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World War 2 Fighter Aircraft (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/3/2016

The "dogfight", the "fighter" plane, and the "Ace" were all alive and well in the thunderous battles that made up the air war of World War 2.





There are a total of (239) World War 2 Fighter Aircraft (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1933
ANF Les Mureaux (Series)
The ANF les Mureaux series of light observation aircraft first appeared during the inter-war years b... [Read More]
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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]
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1934
Arado Ar 68
The Arado-production of the Ar 68 signaled a stepping stone for fighter design in the German Luftwaf... [Read More]
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1944
Arado Ar E.381 (Kleinstjager)
The Ar E.381 rocket-fighter proposal was submitted in 1944 for review by the German Air Ministry. Wh... [Read More]
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1936
Arado Ar E.500
The E.500 was a proposed heavy fighter design put forth by Arado Flugzeugwerke of Germany. The syste... [Read More]
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1937
Arado Ar E.561
The Arado Ar E.561 was on the drawing boards as early as 1937. Classified as a heavy fighter, the ty... [Read More]
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1944
Arado Ar E.580
Once the Volksjager competition came around in 1944, Arado Flugzeugwerke went back to a 1943 design ... [Read More]
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1944
Arado Ar E.581.4
The Arado Ar E.581.4 was a proposed single-seat, jet-powered fighter design put forth by the Arado c... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar E.654 (Kampfzerstorer / Skorpion)
The Arado Ar E.654 was proposed as a heavy fighter / destroyer platform designed from another Arado... [Read More]
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1945
Arado Ar Projekt II
The Arado Ar Projekt II was a proposed jet-powered fighter of considerable size. It carried a basic ... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15
The Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15 concept was born out of an in-house research project studying the possibil... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-19
With development of the advanced twin-engine, jet-powered Ar 234 "Blitz" bomber coming along, the Ar... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-23
The single-seat, jet-powered Arado Ar TEW 16/43-23 design was penciled sometime in 1943. Categorized... [Read More]
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1945
Arado NJ-1 Nacht Jager (Night Hunter)
Project NJ-1 "Nacht Jager 1" ("Night Hunter 1") was put forth by the Arado concern of Germany during... [Read More]
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1924
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin
The Armstrong Whitworth Siskin (a siskin being a smallish yellow-tinged finch) was the primary air m... [Read More]
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1946
Arsenal VB-10
The Arsenal VB-10 was the culmination of advanced, prop-driven fighter work by Arsenal de l'Aeronati... [Read More]
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1940
Arsenal VG-33
In the grand scope of World War 2 fighter aircraft there is a little-remembered French design design... [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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1938
Avia B.35
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1945) the nation of Czechoslovakia maintained a strong local military ind... [Read More]
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1934
Avia B.534
The Czechoslovakian Avia B.534 series of biplane was a highly regarded though often forgotten produc... [Read More]
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1941
Bell P-39 Airacobra
The Bell P-39 Airacobra is yet another in the long line aircraft studies stemming from World War 2 i... [Read More]
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1942
Bell P-59 Airacomet
The Bell-produced P-59 Airacomet series is one of those aircraft that becomes more of a study in Ame... [Read More]
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1943
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
At its core, the Bell P-63 Kingcobra proved a modest improvement over the relative failure that was ... [Read More]
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1940
Bell XFL Airabonita
The XFL "Airabonita" was a Bell Aircraft Company product developed in parallel with the P-39 Airacob... [Read More]
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1944
Bell XP-77
The deteriorating war situations in both Europe and the Far East during World War 2 began forcing Am... [Read More]
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1945
Bell XP-83
In 1942, with World War in full swing across Europe and the Pacific, work began on an American turbo... [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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1939
Bloch MB.150 (Series)
The Bloch MB.150 was a family of modern, all-metal monoplane fighter types developed for the French ... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv 155
The Blohm & Voss Bv 155 can trace its long and ever changing history back to a Messerschmitt project... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv 40
While generally focused on shipbuilding for its role in history, the German concern of Blohm und Vos... [Read More]
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1943
Blohm and Voss Bv Ae 607
The Blohm & Voss concern of Germany has been remembered primarily as a shipbuilder but it also provi... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv P.208
Blohm and Voss, the famous German shipbuilder of World War 2 was also responsible for several of the... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv P.209.02
1944 presented a myriad of problems for the Germans during World War 2 (1939-1945). Such was the pai... [Read More]
