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{{Nav-Animated}}Fighters and Interceptors list of Autobots and decepticons.Linked Series Heavy Duty Gestalt Warrior.
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Albatros D.I (1916)
 
Albatros D.II (1916)
 
Albatros D.III (1916)
 
Albatros D.V
 
Aviatik C.VI
 
Damiler L.6
 
Fokker D.I
 
Fokker D.II
 
Fokker D.III
 
Fokker D.IV
 
Fokker D.V
 
Fokker D.VI
 
Fokker D.VII (1918)
 
Fokker D.VIII (aka E.V) (1918)
 
Fokker Dr.I (1917)
 
Fokker E.I (1915)
 
Fokker E.III (1916)
 
Fokker E.IV (1916)
 
Fokker E.V (aka D.VIII)
 
Halberstadt D.II
 
Junkers D.I (1918)
 
Kondor D.VI
 
Kondor E.III
 
Naglo D.II
 
Pfalz D.III
 
Pfalz D.XII
 
Pfalz Dr.I
 
Pfalz E.I
 
Pfalz E.II
 
Roland D.II
 
Roland D.VI
 
Siemens-Schuckert D.I
 
Siemens-Schuckert D.II
 
Siemens-Schuckert D.III
 
Siemens-Schuckert D.IV
 
Zeppelin-Lindau D.I
 
Bomber and ground attack
 
Gotha G.V (1917)
 
Junkers CL.I (1918)
 
AEG G.I
 
AEG G.II
 
AEG G.III
 
AEG G.IV
 
AEG G.V
 
AEG J.I (1916)
 
AEG J.II (1918)
 
AEG N.I
 
AEG PE
 
AEG R.I
 
Patrol and Reconnaissance
 
AEG B.I (1914)
 
AEG B.II (1914)
 
AEG B.III (1915)
 
AEG C.I (March 1915)
 
AEG C.II (October 1915)
 
AEG C.III (prototype)
 
AEG C.IV
 
AEG C.V (prototype)
 
AEG C.VI (prototype)
 
AEG C.VII (prototype)
 
AEG C.VIII (prototype)
 
AEG D.I (prototype)
 
AEG DJ.I (prototype)
 
AEG Dr.I (prototype) (aka AEG F.1?)
 
Albatros B.I
 
Albatros B.II
 
Albatros C.I (1915)
 
Albatros C.III (1916)
 
Albatros C.V
 
Albatros C.VII
 
Albatros C.IX
 
Albatros C.X
 
Albatros C.XII
 
Aviatik B.I
 
Aviatik C.I
 
Brandenburg W12
 
DFW C.V
 
Etrich Taube
 
Hannover CL.II
 
Hannover CL.III
 
Junkers J.I
 
LVG B.I
 
LVG C.II (1916)
 
Rumpler C.IV
 
Rumpler Taube (1911)
 
Trainer
 
Euler D.I
 
Prototype
 
AEG D.I
 
AEG Dr.I (1917)
 
Albatros C.II (prototype?)
 
Fokker E.II (1915) (prototype?)
 
Junkers J1 (1915) (first all-metal aircraft)
 
Junkers J2 (1916)
 
   
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'''''Transformers Animated''''' is a cartoon series which debuted on December 26, 2007, as part of the [[franchise]] of [[Transformers Animated|the same name]].
   
De Havilland DH-2 (1915)
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The cartoon is produced by [[Cartoon Network]], scripted in the United States, with character and background designs by the crews behind shows like ''[[wikipedia:Teen Titans (TV series)|Teen Titans]]'' and ''[[wikipedia:Ben 10|Ben 10]]'', while animation is being provided by Japanese studios [[Mook]], [[The Answer Studio]], and [[Studio 4°C]].
Avro 504-J (1916)
 
Sopwith Triplane (1916)
 
Handley Page Type O (1916)
 
Sopwith Pup (December 1916)
 
SE-5 (1917)
 
Bristol F.2A (April 1917)
 
Sopwith Camel(1917)
 
Bristol F-2B (1917)
 
Vickers Vimy
 
Handley Page V/1500 (1918)
 
   
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''Animated'' sees several ''Generation One'' voice actors reprise their old roles, including [[Susan Blu]], [[Corey Burton]], [[John Moschitta]], and [[Judd Nelson]], and is the first ''Transformers'' show featuring [[David Kaye]] in which he doesn't voice a Megatron but an Optimus Prime.
   
