Military Aircraft of the World

World War II Aircraft - An encyclopedia and fact and pictures.  Disply moeels of all airplanes

     Military aircraft have been and are a very large part of aviation history as the need for protection has often been greater than the need for transportation.  Countries have far greater financial resources than private industry and many have used them to fund the development of new technology, which eventually became available for civilian use.  This is well demonstrated by the Boeing B-47 Stratojet bomber. It was the first airplane to utilized swept back wings with engines were suspended from them.  The giant B-52 followed the same basic design.  Later, Boeing used its knowledge and experience with the design to develop the Boeing 707, the first successful jetliner.  Other companies followed suit.  Today, almost every modern airliner traces its design roots back to the B-47.  This process has been repeated time and time again.  Some of today's automobiles utilize global positioning system and heads-up displays originally developed for war planes.
   But these great accomplishments must be regarded as secondary consequences.  The warplane's primary function has the been to project the will of its nation.  Sometimes the goals have been less than noble.  Like any weapon, aircraft can be used for both good and for evil.
    We offer the world's largest selection of military aircraft models.  Toward making it easy for you to pursue your areas of interest, we have arranged them by time period, then by country.  
World War I - The biplanes and tri-planes of The Great War.  Curtis Jenny, de-Havilland DH-4 bomber, Nieuport 17c, SE-51 Scout, Sopwith Camel, Spad XIII, and many more.
1919-1939 - the "tween war" period.  Boeing P-12, P-26 Peashooter, Martin B-10 Bomber, :Steerman PT-17 Kaydet, are just a few of the famous planes developed during this period.
World War II - Huge battles between enormous aircraft armadas.  The golden days of military air.  Arranged by country.  American Army Air Forces attack planes, fighter, bombers and cargo planes.  Highlights include the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator, the B-29 Superfortress, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-47 Thunderbolt, the P-51 Mustang and the C-47 Skymaster, often called the Gooney Bird.  Navy planes include the F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F87 Bearcat.  British planes include Lancaster, Hurricane, Spitfire, Mosquito and Typhoon.  German planes include Bf-109, Bf-110, Fw-190 and more.  The Japanese Air Force is represented by the Betty, Claude, Tony and Zero.  Plus airplanes from France, Italy and the USSR.
1946-1970 - The Cold war & Vietnam.  Huge section organized by country, then service, then aircraft type.  USAF bombers, fighters, transports and special purpose aircraft.  Many planes of the United States Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.  Classics include the B-36, B-47, B-52, F-84, F-86, F-89, F-100, F-101, F-102, F-104, F-106, U-2, C-119, C-124, C-131, C-144, U-2, etc., etc. etc.  Helicopters listed separately.
1971-2001 - The fixed wing planes of today.  Combat and Support Aircraft of the United States Air Force, the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard.   A-10, B-1, B-2, F-15, F-16, F-22, Tomcat, Harrier, Prowler, Hornet.  Plus a few planes from other coutries.

Please note that Helicopters are listed separately



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