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Nightfighter Aircraft

At one point in military aviation history, the dedicated 'Night Fighter' ruled the night sky largely due to specially-trained crews, onboard radar and available weaponry.

Nightfighter Aircraft

At one point in military aviation history, the dedicated 'Night Fighter' ruled the night sky largely due to specially-trained crews, onboard radar and available weaponry.

OVERVIEW



The Nightfighter was born during the fighting of World War 1 where night-time defenders were needed against marauding enemy warplanes. The type evolved considerably in World War 2 thanks to onboard radar where purpose-built aircraft emerged from drawing boards. For a brief period of time thereafter, the types became known as all-weather fighters / interceptors before their end arrived.


There are a total of 63 Nightfighter Aircraft 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. Base models converted to, or considered for, the nightfighter role are also included.



Jump-to Entries:
1-100
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| 401-500
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| 701-800
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| 901-1000
A
1
1946
Picture of the Aichi S1A Denko (Bolt of Lightning)
Aichi S1A Denko (Bolt of Lightning)
National Flag Graphic
Twin-Engine Night-Fighter Aircraft Proposal
A
2
1933
Picture of the ANF Les Mureaux (Series)
ANF Les Mureaux (Series)
National Flag Graphic
Light Observation Aircraft
A
3
1940
Picture of the Arado Ar 240
Arado Ar 240
National Flag Graphic
Multi-Purpose / Multi-Role Heavy Fighter Aircraft
A
4
1936
Picture of the Arado Ar 68
Arado Ar 68
National Flag Graphic
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Biplane Fighter
A
5
1945
Picture of the Arado Ar Projekt II
Arado Ar Projekt II
National Flag Graphic
Nightfighter / All-Weather Fighter Proposal
A
6
1943
Picture of the Arado Ar TEW 16/43-19
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-19
National Flag Graphic
Multi-Role Aircraft Proposal
A
7
1945
Picture of the Arado NJ-1 Nacht Jager (Night Hunter)
Arado NJ-1 Nacht Jager (Night Hunter)
National Flag Graphic
Jet-Powered Night Fighter / Night Bomber
B
8
1950
Picture of the Bell D-36
Bell D-36
National Flag Graphic
All-Weather Heavy Fighter / Night-Fighter Aircraft Proposal
B
9
1939
Picture of the Boulton Paul Defiant
Boulton Paul Defiant
National Flag Graphic
Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Interceptor / Night-fighter / Turret Fighter Aircraft
B
10
1916
Picture of the Breguet Br.5
Breguet Br.5
National Flag Graphic
Bomber / Escort Fighter / Night-Fighter Biplane
B
11
1940
Picture of the Bristol Beaufighter
Bristol Beaufighter
National Flag Graphic
Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Night-Fighter Aircraft
B
12
1937
Picture of the Bristol Blenheim
Bristol Blenheim
National Flag Graphic
Light-Medium Bomber / Heavy Fighter / Night Fighter
C
13
1949
Picture of the CONVAIR Skate
CONVAIR Skate
National Flag Graphic
Seaplane Fighter / Flying Boat Fighter / Interceptor
C
14
1948
Picture of the Curtiss-Wright XP-87 / XF-87 Blackhawk
Curtiss-Wright XP-87 / XF-87 Blackhawk
National Flag Graphic
Prototype Interceptor / Night-Fighter Aircraft
d
15
1946
Picture of the de Havilland DH.100 Vampire
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire
National Flag Graphic
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
d
16
1952
Picture of the de Havilland DH.112 Venom
de Havilland DH.112 Venom
National Flag Graphic
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Night-Fighter Aircraft
d
17
1942