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1945
Blohm and Voss Bv P.212
A major strategic oversight on the part of the German Air Ministry was not pursuing large four-engin... [Read More]
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1929
Boeing F4B / P-12
In the latter half of the 1920s, Boeing undertook another private venture of a pursuit-minded milita... [Read More]
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1932
Boeing P-26 Peashooter
The P-26 became the first all-metal fighter design for the United States. Appearing similar to the l... [Read More]
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1944
Boeing XF8B
The Boeing XF8B "do-everything" carrier-based fighter-bomber prototype of World War 2 (1939-1945) em... [Read More]
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1939
Boulton Paul Defiant
The inter-war years saw a vast shift to more modern and potent aircraft platforms. The Boulton Paul ... [Read More]
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1937
Brewster F2A Buffalo
The stubby F2A Buffalo series became the United States Navy's first operational aircraft of monoplan... [Read More]
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1940
Bristol Beaufighter
The twin-engine Bristol Beaufighter (known simply as "Beau") heavy fighter became a national wartime... [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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1946
CAC CA-15 (Kangaroo)
Much of Australian industry was evolved and put to the test during World War 2 (1939-1945). Its avia... [Read More]
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1936
Caproni AP.1
A pair of Ca.301 prototypes served as the basis for a new Italian attack aircraft. The original desi... [Read More]
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1933
Curtiss A-12 (Shrike)
The A-12 was an inter-war product of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company first appearing in 1933... [Read More]
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1938
Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75 / Mohawk)
The Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft saw considerable operational service in the years leading up to, and ... [Read More]
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1941
Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk
The Curtiss P-40 "Tomahawk" became an offshoot of the classic American P-40 "Warhawk" monoplane figh... [Read More]
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1941
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
The Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk" series of fighter aircraft was a further development of the Curtiss P-36 ... [Read More]
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1944
Curtiss XF14C
Curtiss Aircraft enjoyed success with its inline piston-engined P-40 "Warhawk" series of fighters wh... [Read More]
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1945
Curtiss XF15C
World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased both the pinnacle of the propeller-driven aircraft design and the ... [Read More]
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1939
Curtiss XP-42
The Curtiss XP-42 was a further development of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk model though it would share som... [Read More]
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1941
Curtiss XP-46
The smallish XP-46 was to be the answer for the deficiencies encountered in the P-40 Warhawk platfor... [Read More]
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1941
Curtiss XP-60
Many attempts by many American companies were made to replace outmoded and outgoing fighters in serv... [Read More]
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1943
Curtiss XP-62
Curtiss Aeroplane's success in delivering a U.S. Army fighter was in the classic P-40 "Warhawk" line... [Read More]
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1939
Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Demon
In the pre-World War 2 world, engineers at Curtiss-Wright began work on an export-minded, single-sea... [Read More]
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1943
Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender
The XP-55 Ascender was an unorthodox attempt by the Curtiss-Wright company that produced just three ... [Read More]
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1943
Curtiss-Wright XP-71
Prior to America's entry into World War 2 (1939-1945) in 1941, the war was viewed from an "outside-l... [Read More]
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1946
de Havilland DH.103 Hornet / Sea Hornet
The de Havilland DH.98 "Mosquito" achieved a tremendous level of success for its part in World War 2... [Read More]
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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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1936
Dewoitine D.500
The D.500 series, as a whole, was merely a stop-gap design for France - bridging a gap between two e... [Read More]
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1939
Dewoitine D.520
The Dewoitine D.520 was a single seat piston-engine fighter designed and built for the French Air Fo... [Read More]
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1937
Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
The Dornier Do 17 was a medium-class bomber fielded primarily by the German Luftwaffe in the years l... [Read More]
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1939
Dornier Do 215
The Dornier Do 215 was originally intended for export, beginning life as a redesignated version of t... [Read More]
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1941
Dornier Do 217
The Dornier Do 217 was a multi-role aircraft design for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (193... [Read More]
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1945
Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (Arrow)
The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (or "Arrow") was one of the more interesting examples of a twin prop-driven... [Read More]
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1945
Dornier Do P.256 (Project 256)
