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  • World War 2 Aircraft (1939-1945)


    The air war of World War 2 was just one complicated component of a very complicated war.



    Compared to World War 1 (1914-1918), World War 2 set the standard for aircraft combat by producing evermore powerful bombers, faster fighters and rocket- and jet-propelled airframes. The result was more tonnage in ordnance dropped, higher ace counts and an all-new era of powered, heavier-than-air flight. World War 2 utilized a combination of fighters, interceptors, reconnaissance, anti-ship, ground attack and specialized platforms to undertake a wide variety of missions over many parts of the world and signaled both the peak - and end - of the prop-driven fighter, soon to be replaced by the turbojet. Developments of the conflict ultimately set the groundwork for the Cold War to follow - including the first jet-versus-jet fights over the Korean peninsula.


    A listing of 'Aircraft of 1946' can be found here. World War 2 Aircraft 'Ranked-by-Speed' can be found here.


    There are a total of 578 World War 2 Aircraft (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.


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