US Military Aircraft
Aircraft from all branches of the US Military
The B-29 Superfortress. A four engine US heavy bomber which flew first in combat on 5 June, 1944. It featured a pressurized cabin, electronic fire control and remote controlled guns. The B-29 Enola Gay dropped the atomic weapon Little Boy on Hiroshima on 6 August, 1945 followed by Bockscar's raid on Nagasaki with Fat Man on 9 August, 1945.
theskywasnevermylimit: F2H-2 Banshee aircraft of Fighter Squadron (VF) 172 pictured being serviced by maintenance personnel are on the flight deck of the carrier Essex (CV 9) operating off the coast of Korea. Between August 23 and 25, 1951, VF-172 aircraft went into action for the first time. During one mission, in company with F9Fs, they escorted U.S. Air Force B-29s on high-altitude bombing missions over North Korea. -U.S. Navy photo(Source)
A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft assigned to the 58th Tactical Fighter Squadron banks to the right following refueling during Operation Desert Storm. The aircraft is armed with four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles on the fuselage, an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile on the left wing and an AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missile on the right wing.
U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons: Early Birds. In 2014 the F-16 celebrates 40 years service with the USAF. A General Dynamics YF-16 and Northrop YF-17 side by side, armed with AIM-9 Sidewinders, during Air Combat Fighter fly off. YF-17, the "loser" of the competition evolved into the F/A-18 Hornet.
McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II. Introduced in 1960 with the US Navy and later the Marines and USAF. Top speed is Mach 2.2 and it can carry 18,000lbs (8,400kg) of weapons on 9 external hardpoints, including various missles and bombs. It was the last US fighter to attain Ace status in the 20th century. With a total of 5,195 built from 1958 - 1981, it is the most numerous US supersonic military aircraft and is still in service.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE. Dover’s newest C-17 Globemaster III banks during a flyover before it landed here Sept. 11, 2015. The aircraft, delivered on the seventh anniversary of 9/11, is Dover’s twelfth C-17. Team Dover will receive its thirteenth and final C-17 Oct. 8. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jason Minto)
During the war, U.S. Navy Skyraiders shot down two North Vietnamese Air Force (NVAF) Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 jet fighters: one on 20 June 1965, a victory shared by Lieutenant Clinton B. Johnson and Lieutenant, junior grade Charles W. Hartman III of VA-25; and one on 9 October 1966 by LTJG William T. Patton of VA-176.