McDonnell F-101 Voodoo Aircraft:
The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was a supersonic military fighter flown by the USAF and the RCAF. Developed from the XF-88 penetration fighter, the F-101 originally was designed as a long-range bomber escort for the Strategic Air Command. However, when high-speed, high-altitude jet bombers like the B-52 entered active service, escort fighters were not needed. Therefore, before production began, the F-101′s design was changed to fill both tactical and air defense roles.
Republic F-105 Thunderchief:
The Republic F-105 Thunderchief, was a supersonic fighter-bomber used by the United States Air Force. In 1951 Republic Aviation began a project to develop a supersonic tactical fighter-bomber to replace the F-84F. The result was the F-105 Thunderchief, later affectionately nicknamed the “Thud.” The prototype YF-105A first flew in October 1955, but the first F-105D did not fly until June 1959. A total of 833 Thunderchiefs of all types were built, including 610 F-105Ds.
Convair F-106 Delta Dart Aircraft:
The Convair F-106 Delta Dart was the primary all-weather interceptor aircraft for the United States Air Force from the 1960s through the 1980s. The F-106 all-weather interceptor was developed from the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. Originally designated the F-102, it was redesignated F-106 because it had extensive structural changes and a more powerful engine.
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star Aircraft:
The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star is an American-built jet trainer aircraft. The two-place T-33 jet was designed for training pilots already qualified to fly propeller-driven aircraft. It was developed from the single-seat P-80) aircraft profile F-80 fighter by lengthening the fuselage about three feet to accommodate a second cockpit.
Grumman A-6 Intruder Planes:
The A-6 Intruder was the world’s first fully all-weather attack bomber capable of detecting and identifying tactical or strategic targets, and delivering both conventional and nuclear ordnance on them under zero-visibility conditions.
LTV A-7 Corsair II Airplane:
The Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II is a carrier-based subsonic light attack aircraft introduced to replace the United States Navy’s A-4 Skyhawk, initially entering service during the Vietnam War.
Boeing B-50 Superfortress Aircraft:
The B-50, the last propeller-driven bomber delivered to the U.S. Air Force, made its initial flight on June 25, 1947. Basically an improved version of the B-29, this aircraft’s large number of modifications caused its redesignation as the B-50. Between 1948 and 1954, B-50s served with the Strategic Air Command as medium bombers, and they were replaced by jet-propelled B-47s. Many were modified for support roles such as weather reconnaissance, crew training, photo-mapping and aerial refueling.
Convair B-58 Hustler Aircraft:
The Convair B-58 Hustler was the first operational jet bomber capable of Mach 2 supersonic flight. The B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. In addition to the Hustler’s delta wing shape, distinctive features included a sophisticated inertial guidance navigation and bombing system, a slender “wasp-waist” fuselage and an extensive use of heat-resistant honeycomb sandwich skin panels in the wings and fuselage. Since the thin fuselage prevented the carrying of bombs internally, a droppable, two-component pod beneath the fuselage contained a nuclear weapon — along with extra fuel, reconnaissance equipment or other specialized gear. The B-58 crew consisted of a pilot, navigator/bombardier and defense systems operator.
Martin B-57 Canberra Airplane:
The Martin B-57 Canberra was a twin jet engine, light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft which entered service in the 1950s. After the Korean War began in 1950, the U.S. Air Force looked for a jet medium bomber to replace the aging, propeller-driven Douglas B-26 Invader. In March 1951, the USAF contracted with Martin to build the British Canberra in the United States under license. The Martin-built B-57 made its first flight in July 1953, and when production ended in 1959, a total of 403 Canberras had been produced for the USAF.
North American A-5 Vigilante Aircraft:
The North American A-5 Vigilante was a powerful, highly advanced carrier-based supersonic bomber designed for the United States Navy. Its service in the nuclear strike role to replace the A-3 Skywarrior was very short. As the RA-5C, it saw extensive service during the Vietnam War in the reconnaissance role. Prior to the unification of the Navy designation sequence with the Air Force sequence in 1962, it was designated the A3J Vigilante.