List of US fighters
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Name categories: F (USAAF, USN, USAF)
P (USAAF)
PW (USAAC)
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FA General Aviation XFA
Biplane fighter. One built. 'General Aviation' was the Fokker company.
Type: XFA-1
year: 1932 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 *
Max. Speed: 274 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 2 * mg
FB Boeing FB
USN version of PW-9. Small series built.
Type: FB-1
Year: 1925 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 x
Max. Speed: 270 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 820 km
Armament: 1*mg12.7mm 1*mg7.62mm
FC Curtiss FC
First fighter intentionally built for the USN. Single-seat biplane.
39 built.
Type: FC-1
Year: 1922 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 150 kW Wright J-1
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: 5000 m Max. Range: 775 km
Armament: 1 * mg 7.62mm
FD McDonnell FD Phantom
Later renamed FH.
FF Grumman FF Goblin
Grumman's first fighter for the US Navy. Two-seat biplane.
120 built of all versions.
Type: FF-2
Year: 1932 Crew: 2 Engines: 1 * 515kW Wright R-1820-78
Max. Speed: 393 km/u Ceiling: 6400 m Max. Range: 1500 km
Armament: 3 * mg 7.62mm
FG Goodyear FG Corsair
Vought F4U Corsair by Goodyear
FH McDonnell FH Phantom
First US naval jet fighter. Twin-engined straight-wing aircraft.
Type: FH-1
Year: 1945 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 x 725kg Westinghouse J30-WE-20
Max. Speed: 812 km/u Ceiling: 13100 m Max. Range: 1580 km
Armament: 4*mg12.7mm
FJ North American FJ Fury
The FJ was a relative of the F-86 Sabre. The FJ-1 was
the straight-winged precursor of the F-86. Later FJ's were further
developed F-86's with swept wings. The FJ-4 had little in common
with the FJ-1.
Type: FJ-4B
Year: 1956 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 x 3500kg Wright J65-16A
M6x. Speed: 1094 km/u Ceiling: 15200 m Max. Range: 4340 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
FL Bell XFL Airabonita
Navalized P-39 Airacobra. One built.
Type: XFL-1
Year: 1940 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 x 845 kW Allison XV-1710-13
Max. Speed: 541 km/u Ceiling: 9425 m Max. Range: 1725 km
Armament: 1*mg12.7mm 1*g37mm
FM Bell XFM Airacuda
Experimental fighter with two pusher engines and gunners in front
of the engine nacelles. 14 built.
Type: XFM-1
Year: 1937 Crew: 5 Engines: 2 * Allison V-1710-13
Max. Speed: 432 km/u Ceiling: 10600 m Max. Range: 4185 km
Armament: 2*g37mm ?*mg12.7mm
FM General Motors FM Wildcat
Grumman F4F Wildcat built by General Motors.
Type: FM-2
Year: 1943 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * Wright R-1820-56
Max. Speed: 534 km/u Ceiling: 10800 m Max. Range: 2170 km
Armament: 4*mg12.7mm
FM Lockheed FM
Not built.
FN Seversky FN
Derived from the P-35 for the USN. One built.
Type: XFN-1
Year: 1937 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 950hp Wright R-1820-22
Max. Speed: 430 km/u Ceiling: m Range: 1570 km
Armament: 1*mg12.7mm 1*mg7.62mm
FO Lockheed FO
Some F-5B reconnaisance aircraft, versions of the P-38,
on loan to the USN.
FO Lockheed XFO
Renamed XFV
FR Ryan FR Fireball
Mixed-power naval fighter with a radial and a jet engine. Too late
for WWII, only 66 were built.
Type: FR-1
Year: 1945 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * Wright R-1820-72W
1 * 725kg General Electric J31-GE-3
Max. Speed: 685 km/u Ceiling: 13150 m Max. Range: 2300 km
Armament: 4*mg12.7mm
FT Northrop XFT
Monoplane shipboard fighter ordered together with the F7B-1. The
FT did little to make monoplanes popular with the US Navy; it
was finally declared unairworthy.
Type: XFT-1
Year: 1934 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 625hp Wright R-1510-26
Max. Speed: 378 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 1570 km
Armament: 2*mg7.62mm
FV Lockheed XFV Salmon
Turboprop-engined tail-sitting VTOL fighter. Only flown as
a conventional aircraft with a temporary undercarriage. One built.
Type: XFV-1
Year: 1954 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 4045kW Allison YT40-A-6
Max. Speed: 900 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
FV-12 Rockwell XFV-12
Number 12 in the 'V for VTOL' series. Never managed to fly, but
tethered tests were done.
Type: XFV-12A
Year: 1977 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 133.4 kN P&W F401-PW-400
Max. Speed: Mach 2+ Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
FY Convair XFY Pogo
Turboprop-engined tail-sitting VTOL fighter. One built.
Type: XFY-1
Year: 1954 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 4270kW Allison T40
Max. Speed: 800 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F-1 North American F-1 Fury
Renamed FJ Fury
P-1 Curtiss P-1
Member of the Curtiss Hawk family
Type: P-1
Year: 1924 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 330kW Curtiss V-1150-1
Max. Speed: 262 km/u Ceiling: 6900 m Max. Range: km
Armament: 2*mg7.62mm
F2A Brewster F2A Buffalo
The F2A was outclassed by the Mitshubishi A6M Reisen and proved
a disaster in combat. Export versions had a little more success.
Type: F2A-3
Year: 1938 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 880kW Wright R-1820-40
Max. Speed: 520 km/u Ceiling: 7625 m Max. Range: 1500 km
Armament: 4*mg12.7mm
F2B Boeing F2B
Developed form the P-8 for the USN. 34 built.
Type: F2B-1
Year: 1926 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 310kW P&W Wasp
Max. Speed: 250 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F2D McDonnell F2D Banshee
Later renamed F2H.
F2F Grumman F2F
A single-seat development of the FF. Some 219 were built of the F2F
and F3F toghether.
Type: F2F-1
Year: 1934 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 515kW P&W R-1535-72
Max. Speed: 371 km/u Ceiling: 8250 m Max. Range: 1585 km
Armament: 2*mg7.62mm
F2G Goodyear F2G
High-powered development of the Vought F4U Corsair intended to
counter Kamikaze-attacks. The war ended and production orders
were cancelled. Only 10 built.