France:
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==Overview==
Blériot XI
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{{see|Transformers Animated timeline}}
Breguet 14 (1917)
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[[Image:TransformersAnimatedPoster.jpg||thumb|250px|left|"When there's trouble you know who to call..."]]
Caudron G.4
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''Animated'' follows the adventures of a small crew of Autobots, who come into possession of the all-powerful AllSpark artifact. Stranded on Earth and living among the population of [[Detroit]], they face off against a series of human villains and their mighty Decepticon foes, who seek to possess the AllSpark. Though they were originally a lowly space bridge repair crew, these five Autobots must rise to their circumstances to deal with threats large and small.
Hanriot HD.1
 
Maurice Farman S.11 (1914)
 
Caudron G-III (Bomber) (1915)
 
Morane-Saulnier L
 
Morane-Saulnier P
 
Nieuport 11
 
Nieuport 12
 
Nieuport 16
 
Nieuport 17 (1916)
 
Nieuport 23
 
Nieuport 27
 
Nieuport 28
 
Salmson 2
 
SPAD VII (August 1916)
 
SPAD XII
 
SPAD XIII (1917)
 
Morane-Saulnier N (1917)
 
   
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The series eschews the ever-continuing space opera storylines of the [[Unicron Trilogy]] cartoons to return to the episodic approach of ''[[Beast Wars (cartoon)|Beast Wars]]''; most episodes are standalone stories, but with larger story arcs that stretch through the whole series. The focus is on characterization, dynamic action, and humor.
   
Italy:
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The episodes center not only on the war between the [[Autobot]]s and the [[Decepticon]]s, but also on the Autobots' interactions with many of [[Detroit]]'s [[human]] supervillain denizens, including a [[Angry Archer|maladjusted marksman]], a [[Nanosec|speedy racer]], and a guy who [[Prometheus Black|looks good in a pimp suit]]. The idea is to present the Decepticons as more of an ongoing background threat instead of having them be repeatedly defeated each episode and look like bumbling fools. The arrival of a Decepticon in battle is a big deal, requiring multiple Autobots working together to stop even a single one. The human villains give the Autobots "everyday" threats, and some of their schemes are the result of Decepticon treachery. Note well: [[Doctor Arkeville|human]] [[Lord Chumley|adversaries]] [[Circuit Breaker|are]] [[Cobra Commander|not]] [[Abdul Fakkadi|new]] [[Lazarus|in]] [[Hydra and Buster|''Transformers'']] [[Overlord (Masterforce)|continuity]].
Caproni Ca.1 (Bomber) (1915)
 
Caproni Ca.2 (Bomber) (1915)
 
Caproni Ca.3 (Bomber) (1915)
 
Caproni Ca.4 (Bomber) (1918)
 
Caproni Ca.5 (Bomber) (1918?)
 
Russia:
 
Sikorsky Ilya Muromets (Bomber) (1914)
 
   
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While the series is not a sequel to the [[Transformers (film)|live-action movie]], they have many thematic elements in common, most notably the central role of the [[AllSpark (Animated)|AllSpark]] and the revelation that all modern technology has been reverse-engineered from the dormant body of [[Megatron (Animated)|Megatron]]. Hasbro also carried over some design elements from the live-action movie into Animated designs, including not just the aforementioned cube but also [[Ratchet (Animated)|Ratchet]]'s medical readout striped deco, [[Bumblebee (Animated)|Bumblebee]]'s black racing stripe, and [[Megatron (Animated)|Megatron]]'s helmet. These are meant to be "connection points," helping kids who had seen the theatrical film but had no prior Transformers experience ease into understanding the new series.
   
