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Gallery - Military Aircraft: Fighters: Historic

Aircraft are arranged alphabetically by manufacturer. This gallery contains historic fighters and those that are out of service, no mattery how recently they have been taken out of service.

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Convair F-102 Delta Dagger:

A JF-102A Delta Dagger operated by NASA in 1956 as a temporary test aircraft, hence the J prefix. (NASA) A PQM-102A Delta Dagger in flight. The PQM-102A was an unmanned target drone converted from standard F-102s. (DoD) A prototype Convair YF-102 Delta Dagger in flight. (USAF)

Overhead view of a Convair F-102A Delta Dagger in fligh. (USAF)

Convair F-106 Delta Dart:

A beautiful shot of a  Convair F-106 Delta Dart  in service with NASA in 1997. (NASA) A Convair F-106 Delta Dart from the 177th Fighter Interceptor Group, New Jersey Air National Guard taking part in the Air to Air weapons meet WILLIAM TELL  in 1984. (DoD) A couple of Convair F-106 Delta Darts taking part in the Air to Air weapons meet WILLIAM TELL  in 1984. (DoD)

An F-106 Delta Dart from the 49th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in the 1980s. (DoD) An F-106A Delta Dart over the Mojave Desert on its way to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on 28 June 1988. It will be used as a QF-106 target drone after finishing its B-1B chaseplane duties. (USAF/Staff Sgt John K McDowell) Four F-106s from the USAF's 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron above Mount Rushmore on 27 July 1981. (USAF/SSGt Bill Thompson)

de Havilland Vampire:

A Royal Canadian Air Force Vampire in flight on 6 January 1953. The Vampire was the RCAF's first jet fighter.

English Electric Lightning:

An English Electric Lightning of Thunder City over Cape Town. (Max Dereta/Thunder City) English Electric Lightning in flight (RAF)

Gloster Javelin:

The Gloster Javelin (or 'Dragmaster') in flight. (RAF)

Grumman F9F/F-9 Cougar:

A Grumman F9F-6P Cougar from Composite Squadron 61 (VC-61) over Naval Air Station Miramar, California, on 4 March 1954.

Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star:

A Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star in flight. (USAF) Four-aircraft formation of Lockheed F-80A Shooting Stars. (USAF)

Lockheed F-94 Starfire:

The first Lockheed YF-94 Starfire in flight. This was converted from a TF-80C. (USAF)

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter:

A stunning shot of a NASA Lockheed F-104 Starfighter A Lockheed F-104 Starfighter armed with two AIM-9J Sidewinders. The aircraft is from the 69th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, 58th Tactical Training Wing, 12th Air Force. (DoD) A Lockheed F-104 Starfighter  in 1959. (NASA)

A four aircraft formation of Lockheed F-104A Starfighters. (USAF) Two US Air Force F-104 Starfighters in formation. (USAF) Three F-104G Starfighters near Luke Air Force Base on 29 November 1982. They are training German pilots. (USAF/M Sgt Paul N Hayashi)

A prototype Lockheed XF-104 Starfighter in flight. (USAF)

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk:

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) moves in for a midair refueling during Operation Desert Shield Front view of a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk (USAF) Four F-117 Nighthawks fly over Antelope Valley near Edwards Air Force Base in California. (Bobbi Zapka)

A formation of two F-117 Nighthawks. (USAF) A Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk in flight during the 1980s. The US Air Force retired the F-117 on 22 April 2008. (USAF) A Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk dropping a GBU-28 guided bomb unit during live-fire weapons testing mission Combat Hammer, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (USAF/MSGT Edward Snyder)

Two specially painted F-117s shortly before their retirement on 11 March 2008. (USAF/Senior Master Sgt Kim Frey)

McDonnell F-101 Voodoo:

A McDonnell F-101 Voodoo from the 107th Fighter Interceptor Group, New York Air National Guard. (DoD) Two F-101s from the US Air Force's 107th Fighter Interceptor Group, New York Air National Guard on a sortie in 1978. (USAF)

North American F-86 Sabre:

A Korean War-era F-86 Sabre flown by retired US Navy Captain Dale 'Snort' Snodgrass at the 2004 In Pursuit of Liberty NAS Oceana Air Show. (DoD) North American F-86 Sabre in flight (USAF) A North American F-86A Sabre

A North American F-86H-10 in flight. (USAF) A prototype North American XF-86 Sabre in fligh. (USAF) A formation of three  North American F-86D-15 Sabres. (USAF)

A Royal Canadian Air Force F-86 Sabre  on 17 August 1951. (RCAF) Three Royal Canadian Air Force Sabres on 10 January 1955. North American F-86 Sabre in flight. (USAF)

A Canadian F-86 Sabre on 23 April 2009 near Comox, British Columbia, in the colours of the RCAF Golden Hawks, which was the first jet aerobatic team in Canada. (CF Photo by Master Corp Robert Bottrill) An F-86 Sabre at the NAS Oceana air show on 25 September 2004. (USN/Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J McLain) A Royal Canadian Air Force F-86 Sabre in flight. (Canadian Air Force)

North American F-100 Super Sabre:

A North American F-100A Super Sabre on a dry lakebed in 1955. (NASA) A North American F-100C Super Sabre as operated by NASA in 1962. (NASA) A formation of North American F-100 Super Sabres. (USAF)

A North American F-100A Super Sabre at a 45-degree climb. (USAF) Two North American F-100D-20-NA  Super Sabres refuels using a buddy system. (USAF) A prototype North American YF-100 Super Sabre in flight. (USAF)

Republic F-84 Thunderjet:

12 F-84 Thunderjets in formation as seen on 24 Apr 1951. (National Air and Space Musuem) A Republic F-84E in flight. (USAF) Republic F-84B Thunderjets in flight. (USAF)

Republic F-84Bs in flight over Maine, New England. (USAF) Two US Air Force F-84B Thunderjets in flight. (USAF)

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak:

A Republic F-84F-1-RE Thunderstreak in flight. This is the first production aircraft. (USAF)

Republic F-105 Thunderchief:

A Republic F-105B Thunderchief. Note that no F-105As were produced. Three F-105D Thunderchiefs flying in formation. (USAF)

Saab J29 'Tunnan' ('Barrel'):

Saab J29 'Tunnan' or Flying Barrel in flight. (Copyright Saab AB) A fantastic shot of a Saab J29 'Tunnan' in Flygvapnet (Swedish Air Force) service. (Copyright Saab AB) Underside view of the Saab J29 Tunnan (Barrel) (Copyright Saab AB)

Saab 32 Lansen (Lance):

A fine shot of Saab's Lansen. (Copyright Saab AB)

Saab J35 Draken (Dragon):

A Flygvapnet Draken in a vertical climb carrying Rb 27/Rb28 AAMs (I Thuresson/Saab). A J35OE Draken of the Austrian Air Force (A Anderson/Saab). Two Flygvapnet Drakens banking in unison (Saab)

A Finnish Air Force J35BS fighter reveals its unique double delta configuration (I Thuresson/Saab). A stunning shot of two Austrian J35OE Drakens flying over the Austrian Alps. The aircraft on the left is painted in unique aerobatic markings. (K Tokunaga/Saab)

Saab J37 Viggen (Thunderbolt):

Saab J37 Viggen (Thunderbolt) showing off its weapons. (Copyright Saab AB)

Sukhoi Su-15 'Flagon':

Sukhoi Su-15 'Flagon' in flight. (DoD)

Vought F-8 Crusader:

Two RF-8G Crusaders from Photographic Squadron 26 (VFP-206) during Reconnaisance Air Meet '86. (USN/TSgt Michael Haggerty)

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