Fictional military aircraft
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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 1980s, a gap appeared in the designation system for U.S. 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 U.S. 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 had some fundamentally contradictory features in respect to the actual F-117, including a sweeping, curved, streamlined leading edge as opposed to the sharp, angular design of the Nighthawk. On the other hand, Testor's F-19 did have two inwardly slanting vertical fins, as did the Have Blue Nighthawk prototype.
The Testors design was also the basis for F-19 Stealth Fighter, a flight simulation program released by Microprose in the late 1980s. Able to run on several different platforms, the game offered users both air-to-air and ground-attack missions in several theaters of operation – from Iran and Libya to the North Cape of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Although based on a fictitious design, the game posed many challenges to players, including reduced stealth capability when banking or near radar sites, or when the payload bay doors were open. A sequel, Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0 was released in 1991, after the F-117 was first publicly revealed. Consequently, it featured an aircraft much closer in appearance to the F-117. Users were offered a choice between 2 similar looking aircraft, one having fewer payload bays and being more realistic in handling.
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 Soviet IL-76 Mainstay airborne early warning aircraft, thus allowing NATO fighters to penetrate Soviet-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.
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 XFA-24A Apalis is a single-seat, twin-engine, canard-delta winged strike fighter in Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception and Ace Combat: Joint Assault. It is capable of accelerating straight upward and carrying high payload. In an air to air configuration it carries AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles. It may also carry Mark 82 bombs and Maverick missiles. The plane takes its name from Apalis, a genus of songbirds.
The F/A-37 Talon is a near-future, single-seat fighter aircraft of the U.S. Navy in the 2005 film Stealth. In the film's fictional world, the only Talons are operating as a three-plane flight for field evaluation, from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (although actually filmed on the USS Carl Vinson).
The Talon is capable of hypersonic flight with two combined Pulse Detonation/Scramjet engines. As the film'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 GAU-12 Equalizer, AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles, AGM-130C air-to-surface missiles (called "Blue Ferret" in the film), FAEs, or fuel air explosives, of an unknown variety, 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 publicized 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 film. Yet another plane sharing design characteristics with the Talon is the VF-19 Excalibur.
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.
- Crew: 1 pilot
- Powerplant: 2 × Pulse Detonation/Scramjet engines
- range: 4,000 nmi
- Max Speed: Mach 4+
- Armament: 1 × General Electric M164 Vulcan cannon and a wide assortment of missiles and bombs
The F-302 fighter-interceptor is the production model of the X-302 hyperspace fighter, an air and space superiority vehicle operated by the United States Air Force, the Russian Federation and possibly the People's Republic of China.
- Crew: 1 pilot, 1 navigator/co-pilot
- Powerplant: 2 × jet propulsion engines, 2 x aerospike boosters, 1 x rocket booster
- Armament: 2 nose-mounted railguns, 4 wing-mounted space-operable long range air-to-air missiles, tactical nuclear missile (optional)
Featured in the film Stealth, the EDI UCAV (Extreme Deep Invader Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) is a joint program in relation to the F/A-37 Talon. The UCAV EDI (call sign "Tinman") is smaller than the Talon and has a downward-canted delta platform. Despite its designation as a 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. It carries 2 Throat Ripper AAMs, 2 Shock Hammer AGMs, 3 AGM-130s, known as Blue Ferrets, and 2 GAU-12 Equalizers. It is stated that with that load out EDI could kill 150,000 people or more if it attacks a city. EDI also carries 3 FAE, or fuel air explosives, missiles, though the designation of those missiles, and/or their power is unknown.
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 Uses a UNIX-Based Computing. In the scene 23 of the film, it is seen that Dr. Orbit uses the command "su", and the terminal root user is "root@edicom". 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, retina scan, 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 (this was not part of its original design, and developed after a lightning strike).
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 (a.k.a. "M-wing") and canards. It can be equipped at the airfield with either two anti-surface bombs or four air-to-air missiles (3 and 6 with an upgrade, respectively). 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.
Black Eagle Jet
Black Eagles feature forward-swept wings but otherwise resemble a Harrier Jump Jet. 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. They are also named after the Korean Air Acrobat team, the Black Eagles.
German fighter (Pilatus P-2) in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
In the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade two German fighter planes attack Indiana Jones and his father. The aircraft has two forward-firing machine guns on its fuselage and is able to carry bombs. The aircraft existed at least by 1938, the timeline of the story. The actual aircraft used in the film to portray this aircraft was a post-World War II Swiss trainer aircraft, the Pilatus P-2.
Messerschmitt Me 263
In Aces: Iron Eagle III, the drug-dealing ex-Nazi villain flies this jet fighter aircraft, which was supposedly developed by the Germans towards the end of World War II. It was in reality a Scaled Composites ARES. In real life, the Me 263 was a prototype advanced version of the rocket-powered Me 163.
