heav... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich DIS (MiG-5)

    1940
    Miles M.20
    Victory for Britain in the early stages of World War 2 (1939-1945) was not assured and this led the ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Miles M.20

    1940
    Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen (Zero)
    The Mitsubishi A6M "Rei-sen" was the primary naval fighter of the Japanese Empire heading into World... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen (Zero)

    1940
    Mitsubishi Ki-51 (Sonia)
    Mitsubishi lent its considerable development and production talents to more than just "Zeroes" durin... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi Ki-51 (Sonia)

    1940
    North American B-25 Mitchell
    The North American B-25 Mitchell series of medium bombers went on to become one of the classic Ameri... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the North American B-25 Mitchell

    1940
    Petlyakov Pe-8 (TB-7)
    During the lead-up to World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Union joined Germany and Italy in providin... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Petlyakov Pe-8 (TB-7)

    1940
    Petlyakov VI-100
    There were only a handful of truly exceptional twin-engine heavy fighters fielded during World War 2... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Petlyakov VI-100

    1940
    Potez 230
    Before the World War 2 (1939-1945) began, the nation of France made some strides in attempting to de... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Potez 230

    1940
    Reggiane Re.2000 Falco I (Falcon I)
    The Reggiane 2000 series of aircraft was very reminiscent of American interwar designs appearing bet... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Reggiane Re.2000 Falco I (Falcon I)

    1940
    Rogozarski IK-3
    When covering the range of topics concerning aviation in World War 2, it becomes accepted practice t... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Rogozarski IK-3

    1940
    Sukhoi Su-1 / Su-3
    The Su-1 (and related Su-3) fighter aircraft were short-lived prototype developments of the Soviet S... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-1 / Su-3

    1940
    Tucker XP-57 (Peashooter)
    Prior to World War 2 (1939-1944), American airpower authorities began to seriously consider the conc... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tucker XP-57 (Peashooter)

    1940
    Vought OS2U Kingfisher
    The OS2U Kingfisher was a product of the Vought aircraft firm, appearing initially as the VS.310 des... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vought OS2U Kingfisher

    1940
    Westland Whirlwind
    The Westland Whirlwind became a capable twin-engined, heavy fighter design that might have seen even... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Westland Whirlwind

    1940
    Yakovlev Yak-1 (Krasavyets)
    Often overshadowed by its contemporaries in the West (to include the Supermarine Spitfire, North Ame... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Yakovlev Yak-1 (Krasavyets)