Fictional military aircraft are imagined aircraft which are used in fiction, in its various media, but do not exist in the real world. These aircraft may be conjectured variants of real-world aircraft or they may be completely fabricated by the author.
In the 1984s, a gap appeared in the designation system for US military aircraft, between the F/A-18 Hornet and the F-20 Tigershark. This unseen F-19 was speculated to be a top-secret stealth fighter in US service. Various depictions of F-19s have since appeared in fictional works, as well as in the usually accurate Jane's All the World's Aircraft publication (as the Lockheed RF-19 and XST).
American model airplane manufacturers Testors  and Monogram  have both released hypothetical model kits of the F-19, the former quickly becoming the best-selling model airplane kit ever. Ironically, the Testors F-19 model bore no resemblance to the F-117, having a sweeping, streamlined appearance as opposed to the sharp, angular design of the Nighthawk.
There are many theories as to why no publicly-known aircraft has been designated F-19. One theory claims that Northrop requested to skip the number for their F-20 Tigershark in order to avoid confusion with the MiG-19 on the export market. Although there may be an actual F-19 aircraft still unknown to the general public, the designation may very well be an obsolete designation for the F-117 Nighthawk.
The F-117 designation was a ruse in itself. In 1962, the Defense Department under Secretary Robert McNamara standardized the designation of arms across all US armed services. The designation format selected for fighter aircraft was a combination of the Air Force's "F-" prefix and the Navy's low numeric indicator. An effect of this was a "reset" of the high numeric indicators into which the Air Force's designations had climbed by then – exemplified by the Century Series fighters ranging from the F-100 Super Sabre to the F-111. The first new type entering into Air Force service under the new designation scheme was the F-15 Eagle. However, high F-numbers, higher than F-111, continued to be used. They were allocated to foreign (Soviet, Israeli, Pakistani and Chinese) fighter types which the United States flew in secret from Nellis AFB in Nevada for evaluation purposes. The designations were intentionally convoluted to further obfuscate the details of what was a highly classified, though publicly known (if unacknowledged) program. For example, the Soviet MiG-23MS air-superiority fighter (allegedly obtained from Egypt when that nation switched from using Soviet to Western military aircraft) was given the designation YF-113E, while the earlier, much less capable and completely unrelated MiG-17 was the YF-113A (the YF- prefix denoting a type under operational evaluation). The (Y)F-117 designation was, thus, used to mask the aircraft's identity as another "Russian" fighter under evaluation. The F-117 force being based at Nellis, just like the officially-unacknowledged foreign fighters, added to the plausibility of the deception. When the Stealth Fighter was officially confirmed in 1988, the designation was retained.
The F-19A Ghostrider, which shares the same physical characteristics as the Revell model kit, appears in Tom Clancy's novel Red Storm Rising, where an entire chapter is devoted to its exploits ('The Frisbees of Dreamland'). The stealth attack fighters, nicknamed 'Frisbees' by their pilots in reference to their smooth, curved shape, use AIM-9 Sidewinder infrared-guided air-to-air missiles to shoot down Russian IL-76 Mainstay airborne early warning aircraft, thus allowing NATO fighters to penetrate Russian-controlled areas of Germany and bomb the Soviet forces massing there. To further facilitate the attack, the F-19s use nose-mounted lasers to illuminate targets for other fighters and bombers dropping laser-guided bombs.
The XFA-24A Apalis is a single-seat, twin-engine, canard-delta winged strike fighter in the video game Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception. Its engines allow it to accelerate straight up, and it is capable of toting large loads into combat. Its official "popular name" is a genus of songbirds. In an air to air configuration it carries AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles, it is also compatible with the Mark 82 bomb and Maverick missile.
The F/A-37 Talon is a near-future, fictional single-seat fighter aircraft of the U.S. Navy in the 2005 film Stealth. In the movie's fictional world, the only 37s are operating as a three-plane flight for field evaluation, from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
The Talon is capable of hypersonic flight with two combined Pulse Detonation/Scramjet engines. As the movie's title suggests, the Talon has stealth capability, along with movable, forward sweep, switchblade wings, an internal cannon for close-in fights, and an internal rotary launcher with a wide variety of ordnance, including AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles, AGM-130C air-to-surface missiles (called "Blue Ferret" in the movie), and Truncheon implosion bombs.
It has a Common Integrated Processor (CIP), a central "brain" capable of making damage assessments, not just on enemy forces, but on collateral and civilian casualties as well. The CIP can make complex calculations, like estimating nuclear fallout, or projecting odds of survival.
The Talon is capable of precise attacks with minimal destruction. Each pilot has a view-screen for each wingman. Controls are streamlined; the computer communicates through voice and projection displays. The Talons had transponders that directly linked with the pilots homebase or a carrier's advanced flight center. The Talon has a self-destruct system in case of system failure.
F/A-37 unique switch-wing design closely resembles patent #5,984,231 for "Aircraft with variable forward-sweep wing", issued to Northrop Grumman Corporation in 1999. This patent caused a wave of rumors about actual aircraft build with that design, with fictional name 'Switchblade', that was publicised in November, 2000 issue of Popular Science magazine. Moreover, according to aerospace journalist Steve Douglass, Northrop Grumman was one of the technical advisors for the Stealth movie. Yet another plane sharing design characteristics with the Talon is the VF-19 Excalibur.
Technically, the F/A-37 should be called "Talon III", as the name "Talon" has already been assigned to the T-38 trainer aircraft and "Talon II" has be assigned to the Lockheed MC-130. Another plane that resembles the F/A-37 is the X-02 Wyvern.
