(Throughout History)

Accomplishments, pictures, sounds, and specifications of bomber aircraft, dive bombers, strategic bombers, fighter bombers, and attack bombers. These represent the top bomber aircraft from Britain, the U. S., Germany and Russia from WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Gulf War, the Iran War and other conflicts around the world throughout aviation history, and a guide to scale rc airplanes. 



Douglas A-1 Skyraider  Bomber aircraft of the U.S. Navy and U.S.A.F. known for their large ordnance capacity, reliability, toughness, and loiter time, used for ground attack.

Douglas A-3 Skywarrior  Bomber aircraft that were the largest aircraft ever to serve on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

Douglas A-4 Skyhawk  Bomber aircraft noted for its extreme maneuverability that carried out the first bombing sorties of the Vietnam War, used by the U.S. Navy.

North American A-5 Vigilante  Bomber aircraft capable of low level missions; first aircraft to be equipped with a HUD.

Grumman A-6 Intruder  Bomber aircraft deployed during the Vietnam War by the U.S. Navy.

LTV A-7 Corsair II  Bomber aircraft used by both the USAF and USN from Vietnam through the 1990’s.

Curtiss A-8  The first bomber aircraft of the U.S. Army featuring self deploying leading edge slats.

Northrop A-9  Bomber aircraft that were the primary competition for the mission of U.S.A.F. that lost to the A-10.

A-10 Warthog  Bomber aircraft used by the U.S.A.F for ground support.

Aero A.11  Bomber aircraft used by the Czech for attack and observation between the Wars.

Curtiss A-12  First  U.S. Army Air Corps bomber aircraft of all-metal construction.

Curtiss A-14  First twin engine bomber aircraft dedicated to ground attack test flown by the U.S. Army.

Northrop A-17  Bomber aircraft initially deployed prior to the start of WW II.

Vultee A-19  Bomber aircraft tested by the U.S. Army in 1939.

Douglas A-20  Bomber aircraft used by the U.S. and Allies during WWII.

Cessna A-37 Dragongly  Bomber aircraft which excelled for ground support during the Vietnam war.

Martin AM-1 Mauler  Bomber aircraft which had an ordnance capacity larger than any other single engine aircraft of their time.

Amiot 143

Amiot 143  Bomber aircraft with twin engines, used by the French, first flown in 1934, made entirely from metal, with a fixed landing gear. Used against Germany in early WWII.

AMX International AMX:  Bomber aircraft developed jointly by Brazil and Italy, used for ground attack, deployed from 1989 until today.

Avro Anson

Avro Anson  Bomber aircraft with twin engines, used by the RAF, that first flew in 1935 and retired from active service in 1958.

Arado Ar 195:  Torpedo bombers tested by Germany, equipped with an arresting hook for use on the never completed aircraft carrier Graff Zeppelin. They never went into production.

Arado Ar 234 Blitz  First jet engine powered bomber aircraft.

AIDC AT-3b  Bomber aircraft used by the Taiwan Air Force for ground attack from 1984 to today.

Grumman Avenger  U.S. Navy primary torpedo dive bombers of World War II.

Boeing (Rockwell) B-1  The fastest bomber aircraft of their type used by United States today.

Curtiss B-2 Condor

Curtiss B-2 Condor  Bomber aircraft first flown in 1927, they featured a steel tubing air frame. They were the only U.S. heavy bomber aircraft when deployed in 1929.

Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit  Bomber aircraft that are the most expensive ever built.

Boeing B-9  Bomber aircraft known for their innovations, deployed between the wars.

Martin B-10  The most numerous U.S. produced bomber aircraft between the World Wars.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress  The best known U.S. heavy bombers deployed during World War II.

Douglas B-18 Bolo  First twin engine medium bomber aircraft ever produced by Douglas, used for transport and maritime patrol in addition to bombing.

Consolidated B-24 Liberator  No other WWII bomber aircraft were built in such numbers.

