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The Planes section presents playable planes that will be available in the beginning of the closed beta-test (over 100 models), so it's far not a final list and new models of planes will be added even during the beta

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Po-2

The U-2, or Po-2, was a multi-role biplane, created by Nikolay Polikarpov in 1928. The U-2 was designed as a primary civilian trainer and was forgiving and easy to fly. Its inaugural flight took place on 7th January 1928, with M. M. Gromov at the controls.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1927
P-26A-34

Many problems were revealed when the P-26's operation began. The 29th production P-26А was the first to obtain enlarged fuselage spine fairing, and the planes already produced were modified directly on the front lines.

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1934
P-26A-34 M2

P-26Аs produced later had reinforced armament: one synchronous 7.62 mm Browning M1 machine gun to the left of the fuselage and one synchronous large-calibre 12.7 mm Browning M2.5 machine gun to the right.

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1934
P-26A-33

A single-seat, all-metal braced monoplane fighter with an open cockpit and retractable landing gear in its fairings. It was designed by the design office of the Boeing Company.

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1934
P-26A-35

A number of countries showed interest in the Peashooter, and the Boeing Company began to create an export version of the aircraft. The first plane of its kind (Model 281) got off the ground for the first time in August 1934.

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1934
P-26B-35

In addition to the P-26Аs they had already received, the USAAC ordered 25 more fighters. Two of them were designated P-26В (Model 266A). These aircraft were equipped with 600 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340-33 nine-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected engines.

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1935
He-51B-2 hydroplane

In March 1935, Germany officially refused to comply with the Treaty of Versailles clause that restricted the country's military power. And although June 18, 1935 saw the signing of a naval treaty between Germany and Great Britain which stated that the number of Kriegsmarine ships could not exceed 35% of the Royal Navy's combined strength, the path to the German fleet’s quick growth was open. An adequate buildup of naval aviation was immediately required. So, E. Heinkel's suggestion to create a floatplane fighter based on the He 51 was received with favour at the Kriegsmarine Headquarters

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter, Floatplane
Year : 1935
He-51A-1

A single-seat biplane of composite structure with fixed landing gear. This aircraft was designed by Heinkel Flugzeugwerke AG under the guidance of the brothers Siegfried and Walter Günter.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1935
He-112B-0

Ernst Heinkel continued to improve his fighter. The He 112 was drastically redesigned. It was actually a new aircraft, although the former designation was retained. The He 112 V9 prototype, which later became the main aircraft of the He 112 B-0 preproduction batch, even differed from its predecessors in external appearance.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1936
He-51B-1

In the spring of 1935, a new fighter variant, the He 51 B-1, was launched into production. It differed from the "A" version in that it had reinforced twin braces and a fuselage rack to mount a 170-litre external fuel tank.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1936
He-112V-5

A single-seat all-metal monoplane fighter with an enclosed cockpit and a retractable landing gear system including tail wheel. This aircraft was designed in the Heinkel Flugzeugwerke design bureau by the brothers Walter and Siegfried Günter.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1936
Swordfish Mk.I

 A single-engine biplane torpedo bomber of mixed construction. The TSR II was first flown on April 17, 1934, and mass production began in June of 1936, and in July the plane entered the service of the FAA. The Swordfish Mk.I was fitted with an in-line air-cooled...


 

Country : Great Britain
Type : Torpedo Bomber
Year : 1936
SB 2M-100

This aircraft was designed in the Department of Aviation, Hydroaviation and Aircraft Prototype Engineering (AGOS) of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) under the direction of A. N. Tupolev and A. A. Arkhangelski. A prototype ANT-40-1 made its first flight on 7 October 1934.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1936
He-112A-0

A single-seat all-metal monoplane fighter with an enclosed cockpit and a retractable landing gear system including tail wheel. This aircraft was designed in the Heinkel Flugzeugwerke design bureau by the brothers Walter and Siegfried Günter.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1936
S.79 of 1936 year series

A mixed-construction monoplane with a retractable landing gear system including tail wheel. Crew: 4-5. Created in the SIAI (Societa Idrovolanti Alta Italia) design firm, led by Alessandro Marchetti, as a passenger aircraft.

Country : Italy
Type : Bomber
Year : 1936
He-51C-1

The He 51 C-1 variant was launched into full-scale production in 1936. These aircraft were notable for their bomb racks, which were able to suspend six 10 kg fragmentation bombs. The bomb racks were mounted under the lower wing panels.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter, Ground Attack
Year : 1936
He-51C-1 late

The combat début of the He 51 fighter took place in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. Heinkel fighters were flown both by Spanish Nationalists, including Joaquin Garcia-Morato, the best ace of the Spanish War, and by German fighter pilots of the famous Condor Legion.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter, Ground Attack
Year : 1936
SB 2M-100A

After the SB bombers were launched into full-scale production, their manufacturing technique, assembly quality, and operational reliability continued to be improved. The designers hoped to make the aircraft's flight characteristics better by installing more powerful engines.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1936
SB 2M-100A spanish

A baptism of fire for the SB bombers occurred in the autumn of 1936, in the course of the Spanish Civil War. On October 23, 1936, the MS Stariy Bolshevik delivered the first SB 2M-100 bombers to the Spanish port of Cartagena.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1936
G.50 Freccia seria 2

The Fiat G.50 Freccia (“Arrow”) was the first Italian all-metal monoplane fighter, which, although clearly inferior to allied fighters of the time, was the best Italian fighter aircraft.


 

Country : Italy
Type : Fighter
Year : 1937
G.50 Freccia seria 7AS

The Fiat G.50 Freccia (“Arrow”) was the first Italian all-metal monoplane fighter, which, although clearly inferior to allied fighters of the time, was the best Italian fighter aircraft. Development of the fighter began in 1936, at the request of the Italian Air Force...

Country : Italy
Type : Fighter
Year : 1937
Gladiator Mk.IIS

The Gloster Gladiator biplane fighter was the last and best biplane of the British Air Force. Biplane design was already considered outdated by the time production of the Gladiator started, but it was clear that Britain might not have time to develop mass monoplane production before full-scale war began.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1937
Blenheim Mk.IV

The Bristol Blenheim was a British high-speed light bomber, widely used from the early days of WWII. Later variants included a heavy fighter which proved rather successful. The Blenheim was the first British...

Country : Great Britain
Type : Bomber
Year : 1937
Gladiator Mk.IIF

The Gloster Gladiator biplane fighter was the last and best biplane of the British Air Force. Biplane design was already considered outdated by the time production of the Gladiator started, but it was clear that Britain might not have time to develop mass monoplane production before full-scale war began.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1937
Bf.110C-4

The Messerschmitt Bf 110 was a twin-engine Zerstoerer (Destroyer, heavy fighter) used by the Luftwaffe in WWII. Due to poor performance in its intended role, it was quickly relegated to ground attack and night fighter roles. 

