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WW2 U.S. Fighter Aircraft


Military History | Second World War

American air power eventually proved a difference-maker in World War 2 with a plethora of types thrown into the fray.

There are a total of [ 97 ] WW2 U.S. 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. Fighter concepts and prototypes are also included in this listing as are single- and twin-engined heavy fighters.




1
Picture of the Bell D-35
National Flag Graphic
1946
Bell D-35
Rocket-Powered Bomber-Interceptor Proposal
2
Picture of the Bell Model 22
National Flag Graphic
1941
Bell Model 22
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Carrierborne Fighter Proposal
3
Picture of the Bell P-39 Airacobra
National Flag Graphic
1941
Bell P-39 Airacobra
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
4
Picture of the Bell P-59 Airacomet
National Flag Graphic
1945
Bell P-59 Airacomet
Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
5
Picture of the Bell P-63 Kingcobra
National Flag Graphic
1943
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter Aircraft
6
Picture of the Bell XFL Airabonita
National Flag Graphic
1940
Bell XFL Airabonita
Carrierborne Interceptor
7
Picture of the Bell XP-52 (Model 16)
National Flag Graphic
1940
Bell XP-52 (Model 16)
Twin-Boom Single-Seat Heavy Fighter Proposal
8
Picture of the Bell XP-59 (Model 20)
National Flag Graphic
1943
Bell XP-59 (Model 20)
Twin-Boom Fighter Proposal
9
Picture of the Bell XP-77
National Flag Graphic
1944
Bell XP-77
Fighter Prototype Aircraft
10
Picture of the Bell XP-83
National Flag Graphic
1945
Bell XP-83
Jet-Powered Escort Fighter Aircraft Prototype
11
Picture of the Boeing F4B / P-12
National Flag Graphic
1929
Boeing F4B / P-12
Carrier-Borne Pursuit Fighter Biplane Aircraft
12
Picture of the Boeing Model 386
National Flag Graphic
1943
Boeing Model 386
Carrierborne Medium-Altitude Fighter Aircraft Proposal
13
Picture of the Boeing Model 387
National Flag Graphic
1943
Boeing Model 387
Carrierborne High-Altitude Fighter Proposal
14
Picture of the Boeing Model 394
National Flag Graphic
1943
Boeing Model 394
Carrierborne Lightweight Fighter Proposal
15
Picture of the Boeing Model 398
National Flag Graphic
1943
Boeing Model 398
Carrierbased Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft Proposal
16
Picture of the Boeing P-26 Peashooter
National Flag Graphic
1932
Boeing P-26 Peashooter
Monoplane Fighter Aircraft
17
Picture of the Boeing XF8B
National Flag Graphic
1944
Boeing XF8B
Carrier-Based Long-Range Fighter Prototype
18
Picture of the Boulton Paul Defiant
National Flag Graphic
1939
Boulton Paul Defiant
Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Interceptor / Night-fighter / Turret Fighter Aircraft
19
Picture of the Brewster F2A (Buffalo)
National Flag Graphic
1939
Brewster F2A (Buffalo)
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter
20
Picture of the Brewster F3A (F4U-1) Corsair
National Flag Graphic
1943
Brewster F3A (F4U-1) Corsair
Carrierborne Single-Engine Fighter
21
Picture of the Bristol Beaufighter
National Flag Graphic
1940
Bristol Beaufighter
Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Night-Fighter Aircraft
22
Picture of the Curtiss A-12 (Shrike)
National Flag Graphic
1933
Curtiss A-12 (Shrike)
Single-Engine, Twin_Seat Strike Aircraft
23
Picture of the Curtiss P-1032-11
National Flag Graphic
1946
Curtiss P-1032-11
Hybrid Propulsion Fighter Proposal
24
Picture of the Curtiss P-1032-13
National Flag Graphic
1946
Curtiss P-1032-13
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Proposal
25
Picture of the Curtiss P-1032-7
National Flag Graphic
1946
Curtiss P-1032-7
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Jet Fighter Proposal
26
Picture of the Curtiss P-1032-9
National Flag Graphic
1946
Curtiss P-1032-9
Turbojet-Powered Fighter Proposal
27
Picture of the Curtiss P-304
National Flag Graphic
1945
Curtiss P-304
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Jet-Powered Fighter Proposal
28
Picture of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75/Mohawk)
National Flag Graphic
1938
Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75/Mohawk)
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter Aircraft
29
Picture of the Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk
National Flag Graphic
1941
Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk
Single-Seat. Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter Aircraft
30
Picture of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
National Flag Graphic
1941
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter-Bomber / Fighter Aircraft
31
Picture of the Curtiss SBC Helldiver
National Flag Graphic
1938
Curtiss SBC Helldiver
Naval Dive Bomber / Fighter Aircraft
32
Picture of the Curtiss XF14C
National Flag Graphic
1944
Curtiss XF14C
Carrier-Borne Fighter Prototype
33
Picture of the Curtiss XF15C