North American B-25 Mitchell  Medium WWII bomber aircraft used in the first U.S. attack on the Japanese mainland after Pearl Harbor.

Douglas B-26 Invader  Originally called the A-26 Invader, they were used as medium to low level bomber aircraft during WW II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Martin B-26 Marauder  Had the lowest attrition rate of WWII bomber aircraft.

Boeing B-29 Superfortress  Largest WW II bomber aircraft used exclusively in the Pacific war by the U.S..

Convair B-36 Peacemaker  The largest bomber aircraft ever produced.

Boeing B-47 Stratojet  First U.S.A.F. swept wing jet bomber aircraft.

Nakajima B5N Kate  Primary Japanese Navy torpedo bomber aircraft of World War II.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress  Backbone of today’s U.S. heavy bomber aircraft fleet.

Convair B-58 Hustler  The first U.S.A.F. supersonic bomber aircraft.

Martin A-30 Baltimore

Martin Baltimore  Bomber aircraft produced in the U.S. specifically for the British RAF during WW II. They were only deployed in the Mediterranean where they were used in support of ground troops, especially in North Africa and Italy.

Fairey Barracuda  First British Royal Navy torpedo and dive bomber aircraft.

Fairey Battle  Single engine monoplane bomber aircraft that could carry twice the bomb load twice the distance of other aircraft of the time, but were under-powered and lacked sufficient armor when facing WWII enemy fighters.

Bristol Beaufighter The most heavily armed bomber aircraft of WW II.

Bristol Beaufort

Bristol Beaufort  Primary torpedo bomber aircraft of the RAF from 1940 to 1943. Over 2,000 were built.

Bristol Blenheim Initially deployed as bomber aircraft, and later became the world’s first radar equipped interceptor aircraft.

Bristol Braemer  World’s largest triplane bomber aircraft.

Breda Ba.64  Bomber aircraft deployed by the Italian A.F. from 1936 to 1939. They had a single engine with a variable pitch prop, retractable l/g, an open cockpit, and a wire braced horizontal stab.

Breda Ba.65  Bomber aircraft successors to the Ba. 64, but a much more successful, modern design. They were deployed from 1936 through 1941, when most were downed by enemy fighters.

Breguet Bre. 14  Advanced WW I single engine French bomber aircraft made mostly from Duralumin known for its strength and reliability.

Breguet Bre. 19   French bomber aircraft that carried 80% more ordnance than its predecessor, flown from 1922 to 1940.

Breguet Bre. 691

Breguet Bre. 691   Light attack French bomber aircraft, first used against German troops in 1940. They were easy prey for Luftwaffe fighters.

Bristol Brigand

Bristol Brigand  Last twin piston engine light bomber aircraft of the RAF, made for tropical climates. They saw action in Iraq, Malaya, and Kenya through 1954.

Caproni Ca.133   Three engine Italian bomber aircraft capable of STOL, flying from 1935 to the Italian surrender in 1943.

Caproni Ca.135

Caproni Ca.135   Twin engine bomber aircraft with wooden wings, first flown in 1935, never used by the Italian A.F., but produced for export.

English Electric Canberra First jet bomber aircraft of the British RAF.

Aichi D3A Val Primary World War II Japanese Navy dive bomber aircraft.

Douglas Dauntless  Among the most effective U.S. dive bomber aircraft of WWII.

de Havilland DH4   WWI British single engine biplane bomber aircraft that proved extremely successful when deployed in 1917.

de Havilland DH9  Among the best British single engine biplane bomber aircraft of WWI, after receiving upgraded engines.

de Havilland DH10 Amiens  Twin engine British biplane bomber aircraft initially deployed just after WWI to No. 216 RAF Squadron in Egypt. The aircraft was used with great success as a mail carrier in Europe and the Middle East. In the early 1920’s it carried out bombing raids against Indian rebels.

Dornier Do 17  WW II Luftwaffe bomber aircraft that played an early major role.