Country : Germany
Type : Heavy Fighter
Year : 1937
S.79 of 1937 year series

Beginning with the 2nd production series, the S.79’s dorsal “hump” was shortened (previously it had reached almost to the front door), and the teardrop-shaped fairings were removed. On each side of the hump, a couple of windows were added to better illuminate the radio operator’s and mechanic’s workspaces.

Country : Italy
Type : Bomber
Year : 1937
Hurricane Mk.I

The Hawker Hurricane was the most popular World War II British fighter plane. The Hurricane was the result of the Hawker company’s efforts to create a monoplane fighter based on one of the best biplane fighters of the time, the Fury. The fuselage required minimal changes to install a closed cockpit...

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1937
Gladiator Mk.II

The Gloster Gladiator biplane fighter was the last and best biplane of the British Air Force. Biplane design was already considered outdated by the time production of the Gladiator started, but it was clear that Britain might not have time to develop mass monoplane production...

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1937
A5M4

A single-seater, carrier-based, all-metal monoplane fighter with an open cockpit and fixed landing gear. The world's first carrier-based monoplane. A prototype of this fighter first flew on February 4, 1935.

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter
Year : 1937
SB 2M-103

In 1937, designers under the direction of A. A. Arkhangelski began working to improve the SB even more. The aircraft received a 960 hp Klimov M-103 twelve-cylinder, V-shaped, liquid-cooled engine. The M-103 engine, created in 1936-37, was based on the M-100.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1938
SB 2M-103U

In 1937, designers under the direction of A. A. Arkhangelski began working to improve the SB even more. The aircraft received a 960 hp Klimov M-103 twelve-cylinder, V-shaped, liquid-cooled engine. The M-103 engine, created in 1936-37, was based on the M-100.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1938
SB 2M-103U MV-3

In 1937, designers under the direction of A. A. Arkhangelski began working to improve the SB even more. The aircraft received a 960 hp Klimov M-103 twelve-cylinder, V-shaped, liquid-cooled engine. The M-103 engine, created in 1936-37, was based on the M-100.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1938
SB 2M-103 MV-3

In 1937, designers under the direction of A. A. Arkhangelski began working to improve the SB even more. The aircraft received a 960 hp Klimov M-103 twelve-cylinder, V-shaped, liquid-cooled engine. The M-103 engine, created in 1936-37, was based on the M-100.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1938
S.79B with IAR K14-II engines

During the pre-war period, SIAI actively tried to export the S.79. Alessandro Marchetti argued that twin-engine planes, not three-engine, would be best for export. So, in spite of the Royal Italian Air Force’s rejection of the S.79B bomber project, he continued work in this area, developing a prototype. 

Country : Italy
Type : Bomber
Year : 1938
He-112B-1

Fighters of the He 112 B-1/U-2 variant were equipped with a Junkers Jumo 210Ea twelve-cylinder in-line liquid-cooled carburettor engine. In June 1938, after a Hungarian delegation visited Heinkel Flugzeugwerke AG, the Ministry of War of Hungary declared that it was ready to purchase 36 Не 112 fighters.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1938
F2A-3

The Brewster F2A Buffalo was the first monoplane carrier-based fighter that served in the American fleet. The aircraft had an all-metal construction, with the exception of the control surfaces...

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1938
OS2U-1

In March 1937, the Chance-Vought company, then part of United Aircraft Corporation, obtained an order from the US Navy to design a catapult reconnaissance-spotter float plane to replace the obsolete Curtiss SOC biplane...

Country : USA
Type : Floatplane
Year : 1938
M.C.200 serie 3

A single-engine fighter with retractable landing gear. The M.C.200, soon nicknamed the Saetta (“Lightning”), was created in 1937 as an interceptor, designed to "protect our national territory in case of need". The plane was used until about 1943 as an escort plane and a ground attack fighter. 

Country : Italy
Type : Fighter
Year : 1939
S.79 of 1939 year series

The S.79 gradually became the Regia Aeronautica’s main strike plane. In 1938, five regiments were re-equipped. That same year, about 150 “Sparviero” aircraft were in service in Italy. A year later, over 300 were in service. 

Country : Italy
Type : Bomber
Year : 1939
Wirraway

In April 1938, CAC obtained a license from the US company North-American to produce the two-seater trainer NA-16. On March 27th 1939, the first production model of the CA-1 came off the stocks at CAC. The aircraft was called the Wirraway, which in the language of the Australian Aborigenes means “Challenger”....

Country : Australia
Type : Bomber
Year : 1939
H6K4

A quad-engined all-metal parasol-wing monoplane flying boat. An experimental version, the Type S, made its first flight on July 14, 1936. The plane was approved by the Imperial Japanese Navy as Type 97 Large Flying Boat in 1937. Mass production began in 1938.

Country : Japan
Type : Bomber, Flying Boat, Torpedo Bomber
Year : 1939
CR.42 Falco

The Fiat CR.42 Falco (“Falcon”) fighter plane had, for a biplane, excellent speed and handling, and is rightly considered one of the best biplanes of the Second World War. Despite the fact that it was clear (even at the time of the prototype CR.42) that monoplanes would have an advantage in air battles..

Country : Italy
Type : Fighter
Year : 1939
M.C.200 serie 7

A single-engine fighter with retractable landing gear. The M.C.200, soon nicknamed the Saetta (“Lightning”), was created in 1937 as an interceptor, designed to "protect our national territory in case of need". The plane was used until about 1943 as an escort plane and a ground attack fighter. 

 

Country : Italy
Type : Fighter
Year : 1939
F4F-3

The first model, the XF4F-1, was a biplane, but to meet the demands of U.S. Navy’s carrier-based monoplane competition, the Grumman Company changed the design, creating the XF4F-2 prototype...

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1939
B5N2

Before the advent of the B5N, Japan used the B2M and B4Y as torpedo biplanes. However, the significant limitations of biplanes were obvious, so in 1935, inspired by the monoplane A5M fighter, the Imperial Japanese Navy developed the 10-Shi torpedo bomber specification.

Country : Japan
Type : Bomber, Torpedo Bomber
Year : 1939
Ju.87B-2

The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka was a single-engine dive bomber and attack aircraft of the WWII era. The most famous Stuka pilot of the war was Hans-Ulrich Rudel, the most highly decorated Luftwaffe pilot in history. 

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber, Dive Bomber
Year : 1939
I-16 Type 28

The I-16 was a Soviet single-engine monoplane fighter designed in the 1930s by the Polikarpov Design Bureau. As early as 1939 few remained unconvinced that the era of the I-16 was ending. Even the installation of the more powerful M-62 and M-63 engines did not allow serial examples to exceed 500 km/h. 

