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    WW2 Jet Aircraft

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/6/2015

    Viable turbojet technology finally gave rise to the jet-powered fighter aircraft during World War 2 as all of the leading nations strove for aerial supremacy.





    There are a total of (54) World War 2 Jet Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Project aircraft (primarily German) are also showcased to reveal the breadth of designs pushed during the period.




    1944
    Arado Ar 234 (Blitz)
    As the German Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" ("Swallow") holds the distinction of becoming the worl... [Read More]
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    1943
    Arado Ar E.555
    Arado proposed this E.555 flying wing concept towards the end of 1943 as a high-speed long-range bom... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Arado Ar E.555

    1945
    Arado Ar E.560
    The Arado E.560 series of developmental high-speed jet bombers saw a large evolution on paper. Desig... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Arado Ar E.560

    1944
    Arado Ar E.580
    Once the Volksjager competition came around in 1944, Arado Flugzeugwerke went back to a 1943 design ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Arado Ar E.580

    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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    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Arado Ar Projekt II

    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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    1945
    Bell P-59 Airacomet
    The Bell P-59 "Airacobra" became the first viable military jet-powered aircraft for the United State... [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.194
    Despite the successes encountered by the German Luftwaffe with their famous Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" di... [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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    1944
    BMW Strahlbomber I / P.1
    In the years leading up to World War 2 (1939-1945) the German Luftwaffe mistakenly neglected heavy b... [Read More]
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    1944
    Focke-Wulf Fw 3x1000C
    While the Heinkel He 177 "Greif" long-range heavy bomber became a troublesome bomber design, it was ... [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 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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    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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    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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    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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    1939
    Heinkel He 178
    The Heinkel He 178 became the world's first practical turbojet-powered aircraft to fly, beginning a ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Heinkel He 178

    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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    1944
    Heinkel He 343 (Strahlbomber / Strabo 16)
    Towards the end of World War 2, there was a definitive shift in German thinking from piston-powered ... [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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Heinkel He P.1078C

    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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    1945
    Henschel Hs 132
    The Henschel Hs 132 was another in the long line of ambitious German jet-powered designs under devel... [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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    1945
    Horten Ho XVIII (Amerika Bomber)
    The Horten H.XVIII existed as a proposed jet-powered bomber for the German Luftwaffe during World Wa... [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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    1944
    Junkers Ju 287
    The Junkers Ju 287 certainly proved one of the most unique of the approved late-war, jet-powered des... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju 287

    1945
    Junkers Ju EF 140 (Amerika Bomber)
    What became the last Junkers wartime submission to the German Air Ministry during World War 2 (1939-... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju EF 140 (Amerika Bomber)

    1943
    Junkers Ju P.009 (Hubjager)
    The situation for Germany during World War 2 (1939-1945) was taking a turn for the worse during the ... [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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    1946
    Lippisch P.13B
    The Lippisch P.13B was one of two related delta-winged, tailless aircraft designs brought along by G... [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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed P-80 / F-80 Shooting Star

    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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    1944
    Messerschmitt Me 328
    The "parasite" fighter had long held an interest within the minds of aircraft engineers, particularl... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Messerschmitt Me 328

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Messerschmitt Me P.1110

    1945
    Messerschmitt Me P.1111
    Messerschmitt AG of World War 2 Germany managed three of the more iconic aircraft used operationally... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Messerschmitt Me P.1111

    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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    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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    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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    1945
    Northrop XP-79
    The concept of the flying wing had been around since the dawn of flight and made more so intriguing ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop XP-79

    1945
    Vultee XP-81
    The Consolidated Vultee XP-81 was a proposed long-range, high-altitude fighter design that was to be... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vultee XP-81