United States:
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The series also includes many elements and homages to prior Transformers series. Most conspicuously, it has many parallels to [[G1|Generation One]] character designs, personalities, and major characteristics; [[Shockwave (Animated)|Shockwave]], [[Arcee (Animated)|Arcee]] and [[Blurr (Animated)|Blurr]] are even voiced by the same voice actors as their G1 analogues. [[Beast Wars]] gets nods in the form of the inclusion of new versions/homages of [[Blackarachnia (Animated)|Blackarachnia]] and [[Wasp|Waspinator]], plus the overall plot structure: the main war is over, the good guys won, but now a small team of heroes never meant for combat roles must go up against an upstart cell of villains led by a charismatic rogue.
Curtiss JN-4D (1917)
 
American DH-4 (Britain/U.S.) (1918)
 
Loening M-8 (1918)
 
Navy-Curtiss F-5L (1918)
 
   
The Early Years of War WW1
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==Cast==
The early years of war saw canvas-and-wood aircraft used primarily to function as mobile observation vehicles. This was an improvement over the vulnerable Zeppelin and the immobile observation balloon. Enemy pilots at first exchanged waves and later progressed to throwing bricks and other objects (grenades and sometimes rope, which they hoped would tangle their enemy's propellor), which eventually progressed to guns. Once the guns were mounted to their planes, the era of air combat began.
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Like most other technologies during wartime, the aircraft underwent many improvements (though it might be argued that the most drastic changes occurred during the so-called "Golden Age of Flight" in the between-wars period of the 1920s and 1930s). To appreciate the sense of these improvements, compare designs such as the infamous Fokker Dr. 1 with early war aircraft, whose designs were not much different from the original unstable Wright Flyer, which took its first flight over a decade earlier.
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This cast list is for characters who *have appeared* in the show and not include MINOR guest characters. Characters who we *believe* will be in the show *do not* appear here until the episode actually airs. Toy-only characters go on the Transformers Animated (toyline) page.
   
Aircraft of this early period included the Maurice Farman "Shorthorn" and "Longhorn", D.F.W. BI, Rumpler Taube, B.E. 2a, A.E.G. BII, Bleriot XI, and the Penguin.
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Currently, "Guests" are characters who have appeared only once each. This guideline will probably change as time passes.
   
With limited power, aircraft engines could only afford a certain amount of weight and, though made of mostly canvas and wood, could only afford to be monoplanes (one-winged). Another major limitation was the early mounting of machine guns, which was awkward due to the position of the propeller. Since the pilot usually sat behind the propellor, it was natural to have the gun mounted between the two, but this would make the gun fire through the propellor. Frenchman Roland Garros attempted to solve this problem by attaching metal deflectors to the blades of his propellor, which he hoped would deflect the bullets rather than splinter the wood propellor. However, this was an inadequate - and somewhat dangerous - solution. Therefore, the best remedy at the time was to mount the gun above the propeller. In the monoplanes this resulted in a few more wires that had to be strung from the wings to the gun in order to keep the gun steady.
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* [[Optimus Prime (Animated)|Optimus Prime]] ([[David Kaye]])
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* [[Bulkhead (Animated)|Bulkhead]] ([[Bill Fagerbakke]])
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* [[Bumblebee (Animated)|Bumblebee]] ([[Bumper Robinson]])
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* [[Prowl (Animated)|Prowl]] ([[Jeff Bennett]])
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* [[Ratchet (Animated)|Ratchet]] ([[Corey Burton]])
   
Yet mounting the gun like this became a problem when the gun needed reloading or had jammed - the pilot must reach up to the gun to service it.
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;[[Dinobot (Animated)|Dinobots]]
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* [[Grimlock (Animated)|Grimlock]] (David Kaye)
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* [[Snarl (Animated)|Snarl]]
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* [[Swoop (Animated)|Swoop]]
   
