Fighter planes

WW2 Fighter aircrafts

History, Specifications, Pictures and 3D models of US, British, Russian, German, Japanese, Italian and French fighters.

US fighters

 P-51 Mustang

American P-51 Mustang long-range escort planes.

At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbour the US Army Air Force had 3,305 aircraft, while the US Navy hat about 3,000 aircraft ready. The entry of WW2 led to an entirely new rhythm of production and numbers alone are enough to give an idea of the incredible progress that was made. In 1942 a total of 10,769 fighter planes were built. In 1943 a total of 23,988 fighters and in 1944 a total of 38,873 fighters were built. In 1945 a total of 21,696 fighters came off the assembly line. And quality was not sacrificed to quantity.

British fighters

During the inter-war years the British Government tried to maintain an Air Force with a merely defensive capacity of fighter planes. On 10 May 1940, 416 of Britain’s total number of 1,873 first-line aircraft were stationed in France, but on 20 May it was decided to bring them back to England. The first phase of the German plan for the invasion of England was to gain control of the air and so during the months of July and August 1940 the RAF prepared its fighter planes for the inevitable battle against the Luftwaffe. The main defence possessed by the British was RAF Fighter Command. By the end of July 1940 the RAF had 530 fighter planes ready for combat.
The margin of the following Battle of Britain RAF’s victory over the German Air Force was slim but it was sufficient to deter the Wehrmacht from seriously contemplating an invasion of Britain.

The RAF entered the last year of the war with the invasion in France in June 1944 with 487 squadrons, whereby 100 were manned by personnel from the Dominions. In Europe and the Middle East the RAF lost a total of 22,120 aircraft, of which were 3,558 fighters.

Russian fighters

When Germany launched its attack on Russia in June 1941 no one imagined that in a few days only 3,000 Luftwaffe aircraft would knock out what was considered to be the strongest air force in the world. It took almost a year for the Russians to regain air superiority. Aircraft production was slowed down while factories were moved to less vulnerable areas in the east, the Allies organised regular fighter plane deliveries under lend-lease terms, and Russian industry came up with new designs. A total of 8,000 aircraft of all types were built in 1942. Production rose to 18,000 in 1943, 30,000 in 1944, and 25,000 in 1945.


German fighters

Me 109 E

German Me 109 Es over the Western Desert.

At the start of the air war was one-sided. The German fighter planes dominated the skys. There was no need for advanced technology, and the campaign taught the Germans little. Yet later the scene was to change dramatically.
By 1942 the Luftwaffe hardly dared fly over Britain at all, and when the invasion forces were massing in 1944 the Luftwaffe could not even bring back pictures. By this time the Allies were conquering the Luftwaffe fighter planes over the heart of Germany, but the battle was being fought with new weapons.
In WW2 more aircraft of more types were built than at any other time in history. In Germany in the final months there were a few of the most experienced fighter pilots the world has ever seen, some of whom had flown more than a thousand combat missions with a few hundred shot-down Allied planes. There were new jet fighters, but too late.

Italian fighters

The Italian Air Force had begun WW2 with nearly 2,000 operational aircraft ready for combat and with almost the same number in reserve. But because of the poor industrial capacity, by September 1943 the Italian Air Force numbered only 1,200 aircraft of which about half were serviceable.

Japanese fighters

In the Pacific Japan’s air force were extremely succesful. But then, when Japanese fighter planes seemed all but invincible, America’s enormous industrial might began to make itself felt. First came the Battle of Midway, in which Japan suffered its first major losses of warships, men and aircraft, and the veterans of Pearl Harbour disappeared from the scene. In this crucial phase of WW2 in Pacific, Japanese industry continued to turn out large quantities of aircraft. It was a tremendous effort, but to no avail. The Japanese air crews fought ferociously until the last day, but air activity became more a question of desperate defence.


Hawker Typhoon

3D model Hawker Typhoon Mk 1B

British fighter-bomber Hawker Typhoon Mk 1B History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures, video and 3D model. Hawker Typhoon Mk 1B Type: British fighter-bomber. History: The Hawker Typhoon ‘s early life was almost total disaster. Though the concept of so big… learn more

Supermarine Spitfire Mk I – 2

3d model Supermarine Spitfire Mk I A

British fighter plane Supermarine Spitfire Mk I – 2 from the Battle of Britain. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D-model . Supermarine Spitfire Mk I – 2. Type: British fighter plane. History: Possibly the most famous combat aircraft… learn more

Hawker Hurricane

3d model Hawker Hurricane I

British fighter plane and fighter-bomber Hawker Hurricane. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D-model. Hawker Hurricane I to XII, Sea Hurricane IA to XIIA. Type: British fighter planes; later, fighter-bomber, tank buster and ship-based fighter. History: Until well into… learn more

P-35 Seversky

3D model Seversky P-35

US fighter P-35 Seversky in the Philippines in 1941 and in Swedish service. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D-model. Seversky P-35 Type: US fighter plane. History: This aircraft was the inspiration for the 1938 Italian Reggiane Re2000, which… learn more