Picture of the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
National Flag Graphic
Multirole Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
D
18
1937
Picture of the Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
National Flag Graphic
Medium Bomber Aircraft
D
19
1939
Picture of the Dornier Do 215
Dornier Do 215
National Flag Graphic
Reconnaissance / Light Bomber / Night-Fighter Aircraft
D
20
1941
Picture of the Dornier Do 217
Dornier Do 217
National Flag Graphic
Multirole Medium Bomber
D
21
1945
Picture of the Dornier Do P.254 (Do 535 / He 535)
Dornier Do P.254 (Do 535 / He 535)
National Flag Graphic
Mixed-Propulsion Heavy Fighter Aircraft Proposal
D
22
1946
Picture of the Dornier Do P.256 (Project 256)
Dornier Do P.256 (Project 256)
National Flag Graphic
Night-Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft Proposal
D
23
1946
Picture of the Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD-1)
Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD-1)
National Flag Graphic
Single-Engine, Single-Seat Fighter-Bomber / Ground Attack Aircraft
D
24
1941
Picture of the Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
National Flag Graphic
Light Bomber / Night-Fighter Aircraft
D
25
1951
Picture of the Douglas F3D / F-10 Skyknight
Douglas F3D / F-10 Skyknight
National Flag Graphic
Carrier-Borne Night-Fighter Aircraft
D
26
1942
Picture of the Douglas P-70 Nighthawk
Douglas P-70 Nighthawk
National Flag Graphic
Night-Fighter Aircraft Conversion
F
27
1940
Picture of the Fairey Fulmar
Fairey Fulmar
National Flag Graphic
Carrier-Borne Fighter / Fighter-Bomber
F
28
1944
Picture of the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito)
Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito)
National Flag Graphic
Night Fighter Aircraft
G
29
1935
Picture of the Gloster Gauntlet
Gloster Gauntlet
National Flag Graphic
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Biplane Fighter Aircraft
G
30
1950
Picture of the Goodyear GA-17
Goodyear GA-17
National Flag Graphic
All-Weather Heavy Fighter / Night-Fighter Aircraft Proposal
G
31
1945
Picture of the Gotha Go P.60C
Gotha Go P.60C
National Flag Graphic
All-Weather / Nightfighter Aircraft
G
32
1944
Picture of the Grumman F7F Tigercat
Grumman F7F Tigercat
National Flag Graphic
Carrier-Borne Nightfighter / Heavy Fighter Aircraft
G
33
1942
Picture of the Grumman TBF Avenger
Grumman TBF Avenger
National Flag Graphic
Carrier-Borne Torpedo Bomber Aircraft
H
34
1942
Picture of the Hawker P.1005
Hawker P.1005
National Flag Graphic
Twin-Engine, Three-Seat High-Speed Light Bomber / Heavy Fighter
H
35
1947
Picture of the Hawker P.1056
Hawker P.1056
National Flag Graphic
Dedicated Night-Fighter Aircraft Proposal
H
36
1947
Picture of the Hawker P.1057
Hawker P.1057
National Flag Graphic
Dedicated Night-Fighter Aircraft Proposal
H
37
1943
Picture of the Heinkel He 219 Uhu (Eagle-Owl)
Heinkel He 219 Uhu (Eagle-Owl)
National Flag Graphic
Twin-Seat, Twin-Engine Night-Fighter Aircraft
H
38
1945
Picture of the Heinkel He P.1078B
Heinkel He P.1078B
National Flag Graphic
Jet-Powered Tailless Fighter / Interceptor / Night Fighter
J
39
1944
Picture of the Junkers Ju 388 (Stortebeker)
Junkers Ju 388 (Stortebeker)
National Flag Graphic
Multi-Role Heavy Fighter Aircraft
J
40
1939
Picture of the Junkers Ju 88
Junkers Ju 88
National Flag Graphic
Medium Bomber / Multi-Role Aircraft
K
41
1944
Picture of the Kawasaki Ki-102 (Randy)
Kawasaki Ki-102 (Randy)
National Flag Graphic
Ground Attack / Heavy Fighter / Night Fighter Aircraft
K
42
1944
Picture of the Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIc Toryu (Nick)