The game Empire Earth features a fighter called the Talon in the "Digital Age Epoch". It is almost identical to the F/A-37, although it is a white land-based fighter instead of a black carrier-based one.
Featured in the movie Stealth, The UCAV EDI (Extreme Deep Invader) is a joint program in relation to the F/A-37 Talon. EDI (call sign 'Tinman') is smaller than the Talon and has a downward-canted delta platform. Despite its designation as an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), it retains a cockpit for maintenance and emergencies. Among the new features are V/STOL capability, a Kermit (metal ceramic) composite exoskeleton, and aeroelastic wings. The engine is described as a Pulse Detonation Engine with twin Hybrid Scramjet Turbos fueled by catalyzed A1 methane. Being unmanned, EDI has shown to disregard G-forces and perform a complete sharp angle, high speed turn.
EDI's computer is more powerful than a standard Talon's at 10 tera-bits/second. It also has an Artificial Intelligence system with Quantum processing achieved by a neural net.EDI's artificial intelligence goes even further by allowing it to speak freely without being influenced by a human controller. EDI is capable of identifying a target 5 miles (8.0 km) away or by using a satellite uplink. EDI can identify a human target by fingerprints, voice analysis, or by face recognition. The most striking feature of the A.I. was its ability to learn at an exponential rate, and its ability to develop emotional feelings.
The F-200 appears in the video game U.N. Squadron. Its shape seems to have mostly been inspired by the - unreal - Mig-31 Firefox. Though this plane is fictional, it could have been misleading, because all the other available planes of the game are real ones, for example the F-20 Tigershark or the YF-23 Black Widow II.
The Efreet is the best playable fighter in this game, which can carry all of the weapons. It is also the most expensive one.
The GDI Firehawk is a VTOL multi-role fighter jet that appears in Command & Conquer 3.
The Firehawk uses forward-swept wings with rear-swept winglets and canards. It can be equipped at the airfield with either two anti-surface bombs or four air-to-air missiles. It seats two crew, one pilot and one weapons officer. Firehawks can be refitted with special boosters that enable them to go sub-orbital, becoming impervious to anti-aircraft fire during the whole maneuver except reentry.
The Allied Nations' Black Eagles are high-speed VTOL jets used mostly by The Republic of Korea in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2.
Black Eagles feature forward-swept wings but otherwise resemble F-16 Fighting Falcons. They are loaded with powerful missiles used for engaging surface targets. Black Eagles are usually painted black in reference to their name. They most likely were inspired by the Russian Su-47 Berkut, which is Russian for Golden Eagle.
The Metyor Mt-179 is an advanced fighter-bomber version of the Fiskious Fi-170 found in Dale Brown's novel Warrior Class. The aircraft is designed with a forward swept wing and an extremely thin fuselage section.
The aircraft uses an internal bomb bay to carry laser-guided bombs and R-27 missiles. It houses four R-60 missiles in the leading edge of the wings; however, these are omitted due to corrosion of the wing. The crew of two consists of a pilot and a weapons operator.
Bought by oil broker Pavel Kazakov, the aircraft is used to influence his East European neighbors, almost starting a number of conflicts. The aircraft finally turned in on USAF forces in Turkey. Fortunately, the chief designer sent the aircraft's heat signature to the USAF in Turkey allowing Patrick McLanahan and his team of EB-1C Vampire II to destroy it.
The aircraft resembles a VF-9 Cutlass.
Fictional aircraft codenamed MiG-28 (МиГ-28 in Cyrillic script) have appeared in several different unrelated works. These fictional aircraft have been independently created and the aircraft share nothing but a name, although it has also often even been given the NATO reporting name Finback. In reality this codename has now been assigned to the Shenyang J-8, a Chinese interceptor-fighter.
The first instance of a "MiG-28" was in the 1978 Quiller novel The Sinkiang Executive written by Adam Hall. Referred to in the work as the MiG-28D (NATO code "Finback"), it was an aircraft that resembled a somewhat modified MiG-25, but with sharper air intakes and swept wings.
In the 1986 movie Top Gun, Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) squared off against MiG-28s with no NATO reporting name and of unspecified nationality. These were nothing more than American Northrop F-5s, which at the time were being used as aggressor aircraft for dissimilar air combat training at the real TOPGUN seminar (now known as the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School). The F-5s "acting" as MiG-28s were painted flat black to indicate their villainous status, and retained those paint jobs after production closed. The nation flying these MiG-28s is not specified whatsoever in the movie but assumed to be the Soviet Union or another Communist state; audio commentary on the movie's Special-Edition DVD release states that they were originally intended to be North Korean. In video games licensed from the movies, the enemy planes are replaced with real Soviet aircraft, the MiG-29 "Fulcrum".
Therefore, It must be noted that the designation "MiG-28" is inconsistent with the Soviet/Russian practice of giving fighter and strike designs odd numbers, with bombers and other large aircraft receiving even numbers, which represents either oversight or an attempt to avoid contradicting real aircraft.
The MiG-31 (МиГ-31 in Cyrillic script), NATO reporting name "Firefox", is a fictional aircraft appearing in Craig Thomas' novels Firefox and Firefox Down, as well as the Clint Eastwood movie based on the former.
