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    World War 2 Aircraft of 1942

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/9/2016

    The industrial might of the United States finally allowed some breathing room for the Allies as air power was brought to bear in greater numbers than before.





    There are a total of (54) World War 2 Aircraft of 1942 in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    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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    1942
    Avia B.135
    Though originating as a Czech pre-war design (through the Avia B.35 venture), the B.135 was utilized... [Read More]
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    1942
    Avro Lancaster
    The Avro Lancaster went on to become the most important British heavy bomber or World War 2. Interes... [Read More]
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    1942
    Beech AT-10 Wichita
    ... [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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    1942
    Blohm and Voss Bv P.170
    During World War 2 (1939-1945), German shipbuilder Blohm and Voss ventured into many aircraft design... [Read More]
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    1942
    CAC Boomerang
    The Commonwealth Boomerang (also known as the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation - or "CAC" - Boomera... [Read More]
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    1942
    Curtiss SO3C Seamew
    The Curtiss SO3C "Seamew" (Curtiss Model 82) was an oft-forgotten navy reconnaissance/scout/patrol f... [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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando

    1942
    de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
    Discussions of war-winning World War 2 aircraft regularly seem to leave out one of the most famous 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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    1942
    Douglas P-70 Nighthawk
    To shore up its need for a dedicated night fighter in 1940, the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)... [Read More]
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    1942
    Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri (Hummingbird)
    The helicopter, as a viable war weapon, was not the sole historical domain of the Vietnam War - nor ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Focke-Wulf Fw 191
    The Fw 191 was the Focke-Wulf submission to the German Air Ministry's "Bomber B" program of 1939. Au... [Read More]
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    1942
    General Aircraft Hamilcar
    ... [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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    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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    1942
    Heinkel He 177 Greif (Griffin)
    The Heinkel concern of World War 2 Germany became one of the largest and most prolific aircraft make... [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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    1942
    Junkers Ju 290
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    1942
    Kaiser-Fleetwings XA-39
    To help fulfill a standing U.S. Army attack aircraft requirement, little-known Kaiser-Fleetwings dev... [Read More]
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    1942
    Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
    The Empire of Japan seemed to be producing its best aircraft designs of the war towards the end of t... [Read More]
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    1942
    Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)
    By 1937, interest in a twin-engine fighter had peaked for the Imperial Japanese Army so much so that... [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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    1942
    Lavochkin La-5
    Design of the Lavochkin La-5 series of low-to-medium altitude, prop-driven fighter was spurred on by... [Read More]
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    1942
    Lockheed L-133 Starjet
    Jet-powered flight was a concept already taking hold even before the events of World War 2 1939-1945... [Read More]
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    1942
    Lockheed PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon
    ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Lockheed XP-49
    The XP-49 was a development of the Lockheed Corporation during World War 2 (1939-1945) as a possible... [Read More]
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    1942
    Martin XB-33 Super Marauder
    Before World War 2 (1939-1945), authorities within the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) became p... [Read More]
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    1942
    Martin-Baker MB.3
    The original Martin-Baker MB.1 civilian-minded lightweight aircraft was lost in a fire that claimed ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Messerschmitt Me 264 (Amerika Bomber)
    The Messerschmitt Me 264 was intended as a long-range aircraft and reconnaissance platform that was ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Messerschmitt Me 309
    The Messerschmitt Me 309 was one of two fighters (joining the later Me 209-II) developed by the Germ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Mitsubishi J2M Raiden (Jack)
    The J2M Raiden (translating to "Thunderbolt" and codenamed "Jack" by the Allies) was primarily used ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe)
    As an island nation with a primary military focus placed on a powerful navy, the Empire of Japan was... [Read More]
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    1942
    Nakajima J1N1 Gekko (Irving)
    Many of the participating air powers of World War 2 (1939-1945) adopted twin-engine "heavy fighter" ... [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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar)

    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

    1942
    North American XB-28 (Dragon)
    North American, the U.S. aviation concern fondly remembered for its World War 2 contributions throug... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the North American XB-28 (Dragon)

    1942
    Northrop N-9M
    Before the famous Northrop B-2 "Spirit" stealth bomber became a reality, Jack Northrop persevered in... [Read More]
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    1942
    Piaggio P.108
    The Piaggio P.108 was a multi-faceted airframe developed to fulfill a variety of roles for the Itali... [Read More]
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    1942
    Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete (Ram)
    The original Reggiane Re.2000 "Falco" was rejected by the Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) in f... [Read More]
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    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

    1942
    Sikorsky R-4
    ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Stinson L-5 Sentinel
    ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Supermarine Seafire
    When the land-based Hawker Hurricane was successfully converted into the carrier-based "Sea Hurrican... [Read More]
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    1942
    Tachikawa Ki-77
    The period between World Wars allowed aircraft builders and pilots the chance to set and break many ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Tupolev Tu-2 (Bat)
    Russian aviation engineer Andrei Tupolev would lend his surname to a plethora of Soviet-era aircraft... [Read More]
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    1942
    Vickers Type 432
    Since 1911, the Vickers concern of Britain delivered aircraft for military and civilian market use. ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Vought F4U Corsair
    One of the greatest fighter aircraft of all time, the American Vought F4U "Corsair" became the stuff... [Read More]
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    1942
    Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
    Charles Zimmerman (1908-1996) served as an aeronautical engineer through most of his life and operat... [Read More]
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    1942
    Waco CG-4 (Hadrian)
    A new aerial war tactic was developed in World War 2 called "vertical envelopment" in which paratro... [Read More]
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    1942
    Yakovlev Yak-7
    The Yak-9 piston-engine fighter was one of the more important fighters to serve the Soviet Air Force... [Read More]
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    1942
    Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (Judy)
    The Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (translating to "Comet" and nicknamed "Judy" by the Allies) was a capable di... [Read More]
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