A night fighter (also known as all-weather fighter or all-weather interceptor for a period of time post-World War II) is a fighter aircraft adapted for use at night or in other times of bad visibility. Night fighters began to be used in World War I and included types that were specifically modified to operate at night.
During World War II, night fighters were either purpose-built or "day" fighters modified to be effective night fighting combat aircraft, often employing radar or other systems for providing some sort of detection capability in low visibility. As the size of these systems fell in relation to the size of the average fighter, the need for a separate aircraft to fill this role generally disappeared. In the immediate post-World War II era, night fighters were redesignated as "all-weather" combat aircraft. Modern multirole fighters are capable of filling the night fighter role with no modifications.
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Famous quotes containing the words night and/or fighter:
“All night Ive held your hand,
as if you had
a fourth time faced the kingdom of the mad
its hackneyed speech, its homicidal eye
and dragged me home alive. . . .”
—Robert Lowell (19171977)
“A pleasant smell of frying sausages
Attacks the sense, along with an old, mostly invisible
Photograph of what seems to be girls lounging around
An old fighter bomber, circa 1942 vintage.”
—John Ashbery (b. 1927)