The Firefox is an interceptor aircraft with stealth capabilities, to the point that it is invisible to radar. It is powered by two incredibly powerful "Turmansky" (a probable misspelling of Tumansky) turbo-ramjet engines that permit flight at hypersonic speeds, but their exhaust gives the Firefox a prominent infrared signature. The Firefox's most famous feature is its Thought-Controlled Weapons System, which uses signals from the pilot's brain to target enemies and fire weapons; however, it only responds to commands thought in Russian. The Firefox's weapons consist of up to four AA-6 Acrid air-to-air missiles (modified for thought guidance), two 23 mm cannons, and four Rear Defense Pods, which fire an explosive charge at a pursuing aircraft or missile.
Other capabilities of the Firefox include a 3,000-mile (4,800 km) range and a flight ceiling over 120,000 feet (37,000 m). To give the pilot full situational awareness the aircraft also includes a camera system that allows the pilot to see images ahead of, below, and directly behind the aircraft on his console. Mitchell Gant uses this system several times during his flight to keep track of missiles, and other aircraft pursuing him.
Two production prototypes were built before it was to be deployed into active service for the Soviet Air Force. The first prototype was stolen by Mitchell Gant operating on behalf of the Western intelligence community. The second prototype intercepted Gant and the two aircraft entered into combat with Gant destroying his adversary.
In Firefox Down, it is revealed the remaining prototype's fuel lines were ruptured in the dogfight that concluded the previous novel and the aircraft crash-lands in Finland. One of the plot lines of Firefox Down is the race between the Soviets and Western Intelligence to recover the aircraft submerged in a frozen Finnish lake.
The MiG-37 (fictional NATO reporting name Ferret E) is a fictional stealth aircraft produced in kit form by Italian model manufacturer Italeri, in co-operation with American model company Testors. The kit was a follow-up to Testors' highly successful (and fictional) "F-19 Stealth" model kit.
The MiG-37 is a stealth fighter designed using advances in technology from the Soviet Union's space and aviation programs as a reaction to the American F-19 stealth project.
The Mikoyan MiG-242 appears in the pilot episode of the Gerry Anderson production of Joe 90. It is a 21st century Russian air superiority fighter, and the most advanced of its time. The MiG-242 could be launched from a special zero-zero launch ramp. This ramp could be deployed on Russian air bases and would elevate 45 degrees and catapult the aircraft via the use of an electromagnetic rail catapult, while the fighter engaged full afterburners. The aircraft was discovered to be variable geometry and when swept, the wings met up with the tail to form a delta. This offered the MiG-242 both excellent low speed maneuverability and high Mach speed. Maximum speed was 3,600 km/h (Mach 3) at 11,500 metres and was powered by two variable-cycle turbine/ram jet engines. These operated as jet turbines up to Mach 2.5, and as ramjets from Mach 2.1 and up.
The key to its versatility was the weapons system, two pods mounted ventrally under the fuselage. These pods could be configured with a variety of weapons, from air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles plus sensor equipment, free-fall bombs and other ordnance. These could be quickly removed and replaced to give the MiG-242 exceptional turn-around times. In the nose were mounted two 30 mm cannon for close range fighting and two ECM pods were mounted in the twin tails.
The models used for filming the episodes were modified Angel Interceptors, from Anderson's previous series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
The Turbo Kat was the primary vehicle for the two protagonists in the animated hit series Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron. It was based on the Northrop Grumman F-14 Tomcat with three jet engines and V/STOL capabilities.
The XF-34A DreamStar is a fictional aircraft from the Dale Brown novel Day of the Cheetah. It is a single-engine forward-swept wing fighter similar to the Grumman X-29; however, it is completely thought-controlled by its pilot through a semi-artificially-intelligent computer called the Advanced Neural Transfer And Response System, or ANTAReS. It was stolen by its pilot, who had been a Soviet mole planted into the US Air Force years earlier; his handlers wished to reverse-engineer the plane and redesignate it the MiG-39 Zavtra (Russian for "tomorrow.")
The COBRA Rattler is a fictional VTOL(Vertical Take Off and Landing)fighter aircraft which was the counterpart of the Skystriker. This was actually a version of the A-10 Thunderbolt II but it has three engines.Two of them are on the wings and one at the rear between the fins.It also has a gunner behind the pilot unlike the A-10 Thunderbolt II. It however still retains the Gatling Gun at the bottom of the nose.
The Night Raven is a fictional version of the SR-71 Blackbird equipped with a small piloted jet that detaches from the main jet, similar to the way in which an early version of the SR-71 was able to carry a Lockheed D-21 drone. In one story by Devil's Due Publishing the Decepticon Starscream was reformatted to turn into a Night Raven.
The Conquest X-30 is a fictional aircraft from the G.I. Joe line of toys, comic books and cartoon series. It is a single-seat, twin-engined forward swept wing air superiority fighter, and is used by the fictional U.S. Air Force of that universe. The Conquest is designed solely for air combat and carries no air to ground weaponry (although its "Light Sparrow" missiles can be fired against ground targets, as seen in the cartoon series). It is armed with four "AIM-12 Light Sparrow" missiles, carries "11k" (presumably 11,000 pounds) internal fuel and two 350 gal. external fuel tanks. Its gun armament consists of two 25 mm revolver cannon. Despite its higher series number, it is succeeded by the Phantom X-19 (see below). It uses square jet engine nozzles that, curiously, do not appear to be thrust-vectoring. The Conquest X-30 is based on the Grumman X-29 forward-swept experimental aircraft.
