Described by General Eisenhower as one of the 4 weapons that helped the Allies to win the WWII, Douglas DC3 and its military variant the C-47 Skytrain (Dakota in RAF service) has since gone on to be an instantly symbol of both air travel and the liberation of taken lands that so characterized the WWII.
Chance Vought F4U Corsair was an US fighter aircraft that entered service primarily in WWII and the Korean War. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought's manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear.
Messerschmitt Me262 was the first jet fighter in the world. Design had begun at Messerschmitt as early as April 39 on a new high-speed fighter plane the propulsion of which was to consist of the “turbine jet” system.
F8F Bearcat was the last of Grumman's piston-engine carrier-based fighters. Two XF8F-1 prototypes were ordered in November 1943, and the first of these was flown on 21 August 1944. Grumman decided once again to use the most powerful engine available at the moment.