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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 
 F6F Hellcat [gen]      F6F Hellcat [gen]

 The Hellcat was the result of specifications laid down by a large group of fighter pilots polled by the officials of the Grumman Aircraft Company. — made history in 1942 when it decisively whipped the Japanese carrier based fighters opposing it in the Pacific. ...

 
 
 Grumman      (available)    

less than
$23.00

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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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 Hughes' H-4 Spruce Goose      Hughes' H-4 Spruce Goose

 The Hercules was a monumental undertaking. The largest aircraft ever built. It is over five stories tall with a wingspan longer than a football field. That's more than a city block. ...

 
 
 Hughes Aircraft Company      (available)    

less than
$23.00

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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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 Lockheed P-38 Lightning      Lockheed P-38 Lightning

 On April 18, 1943, the aircraft flew one of its most famous missions -- to intercept a transport carrying the Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.
— skimming the waves to avoid detection, the P-38s succeeded in downing the admiral's plane as well as three others. ...

 
 
 Lockheed      (available)    

less than
$23.00

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