By this time in the war the aircraft had become more than a mobile observatory - it was now a weapon. Dog fights erupted in the skies between the powers - planes went down in flames and heroes were born. The need grew for a better plane, as well as better gun armament. And this was not limited to the air - on the ground, methods were being used that were introduced before the war to deter enemy planes from observation and bombing. Artillery rounds were shot into the air and clouds of smoke and shrapnel, called flak, provided enemy aircraft with an obstacle course to fly around.
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;[[Cybertron Elite Guard]]
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* [[Ultra Magnus (Animated)|Ultra Magnus]] (Jeff Bennett)
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* [[Sentinel Prime (Animated)|Sentinel Minor / Sentinel Prime / Sentinel Magnus]] ([[Townsend Coleman]])
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* [[Safeguard (Animated)|Safeguard]]
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** [[Jetfire (Animated)|Jetfire]] ([[Tom Kenny]])
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** [[Jetstorm (Animated)|Jetstorm]] ([[Phil LaMarr]])
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* [[Blurr (Animated)|Blurr]] ([[John Moschitta Jr.]])
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* [[Jazz (Animated)|Jazz]] (Phil LaMarr)
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* [[Warpath (Animated)|Warpath]] (David Kaye)
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* [[Dai Atlas (Animated)|Dai Atlas]]
   
Anti-aircraft artillery were used around key strategic targets - airdromes (air bases) and observation balloons mainly. As observation balloons became frequent targets of the enemy, the sites were heavily armed with anti-aircraft artillery. The canvas bags full of hot air were all but defenseless; they were easy to shoot down, especially once pilots started arming their planes with incendiary bullets.
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;[[Cybertron Intelligence]]
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* [[Highbrow (Animated)|Highbrow]] (David Kaye)
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* [[Arcee (Animated)|Arcee]] ([[Susan Blu]])
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* [[Cliffjumper (Animated)|Cliffjumper]] (David Kaye)
   
And now new innovation was needed. The aircraft had advanced from the fragile Wright-like designs of the early war years to the more stable and better-designed biplanes including the D.H.-2 (1915-Britain) and the Caudron G-III (1915-France). The former was a forward-firing aircraft with a propellor positioned in the rear of the plane, behind the pilot, allowing the gun to be accessible to the pilot for in-flight repair and reloading (this so-called "pusher" plane design enjoyed a brief period of popularity during 1914-1915). The drawback was that the plane was unstable and not very manueverable.
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;[[Space Bridge Security Crew]]
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* [[Rodimus Prime (Animated)|Rodimus Prime]] ([[Judd Nelson]])
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* [[Brawn (Animated)|Brawn]]
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* [[Hot Shot (Animated)|Hot Shot]] (Bill Fagerbakke)
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* [[Ironhide (Animated)|Ironhide]] (Corey Burton)
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* [[Red Alert (Animated)|Red Alert]] ([[Tara Strong]])
   
The Fokker Scourge
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;[[Autobot Ministry of Science]]
Yet these planes were no match to the Fokker E-I (1915-Germany), a plane with a propellor in front and a gun mounted directly behind it. The gun was actually made to physically be linked through gears to the propellor in order to fire through the propellor blade intervals, an ingenious solution provided by Anthony Fokker, the man behind the plane. In 1915 the Fokker E-I was top-of-the-line in design, manueverability, and gun placement. The result was devastating for the Allied powers, and a solution was needed fast.
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* [[Mainframe (Animated)|Mainframe]]
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* [[Perceptor (Animated)|Perceptor]] ([[Wikipedia:PlainTalk|PlainTalk]])
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* [[Wheeljack (Animated)|Wheeljack]]
   
The Fokker E-I's foil came in the form of the Nieuport 17 (1916-France), a biplane with a propellor in front and, as needed, a gun placed directly behind the propellor. No doubt the Allies by this time had managed to shoot down at least one E-I, as tough a task as it was, and had dissected and copied its inner-workings.
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;[[Cyber-Ninja Corps]]
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* [[Yoketron]] ([[George Takei]])
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* [[Grandus (Animated)|Grandus]] (Jeff Bennett)
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* [[Tap-Out (Animated)|Tap-Out]]
   
