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WWII (USAAF) United States

WWII (USAAF) United States
The United States entered World War II unprepared. The nation had been in a period of isolationism since the conclusion of World War I. Adolph Hitler's conquests in Europe were not even enough to shake Americans out of this isolationist mood. Only the surprise attack by the Japanese on the American naval base in Pearl Harbor spurred Americans to fully act.
The formal declarations of war by the United States on Japan and Germany made plain, once and for all, that the American economy would now need to be transformed into what President Roosevelt had called the Arsenal of Democracy.   The entire manufacturing industry was called upon to produce large amounts of advanced aircraft.

Seemingly overnight, American aircraft production was employing a staggering two million workers, producing over 125,000 aircraft.
The United States with its technological skill, industrial might and diversity, designed and manufactured many different advanced aircraft. These are the aircraft that went on to shape history and became legends.
    Name      Manufacturer   Product Status 
 Douglas SBD Dauntless      Douglas SBD Dauntless

 The Douglas SBD Dauntless was sturdy enough for pilots to dive at a near-vertical 80 degrees!
— featured "Swiss cheese" flaps -- dive brakes punched with 3-inch holes. These perforations reduced buffet on a dive and improved the braking effect -- so that it could achieve pinpoint accuracy. ...

 
 
 Douglas      (available)    

less than
$33.00

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 Grumman F6F Hellcat      Grumman F6F Hellcat

 Although less agile than the Zero, it was tougher and better armed. Not only were Hellcats more powerful, they were more numerous.
— far superior to the leading Japanese combat planes, including the Mitsubishi A6M Reisen, the Zero. ...

 
 
 Grumman      (available)    

less than
$33.00

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 Curtiss P-40      Curtiss P-40

 Its role in the defense of the Pacific during the early years of the war has been minimized. The Warhawk was, in fact, a much better fighter than most observers believe.
— it was the third most numerous US fighter. ...

 
 
 Curtiss Wright      (available)    

less than
$33.00

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 Lockheed 12A (Electra Junior)      Lockheed 12A (Electra Junior)

 — appearing in the classic film, “Casablanca” …
It is the misty grey Air France plane in front of which Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman say their final goodbyes. ...

 
 
 Lockheed      (available)    

less than
$24.00

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 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress      Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

 Higher, faster and farther than any previous bomber - while carrying a heavier payload. The B-17 also boasted ground breaking navigation and precision bombardment equipment that made it one of the first true heavy bombers with high efficiency and accuracy. ...

 
 
 Boeing      (available)    

less than
$23.00

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