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Dominating Warbirds That Ruled The Skies

Warbirds are aircrafts that hover over head and defend the skies. These are the planes used in war. Learn about the amazing aircrafts that dominate the skies. Such aircrafts merge the skills of the pilot and the skills of the designers to create astonishing fighting machines.

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1. McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

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The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle dates back from the early 1970’s when fast power and quick speed made it a favorite of those who love airplanes as well as military men determined to embrace the latest technology. The plane can hit a record 98,000 feet in under four minutes, making it one of the fastest of all planes to ever hit this height so quickly. Barely visible overhead, aviation lovers have come to look for it when they can in order to get a rare shot.

2. F-22 Raptor

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The F-22 Raptor remains one of the premier air crafts in the American arsenal. The Raptor is one of the newest of the American stealth fighters that can evade the radar. This one is not only capable of flying under the radar, it’s also an airplane that is capable of doing incredibly complex movements in the sky, allowing the pilot to evade any possible other craft that should attempt to attack.

3. Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

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The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver came in to assist the British during the end of WWII. The machine’s most notable feature are the retractable wings, allowing for a tight landing. This one has a design that influenced other kinds of warbirds in the coming years, making it clear that tight planes were a possibility.

4. Albatros D.11

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The Albatros D.11 is one of the earliest warbirds to ever fly the skies. This one was produced in Germany at the height of the first World War. Designers aimed to create a plane that was lightweight and able to endure quick turns and fast movements. As an early pioneer in the history of aviation, this plane stands out for offering durability and lightness at the same time. Many parts were actually constructed from plywood, making it easy to refuel.

5. General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

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The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon earned a place in aviation history as the first ever plane designed with relaxed stability fly-by-wire flight controls.  This allows for greater stability and better control. It remains a classic of aviation design that has been copied many times.

6. Northrup Grumman Global Hawk

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The Northrup Grumman Global Hawk carries an impressive price tag of $222 million apiece. It also impressively climbs high altitudes, even when carrying a 1200 pound payload.

7. MIG 15

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The MIG 15 was one of the workhorses of the Soviet fleet. More than 16,000 were produced, making them a common sight in the skies above Russia. They are known as one of the most seriously effective of all Russian aircrafts with a wide range.

8. Mitsubishi Betty Bomber

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The Mitsubishi Betty Bomber was one of the most feared aircrafts during WWII. The Japanese deployed more than 2,500 of them during the war. A few of these can still be seen in many museums in Japan and other nations.

9. Fairchild Republica A-10 Thunderbolt II

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The Fairchild Republica A-10 Thunderbolt II is a fierce aircraft with tremendous air power that is used to provide support for other airplanes when they are flying. This allows other planes to fly longer distances more easily.

10. SAAB 35 Draken

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The SAAB 35 Draken is incredibly fast, allowing the aircraft to be deployed in national air defense. One of the most famous of all fighters, the aircraft has both a radar and camera.

11. MIG 17

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The MIG 17. Another one of the most important of Russian aircrafts, the MIG 17 was designed very much the same way as rockets with a streamlined look that still looks very modern today.

12. The Amazing V-22 Osprey

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Many people are astonished at how these planes can instantly switch from helicopter mode to a turboprop airplane. These planes also have a powerful 38 foot rotor system that allows the entire plane to rotates 90 degrees during the flight. This makes them a favorite of pilots who realize the importance of crafts that can turn quickly.

13. Lockheed P-38 Lightning

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The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is a streamlined plane with incredible firepower. Considered one of the most fascinating of all aircrafts, it’s still admired for an innovative design that takes full advantage of advances in air flight technology to offer a smooth ride over a long distance.

14. Polikarpov I-16

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The Polikarpov I-16 was known as the Snub Nosed Soviet fighter because it has a stout nose. Dating from all the way back to the Spanish Civil war, the plane was eventually retired after they were attacked during the Nazi invasion of Russia. Today, it’s found mostly in museums both in Russia and a few select other nations.

15. Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

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The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk offered more imagination than actual firepower. They tended to falter at higher altitudes, making them a lesser part of the war effort but still used as World War II continued on.

16. Lockheed AC-130

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The AC-130 is a sort of a flying boat with lots of ammo including 20mm M61 Vulcan cannons. It also has one Bofors 40-mm autocannon as well as a 105-mm M102 cannon. It can also actually launch an AGM-176 Griffin missile. This makes it one of the most useful of all the aircrafts.

17. Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

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The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a truly enormous plane. This one is specifically designed to offer the capacity to help shore up any war effort by carrying lots of equipment including engines and missiles.

18. Hawker Harrier

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The Hawker Harrier is notable in aviation history as the first plane that can take off vertically. This advanced technology is still in use today as one of the most important aircrafts in the fleet. It’s used primarily on aircraft carriers to help ferry passengers back and forth.

19. Yakovlev Yak-9

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The Yakovlev Yak-9 was one of the most reliable of all the Russian aircrafts. They were essential in defending Russia when the Germans decided to invade during WWII. They were a common sight during Operation Barbarossa, the largest single action of WWII and one that would ultimately have devastating effects for the Germans when the invasion failed ,even after inflicting vast misery on the Russian people.

20. Sopwith Camel

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The Sopwith Camel was one of the oldest of all the airplane fighters. During WWI, these planes became one of the most important of all Allied army planes with a stunning kill record. The name camel comes from the hump on the end of the fuselage.

21. Sukhoi SU-27

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The Sukhoi SU-27 remains an important plane in the history of Russian aviation. As the Soviet answer to the America fighters during the 1980’s, they were one of the most popular aircrafts in Russia. More than eight hundred were built.

22. North American B-25

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The North American B-25 entered WWII during 1942. The plane was heavily involved during the Pacific theater war, helping Americans stop Japanese imperialism.

23. MIG-21

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The MIG-21 was a bit stubby and ungainly but it did come into heavy use from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. The only drawback was that it could fly for less than an hour before needing to return back to the ground again. Still, it was a favorite plane in more than sixty countries.

24. Northrup Grumman B-2 Bomber

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The Northrup Grumman B-2 Bomber is known for being one of the world’s first stealth bombers, meaning that it cannot be seen on the radar. It’s still in use today and will probably continue to fly the skies for the next few decades. The sleek exterior is one of the iconic images in aviation history as a model of modern intelligence and design.

25. DeHavilland Mosquito

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The DeHavilland Mosquito was a happy solution to the problem of scarce materials during WWII. Metals were scarce during this time frame so designers turned to wood. While wood isn’t as hardy, the Mosquito was a high efficient plane that showed up in many WWII battles.

26. Bell UH-1 Iroquois

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The Bell UH-1 Iroquois was the helicopter during the Vietnam War. Over seven thousand were on the battlefield helping bring soldiers to places that were otherwise hard to get to by any other means. Seven thousand were produced and then destroyed as the war went on.

27. Messerschmitt ME-109

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The Messerschmitt ME-109 dates back from 1930’s Germany. During this time, the Germans aimed to avoid letting the rest of Europe know much about their aviation achievements. An emphasis began on downplaying their advancements in aircraft technology. This one was part of their ongoing efforts to help demonstrate their subtle ability to offer planes that were allowing for longer flights. This one saw the most action during the pivital Battle of Britain when the Germans attempted to invade the British. Dozens of them flew overhead, carrying solders who were aiming at ways they could bomb the British mainland and smash their targets.

28. Lockheed U-2

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The Lockheed U-2 came to the notice of the general public during the Eisenhower administration. This one was used in order to spy on the Soviets. It gained attention when one plane was shot down during a spy mission and the pilot captured by the Soviets. The dark black plane has a firm place in the history of spy planes.

29. McDonnell Douglass F-4

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The McDonnell Douglass F-4 is one of the present-day planes most often used by the contemporary American military. This one offers superior fighter power as well as incredible speed. Those who know this craft know that it is possible for this so-called supersonic aircraft to fly from the west to the east coast in under three hours – three hours faster than any standard planes. This allows it to be an integral part of many national defense plans.

30. Lockheed SR-71

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The Lockheed SR-71 has incredible power and speed, easily making it one of the most powerful warbirds anywhere in the world. This one can reach heights of 85,000 feet, making it among the highest any plane will ever be able to head in the skies. The SR-71 can also go past Mach 3, meaning that it can break the sound barrier three times over. The squat design belies the overall power of the plane. This is one plane you’ll never forget when you see it in action anywhere overhead. It’s been dubbed the Blackbird because it resembles a blackbird in flight.