World War II

Grumman TBM Avenger
Yakovlev Yak-9
Korean War
North American F-86 Sabre
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
​Vietnam War

Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig 17
Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros
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Northrop F-5 Tiger
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TBM Avenger Bu. No. 85828 was received by the Navy on 17 March 1945.  From March 1945 until September 1945 it served with Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 234 (VMTB-234).  This was one of the squadrons aboard CVE carriers at the end of the war.  VMTB-234 served on the USS Vella Gulf during the Okinawa campaign. After the war it served with VMTB-622 during October 1945 and then with VMTB-623 during November 1945.  These two squadrons were also part of the CVE program but never did become fully operational as the Marine Corps got out of the torpedo bombing business at the end of the war.  All of the CVE squadrons were based at MCAS Santa Barbara, California.
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 The Yak-9 was a single engine fighter used by the Soviet Union in WWII and after. Fundamentally a lighter development of the Yak-7 with the same armament, it arrived at the front at the end of 1942.The Yak-9 was the most mass-produced Soviet fighter of all time. It remained in production from 1942 to 1948, with 16,769 built. Towards the end of the war, the Yak-9 was the first Soviet aircraft to shoot down a Messerschmitt Me 262 jet.  Following World War II it was used by the North Korean Air Force during the Korean War
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The North American F-86 Sabre was designed in the 1940's as a subsonic fighter aircraft. The Sabre entered service with the United States Air Force in 1949. The F-86 saw action and became the primary U.S. air combat fighter in the Korean War. Various models were produced in day fighter, fighter-bomber, and all-weather interceptor configurations with a variety of armaments. U.S. production of the Sabre ended in December, 1956



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The Lockheed P-80 became the first jet fighter to enter full squadron service in the United States Army Air Forces. The aircraft had straight wings, and it was the first operational jet fighter to have its engine contained in the fuselage. The aircraft made its first flight on January 8, 1944. Development and production of the P-80 continued on after World War II. The P-80 was re-designated "F-80" in 1948 after the U.S. Air Force split off from the U.S. Army. The trainer made its first flight on March 22, 1948. It was designated T-33A (Popularly nicknamed the "T-Bird") soon after, with U.S. production taking place from 1948 to 1959.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The A-4 Skyhawk was a post Korean War U.S. attack aircraft intended to be operated from aircraft carriers. It was designed by Douglas Aircraft to satisfy the U.S. Navy's need for a jet powered replacement for the A-1 Skyraider. The Skyhawk was successfully used by both the USN and USMC, with the first model entering service in October of 1956.

Skyhawk's were the Navy's primary light bomber during the early years of the Vietnam War. A-4's carried out some of the first U.S. air strikes of the war and a Marine Skyhawk is believed to have dropped the last US bombs on the country. Some of the notable A-4 pilots during the war were Vice Admiral James Stockdale and then LCDR John McCain. The Skyhawk continued in service throughout the war, with a total of 362 being lost
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The MiG-17 was designed to be controllable at higher Mach numbers. Early versions which retained the original Soviet copy of the Rolls-Royce Nene VK-1 engine were heavier with equal thrust. Later MiG-17s would be the first Soviet fighter application of an afterburner which offered increased thrust on demand by dumping fuel in the exhaust of the basic engine. Though the MiG-17 still strongly resembles its forebear, it had an entirely new thinner and more highly swept wing and tailplane for speeds approaching Mach 1.
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Originally designed as a combat training aircraft, the Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros is now finding new life among owner, operator and modelling enthusiasts around the world. The Aero Vodochody L-39 aircraft is a low-wing, tandem seating, all metal turbofan powered aircraft designed for basic and advanced training, including weapon delivery practicing, as well as for light attack tasks.


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The Northrop F-5A and F-5B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E and F-5F Tiger II are part of a supersonic light fighter family, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. Being smaller and simpler than contemporaries such as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the F-5 cost less to both procure and operate, making it a popular export aircraft. The F-5 started life as a privately funded light fighter program by Northrop in the 1950s. The design team wrapped a small, highly aerodynamic fighter around two compact and high-thrust General Electric J85 engines, focusing on performance and low cost of maintenance. Though primarily designed for the day air superiority role, the aircraft is also a capable ground-attack platform. The F-5A entered service in the early 1960s. During the Cold War, over 800 were produced through 1972 for U.S. allies. Though the USAF had no acknowledged need for a light fighter, it did procure roughly 1,200 Northrop T-38 Talon trainer aircraft, which were directly based on the F-5A.