Bloody April
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;Others
(Main Article) During the First World War, the month of April 1917 was known as Bloody April by the Allied air forces. The Royal Flying Corps suffered losses so severe it came close to being annihilated. In April the Allies launched a joint offensive with the British attacking near Arras in Artois, northern France, while the French Nivelle Offensive was launched on the Aisne and the air forces were called on to provide support, predominantly in reconnaissance and artillery spotting.
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* [[Alpha Trion (Animated)|Alpha Trion]] (Phil LaMarr)
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* [[Teletran-1]] (Tara Strong) / [[Omega Supreme (Animated)|Omega Supreme]] (Kevin Michael Richardson/[[Phil LaMarr]])
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* [[Wreck-Gar (Animated)|Wreck-Gar]] ([["Weird Al" Yankovic]])
   
Bombers
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Bombers were introduced to replace the more vulnerable Zeppelin.
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The most famous and successful bombers of the war were the Gotha G's, which conducted bombing raids on London. Though it has been agreed that the most damage done by them was to British morale, which took a devastating turn at the thought that the bombers could so easily penetrate defenses.Brewster F2A "Buffalo" Fighters
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THE PREDACONS ARE NOT AN ACTUAL SUB-GROUP IN ANIMATED. IF YOU MOVE BLACKARACHNIA AND WASPINATOR TO THAT SECTION, IT WILL BE CONSIDERED VANDALISM
   
The Brewster F2A, the U.S. Navy's first monoplane shipboard fighter, saw brief combat service during the first half-year of the Pacific War. Built in 1936-38, Brewster's XF2A-1 prototype bested the Grumman XF4F-2 in a competition to replace the Grumman F3F biplane fighter. A production contract for F2A-1 production aircraft followed in June 1938. Production difficulties, a continuing problem throughout the life of the Brewster company, delayed service introduction until late 1939, when F2A-1s began to join USS Saratoga's Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3). Only eleven of the fifty-four F2A-1s entered Navy service. The rest were modified and sold to Finland, where they served with considerable success against Soviet aircraft during 1941-44 and against the Germans in 1944-45. Other versions of the F2A were subsequently employed against the Japanese by the British Royal Air Force and the Netherlands East Indies Army Air Corps.
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--> [[Blackarachnia (Animated)|Elita-1 / Blackarachnia]] ([[Cree Summer]])
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* [[Starscream (Animated)|Starscream]] (Tom Kenny)
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* [[Blitzwing (Animated)|Blitzwing]] (Bumper Robinson)
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* [[Lugnut]] (David Kaye)
   
In 1940, deliveries began of 43 F2A-2 fighters, which had the 1200 horsepower Wright "Cyclone" engine in place of the F2A-1's 950 horsepower version, plus numerous other improvements. Eight F2A-1s were also rebuilt to F2A-2 standards. Initially serving with VF-3 and USS Lexington's VF-2, this model was a fast, nimble and well-armed fighting plane, though plagued (as were subsequent F2As) with an overly-delicate retractable landing gear and a maintenance-hungry powerplant.
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;[[Starscream clone]]s
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* [[Skywarp (Animated)|Skywarp]] (Tom Kenny)
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* [[Thundercracker (Animated)|Thundercracker]] (Tom Kenny)
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* [[Sunstorm (Animated)|Sunstorm]] (Tom Kenny)
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* [[Ramjet (Animated)|Ramjet]] (Tom Kenny)
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* [[Slipstream (Animated)|Slipstream]] (Tara Strong)
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* [[Clone number 2716057]] (Tom Kenny)
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* [[Clone number 3370318]] (Tom Kenny)
   
The Navy ordered a final 108 Brewster fighters in January 1941. These F2A-3s featured a longer fuselage, increased fuel and ammunition capacity, additional armor and considerably greater weight. Range was better, but speed, maneuverability, climb rate and service ceiling were substantially degraded. By the beginning of the Pacific War, the F2A, by then also known by the popular name "Buffalo", was passing out of carrier squadron service in favor of the F4F-3. The "Buffalos" were transferred to the Marines, who assigned them to units defending Pacific island bases.
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;[[Constructicon (Animated)|Constructicons]]
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* [[Dirt Boss (Animated)|Dirt Boss]] ([[John Mariano]]) (?)
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* [[Scrapper (Animated)|Scrapper]] (Tom Kenny)
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* [[Mixmaster (Animated)|Mixmaster]] (Jeff Bennett) (?)
   