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIc Toryu (Nick)
National Flag Graphic
Dedicated Night-Fighter Aircraft
M
43
1947
Picture of the McDonnell F2H Banshee
McDonnell F2H Banshee
National Flag Graphic
Single-Seat, Twin-Engine Carrierborne Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
M
44
1937
Picture of the Messerschmitt Bf 109
Messerschmitt Bf 109
National Flag Graphic
Single-Seat Multirole Fighter
M
45
1937
Picture of the Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer)
Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer)
National Flag Graphic
Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Night Fighter
M
46
1944
Picture of the Messerschmitt Me 262 (Schwalbe / Sturmvogel)
Messerschmitt Me 262 (Schwalbe / Sturmvogel)
National Flag Graphic
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
M
47
1945
Picture of the Messerschmitt Me P.262 HG III
Messerschmitt Me P.262 HG III
National Flag Graphic
Proposed Jet-Powered Fighter / Interceptor
M
48
1941
Picture of the Mitsubishi Ki-46 (Dinah)
Mitsubishi Ki-46 (Dinah)
National Flag Graphic
Reconnaissance / Heavy Fighter / Bomber Interceptor Aircraft
N
49
1942
Picture of the Nakajima J1N1 Gekko (Irving)
Nakajima J1N1 Gekko (Irving)
National Flag Graphic
Reconnaissance Aircraft / Night-Fighter / Heavy Fighter
N
50
1946
Picture of the North American F-82 / P-82 Twin Mustang
North American F-82 / P-82 Twin Mustang
National Flag Graphic
Long-Range Escort / Ground Attack / Nightfighter Aircraft
N
51
1943
Picture of the Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
National Flag Graphic
Night Fighter / Reconnaissance Aircraft
P
52
1941
Picture of the Petlyakov Pe-2 (Pawn)
Petlyakov Pe-2 (Pawn)
National Flag Graphic
Dive Bomber / Light Bomber Aircraft
P
53
1941
Picture of the Petlyakov Pe-3
Petlyakov Pe-3
National Flag Graphic
Long-Range Heavy Fighter / Night-Fighter Aircraft
P
54
1938
Picture of the Potez 630 (Series)
Potez 630 (Series)
National Flag Graphic
Heavy Fighter / Multirole Aircraft
R
55
1941
Picture of the Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II (Falcon II)
Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II (Falcon II)
National Flag Graphic
Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
R
56
1912
Picture of the Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2
National Flag Graphic
Reconnaissance / Artillery Spotting / Trainer Biplane Aircraft
S
57
1916
Picture of the Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter (One-and-One-Half Strutter)
Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter (One-and-One-Half Strutter)
National Flag Graphic
Fighter / Reconnaissance / Light Bomber
S
58
1917
Picture of the SPAD S.XI
SPAD S.XI
National Flag Graphic
Biplane Fighter Aircraft
S
59
1946
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-9 / Su-11 / Su-13 (1946)
Sukhoi Su-9 / Su-11 / Su-13 (1946)
National Flag Graphic
Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Night-Fighter Prototype Aircraft
V
60
1942
Picture of the Vought F4U Corsair
Vought F4U Corsair
National Flag Graphic
Carrier-Based Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Night Fighter
Y
61
1943
Picture of the Yakovlev Yak-9 (Frank)
Yakovlev Yak-9 (Frank)
National Flag Graphic
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
Y
62
1944
Picture of the Yokosuka P1Y1 Ginga (Frances)
Yokosuka P1Y1 Ginga (Frances)
National Flag Graphic
Light-Medium Bomber / Dive Bomber / Torpedo Bomber / Night-Fighter
Y
63
1944
Picture of the Yokosuka P1Y2-S Kyokko (Aurora)
Yokosuka P1Y2-S Kyokko (Aurora)
National Flag Graphic
Night-Fighter / Night-Intruder Aircraft


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