The Phantom X-19 is a fictional aircraft from the G.I. Joe line of toys, comic books and cartoon series. It is a twin-seat, twin-engine stealth strike fighter aircraft, and is used by the fictional U.S. Air Force of that universe. The Phantom's purpose is to strike and destroy Cobra targets of interest. It is the preferred aircraft of the G.I. Joe pilot known as "Ghostrider". The Phantom is armed with twin Sparrow missiles, laser-guided bombs, and twin machine guns. Despite its lower series number, it is a successor to the Conquest X-30. See Curtiss-Wright X-19 for the real X-19.
While the plane depicted in the movie never existed, Savoia was an actual Italian aircraft maker which produced a considerable number of flying boats in the 1920s, during which the movie is set. An actual Savoia S.21 even existed, though the fictional one does not closely resemble it—the Cant.Z 501 "Seagull" is probably the closest real-life match.
The S.21 was a custom-built fighter seaplane with a single parasol wing, above which was mounted a single engine nacelle. It had a flying-boat hull and outrigger floats, and carried two machine guns in the nose. In the film, there are two versions of the S.21. The initial version was powered by an Isotta-Fraschini Asso liquid-cooled V-12 engine; the later version mounted a Fiat A.S.2 "Folgore" V-12 with a modified radiator configuration. In addition to the engine, the new version had a tiny forward cockpit.
In The Age of the Flying Boat, the book on which the movie is based, the modified version takes a Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine. The aircraft was painted bright red with Italian tricolor stripes on the wings and tail.
In Japanese anime Macross Plus. YF-19 Alpha One is an advanced variable fighter prototype developed by Shinsei Industries as part of Project Super Nova. It led to the development of the VF-19 Excalibur. The aircraft features a turreted anti-air laser cannon, internal missile launchers, hardpoints, gun pod, sensor baffling active-stealth system, virtual-environment cockpit, pin-point barrier system, vectored maneuvering thrusters, and swing-wing design, and is able to reach escape velocity from an Earth-sized planet. It is also one of the few variable fighters developed to use the Hyperspace Fold FAST Packs.
In Japanese anime Macross Plus. YF-21 Omega One is an advanced variable fighter prototype developed by General Galaxy as part of Project Super Nova. It led to the development of the VF-22 Sturmvogel II. The aircraft features laser cannons, internal missile launchers, hardpoints, gun pod, sensor baffling active-stealth system, brain control system, pin-point barrier system, vectored maneuvering thrusters, and Intelligent Flight Control System, and is able to reach escape velocity from an Earth-sized planet. It is also one of the few variable fighters developed to use the Hyperspace Fold FAST Packs.
In the game Frontlines: Fuel of War which released in Spring 2008, the fictional F/A-40 representing the main combat aircraft of the Western Coalition, and in fact it appears to be a modified F-22 Raptor in actual environment.
The King Raptor is an upgraded version of the F-22 Raptor, featured in Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour. When playing as the USA and using the Air Force General, the King Raptor automatically replaces the Raptor in the build menu. This fighter carries 6 air-to-air/air-to-ground missiles and uses a Point Defense Laser to destroy hostile missiles. Its upgraded radar enables it to detect stealth units.
A Chinese MIG-type aircraft appears in the video game Command & Conquer: Generals. The MIG carries two incendiary missiles and a flight of four MIGs can create a firestorm. The missiles can also target aerial enemies. The MIG Armor (25% armor increase) and Black Napalm (25% more flame damage) upgrades empower this fighter even more, and the Zero Hour Tactical Nuke upgrade gives it a small nuclear weapon. It is based on the design of the real-life MiG 1.44
Fictional experimental hybrid rocket/jet 1400 mph X-plane, built by a small, under pressure aircraft builder, relentless Leland Willis (Raymond Massey). Newly hired test pilot, retired Matt Brennan (Humphrey Bogart) conducts strenuous tests on the plane's top speed capability, plus an experimental pilot escape pod – featured in the 1950 film Chain Lightning, starring Humphrey Bogart
Tempest appeared as a Royal Air Force fighter-bomber in several novels by John Nichol, who served as a navigator on the real-world Panavia Tornado around the time of the first Gulf War. Tempest is a clear proxy for Tornado, following the meteorological naming scheme, with both being twin-engined, tandem cockpit aircraft carrying the RAF's designation for a ground-attack type. Both rotate at around 170 knots, have the same emergency checks in response to an engine fire, and have thrust reversers (which are unusual on a fast jet). Although Tempest appears to combine the capabilities of both the fighter and ground-attack variants of Tornado, it carries a GR designation, the RAF's terminology for a ground-attack aircraft. Tempests are described firing (real-world) Skyflash missiles, as in the air-defence variant Tornado F.3, but also flying ground-attack profiles which would not be possible without the GR.4's ground-mapping radar. One novel was concerned with problems, alluded to in at least one other book, with the Tempest's computerised flight control system.
The A-20 Razorback is a very fast jet fighter in the Ryanverse. It was first seen in Tom Clancy's EndWar, then later in Tom Clancy's HAWX. It was probably developed for the 2018 Bomber, beating the B-1R, YF-23 and FB-22. It is a stealthy replacement for the famous A-10 Thunderbolt II and is armed with ground munitions and 2 GAU-8 Avenger for close air support.
Should not be confused with the real Sukhoi Su-38 agricultural aircraft. This product of Sukhoi is also in EndWar. Like the Razorback, it has missiles, bombs, and a gun, but was developed from the Sukhoi Su-47.