Type: F2G-1
Year: 1945 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 2685kW P&W R-4360-4
Max. Speed: 692 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
F2H McDonnell F2H Banshee
Development of the FH Phantom.
Type: F2H-2D
Year: 1949 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 1480kg Westinghouse J34-WE-34
Max. Speed: 860 km/u Ceiling: 13600 m Max. Range: 2370 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
F2L Bell F2L
Some sources indicate that this was a variation on the P-39 Airacobra
used by the USN as target aircraft. Other that it was a the
P-59 Airacomet tested by the USN. Maybe it was both.
F2R Ryan XF2R Dark Shark
Development of the FR Fireball with a turboprop engine. One built.
Type: XF2R-1
Year: 1946 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 726kg General Electric J31-GE-3
1 * General Electric XT31-GE-2
Max. Speed: 800 km/u Ceiling: 11920 m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F2Y Convair XF2Y Sea Dart
Supersonic flying boat fighter prototype. The F2Y had ski landing gear
and a boat fuselage; the engines were recessed in the top of the
fuselage. Four built. First and probably only supersonic flying boat!
Type: XF2Y-1
Year: 1953 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * Westinghouse J34-WE-32
Max. Speed: 1328 km/u Ceiling: 15300 m Max. Range: km
Armament:
P-2 Curtiss P-2
Curtiss Hawk derivative with 510hp Curtis V-1400 Engine.
PW-2 Loening PW-2
Experimental monoplane of 1920. Ten built, most of them with
a Wright-Hispano engine. When the wings and fuselage of one
came apart in flight, the program ended.
Year: 1921 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 322hp Wright H
Max. Speed: Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
Type:
F3A Brewster F3A Corsair
Vought F4U Corsair built by Brewster.
F3B Boeing F3B
Developed from F2B. 74 built.
Type: F3B-1
Year: 1928 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 315kW P&W Wasp
Max. Speed: 251 km/u Ceiling: 6400 m Max. Range: 805 km
Armament: 1*mg12.7mm 1*mg7.62mm
F3D Douglas F3D Skynight. 268 built.
Large twin-engined night fighter.
Type: F3D-2
Year: 1950 Crew: 2 Engines: 2 * 1540kg Westinghouse J34-WE-36
Max. Speed: 965 km/u Ceiling: 12160 m Max. Range: 1930 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
F3F Grumman F3F
Development of the F2F.
Type: F3F-3
Year: 1935 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 700kW Wright R-1820-22
Max. Speed: 425 km/u Ceiling: 10120 m Max. Range: 1600 km
Armament: 2*mg7.62mm
F3H McDonnell F3H Demon
The F3H was underpowered but served a short period with the USN.
Type: F3H-
Year: 1957 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 4400kg Allison J71-A-2E
Max. Speed: 1040 km/u Ceiling: 13000 m Max. Range: 2200 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
F3J Berliner-Joyce XF3J-1
One of the last biplane fighters developed for the USN.
F3M General Motors F3M Bearcat
GM built Grumman F8F Bearcat.
F3U Vought F3U
Two-seat fighter derivative of the SBU. One built;
Type: XF3U-1
Year: Crew: 2 Engines: 1 * P&W R-1535-64
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F3W Wright F3W Apache
Single-seat biplane fighter.
Type: F3W-1
Year: 1926 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 315kW P&W R-1340B Wasp
Max. Speed: 261 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
P-3 Curtiss XP-3
SIngle-seat biplane fighter.
F-4 McDonnell F-4 Phantom II
Too famous for comment.
Type: F-4E
Year: 1967 Crew: 2 Engines: 2 * 8120kg GE J79-GE-17A
Max. Speed: 2410 km/u Ceiling: 21600 m Max. Range: 4180 km
Armament: 1*g20mm
F4B Boeing F4B
The F4B served seven years withthe USN in four versions, and was also
exported.
Type: F4B-4
Year: 1930 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 400kW P&W R-1340-16
Max. Speed: 300 km/u Ceiling: 8200 m Max. Range: 600 km
Armament: 2*mg7.62mm
F4C Curtiss F4C
All-metal development of the FC. Only a prototype.
F4D Douglas F4D Skyray
The delta-wing F4D had a lot of problems but served a short period
with the US Navy.
Type: F4D-1
Year: 1956 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 7300kg P&W J75-P-8B
Max. Speed: 1210km/u Ceiling: 16900 m Max. Range: 1930 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
F4F Grumman XF4F-1
Development of F3F. Cancelled in favour of monoplane XF4F-2.
F4F Grumman F4F Wildcat (from -2 onwards)
The Wildcat was the main shipboard fighter when the US entered WWII
and served well, notwithstanding the fact that it had lower
performance than the A6M.
Type: F4F-4
Year: 1940 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 880kW P&W R-1830-86
Max. Speed: 512 km/u Ceiling: 10600 m Max. Range: 2050 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
F4H McDonnell F4H Phantom II
Renamed F-4.
F4U Chance-Vought F4U Corsair
Very succesful fighter of WWII, fast, but with some
handling problems that for some time prevented it from fulfilling
its role as a shipboard fighter.
Type: F4U-1
Year: 1943 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1470kW P&W R-2800-8
Max. Speed: 671 km/u Ceiling: 11200 m Max. Range: 1640 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
P-4 Boeing P-4
Derivative of the PW-9.
F-5 Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter
Cheap 'export fighter' for military assistance programs, never used
on a large scale by the USAF.
Type: F-5A
Year: 1963 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 1800kg G.E. J85-GE-13
Max. Speed: M 1.4 Ceiling: 15200 m Max. Range: 2600 km
Armament: 2*g20mm
Northrop F-5E Tiger II
Development of F-5A/B.
Type: F-5E
Year: 1973 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 22.24kN G.E. J85-GE-21A
Max. Speed: M 1.64 Ceiling: 15790 m Max. Range: 2860 km
Armament: 2*g20mm
Northrop F-5G Tigershark
Renamed F-20.
F5B Boeing F5B
Naval version of P-15. Parasol wing fighter. One built.
Type: XF5B-1
Year: 1930 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 480hp Wasp
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F5D Douglas XF5D Skylancer
Development of the F4D Skyray. Two built.