The Brewster fighter's only U.S. combat use, on 4 June 1942 during the Battle of Midway, dramatically showed the inferiority of the F2A-3 when confronted by the Japanese Navy's "Zero" carrier fighters and well-trained aviators. In a brief battle against greatly superior numbers, Midway Island's Marine Fighting Squadron 221 (VMF-221) lost thirteen of twenty F2A-3s. Soon after, the "Buffalo" was removed from combat units and assigned to advanced training duty. In that role, it helped new U.S. fighter pilots enhance their skills before they joined operational squadrons. The aging F2A-2s and F2A-3s remained in the trainng mission into 1943, and a few were still in service in 1944-45.
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;[[Team Chaar]]
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* [[Strika (Animated)|Strika]] (Tara Strong)
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* [[Blackout (Animated)|Blackout]] (Bumper Robinson)
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* [[Cyclonus (Animated)|Cyclonus]]
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* [[Oil Slick (Animated)|Oil Slick]] (Phil LaMarr)
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* [[Spittor (Animated)|Spittor]]
   
F2A-3 characteristics:
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;Supreme Clones
Dimensions: Wing Span, 35 feet; Length, 26 feet, 4 inches; Wing Area, 209 square feet.
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* [[Lugnut Supreme]]
Weights: Empty, 4894 pounds; Gross, 7253 pounds Powerplant: One 1200 horsepower Wright R-1820-40 radial engine.
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* [[Starscream Supreme]]
Armament: Four .50 caliber machine guns (two firing forward through the engine cowling; one in each wing).
 
Performance (at gross weight): Maximum Speed, 320 m.p.h. (@ 14,500 feet).
 
Curtiss F9C "Sparrowhawk" Fighters --
 
   
As a result of their dramatic operations with the Navy's short-lived airships Akron (ZRS-4) and Macon (ZRS-5), the Curtiss F9C biplane fighters gained fame all out of proportion to their small number. The type originated with a May 1930 specification for a small aircraft carrier-based fighter. The resulting XF9C-1 (Bureau of Aeronautics serial # 8731) was built under a June 1930 contract and delivered in March 1931. Tested over the next several months, it showed good performance but was not particularly suitable for carrier use. However, the plane did have one significant feature: it was the only available combat airplane small enough to fit through the hangar door of the dirigible Akron, which was then nearing completion. Accordingly, the XF9C-1 was modified with a "skyhook" that would allow launching and recovery from the airship's "trapeze" airplane handling device. The plane first "landed" on the older airship Los Angeles (ZR-3) in October 1931 and subsequently was actively employed in developmental operations with the Akron.
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;Others
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* [[Lockdown (Animated)|Lockdown]] ([[Lance Henriksen]])
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* [[Soundwave (Animated)|Soundwave]] (Jeff Bennett)
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** [[Laserbeak (Animated)|Laserbeak]]
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** [[Ratbat (Animated)|Ratbat]]
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* [[Swindle (Animated)|Swindle]] ([[Fred Willard]])
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The XF9C-1's successful new role resulted in the construction of seven modified versions, the XF9C-2 (Bureau # 9264) which was a 1931 private Curtiss project that was purchased by the Navy in November 1932, and the production F9C-2s (#s 9056-9061). The latter were built under an October 1931 contract and were the only "Sparrowhawks" that were suitable for operational, as opposed to experimental, use. The first of these was flown in April 1932 and began work with Akron late June. Further modifications resulted and all six F9C-2s were in Navy hands by September 1932. These planes worked with Akron until her loss on 4 April 1933. They were then transferred to the heavier-than-air unit of Macon, which was nearing completion. From late 1933 until early 1935 they were vigorously employed in efforts to demonstrate the dirigible's value as a unit of the United States Fleet. Beginning in mid-1934 they generally had their wheeled landing gear replaced with a "teardrop" fuel tank whenever they were based on board Macon, thus considerably improving their endurance, an important element in extending the strategic scouting reach of the airship-airplane team.
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THE PREDACONS ARE NOT AN ACTUAL SUB-GROUP IN ANIMATED. IF YOU MOVE BLACKARACHNIA AND WASPINATOR TO THAT SECTION, IT WILL BE CONSIDERED VANDALISM
   
