A-10 Close Air Support Factoid
With the Avenger cannon firing depleted uranium shells, a bullet-proof cockpit, long loiter time and high manoeuverability the A-10 is one of the most effective close air support aircraft ever built.
Supersonic delta winged Cold War era bomber.
One of the world's largest aircraft, the C-5 provides a strategic airlift capability. It first saw service in 1969. Using the front and rear cargo openings, the Galaxy can be loaded and off-loaded at the same time.
The boat is a Special Operations boat that is CARRIED by the C-5 to demonstrate large cargo IMAGE (c) 2000 Bruce Irving taken at the Great New England Air Show at Westover ARB, August 2000.
The F-111 was probably the most capable low level attack aircraft ever built, and could still be in service today.
F-14 Tomcat Factoid
This swing-wing fighter was the mainstay of US fleet Air Defence for decades.
Touted as the 21st century replacement for the F-15, the F-22 is an expensive aircraft which justifies it's expense by promising "first look - first shot" capability.
The F22 is capable of "supercruise", which means travelling faster than the speed of sound without use of afterburners.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was designed for the US Marines as a replacement for the AV-8B Harrier.
The first F-4 Phantoms deployed by the US Navy in the Vietnam War had no internal gun. The belief was that in the age of the guided missile, dogfighting was obsolete.
One of the most successful fighter bomber designs - the F-4 eventually filled most roles from Air Superiority - land and carrier-based - to Wild Weasel and Photo Recon.
Sign at the Great New England Air Show at Westover ARB, August 2000.
MiGMan thanks Chinofor his photo.
The MiG-15 was the main jet fighter of the Soviet Bloc in the 1950's. The MiG-15 was fitted with a Rolls Royce designed engine and it gave Western nations a nasty start in the skies over Korea, 1951.
The first time most of the western world knew of the existence of this Soviet "Superfighter" was at the Paris Airshow in 1989.
North American proposed the P-51 to the RAF (not USAAF) in January 1940 and got the prototype contract 23 May 1940. A prototype was rolled out 102 days later (there had been preliminary design work for a year, but this was very fast!).