Type: F5D-1
Year: Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * P&W J57-P-8
Max. Speed: M 1+ Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F5F Grumman XF5F-1 Skyrocket
Experimental twin-engined shipboard fighter.
Type: XF5F-1
Year: 1940 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 880kW Wright XR-1820-40/42
Max. Speed: 610 km/u Ceiling: 10100 m Max. Range: 1930 km
Armament: 4*mg12.7mm
F5U Chance-Vought XF5U
An unusual pancake-shaped fighter prototype. As far as I know,
one was built but it never flew.
Type: XF5U-1
Year: 1946 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 1180kW P&W R-2000-2
Max. Speed: 811 km/u Ceiling: 9750 m Max. Range: 1465 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
P-5 Curtiss P-5
Curtiss Hawk with 435hp Curtiss V-1150-3
PW-5 Fokker PW-5
One built.
Type: PW-5
Year: Crew: Engine: 1 * Wright-Hispano
Max.Speed: 230 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 2*mg
F-6 Douglas F-6 Skyray
Renamed F4D.
F6C Curtiss F6C Hawk
A member of the Hawk family.
Type: F6C-2
Year: 1925 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 295kW Curtiss D-12
Max. Speed: 255 km/u Ceiling: 7000 m Max. Range: 580 km
Armament: 2*mg7.62mm
F6F Grumman F6F Hellcat
Development of the F4F. The F6F was a fine fighter designed and
built in an extremely short period.
Type: F6F-5
Year: 1942 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1620kW P&W R-2800-10W
Max. Speed: 611 km/u Ceiling: 11400 m Max. Range: 2100 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
F6U Vought F6U Pirate
An ugly and rather unsuccesful aircraft. Was, however, the
first operational jet fighter with an afterburner. 33 built.
Type: F6U-1
Year: 1949 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1916kg Westinghouse J34-WE-30
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: 14100 m Max. Range: km
Armament: 4*g20mm
P-6 Curtiss P-6 Hawk
Member of the Curtiss Hawk family.
Type: P-6E
Year: Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 440kW Curtiss V-1750-23 Conqueror C
Max. Speed: 320 km/u Ceiling: 7500 m Max. Range: km
Armament: 2*mg7.62mm
PW-6 Fokker PW-6
One built.
Type: PW-6
Year: Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 220kW Wright-Hispano
Max. Speed: 220 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 2*mg
F7B Boeing XF7B
The F7B was built in 1934 as a modern monoplane aircraft. The USN
decided to continue its use of biplane-fighters.
Type: XF7B-1
Year: 1934 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 *
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F7C Curtiss F7C
Only 17 were built of this biplane fighter.
Type: F7C-1
Year: 1928 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 330kW P&W R-1340-B Wasp
Max. Speed: 242 km/u Ceiling: 7120 m Max. Range: 530 km
Armament: 2*mg
F7F Grumman F7F Tigercat
Too late for WWII, this large, fast twin-engined fighter proved
useful in a variety of roles.
Type: F7F-1
Year: 1944 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 1545kW P&W R-2800-22W
Max. Speed: 687 km/u Ceiling: 11000 m Max. Range: 2880 km
Armament: 4*g20mm 2*mg12.7mm
F7U Vought F7U Cutlass
Very unusual Vought design for a tailless fighter. Enjoyed only
limited succes and service. Bad safety record.
Type: F7U-3M
Year: 1951 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 2085kg Westinghouse J46-WE-8A
Max. Speed: 1094 km/u Ceiling: 12200 m Max. Range: 1060 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
P-7 Boeing P-7
Derivative of the PW-9D
PW-7 Fokker PW-7
Year: Crew: Engines: x
Max. Speed: 225 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
Type:
F-8 Vought F-8 Crusader
Supersonic shipboard fighter. Enjoyed a long career and is still in
service with some other forces.
Type: F-8E
Year: 1958 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 8160kg P&W J57-P-201
Max. Speed: 2110 km/u Ceiling: 17700 m Max. Range: 1000 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
F8B Boeing XF8B
The big F8B was too late to fight in WWII. It was more an attack
aircraft than a fighter. Three built.
Type: XF8B-1
Year: 1944 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 2205kW P&W XR-4360-10
Max. Speed: 695 km/u Ceiling: 14400 m Max. Range: 5630 km
Armament: 6*g20mm
F8C Curtiss F8C
Two-seat fighter. 27 built.
Type: F8C-4
Year: Crew: 2 Engines: 1 * P&W R-1340-88
Max. Speed: 225 km/u Ceiling: 5300 m Max. Range: 610 km
Armament: mg
F8F Grumman F8F Bearcat
The supreme radial-engined shipboard fighter design. Was too late
for WWII.
Type: F8F-1
Year: 1945 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * P&W R-2800-34W
Max. Speed: 677 km/u Ceiling: 11800 m Max. Range: 3160 km
Armament:
F8U Vought F8U Crusader
Renamed F-8.
P-8 Boeing P-8
Biplane fighter. One built.
Type: XP-8
Year: 1925 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 600hp Packard 2A-1500
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
Type:
PW-8 Curtiss PW-8
Only 25 built.
Year: Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 315kW Curtiss D-12
Max. Speed: 265 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 440miles
Armament: 1*mg12.7mm 1*7.62mm
Type:
F-9 Grumman F-9 Cougar
Renamed F9F Cougar.
F9C Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk
The F9C was a parasite fighter carried by airships.
Type: F9C-2
Year: Crew:1 Engines: 1 * 310kW Wright R-975
Max. Speed: 283 km/u Ceiling: 5800 m Max. Range: 590 km
Armament: 2*mg7.62mm
F9F Grumman XF9F
Four-engined night fighter project, abandoned.
Type:
Year: Crew: Engines: 4 * 680 kg Westinghouse J30
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F9F Grumman F9F Panther
Panther was straight-winged, F9F-2 to -5. Used mainly as a fighter
bomber in Korea, because of the better performance of the MiG-15.
Type: F9F-5
Year: 1949 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 2800kg P&W J48-P-6A
Max. Speed: 930 km/u Ceiling: 13000 m Max. Range: 2100 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
F9F Grumman F9F Cougar
Cougar had sweptback wings, F9F-6 to -8. Commonality with the Panther
was very limited, and only for political reasons the same number was
kept.