A B-3 is also implemented in the game Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour. If one looks closely at an awkward angle at the plane's model in the World Builder tool, "B-3" is clearly visible.
The B-10 is a fictional hypersonic long range bomber aircraft in John Grisham's novel The Associate. It is designed to skip on the edge of the atmosphere at Mach 10 and reach the opposite side of the Earth within one hour.
See also: HyperSoar
First appearing in Dale Brown's novel Battle Born, the EB-1C is an advanced variant of the B-1 Lancer. Originally named after the Megafortress, it was renamed the Vampire in Air Battle Force. It differs from the real B-1 in that its wings are always swept all the way back, the tail is smaller and lacks the horizontal stabilizer, and it utilizes new "Mission Adaptive Skin" that works off of micro-hydraulics to affect the shape of the Vampire's wings in-flight. This allows to create lift and drag much more smoothly than harder control flaps.
Unlike the Megafortress, the Vampire can be run via remote control, from pilots and engineers on the ground. These are referred to as Virtual Aircraft Commanders and Mission Commanders. However, both real and virtual pilots, both on the ground and in the cockpit, can run the plane at the same time. Virtual pilots can take off, land, even refuel from their virtual consoles. The Vampire is also used as a 'mothership' for the Flighthawk drones. The drones can be both launched and recovered by the Vampire, and even refuel and reload while inside the weapons bay.
See also: Megafortress
Dale Brown has used various modified variants of the B-52 Stratofortress, which in reality is used by the US Air Force as their heavy strategic bomber. These variants are usually referred to as the B-52 Megafortress. The Megafortress first appears in Dale Brown's Flight of the Old Dog and is expanded and upgraded in all his later books. It has all the latest technology (such as an advanced on-board computer and detailed HUD) and carries all the latest weapons, such as the AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-120 AMRAAM, along with various anti-ship missiles, anti-tank guided missiles and even more fanciful weapons such as plasma-yield warheads. It also uses an advanced layout, having a long SST nose and twin V-type tails. In later books, the eight engines of the B-52A-H are replaced by four larger and more powerful turbofans. Coincidentally, this is an upgrade that has been considered for the real-world B-52H fleet.
In Flight of the Old Dog, the first book in the series, the aircraft is designated the B-52I Megafortress. B-52M Megafortress Plus is later introduced in Day of the Cheetah and the EB-52 designation is first used in Sky Masters. In reality, the EB-52H (or B-52J) was a planned upgrade to the USAF's current fleet of Stratofortresses, allowing them to act as "stand-off jammers", with jamming pods replacing the B-52's wing-mounted external fuel tanks.
One final version, the AL-52 Dragon, was introduced in Wings of Fire. The Dragon is an airborne laser platform; the actual laser is a chemical system (a COIL, or chlorine-oxygen-iodine laser). One prototype, however, is refitted with a plasma-pumped solid-state laser (the technology is based on the plasma-yield warheads mentioned above). Both Dragon variants are devastating against aerial targets; however, the plasma-pumped laser's sheer power makes it effective against surface targets as well. Later on in the series, the plasma-pumped solid state laser replaces the COIL laser on all standard AL-52's.
The REB-36D Peacemaker II NAWCC is a heavily modified and upgraded version of the Korean-War Era B-36 Peacemaker, and is a fictional aircraft that plays heavily in the storyline of Brian R. Kupfer's "Metamorphosis: Story of the 137SOW" novel, published in 2001. The NAWCC is an airborne communications and recon platform that acts as a flying headquarters for the 137th Wing Eagle Task Force. The initial concept for the aircraft was come up with by Matt "ElTito" Bendix, Aaron "Valder" Fieldman, and Wahren "Wolf" Morast, and later assembled in the bowels of the highly secret Gorilla Mountain Complex. With the help of the Raytheon group, the REB-36D was first flown days before Desert Storm and has been in action in the skies around the world ever since. The REB-36D is a one-off aircraft and is only ever used by the ETF, usually piloted by Suzanne "Daphne" Wagner and John "Wizard" Terrence with a five person crew of specialists aboard.
The B-7A Silhouette is a fictional prototype US Air Force fighter-bomber in the book Ice Station by Matthew Reilly. It is said to be powered by a plutonium core. The plutonium core powers its stealth mechanism. The Silhouette is able to become invisible not only to radar, but to the human eye. The stealth mechanism on the Silhouette is said to work by distorting the air around the aircraft. All other features of the Silhouette run on normal jet fuel.
The Silhouette also has VTOL capability thanks to retro-firing jets on its underside, as well as multiple-launch BVR air-to-air and air-to-ground missile capability, with a range of 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km). In the book a code was needed to open the door to get inside the aircraft.
As well as missiles the Silhouette has wing-mounted machine-guns controlled by the gunner for armament. The plane has a two-person cockpit – the pilot, who sits in a seat forward and to the right of the cockpit, and the gunner/radar operator, who sits above and to the left of the pilot. In the book, people entering the plane are required to open the main door using a code and step inside the missile bay, before going forward into the cockpit.
It is said to have been built in 1979, and was apparently the losing competitor in the B-2 stealth bomber project.
The Fiskious Fi-170 Tuman is a fictional Russian Stealth bomber prototype in military thriller author Dale Brown's book Night of the Hawk. The Fi-170 is the Russian equivalent to the EB-52 Megafortress, developed by captured and brainwashed American engineer Dave Luger. The aircraft is notable in having a super-critical wing and Russian equivalents to American weapons such as the AIM-120 and Stinger missiles.
