wwii The Most Iconic World War 2 Planes  

Mike Rothschild
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World War 2 aircraft and airplanes took a massive leap in speed, power, and sophistication. Many combatants started off flying biplanes and weakly powered fighters. But by the end of WWII, jet fighters were coming into service, along with long-range bombers that could fly thousands of miles. Many nations, especially Nazi Germany, were developing new planes that were decades ahead of anything else. But even before then, aircraft companies were making planes that were fast, powerful, cheap to produce, and difficult to shoot down.

Many of these planes became iconic thanks to endless war movies, newsreels, documentaries, and history books. And thanks to preservation techniques, thousands of WW2 planes survive in museums, with some even still able to fly.

The aircraft of the Second World War saved England from German bombers, played key roles in crucial historical events, became famous around the world, and were the only planes to ever drop atomic bombs on an enemy nation.

Here's your chance to vote up the most iconic and important planes of World War Two.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Planes
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American bomber that flew in waves over Europe.
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Messerschmitt Bf 109


Messerschmitt Bf 109 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Planes
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Mass-produced German fighter plane that was the most modern of its time.
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Supermarine Spitfire


Supermarine Spitfire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Planes
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Frontline British fighter that served during the entire war.
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Boeing B-29 Superfortress is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Planes
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US heavy bomber that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan.
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