Type: F9F-6
Year: 1952 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 3300kg P&W J48-P-8
Max. Speed: 1100 km/u Ceiling: 15200 m Max. Range: 1600 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
P-9 Boeing P-9
Shoulder-wing monoplane fighter. One built.
Type: XP-9
Year: 1928 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 600hp Curtiss V-1570
Max. Speed: 200mph Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
PW-9 Boeing PW-9.
Biplane fighter. 113 built.
Type: PW-9
Year: 1925 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 320kW Curtiss D-12
Max. Speed: 250 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 1*mg12.7mm 1*mg7.62mm
F-10 Douglas F-10 Skynight
Renamed F3D.
F10F Grumman F10F Jaguar
Variable geometry aircraft. Only limited experimental use. One built.
Type: XF10F-1
Year: 1952 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 4945kg Westinghouse XJ40-W-8
Max. Speed: 1160 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
P-10 Curtiss P-10
Another member of the Curtiss Hawk family.
F-11 Grumman F-11 Tiger
Renamed F11F.
F11C Curtiss F11C Goshawk
A member of the Hawk family. The F11C was basically a developed
F6C. The F11C-3 had a retractable undercarriage, and was later renamed
BF2C.
Type: F11C-2
Year: 1933 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 550kW Wrighte SR-1820-78
Max. Speed: 330 km/u Ceiling: 7400 m Max. Range: 900 km
Armament: 2*mg7.62mm
F11F Grumman F11F Tiger
Very elegant shipboard fighter from Grumman. Served only a short
time with the fleet but a long time with aerobatic teams.
Type: F11F-1
Year: 1957 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 5000kg Wright J65-4
Max. Speed: 1432 km/u Ceiling: 15400 m Max. Range: 1130 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
P-11 Curtiss XP-11
Another Curtiss Hawk?
F-12 Lockheed YF-12
The YF-12 was a fighter derivative (?) of the A-12 recce/spy
aircraft.
Type: YF-12
Year: 1962 Crew: 2 Engines: 2 * 14740kg P&W J58
Max. Speed: M 3 Ceiling: 24400 m Max. Range: 4800 km
Armament: msl
F12C Curtiss F12C
Parasol-wing two-seat fighter. One built.
Type: XF12C-1
Year: Crew: 2 Engines: 1 *
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
P-12 Boeing P-12
Biplane fighter. The naval version of this aircraft was the F4B.
Type: P-12E
Year: Crew: 1 Engines: 1 *
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F-14 Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Large and powerful two-seat shipboard fighter.
Type: F-14A
Year: 1972 Crew: 2 Engines: 2 * 9500kg P&W TF30-P-412A
Max. Speed: 2500 km/u Ceiling: 18300 m Max. Range: 2200 km
Armament: 1*g20mm
F14C Curtiss XF14C
This heavy fighter had disappointing performance. One built.
Type: XF14C-2
Year: 1944 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1690kW Wright XR-3350-16
Max. Speed: 682 km/u Ceiling: 12000 m Max. Range: 2180 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
F-15 McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Twin-engined air-superiority fighter.
Type: F-15A
Year: 1973 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 12300kg P&W F100-PW-100
Max. Speed: M 2.3 Ceiling: 20000 m Max. Range: 4600 km
Armament: 1*g20mm
F15C Curtiss XF15C
Mixed power fighter. Last Navy Curtiss fighter. Three built.
Type: XF15C-1
Year: 1945 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1545kW P&W R-2800-34W
1 * 1225kg Allis-Chalmers J36
Max. Speed: 755 km/u Ceiling: 12750 m Max. Range: 2230 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
P-15 Boeing P-15
Derivative of F5B.
Type: XP-15
Year: 1930 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 330kW P&W Wasp
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F-16 General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
Well known light fighter aircraft, in use with 17 (or more) air
forces.
Type: F-16A
Year: 1976 Crew: Engines: 1 * 11350kg P&W F100-PW-100
Max. Speed: 2125 km/u Ceiling: 17000 m Max. Range: 4020 km
Armament: 1*g20mm
F-16 General Dynamics F-16XL
Derivative of the F-16 with a large cranked delta wing.
Prototypes only.
Type: F-16XL
Year: 1931 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 11350kg P&W F100-PW-100
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 1*g20mm
F-17 Northrop YF-17
The YF-17 lost out to the YF-16 but was the basis for the F-18.
Type: YF-17
Year: 1974 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * G.E. YJ101-GE-100
Max. Speed: 2071km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 4506 km
Armament: 1*g20mm msl
P-17 Curtiss P-17
A conversion of the P-1 Hawk.
F-18 McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet
Twin-engined shipboard fighter.
Type: F-18A
Year: 1980 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 7250kg GE F404-GE-400
Max. Speed: 2125 km/u Ceiling: 15250 m Max. Range: 3670 km
Armament: 1*g20mm
F-19 ?
Rumoured name for 'Stealth' design. Maybe the F-117, maybe not.
F-20 Northrop F-20 Tigershark
Previous name was F-5G. The F-20 was a capable aircraft but
found no customer. Three built.
Type: F-20
Year: 1982 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 7711kg G.E. F404-GE-100
Max. Speed: 2124km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 2965 km
Armament: 2*g20mm
P-20 Curtiss YP-20
A conversion of the P-11.
F-21 IAI Kfir
Israeli aircraft that were in service in the US as agressors.
Type: Kfir C-1
Year: 1975 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 8120kg P&W J79-PW-17
Max. Speed: 2445 km/u Ceiling: 18000 m Max. Range: 1300+ km
Armament: 2*g30mm
P-21 Curtiss XP-21
Conversion of the P-3.
F-22 Lockheed F-22 Lightning II
Stealth air-superiority fighter.
Type: YF-22
Year: 1990 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * G.E. YF120-GE-100
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
P-22 Curtiss P-22
The YP-22 was the prototype of the P-6E.
F-23 Northrop F-23
Stealth air-superiority fighter.
Type: YFf-23
Year: 1990 Crew: Engines: 2 * P&W YF119-PW-100
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
P-23 Curtiss XP-23
Conversion of the P-6E.
