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Some aircraft, more (e.g., De Havilland Mosquito) or less (e.g., Bristol Blenheim) were designed as bombers but proved successful in specialized fighter roles, as distinct from fighter-bombers.
- Air warfare planning : The set of doctrines and procedures for carrying out all types of air warfare, as an integrated whole
First World War
Second World War
- Bristol Blenheim : British light bomber aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company that was used extensively in the early days of the Second World War.
- Supermarine Spitfire : A British fighter with exceptional high-altitude performance, serving in air superiority and photoreconnaissance roles from the beginning to the end of the Second World War, and retiring in 1955
- Hawker Hurricane : The first monoplane fighter in British service, this aircraft, as opposed to the better-known Supermarine Spitfire, was the main killer of German bombers in the Battle of Britain; it moved afterwards to ground attack roles
- Me-109 (fighter) : Relatively lightweight Second World War German fighter aircraft; principal escort fighter during the Battle of Britain
- Me-110 (fighter) : Generally unsuccessful German fighter aircraft of the Second World War; intended as a twin-engine "bomber destroyer" but vulnerable to single-engine fighters; limited effectiveness as a night interceptor
- Me-262 fighter : Add brief definition or description
- Fw-190 (fighter) : Add brief definition or description
- P-38 Lightning : Twin-engined U.S. air superiority fighter and reconnaissance aircraft of the Second World War; range and two-engine reliability made it especially useful for land-based missions in the Pacific
- P-40 Airacobra : Add brief definition or description
- P-47 Thunderbolt : U.S. multirole fighter of the Second World War, competent in air-to-air combat but outstanding as a fighter-bomber
- P-51 Mustang : Add brief definition or description
- F2A Brewster : Add brief definition or description
- F4F Wildcat : U.S. Navy carrier-based air superiority fighter early in WWII; could be credible against the Mitsubishi A6M Zero when flown by a skilled pilot, but still had disadvantages as well as advantages.
- F6F Hellcat : Principal and dominant World War II U.S. Navy carrier-based air superiority fighter, with some capability for fighter-bomber missions.
- Me 262 (fighter) : Add brief definition or description
- Gloster Meteor : Add brief definition or description
- MiG-15 (fighter) : A first-generation, Soviet-designed jet fighter used in the Korean War
- MiG-17 (fighter) : Second-generation Soviet-designed fighter, the first to use air-to-air missiles
- F-80 Shooting Star : Add brief definition or description
- F-86 Sabre : Add brief definition or description
- MiG-19 (fighter) : Add brief definition or description
- MiG-21 (fighter) : A lightweight, supersonic Soviet-designed fighter, primarily intended as an interceptor but with limited ground attack capability; used by many nations
- F-100 Supersabre : Add brief definition or description
- F-102 Delta Dagge : Add brief definition or description
- F-104 Starfighter : Add brief definition or description
- F-105 Thunderchief : Add brief definition or description
- F-8 Crusader : Add brief definition or description
- F-4 Phantom II : An extremely successful third-generation fighter, the first effective multirole fighter, which, even after its replacement as a first-line fighter, continued in reconnaissance and suppression of enemy air defense roles well into the 1990s.
- MiG-23 (fighter) : Third-generation jet multirole fighter, with variable geometry wings. Western reporting name was MiG-23 FLOGGER
- MiG-29 (fighter) : A Russian multirole fighter, designated FULCRUM by NATO, roughly comparable to the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-18 Hornet; K version is carrier-capable
- Su-27 (fighter) : A Soviet/Russian air superiority fighter comparable to the U.S. F-15 Eagle, with many variants as well as export and co-production versions; K version is carrier-capable; Su-30 and Su-34 are derivatives
- Panavia Tornado : A fighter aircraft, with several versions, built by a European consortium and used by a number of nations.
- F-14 Tomcat : A long-range interceptor aircraft developed for the United States Navy; exported to Iran before the 1979 Iranian Islamic Revolution; retired for the F-18 Super Hornet
- F-15 Eagle : A series of air superiority fighters, designed for the United States Air Force and flown by several countries; intended for the high role in the high-low mix; The F-15E Strike Eagle is a multirole fighter variant.
- F-16 Fighting Falcon : A relatively lightweight land-based multirole fighter, developed by the United States Air Force; co-produced with Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal; operated by many nations and to be replaced by the F-35A Lightning II. The F-16CJ model is optimized for SEAD.
- F-18 Hornet : A relatively lightweight carrier-capable multirole fighter, developed by the United States Navy and used by several nations, including Canada, in land-based roles; a fourth-generation fighter gradually being replaced by the F-18E/F Super Hornet, and then the F-35.
- F-18 Super Hornet : A new generation of carrier-based fighter beyond the F-18 Hornet, this evolution provides an architecture with even greater expansion, especially with the AN/APG-79 AESA radar, more powerful computers and communications, and a new engine with longer range.
- Dassault Rafale : Add brief definition or description
- Su-30 (fighter) : Add brief definition or description
- Eurofighter Typhoon : Add brief definition or description
- F-22 Raptor : A "fifth generation" fighter, with stealth, supercruise, extreme maneuverability, and an extremely high price tag that caused its production to be stopped in favor of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
- F-35 Joint Strike Fighter : A family of 5th generation multirole fighter, being developed in versions to operate from conventional airfields, in short takeoff and vertical landing for small carrier and forward-based land operations, and in carrier-capable conventional takeoff and landing.
- S-37 (fighter) : Add brief definition or description