Mustangs, Mitchells, Catalinas, Liberators, Corsairs. Combat aircrafts' were everyday companions to airmen in the World War II generation and have become extraordinary treasures to many in the next: symbols of the courage and sacrifice that even younger generations have come to regard as part of the national identity. The United States produced more than 300,000 airplanes in World War II.
World War II Aircrafts
During World War II, warfare changed drastically from combat tactics used in previous wars. Aviation became a key part of modern warfare, and as countries at war vied for dominance, they were forced to work quickly and diligently to improve their aircraft fleets. Speed and power improved significantly between the beginning and end of World War II.
Types of Aircraft Used
The three main kinds of aircraft used during World War II were bombers, fighters, and transport planes. The bombers carried bombs to drop on targets. Bombers of light, medium, and heavy capabilities were used, depending on the type of target. Fighter planes were used for air combat, so these were the fastest and easiest to maneuver. Fighter planes were often used in conjunction with bombers to shoot down enemy bomber planes. Transport planes carried supplies and troops during the war.