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- n. A military aircraft primarily designed to attack enemy aircraft. Frequently shortened to fighter.
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One was Hawker's new fighter plane the mighty Tempest, whose Sabre engine could unleash the power of 2400 horses.
A navy EP-3 electronic reconnaissance plane was damaged in a midair collision with a Chinese fighter plane and made an emergency landing at Lingshui Military Airport on the Chinese island of Hainan.
Then on September 3, 1916, a German airship, SL-11, was “clawed down in flames” — as Churchill had predicted would happen — by a British fighter plane using incendiary bullets.
Herr Messerschmitt was parting from Herr Luftfahrt-minister Goring with the sum of four million marks credited to him privately for the development of his fighter plane as a part of Hitler's conspiracy to break the peace treaty of 1919 and rearm Germany with military aircraft.
I have flown every operational fighter plane the Air Corps, and later the Air Force, has owned, from the P-47 to the F-106 — with one exception: I never got to fly the F-94, and by the time I recognized that fact, it was a museum piece.
After the collision of the Chinese fighter plane and the American EP-3E Aries Latin for “ram” reconnaissance plane, Secretary of State Colin Powell, soon followed by President Bush, expressed regret at the apparent loss of life of the Chinese pilot.