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3rd Generation Fighter Aircraft


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The 3rd Generation Fighter crop was headlined by such classic types as the American Century series and Soviet MiG-17 and MiG-21 types.

The Third Generation Fighter aircraft arrived with a limited supersonic capability and a missile-centric war load before eventually evolving to become more multi-role solutions in their over-battlfield purpose. The preceding generation including the classic F-86 and MiG-15 types but these were shown, in time, to be interim post-World War 2 developments awaiting replacement. This arrived in the form of the American 'Century Series' fighters encompassing speed-minded developments such as the F-100 'Super Sabre', F-102 'Delta Dagger', and F-105 'Thunderchief' in the West and the MiG-19 'Farmer' and MiG-21 'Fishbed' in the East. Before the end, the 3rd Generaton Fighter would reach its pinnacle through such examples as the F-4 'Phantom II', MiG-23 'Flogger', and Mirage F1.

There are a total of [ 18 ] 3rd Generation Fighter Aircraft entries 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.




1/18
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1956
Picture of the CONVAIR F-102 Delta Dagger
CONVAIR F-102 Delta Dagger
Single-Seat Supersonic Interceptor Aircraft
2/18
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1959
Picture of the CONVAIR F-106 Delta Dart
CONVAIR F-106 Delta Dart
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Supersonic Interceptor Aircraft
3/18
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1973
Picture of the Dassault Mirage F1
Dassault Mirage F1
Multirole / Interceptor Aircraft
4/18
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1961
Picture of the Dassault Mirage III
Dassault Mirage III
Interceptor / Strike Fighter Aircraft
5/18
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1957
Picture of the Dassault Super Mystere
Dassault Super Mystere
Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
6/18
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1967
Picture of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
Long-Range Strategic Medium Bomber / Tactical Strike Aircraft
7/18
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1969
Picture of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier / AV-8A
Hawker Siddeley Harrier / AV-8A
VTOL Strike / Reconnaissance / Trainer Aircraft
8/18
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1958
Picture of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
Single-Seat High-Speed Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
9/18
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1960
Picture of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Multirole / Carrierbased Fighter / Strike Fighter Aircraft
10/18
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1957
Picture of the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
Twin-Engine Interceptor / Reconnaissance Aircraft
11/18
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1952
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
12/18
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1955
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
Supersonic Jet-Powered Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
13/18
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1959
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Single-Seat Supersonic Fighter Aircraft
14/18
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1970
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
Swing-Wing Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft
15/18
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1954
Picture of the North American F-100 Super Sabre
North American F-100 Super Sabre
Single-Seat Fighter-Bomber / Air Superiority / Tactical Reconnaissance Aircraft
16/18
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1958
Picture of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Single-Seat Fighter-Bomber / Reconnaissance / Wild Weasel
17/18
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1980
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)
Shenyang (AVIC) J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)
Multirole / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
18/18
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1970
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-17 / Su-20 / Su-22 (Fitter)
Sukhoi Su-17 / Su-20 / Su-22 (Fitter)
Ground Attack / Strike Fighter Aircraft
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