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12. Northrop F-20 Tigershark. Takeoff of Northrop F-20 (S/N 82-0062, the first F-20 built) in Northrop colors with a T-38 chase plane. (U.S. Air Force photo)


11. Aero 45. The Aero 45 was a twin-piston engined civil utility aircraft produced in Czechoslovakia after World War II. Aero Vodochody produced the aircraft in 1947–1951, after which the Let Kunovice rolled out these planes until 1961. First flight 21 July 1947.


10. Bréguet 731 Bellatrix. The Bréguet 730 (731) was a French flying boat of the 1930s. Built to meet the requirements of the French Navy, it was ordered into production but no aircraft were delivered before France surrendered to Germany in June 1940. Four remaining incomplete airframes were completed after the end of World War II, serving with the French Navy until 1954.


9. Brewster B-339D Buffalo. The first Dutch Brewster B-339D Buffalo (s/n B-3119) in flight in the United States prior to its delivery to the Militaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger ("Military Air Service of the Royal Netherlands East Indian Army", ML-KNIL). Circa 1940. Note the civil registration NX341B on the tail. The aircraft escaped from the Netherlands East Indies and was later used by the U.S. Army Air Forces in Australia.


8. Northrop P-61 Black Widow. First official photo of the top turret of the Northrop Black Widow P-61 night fighter. Although not produced in the large numbers of its contemporaries, the Black Widow was effectively operated as a night-fighter by United States Army Air Forces squadrons in the European Theater, Pacific Theater, China Burma India Theater, and Mediterranean Theater during World War II.


7. Convair R3Y-1 Tradewind. The Convair R3Y Tradewind was an American 1950s turboprop-powered flying boat designed and built by Convair. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, 1950s.


6. Saab S 32C Lansen (prototype). Specialized maritime and photo reconnaissance version for Swedish Air Force. 45 aircraft built between 1958 and 1959, retired in 1978.


5. Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck. The Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck was a Canadian twinjet interceptor/fighter serving during the Cold War both in NATO bases in Europe and as part of NORAD. The CF-100 was the only Canadian-designed fighter to enter mass production, serving primarily with the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Armed Forces and also in small numbers in Belgium. For its day, the CF-100 featured a short takeoff run and high climb rate, making it well suited to its role as an interceptor. 1950s.


4. Republic XP-47H Thunderbolt (s/n 42-23298) on the ground. Circa 1945. Two P-47D-15-RE airframes were equipped with the experimental 2300 hp Chrysler XIV-2220-1 sixteen-cylinder inverted liquid-cooled engine. These aircraft were redesignated XP-47H.


3. North American XAJ-1 Savage. Prototype with two 2,300 hp (1,715 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-44 radial engines and one Allison J33-A-10 turbojet; three built. First flight in 1948.


2. Grumman XF9F-2 Panther. The first XF9F-2 Panther pictured on its maiden flight over Long Island with Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation test pilot Corwin "Corky" Meyer at the controls. Note the bare metal finish and panther painted on the nose. November 1947.


1. Grumman F-14A Tomcat. A US Navy F-14A Tomcat, Fighter Squadron 124 (VF-124), Gunfighters, sits next to a Soviet MiG-15UTI Midget, a two seat trainer, on the ramp at Naval Air Station Miramar. San Diego, California, USA. 1990. Photo by T. Mckinney.