Dornier of World War 2 Germany was forced by the Air Ministry to focus its production strength on bo... [Read More]
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1941
Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
The Douglas A-20 Havoc served Allied forces through most of World War 2, fighting for British, Ameri... [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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1943
Fairey Firefly
The Fairey Firefly was a hugely successful, two-seat, carrierborne fighter aircraft serving with the... [Read More]
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1940
Fairey Fulmar
The Fairey Fulmar became the British Fleet Air Arm's first dedicated monoplane fighter when it was i... [Read More]
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1938
Fiat CR.32
Arguably the best biplane fighter of Italian design before the start of the Second World War. The pl... [Read More]
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1939
Fiat CR.42 Falco (Falcon)
Despite its by-gone era appearance, the Fiat CR.42 Falco (meaning "Falcon") played a crucial role in... [Read More]
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1938
Fiat G.50 Freccia (Arrow)
The Fiat G.50 Freccia (meaning "Arrow") series provided the Italian Air Force with a then-modern mon... [Read More]
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1943
Fiat G.55 Centauro (Centaur)
Undoubtedly, the Fiat G.55 Centauro (Centaur) served as Italy's best fighter design of World War 2. ... [Read More]
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1943
Fisher XP-75 / P-75 Eagle
General Motors became a major player in the American manufacturing realm when World War 2 arrived fo... [Read More]
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1944
Focke-Achgelis Fa 269
Focke-Achgelis was founded prior to World War 2 in 1937, and marked a partnership between Heinrich F... [Read More]
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1937
Focke-Wulf Fw 187 Falke (Falcon)
Despite demonstrating some impressive performance statistics from underpowered engines, the Focke-Wu... [Read More]
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1941
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (Wurger)
While the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter/fighter-bomber became the iconic German fighter of World War ... [Read More]
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1944
Focke-Wulf Fw P.VII (Flitzer)
The situation in Germany during World War 2 was one that forced its aviation industry to continually... [Read More]
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1943
Focke-Wulf Projekt II
Famous German aviation engineer Kurt Tank (designer of the Fw 190 and Ta 153 fighters) fleshed out t... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Super Lorin
The "Super Lorin" stood as one of the many "paper airplane" projects undertaken by German aviation d... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 152
The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 was a short-lived, high-level interceptor fielded by the German Luftwaffe in t... [Read More]
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1944
Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito)
The Ta 154 Moskito ("Mosquito") was another product of the Focke-Wulf aircraft design firm operating... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 183 (Huckebein)
By late in World War 2, German authorities had already made a stout commitment to the production of ... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 283
The deteriorating late-war situation for Germany in World War 2 (1939-1945) was brought about, in pa... [Read More]
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1938
Fokker D.XXI
Designed by Anthony Fokker in 1935, the Fokker D.XXI first flew on March 27th, 1936. The system was ... [Read More]
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1938
Fokker G.I (Reaper)
The Fokker G.I "Reaper" began as a private venture in 1936 under the leadership of Dr. Erich Schatzk... [Read More]
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1944
Gloster / Armstrong Whitworth Meteor
The Gloster Meteor became Britain's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. It reached opera... [Read More]
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1935
Gloster Gauntlet
Gloster Gauntlet origins lay in a Gloster design appearing in the late 1920's for the Royal Air Forc... [Read More]
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1937
Gloster Gladiator
The Gloster Gladiator was a product of the Gloster Aircraft Company and a design of one Henry Philli... [Read More]
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1945
Goodyear F2G Super Corsair
Goodyear was one of the companies charged with large-scale production of the classic, war-winning Vo... [Read More]
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1945
Gotha Go P.60A/B
The Gotha P.60 was a highly-modified version of the famous Horten Ho 229 "flying wing" appearing in ... [Read More]
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1945
Gotha Go P.60C
The Gotha Project 60C nightfighter was another late-war "paper airplane" design attempt intended to ... [Read More]
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1936
Grumman F3F
When the United States Navy (USN) adopted the Grumman F3F series, it took on its last biplane-arrang... [Read More]
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1940
Grumman F4F Wildcat
The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the unsung hero of the Allied Pacific Theater campaign in the early year... [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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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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1941
Grumman XP-50 Skyrocket
Firmly entrenched as an aircraft supplier to the United States Navy, the Grumman aircraft company se... [Read More]
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1931
Hawker Fury (I & II)
The Hawker Fury was the mainstay of Britain air defense throughout the 1930's until being replaced b... [Read More]
