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World War 2 Aircraft (1939-1945) - Combat Airplanes of the Second World War


The air war of World War 2 was just one complicated component of a very complicated war.

Compared to World War 1 (1914-1918), World War 2 set the standard for aircraft combat by producing evermore powerful bombers, faster fighters and rocket- and jet-propelled airframes. The result was more tonnage in ordnance dropped, higher ace counts and an all-new era of powered, heavier-than-air flight. World War 2 utilized a combination of fighters, interceptors, reconnaissance, anti-ship, ground attack and specialized platforms to undertake a wide variety of missions over many parts of the world and signaled both the peak - and end - of the prop-driven fighter, soon to be replaced by the turbojet. Developments of the conflict ultimately set the groundwork for the Cold War to follow - including the first jet-versus-jet fights over the Korean peninsula.

We also provide Aircraft of 1946 to showcase those aircraft that might have been deployed should the war have continued into 1946. Also consider World War 2 Aircraft 'Ranked-by-Speed.

There are a total of 614 World War 2 Aircraft (1939-1945) - Combat Airplanes of the Second World War 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.