Dornier Do 217 

Dornier Do 217  When first flown in 1938, these bomber aircraft carried a heavier ordnance payload than any other aircraft of their time. They were also used as fighter/ bombers, night fighters, torpedo bombers, and for maritime patrol.

Republic F-105 Thunderchief  Flew 3/4 of all bomber aircraft missions against North Vietnam from 1965 to 1969

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk The world’s first stealthy bomber aircraft.

General Dynamics FB-111 Fastest U.S./ Australian strategic bomber aircraft.

Farman F.220   French heavy bomber aircraft that were the only four engine Allied heavy bomber aircraft at the start of WW II. The engines were arranged in back-to-back pairs.

Fairey III  Single engine biplanes deployed by the Royal Navy in 1927 as carrier-borne bomber aircraft, float planes, and land-based aircraft, serving until the start of WWII.

Felixstowe Fury  Large experimental seaplane bomber aircraft, driven by five engines, intended to be the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic ocean..

Fieseler Fi 103 V-1 The world’s first cruise missile.

Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8:  Bomber aircraft which first entered service for Great Britain in 1916, they were also used for reconnaissance.

Fairey Fox  Single engine biplane bomber aircraft, designed around its in-line engine, that was faster most other aircraft of its day. It served from 1925 through 1940.

Flexstowe Fury  Large experimental seaplane bomber aircraft, driven by five engines, intended to be the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic ocean.

Gotha Bomber  Primary German heavy bomber aircraft of World War I.

AEG G-4  Twin engine bomber aircraft of Germany carrying up to 900 lbs. of ordnance, introduced in 1916.

Mitsubishi G4M Betty  Main Japanese medium bomber aircraft of World War II.

Nakajima G10N  Concept Japanese heavy bomber, designed to attack the U.S.A.

Kawanishi H8K

Kawanishi H8K  Very successful four engine long range Japanese maritime patrol bomber aircraft, first deployed in 1942.

Handley Page 0/400  World War I twin engine dedicated British night bomber aircraft, a first for the time, deployed from 1914 to 1919.

Handley Page Halifax  The first World War II four engine bomber aircraft to fly sorties against German forces.

Handley Page Heyford  Last RAF biplane bomber aircraft, deployed from 1930 to 1939 as bombers and until 1941 as trainers.

Heinkel He 111 Main Luftwaffe medium bomber aircraft in early World War II.

Heinkel He 177 Innovative Luftwaffe heavy bomber aircraft of World War II.

Fairey Hendon

Fairey Hendon  Twin engine bomber aircraft, first flown in 1931, that carried ordnance inside the fuselage. The aircraft were engineered for minimal drag, including an enclosed cockpit, streamlined nacelles, and streamlined landing gear.

Ilya Muromets  Russia’s first four engine strategic bomber aircraft.

Lockheed Hudson  Twin engine long range medium bomber aircraft. They were the first U.S. bomber aircraft of WW II to be deployed by the British.

Ilyushin IL-2 World’s most produced bomber aircraft of all time.

Ilyushin IL-4  Considered one of the best Russian bomber aircraft of WWII, known for long range and large ordnance capacity. They continued to serve into the 1950’s.

SEPECAT Jaguar  Ground attack bomber aircraft which first flew in 1968 and still are in service today.

Junkers Ju-52  Served from 1930 to 1989, first as a transport, then bomber aircraft.

Junkers Ju-87 Stuka Famous Luftwaffe dive bomber aircraft of World War II.

Junkers Ju-88 Luftwaffe most versatile bomber aircraft of World War II.

Mitsubishi Ki-20 Largest Japanese bomber aircraft of WW II.

Avro Lancaster  The most famous RAF heavy bomber aircraft of WW II.

ANF Les Mureaux 115 R2B2  Bomber aircraft, produced by Frence prior to the start of WWII using the Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs engine, also used for reconnaissance.