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1939
Ju.87R-2

The single-engine two-seater Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber was plagued with low speed and maneuverability and was extremely vulnerable without fighter support, but due to its high accuracy and a number of unusual design choices...

Country : Germany
Type : Dive Bomber
Year : 1939
He.111H-2

The Heinkel He.111 was a German monoplane medium bomber (also torpedo bomber and attack bomber). The Hе.111 H-3 entered production in November 1939 and could also be used in a naval bomber role. However its defensive armament was not particularly effective, with limited defensive arcs and a very low rate of fire of only 540 rounds per minute. 

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber
Year : 1939
DB-7

Douglas DB-7 (DB-7B3) twin-engine medium army bomber/heavy ground-attack aircraft, 1939 series.
An all-metal, three- or four-seat cantilever monoplane with retractable nose landing gear.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Ground Attack, Bomber
Year : 1939
Bf.109E-3

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was a single-seat monoplane fighter used by the Luftwaffe before and during WWII. It was used as a fighter, interceptor, high-altitude interceptor, fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. 

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1939
Boston Mk.I

Douglas Boston Mk.I/Mk.II twin-engine medium army bomber/heavy ground-attack aircraft (second batch of the French order for the DB-7), series 1939

Country : Great Britain
Type : Bomber
Year : 1939
Spitfire Mk.II

The Supermarine Spitfire was a British fighter of the WWII era. It was a single-engine, all-metal, low-wing monoplane with retractable landing gear. Various modifications served as fighters, interceptors, high-altitude fighters interceptors...

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1940
Spitfire Mk.I

An all-metal construction, single-engine, single-seater monoplane fighter. The Spitfire (Prototype K5054) made its first flight on March 6, 1936, and mass production began in May of 1938. In August of the same year....


 

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1940
Hurricane Mk.IIB

The Hawker Hurricane was a WWII-era British single-seat fighter designed by Hawker Aircraft Ltd in 1934. A total of 14,000 Hurricanes were manufactured during the war. Different variants acted as interceptors...

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1940
Pe-2 (1-20 series)

The idea to create the Pe-2 front line dive bomber was born quite suddenly. The experiences of World War II, which had just recently started, showed that the concept of heavy twin-engine fighters was defective. The planes either failed miserably or had to play a different role in the conflict...

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber, Dive Bomber
Year : 1940
Wellington Mk.Ic

In May 1940, the Vickers Wellington bomber was included in the list of aircraft declared a high priority by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Aircraft Production.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Bomber
Year : 1940
Beaufighter Mk.21

Originally created as heavy long-range night fighters, the later Bristol Beaufighters were used as bombers and torpedo bombers. The last major modification, the Beaufighter TF Mk.X, was considered one of the finest torpedo bombers of the time. The Beaufighter aircraft series was the first with a radar system...

Country : Australia
Type : Ground Attack, Torpedo Bomber
Year : 1940
Ju.88A-4

The Ju.88 high-speed horizontal and dive bomber was one of the most versatile aircraft of WWII, and the Ju.88A-4 was the most well-known and highly mass produced of all the variants.

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber
Year : 1940
He.111H-16

The Heinkel He.111 was a German monoplane medium bomber (also torpedo bomber and attack bomber). The He.111H-16 was the third standard H-series variant, the other two being H-3 and H-6

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber
Year : 1940
Typhoon Mk.IA

Even before the new Hurricane fighter was launched into full-scale production, the engineers of Hawker Aircraft Ltd.'s design office, headed by Sir Sydney Camm, embarked on the development of а next-generation interceptor fighter for the RAF.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1940
Dewoitine D.520

An single-seater, all-metal, closed-canopy monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear and a tail wheel. A prototype D.520-01 saw its first flight on October 2, 1938.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1940
Do-217E-4

Dornier Do 217 E-4 medium twin-engine bomber.

Late 1941 saw the start of production of Do 217 E-4 variant bombers, which differed from the E-2 mainly in their new BMW 801C engines, with a takeoff power of 1,560 hp, and in their wings' reinforced leading edge, which could cut through the cables of barrage balloons.

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber, Heavy Bomber
Year : 1940
Do-217E-2

Dornier Do 217 E-2 medium twin-engine bomber. An all-metal cantilever monoplane with a twin-fin tail and a retractable landing gear system with a tail wheel. The bomber was created in the design bureau of the Dornier Flugzeugwerke company under the direction of Claude Dornier.

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber
Year : 1940
Wellington Mk.Ic Late

Full-scale production of the Mk.IC (Type 415) model started in April 1940. This version said the final goodbye to the retractable ventral turret, favoring guns placed on the aircraft's sides instead. In place of the Frazer-Nash FN-25 turret, the plane featured two side blisters consisting of 7.7 mm Vickers Class K machine guns with 483 rounds each (7 flat pan magazines, standard capacity).

Country : Great Britain
Type : Bomber
Year : 1940
I-153P

The I-153P Chaika (Seagull) was a Soviet biplane fighter of the 1930s and 1940s. It was created by the Polikarpov Design Bureau in 1938. It is a modification (3rd variant) of the earlier I-15 fighter, as shown in the designation. The Chaika was considered to be the fastest biplane in the world.

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1940
IL-2

The famous IL-2 Sturmovik was a Soviet WWII-era attack aircraft created by the Ilyushin Design Bureau and nicknamed "Hunchback" by Red Army troops due to the distinct fuselage shape. The designers nicknamed their aircraft the "Flying Tank".

Country : USSR
Type : Ground Attack
Year : 1940
D3A1

The single-engine carrier-based Aichi D3A dive bomber, a metal-construction monoplane, was created by order of Japan’s Supreme Command of Naval Aviation to replace the obsolete D1A biplane. The shape of the wing and tail, as well as the presence of special dive brake flaps..

Country : Japan
Type : Dive Bomber
Year : 1940
SB 2M-105

In the autumn of 1940, the SB-2M-105 variant was launched into full-scale production, equipped with 1,100 hp Klimov M-105 twelve-cylinder, V-shaped, water-cooled engines and VISh-22Ye propellers.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1940
OS2U-3

To familiarize the crews with the new aircraft, the series OS2U-2 was produced in 1940. It had non-retractable wheel landing gear. There were 158 of these logical successors to the OS2U-1...

Country : USA
Type : Floatplane
Year : 1940
Ki-49-I

Twin-engine monoplane medium bomber with retractable landing gear and tail wheel. The development of a new medium bomber (heavy bomber, by Japanese standards) for the Japanese Army Air Force began in the spring of 1938. The new airplane was to replace the Mitsubishi Ki-21 bomber.