P-24 Lockheed P-24
Large monoplane two-seat fighter. One built.
Type: P-24
Year: 1931 Crew: 2 Engines: 1 * 440kW Curtiss Conqueror
Max. Speed: 364 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 3*mg
P-25 Consolidated P-25
Consolidated development of the Lockheed P-24.
P-26 Boeing P-26 Peashooter
First monoplane USAAF fighter.
Type: P-26C
Year: 1934 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 440kW
Max. Speed: 380 km/u Ceiling: 8530 m Max. Range: 1100 km
Armament: 1-2*mg7.62mm
P-27 Consolidated P-27
The Y1P-27 was a P-25 reengined with a P&W R-1340-21.
Cancelled.
P-28 Consolidated P-28
The Y1P-27 was a P-25 reengined with a P&W R-1340-19.
Cancelled.
P-29 Boeing XP-29
Built by Boeing as a more modern alternative to the P-26.
Not accepted by the USAAF.
Type: YP-29
Year: 1934 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 *
Max. Speed: 400 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 1300 km
Armament:
P-30 Convair P-30
Derivative of the P-25
P-31 Curtiss XP-31 Swift
Also known as XP-934
P-32 Boeing XP-32
Version of the P-29A
P-33 Consolidated P-33
A P-25 with a P&W R-1830-1.
P-35 Seversky P-35
Monoplane fighter built in competition with the P-36.
Some 180 built.
Type: P-35A
Year: 1939 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 770kW P&W R-1830-45
Max. Speed: 499 km/u Ceiling: 9550 m Max. Range: 1850 km
Armament: 2*mg12.7mm 2*mg7.62mm
P-36 Curtiss P-36 Hawk
The P-36 was the first USAAF fighter making use of modern
technology, but was obsolete at the outbreak of WWII. 1424 built.
Type: P-36A
Year: 1935 Crew: Engines: 1 * 770kW R-1830-13
Max. Speed: 483 km/u Ceiling: 10100 m Max. Range: 1330 km
Armament: 1*mg12.7mm 1*mg7.62mm
P-37 Curtiss P-37
Derived from the P-36. Only 13 built.
Type: YP-37
Year: 1939 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * Allison V-1720
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
P-37 Hughes XP-37
Night fighter project, built of wood. Rejected, but revived as the
XA-37.
P-38 Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Highly succesful twin-boom WWII fighter.
Type: P-38F
Year: 1942 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 900kW Allison V-1710-49/53
Max. Speed: 628 km/u Ceiling: 11900 m Max. Range: 1125 km
Armament: 1*g20mm 4*mg12.7mm
P-39 Bell P-39 Airacobra
The small Airacobra, with its engine above the wing behind the pilot,
turning the prop by a long shaft, was a disappointment.
But USAAF conservatism should take at least part of the blame for
this.
Type: P-39D
Year: 1941 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1200kW Allison V-1710-35
Max. Speed: 521 km/u Ceiling: 32100 ft Max. Range: 1770 km
Armament: 1xg37mm 4xmg7.62mm 2xmg12.7mm
P-40 Curtiss P-40
Developed form the P-36, the P-40 was never the equal of its
opponents. It was subject of continuous improvment and
served throughout WWII.
Type: P-40E-1
Year: 1942 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1150kW Allison V-1710-39
Max. Speed: 582 km/u Ceiling: 8900 m Max. Range: 1370 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
P-41 Republic XP-41
Development of P-35. Only one built.
Type: XP-41
Year: 1939 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 880kW P&W R-1830-19
Max. Speed: 520 km/u Ceiling: m Range: 1175 km
Armament:
P-42 Curtiss XP-42 Hawk
A development of the P-36. One built.
Type: XP-42
Year: 1939 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * P&W R-1830-31
Max. Speed: 552 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
P-43 Republic P-43 Lancer
Development of the P-35.
Type: P-43A
Year: 1940 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 880kW P&W R-1830-57
Max. Speed: 573 km/u Ceiling: 11000 m Max. Range: 2300 km
Armament: 2*mg12.7mm 2*mg7.62mm
P-44 Republic XP-44 Rocket
Development of P-43. Cancelled.
Type: XP-44
Year: 1939 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1030kW Wright R-1820-1
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
P-45 Bell P-45 Airacobra
The USAAF intended to use this number for the production version
of the Airacobra. In the end it was called P-39C.
P-46 Curtiss XP-46
The P-46 was designed to improve on the P-40, but the P-40D with the
same engine had superior performance. Two built.
Type: XP-46
Year: 1941 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 845kW Allison V-1710-39
Max. Speed: 571 km/u Ceiling: 9000 m Range: +325 miles
Armament: 2*mg12.7mm 8*mg7.62mm
P-47 Republic XP-47 (P-47 and P-47A)
The first P-47 project had an Allison V-1710. Cancelled.
P-47 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt (from B onwards)
The Jug(gernaut) was a big and very powerful high-altitude fighter,
in its developed versions capable of taking on any adversary. It also
was a very useful ground-attack aircraft. Most built US fighter of
WWII with 15683 aircraft.
Type: P-47D-30
Year: 1943 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1865kW P&W R-2800-59
Max. Speed: 687 km/u Ceiling: 12800 m Max. Range: 2900 km
Armament: 8*mg12.7mm
P-48 Douglas XP-48
Lightweight high-altitude fighter. Cancelled.
Type: XP-48
Year: 1939 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 525 hp Ranger SGV-770
Max. Speed: 525 mph Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 1*mg12.7mm 1*mg7.62mm
P-49 Lockheed XP-49
Developed from the P-38, but proved inferior to later version of
the P-38.
Type: XP-49
Year: 1942 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 1175kW Continental XI-1430-13/15
Max. Speed: 406 mph Ceiling: 37500 ft Max. Range: 1800 miles
Armament: 2*g20mm 2*mg12.7mm
P-50 Grumman XP-50 Skyrocket
USAAF version of F5F.
P-51 North American P-51 Mustang
Too famous for comment.
Type: P-51D
Year: 1944 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1100kW RR-Packard V-1650-7 Merlin
Max. Speed: 703 km/u Ceiling: 12800 m Max. Range: 3350 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
P-52 Bell XP-52
Twin-boom pusher fighter project. Cancelled.