National Flag Graphic
1945
Curtiss XF15C
Mixed-Propulsion Navy Fighter Prototype
34
Picture of the Curtiss XP-37 (Allison Hawk)
National Flag Graphic
1937
Curtiss XP-37 (Allison Hawk)
Fighter Prototype
35
Picture of the Curtiss XP-40Q (Warhawk)
National Flag Graphic
1943
Curtiss XP-40Q (Warhawk)
Single-Seat Monoplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft
36
Picture of the Curtiss XP-42
National Flag Graphic
1939
Curtiss XP-42
Prototype Fighter Aircraft
37
Picture of the Curtiss XP-46
National Flag Graphic
1941
Curtiss XP-46
Fighter Aircraft Prototype
38
Picture of the Curtiss XP-53 (Model 88)
National Flag Graphic
1940
Curtiss XP-53 (Model 88)
Lightweight Monoplane Fighter Proposal
39
Picture of the Curtiss XP-60
National Flag Graphic
1941
Curtiss XP-60
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Prototype Fighter Aircraft
40
Picture of the Curtiss XP-62
National Flag Graphic
1943
Curtiss XP-62
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter Aircraft Prototype
41
Picture of the Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Demon
National Flag Graphic
1939
Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Demon
Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
42
Picture of the Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender
National Flag Graphic
1943
Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Pursuit Fighter Prototype
43
Picture of the Curtiss-Wright XP-71
National Flag Graphic
1943
Curtiss-Wright XP-71
Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Bomber Escort Aircraft
44
Picture of the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
National Flag Graphic
1942
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
Multirole Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
45
Picture of the Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
National Flag Graphic
1941
Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
Light Bomber / Night-Fighter Aircraft
46
Picture of the Douglas P-70 Nighthawk
National Flag Graphic
1942
Douglas P-70 Nighthawk
Night-Fighter Aircraft Conversion
47
Picture of the Douglas XP-48
National Flag Graphic
1940
Douglas XP-48
Lightweight Single-Seat Point Defense Fighter Aircraft Proposal
48
Picture of the Fisher XP-75 / P-75 Eagle
National Flag Graphic
1943
Fisher XP-75 / P-75 Eagle
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Interceptor Prototype
49
Picture of the Gloster (Armstrong Whitworth) Meteor
National Flag Graphic
1944
Gloster (Armstrong Whitworth) Meteor
Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
50
Picture of the Goodyear F2G Super Corsair
National Flag Graphic
1945
Goodyear F2G Super Corsair
Carrier-based Low-Altitude, High-Performance Fighter Prototype
51
Picture of the Grumman F3F
National Flag Graphic
1936
Grumman F3F
Carrier-based Biplane Fighter Aircraft
52
Picture of the Grumman F4F Wildcat
National Flag Graphic
1940
Grumman F4F Wildcat
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Carrierborne Monoplane Fighter Aircraft
53
Picture of the Grumman F6F Hellcat
National Flag Graphic
1943
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Carrierborne Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
54
Picture of the Grumman F8F Bearcat
National Flag Graphic
1945
Grumman F8F Bearcat
Carrierborne Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
55
Picture of the Grumman TBF Avenger
National Flag Graphic
1942
Grumman TBF Avenger
Carrier-Borne Torpedo Bomber Aircraft
56
Picture of the Grumman XF5F Skyrocket
National Flag Graphic
1940
Grumman XF5F Skyrocket
Shipborne Navy Fighter Prototype
57
Picture of the Grumman XP-50 (Skyrocket)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Grumman XP-50 (Skyrocket)
Twin-Engine Fighter Prototype Aircraft
58
Picture of the Hughes Model D-2 (XP-73 / XA-37)
National Flag Graphic
1943
Hughes Model D-2 (XP-73 / XA-37)
Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Fast Reconnaissance Prototype
59
Picture of the Kaiser-Fleetwings Model 47 (Squirt)
National Flag Graphic
1944
Kaiser-Fleetwings Model 47 (Squirt)
Carrierborne Mixed-Propulsion Attack Aircraft Proposal
60
Picture of the Lockheed L-133 Starjet
National Flag Graphic
1942
Lockheed L-133 Starjet
Single-Seat, Jet-Powered Fighter Proposal
61
Picture of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning
National Flag Graphic
1939
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Single-Seat, Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
62
Picture of the Lockheed P-80 / F-80 Shooting Star
National Flag Graphic
1945
Lockheed P-80 / F-80 Shooting Star
Single-Seat, Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
63
Picture of the Lockheed XP-49
National Flag Graphic
1942
Lockheed XP-49
High-Altitude Fighter Prototype
64
Picture of the Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning
National Flag Graphic
1944
Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning
High-Altitude Interceptor / Close Air Support Aircraft
65
Picture of the McDonnell XP-67 Bat / Moonbat
National Flag Graphic
1943
McDonnell XP-67 Bat / Moonbat
Long-Range Interceptor Prototype
66
Picture of the Naval Aircraft Factory Model A
National Flag Graphic
1941
Naval Aircraft Factory Model A
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Naval Fighter Proposal
67
Picture of the Naval Aircraft Factory Model B
National Flag Graphic
1941
Naval Aircraft Factory Model B
Single-Seat, Twin-Boom Naval Fighter Proposal
68
Picture of the North American A-36 Mustang
National Flag Graphic
1943
North American A-36 Mustang
Ground Attack Aircraft / Dive Bomber Aircraft
69
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
70
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
71
Picture of the Northrop Gamma
National Flag Graphic
1932
Northrop Gamma
High-Performance Monoplane Aircraft
72
Picture of the Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
National Flag Graphic
1943
Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
Night Fighter / Reconnaissance Aircraft
73
Picture of the Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet
National Flag Graphic
1943
Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet
Pursuit Fighter Prototype
74
Picture of the Northrop XP-61E (Black Widow)
National Flag Graphic
1945
Northrop XP-61E (Black Widow)
Long-Range Bomber Escort / Heavy Day Fighter Aircraft
75
Picture of the Northrop XP-79
National Flag Graphic
1945
Northrop XP-79
Bomber-Rammer / Bomber-Interceptor
76
Picture of the Republic P-43 Lancer
National Flag Graphic
1941
Republic P-43 Lancer
Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Trainer Aircraft
77
Picture of the Republic P-44 (Rocket)
National Flag Graphic
1940
Republic P-44 (Rocket)
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Pursuit Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
78
Picture of the Republic P-47 (Turbobolt)
National Flag Graphic
1946
Republic P-47 (Turbobolt)
Jet-Powered Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft Concept
79
Picture of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
National Flag Graphic
1942
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
80
Picture of the Republic XP-47H Thunderbolt
National Flag Graphic
1945
Republic XP-47H Thunderbolt
High-Performance Fighter Prototype Aircraft
81
Picture of the Republic XP-69
National Flag Graphic
1943
Republic XP-69
High-Speed, High-Altitude Single-Seat Fighter Concept
82
Picture of the Republic XP-72 Ultrabolt
National Flag Graphic
1944
Republic XP-72 Ultrabolt
Prototype High-Altitude Fighter / Interceptor
83
Picture of the Ryan FR Fireball
National Flag Graphic
1945
Ryan FR Fireball
Mixed-Power Fighter Aircraft
84
Picture of the Seversky P-35
National Flag Graphic
1937
Seversky P-35
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter Aircarft
85
Picture of the Seversky XP-41
National Flag Graphic
1939
Seversky XP-41
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter Prototype
86
Picture of the Supermarine Spitfire
National Flag Graphic
1938
Supermarine Spitfire
Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
87
Picture of the Tucker XP-57 (Peashooter)
National Flag Graphic
1940
Tucker XP-57 (Peashooter)
Bomber Interceptor / Fighter Proposal
88
Picture of the Vought F4U Corsair
National Flag Graphic
1942
Vought F4U Corsair
Carrier-Based Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Night Fighter
89
Picture of the Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
National Flag Graphic
1942
Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
Experimental Fighter Aircraft
90
Picture of the Vought V-340
National Flag Graphic
1946
Vought V-340
Single-Seat, Jet-Powered Carrierbased Fighter Aircraft Proposal
91
Picture of the Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
National Flag Graphic
1943
Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
Experimental Fighter Aircraft
92
Picture of the Vultee P-1015
National Flag Graphic
1941
Vultee P-1015
High-Altitude Interceptor Aircraft Proposal
93
Picture of the Vultee P-66 Vanguard (Model 48)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Vultee P-66 Vanguard (Model 48)
Trainer / Fighter Monoplane Aircraft
94
Picture of the Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose
National Flag Graphic
1943
Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose
Single-Seat, Twin-Boom Fighter Prototype Aircraft
95
Picture of the Vultee XP-68 Tornado (Swoose Goose)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Vultee XP-68 Tornado (Swoose Goose)
Single-Seat, Twin-Boom Fighter Aircraft Proposal
96
Picture of the Vultee XP-81
National Flag Graphic
1945
Vultee XP-81
Mixed-Power Fighter Prototype Aircraft
97
Picture of the Wallace-Martin Model A
National Flag Graphic
1941
Wallace-Martin Model A
Carrierborne Heavy Fighter Proposal
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