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F-4S Phantom II

The McDonnell F-4S was an upgraded U.S. Navy F-4J with improved radar equipment, and entered service in July 1977….

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Farman NC 223.4

The Farman NC 223.4 was a mail plane commandeered by the French Aeronavale and was the first Allied plane to bomb Berlin during WWII…

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Friedrichschafen FF-33E

Friedrichschafen FF-33E’s were deployed with German surface raiders during WWI, sometimes exchanging gunfire with enemy crewmen on deck…

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Israel Aircraft Industries Finger

IAI’s Finger was a Falklands War-era modernization program for the Dagger, a Mirage V derivative exported to Argentina…

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Messerschmitt Me 163

Nazi Germany’s rocket-powered point-defense interceptor terrorized Allied bomber crews and was nearly impossible to intercept, but had volatile fuels that could kill a pilot before takeoff….

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P-70 Nighthawk

Coming to the Pacific in the Summer of 1942, the P-70 was meant to be a stopgap night fighter, soon to be replaced by the P-61 Black Widow. But the P-70 served until 1944 due to the P-61’s teething problems….

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa

The Mk II Spitfire arrived at the height of the Battle of Britain, equipping two squadrons of RAF Fighter Command by September 1940. It was externally identical to the Mk I but slightly faster…

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Vickers Super VC 10

Entering service in 1965, the Vickers Super VC 10 was elegant, economical and state-of-the-art, but came on the scene too late to compete effectively against the DC-8 and Boeing 707…

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This Day in Aviation History

March 25, 1958

First flight of the Avro CF-105 Arrow, Canada’s revolutionary long-range interceptor. 

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