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
A fictional MiG-27 appears in the novel Wingborn by Martin Caidin, where a pair of them escort the first commercial flight between Alaska and the Soviet Union. It is described as a large swing-wing fighter capable of 2736 km/H (1700 mph) with a maximum altitude of one hundred thousand feet.
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 film 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 paint also increased the aircraft's visibility, a plus for filmmaking. The nation flying these MiG-28s is not specified whatsoever in the film but assumed to be the Soviet Union or another Communist state; audio commentary on the film's Special-Edition DVD release states that they were originally intended to be North Korean. In the script, American pilots are warned that the MiG-28 is armed with the Exocet, a French-made anti-ship missile not found in the inventory of Soviet forces. In video games licensed from the films, the enemy planes are replaced with real Soviet aircraft, the MiG-29 "Fulcrum".
Another MiG-28 is "seen" in the 1988 ABC television series Supercarrier. This MiG-28 was a fictional Soviet stealth fighter. An F-16 fighter in Soviet-style markings was used to "simulate" the Soviet fighter.
A fictional Soviet interceptor featured as a traditional April 1 joke in the Russian edition of Popular Mechanics; at different times, these hoaxes ranged from nuclear bullets to badgers with naturally formed wheels. As usual, it was denounced in the May issue. LA-6, developed from captured Nazi technology, "was" a "flying saucer" with jet engine-based thrust vectoring, S/VTOL and high subsonic capability. It was purpose-built at the height of Cold War to combat American B-29 Superfortresses approaching from the North Pole. Its wide dorsal area was armored against any defensive armaments, and carried four twin 37-mm autocannons, allowing it to unleash a deadly barrage from above.
Only a single squadron existed, based on Spitsbergen. All the work was allegedly stopped after Khruschev began to promote ICBMs and SAMs as all the weapons USSR needed, and all the craft were scuttled into the sea.
Mikoyan MiG-31 (fictional)
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 film 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) RJ-15BD-600 high-bypass turbo-ramjet engines that permit flight at hypersonic speeds, but their exhaust gives the Firefox a prominent infrared signature. In addition to these massive engines, six Soyuz/Komarov solid rocket boosters were augmented to give an additional 15,900 pounds of thrust. 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 air-to-air missiles (modified for thought guidance), two 23 mm cannons, and four Rear Defense Pods on the wings, which fire explosive charges 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 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 the novel 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 find and recover the aircraft submerged in a frozen Finnish lake.
The Firefox has also appeared in video games such as Aero Fighters and U.N. Squadron. Although, in the latter game, it served more as an inspiration and design basis since the aircraft in question appears similar to it and has a different name: The F-200 Efreet.
In the Battlefield 2 Mod, Allied Intent Xtended 2 (AIX2), the MiG-31 is available on map "Operation Greasy Mullet". The Middle East Coalition forces (MEC) have the MiG-31 Firefox as their aircraft. U.S. Forces have the F-12A (Interceptor prototype of the SR-71 Blackbird). Because of the extreme speeds of the aircraft in game, the normal view distance of the graphics is increased from 600 meters to 2,500 meters. This can cause some "lag" on older systems without newer graphic cards for rendering.
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 have variable wing 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 that were actually used for filming the episodes were modified Angel Interceptors, from Anderson's previous series, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
The Red Arrow was a prototype United States Air Force single-seat supersonic fighter powered by twin rockets. It was featured in the 'Edge of Impact' episode of the Gerry Anderson TV series 'Thunderbirds' set in the 2030s. The aircraft was launched from a variable pitch launch ramp. Test flights were carried out under the supervisor of Colonel Tim Casey in London, England. But the tests were sabotaged with a special homing device which caused the aircraft to veer off course and out of control. The saboteur was enlisted by 'the other side' to stall the development program, and allow their aircraft to maintain air supremacy. (The aircraft largely resembled a Saab Draken. The filming model was 'kit-bashed' from Saab Draken and B-58 Hustler model kits).
The Turbo Kat was the primary vehicle for the two protagonists T-Bone and Razor 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.
While the plane depicted in the film never existed, Savoia was an actual Italian aircraft maker which produced a considerable number of flying boats in the 1920s, during which the film 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. As a matter of fact, Hayao Miyazaki is said to have drawn his Savoia S.21 from his childhood memories of Macchi M.33.
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 film 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.
- Crew: initial version, 1 pilot; second version, additional 1 passenger
- Length: 7.92 m
- Wingspan: 10 m
- Powerplant: 430 hp (320 kW)
- Maximum Speed: 330 km/h
- Armament: 2 × 7.92 mm Spandau machine-guns
YF-19 Alpha One
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.
YF-21 Omega One
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. It closely resembles to the YF-23 Black Widow II.
The Ghost Unmanned Drone
In the Japanese Macross Plus. The Ghost is an advanced unmanned drone that supposed to be the replacement of both the YF-19 & YF-21. But, the artificial intelligence singing diva Sharon Apple possessed the Ghost just to attack both Isamu Alva Dyson and Guld Goa Bowman. It was destroyed by Guld by sacrificing himself in an aerial combat.