Country : Japan
Type : Bomber
Year : 1940
F1M2

A single-engine all-metal biplane with a main central float and two additional underwing floats. It was originally built as a catapult-launched reconnaissance floatplane specializing in gunnery spotting for battleships and heavy cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Country : Japan
Type : Floatplane
Year : 1940
Beaufort Mk.VIII

The Bristol Beaufort was a twin-engined torpedo-bomber that the Coast Guard actively used in the UK and Australia. The Beaufort design process began in 1935, when the UK’s Air Ministry formulated the M.15/35 and G.24/35 specifications for the development of a torpedo bomber...

Country : Australia
Type : Bomber, Torpedo Bomber
Year : 1940
Typhoon Mk.IB

Aircraft of the version that followed the Mk.IA, the Typhoon Mk.IB, had armament that consisted of four 20 mm British Hispano Mk.I magazine-fed cannons, with 75 rounds each.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1940
P-40E-1

Allied forces have used this American single-engine fighter all over the world: in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific theater. P-40E-1 'Kittyhawk' modification of that plane, made for the British Air Force...

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1941
S.79 of 1941 year series

By early 1941 the number of “Sparvieros" in the Italian Royal Air Force began to decrease. The more advanced CANT Z.1007 “Alcione”, also a three-engined plane, was replacing the ageing S.79. However, the “Sparviero” soon had another, just as important role as the primary “workhorse” of Italian naval aviation.

Country : Italy
Type : Bomber
Year : 1941
Wellington Mk.III

A prototype Wellington bomber with up-to-date Bristol Hercules engines which made its first flight in May 1939. This model was launched for full-scale production at the beginning of 1941 under the designation of Wellington Mk.III (Type 417).

Country : Great Britain
Type : Bomber
Year : 1941
A-20G

Douglas A-20 Havoc / DB-7 Boston was a family of twin-engine aircraft which included attack aircraft, light bomber and night fighter variants and which served with US, British, Soviet and other air forces during WWII...

Country : USA
Type : Ground Attack, Bomber
Year : 1941
M.C.202

The Macchi M.C.202 was an Italian all-metal fighter interceptor, initially armed with nothing but twin synchronised 12.7mm (.50-cal) machine guns in the engine housing. The woefully ineffective armament for a fighter that plagued many other Italian fighters was finally remedied on the M.C.202 Serie VI (variants of the aircraft were designated with Roman numerals, I through XI), when two additional 7.7mm machine guns were added to the wings.


 

Country : Italy
Type : Fighter
Year : 1941
Su-2

This project was developed as an entry in the 1936 competition for the best high-speed long-range ground-attack reconnaissance plane, to be known as the "Ivanov." The design and construction were completed in a record time of 6 months. The first flight of the SZ-1 (SZ: "Stalin's Mission"), with an M-62 engine, was made on August 25, 1937. 

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1941
Pe-2 (21-82 series)

Since the Pe-2's mass production had begun, its defensive armament was recognized by the military as weak for a modern bomber. Beginning with series 13 (launched in April to May of 1941), the ShKAS hatch mount was replaced with a VUB-2 turret with a 12.7mm BT machine gun and a magazine capacity of 200 rounds.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber, Dive Bomber
Year : 1941
LaGG-3

Together with two other fighters, this Soviet single-engine fighter replaced the obsolete I-16 and I-153, which at that time were the core fighters of the Soviet Air Force's RKKA. The LaGG-3 began appearing on the aviation scene in early 1941, several months prior to the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, and was manufactured at Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Goudkov until 1944.

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1941
IL-2M

On 21st July 1941 the lead designer of the IL-2 Sergey Ilyushin sent a request to the People's Minister of Aviation, calling for improvement of the IL-2 by upgrading the engine to a 1,675-HP M-82 and increasing the aircraft's armour.

Country : USSR
Type : Ground Attack
Year : 1941
Pe-3

When the Great Patriotic War began in the summer of 1941, the Air Force of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army urgently needed a patrol/interceptor aircraft to fight the enemy's bombers and scouts. But with a war in progress, troops could only quickly receive a twin-engined fighter if it were based on some plane currently in production. The older Pe-2's fighter design fit this need perfectly.

Country : USSR
Type : Heavy Fighter
Year : 1941
Havoc Mk.I

Douglas Havoc Mk.I Intruder twin-engine night ground-attack aircraft
In order to distinguish fighters from bombers, night fighters were given their own designation, Havoc. The first variant of the plane, equipped with an airborne radar, was named the Havoc Mk.I.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Ground Attack
Year : 1941
Pe-3 early

When the Great Patriotic War began in the summer of 1941, the Air Force of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army urgently needed a patrol/interceptor aircraft to fight the enemy's bombers and scouts. But with a war in progress, troops could only quickly receive a twin-engined fighter if it were based on some plane currently in production. The older Pe-2's fighter design fit this need perfectly.

Country : USSR
Type : Heavy Fighter
Year : 1941
Hs.129B-2

The German Henschel Hs.129 was a single-seater twin-engine attack aircraft built for combat with tanks. For the designers of the Henschel firm, which specialized in the manufacture of armored vehicles for the Army, the most difficult challenge was aircraft survivability.

Country : Germany
Type : Ground Attack, Bomber
Year : 1941
SU-2 TSS-1

In December of 1940, the BB-1 was renamed the Su-2, after designer Pavel Osipovich Sukhoi, and began to be constructed with the M-88 engine. The bulky MB-5 tail turret was replaced with a TSS-1 turret, with a ShKas 7.62mm machine gun and 900 rounds of ammunition.

Country : USSR
Type : Ground Attack, Bomber
Year : 1941
A6M2 Zero

At its launch, the A6M2 model 11 knew no equal. This single-seater carrier-based fighter was designed to replace the aging A5M. To reduce its weight, duralumin was widely used, and its propeller was made of a lightweight aluminum alloy. 

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter
Year : 1941
He-112B-2

He 112 B-2/U-2 fighters were fitted with Junkers Jumo 210 Ga fuel-injected engines. The only external difference in this variant was the modified shape of the engine side cowlings, due to individual exhaust pipes being installed instead of a general exhaust manifold.

Country : Germany
Type :
Year : 1941
P-39Q-15

The Q series became the most numerous and advanced of all the Airacobra family. It was a direct successor of the N series. The whole propeller-engine group remained unchanged... 

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1941
P-39K-1

In developing this aircraft, the Bell designers came up against two global problems. The first was that the P-39 was intended for export, and there was no way round this. The impossibility of fitting a turbo compressor to the low-altitude Allison engine... 

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1941
Spitfire Mk.VB

A single-seater, single-engined all-metal monoplane fighter. A later member of the Spitfire family, the Spitfire Mk.V (Type 349) variant had a redesigned airframe and a more powerful V-12 engine, the Rolls-Royce Merlin 45....