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1937
Hawker Hurricane
The Hawker Hurricane was the culmination of a series of capable metal biplane fighters evolved by th... [Read More]
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1945
Hawker Sea Fury / Fury
The Hawker Sea Fury was developed out Hawker's Typhoon and Tempest aircraft designs utilized by Brit... [Read More]
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1941
Hawker Sea Hurricane
When the need arose for British shipping to be protected from air attack during World War 2, the lan... [Read More]
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1944
Hawker Tempest
The Hawker Tempest originally appeared as an improved Hawker Typhoon, the war-winning aircraft that ... [Read More]
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1939
Hawker Tornado
The Hawker Tornado was born of the same initiative that brought forth the Hawker Typhoon of World Wa... [Read More]
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1941
Hawker Typhoon
The Hawker Typhoon (affectionate known as the "Tiffie") was initially intended as a dedicated interc... [Read More]
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1935
Heinkel He 112
The Heinkel He 112 was the only serious threat (next to the Messerschmitt Bf 109) to becoming German... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He 162 Volksjager (Peoples Fighter)
The He 162 Volksjager (the "People's Fighter") was developed as a quick solution to stem the tide of... [Read More]
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1943
Heinkel He 219 Uhu (Eagle-Owl)
The advanced Heinkel He 219 "Uhu" (meaning "Eagle-Owl") was an impressive dedicated night-fighter pl... [Read More]
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1941
Heinkel He 280
Though never produced in any operational format, the Heinkel He 280 series was the world's first tur... [Read More]
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1935
Heinkel He 51
The He 51 was a product of the German Heinkel firm and a design of the Gunter twins, Walter and Sieg... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1077 (Julia)
1944 proved a critical year for Germany and its fabled Luftwaffe. Once a master of the skies, advanc... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1078B
The various fighter programs of wartime Germany in World War 2 produced a bevy of fantastical design... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1078C
Germany's Emergency Fighter Program was enacted in the middle of July in 1944 in response to the All... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1079 (Zerstorer)
One of the greatest threats to The Reich in the latter stages of World War 2 (1939-1945) was the bom... [Read More]
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1944
Heinkel Lerche (Lark)
Several aviation concerns of World War 2 fame (1939-1945) delved into the concept of Vertical Take-O... [Read More]
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1936
Henschel Hs 124 (Kampfzerstorer)
Many aviation concerns of pre-World War 2 Germany competed to have their submission selected by the ... [Read More]
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1941
Henschel Hs P.75
The Henschel Hs P.75 appeared in 1941 as a possible contender to the outmoded and outclassed Messers... [Read More]
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1945
Horten Ho IX / Horten Ho 229
The Horten Ho IX (or "Horten Ho 229" - sometimes wrongly designated the "Gotha Go 229") maintains a ... [Read More]
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1944
Horton Ho X
The Horten Ho X (10) continued the Horten Brother's love affair with the flying wing concept. The co... [Read More]
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1943
Hughes Model D-2 (XP-73 / XA-37)
The Hughes Model D-2 was born around 1937 to compete for the US Army Air Corp's (USAAC) contract for... [Read More]
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1941
IAR 80 / IAR 81
When first unveiled in 1938, the Romanian-produced I.A.R. 80 (IAR = Industria Aeronautica Romana) pi... [Read More]
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1944
Ilyushin IL-1
The Ilyushin Design Bureau was founded in Moscow, Russia during January of 1933 and its services wer... [Read More]
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1944
Junkers Ju 388 (Stortebeker)
The Junkers Ju 88 became a workhorse medium bomber for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (1939... [Read More]
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1939
Junkers Ju 88
The Junkers Ju 88 formed a third of the German Luftwaffe medium bomber triad of World War 2 (1939-19... [Read More]
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1945
Junkers Ju EF 128
The Emergency Fighter Program (EFP) brought about by the German Luftwaffe during the latter stages o... [Read More]
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1943
Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)
Early in World War 2 (1939-1945), Japanese authorities understood that their conquest of the Pacific... [Read More]
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1943
Kawanishi N1K-J Shiden (George)
Despite some early setbacks in design, the Kawanishi N1K1-J "Shiden" (or "violet lightning" - codena... [Read More]
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1945
Kawasaki Ki-100
Despite being produced in severely limited numbers (thanks in large part to the Allied bombing campa... [Read More]
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1944
Kawasaki Ki-102 (Randy)
The two-seat, twin-engine Ki-102 was classified as a close-support/heavy fighter aircraft and develo... [Read More]
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1945
Kawasaki Ki-108
The Ki-102 heavy fighter was introduced late in the Pacific War by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Se... [Read More]
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1944
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIc Toryu (Nick)
Despite serving in limited numbers, fielded with no search-finding radar and appearing as the only I... [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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1941