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 United States 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.
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 GR Mk. 7
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 two of Tom Clancy's video games. 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.
Sukhoi Su-38 Slamhound
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 catapult launched jet fighter aircraft from the 1967 TV series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. The aircraft which are flown by women pilots operate from an airborne aircraft carrier named Cloudbase. The Angel Interceptor is powered by twin, turbo-jet compressors feeding a single ramjet. It is armed with a cannon firing heat seeking and armor piercing shells and with air-to-air and air-to-ground rocket launchers. It lands by swooping up into a vertical attitude and 'hooks' on to the carrier similarly to the Ryan Vertijet .
In EA's RTS game Red Alert 3, the Allies used Apollo Fighter as an air-superiorty fighter which can fire Vulcan Cannon at aerial threats. According to the official data, it is originated from Sweden, and its appearance is identical to Swedish Saab 35 Draken, except for its V/STOL capabilities.
In Blizzard's StarCraft II, Terran can build Banshee fighters, which can temporarily conceal themselves from enemy's naked eyes (inherited from their predecessors Wraith) and fire a volley of rockets at ground enemies
In Red Alert 3, due to Empire of the Rising Sun having no conventional air force, the Japanese used Mecha/Jet Tengu as a light air-superiority interceptor and hover amphibious assault walker; its airplane form looks like the F-14 Tomcat, and uses cannons against ground and aerial targets in two different modes.
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 KGB deep cover agent planted into the United States Air Force years earlier; his handlers wished to reverse-engineer the plane and redesignate it the MiG-39 Zavtra (Russian for "tomorrow.")
In 2012 Japanese anime movie, 009 RE:Cyborg, one cyborgs of 009 (Jet Link) was piloting was identified as a United States Air Force Jet Fighter named F-38. Similar in appearance to real world F-35 Lightning II, this plane was tailless, with canards. Jet Link engaged MiG fighters as he crossed Persian Gulf in attempt to stop hijacked B-2 Bomber from attacking Dubai. After using its superior maneuvering abilities and taking down two of the MiGs, the fighter was shot down.
X-97 Sabre III
The X-97 Sabre III is a fictional artificially intelligent unmanned combat air vehicle featured in the film Green Lantern. Developed by Ferris Aircraft and presumably named after the F-86 Sabre and F-100 Super Sabre, it is nearly undefeatable in aerial combat against human pilots. Initial versions would flame out at altitudes above 50,000 feet.
G.I. Joe series
- Cobra Condor Z-25: The Condor has two different component parts that are detachable; an attack "wing", and a high-speed aircraft. Other special features include a bomb dropping mechanism, bomb-bay doors, retractable landing gear, and dual-laser support cannons.
- Cobra Night Raven S3P: The Night Raven is a fictional version of the SR-71 Blackbird. It features two twin missile pods, twin 20mm cannons, and dual Viper Mach 3.5 turbojet engines. It is also equipped with a small single person "Drone" recon 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 piloted drone. Also, the G.I. Joe subgroup Sky Patrol has an aircraft called the "Sky Raven", in which the aircraft was captured by the Joes, and in one story by Devil's Due Publishing the Decepticon Starscream was reformatted to turn into a Night Raven.
- Cobra Rattler: The Rattler is a fictional VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) fighter aircraft, which was intended as Cobra's counterpart to the Skystriker. It is inspired by the USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II, but with three engines. Two of them are on the wings and one at the rear between the fins. Unlike the Thunderbolt, it also has a gunner behind the pilot, however it still retains the Gatling Gun at the bottom of the nose.
- Conquest X-30: The Conquest X-30 is a fictional aircraft from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line of toys, comic books and cartoon series. It is a single-seat, twin-engined forward-swept wing air superiority fighter, based on the real-life experimental Grumman X-29 aircraft. The Conquest is designed as the Joe team’s counterpart to Cobra’s Night Raven S3P. 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 cannons. It uses square jet engine nozzles that, curiously, do not appear to be thrust-vectoring. It was also released in a red and black cross "Snake Skin" camouflage, and used by the Cobra Command subgroup Python Patrol.
- Firebat Jet: The Firebat is a small interceptor jet piloted by Cobra’s highly specialized A.V.A.C (Air Viper Advanced Class) pilots. The jet was introduced with the Terror Drome playset in 1986.
- Ghoststriker X-16: The X-16 is a fictional version of the F-16 that is used by the G.I. Joe Team. It features two Sidewinder missiles, four Phoenix missiles, and retractable landing gear. The jet was introduced in 1993, as the latest in the G.I. Joe Team's high-tech flight technology.
- Skystriker XP-14F: The Skystriker XP-14F is a fictional variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft used by the G.I. Joe Team. When the G.I. Joe animated series was launched in 1985, the Skystriker was the team's only fighter aircraft, until the second season when the Conquest X-30 took over, in conjunction with the release of that toy. Although the Northrop Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter it was based upon was a twin-seat design, it was rarely portrayed as such in the associated comic books and cartoons.