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1941
Ki-43-II

The single-seater Japanese Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon) fighter was designed to replace the Ki-27 in the Japanese Imperial Army’s Air Force.

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter
Year : 1941
Su-2 MV-5

In December of 1940, the BB-1 was renamed the Su-2, after designer Pavel Osipovich Sukhoi, and began to be constructed with the M-88 engine.

Country : USSR
Type : Ground Attack, Bomber
Year : 1941
Su-2 M-82

Development of the Su-2 continued after the start of World War II. Special attention was given to improving the aircraft's combat characteristics. The production model had its electric trigger control upgraded, four ShKAS machine guns were once again mounted in the wings...

Country : USSR
Type : Ground Attack, Bomber
Year : 1941
G4M1

The long-range twin-engine Mitsubishi G4M torpedo bomber had a relatively small bomb load of 1000 kg but a long flight range of about 6000 km. Because of the Washington Naval Agreement, Japan was far behind in fleet construction. 

Country : Japan
Type : Bomber, Torpedo Bomber
Year : 1941
Bf.109F-4

The Messerschmitt Bf.109 was a single-seat monoplane fighter used by the Luftwaffe before and during WWII. It was used as a fighter, interceptor, high-altitude interceptor, fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1941
Hellcat F Mk.I

It was designed by the design office of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation under the direction of Leroy Grumman and William Schwendler. A prototype of the XF6F-1 fighter made its first flight on 26 July 1942. In October 1942, the first production version, F6F-3, was launched.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
Do-217J-1

The Do 217J night fighter was based on the Do 217E bomber. It differed from the bomber in that its crew was reduced to three people and its fixed firepower was strengthened. The first prototype, the Do 217J V1, was converted from the Do 217 E-1 and underwent tests in late 1941. They started to deliver the Do 217 J-1 to the Luftwaffe's fighting troops in the spring of 1942.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter, Heavy Fighter
Year : 1942
Do-217K-1

In the late summer of 1942, full-scale production of a new bomber variant, called the Do 217 K-1, was started. Its creation was prompted by the designers' wish to improve visibility from the pilot's station. Whereas the Do 217E had a projection in front of the windscreen of the pilot's cockpit, a new streamlined forward section of the crew cockpit was developed for the Do 217K; it had no projection and was shared by the pilot and the navigator. The crew cockpit became more spacious, and visibility was improved.

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber, Heavy Bomber
Year : 1942
Pe-2 (83-109 series)

Air battles during the first year of the war clearly showed that the Pe-2's armament did not provide effective self-defense. The Pe-2's Achilles' heel was it defense against attacks from the upper rear. This area was covered by the ShKAS machine gun in the TSS-1 mount, installed in the navigator's cockpit.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber, Dive Bomber
Year : 1942
Ki-49-IIb

In the spring of 1942, it was decided that the Ki-49 should be fitted with new engines, the Nakajima Ha-109 radial piston engines, rated at 1450 hp. This required only a slight modification of the engine nacelles, as the new engine was a similar size to that of its predecessor. However, the oil cooler could not fit inside the nacelle along with the engine and was put outside, instead

Country : Japan
Type : Bomber
Year : 1942
S.79bis of 1942 year series

Savoia-Marchetti designers proposed upgrading the outdated S.79 by replacing its mixed design with an all-metal airframe. This would substantially reduce the aircraft’s weight while increasing the strength of its airframe. But the Royal Italian Air Force chose a compromise, instead: change the power unit, but keep the S.79’s old airframe. The resulting variant was named the S.79bis.

Country : Italy
Type : Bomber
Year : 1942
Tu-2

This aircraft was designed by OKB-29 of the NKVD's Special Technical Bureau, under the direction of Andrei N. Tupolev, as a twin-engine bomber to operate near the front lines and in raids at the enemy's rear (the project was called "FB," which stood for "front-line bomber").

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1942
Pe-2 (110-204 series)

In June 1942, a new Toropov VUB-1 (a.k.a. B-270) upper turret mount began production. It began to be installed on all aircraft from series 110 onward. The VUB-1 was a shielded turret with a 200-round UBT machine gun and continuous belt feeding.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber, Dive Bomber
Year : 1942
Pe-3bis

In April 1942, the Pe-3bis, an improved version of the Pe-3, began full-scale production. The most significant improvements concerned the main armament: a 20 mm ShVAK cannon with 250 rounds was installed in the nose fuselage section.

Country : USSR
Type : Heavy Fighter
Year : 1942
Wellington Mk.X

The Wellington Mk.X became the last production model of this particular bomber. Its design was based on the Mk.III's airframe, and it featured similar armament and equipment.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Bomber
Year : 1942
B-17E

The legendary B-17 American heavy bombers were rightly called Flying Fortresses. This four-engined heavy bomber was an all-metal hero, an extremely durable aircraft that could return to the airfield with just one engine, riddled with bullets. 

Country : USA
Type : Heavy Bomber
Year : 1942
Beaufighter Mk.X

The Bristol Company decided to use the existing development and basic structural elements of the Beaufort torpedo bomber in the design of a new long-range fighter, and so the Beaufighter project was born...

Country : Great Britain
Type : Ground Attack, Torpedo Bomber
Year : 1942
Ki-49-IIA

In the spring of 1942, it was decided that the Ki-49 should be fitted with new engines, the Nakajima Ha-109 radial piston engines, rated at 1450 hp. This required only a slight modification of the engine nacelles, as the new engine was a similar size to that of its predecessor. However, the oil cooler could not fit inside the nacelle along with the engine and was put outside, instead. Other changes were made to improve combat conditions: the armor protecting the airplane's crew was upgraded and self-sealing fuel tanks were installed, as well as a new bomb sight.

Country : Japan
Type : Bomber
Year : 1942
Spitfire Mk XVI

The Supermarine Spitfire was a British fighter of the WWII era. It was a single-engine, all-metal, low-wing monoplane with retractable landing gear. Various modifications served as fighters, interceptors, high-altitude fighters...


 

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
Spitfire Mk.IX

The Supermarine Spitfire was a British fighter of the WWII era. It was a single-engine, all-metal, low-wing monoplane with retractable landing gear. While the Mk VI variant was being designed...

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
Lancaster Mk.III

A heavy quad-engine all-metal monoplane bomber based on the twin-engine Avro Model 679 Manchester bomber. The first Lancaster prototype flew on January 9, 1941, and the first production model was commissioned on October 31, 1941.


 

Country : Great Britain
Type : Heavy Bomber
Year : 1942
Spitfire Mk.VC

A single-seater, single-engined all-metal monoplane fighter, this variant was a Spitfire Mk.V with a new type C “universal” wing and new armament. The Mk.VC could be fitted with four cannons...

