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World War II was fought in the air as much as it was on the ground, with entire squadrons of fighter planes and bombers engaging in combat. Explore some of the most famous types of World War II airplanes and learn how they were used in combat operations.

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Yakovlev Yak-9

The Russian Yakovlev Yak-9 was faster and more maneuverable than many other planes. The Yak-9 model also featured more metal in the structure, so it was lighter and more maneuverable than earlier iterations. Read more specs for the Yak-9 airplane.


Focke Wulf Fw 190

Focke Wulf Fw 190

The Focke Wulf Fw 190 was a fast, efficient, and maneuverable World War II aircraft. Find photos and specifications for this classic fighter airplane. See more »

Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Boeing B-29 Superfortress

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress featured several startling aviation advances. Find photos, facts, and specifications for this classic airplane. See more »

North American B-25 Mitchell

North American B-25 Mitchell

No other World War II twin-engine bomber saw greater production than the North American B-25 Mitchell. See specifications for this classic airplane. See more »

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was one of the most important World War II fighter planes. See photos, facts, and specifications for this classic airplane. See more »

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator featured many innovations, and was loved by the crews who flew it. Learn about this classic fighter airplane. See more »

Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Mitsubishi A6M Zero

The Mitsubishi A6M Zero had early success but succumbed to poor armor and massive loss of pilots. Read about the World War II classic airplane. See more »

Grumman F6F Hellcat

Grumman F6F Hellcat

The Grumman F6F Hellcat had the right combination of speed, maneuverability, and looks. See photos and specifications for this World War II airplane. See more »

North American P-51 Mustang

North American P-51 Mustang

The North American P-51 Mustang was prized for its long-range capability. Check out specifications for this classic World War II fighter airplane. See more »

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was one of the best-known World War II planes. Find photos, facts, and specifications for this classic fighter airplane. See more »

Boeing B-17

Boeing B-17

The Boeing B-17 thrived during long-range World War II bombing missions. See photos, facts, and specifications for this classic fighter airplane. See more »