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Cold War U.S. Interceptors


Military Aviation | United States

The threat being posed by ever-advancing Soviet jet bombers forced many-an-interceptor emerging from the United States to be equally advanced.

There are a total of [ 55 ] Cold War U.S. Interceptors 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. This listing also includes prototype, conceptual and experimental types. Also consider S.A.C. (Strategic Air Command) aircraft.




1
Picture of the Bell D-188 (XF3L / XF-109)
National Flag Graphic
1961
Bell D-188 (XF3L / XF-109)
Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Supersonic Multirole Aircraft Proposal
2
Picture of the Bell D-35
National Flag Graphic
1946
Bell D-35
Rocket-Powered Bomber-Interceptor Proposal
3
Picture of the Bell XP-83
National Flag Graphic
1945
Bell XP-83
Jet-Powered Escort Fighter Aircraft Prototype
4
Picture of the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15 Eagle
National Flag Graphic
1976
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15 Eagle
Multirole / Air Superiority Fighter Aircraft
5
Picture of the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet
National Flag Graphic
1983
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet
Multirole Carrier-based Strike Fighter Aircraft
6
Picture of the Bristol Beaufighter
National Flag Graphic
1940
Bristol Beaufighter
Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Night-Fighter Aircraft
7
Picture of the Canadair CL-13 Sabre
National Flag Graphic
1950
Canadair CL-13 Sabre
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
8
Picture of the CONVAIR F-102 Delta Dagger
National Flag Graphic
1956
CONVAIR F-102 Delta Dagger
Single-Seat Supersonic Interceptor Aircraft
9
Picture of the CONVAIR F-106 Delta Dart
National Flag Graphic
1959
CONVAIR F-106 Delta Dart
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Supersonic Interceptor Aircraft
10
Picture of the CONVAIR Skate
National Flag Graphic
1949
CONVAIR Skate
Seaplane Fighter / Flying Boat Fighter / Interceptor
11
Picture of the Curtiss VF-11
National Flag Graphic
1947
Curtiss VF-11
Carrierborne Interceptor Proposal
12
Picture of the Curtiss VF-11A
National Flag Graphic
1947
Curtiss VF-11A
Jet-Powered Fleet Defense Fighter Proposal
13
Picture of the Curtiss VF-11B
National Flag Graphic
1947
Curtiss VF-11B
Carrierborne Fleet Defense Fighter Proposal
14
Picture of the Curtiss-Wright XP-87 / XF-87 Blackhawk
National Flag Graphic
1948
Curtiss-Wright XP-87 / XF-87 Blackhawk
Prototype Interceptor / Night-Fighter Aircraft
15
Picture of the Dassault Mirage F1
National Flag Graphic
1973
Dassault Mirage F1
Multirole / Interceptor Aircraft
16
Picture of the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
National Flag Graphic
1942
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
Multirole Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
17
Picture of the Douglas F4D / F-6 Skyray
National Flag Graphic
1956
Douglas F4D / F-6 Skyray
High-Altitude Carrier-borne Interceptor Aircraft
18
Picture of the Douglas F6D Missileer
National Flag Graphic
1959
Douglas F6D Missileer
Carrier-Based Fleet Defense Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
19
Picture of the English Electric / BAC Lightning
National Flag Graphic
1960
English Electric / BAC Lightning
Single-Seat Supersonic Interceptor Aircraft
20
Picture of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat
National Flag Graphic
1974
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Swing-Wing, Carrierborne Fleet Defense Fighter
21
Picture of the Grumman F6F Hellcat
National Flag Graphic
1943
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Carrierborne Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
22
Picture of the Grumman F8F Bearcat
National Flag Graphic
1945
Grumman F8F Bearcat
Carrierborne Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
23
Picture of the IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
National Flag Graphic
1976
IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
Multi-Role Combat Aircraft
24
Picture of the Lockheed CL-1200 (Lancer) / (X-27)
National Flag Graphic
1970
Lockheed CL-1200 (Lancer) / (X-27)
Lightweight Jet-Powered Fighter / Interceptor Proposal
25
Picture of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
National Flag Graphic
1958
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
Single-Seat High-Speed Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
26
Picture of the Lockheed F-94 Starfire
National Flag Graphic
1950
Lockheed F-94 Starfire
All-Weather Interceptor Aircraft
27
