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U.S. Air Force 20th Century Jet Fighter/Attack Aircraft Evolution

During the later stages of World War II, the United States began the development of jet fighters. Over the next 50 years, a number of jet aircraft were designed and produced.

Shown below is a cross-reference list of aircraft manufacturers who produced the most popular fighters and attack aircraft used during the post-WWII years. It is not meant to be a complete list, but to show the major aircraft manufacters and mass-produced aircraft.

Cross-Reference List of Aircraft Manufacturers and Jet Fighters/Attack Planes

Manu-facturer
Early
Straight
Wing
Early
Swept
Wing

1950s
Straight
Wing

Early
Century
Series

Late
Century
Series
Post
Century
Series
Lockheed
Republic
North American
Northrup
McDonnell

F-101
Voodoo

Convair
Ling Temco Vaught
   
Fairchild
Republic
   

The "Century Series" of United States Air Force jet fighters
F-100, F-101, F-102, F-104, F-105
The early "Century Series" of Air Force jet fighters

Photographs by Airplanes of the Past

Republic F-84C Thunderjet S/N 47-1433, Buzz Number FS-433-A
Republic F-84C Thunderjet S/N 47-1433, Buzz Number FS-433-A, at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak S/N 51-9433 in California
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak S/N 51-9433 on display at the Castle Air Museum in California
North American F-86H Sabre S/N 53-1525
North American F-86H Sabre S/N 53-1525 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
North American F-86L Sabre S/N 53-0965 in Tucson, Arizona
North American F-86L Sabre S/N 53-0965 at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona
Northrup F-89J Scorpion S/N 53-2674
Northrup F-89J Scorpion S/N 53-2674 at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona
Lockheed F-94C Starfire S/N 51-5623
Lockheed F-94C Starfire S/N 51-5623 at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona
North American F-100 Super Sabre at the Castle Air Museum
S/N 53-1709 (displayed as F-100D -- 55-2789)
North American F-100C Super Sabre on Display at Castle Air Museum S/N 53-1709 (displayed as F-100D -- 55-2789)
McDonnell F-101B Voodoo S/N 57-0282 in Tucson, Arizona
McDonnell F-101B Voodoo S/N 57-0282 at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona
Convair F-102 Delta Dagger S/N 56-1393, Buzz Number FC-393
Convair F-102 Delta Dagger S/N 56-1393, Buzz Number FC-393, at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter in Tyler, Texas
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter at the Historic Aviation Memorial Aviation Museum in Tyler, Texas
F-105D "Iron Duke", S/N 62-4360 at the Charles B. Hall Airpark
located at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
F-105D "Iron Duke", S/N 62-4360 at the Charles B. Hall Airpark in Oklahoma City
Convair F-106A Delta Dart S/N 59-0003 in Tucson
F-106A Delta Dart S/N 59-0003 at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona
F-4D Phantom II S/N 66-7518 at the Charles B. Hall Airpark
F-4D Phantom II S/N 66-7518 at the Charles B. Hall Airpark located at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A-7D Corsair II S/N 72-0175 at the Charles B. Hall Airpark
at the Air Depot Boulevard gate to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A-7D Corsair II S/N 72-0175 on display at the Charles B. Hall Airpark at the entrance to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A-10 Thunderbolt II in "Flying Tigers" paint scheme at the former England AFB in Alexandria, Louisiana
A-10 Thunderbolt II in "Flying Tigers" paint scheme at the closed England AFB