- Phantom X-19: The Phantom X-19 is a fictional aircraft from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line of toys, comic books and cartoon series. It is a twin-seat, twin-engine stealth strike fighter aircraft, and is the preferred aircraft of the G.I. Joe pilot known as "Ghostrider". It features two "Bullseye" computer-aided low-altitude missiles, two BY-106 "Little Guy" long range air-to-air missiles, two opening wings with flip out machine guns, and retractable landing gear. Not to be confused with the real Curtiss-Wright X-19, which is an experimental VTOL tilt rotor airplane.
- Dragonfly: is the primary attack helicopter used early in the cartoon series, toy line and comic book. It features a tandem cockpit chin mounted machine gun and flame thrower, two small wings with three hard points apiece for missiles, a winch in the belly and lacks a tail rotor instead using a small thruster for control. Based on the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter
- Tomahawk: is a twin rotor cargo helicopter similar in configuration to the CH-46 Sea Knight. It features a large, two seat bubble canopy cockpit, several seats in the rear area, large openings in the sides, machine guns, small wings with three bombs a piecs, two larger bombs mounted in recessed areas along the bottom of the fuselage, a large multi-barrel chin mounted machine gun, as well as a lowering tail ramp and winch on the belly. It also has a ducted tail fan in the rear.
Fictional fighter-bomber with VTOL capabilities and advanced avionics that makes a short appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and is also flown in the Mission Cordis Die. It seems to be a cross between a F-35B Lightning II and a F-22 Raptor, having the SVTOL capabilities of the F-35B and the two engines of 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. The Aurora Alpha in the expansion pack Zero Hour, usable by the USA Superweapon General and replacing the common Aurora, is loaded 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.
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 B3 is referred to in the Pan Am TV Series, where in one episode, a character who plays a co-pilot has a flashback of being involved in a crash during a test flight.
The B-7A Silhouette is a fictional prototype United States 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 B-10 is a fictional hypersonic long range bomber aircraft in John Grisham's novel The Associate (novel). 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.
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 FlightHawk or StealthHawk drones. The drones can be both launched and recovered by the Vampire, and even refuel and reload while inside the weapons bay.
Dale Brown has used various modified variants of the B-52 Stratofortress, which in reality is used by the United States 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, stealth, 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 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 Fi-170 appears in the book Warrior Class as the Metyor Mt-179 with a forward-swept wing and more advanced avionics.
REB-36D Peacemaker II NAWCC
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 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.
Vertigo & Armageddon
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 (a single high-powered bomb) then go into hiding again. In the event that it is spotted mid-flight, the Vertigo has significant armor and a tail gunner, though it still doesn't stand a chance against air superiority fighters, hence the camouflage. Dropping the bomb breaks the energy field and reveals the bomber until the crew can reactivate it; enemy AA buildings can see through the camouflage as well.
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 Vindicator is a supersonic strategic bomber featured in both the novel Fail-Safe and the 1964 film Fail-Safe. United States Air Force footage of B-58 bombers was used to represent the Vindicators in the film.
- The Villiers Vindicator is a fictional V bomber from the James Bond novel Thunderball by Ian Fleming. It is hijacked by SPECTRE in order to steal two tactical nuclear weapons and hold NATO governments to ransom. A play on the real-life Vickers Valiant, its part in the EON film adaptation was taken by the Royal Air Force Avro Vulcan.
- The Vindicator appears in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, where it is the perfect anti-tank weapon using B-11 tactical laser-guided bombs. It features a VTOL design to be quickly deployable in the battlefield. According to the official data, it is originated from Spain; but its appearance looks like American S-3 Viking and British BAe Harrier mixture.
A fictional multi-role attack and transport helicopter from the 1996 Virgin Interactive game Black Dawn for PlayStation 1 and Sega Saturn. The AH-69 could hold an absurd amount of weaponry including multi-purpose air-to-air/air-to-ground missiles that could lock onto and destroy any target the player was able to lock onto, and tactical nukes. The Mohawk resembles a UH-1 Iroquois from the front. Its tail is some-what of a hybrid between a V-22 Osprey's and KA-31 Kamov's. For such a large helicopter, it is nimble and exceptionally quick. Its missions include search and destroy, collecting and hostage rescue. There doesn't seem to be a limit to the amount of passengers the AH-69 can hold.
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.
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 RAH-66 Commanche. The helicopter has fire control radar to distinguish friend from foe, and also gets data fed to it via AWACS. It's weapons load can be fully customized by the player, with options including a 7.62mm Minigun, 30mm cannon, fictional AGM-214 "Firestorm" missiles that allow it to attack both ground and air targets, 70mm unguided rockets, a spy drone, and much more.
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 vulnerable to fighter aircraft.