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
TBF-1C

The TBF Torpedo Bomber was created to replace the outdated Devastators, which suffered from insufficient speed and short range. The TBF, also known as the Avenger, had good range and load capacity and the ability to carry cargo inside the fuselage...

Country : USA
Type : Bomber, Torpedo Bomber
Year : 1942
SBD-3

A carrier-based dive-bomber/reconnaissance aircraft. The most well-known U.S. Navy bomber, and perhaps the most significant dive-bomber of the war. Despite the fact that the decision to write off the SBD...

Country : USA
Type : Dive Bomber
Year : 1942
F4F-4

The Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat was a single-engine all-metal construction plane in the F4F series. The F4F-4 increased the number of 12.7 mm machine guns to six and was built with manually folding wings...

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
A6M3 Zero

In April of 1942, a new A6M model fighter was launched. The main difference between the A6M3 model 32 and the A6M2 Model 21 was the new Sakae 21 engine (1130 hp), which had a two-stage supercharger making it more stable at higher altitudes and a screw diameter of 3.05 m...

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
A6M2-N Zero

The single-seater, single-engine float seaplane fighter A6M2-N was created to cover combat operations near atolls, where the construction of airfields was often impossible.

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter, Floatplane
Year : 1942
Boomerang Mk.I

The CAC Boomerang was a light single-seater single-engine Australian fighter of mixed construction. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and subsequent events showed how unready Australia was for war. Thus the CA-12 (later called the Boomerang Mk.I) was created, the first serially produced...

Country : Australia
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
Yak-7B

This Soviet single-engine fighter was based on the Yak-7UTI, a tandem-seat advanced trainer based on the Yak-1. The first Yak-7B rolled off the production line at Yakovlev in 1942; the last one was made in 1944.

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
Ju.87D-3

The Junkers Ju.87 Stuka was a single-engine dive bomber and attack aircraft of the WWII era. The most famous Stuka pilot of the war was Hans-Ulrich Rudel, the most highly decorated Luftwaffe pilot in history. 

Country : Germany
Type : Dive Bomber
Year : 1942
Bf.109G-2

The Messerschmitt Bf.109 was a single-seat monoplane fighter used by the Luftwaffe before and during WWII. It was used as a fighter, interceptor, high-altitude interceptor, fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. 

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
Fw.190A-5

The Focke-Wulf Fw.190 Wuerger (Shrike) was a single-seat, single-engine monoplane fighter used by the Luftwaffe in WWII. One of the best fighters of the time, it was widely used during the Second World War...

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
Yak-9T

The Yak-9 was a Soviet single-engine fighter of the WWII era. It was the first combat aircraft designed by Alexander Yakovlev's construction bureau. The most mass-produced Soviet fighter of the war, it remained in production from October 1942 to December 1948, with a total of 16,769 built. 


 

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter, Ground Attack
Year : 1942
IL-4

The IL-4 long-range bomber was one of the most famous Soviet bombers of WWII. With thousands of IL-4s built, the aircraft took part in all the important battles of the Eastern Front, including long-range bombing raids of Axis industrial targets. A large number of books, including both memoirs and technical publications, focus on the IL-4. 


 

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber
Year : 1942
He.111H-6

The Heinkel He.111 was a German monoplane medium bomber (also torpedo bomber and attack bomber). The Hе.111H-6 quickly became one the most widely used variants of the Heinkel bomber. It saw action on all European fronts. 

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber
Year : 1942
Yak-1B

The Yak-1 is a Soviet single-engine fighter of the WWII era. It was the first combat aircraft designed by Alexander Yakovlev's construction bureau and was produced from 1940 to 1944, with a total of 8,700 aircraft built.

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
Beaufighter Mk.VIC

In the two-crew Bristol Beaufighter heavy fighter series, some modifications were designed to patrol coastal areas and escort vessels. The designations of these variants ended with the letter C to indicate that they were used by the Coastal Command...

Country : Great Britain
Type : Ground Attack, Torpedo Bomber
Year : 1942
B-17E late

The legendary B-17 American heavy bombers were rightly called Flying Fortresses. This four-engined heavy bomber was an all-metal hero, an extremely durable aircraft that could return to the airfield with just one engine, riddled with bullets. 

Country : USA
Type : Heavy Bomber
Year : 1942
Bf.109F-4/trop

The Messerschmitt Bf.109 was the Luftwaffe's most widely-used fighter at the beginning of World War II.  When the advanced English Spitfire Mk.V arrived, the Messerschmitt Bf.109F Friedrich was developed in response.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1942
Ki-61-Ia-Hei

A lightweight multipurpose fighter plane, the Ki-61 Hien (“Swallow”) was well-armed and well-armored. From the very beginning, the makers of the Ki-61 concerned themselves with protecting the fuel tanks and the pilot. 

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
Ki-61-Ia-Otsu

A lightweight multipurpose fighter plane, the Ki-61 Hien (“Swallow”) was well-armed and well-armored. From the very beginning, the makers of the Ki-61 concerned themselves with protecting the fuel tanks and the pilot. The light multipurpose fighter was an effective answer to “hit-and-run” fighters, thanks to its survivability and high diving speed.

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
Typhoon Mk.IB late

Typhoon fighters of the first production series were equipped with a canopy with massive framing and a Rover-produced car-type side door for cockpit access.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
Me.410A-1/U2

By February 1944, the designation "Hornisse" ("Hornet") was finally assigned to the Me.410A planes, and several "factory conversion kits" (Umbausätze) were developed for them to increase their firepower or ensure that they were able to perform various special missions.

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber, Heavy Fighter
Year : 1943
Ki-61-Ia-Ko

A lightweight multipurpose fighter plane, the Ki-61 Hien (“Swallow”) was well-armed and well-armored. From the very beginning, the makers of the Ki-61 concerned themselves with protecting the fuel tanks and the pilot. The light multipurpose fighter was an effective answer to “hit-and-run” fighters,  thanks to its survivability and high diving speed.

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
Me.410A-1/U4

By February 1944, the designation "Hornisse" ("Hornet") was finally assigned to the Me.410A planes, and several "factory conversion kits" (Umbausätze) were developed for them to increase their firepower or ensure that they were able to perform various special missions.

The Me.410A-1/U4 and the Me.410A-2/U4 became the most powerful armament available in Me.410A modifications.

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber, Heavy Fighter
Year : 1943
Bf.109G-6

The Messerschmitt Bf.109 was a single-seat monoplane fighter used by the Luftwaffe before and during WWII. It was used as a fighter, interceptor, high-altitude interceptor, fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. 

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
Pe-2 (205-358 series)

By the summer of 1943, due to growing production volume and a general decrease in quality, the basic performance characteristics of production bombers had degraded to an intolerable level. The Factory No. 22 designers were tasked with drastically improving the quality of the bombers produced. The new chief designer, V. M. Myasishchev, was in charge of this work.