Type: XP-52
Year: 1940 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1250hp Continental XIV-1430-5
Max. Speed: 425 mph Ceiling: 40000 ft Max. Range: 960 miles
Armament: 2*g20mm 6*mg12.7mm
P-53 Curtiss XP-53
Variation on the P-40 with a new wing. Cancelled.
Type: XP-53
Year: 1940 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 920kW Continental XIV-1430-3
Max. Speed: 724 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 8*mg12.7mm
P-54 Vultee XP-54
Experimental twin-boom pusher-prop fighter. Experimental only.
Type: XP-54
Year: 1943 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 2200hp Lycoming XH-2470
Max. Speed: 381 mph Ceiling: 37000 ft Max. Range: km
Armament: 2*g37mm 2*mg12.7mm
P-55 Curtiss XP-55 Ascender
Experimental fighter of canard configuration with a pusher engine.
Had unimpressive performance.
Type: XP-55
Year: 1943 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1275hp Allison V-1710-95
Max. Speed: 390 mph Ceiling: 34600 ft Max. Range: 1440 miles
Armament: 4*mg12.7mm
P-56 Northrop XP-56
Tailless flying wing fighter. The original engine was cancelled and
the reengined prototypes had bad characteristics.
Type: XP-56
Year: 1943 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 2000hp P&W R-2800-29
Max. Speed: 671 km/u Ceiling: 33000 ft Max. Range: 660 miles
Armament: 2*g20mm 4*mg12.7mm
P-57 Tucker XP-57
Lightweight high-altitude fighter with the engine in the
mid-fuselage. Cancelled.
Type: XP-57
Year: 1940 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 720hp Miller L-510
Max. Speed: 308 mph Ceiling: m Max. Range: 960 miles
Armament: 3 * mg12.7mm
P-58 Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning
Long-term development of P-38. Numberous changes of requirements
and engines resulted in a waste of money.
Type: XP-58
Year: 1944 Crew: 2 Engines: 2 * Allison V-3420-11/13
Max. Speed: 436 mph Ceiling: 38400 ft Max. Range: 2650 miles
Armament: 4 * g37mm
P-59 Bell XP-59
The first P-59 was a pusher prop fighter project developed from
the P-52. Cancelled.
P-59 Bell P-59 Airacomet
First US jet aircraft. A failure as a fighter, but useful as
training aircraft.
Type:
Year: Crew: Engines: x
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
P-60 Curtiss XP-60
Developed from the P-53. Numerous changes failed to produce a
succesful fighter.
Type:
Year: Crew: Engines: x
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
P-61 Northrop P-61 Black Widow
The only specially designed night fighter of WWII. A large
twin-engined aircraft that enjoyed some success.
Type: P-61B-20
Year: 1944 Crew: 3 Engines: 2 * P&W R-2800-10
Max. Speed: 582 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 1513 km
Armament: 4*g20mm 4*mg12.7mm
P-62 Curtiss XP-62
Large, innovative high-altitude fighter. One built.
Type: XP-62
Year: 1943 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1690kW Wright R-3350-17
Max. Speed: 721 km/u Ceiling: 10900 m Max. Range: km
Armament: 4*g20mm
P-63 Bell P-63 Kingcobra
The Kingcobra was a development of the Airacobra. The USAF
used specially-equipped P-63 as target aircraft, but did not want it
as a fighter. Most went to the USSR.
Type: P-63A
Year: 1943 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 975kW Allison V-1710-93
Max. Speed: 660 km/u Ceiling: 13100 m Max. Range: 4100 km
Armament: 1*g37mm 4*mg12.7mm
P-64 North American P-64
The P-64 was a fighter extrapolation of the well known T-6 trainer.
Aircraft built for Thailand went to the USAAF and were named P-64.
Never used as fighters. 13 built.
Type: P-64
Year: 1935 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 640kW Wright R-1820-77
Max. Speed: 434 km/u Ceiling: 8400 m Max. Range: 1550 km
Armament: 2*mg7.62mm 2*g20mm
P-65 Grumman XP-65
The USAAF used this number for the F7F.
P-66 Vultee P-66 Vanguard
Most of the 144 aircraft built were Lend-Leased to China.
Some were a short time in US service of Pearl Harbour.
Type: P-66
Year: 1940 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 880kW P&W R-1830-33
Max. Speed: 547 km/u Ceiling: 8600 m Max. Range: 1530 km
Armament: 2*mg12.7mm 4*mg7.62mm
P-67 McDonnell XP-67
The odd-looking P-67 -- airfoil shape was applied
to its entire fuselage and the engine nacelles -- did not
meet expectations, due in large part to the
troublesome engines.
Type: XP-67
Year: 1944 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 1545kW Chrysler XI-1430 V
Max. Speed: 652 km/u Ceiling: 11400 m Max. Range: 3840 km
Armament: 6*g37mm
P-68 Vultee XP-68
Development of P-54 with another engine. Cancelled.
P-69 Republic XP-69
High-altitude fighter with the engine buried in the mid-fuselage
position. Cancelled in favour of the P-72.
Type: XP-69
Year: 1943 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1840kW Wright R-2460-3
Max. Speed: 450 mph Ceiling: 48900ft Max. Range: 1800 mls
Armament: 2*g37mm 4*mg12.7mm
P-70 Douglas P-70
The P-70 was an improvised night fighter version of the twin-engined
A-20 bomber aircraft.
P-71 Curtiss XP-71
Cancelled. The XP-71 was a very big twin-engined fighter with
two pusher engines.
P-72 Republic XP-72
Development of P-47. The introduction of jet aircraft made the P-72
superfluous.
Type: XP-72
Year: 1944 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 2540kW P&W R-4360-13
Max. Speed: 788 km/u Ceiling: 12800 m Max. Range: 2460 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
P-75 General Motors P-75 Eagle
GM tried to build a fighter from parts of other aircraft. It more or
less succeeded, eventually... 14 built.
Type: XP-75
Year: 1943 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 2920kW Allison V-3420-23
Max. Speed: 697 km/u Ceiling: 11100 m Max. Range: 3300 km
Armament: 10*mg12.7mm
P-76 Bell XP-76
The XP-76 was a more refined P-39 Airacobra with a laminar
flow wing. Also known as the XP-39E. Three built.
