Military aircraft

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A military aircraft is any fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft that is operated by a legal or insurrectionary armed service of any type.wikipedia
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Attack aircraft

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Variations exist between them, including fighter-bombers, such as the MiG-23 ground-attack aircraft and the Soviet Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik.
An attack aircraft, strike aircraft, or attack bomber, is a tactical military aircraft that has a primary role of carrying out airstrikes with greater precision than bombers, and is prepared to encounter strong low-level air defenses while pressing the attack.

Fighter-bomber

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Variations exist between them, including fighter-bombers, such as the MiG-23 ground-attack aircraft and the Soviet Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik.
Prior to World War II, general limitations in available engine and aeronautical technology required that each proposed military aircraft have its design tailored to a specific prescribed role.

Military

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Main battle tanks, and other heavy equipment such as armoured fighting vehicles, military aircraft, and ships, are characteristic to organised military forces.

Light bomber

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Bombers include light bombers, medium bombers, heavy bombers, dive bombers, and torpedo bombers.
A light bomber is a relatively small and fast type of military bomber aircraft that was primarily employed before the 1950s.

Anti-ship missile

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Also included among combat aircraft are long-range maritime patrol aircraft, such as the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod and the S-3 Viking that are often equipped to attack with anti-ship missiles and anti-submarine weapons.
These all used radio command-guidance from the bombardiers of the warplanes that launched them.

Torpedo bomber

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Bombers include light bombers, medium bombers, heavy bombers, dive bombers, and torpedo bombers.
A torpedo bomber is a military aircraft designed primarily to attack ships with aerial torpedoes.

Gunship

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Several types of transport airplanes have been armed with sideways firing weapons as gunships for ground attack.
A gunship is a military aircraft armed with heavy guns, primarily intended for attacking ground targets.

Aircraft

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A military aircraft is any fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft that is operated by a legal or insurrectionary armed service of any type.
Aircraft are produced in several different types optimized for various uses; military aircraft, which includes not just combat types but many types of supporting aircraft, and civil aircraft, which include all non-military types, experimental and model.

Boeing P-8 Poseidon

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Many others are modified designs of pre-existing aircraft, such as the Boeing P-8 Poseidon, which is based on the Boeing 737-800 airliner.
The Boeing P-8 Poseidon (formerly Multimission Maritime Aircraft) is a military aircraft developed and produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, modified from the 737-800ERX.

Lockheed AC-130

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These include the AC-47 and AC-130 aircraft.
Seven more warplanes were converted to the "Plain Jane" configuration like the AC-130 prototype in 1968, and one aircraft received the "Surprise Package" refit in 1969.

United States Air Force

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Many civil aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary wing, have been produced in separate models for military use, such as the civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner, which became the military C-47 Skytrain, and British "Dakota" transport planes, and decades later, the USAF's AC-47 aerial gunships.
, the service operates more than 5,369 military aircraft, 406 ICBMs and 170 military satellites.

Aerial refueling

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Non-combat roles of military aircraft include search and rescue, reconnaissance, observation/surveillance, Airborne Early Warning and Control, transport, training, and aerial refueling.
Aerial refueling, also referred to as air refueling, in-flight refueling (IFR), air-to-air refueling (AAR), and tanking, is the process of transferring aviation fuel from one military aircraft (the tanker) to another (the receiver) during flight.

Heavy bomber

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Bombers include light bombers, medium bombers, heavy bombers, dive bombers, and torpedo bombers.
Despite these technological innovations and new capabilities of other contemporary military aircraft, large strategic bombers such as the B-1, B-52 and B-2 have been retained for the role of carpet bombing in several conflicts.

List of fighter aircraft

This is a list of military aircraft that are primarily designed for air-to-air combat and thus does not include aircraft intended for other roles where they have some secondary air-to-air capability, such as with many ground attack aircraft.

Fixed-wing aircraft

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A military aircraft is any fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft that is operated by a legal or insurrectionary armed service of any type.

Rotorcraft

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A military aircraft is any fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft that is operated by a legal or insurrectionary armed service of any type.

French Aerostatic Corps

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The first military balloon unit was the French Aerostatic Corps, who in 1794 flew an observation balloon during the Battle of Fleurus, the first major battle to feature aerial observation.

Battle of Fleurus (1794)

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The first military balloon unit was the French Aerostatic Corps, who in 1794 flew an observation balloon during the Battle of Fleurus, the first major battle to feature aerial observation.

Napoleonic Wars

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Balloons continued to be used throughout the 19th Century, including in the Napoleonic Wars and the Franco-Prussian war, for observation and propaganda distribution.

Franco-Prussian War

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Balloons continued to be used throughout the 19th Century, including in the Napoleonic Wars and the Franco-Prussian war, for observation and propaganda distribution.

Propaganda

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Balloons continued to be used throughout the 19th Century, including in the Napoleonic Wars and the Franco-Prussian war, for observation and propaganda distribution.

Zeppelin

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During the First World War, German Zeppelin airships carried out multiple air raids on British cities, as well as being used for observation.

Strategic bombing

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During the First World War, German Zeppelin airships carried out multiple air raids on British cities, as well as being used for observation.

United States Navy

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In the 1920s, the US Navy acquired several non-rigid airships, the first one to see service being the K-1 in 1931.