Vought XF5U

Vought XF5U, a fighter, is manufactured by Vought, designed by Charles H. Zimmerman, primarily used by United States Navy, developed from Vought V-173 prototype. This aircraft has low aspect ratio with low takeoff and landing speed but high top speed. Usually, a wing with such a low aspect ratio will suffer from poor performance due to the degree of induced drag created at the wingtips. Aircraft with high aspect ratio wings has reduced vortices but the wing will also compromise the maneuverability and roll rate of aircraft, so the XF5U attempted to overcome the tip vortex problem using propellers, which are arranged to rotate in opposite direction to the tip vortices. These propellers have very limited ability to tilt up and down to aid the aircraft in maneuvering. However, by 1946, the XF5U project was long over its expected development time, and well over budget, as jet aircraft coming into service, the Navy canceled the project on 17 March 1947 with only two aircraft constructed.
• Crew: One, pilot
• Length: 28 ft 7 in (8.73 m)
• Wingspan: 32 ft 6 in (9.91 m)
• Height: 14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
• Wing area: 475 ft² (44.2 m²)
• Empty weight: 13,107 lb (5,958 kg)
• Loaded weight: 16,722 lb (7,600 kg)
• Max. takeoff weight:18,772 lb (8,533 kg)
• Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7 radial engine, 1,350 hp (1,007 kW) each
• Maximum speed: 413 knots / 475 mph at 28,000 ft (estimated)[8] (765 km/h at 8,534 meters)
• Range: 1,064 miles (1,703 km)
• Service ceiling: 34,492 ft (10,516 m)
• Rate of climb: 3,000 ft/min (914 m/min)
• Wing loading: 35 lb/ft² (172 kg/m²)
• Power/mass: 0.16 hp/lb (0.27 kW/kg6 × .50 machine guns or 4 × 20 mm cannon
• 2 × 1000 lb. bombs


McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet

The plane of today is the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet, which is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (F/A designation for Fighter/Attack). Designed by McDonnell Douglas and Northrop, the F/A-18 was derived from the latter’s YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations. The U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has used the Hornet since 1986.The F/A-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,190 mph or 1,915 km/h at 40,000 ft or 12,190 m). It can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air-to-air and air-to-ground, supplemented by the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon. It is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofan engines, which give the aircraft a high thrust-to-weight ratio. The F/A-18 has excellent aerodynamic characteristics, primarily attributed to its leading edge extensions (LEX). The fighter’s primary missions are fighter escort, fleet air defense, Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), air interdiction, close air support and aerial reconnaissance.


The Fairchild republic A 10 Thunderbolt II

The plane of the day is The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, which is an American twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. It is the only United States Air Force production aircraft designed solely for close air support, including attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with limited air defenses.
The A-10’s official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nicknames “Warthog” or “Hog”. Its secondary mission is to provide airborne forward air control, directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets. Aircraft used primarily in this role are designated OA-10. With a variety of upgrades and wing replacements, the A-10’s service life may be extended to 2028, though there are proposals to retire it sooner.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat

the plane of today is The Grumman F-14 Tomcat which is a fourth-generation, supersonic, twinjet, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy’s Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program following the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American teen-series fighters, which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War. It is manufactured by Grumman Aerospace Cooperation, first introduced in 1974, retired in 2006, but can still be seen in Iranian Air Force.

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

The plane of the day is The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, which is a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft originally developed by Lockheed for the United States Air Force (USAF). One of the Century Series of aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations from 1958 to 2004. A total of 2,578 Starfighters were produced, but 30% of them lost, the poor safety record of the Starfighter brought the aircraft into the public eye, especially in German Air Force service, so it is not used any more. A set of modifications produced the F-104G model, which won a NATO competition for a new fighter-bomber. On the side of wings, it carries the fuel tank, and can also carry the missiles.


Republic F-105 Thunderchief

The plane of today is Republic F-105 Thunderchief, which is was a supersonic fighter-bomber used by the United States Air Force. The Mach 2 capable F-105 conducted the majority of strike bombing missions during the early years of the Vietnam War; it was the only U.S. aircraft to have been removed from combat due to high loss rates. Originally designed as a single-seat, nuclear-attack aircraft, a two-seat Wild Weasel version was later developed for the specialized Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) role against surface-to-air missile sites. The F-105 was commonly known as the “Thud” by its crews.

A Republic F-105D Thunderchief in flight with a full bomb load of sixteen 750 lb bombs on its five hardpoints.

North American X-15

the plane of today is the North American X-15, which was a rocket-powered aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as part of the X-plane series of experimental aircraft. As of 2014, the X-15 holds the official world record for the highest speed ever reached by a manned, powered aircraft. Its maximum speed was 4,520 miles per hour (7,274 km/h), Mach 6 hypersonic. X-15 has a very thick tail that the tail itself is able to induce drag force as high as normal aircraft will produce as a whole. The increased drag force stable the aircraft during hypersonic flight.

Like many X-series aircraft, the X-15 was designed to be carried aloft and drop launched from under the wing of a NASA B-52 mother ship, the Balls 8. Release took place at an altitude of about 8.5 miles (13.7 km) and a speed of about 500 miles per hour (805 km/h).
Here is the picture of B52, mother ship carry X-15.