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- Aircraft carrier : A warship designed to launch and recover combat aircraft and aircraft that support military operations
- Aircraft : A vehicle capable of sustained flight within the Earth's atmosphere.
- Carrier-capable : An aircraft capable of operation from an aircraft carrier; ruggedized for sea conditions; often implies capable of catapult takeoffs and arrested landings
- Conventional takeoff and landing : Either an aircraft that requires long runways, or a carrier-capable aircraft that must be catapult-launched and will land with the tailhook & arrested landing system
- 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 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.
- F-35B Lightning II : Short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, to be used on small carriers (i.e., without catapults and from minimal forward airfields
- F-35C Lightning II : U.S. Navy version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, intended for carrier operations
- U.S. Navy : The branch of the United States Armed Forces charged with sea operations