The Fi-170 is developed at the Fiskious institute in Lithuania and is stolen by a team of commandos led by pilot-hero Patrick McLanahan, who also rescue Dave Luger the same night. The Fi-170 is flown to an undisclosed location in Scotland after destroying multiple enemy targets in Belarus. The Fi-170 is analyzed and dismantled in Scotland having been found to be no better than a Russian copy of the EB-52.
The Spriggan is a massive super-bomber appearing in the game Aerofighters Assault. It is armed with nuclear weapons, as well as heavy anti-air cannons. It is also capable of launching fighters such as the F-22.
The Archeopterix is a massive super-weapon bomber appearing in the Naval Ops: Warship Gunner series of games on the PlayStation 2 console. It is armed with massive bombs, as well as large battleship cannons, however it is vulnerable due to its slow speed.
The Aurora is a hypersonic bomber aircraft in the video game Command & Conquer: Generals. The Aurora supercruises when attacking, making it immune to ground fire and missiles. Immediately after attacking, the Aurora loses 50% of its speed and is vulnerable to attack. The Aurora carries one very strong bomb, and the Aurora Alpha upgrade in the expansion pack Zero Hour loads the bomber with thermobaric munitions instead. The third-party New Tech Mod for Zero Hour equips the Aurora Alpha with tactical nukes. Auroras can be recognized from their white color and ogee delta wings.
In the PC computer game "Jane's fighters anthology", the Aurora represents a Mach 4+ delta-wing reconnaissance aircraft, the successor of the SR-71 Blackbird.
The Vertigo is a batwing VTOL bomber in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. What differentiates this from other bombers is that the Vertigo uses high-powered active camouflage to get close to the target, drop its payload then go into hiding again. In the event that it's spotted mid-flight, the Vertigo has significant armor and a tailgunner though it still doesn't stand a chance against air superiority fighters, hence the camouflage. However, dropping bombs will break the energy field and reveal the bomber until the crew can reactivate it.
The Armageddon is a heavy bomber used for delivering heavier ordnance like cluster bombs loaded with landmines. Unlike the Vertigo, it doesn't use camouflage; rather, it relies on speed and armor to reach the target.
The Dragonfly is a fictional G.I.Joe military unit attack helicopter gunship. Similar in proportion to the HueyCobra gunship with tandem seating, the Dragonfly XH-1 features a chin-mounted gatling gun and flamethrower. Along with a variety of 6 rockets externally mounted on stub wings, the helicopter also features a long-barrel side cannon mounted on the landing skids. Other features of interest are the winch system mounted on the bottom, as well as a non-rotor tail rudder design. Subsequent models that followed include the TigerFly , Helifighter DF3 (from Street Fighter), and the Locust DF4
A multi-role twin rotor helicopter from the fictional GIJOE universe. This helicopter features twin 5-blade rotors set in tandem similar to a Chinook, but unlike the Chinook, the Tomahawk also has a large pitch tail rotor. The Tomahawk is armed with a large multi-barrel gatling gun system that is interlinked with a camera/ targeting system, 6 small externally mounted rockets, and two very large externally mounted missiles. Aside from the pilot and co-pilot, the Tomahawk has seating for 5 troops, with two machine guns mounted on either side of the door-less aft area. There is also a rear cargo ramp and large winch system.
The playable attack helicopter in the eponymous futuristic video game released by Core design in 1991. The AH-73M seems to be based on the AH-64 Apache, but with more weapons and more advanced technology. A typical loadout for the AH-73 in the game is 16 Hellfire-like missiles, 76 unguided rockets, 8 Stinger-like air-to-air missiles and a cannon with unlimited ammunition.
Airwolf is the star of a 1984 TV series of the same name. It is a helicopter that is capable of supersonic flight and carries multiple anti-aircraft cannons and missiles in retractable weapons pods. The helicopter used in the series is a modified Bell 222.
A fictional police helicopter from the film and TV series of the same name. The helicopter is armed with a powerful head-tracked gatling gun in the nose, a whisper mode which makes it quiet and surveillance equipment like sensitive microphones (capable of recording a conversation inside a building with the helicopter hovering outside) and an infrared camera. The helicopter used in the movie is a Aérospatiale Gazelle with a new nose section and faux canopy and wings bolted on. In the film it has a 2-man crew, but can still be effectively operated by a lone pilot. The helicopter was ultimately destroyed after its pilot succeeded in uncovering a conspiracy within the Los Angeles Police Department.
The Scorpion Attack Helicopter is a fictional attack helicopter of unspecified origin that appears in the 1990 movie Fire Birds. At least one of the type was shown being used by a South American drug cartel and piloted by highly skilled mercenaries, along with a pair of Saab Draken fighters. The Scorpion has superior agility and speed compared to most other helicopters, notably the AH-1 Cobra and the UH-60 Black Hawk, easily destroying the aforementioned helicopters. Armed with unguided rockets and machine guns, it is roughly equal in air combat capabilities to the AH-64 Apache.
The Super Apache is a fictional attack helicopter derived from the AH-64 Apache, and first appears in the Strike series of video games by Electronic Arts, specifically Soviet Strike and Nuclear Strike. Designed for special operations, the Super Apache serves as the player's primary vehicle.