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber, Dive Bomber
Year : 1943
La-5FN

The Lavochkin La-5 was a single-engine monoplane fighter, a single-seater with an enclosed cockpit, wooden frame and a canvas skin. FN in the designation stands for Boosted, Fuel Injection. The new variant entered production and began to reach front-line units in March 1943.

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
Do-217J-2

When production models of a properly functioning FuG 202 Lichtenstein B/C airborne radar appeared, Do 217 J-2 variant night fighters began to be constructed.
Planes of the J-2 variant differed from the J-1 in their lack of a rear bomb bay, which had finally been removed, and in the characteristic "whiskers" of their radar antennas which had appeared in the nose section.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter, Bomber, Heavy Fighter
Year : 1943
Me.410A-1

The pressing need to replace the obsolete Bf.110 and the unsuccessful Me.210 in the Luftwaffe's squadrons became reason for Messerschmitt AG to create a new twin-engine heavy fighter. It was decided that this aircraft be based on the Me.210 so that its production could use available manufacturing equipment...

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber, Heavy Fighter
Year : 1943
A6M5 Zero

At the beginning of the war, A6M series planes were among the best fighter planes, not only in Japan but also in the world. However, over time, better Japanese aircraft were needed to effectively counter such enemies as the American F6F Hellcat and the F4U Corsair

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
Mosquito FB Mk.VI

A twin-engine monoplane fighter-bomber of wooden construction, originally conceived of as a multi-purpose high-speed scout-bomber. The DH.98 completed its first flight on November 25, 1940. Mass production began in October of 1941...

Country : Great Britain
Type : Ground Attack, Bomber, Heavy Fighter
Year : 1943
N1K2-J

A single-seat, all-metal monoplane fighter with a closed canopy. The "Shiden" holds a unique place in the history of airplane construction. This land-based interceptor was based on the N1K1, which had been designed to support amphibious operations.

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
S.79bis of 1943 year series

On September 8, 1943, Italy surrendered and split in half; in the north, the Germans established a puppet Italian Social Republic (RSI), while the British and Americans controlled the south. The bulk of S.79 aircraft remained in the north. In addition, the aircraft factories were located there, as well as a stock of components and unfinished S.79bis airframes, so production of the planes continued.

Country : Italy
Type : Bomber
Year : 1943
P-47D Thunderbolt

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was an American fighter-bomber of the WWII era. It was one of the main USAAF fighters of WWII, especially effective as a fighter-bomber. The P-47 was also sent to the USSR via the lend-lease program...

Country : USA
Type : Fighter, Ground Attack
Year : 1943
F4U-1A

The single-engine Chance Vought F4U Corsair was designed in 1938 for a U.S. Navy single-seater carrier-based fighter competition. The prototype showed excellent performance characteristics but was in need of substantial improvement.

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
B-17G

The Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress was the first American all-metal heavy bomber. The plane was designed in 1934 in response to a design competition for a coastal anti-ship bomber. A year later the Boeing-299 prototype was built...

Country : USA
Type : Heavy Bomber
Year : 1943
F6F-3

One of the best single-seater carrier-based fighters of World War II was the Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat. The Hellcat owes its existence to the long string of failures experienced by the F4U Corsair...

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
Ju.87G-1

By early 1943 the Luftwaffe, or rather the whole German army at the Eastern Front, faced a critical problem fighting Soviet armoured forces. The equipment intended to stop the "Russian steam roller" included a special anti-tank version of the Stuka that appeared in late 1943.

Country : Germany
Type : Ground Attack, Dive Bomber
Year : 1943
Ju.87D-5

In early 1943, a new variant of the Stuka, the Ju.87D-5, was launched into full-scale production. The D-5 variant was originally conceived of as a ground-attack aircraft, as opposed to the previous D-3 version, for which ground attacks were thought to be only one of its possible combat uses.

Country : Germany
Type : Ground Attack, Dive Bomber
Year : 1943
N1K2-Ja

This fighter-bomber version of the N1K2, the N1K2-Ja Model 21Ko, was developed at the time the N1K2-J began production. The main difference between the two planes was the 21Ko's steel underwing pylons. This Shiden-Kai could carry four 250-kg bombs, two under each wing, or two 500-kg bombs, or two or four 60-kg bombs. It could also carry unguided rockets, like the N1K2-J.

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
Boomerang Mk.II

The CAC Boomerang was a light single-seater fighter plane. This single-engine monoplane, produced in Australia, was a remake of the CAC Wirraway trainer. It was armed with two 20mm cannons and four 7.7mm machine guns. 

Country : Australia
Type : Fighter
Year : 1943
Me.410B-2/U4

April 1944 saw the Me.410B version replace the Me.410A on the assembly lines. The main distinction of this variant was its Daimler-Benz DB 603G twelve-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine.

In addition to the 50 mm Rheinmetall BK 5 cannon mounted in the bomb bay, Me.410B-2/U4 planes had a pair of 30 mm Rheinmetall-Borsig MK 103 cannons installed.

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber, Heavy Fighter
Year : 1944
Fw 190 D-13 "Dora"

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-13 "Dora" single-engine high-altitude fighter
The Fw 190 D-13 was the last production variant in the family of Fw 190D aircraft with Junkers Jumo 213 engines.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Sea Meteor F.3

The Gloster Meteor F.Mk.III fighter that appeared in August 1944 became the first full-scale production version of the plane. The F.Mk.III version was to have a pair of Rolls-Royce Derwent Mk.I turbojet engines producing 910 kg of thrust.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Fw.190F-8

The Focke-Wulf Fw.190 Wuerger (Shrike) was a single-seat single-engine monoplane fighter used by the Luftwaffe in WWII. One of the best fighters of the time, it was widely used during the Second World War. A total of over 20,000 were produced, including some 6,000 fighter-bomber variants. 

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter, Ground Attack
Year : 1944
La-7

The Lavochkin La-7 was a Soviet single-seat single-engine monoplane fighter. It was a further development of the La-5FN. The first prototype was built in January 1944, making its first flight on 2nd February and entering state trials on 16th February. 

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Fw.190D-12

The Focke-Wulf Fw.190 Wuerger (Shrike) was a single-seat single-engine monoplane fighter used by the Luftwaffe in WWII. One of the best fighters of the time, it was widely used during the Second World War. 

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Me.410B-6/R3

In addition to the main Me.410B modifications, a number of special-purpose variants of the Hornet were created for maritime operations. The anti-ship Me.410B-6/R3 modification was equipped with a FuG 200 Hohentwiel patrol radar system and a suspended WB 103 container with two 30 mm Rheinmetall-Borsig MK 103 cannons.