Airwolf is the star of a 1984 TV series of the same name. It is an attack helicopter that is capable of supersonic flight, has stealth capabilities and carries multiple retractable anti-armor, personnel and aircraft weaponry. During the run of the series, a second prototype, codename Red Wolf was developed. Its capabilities rivaled Airwolf's but included a laser weapon as well.
The Airwolf helicopters used in the series were modified Bell 222s.
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 film is an 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 group of subversive conspirators operating illegally within the United States Department of Justice that would also have embroiled the Los Angeles Police Department had it remained undetected.
In Red Alert 3, the Allies used Cryocopters made by Futuretech Corporation, which can either freeze or shrink enemy units. The effect is temporary. Frozen units are easily disintegrated with a single shot. Shrunken units are faster but more fragile; they take more damage and deal less damage.
Eurocopter PAH-6 Cheetah
Also featured in EndWar, the PAH-6 is a speedy helicopter 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.
G.I. Joe helicopters
- Cobra F.A.N.G.: The F.A.N.G. (Fully Armed Negator Gyrocopter) is a series of one man short range light-attack helicopters. It is equipped with four air-to-air heat-seeking rockets, and is designed for quick Cobra raids. The F.A.N.G. figured prominently in the comics and the first season of the G.I. Joe animated series. The F.A.N.G. was also featured in the 1985 G.I. Joe computer game. The F.A.N.G. II is an updated version of the original F.A.N.G. helicopter. It features rotating wings, a 20mm long range cannon, and six "AIMZ-33" air-to-air missiles.
- Cobra Mamba: Created during Serpentor's rule of Cobra, the Mamba is a dual blade supersonic attack helicopter. It features two detachable "MOLT" assault pods (Mamba Offensive Light Tactical), six missiles, and a NT-58 turbo-shaft engine. The Mamba maintains a crew of three, as the left and right pods are capable of independent flight.
- Desert Apache: The Desert Apache AH-74 helicopter was part of the G.I. Joe Sonic Fighters line. The toy featured electronic sounds, spring-loaded missile launchers, a 30mm chin gun, and a turbo-shaft thruster.
- Dragonfly XH-1: The Dragonfly is a fictional G.I. Joe attack helicopter. Similar in proportion to the Bell AH-1 Cobra gunship with tandem seating, the Dragonfly XH-1 features a chin-mounted gatling gun and flamethrower. Armed with four Sidewinder air-to-ground missiles, two Sidewinder H.E. missiles, and a dual M-34 grenade launcher/2mm Vulcan nose cannon mounted on the landing skids, it became a trademark for the G.I. Joe Team. Other features of interest are the winch system mounted on the bottom, as well as a non-rotor tail rudder design. The Dragonfly is featured in the 1985 G.I. Joe computer game.
- Locust: The Locust is a G.I. Joe attack copter/bomber. It features four air-to-air missiles, and a tinted blast-proof windscreen canopy.
- Retaliator: The Retaliator is a fictional helicopter for the G.I. Joe Team. It features a capture claw with built in winch hook, super-speed rotor blades, four missiles, and a bomb ramp with nine bombs.
- Skystorm: The Skystorm X-wing chopper is a hybrid G.I. Joe aircraft, based partially on the Sikorsky S-72. It features a turbo-shaft engine, and is armed with two large bombs and four missiles.
- Tomahawk: The Tomahawk is a multi-role twin rotor troop transit helicopter for the G.I. Joe Team. While not identical, the Tomahawk is similar in design to the Marine CH-46 Sea Knight and the Army CH-47 Chinook. It 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 laser-enhanced NVS .50 caliber machine guns mounted on either side of the door-less aft area. There is also a rear cargo ramp and large winch system.
In Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour, the PLA can build a huge transport helicopter called Helix, but it looks bigger than real Helix; it has a small cannon by default and later upgrade with gattling cannon, bunker, speaker tower, and napalm (Nuke General Tsing Si Tao can upgrade with tactical nuke, but Infantry General Shin Fai can only upgrade with bunker).
In Command & Conquer: Red Alert, the Soviets use the Hind as the backbone of their air power. Armed with a powerful machine gun, it is able to target and eliminate infantry with little problem, however it has more difficulty destroying armored targets like tanks; in Red Alert 2, its successor the Siege Chopper has an additional function which allowed it to land and deploy a long-range artillery cannon; in Red Alert 3 it was succeeded by the KA-65 Twinblade, a transport gunship that could fire both rocket pods and machine guns, and carry either 5 infantry or a tank.
The HX-1 was an attack helicopter that was flown by Stringfellow Hawke's former army buddy in Airwolf. It was armed with four nose-mounted guns and two missile pods. It was shot down by Airwolf during a dogfight. The HX-1 was based on the Sikorsky S-76.
Kamov Ka-58 Black Ghost
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. Revell also makes a Ka-58 model in 1/72 scale.
With the NATO reporting name Howler, the Ka-65 is an aggressive-looking, fearsome helicopter 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.
