Warbirds

Grumman F4F Wildcat

The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft

A U.S. Navy Grumman F4F-3 in non-specular blue-grey over light-grey scheme in early 1942


The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service with both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy in 1940, where it was initially known as the Martlet. First used in combat by the British in the North Atlantic, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942.


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Grumman F6F Hellcat

Two U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats in tricolor camouflage.

Two U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats in tricolor camouflage, sea blue, intermediate blue, and insignia white


The Grumman F6F Hellcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft of World War II. Designed to replace the earlier F4F Wildcat and to counter the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero, it was the United States Navy's dominant fighter in the second half 

of the Pacific War. 


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Grumman F8F Bearcat

An F8F Bearcat war bird over Fly Navy Day 2016

An F8F Bearcat warbird over Fly Navy Day 2016



The Grumman F8F Bearcat is an American single-engine carrier-based fighter aircraft introduced in late World War II. It served during the mid-20th century in the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the air forces of other nations. It was Grumman Aircraft's last piston engined fighter aircraft. Modified versions have broken speed records for piston-engined aircraft, and are popular among warbird owners and air racers.


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Vought F4U Corsair

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A restored F4U-4 Corsair built by Chance Vought - "Korean War Hero".


The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War.

Designed and initially manufactured by Chance Vought, the Corsair was soon in great demand; additional production contracts were given to Goodyear, whose Corsairs were designated FG, and Brewster, designated F3A.


The Corsair was designed and operated as a carrier-based aircraft, and entered service in large numbers with the U.S. Navy in late 1944 and early 1945. It quickly became one of the most capable carrier-based fighter-bombers of World War II. Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II.


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AD-4 Skyraider (Douglas A-1)

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An AD-4 Skyraider alongside a US Navy F/A-18 Hornet.


The Douglas A-1 Skyraider (formerly AD Skyraider) is an American single-seat attack aircraft that saw service between the late 1940s and early 1980s. The Skyraider had a remarkably long and successful career; it became a piston-powered, propeller-driven anachronism in the jet age, and was nicknamed "Spad", after the French World War I fighter.


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FG-1D Corsair

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A Goodyear-built FG-1D.


FG-1A and FG-1D (called Corsair Mk IV by the Fleet Air Arm)

This was the designation for Corsairs that were license built by Goodyear, to the same specifications as Vought’s Corsairs. 


The first Goodyear built FG-1 flew in February 1943 and Goodyear began delivery of FG-1 Corsairs in April 1943. The company continued production until the end of the war and delivered 4,007 FG-1 series Corsairs, including sixty FG-1Ds to the RNZAF and 857 (400 FG-1 and FG-1A, and 457 FG-1D) to the Royal Navy as Corsair Mk IVs.


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North American FJ-4 Fury

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The last flying FJ-4 in United States Navy colors


The North American FJ-4 Fury was a swept-wing carrier-capable fighter-bomber for the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The final development in a lineage that included the Air Force's F-86 Sabre, the FJ-4 shared its general layout and engine with the earlier FJ-3, but featured an entirely new wing design and was a vastly different design in its final embodiment.


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Hawker Sea Fury

Hawker Sea Fury FB11, UK - Navy AN0842969

Hawker Sea Fury FB11, UK - Navy AN0842969


The Hawker Sea Fury is a British fighter aircraft designed and manufactured by Hawker Aircraft. It was the last propeller-driven fighter to serve with the Royal Navy, and one of the fastest production single reciprocating engine aircraft ever built. 

Developed during the Second World War, the Sea Fury entered service two years after the war ended. It proved to be a popular aircraft with a number of overseas militaries, and was used during the Korean War in the early 1950s, as well as against the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba.


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Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

A4D-2 (A-4B) refueling a F8U-1P (RF-8A)

A4D-2 (A-4B) refueling a F8U-1P (RF-8A)


The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a single seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps in the early 1950s. The delta winged, single turbojet engined Skyhawk was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company, and later by McDonnell Douglas. It was originally designated A4D under the U.S. Navy's pre-1962 designation system.


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SB2C Helldiver

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 The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver is a carrier-based dive bomber aircraft produced for the United States Navy during World War II. It replaced the Douglas SBD Dauntless in US Navy service. The SB2C was much faster than the SBD it replaced. 


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T-2 Buckeye

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 The North American T-2 Buckeye was the United States Navy's intermediate training aircraft, intended to introduce U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps student naval aviators and student naval flight officers to jets. It entered service in 1959, and was replaced by the McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk in 2008. 


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US navy Aircraft

T-6B TEXAN II TURBOPROP TRAINER

T-6B TEXAN II TURBOPROP TRAINER

The T-6B Texan II is a tandem-seat, turboprop trainer whose primary mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.


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T-45C GOSHAWK TRAINING AIRCRAFT

T-45C GOSHAWK TRAINING AIRCRAFT

The T-45 Goshawk is a tandem-seat, carrier capable, jet trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.


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EA-18G GROWLER AIRBORNE ELECTRONIC ATTACK AIRCRAFT

EA-18G GROWLER AIRBORNE ELECTRONIC ATTACK AIRCRAFT

The EA-18G Growler is the fourth major variant of the F/A-18 family of aircraft that combines the proven F/A-18F Super Hornet platform with a sophisticated electronic warfare suite. Built to replace the EA-6B Prowler, the Growler is the first newly-designed electronic warfare aircraft produced in more than 35 years. The aircraft also retains all the F/A-18E & F/A-18's multi-mission capabilities with its validated design and the capability to perform a wide range of enemy defense suppression missions. 


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F/A-18 HORNET STRIKE FIGHTER

F/A-18 HORNET STRIKE FIGHTER

All-weather fighter and attack aircraft. The single-seat F/A-18 Hornet is the nation's first strike-fighter. It was designed for traditional strike applications such as interdiction and close air support without compromising its fighter capabilities. With its excellent fighter and self-defense capabilities, the F/A-18 at the same time increases strike mission survivability and supplements the F-14 Tomcat in fleet air defense. F/A-18 Hornets are currently operating in 37 tactical squadrons from air stations world-wide, and from 10 aircraft carriers. The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron proudly flies them. The Hornet comprises the aviation strike force for seven foreign customers including Canada, Australia, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland.


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