Picture of the Lockheed L-169
National Flag Graphic
1948
Lockheed L-169
Carrierborne Long-Range Fighter Proposal
28
Picture of the Lockheed L-205 (MX1554)
National Flag Graphic
1954
Lockheed L-205 (MX1554)
Supersonic Fighter / Interceptor Proposal
29
Picture of the Lockheed L-242
National Flag Graphic
1953
Lockheed L-242
Carrierborne Supersonic Navy Interceptor Proposal
30
Picture of the Lockheed Martin F-16  Fighting Falcon
National Flag Graphic
1978
Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon
Lightweight Multirole 4th Generation Fighter
31
Picture of the Lockheed YF-12
National Flag Graphic
1963
Lockheed YF-12
High-Altitude, High-Speed Interceptor Aircraft
32
Picture of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
National Flag Graphic
1960
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Multirole / Carrierbased Fighter / Strike Fighter Aircraft
33
Picture of the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
National Flag Graphic
1957
McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
Twin-Engine Interceptor / Reconnaissance Aircraft
34
Picture of the McDonnell F2H Banshee
National Flag Graphic
1947
McDonnell F2H Banshee
Single-Seat, Twin-Engine Carrierborne Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
35
Picture of the McDonnell F3H Demon
National Flag Graphic
1956
McDonnell F3H Demon
Carrierborne Fighter / Interceptor / Fighter-Bomber
36
Picture of the McDonnell Model 40 / 40A
National Flag Graphic
1948
McDonnell Model 40 / 40A
Carrierborne Day Fighter Proposal
37
Picture of the McDonnell Model 60
National Flag Graphic
1948
McDonnell Model 60
Carrier-based Fleet Defense Fighter / Interceptor Proposal
38
Picture of the McDonnell Model 90 / Model 91
National Flag Graphic
1953
McDonnell Model 90 / Model 91
Carrierborne Supersonic Fighter Proposal
39
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
National Flag Graphic
1952
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
40
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
National Flag Graphic
1959
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Single-Seat Supersonic Fighter Aircraft
41
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
National Flag Graphic
1970
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
Swing-Wing Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft
42
Picture of the North American F-86D/K/L (Sabre Dog)
National Flag Graphic
1949
North American F-86D/K/L (Sabre Dog)
All-Weather Jet-Powered Interceptor
43
Picture of the North American P-51 Mustang
National Flag Graphic
1942
North American P-51 Mustang
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
44
Picture of the North American P-64 (NA-50/NA-68)
National Flag Graphic
1940
North American P-64 (NA-50/NA-68)
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter / Trainer
45
Picture of the North American XF-108 Rapier
National Flag Graphic
1955
North American XF-108 Rapier
Long-Range, High-Speed Interceptor Aircraft Proposal
46
Picture of the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II
National Flag Graphic
1962
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II
Single-Seat Lightweight Multirole Aircraft
47
Picture of the Northrop F-89 Scorpion
National Flag Graphic
1950
Northrop F-89 Scorpion
All-Weather Interceptor Aircraft
48
Picture of the Republic XF-103 (Thunderwarrior)
National Flag Graphic
1956
Republic XF-103 (Thunderwarrior)
Supersonic Mixed-Propulsion Interceptor Proposal
49
Picture of the Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor
National Flag Graphic
1949
Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor
High-Altitude Interceptor Prototype
50
Picture of the Ryan FR Fireball
National Flag Graphic
1945
Ryan FR Fireball
Mixed-Power Fighter Aircraft
51
Picture of the Saab J35 Draken (Dragon / Kite)
National Flag Graphic
1960
Saab J35 Draken (Dragon / Kite)
Multirole Fighter Aircraft
52
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
National Flag Graphic
1985
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Air Superiority / Ground Attack / Multirole Fighter
53
Picture of the Supermarine Spitfire
National Flag Graphic
1938
Supermarine Spitfire
Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
54
Picture of the Vought F4U Corsair
National Flag Graphic
1942
Vought F4U Corsair
Carrier-Based Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Night Fighter
55
Picture of the Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III
National Flag Graphic
1958
Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III
Carrier-based Fighter Aircraft Prototype
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