Aircraft Flown

 

SEVERSKY P-35

1941 - 1941

The P-35 was the first single seat, all metal pursuit plane with retractable landing gear and fully enclosed cockpit. The aircraft was 25 feet long, 9 feet, 9 inches high and weighed 5,600 pounds. Each plane cost $22,500 and had a maximum speed of 280 MPH with a range of 625 miles and a ceiling of 30,600 feet.

CURTISS P-40E/K/N

"WARHAWK"

1941 - SEPTEMBER 1944

The P-40 was America’s foremost fighter in service when WW II began. The P-40s engaged Japanese aircraft during the attack on Pearl Harbor and in the invasion of the Philippines in December 1941. Though often outclassed by its adversaries in speed, maneuverability, and rate of climb, the P-40 earned a reputation in battle for extreme ruggedness. The P-40 was 31 feet 9 inches long, 12 feet 4 inches high and weighed 9,100 pounds fully loaded. Powered by an Allison V-1710, 1,150 HP engines, the P-40 reached a maximum speed of 362 MPH with a range of 850 miles.

 

LOCKHEED P-38H/J/L

"LIGHTNING"

FEBRUARY 1944 - FEBUARY 1946

The P-38 was designed as a high altitude interceptor. Equipped with droppable fuel tanks under its wings, the Lightning was used extensively as a long range escort fighter and saw action in every major combat area of the world. The P-38 was 37 feet 10 inches long, 12 feet 10 inches high, had a wing span of 52 feet and weighed 17,500 pounds loaded. Powered by two Allison V-1710s of 1,475 HP each, the $115,000 Lightning could reach a top speed of 414 MPH with a range of 1,100 miles

NORTH AMERICAN P-51D

"MUSTANG"

FEBRUARY 1946 - OCTOBER 1950

Providing high altitude escort to B-17s and B-24s, they scored heavily over German interceptors and by wars end, P-51s had destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft in the air, more than any other AAF fighter in Europe. Mustangs served in every active combat zone, including the Pacific where they escorted B-29s to Japan from Iwo Jima. The P-51 was 32 feet 3 inches long, 13 feet 8 inches high and weighed 12,100 pounds. Equipped with six 50 caliber machine guns, the $54,000 Mustang could attain a maximum speed of 437 MPH, a range of 1,000 miles, and a top ceiling of 41,900 feet.

LOCKHEED F-80A/C

"SHOOTING STAR"

SEPTEMBER 1948 - SEPTEMBER 1951

The F-80 was the first USAF aircraft to exceed 500 MPH and the first USAF jet to be used in combat. Although it was designed as a high altitude interceptor, the F-80 was used extensively as a fighter-bomber in the Korean Conflict. The Shooting Star was 34 feet 6 inches long, 11 feet 4 inches high and weighed 16,856 pounds. Using six 50 caliber machine guns and eight 5 inch rockets, the $93,456 P-80 reached a maximum speed of 580 MPH with a range of 1,090 miles.

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REPUBLIC F-84E/G

"THUNDERJET"

SEPTEMBER 1951 - SEPTEMBER 1956

The F-84 was the first USAF post WW II jet fighter that was able to carry a tactical atomic weapon. The Thunderjet gained its reputation during the Korean Conflict where it was used primarily for low level interdiction missions. The F-84 had a wing span of 36 feet 5 inches, a height of 12 feet 1 inch, a length of 38 feet 6 inches and a weight of 15,227 pounds. The $212,000 Thunderbolt could reach a top speed of 620 MPH with a range of 1, 485 miles and a top ceiling of 43,240 feet. (Caption at bottom is wrong, this is not a "B" model.

 

 

NORTH AMERICAN F-86F

"SABRE"

1956 - 1958

The F-86 was the USAF’s first swept wing jet fighter. Originally designed as a high altitude day fighter, it was redesigned into an all weather interceptor. The Sabre saw action in Korea where it shot down 792 MiGs at a loss of only 76 Sabres, a victory ratio of 10 to 1. The F-86 was 40 feet 3 inches long, 15 feet high and weighed 19,975 pounds. At a cost of $343,839, the Sabre was able to reach a speed of 715 MPH, a range of 700 miles and had a top ceiling of 49,200 feet.

NORTH AMERICAN F-100D/F

"SUPER SABRE"

DECEMBER 1957 - DECEMBER 1961

The F-100 was the world’s first production aircraft capable of flying faster than the speed of sound. It included the first autopilot designed for a supersonic jet and a low altitude bombing system. The F-100 had its combat debut in Vietnam where it was used extensively as a fighter-bomber in ground support missions. The Super Sabre was 54 feet 2 inches long, 16 feet 2 inches high, and weighed 38,048 pounds. It cost $704,000 and could reach a top speed of 926.6 MPH with a cruising range of 1,970 miles.

 

REPUBLIC F-105D/F

"THUNDERCHIEF"

OCTOBER 1961 - FEBRUARY 1967

The F-105 was developed as a supersonic tactical fighter-bomber replacement for the F-84F. It flew combat missions over Vietnam and became one of the select few to claim three MiG kills. The Thunderchief was 67 feet long, 20 feet 2 inches high and weighed 54,580 pounds. With a cost of $2,237,000, the F-105 could reach a maximum speed of 831 MPH with a cruising range of 1,500 miles.

 

MCDONNEL DOUGLAS F-4D

"PHANTOM II"

MARCH 1967 - NOVEMBER 1978

The F-4 was developed as a fleet defense interceptor for the US Navy and later adopted by the USAF for close air support, interdiction and counter-air operations. All three USAF flyers who became Aces in Vietnam did so in F-4s. In its air-to-ground role the Phantom can carry twice the normal bomb load of a WW II B-17. The F-4 is 58 feet 2 inches long, 16 feet 6 inches high and weighs 58,000 pounds. Each $1,900,000 Phantom has a service ceiling of 59,600 feet, a cruising range of 1,750 miles and a top speed of 1,400 MPH.



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