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber, Heavy Fighter
Year : 1944
He.162A-2

Initially this Heinkel fighter was designated He 500, but by October, in order to fool enemy intelligence services, the RLM redesignated the plane He 162; the number being previously assigned to a Messerschmitt fast bomber prototype that competed with the Ju 88...

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Bf.109G-10

The Messerschmitt Bf.109 was a single-seat monoplane fighter used by the Luftwaffe before and during WWII. It was used as a fighter, interceptor, high-altitude interceptor, fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. 

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Do-217M-1

The creation of the next version of the Do 217 bomber was caused by a shortage of BMW 801 air-cooled engines. These engines were urgently needed for Fw 190A fighters and Ju 88G heavy night fighters

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber, Heavy Fighter
Year : 1944
Arado 234

The Arado Ar 234 Blitz (Lightning) was the world's first operational jet bomber, built by Arado in Germany during WWII. It was used by the Luftwaffe for reconnaissance from November 1944 and as a fast bomber against Allied targets from December of that year. 

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber
Year : 1944
Bf.109K-4

The Messerschmitt Bf.109 was a single-seat monoplane fighter used by the Luftwaffe before and during WWII. It was used as a fighter, interceptor, high-altitude interceptor, fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. 

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Yak-3

The Yak-3 was a Soviet single-engine fighter of the WWII era. It was the first combat aircraft designed by Alexander Yakovlev's construction bureau. The Yak-3 was a further modification of the Yak-1, produced in 1944 and 1945, with a total of 4,848 built, and considered one of the best fighters of the war.

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Me.163B

The Messerschmitt Ме 163 Komet was a German rocket-powered interceptor. Its first flight took place on 1st September 1941. A very small number was ever produced; only 91 before the end of 1944. First combat for the Komet took place on 14th May 1944.

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
F4U-1d

When designing the single-engine carrier-based fighter-bomber designated as the Chance Vought F4U-1D Le Corsaire (“The Corsair”), it was decided to ignore the new weaponry from the F4U-1C and use six of the proven 12.7 mm machine guns...

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Me.410B-1/U2

April 1944 saw the Me.410B version replace the Me.410A on the assembly lines.The main distinction of this variant was its Daimler-Benz DB 603G twelve-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine.

Various Rüstsatz and Umbausatz kits were used on these aircraft.

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber, Heavy Fighter
Year : 1944
Me.410B-1

April 1944 saw the Me.410B version replace the Me.410A on the assembly lines. The main distinction of this variant was its Daimler-Benz DB 603G twelve-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine.

Country : Germany
Type : Bomber, Heavy Fighter
Year : 1944
P-51D-5 Mustang

The North-American P-51 Mustang was an American fighter designed in the early 1940s and is considered the best US fighter of WWII. It was widely exported to countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. 

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Meteor F.3

The aircraft's development started in August 1940 and was based on previous design work. The first prototype fighter flew on March 5, 1943. At the beginning of 1944, the aircraft was launched into full-scale production under the designation of Gloster Meteor F.Mk.I (Type G.41A).

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Pe-2 (from 359 serie)

The final stage of mass production saw rather minor changes in the Pe-2's design. Beginning with series 359, all aircraft were equipped with individual exhaust pipes for the engines, and from series 382 on, a more powerful pneumatic starter was installed, changes were made to the sights...

Country : USSR
Type : Bomber, Dive Bomber
Year : 1944
Me.262A-1a

The Messerschmitt Me 262 was a German jet fighter, fast bomber and reconnaissance aircraft of the WWII era. It was the world's first mass-produced jet fighter and the first jet aircraft to see combat. The first serial variant, the Me 262 A-1a, unofficially known as 'Schwalbe'...

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Tempest Mk.V

The Tempest was conceived of as a high-speed Typhoon, a fighter-bomber created by the Hawker company in 1941. The Typhoon had many deficiencies, such a heavy engine with insufficient structural strength, relatively low speed...

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
Ta.152H-1

The Ta 152 was, without a doubt, the best aircraft designed by Kurt Tank for Focke-Wulf. The aircraft was a further redesign of the venerable Fw.190, namely of the Fw.190D. The Ta.152 became possible thanks to the new high-altitude...

Country : Germany
Type : Fighter
Year : 1944
IL-10

The IL-10 Sturmovik was a Soviet WWII-era attack aircraft created by the Ilyushin Design Bureau in 1944. It first saw combat on 16th April 1945. Serial production of the IL-10 was set up at three factories, Numbers 1, 18 and 64 and continued for five years. 

Country : USSR
Type : Ground Attack
Year : 1944
Ki-200

When American Boeing B-29 Superfortresses began to raid the islands of the Empire on a mass scale, the need to create a high-speed, fast-climbing, powerfully armed interceptor became ever more pressing for the Japanese aircraft industry. The Japanese, however, completely lacked experience in creating aircraft of such a class, and some initial work in this field had no effect on the bombing's intensity, since the interceptors available to the Army and the Navy were inadequate.

Country : Japan
Type : Fighter
Year : 1945
Meteor F.4 SW

The year of 1946 saw the start of the full-scale production of the F.Mk.4, a variant intended to replace the F.Mk.3. The prototype F.Mk.4 model flew for the first time on May 17, 1945.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1945
Meteor F.4 LW

The main difference between the F.Mk.3 and the F.Mk.4 was its engines. This version had Rolls-Royce Derwent Mk.5 turbojet engines, producing 1,590 kg of thrust (more than twice as much as the Derwent Mk.1)

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1945
MiG-9

In the end of 1945, the Mikoyan Design Bureau began the development of a jet fighter with two BMW-003 engines (producing 800 kg of thrust). On 24 April 1946, test pilot A.N. Grinchik first flew the prototype I-300 (F-1), the first Soviet fighter with a turbojet engine. The plane reached a speed of 920 km/h and had powerful armament: a 57mm N-57 cannon and two 23mm NS-23 cannons.

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1946
Meteor F.8

In the late 40s, second-generation jet fighters began to emerge. Significant upgrades were required to bring the Meteor closer to their level. The Gloster designers embarked on developing a new version, designated the Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 (Type G.41K), at the end of 1947.

Country : Great Britain
Type : Fighter
Year : 1948
F-86A-5

The development of the Sabre began in the autumn of 1944 as a modification of the NA-134 shipboard fighter. In November 1944, North-American presented its plan for a daytime fighter to the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF): the NA-140 model, based on the NA-134 and later given the designation of XP-86.

Country : USA
Type : Fighter
Year : 1948
MiG-15

The emergence of the new engines led to the creation of Soviet jet fighters able to compete with the leading models of the world. In 1947, the Mikoyan Design Bureau started the development of a front line fighter with a Nene (RD-45) turbojet engine and an airtight cockpit: the I-310 ("S").

Country : USSR
Type : Fighter
Year : 1948
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