- F-14A Tomcat: “Fast Eagle 102″
- F-111E Aardvark
- 1939 Polikarpov I-16: A soviet fighter aircraft, it was the world’s first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear and was the core of the Soviet Air Force early in WW II. It’s machine guns were difficult to fire and had a tendency to jam early in it’s development, and the aircraft was prone to spins with abrupt maneuvers. Several issues made this a difficult plane to fly: oil would cover the canopy, pilots had poor visibility, and the design contributed to poor stability.*
- 1936-44 Fairey Swordfish A/NA4: British Torpedo bomber, reconnaissance, and anti-submarine aircraft. It was a slow aircraft making it helpless against fighters, but extremely valuable for torpedo attacks and carrier landings. During WW II this model was successful in sinking one battleship and damaging two others in the Battle of Taranto, and, in May 1942, a Swordfish from the Ark Royal scored a stern hit on the might German battleship, Bismarck, causing it to be unable to maneuver; this made possible an intense attack by the Royal Navy over the next thirteen hours, sinking it to the bottom of the sea.*
- 1942 Schweizer TG-3A Training Glider: This glider was originally designated SGS 2/12 by the manufacturer. There were 110 manufactured as TG-3A for the USAAF during WW II and less than 30 are still registered in the US. Most were sold to private firms after the war. While wings for gliders used in combat were made of aluminum, training gliders such as this one used wood, saving precious metals for combat. The fuselage skeleton was constructed of welded steel tubing.
- 1937 DeHavilland D.H. 94 Moth Minor: This British two-seat trainer was developed in England, but production was shifted to Australia during WW II, due to the need for manufacturing space in the U.K. for combat aircraft. Approximately 140 aircraft were built.
- Republic F-105D Thunderchief: This was the largest single seat, single engine combat aircraft in history at 50,000 lbs; a supersonic all-weather fighter-bomber used by the USAF, capable of achieving speeds of Mach 2. In 1959 it set a world speed record of 1,216.48 mph over a 62 mile circuit. While capable of carrying nuclear weapons, it was the primary vehicle for carrying heavy conventional bomb loads (up to 7 tons) during the early Vietnam War. Of the 833 Thunderchiefs produced, 320 were lost in combat. It is the only aircraft to have been removed from combat due to heavy losses. The early F-105B was plagued with issues, requiring 150 hours of maintenance for each hour of flying. A two seat version (F-105F and G), “Wild Weasel”, was used in suppression of enemy air defenses.*
- North American F-100 Super Sabre
- Bell UH-1H Iroquois: “Huey”
- Bell AH-1S Cobra
- McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II: This is a tandem two-seat supersonic jet interceptor/fighter-bomber with two engines and long-range capability. It was used by the US Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, and is the only aircraft used by both the USAF Thunderbirds and the USN Blue Angels demonstration teams. The Phantom served a pivotal role in the war in Vietnam in terms of an air superiority aircraft, and later in ground-attack and aerial reconnaissance roles. It could carry more than 9 tons of weapons and has the distinction of being the last US fighter to attain Ace status in the 20th century.*
- M-4 (Sherman I) Tank: This United States Medium Tank was the most prolifically produced tank in WW II, with more than 49,000 coming off of American assembly lines. It was easy to manufacture, and with America’s mass production techniques, was very inexpensive. Early in the war it dominated the German Panzer III and IV models on the battlefield. Later, with the German development of heavier tanks, the Sherman had a tougher time. However, with the combined artillery and air support provided by the US and its allies, along with its numerical superiority, the Sherman proved to be a winner both in the European and Pacific Theaters. The Sherman continued to be used in the post-WWII era in Korea, the Arab-Israeli Wars and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.*
- Lockheed PV-2D Harpoon: The predecessor to the Harpoon was the Lockheed Ventura, a bomber and patrol aircraft used by US and British Commonwealth forces. The USAAF designated the 200 aircraft they ordered as B-34 Lexington’s. When the US Navy acquired the aircraft in late 1943, it had been updated with an increased wing area, larger fuel tanks, and eight forward-firing machine guns for use in ground attacks. Harpoons were deployed mostly in the Pacific theater, and because they were equipped with radar, were often the lead aircraft in formations of B-24‘s.*
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*Some information contained on this page was taken from Wikipedia.