Type: XP-76
Year: Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1325hp Allison V-1770-47
Max. Speed: 368mph Ceiling: Max. Range:
Armament:
P-77 Bell XP-77
Unsuccesfull attempt to built an extremely light-weight fighter.
Two built.
Type: XP-77
Year: 1944 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 380kW Ranger XV-770-7
Max. Speed: 531 km/u Ceiling: 9200 m Max. Range: 885 km
Armament: 2*mg12.7mm
P-78 North American XP-78 Mustang
When a RR Merlin was installed in the P-51, the aircraft was deemed
worthy of a new number. In the end, it was called P-51B.
P-79 Northrop XP-79 Flying Ram
A flying wing-aircraft, two jet engines, the pilot prone in the nose.
Its name indicates its intended use. Destroyed on first flight.
Type: XP-79B
Year: 1945 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 522kg Westinghouse
Max. Speed: 821 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 1600 km
Armament: 4*mg12.7mm
F-80 Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star
Renamed F-80.
P-80 Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star
First operational US jet fighter. Too late for WWII, but served
well in Korea as attack aircraft. 1732 built.
Type: P-80A-1
Year: 1945 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1750kg Allison J33-A-14
Max. Speed: 898 km/u Ceiling: 13700 m Max. Range: 1770 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
P-81 Consolidated Vultee XP-81
The XP-81 was an experimental fighter with a TG-180 turboprop and
an J-33 turbojet. Two built.
Type: XP-81
Year: 1945 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1700kW G.E. XT31-GE-1
1 * 1705kg Allison J33-GE-5
Max. Speed: 815 km/u Ceiling: 10830 m Max. Range: 4025 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
F-82 North American F-82 Twin Mustang
Renamed P-82.
P-82 North American P-82 Twin Mustang
The F-82 used two elongated P-51H fuselages and P-51H
outer wings, joined by a new center-wing panel.
Type: F-82F
Year: Crew: 2 Engines: 2 * 1600kW Allison V-1710-143/145
Max. Speed: 750 km/u Ceiling: 12800 m Max. Range: 3450 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
P-83 Bell XP-83
The XP-83 was an long-range, twin-engined jet fighter roughly
similar to the P-59. Two built.
Type: XP-83
Year: 1945 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 1815kg G.E. J33-GE-5
Max. Speed: 840 km/u Ceiling: 9150 m Max. Range: 2700 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
F-84 Republic F-84 Thunderjet
This straight-wing fighter proved to be an useful fighter-bomber.
Type: F-84D
Year: 1948 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1700kg Allison J35-A-13C
Max. Speed: 945 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 1930 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
The F-84F was a major rework of the F-84, with sweptback wings and
a new engine, and kept the same number for political reasons. It
would have been the F-96 at first.
Type: F-84F
Year: 1952 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * Westinghouse J65-W-3
Max. Speed: 1060 km/u Ceiling: 12000 m Max. Range: 3440 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash
The RF-84F had wing root intakes to make room for photographic
equipment in the nose. The RF-84K's had anhedralled tailplanes
to fit under the bomb bay of a GRB-36.
Type: RF-84F
Year: Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 3540kg Wright J65-W-7
Max. Speed: 936 km/u Ceiling: 12000 m Max. Range: km
Armament: 4*mg12.7mm
Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech
Turboprop-powered attack aircraft. Probably the noisiest aircraft
ever built. Twelve flights, eleven ermergencies...
Type: XF-84H
Year: 1955 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 3920kW Allison XT40-A-1
Max. Speed: 1080 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 3* g16mm
P-84 Republic P-84
Renamed F-84.
F-85 McDonnell XF-85 Goblin
The Goblin was a parasite fighter intended to be carried by the
B-36. Hook-ons proved too dangerous. Two built.
Type: XF-85
Year: 194 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 1360kg Westinghouse J34-WE-22
Max. Speed: 830 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament: 4*mg12.7mm
F-86 North American F-86 Sabre
First USAF swept-wing fighter. The famous opponent of the MiG-51 in
Korea.
Type: F-86F
Year: 1948 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 2710kg G.E. J47-GE-27
Max. Speed: 1120 km/u Ceiling: 15200 m Max. Range: 2050 km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm
F-87 Curtiss XF-87 Blackhawk
Beautiful but underpowered four-engined night fighter. Last fighter
built by Curtiss.
Type: XF-87
Year: 1948 Crew: 2 Engines: 4 * 3000lb Westinghouse J34
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F-88 McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo
This fighter failed to attract orders.
Served as prototype for the F-101. One was converted to a testbed
for high-speed propellors.
Type:
Year: Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 1633kg Westinghouse J34-WE-15
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F-89 Northrop F-89 Scorpion
Large twin-engined all-weather fighter.
Type: F-89D
Year: 1953 Crew: 2 Engines: 2 * 3270kg Allison J35-A-35
Max. Speed: 1020 km/u Ceiling: 15000 m Max. Range: 2200 km
Armament: 104 rockets.
F-90 Lockheed XF-90
Designed by Kelly Johnson, this transsonic fighter lost out to
the XF-88. Two built.
Type: XF-90
Year: 1949 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 1800kg Westinghouse J-34
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F-91 Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor
The Thunderceptor had inverse-taper wings and a rocket booster
engine. First US fighter to exceed mach 1 in level flight.
Type: XF-91
Year: 1949 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 3200 kg G.E. J47
2 * Reaction Motors XLR11-RN-9
Max. Speed: 1584km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 1885 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
F-92 Convair XF-92A
This was, in fact, a reduced-scale flying model of
the cancelled XF-92 fighter. It was used by NASA for research.
Type: XF-92A
Year: 1948 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 2086 Allison J33-A-23
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
F-93 North American YF-93
Later named YF-86C. A Sabre development with a solid nose and
flush intakes, intended as escort fighter. Two built.
Type: YF-93A
Year: 1950 Crew: 2 Engines: 1 * 2722kg P&W J48-P-1
Max. Speed: 1139km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 3165 km
Armament: 6 * g20mm
F-94 Lockheed F-94
All-weather interceptor derived form the T-33. Only the F-94C was
called 'Starfire'.
