U.S. Planes

By Spencer Huntsman

Introduction

  • With it's industrial capabilities intact and being far from the war, the U.S. Held the luxury of building whatever aircraft type that was needed for the war effort.
  • There were a total of 119 different types of American planes used in WW2.

Example of U.S. Fighter (P-59 Airacomet)

  • It was the first American fighter jet.
  • The U.S. Air Force was not impressed by its performance.
  • They canceled production after less then half had been made.
  • This jet was used in later U.S. Turbo-jet designs.

Example of U.S. Bomber (B-17 Flying Fortress)

  • The B-17 Flying Fortress required four engines to operate.
  • It was developed in the 1930's.
  • It evolved through numerous design advances.
  • It cost $238,329 to make one

Example of U.S. Dive Bomber (SB2C Helldiver)

  • Planes like this are stationed on an aircraft carrier.
  • It's first flight was on December 18, 1945.
  • It was produced from 1940-1945.
  • They built a total of 7,140 of these planes.

Conclusion

Aircraft in WW2 including bombers, fighters and many others played a huge roll. In WW2 they were arguably the most important weapons delivery system. It's been said by many that without planes the war would have been lost or at the same time never started.