Scorpion Attack Helicopter
The Scorpion Attack Helicopter is a fictional attack helicopter of unspecified origin that appears in the 1990 film 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.
Strike Super 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:
- Self-repairing "smart armor" that repairs and re-aligns damaged portions of the helicopter.
- A passenger compartment capable of carrying up to six people. It is also accessible from the cockpit. In order to have room for the passengers the Super Apache must be significantly larger than the real-world Apache, since it looks identical externally. This makes the Super Apache similar to the real Mil Mi-28 Havoc, which has a small cargo compartment, intended to be used for rescue.
- A cargo winch to load passengers, fuel, and ammunition. The Super Apache also has significant load-carrying abilities, capable of carrying loads as heavy as multiple ICBMs- a feat far beyond any modern aircraft, even the C-17.
- Unlike the "normal" AH-64, the Super Apache does not need a separate gunner. It only requires one pilot to operate and engage the enemy effectively. The second crew member seems to simply be a co-pilot.
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.
In Red Alert 3, Empire of the Rising Sun has no individual air force, but using a bipedal walker merged with helicopter's appearance named Striker-VX, which is using missile SAM while landing or AGM while flying.
Unidentified British Stealth Helicopter
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.
A vertical land-and-take-off (hence the name) double propellor helicopter used by Enclave faction in the Fallout series. In Fallout 3 the player encounters many of these, and at the end of the Broken Steel DLC they get to ride in a Brotherhood-hijacked one. Also, this DLC adds an energy weapon called the Tesla Cannon, which can blow up a VB-02 with just one shot (script effect), regardless of actual damage.
In Act of War: Direct Action, the V-44 is the large, four rotors-propelled transport helicopter of the United States' Task Force Talon. Its cargo bay can transport up to eight infantry units or two vehicles ; it can also function as a limited gunship against enemy infantry, being equipped with nose-mounted twin Gatling machine-guns. An stealth upgrade is available for the V-44, making the aircraft invisible until opening fire or being detected by an enemy recon unit. This aircraft appears to be inspired by concept art of the Bell Boeing Quad TiltRotor.
These Helicopter Jets are seen in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film The 6th Day, both military and civilian versions. They have the ability to function as helicopters or jets depending on the mission. Similar in function to the real life Sikorsky X-Wing or the more recent Eurocopter X3, but similar in styling to the RAH-66 Comanche.
Other fictional aircraft
Arms Fort Eclipse
Manufactured by Omer Science Technology in Armored Core For Answer, it has the appearance of two flying saucers placed on top of each other with flat top and underside. It is armed with a large laser cannon and can launch AAMs and AGMs through openings on the underside.
Arms Fort Answerer
A joint project between Omer and the Interior union. Though it looked like a parabole antenna made of silver pointing at the ground, it was one of the most powerful mobile weapons in the game. It is armed with several Laser cannons, powerful Kojima shock missiles and equipped with an experimental Assault Armor launching waves of highly corrosive Kojima particles.
Blohm & Voss BV 38
The Blohm & Voss BV 38 is a fictional aircraft portrayed in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark of the Indiana Jones saga. It is a flying wing airplane with two pusher-propellor engines and armed with two forward-firing cannons and an aft machine gun turret. In the film it is intended to be utilized by the forces of Nazi Germany for transporting the Ark of the Covenant from Egypt to Berlin. However the airplane is destroyed during a fight between Indiana Jones and a German pugilist. The company Blohm & Voss is a real aircraft company that produced aircraft for Nazi Germany.
The LZ-138 is a zeppelin portrayed in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade of the Indiana Jones saga. It appears to be nearly visibly identical to the Hindenburg except it has a structure at the bottom for attaching and carrying a small airplane with it, similar to the American dirigibles Akron and Macon.
'Stratos' series and TSR-2MS
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.
Hunter-Killer robotic vehicles 
First seen in The Terminator these unmanned vehicles (Aerial Hunter-Killer and Tank Hunter-Killer) are a family of combat robotics used by Skynet to wipe out survivors of a nuclear holocaust. In the Terminator franchise, they have branched into multiple designs of varying sizes and purposes. What all Aerial HK share is that their jet engines are mounted on rotating pylons on the end of the center-mounted wing, allowing vertical takeoff and landing, hovering, and rotation in place while having the speed of a jet aircraft. The basic (as depicted in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment 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 nose (variants in Terminator Salvation had twin cannons), 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, and the revised models seen in Terminator 3 and Terminator: Salvation. A nearly identical craft appears in the unrelated TV series Starhunter (2000–2001) as a type of human-piloted gunship.
GDI Orca VTOL series
The Orca is a series of VTOL aircraft appearing in the Command & Conquer series of games. I is a ducted-fan hybrid craft which resembles the Moller Skycar. Most Orca models are armed with anti-tank missiles, though several variants, including a bomber, a tactical strike fighter, several dropships, and a large command vessel also exist. One of the later iterations also doubles as a scouting unit because its pulse scanners are capable of disrupting active camouflage technology. The latest Orcas are capable of acting as both air-to-ground strike gunships and fighters.