Kawasaki Ki-60
The Kawasaki Ki-60 was an ultimately abandoned interceptor/fighter design that was attempted as earl... [Read More]
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1943
Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Tony)
The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (meaning "Swallow" and codenamed "Tony" by the Allies) was another of the of... [Read More]
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1943
Kawasaki Ki-64 (Rob)
During the height of World War 2 (1939-1945), all major participants undertook various programs to f... [Read More]
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1943
Kawasaki Ki-88
Concerned about the slow progress in getting the complex Kawasaki Ki-64 Heavy Fighter into the air (... [Read More]
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1943
Kawasaki Ki-96
After witnessing the successes encountered by the German Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine, two-seat ... [Read More]
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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]
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1945
Kyushu J7W Shinden (Magnificent Lightning)
The unorthodox Kyushu J7W Shinden ("Magnificent Lightning") was a "wonder-weapon" of the Empire of J... [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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1944
Lavochkin La-7
The Lavochkin La-7 was an improved variant of the preceding La-5 form. It incorporated a new Shvetso... [Read More]
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1941
Lavochkin LaGG-3
The LaGG-3 piston-engine pursuit fighter (the LaGG in the designation coming from "Lavochkin-Gorbuno... [Read More]
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1944
Lippisch P.13A
Alexander Lippisch (1894-1976) became an important figure in aviation research, having earned his "w... [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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1939
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning, nicknamed the "Fork-Tailed Devil" - Der Gabelschwanz Teufel - by the Ge... [Read More]
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1945
Lockheed P-80 / F-80 Shooting Star
The Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star is undoubtedly the world's most successful first generation jet... [Read More]
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1942
Lockheed XP-49
The XP-49 was a development of the Lockheed Corporation and a possible replacement for its successfu... [Read More]
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1944
Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning
The XP-58 "Chain Lightning" was initially envisioned as a larger version of the successful Lockheed ... [Read More]
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1939
Macchi C.200 Saetta (Lightning)
The Macchi C.200 Saetta ("Lightning" or "Arrow") became a hugely important contributor for the natio... [Read More]
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1941
Macchi C.202 Folgore (Thunderbolt)
The Macchi C.202 Folgore ("Thunderbolt") served as one of the top Italian-designed fighters during t... [Read More]
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1943
Macchi C.205 Veltro (Greyhound)
The Macchi C.205 "Veltro" ("Greyhound") - also known as "MC.205" - was a further evolution of the Ma... [Read More]
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1938
Martin-Baker MB.2
Before the Martin-Baker name became associated with ejection seats in jet-powered aircraft, it estab... [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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1944
Martin-Baker MB.5
Martin-Baker, who would go one to become a well-known aircraft ejection seat-maker, originally was i... [Read More]
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1943
McDonnell XP-67 Bat / Moonbat
The XP-67 was the first attempt by the McDonnell corporation to build a fighter for the United State... [Read More]
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1937
Messerschmitt Bf 109
In the years leading up to and during World War 2, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the principle fighte... [Read More]
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1937
Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer)
The Messerschmitt name was tied to many aircraft products during World War 2 (1939-1945) - the class... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet (Comet)
The German Messerschmitt Me 163 "Komet" was perhaps the most unique frontline, operational-level fig... [Read More]
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1943
Messerschmitt Me 209-II
The Messerschmitt Me 209-II was a proposed successor to the far-reaching Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighte... [Read More]
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1943
Messerschmitt Me 210
The twin-engined heavy fighter saw its battlefield usefulness realized during World War 2 where desi... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me 262 (Schwalbe / Sturmvogel)
The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the German answer to a failing war effort heading into 1945 during Worl... [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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1944
Messerschmitt Me 328
The "parasite" fighter had long held an interest within the minds of aircraft engineers, particularl... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1101
The Messerschmitt Me P.1101 was a swept-wing, single-seat, single-engine jet-powered fighter aircraf... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1101/92
In 1944, Messerschmitt (among other German aircraft firms) was hard at work penciling out design con... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1106
Realizing the limitations of the P.1101 jet-powered, variable-wing fighter design, German engineer D... [Read More]
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1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1110