Polikarpov I-15 and I-153

3D model Polikarpov I-15 Chato

Russian fighter and fighter-bomber Polikarpov I-15 and I-153 Chaika (Chato in Spain). History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. Polikarpov I-15, I-15bis, I-153 Chaika (Chato in Spain) Type: Russian fighter and fighter-bomber biplane. History: One might jump to… learn more

F4U Corsair

3D model F4U-1 Corsair

US Navy carrier-based fighter-bomber F4U Corsair with the kill ratio is unmatched in the history of air warfare. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. Vought F4U Corsair Type: US Navy carrier-based fighter-bomber. History: F4U Corsair production continued… learn more

He 162 Salamander

3D model He 162

Jet fighter and interceptor Heinkel He 162 Salamander or ‘People’s fighter’. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. Heinkel He 162 Salamander (Volksjäger). Type: German Luftwaffe jet fighter and interceptor. History: One of the most rapidly conceived warplanes… learn more

Me 110

3D model Me 110 F

Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstörer (heavy fighter) of the German Luftwaffe. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. Messerschmitt Bf 110 Type: Heavy fighter plane, Zerstörer (destroyer), fighter-bomber, night fighter History: As in five other countries at about the… learn more

Spitfire Mk IX

3d model Spitfire IX

British Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX fighter plane of WW2 (build 1942-44). History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX Type: British fighter plane. History: The year 1942 saw the tide of battle begin to turn in… learn more

Me 109 B, C, D

3d model Messerschmitt Bf 109 B

Messerschmitt B-D fighter plane from Legion Condor in the Spanish Civil War. Messerschmitt Me 109 B, C and D Type: German fighter plane from Legion Condor in the Spanish Civil War. History For Twenty five years the Me 109 was… learn more

P-40 Curtiss Hawk

3d model Curtiss P-40 C Flying Tigers

US fighter, ground attack and fighter-bomber P-40 Curtiss Hawk. History, development, service, versions, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Kittyhawk, Tomahawk Type: US fighter plane, ground attack and fighter-bomber plane. History: It was between December 1941 and July… learn more

Mitsubishi A6M5 Reisen

3d model A6M5

Japanese navy fighter, fighter-bomber and Kamikaze plane. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Mitsubishi A6M5 Reisen Type: Japanese carrier-based fighter and fighter-bomber. History: Though the A6M3 was an ideal fighter with the original high maneuverability of the A6M1… learn more

P-51 Mustang

US war decisive World War 2 long-range escort fighter plane. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. North American P-51 Mustang Type: Long-range escort fighter. History Many claims have been made for the P-51 Mustang: that it was the… learn more

P-47D Thunderbolt

3d model P-47 Thunderbolt

Late models of the long-range escort fighter and fighter-bomber Thunderbolt (beginning with P-47D-25). History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. Republic P-47 Thunderbolt (late models from D-25) Type: US fighter-bomber and long-range escort fighter. History Production of the… learn more

Me 262

3d model Me 262 A1a

German Messerschmitt fighter-bomber A2a and interceptor A1a, the first jet-fighter in combat. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Messerschmitt Me 262 Type: German jet fighter, interceptor, fighter-bomber and night-fighter. History: In the Messerschmitt Me 262 the German aircraft… learn more

Hawker Tempest

3d model Hawker Tempest Mk V

British fighter-bomber and interceptor Hawker Tempest. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Hawker Tempest Mk V Type: British fighter-bomber. History: The Hawker Typhoon was noted for its thick wing – occasional erratic flight behavior at high speeds was… learn more

Me 109 Emil

3d model Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

German Messerschmitt Emil fighter from the Blitzkrieg and Battle of Britain. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Messerschmitt Me 109 E and T Type: German fighter plane or fighter-bomber from the Blitzkrieg and the Battle of Britain (Bf… learn more

Hawker Sea Fury

Hawker Sea Fury

British carrier-based Naval fighter-bomber Sea Fury from the end of WW2. History, development, service, specifications, pictures, images and 3D model. Hawker Sea Fury Type: British carrier-based fighter-bomber. History The Hawker Sea Fury, the last British fighter aircraft with a piston… learn more

Do 335 Arrow

3D model Do 335

Dornier Do 335 ‘Pfeil’ (Arrow) fighter-bomber of the Luftwaffe. Dornier Do 335 Arrow (Pfeil) Type: German fighter-bomber, long-range fighter, heavy fighter, zerstörer (destroyer), night fighter, reconnaissance plane. History: In 1937, Dornier received a basic patent on an aircraft, with two… learn more

Messerschmitt Bf 109

3D model Messerschmitt Bf 109 G

Most-built German single-seat fighter plane of WW2. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Messerschmitt Bf 109 Bf 109 B,C,D,E,F,G,H and K-Series, S-99 and 199, Ha-1109-1112 Origin: Bayerische Flugzeugwerke, 1938 {renamed|relabeled} Messerschmitt AG; {very|really} {widely|extensively} subcontracted {throughout|all over} German-controlled… learn more