The design was partially used by the Brotherhod of 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. Unlike most Orcas, Venoms can also act as air superiority units if needed.
Ace Combat series
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.
- X-02 Wyvern: Multi-role fighter with "switchblade wings".
- ADF-01 Falken: Can be equipped with a Tactical Laser System, and has forward swept wings.
- ADFX-01 Morgan: Prototype of the ADF-01, which also has forward swept wings.
- XB-0 Hresvelgr: Massive flying wing bomber that also acts as a mobile airfield.
- Arkbird: A large spacecraft build by Osea and Yuktobania, equipped with a high accuracy pinpoint laser
- CFA-44 Nosferatu: Estovakian superfighter that can be armed with a pair of small railguns or cluster missiles.
- P-1112 Aigaion: flying-wing airborne fortress and aircraft carrier armed with cruise missiles.
- SSTO: Single-stage-to-orbit platform carrying a modular laser cannon for the Arkbird
- SOLG: Strategic Orbital Linear Gun, Built Partially by Osea and Yuktobania, and is secretly Finished By Belka, and is used by Belka to cause a nuclear war, believed to be controlled by Grunder Industries, an Military weapons supplier in the game.
- YR-302 Fregata: Ground attack aircraft with four powerful engines.
- XB-337 Gleipnir: Leasath's secret flying fortress, equipped with: LRAGA (Long Range Air-to-Ground Airburst) cannon, SWBM
(Sonic-Wave-Ballistic-Missile) that rips apart air and ground units by creating a wave of compressed air, in theory a moving wall of sound that will break the wings, wheels and soldiers of any opposing force, as well as anything else within the blast radius. It also has andvanced anti-radar coating and a prototype DOS (digital-optical-stealth) system, showing observers a nearly perfect projection of what the craft is in front of, unperfected however, the system cannot perfectly calcutale for the placement of the "screens" showing the projection, allowing a keen eye to see that a part of the sky looks "wavy".
- Fenrir: Leasath's superfighter, equipped with a perfected DOS and a high-powered microwave weapon that relies on ground facilities for power. Also has advanced STOL capabilities and powerful sensor jamming systems.
- X49 Nightraven: extremely agile flying wing, equipped with a tactical laser and OSL (Orbital Satellite Laser)
- XR900 Geopelia: Arch like version of the X49 Nightraven with improved agility.
- R-10X (Delphinus) Series: Futuristic mind-controlled Dolphin-shaped fighters. The series consists of the R-101 Delphinus I, R-102 (II) and R-103 (III).
- R-201 Asterozoa: A heavy armored, air to ground catamaran shaped aircraft.
- UI4053: A large heavily defended blimp like flying fortress, capable of storing and launcing aircraft from its hangar inside.
- UI4054 Aurora: futuristic fighterplane with scramjet engine.
- GAF 1 Vacolac: Developed as a top secret project for the GA plan and has extreme maneuver capabilities.
- Orgoi: A giant highly maneuverable B2-like bomber with several modifications.
- Spiridus: A bi-level, Enormous "aerial base" crammed with "Hi-TASIMS," "Electrolaser cannons" a railgun. It's covered with anti-aircraft weaponry.
Simoun and Simile-Simoun 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 original Blackbird used by the X-Men is a modified SR-71 Blackbird. The Blackbird is depicted as having vertical takeoff capability, which the actual SR-71 does not. It has also been modified to carry several passengers. After the original X-Men rejoined the team Professor Xavier commissioned Forge to build two new planes, still dubbed Blackbirds but no longer looking like the SR-71.
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.
Aircraft in Nevil Shute novels
Nevil Shute, an aircraft designer by background, often included fictional aircraft in his novels. These include:
- Rutland Reindeer – an airliner at the center of the plot of No Highway (filmed as No Highway in the Sky). It was a six-engine, low-wing monoplane with a structural weakness (fatigue) in the tail.
- Assegai – the first supersonic fighter, also in No Highway.
- Plymouth Tramp (British), Cornell Carrier (U.S.) – both high-wing, twin-engine cargo transports appearing in Round the Bend.
- De Havilland Ceres – a luxurious jet transport used to transport the Queen and her family in In the Wet (though De Havilland was a real company).
- Rawdon Rat, Robin, Ratcatcher, Rabbit and Runt (proposed!) all World War I fighters and Reindeer (World War I bomber) in Stephen Morris.
- Cosmos – a seaplane in "An Old Captivity".
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
Sentō Yōsei Yukikaze
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.
- Super Sylph B-503 "Yukikaze" – An air-suvelliance/air-superiority military aircraft, and the title machine of the series, piloted by the main character, Lieutenant Rei Fukai. The reason for its naming as "Yukikaze" is to identify the A.I. installed in the machine; for all purposes, the A.I. is smart enough to arm and fire the jet's weapons itself and can even control the aircraft independent of the pilot, though it seldom exercises its abilities to do so, except in times of need.