The Emergency Fighter Program (EFP) was begun in July of 1944 by the German Luftwaffe to help produc... [Read More]
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1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1111
Messerschmitt AG of World War 2 Germany managed three of the more iconic aircraft used operationally... [Read More]
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1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1112
Messerschmitt's last turbojet-powered aircraft submission of World War 2 (1939-1945) became its P.11... [Read More]
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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]
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1941
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-1 / MiG-3
Despite being one of the fastest Soviet piston-engine designs in the early years of the war, the MiG... [Read More]
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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]
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1937
Mitsubishi A5M (Claude)
The Mitsubishi A5M (code-named "Claude" by the Allies) became the world's first shipborne monoplane ... [Read More]
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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]
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1945
Mitsubishi A7M Reppu (Sam)
Japanese engineers developed many fine fighter designs during the height of World War 2 including th... [Read More]
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1944
Mitsubishi Ki-109
The Mitsubishi Ki-109 was a specialized derivative of the Mitsubishi Ki-67 heavy bomber detailed els... [Read More]
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1941
Mitsubishi Ki-46 (Dinah)
Since May of 1937, the Empire of Japan - both the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force and the Imperial ... [Read More]
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1944
Mitsubishi Ki-73 (Steve)
During May of 1943, Japanese authorities delivered a new requirement for a single-seat, single-engin... [Read More]
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1945
Mitsubishi Ki-83
The Japanese held a talent for developing excellent twin-engined aircraft during World War 2 (1939-1... [Read More]
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1938
Morane-Saulnier MS 405 / 406
The Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 was a single engine, piston-powered, single-seat fighter appearing just ... [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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1944
Nakajima J5N Tenrai (Heavenly Thunder)
Japanese aircraft engineers made some notable contributions to military air power prior to, and duri... [Read More]
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1945
Nakajima J9Y Kikka / Kitsuka (Orange Blossom)
The Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" jet-powered fighter was a wartime breakthrough in the field of m... [Read More]
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1945
Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi
The Nakajima Ki-115 Tsuguri ("Sword") was a simplistic single-seat, single-engine suicide fighter ai... [Read More]
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1946
Nakajima Ki-201 Karyu
The Nakajima concern of the Imperial Japanese nation of World War 2 was already charged with bringin... [Read More]
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1937
Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate)
The Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" (known early on as "Abdul") was a successful low-monoplane, all-metal with... [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]
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1941
Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (Tojo)
The Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (meaning "Demon Queller" and codenamed "Tojo" by the Allies) was a single e... [Read More]
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1944
Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (Frank)
Out of the many fine fighters available to the Japanese Army in the closing months of World War 2, n... [Read More]
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1945
Nakajima Ki-87
Even as early as 1942, Japanese Army engineers were fleshing out a new high-altitude fighter design.... [Read More]
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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]
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1943
Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
The Northrop P-61 Black Widow became the United States' first aircraft specifically designed from th... [Read More]
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1943
Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet
The XP-56 "Black Bullet" was designed by the Northrop company to an Army Air Corps proposal known as... [Read More]
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1941
Petlyakov Pe-2 (Pawn)
During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviets lacked a heavy bomber stable when compared to the Britis... [Read More]
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1941
Petlyakov Pe-3
The Petlyakov Pe-2 was an original Soviet twin-engined aircraft design emerging in the late-1930s, b... [Read More]
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1934
Polikarpov I-15 (Chaika)
The Polikarpov I-15 was a biplane fighter aircraft designed and produced by the Soviet Union during ... [Read More]
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1935
Polikarpov I-16
The Polikarpov I-16 fighter proved to be quite the little aggressor before and throughout the Second... [Read More]
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1940
Potez 230
Before the World War 2 (1939-1945) began, the nation of France made some strides in attempting to de... [Read More]
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1938
Potez 630 (Series)
The Potez 630 series of twin-engine aircraft was introduced with the French Armee de l'Air (French A... [Read More]
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1932
