Wildcat was the main shipboard fighter when the US entered WWII. The F4F was barrel-shaped, with angular wingtips and rudder and a narrow-track undercarriage. The F4F was well-armed and reliable, and was a natural shipboard aircraft, probably more easier to land on a carrier deck than on land.
P-40 fighter/ bomber was the last of the famous "Hawk" line developed by Curtiss Aircraft in the 30s and 40s, and it shared certain design elements with its predecessors. It was the third-most numerous US fighter of WWII.
D520 was a French fighter aircraft that entered service in early 40s, right after the start of WWII. It turned out the best French fighter of the war. The initial prototype of D520 flew in October 1938.
The Grumman F9F Panther was the manufacturer's first jet fighter and the US Navy's second. It first flew in 47, powered by a Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet built under license by Pratt & Whitney as the J42.
Messerschmitt Me262 "Swallow" was the world's first working jet-powered fighter aircraft. Officially named "Swallow", the Allies named it the “Storm bird”. The Me262 had a negligible impact on the course of the WWII, but its design was highly influential on postwar aircraft development.
P-39 “Airacobra” was one of the best fighter aircraft in service with American forces at the start of World War II. It was developed by the Bell Aircraft Corporation. The aircraft's unusual design featured an Allison engine mounted in the middle of the fuselage, just behind the pilot, driving the propeller through a driveshaft passing between the pilot's...
Grumman F9F Panther was the manufacturer's first jet fighter and one of the U.S. Navy's first successful carrier-based jet fighters. The Panther was the most used U.S. Navy jet fighter of the Korean War, flying 78,000 sorties and scoring the first air-to-air kill by the US Navy in the war, the drop of a North Korean Yakovlev Yak-9 fighter.
F-16 Fighting Falcon is an American multirole jet fighter aircraft originally designed for the United States Air Force. Designed as a lightweight fighter, it evolved into a successful multirole aircraft. The Falcon's versatility is the reason why it was a success on the export market, serving at less 24 countries.
Supermarine Spitfire is the most beautifully designed single seat fighter to appear during WWII.Spitfire went through changes throughout its life. Early changes resulted in the Mk.V series of Spitfires which became the most widely produced versions of all Mk's. The most numerous Mk.V was the "b" version which had a mixed armament of two 7.7mm machine guns...