- FRX-00 Mave – An improved version of the Super Sylph.
- FRX-99 Rafe – Unmanned version of the Mave.
- JAM Fighter – Air-superiority jets used by the JAM, the alien race in question. Highly effective against older models of human aircraft.
- JAM Electronics Warfare Fighter – A JAM fighter with an added radome. It was first seen in use disrupting A.I.-controlled units and was highly instrumental in the ensuing incidents of friendly fire.
Fictional two-seater cargo ship from the Halo series. It could carry up to 10 troops inside, including a Mongoose ATV-like vehicle. The Pelican also can carry a Scorpion armored tank or a Warthog light scout vehicle or a troop carrying vehicle with a magnetic holder. It is armed with or without a 40mm gatling gun and 2 missile pods, all of which are operated by the pilot.
Fictional aircraft from the Halo series. It is a single-seat VTOL aircraft, armed with 2 gatling guns and 2 missile pods. It can carry 2 soldiers on its jumpseats, and is used for close air support and air to air roles.
Fictional tilt-rotor aircraft from the Halo series. It's a single-seat that carries up five troops. Normally (in multiplayer) armed only with door-mounted machine guns, but in Campaign it always has a chin-mounted chaingun, and its door guns can be absent or replaced with automatic grenade launchers.
Fictional A/X strike fighter from the Halo series. Although considered an average space interceptor within the franchise, it has the size (and shape) of a B-2 Spirit. Armed with 105 and 120 mm cannons.
Fictional space orbiter interceptor from the Halo series. It's a two-seater that carries twin autocannons and two Medusa anti-fighter launchers firing four missiles per salvo. It uses Space Shuttle-like boosters to achieve orbit, and is the first human spacecraft to posess an energy shield.
The main aircraft from the Resistance series. The U/AV-17 Hawk is a U.S. 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 ability to carry a M12 Sabretooth light tank for a short distance for quick armour support. Its armermant is usually either two .30 calibre door guns, or two .50 calibre guns. It also makes use of a twin 20mm gatling gun underneath the cockpit for gun runs. The basis of this aircraft comes from the V-22 in use with the United States Marine Corps and USAF.
The British P-1117 Kingfisher is derived from early designs of the American U/AV-17. The Kingfisher is exceedingly able at inserting soldiers into combat situations. At present, all remaining Kingfishers are in the service of British Intelligence. They have been largely regulated to the role of aerial reconnaissance and combat coordination. In Resistance: Retribution, it has shown to be used by the Maquis as well. In the first cutscene, it was shown to be used for paratrooper insertion at a high altitude over Rotterdam.
Unidentified cargo transport
In Resistance 2, a cargo plane is seen in us and appears to be derived from the C-130 Hercules family.
In the PC game Red Alert 3: Uprising, Empire of the Rising Sun developed a massive robotic vessel called Giga Fortress, can move on water or fly in the sky. Players must pay $6,300 to build a Giga Fortress Nanocore from Imperial Docks then deploying on water, and it must take a bit of time to unpack into a fully assembled Giga Fortress. When deployed, the Giga Fortress on the sea can fire missiles and cannons; when it flies to the sky, it can launch a devastating laser cannon can cause lethal damages in a line.
An unnamed VTOL-capable jet-powered possible V-22 Osprey variant, the VTOL appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. It has a transport and two gunship variants, and appears in both the campaign and multiplayer.
In Muv-Luv the XG-70 appears as a large scale flying fortress. It requires the use of a 00-Unit supercomputer to utilize its flight and shielding mechanisms, or else it kills its pilot(s) with lethal G-Forces. Three variants are seen. The original XG-70 is an abandoned American project called "Valkyrie" after the XB-70 Valkyrie, the later two are improved Japanese variants: the "XG-70b" is armed only with its shields and a Charged Particle Cannon and is operated solely by the 00-unit. The "XG-70d" is a heavily armed variant featuring multiple chain gun, rail gun, and VLS missile emplacements in addition to the Charged Particle Cannon, and features two human pilots in addition to the 00-Unit, however it is deployed before it is complete, greatly reducing its effectiveness.
- Top Gun (1986) – Trivia
- Helen McCarthy, Hayao Miyazaki: master of Japanese animation : films, themes, artistry, Stone Bridge Press, Inc., 1999, p. 164
- http://www.spectrum-headquarters.com/angel_interceptor.html Angel Interceptor at Spectrum Headquarters. Retrieved 11/08/2011
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- Ghiran, Nelu (writer) (November 15, 2000). "Family Values (TV series)". Starhunter. Season 1. Episode 10. 18:42 and 34:17 minutes in. The Movie Network.
- Washington Post, 10 September 1980, p A12: 'Stealth Is Already at War – In a Novel', by George C Wilson
- Time, 29 September 1980, pp 23–24: 'Chronicle of a Security Leak'
- F/A-37 Talon