The Super Apache looks identical to its real-world counterpart apart from the tail, which looks like it was based on the RAH-66 Comanche although the Super Apache has a tail in Soviet Strike and Nuclear Strike (this is slightly strange because the RAH-66 was built in 1995, three years after Desert Strike). It is a sophisticated two-seat attack helicopter armed with advanced electronics and air-ground weapons. However, to aid gameplay, there are some notable enhancements:
Remarkably, the Super Apache appears to lack the fire control Radar seen on the AH-64D Longbow. Instead, it relies on sophisticated communications systems (called Strike-Net) and unseen assets such as AWACS and Satellite imagery.
A helicopter developed by Eidos and Core's Thunderstrike: Operation Phoenix game. It has weapons similar to that of the Apache, yet looks more in appearance to an RAH66 Commanche. The helicopter has fire control radar to distinguish friend from foe, and also gets data fed to it via AWACS. It is armed with a 30 mm cannon, missiles based on the Hellfire that allow it to attack both ground and air targets, and rockets.
In the computer game Act of War: High Treason, the Consortium faction operates this dedicated stealth hunter-killer helicopter. Armed with deadly air-to-air missiles, the Ka-58 is used to establish local air superiority by destroying enemy helicopters and even fast-flying jet bombers. The Russian model manufacturer Zvezda also makes a model of the Black Ghost in 1/72 scale.
In D.C. Alden's 2006 novel "Invasion" an advanced stealth helicopter (Dark Eagle) is deployed by retreating British forces to rescue the British Prime Minister from a London overrun by an "Arabian" military invasion. The helicopter is virtually invisible at night and to those standing under it the helicopter is almost silent except for nearby objects such as trees effected by the rushing air from the rotor blades.
In the game Tom Clancy's EndWar, the Blackfoot is a fast, highly maneuverable helicopter used by the elite American troops, the Joint Strike Force. It is armed with a 30 mm chain gun and Hydra 70 unguided rockets, which can be augmented by AGM-169 Joint Common Missiles . Developed from the cancelled RAH-66 Comanche, it can engage other helicopters in air-to-air combat, but is not very effective, and is extremely vulnerabe to fighter aircraft, and combat transports nethertheless.
Also featured in EndWar, the PAH-6 is a speedy helo operated by the European Federation Enforcer Corps . It has a 30mm gun, Euromissile HOT missiles, and rockets. It is a hydrogen vehicle that was developed from the Eurocopter Tiger. Unlike its American counterpart, the AH-80, the PAH-6 isn't good for aerial warfare, and it doesn't last very long.
With the NATO reporting name Howler, the Ka-65 is an aggressive-looking, fearsome helo used by the Spetsnaz. It is based on the Kamov Ka-50. Shown in EndWar, it is armed with a 30 mm gun, rockets and guided missiles. It is often shown with a tiger face painted on the nose. Unlike its American and European counterparts, it can fight quite well air-to-air without getting shredded by enemy helicopters. However, it is still vulnerable to combat transports and air strikes.
In the anime/manga series Stratos 4, two airborne weapons systems are used to counter meteorite clusters which threaten the survival of Earth.
The earlier "Stratos" series is a large aircraft, operated by the civilian Astro-crisis Management Organization. Manned by a flight crew of four, it carries a single anti-meteorite warhead, and is capable of ascending to the outer stratosphere after taking off from conventional runways. It is explained by one of the anime's main characters that the Stratos-series aircraft were retired due to their high cost and hazardous operating conditions. The only surviving example, "Stratos Zero", exists in a deteriorated state at Shimojijima Air Base in Japan.
The Stratos is almost identical in general appearance to the Convair B-58 Hustler strategic bomber of the late 1950s. However, instead of the Hustler's engine arrangement of two turbojets under each wing, mounted in separate nacelles, the Stratos uses two turbines mounted in the rear section of its fuselage. For upper stratospheric operations, the turbines are supplemented by an 'RD 204' rocket motor, mounted at the base of the vertical rudder in the same manner as the Lockheed NF-104A. By the end of the first series, Stratos Zero is restored to operating condition, and re-designated "Stratos 4".
The TSR-2MS (for "Meteor Sweeper") is said to be a direct replacement for the Stratos series aircraft, acting as surface backup for Trident missile-carrying shuttles based aboard satellites in Earth orbit. The TSR-2MS appears to be a fictional development of the TSR-2 tactical strike bomber developed by British Aircraft Corporation in the early 1960s. TSR-2MS is described as a Mach 3-capable light aircraft crewed by a pilot and navigator, powered by a similar engine arrangement and carrying similar armament to the Stratos series. For takeoff, the TSR is assisted by two RATO (Rocket-assisted takeoff) modules, and is launched in a ZeLL condition. ZeLL or Zero Length Launch, was tested by both NATO and the USSR during the cold War for a quick way to launch aircraft. The TSR has a number of interesting technical features: the engine air intakes feature fixed shock cones which are supplemented by additional air-intake doors behind the intake lips and four-petal airbrakes similar to those on the Republic F-105 Thunderchief. The seating configuration is unusual for a high-performance aircraft, with the pilot and navigator lying on tandem "couches" in a semi-prone position (which seems designed more to showcase the shapeliness of its predominantly female pilots.) In one episode, a TSR-2MS makes an emergency landing on Guam. An arrestor hook (typical of those equipping naval carrier-based fighter aircraft) is used to halt the plane. Many Western Combat aircraft have some sort of emergency arrestor hook, however neither the aircraft nor the hook are carrier capable and thus should not convince the viewer that the hook makes the aircraft carrier capable.
Found in Aliens, the Cheyenne dropship is the transport vehicle used to ferry the marines and their APC from orbit to the planet's surface.