PZL P.11
The PZL P.11 was a high-wing monoplane fighter design emerging from Polish aero industry during the ... [Read More]
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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]
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1941
Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II (Falcon II)
While the other major global participant of World War 2 found tremendous successes with their variou... [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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1943
Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario (Archer)
The culmination of the Reggiane Re.2000 series of Italian-originated fighter aircraft of World War 2... [Read More]
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1941
Republic P-43 Lancer
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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]
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1944
Republic XP-72 Super Thunderbolt
The Republic XP-72 Wasp Major-powered "Super Thunderbolt" was being developed in the latter part of ... [Read More]
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1945
Rikugun Ki-93
The heavy fighter as a military aircraft class was a constant throughout the inventories of the air ... [Read More]
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1940
Rogozarski IK-3
When covering the range of topics concerning aviation in World War 2, it becomes accepted practice t... [Read More]
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1945
Ryan FR Fireball
The Ryan FR Fireball fighter was something of a unique creation in the annals of US Navy aviation. T... [Read More]
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1945
Saab J21
Sweden elected to remain neutral during the fighting of World War 2 (1939-1945) but this did not mea... [Read More]
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1939
SAI-Ambrosini SS.4
Even before the American Curtiss XP-55 "Ascender" and the Japanese Kyushu J7W "Shinden" came into be... [Read More]
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1943
Savoia-Marchetti SM.92
The conjoining of two airframes to produce an all-new design was a somewhat common occurrence throug... [Read More]
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1937
Seversky P-35
Upon its adoption in 1937, the portly Seversky P-35 pursuit aircraft became the United States Army A... [Read More]
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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]
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1946
Supermarine Seafang
In the course of the storied career of the fabulous Supermarine Spitfire of the British Royal Air Fo... [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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1944
Supermarine Spiteful
The Supermarine Spiteful was an outgrowth of the fabulous, war-winning Supermarine Spitfire single-e... [Read More]
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1938
Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire the legendary British fighter aircraft developed prior to World War 2. The ... [Read More]
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1945
Tachikawa Ki-106 (Ki-84 Hayate)
Because of the deteriorating war situation for Japan amidst the relentless Allied bombing campaign o... [Read More]
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1945
Tachikawa Ki-94
Many aircraft in development by Japan at the time of the surrender of 1945 were ended in whatever st... [Read More]
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1940
Tucker XP-57 (Peashooter)
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1944), American airpower authorities began to seriously consider the conc... [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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1943
VL Myrsky (Storm)
Prior to its war with the Soviets, Finnish authorities were contemplating an indigenous fighter desi... [Read More]
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1945
VL Pyorremyrsky (Whirlwind)
The nation of Finland went to war twice with the Soviet Union during World War 2 (1939-1945). The fi... [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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1943
Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
The promising nature of the Vought V-173 technology demonstrator produced a US Navy fighter contract... [Read More]
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1941
Vultee P-66 Vanguard (Model 48)
A shortage of modern monoplane fighters worldwide preceding World War 2 (1939--1945) meant that virt... [Read More]
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1943
Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose
The Vultee XP-54 was one of the more distinct aircraft creations designed during World War 2. Produc... [Read More]
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1945
Vultee XP-81
The Consolidated Vultee XP-81 was a proposed long-range, high-altitude fighter design that was to be... [Read More]
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1944
Westland Welkin
With its origins in the Westland Whirlwind, the Westland Welkin (meaning "Vault of Heaven") was a tw... [Read More]
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1940
Westland Whirlwind
The Westland Whirlwind became a capable twin-engined, heavy fighter design that might have seen even... [Read More]
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1940
Yakovlev Yak-1 (Krasavyets)
Often overshadowed by its contemporaries in the West (to include the Supermarine Spitfire, North Ame... [Read More]
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1944
Yakovlev Yak-3
The Yakovlev Yak-3 was a further development of the Yak-1 series of fighters (detailed elsewhere on ... [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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1943
Yakovlev Yak-9 (Frank)
In line with other classic wartime fighters of World War 2, the Yakovlev-produced Yak-9 was another ... [Read More]
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