ANF Les Mureaux 117 R2B2  Bomber aircraft with additional streamlining, using the Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs engine.

Linke-Hoffman R.II Large WW1 bomber aircraft with a single propeller driven by four engines.

Avro Manchester

Avro Manchester  British twin engine bomber aircraft, plagued with engine problems, flown from 1939 to 1942.

Martin Maryland  Light WW II U.S. twin engine bomber aircraft, never used by the U.S., but exported to Great Britain and France. Used extensively by the RAF in the Middle East.

Myasishchev M-4  First four turbojet engine strategic bomber aircraft of the Soviet Union.

Farman M.F.11 Shorthorn  Early WWI pusher prop bomber aircraft that made the first night raids against enemy targets.

De Havilland DH98 Mosquito This aircraft, made from wood, was as fast as most fighters and had the capacity of medium bomber.

PBY Catalina Widely regarded as the best amphibious patrol bomber aircraft of WWII.

Consolidated PB4Y Privateer  Four engine long range heavy patrol bomber aircraft based on the B-24.

P6M Seamaster U.S. Navy prototype jet seaplane bomber aircraft.

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver U.S. Navy dive bomber aircraft that played a significant part in contributing to the Allied victory during World War II.

Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Primary Italian bomber aircraft of World War II.

Sukhoi Su-25  Bombing aircraft used by Russia for close air support.

Sukhoi Su-34  Russia’s most advanced attack aircraft.

Lockheed S-3 Viking U.S. Navy attack jet bomber aircraft.

Short Bomber WW I bomber aircraft with the distinction of having the longest wingspan of any single engine biplanes ever produced.

Fairey Swordfish WW II biplane torpedo bomber aircraft that helped to sink the Bismarck.

Tarrant Tabor The world’s largest bomber aircraft when built.

Tupolev TB-1  First twin engine bomber aircraft of the Soviet Union made without wood.

Tupolev TB-3

Tupolev TB-3  World’s first monoplane four engine bomber aircraft with wings built without external bracing, first flown in 1932.

Tupolev Tu-95  Russia’s heavy bomber aircraft and main cruise missile launching aircraft.

Tupolev Tu-160 Fastest and largest supersonic bomber aircraft.

Hawker Typhoon  Single Engine WWII British fighter bomber aircraft with a 2,000 lb. bomb load, used against German radar installations, communications targets, armor, and ground forces.

Vickers Vimy One of the world’s first heavy bomber aircraft.

Avro Vulcan First jet delta wing British RAF bomber aircraft.

Vickers Wellington The primary British bomber aircraft of early World War II.

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley  Twin engine British bomber aircraft first flown in 1936 that originally dropped leaflets over German cities.

Douglas XB19 One of a kind bomber aircraft that were the largest American aircraft when first flown.

Z.1007 Alcione  Three engine wooden bomber aircraft that were the backbone of WW II Italian A.F. bombers.

Northrop XB-35The world’s first flying wing bomber aircraft.

Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1  First U.S. experimental strategic bomber aircraft.


3 thoughts on “BOMBER AIRCRAFT”


  2. You left out the North American B-45 Tornado, Americas first jet bomber. Operated briefly by SAC, then TAC in Europe. Also saw service in the Korean war.I worked on them while in the U.S.Air Force in England in the 50’s.The 47th Bomb Wing, 3rd Air force.

  3. Thank you, Ken, for reminding us about the B-45. The North American Aviation B-45 Tornado was an early jet bomber that has been largely overlooked. In 1948 it first took to the sky as a bomber, too late for World War II. When smaller nuclear ordnance became available, it was deployed with the Tactical Air Command as a deterrent to aggression by the Soviet Union. The RB-45C reconnaissance variant proved successful in its role over Korea and later with deep penetration missions over the Soviet Union. The B-45 Tornado was also the first multiengine jet bomber capable of air to air refueling. A total of 143 of the aircraft were produced.

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