First seen in the Terminator, these unmanned craft are the aircraft part of the Hunter-Killer family of combat robotics used by Skynet to wipe out survivors of a nuclear holocaust. In the franchise, they've branched into multiple designs of varying sizes and purposes. What they all share are that their jet engines are mounted on rotating pylons on the end of the center-mounted wing, allowing VTOL, hovering, and rotation on place while having the speed of a jet aircraft. The basic (as depicted in T1 and Terminator 2: Judgement Day) HK has a pair of engines (with a smaller third engine mounted on the tail in Terminator 3), a large plasma cannon mounted under the tail, and is used for air-to-ground combat (although a capable fighter too). Other variations include smaller models that can navigate inside buildings, large four-engine transport or heavy bomber models, early models armed with conventional guns, or the revised models seen in T3 or Terminator Salvation.
The Orca is a VTOL aircraft appearing in the Command & Conquer series of games. It is a ducted-fan hybrid craft which resembles the Moller Skycar. Orcas are always armed with anti-tank missiles though a bulkier, more heavily armored variant also exists for carpet bombing (it was phased out in favour of a smaller version for precision dive-bombing). The newest iteration also doubles as scouting units because their pulse scanners are powerful enough to defeat active camouflage.
The design was partially used by Nod to create the Venom patrol craft, a VTOL with extremely sophisticated sensors, a machine gun and an underside mirror for directing long-range energy weapon fire. Aside from the lack of AT missiles, Venoms are superior to Orcas in every way because Venoms can also act as air superiority units if needed.
The Ace Combat series of video games, set on an alternate Earth, is well-equipped with modern fighter jets of several nations (fully licensed by their actual manufacturers), as well as several aircraft designed specifically for the game series.
The Simoun and Simile-Simoun series are fictional fighters that appears in the anime-film Simoun.
A Simoun requires two pilots to lift-off and steer in the air and, moreover, both of them must have not yet chosen their permanent sex (refer to background for explanation), since having done so permanently disqualifies a person from further piloting. Because of its sacred status in Simulacrum, only young priestesses of the Tempus Spatium faith are recruited as Simoun pilots and granted the title Simoun Sibyllae (シムーン・シヴュラ Shimūn Shivyura ).
Originally, Simouns were produced by Simuracrum nation's engineers and designers for ceremonial craft pray to Goddess "Temps-Spatium" (of their religion).
But, due to the main lift "Helical Motor", it was envied by other nations and a war broke out to obtain that technology. Thus, Simouns are armed with miniguns and Ri Mājon, and appear as enormous luminous glyphs in the sky, which, once completed, conjure magical effects of tremendous power.
The Similes are scaled-down simple model versions of Simouns, which were mainly used for training. But with the war raging, Simile-Simouns were armed with machine guns or miniguns and had single and dual cockpit configurations. They have similar designs, but with only a single, and somewhat, simpler Helical Motor.
The Simouns and Similes are apparently derived from bumblebees or similar insects.
The Blackbird used by the X-Men is a fictional aircraft resembling the actual SR-71 Blackbird in shape and speed. However, the Blackbird is depicted as having vertical takeoff capability, which the actual SR-71 does not.
Fictional reconnaissance aircraft, appears in poet Alen Pol Kobryn's novel Poseidon's Shadow, published by Scribner in 1979, Dell and New English Library in 1980 – amongst the earliest known instances of explicit reference to stealth technology.
Nevil Shute, an aircraft designer by background, often included fictional aircraft in his novels. These include:
These were discussed at length in 2004 on the Nevil Shute Norway Foundation Discussion Board at:- http://www.nevilshute.org/Discus/messages/15/46.html?1116799539
An anime depicting future warfare against an alien race, this short series is noted for featuring futuristic aircraft designs and technology that cannot be built with current aircraft fabrication techniques, nor fly with the computational power of today's fly-by-wire computers.
Fictional aircraft from the Halo series. It is a single-seat VTOL aircraft, armed with 2 gatling guns and 2 missile launchers. It can carry 2 soldiers on its jumpseats, and is used for close air support and air to air roles.
The main aircraft from the Resistance series. The U/AV-17 Hawk is a US VTOL combat transport and light armor. When delivering soldiers, the Hawk swivels its rotors to direct downwash away from the jump doors. This allows soldiers to fast-rope down while under cover of the .30 caliber door guns. Once its cargo is away, the Hawk's versatility means it can loiter to offer tactical support or quickly return to be loaded for another deployment. It has the anility to carry a M12 Sabretooth light tank for a short distance for quick armour support. Britain also makes use of a VTOL, the P-1117 Kingfisher, a variant of the U/AV-17 Hawk. It has a more open cockpit window and is used more as a recon aircraft than trrop transport because of Britains heavy losses during the Chimeran invasion.
The British P-1117 Kingfisher is derived from an early iteration of the American U/AV-17. The Kingfisher is exceedingly able at inserting soldiers into combat situations. Unfortunately, the Chimera have responded to this ability with the Stalker AA platform. At present, all remaining Kingfishers are in the service of British Intelligence. They have been largely relegated to a role of aerial reconnaissance and combat coordination. In Resistance: Retribution, it has shown to be used by the Maquis as well, and one intel indicated that a mass murder attempt was made on 90 RAF VTOL crews so that they could seize the aircraft and tell the British that they were lost to enemy fire. In the first cutscene, it was shown to be used for dropping trrops by parachutes at a high altitude over Rotterdam.