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Military Aircraft, Helicopters and Drones


Since the days of World War 1 over a century ago, airpower has remained a primary component of war.

Long the 'Knights of the Sky', military aircraft received their baptism of fire during World War 1 (1914-1918), a war which saw a continuous evolution of the species into evermore lethal fighting machines - fighters, bombers, raiders, interceptors and the like. Far from hitting their ceiling, the aircraft continues to evolve along multiple avenues, culminating in the modern pilot-less weapons-laden drones of today - ushering in the age of unmanned flight. The next few decades will see continued growth in the field, with stealth technologies developed further and more optimistic unmanned vehicle ventures sure to follow.

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COMBAT AIRCRAFT BY COUNTRY
Our listing of past and present commercial and military aircraft and helicopter types by operating country, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
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AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURERS INDEX
From A-to-Z we list the manufacturers of military and civilian aircraft throughout the decades including Lockheed Martin, Sukhoi and others.
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2017 MODERN AIRPOWER INDEX
Updated annually, our index lists the top global air services from A-to-Z including the USAF, the RAF and Russian Naval Aviation.
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MODERN AIRCRAFT (ALL)
Listing of those designs flying today 'modern' in the air today, from the AAI MQ-19 Aerosonde to the ZAO ENIX Eleron-3.
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FUTURE FLIGHT
Our selections for the near- and long-term future of both military and commercial flight industries including concepts and experimentals.
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5TH GENERATION FIGHTERS
The new standard of aerial fighting platform is the 5th Generation Fighter - established by the Lockheed F-22 Raptor.
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HELICOPTERS (ALL)
Helicopters have transformed the battlefield on a number of fronts, from transportation and reconnaissance to attack and rescue.
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ATTACK HELICOPTERS
The attack helicopter continues to fulfill a vital role on the modern battlefield, engaging hard and soft targets with equal lethality.
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UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES (UAV)
Our complete list of available Unmanned Aircraft Systems including scout and attack types as well as conceptual models.
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COMBAT FIGHTERS
The fighter was born in World War 1 as the armed scout and has progressed considerably to the pilot mounts of today.
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BOMBER AIRCRAFT
A showcase detailing the various past, present and future bombing platforms covering light-, medium- and heavy-class types.
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NAVAL AVIATION
Our listing of carrier-based, shipborne and land-based naval-related aircraft from their fledgling origins to the present day.
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MILITARY TRANSPORTS
Covering many fixed-wing and rotary types whose primary mission is transportation of men, machine and supplies to and from the battlefield.
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CLOSE-AIR SUPPORT (CAS)
The close-quarters nature of frontline infantry warfare has required specialized air mounts capable of dealing with such challenges.
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FLIGHT TRAINING
Because you've got to start somewhere, trainers have been a common component for cadets advancing from the classroom to the air.
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COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT
Certainly not all aircraft are developed with war in mind - the commercial sector can prove just as lucrative for aircraft builders.
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SPECIAL FORCES
Special forces require aircraft designed to reach the enemy - and return in one piece - all the while maintaining the element of surprise.
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X-PLANES AND CONCEPTS
Pushing the boundaries of flight has never been a painless or inexpensive venture - leading to a plethora of designs being considered.
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WORLD WAR 1 AVIATION
The warplane required a proving ground to prove the type viable - this was ultimately made possible by The Great War.
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WORLD WAR 2 AVIATION
The air war of World War 2 continued where World War 1 left off - and generated a whole new generation of aces in the process.
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KOREAN WAR AIRCRAFT (1950-1953)
The Korean War followed on the heels of World War 2, meaning that it continued to showcase prop-powered types despite the emergence of jets.
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VIETNAM WAR AIRCRAFT (1955-1975)
The Gunfighter proved alive and well over Vietnam despite the widespread adoption of the air-to-air missile.
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AIRCRAFT COCKPITS
A collection of past and present aircraft cockpit images including classics such as the P-38 Lightning to concept types like the A-12 Avenger.
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COMPARE AIRCRAFT
Compare any two aircraft in our database through an easy-to-use form outputting results in a handy side-by-side format.
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