Type: F-94C
Year: 1949 Crew: 2 Engines: 1 * 3970kg P&W J48
Max. Speed: 960 km/u Ceiling: 15000 m Max. Range: 1800 km
Armament: 48 r.
F-95 North American F-95
This number was intended for what became the F-86D.
F-96 Republic F-96 Thunderstreak.
This number was intended for what became the F84F. The YF-96 itself
was a more direct swept-wing development of the F-84, still using
the J35 engine.
F-97 Lockheed F-97 Starfire
This number was intended for what became the F94C.
F-98 Hughes XF-98 Falcon
Common sense won and this was considered a missile, not a fighter:
the AIM-4 Falcon.
F-99 Marquardt-Boeing F-99 Bomarc
This too was a missile.
F-100 North American F-100 Super Sabre
First operational supersonic fighter. The F-100 had a long and
distinguished career, but was not without problems.
Type: F-100D
Year: 1956 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 7260kg P&W J57-P-21
Max. Speed: 1471 km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 920 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
F-101 McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
Due to continuously changing requirements, the F-101 had a protracted
development. 807 built.
Type: F-101B
Year: 1957 Crew: 2 Engines: 2 * 6600kg P&W J57-P-53
Max. Speed: M 1.85 Ceiling: 15850 m Max. Range: 2800 km
Armament: msl
F-102 Convair F-102 Delta Dagger
This delta-wing interceptor was amongst the first to be designed
as part of a 'weapon system'and to employ the area rule.
Type: F-102A
Year: 1954 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 7800kg P&W J57-P-23
Max. Speed: M 1.25 Ceiling: 16500 m Max. Range: 2170 km
Armament: msl
F-103 Republic XF-103
Twin-engined delta-wing fighter. Cancelled.
F-104 Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
The F-104 interceptor had exceptional performance but rather
limited ability to carry equipment and armament. Its
all-round fighter-bomber F-104G variant enjoyed great sales
and a poor safety record.
Type: F-104G
Year: 1960 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 7170kg G.E. J79-GE-11A
Max. Speed: M 2.2 Ceiling: 17700 m Max. Range: 3500 km
Armament: 1*g20mm
F-105 Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Large fighter-bomber that was used a lot in Vietnam until the available
force was too much downgraded by losses. approx 900 built.
Type: F-105D
Year: 1958 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 12010kg P&W J75-P-19W
Max. Speed: M 2.1 Ceiling: m Max. Range: 3800 km
Armament: 1*g20mm
F-106 Convair F-106 Delta Dart
Development of the F-102. The F-106 interceptor served
many years with the USAF. 341 built.
Type: F-106A
Year: 1959 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 11130kg P&W J57-P-17
Max. Speed: 2020km/u Ceiling: 17400 m Max. Range: 4300 km
Armament: msl. A 20mm cannon was added later.
F-106 Republic F-106 Thunderscreech
This designation was also used briefly for the XF-84H.
F-107 North American YF-107 Super Sabre
The F-107 was an interceptor development of the F-100 with
the intake above and behind the cockpit. Began life as the F-100B.
Type: F-107A
Year: 1956 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 11113 kg P&W YJ75-P-9
Max. Speed: 1432km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: 1300 km
Armament: 4*g20mm
F-108 North American XF-108 Rapier
Project for a Mach 3+ long-range interceptor. Cancelled.
F-108 Bell F-108
Some sources indicate that this became the X-14, but the X-14 built
and flown can not be called a fighter...
F-109 Ryan F-109
Became the Ryan X-Vertijet, a tail-sitting VTOL testbed.
F-109 Bell F-109
A large Mach 2.3 VTOL fighter projects. Had two engines in
each rotating nacelle on the wingtips, and four more lift engines
in the fuselage. Cancelled.
F-110 McDonnell F-110 Phantom II
Renamed F-4.
F-111 General Dynamics F-111
The F-111 is a attack/strike aircraft rather than a fighter.
The Grumman F-111B shipboard fighter, based on the GD F-111,
was a failure.
Type: F-111D
Year: 1971 Crew: 2 Engines: 2 * 8890kg P&W TF30-P-9
Max. Speed: 2660 km/u Ceiling: 19000 m Max. Range: 6100 km
Armament:
F-112 |
F-113 |
F-114 | Designations rumoured to be assigned to USSR fighters in
F-115 | USAF service.
F-116 |
F-117 Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
The F-117 is a 'Stealth' attack aircraft. The logic behind this
designation remains mysterious or is non-existent.
Type: F-117A
Year: 1981 Crew: 1 Engines: 2 * 48kN G.E. F404
Max. Speed: km/u Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
P-322 Lockheed P-322 Lightning
Number assigned to Lightnings built to British contracts, without
turbochargers.
P-400 Bell P-400 Airacobra
Number assigned to the Airacobra's built to British contracts.
P-900 Lockheed P-900
Renamed P-24.
P-934 Curtiss P-934
Also known as P-31
P-936 Boeing P-936
The two P-26 prototypes, that were at first owned by Boeing and
not the USAF, had this number.
P-948 Northrop XP-948
Based on the FT and intended as a possible successor to the P-26.
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Folowing aircraft were used before a code sequence was assigned. During
WWI, the US used large numbers of French and British aircraft; these
are not included here.
Curtiss 18T Triplane
The USN ordered two of these triplane fighters in March 1918.
Type: 18T
Year: 1918 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 400hp Curtiss K.12
Max. Speed: 163mph Ceiling: m Max. Range: 550mls
Armament:
Loening M-8
Two-seat monoplane fighter. Available too late for use in the war.
Type: M-8
Year: Crew: 2 Engines: 1 * 340hp Hispano-Suiza H
Max. Speed: 146 mph Ceiling: 26000 ft Max. Range: km
Armament:
Standard E-1
These biplane fighters were used as trainers.
Type: E-1
Year: 1917 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 80hp Le Rhone
Max. Speed: 100 mph Ceiling: 14800 ft Max. Range: km
Armament:
Thomas-Morse S.4 and S.5
Single-seat biplane fighter. Mainly used for advanced training.
Type: S.4C
Year: 1917 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 80hp Le Rhone
Max. Speed: 97 mph Ceiling: m Max. Range: km
Armament:
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