Unfortunately, this aspect of Naval aviation history abruptly ended when Macon crashed at sea on 12 February 1935. Four F9C-2s were lost with her. The two survivors (#s 9056 and 9057) were subsequently used in Fleet utility work. F9C-2 # 9057 was disposed of in 1937, but # 9056 remained in Navy service until 1940, when it was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution for preservation as a museum artifact. The XF9C-1 was surveyed in 1936 and the XF9C-2 was wrecked late in that same year.
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-->[[Wasp|Wasp / Waspinator]] (Tom Kenny)
   
F9C-2 characteristics:
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Dimensions: Wing Span, 25.5 feet; Length, 21.1 feet; Wing Area, 185.4 square feet.
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;Main Cast
Weights: Empty, 2114 pounds; Gross, 2776 pounds Powerplant: One 400 horsepower Wright R-975-22 single-row radial engine.
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* [[Isaac Sumdac]] (Tom Kenny)
Armament: Two .30 caliber fixed forward-firing machine guns.
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* [[Sari Sumdac]] (Tara Strong)
Performance (at 2776 pounds): Maximum Speed, 176.5 miles per hour.
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* [[Captain Fanzone]] (Jeff Bennett)
Grumman F3F Fighters
 
   
The Grumman F3F was a development of the F2F-1, featuring a longer fuselage and greater wingspan. The prototype XF3F-1 (Bureau # 9727) first flew in early 1935. It crashed in May of that year and was replaced with a second prototype, with the same serial number. Fifty-four production F3F-1 fighters (Bu#s 0211 through 0264) were delivered to the Navy in 1936, initially serving with USS Saratoga (CV-3) and USS Ranger (CV-4) fighting squadrons.
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;[[Society of Ultimate Villainy]]
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* [[Slo-Mo]] (Tara Strong)
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* [[A.A. Archer|Angry Archer]] (Jeff Bennett)
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* [[Nino Sexton|Nanosec]] ([[Brian Posehn]])
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* [[Penny Princess|Professor Princess]] ([[Kath Soucie]])
   
Featuring a more powerful engine for better performance, a larger engine cowling and a different cockpit canopy design, the prototype XF3F-2 (Bu# 0452) began Navy testing in January 1937. Eighty-one F3F-2 models were ordered (Bu#s 0967-1047). These initially equipped two Marine Corps fighting squadrons and that of USS Enterprise (CV-6) during 1938. One of these (Bu# 1031) became the XF3F-3. Twenty-seven F3F-3 fighters (Bu#s 1444-1470) were delivered in 1938-39, serving with Fighting Squadron Five in USS Yorktown (CV-5).
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;[[:Category:Supervillains|Other Supervillains]]
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* [[Meltdown (Animated)|Meltdown]] ([[Peter Stormare]])
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* [[Cyrus Rhodes|Colossus Rhodes]] (Corey Burton)
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* [[Fusion creature|Meltdown's Experiments]]
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* [[Henry Masterson|The Headmaster]] ([[Alexander Polinsky]])
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* [[Master Disaster]] (Bill Fagerbakke)
   
The Grumman F3F served with front-line squadrons until 1940-41. During the first part of World War II, the surviving planes were used for advanced training and in utility roles.
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;Others
Grumman F4F "Wildcat" Fighters
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* [[Porter C. Powell]] (Bumper Robinson)
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* [[Mayor Edsel]] [[Mayor Edsel's Press Secretary]] (Tara Strong)
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* [[Spike Witwicky (Animated)|Spike]] (Corey Burton)
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* [[Carly Witwicky (Animated)|Carly]] (Tara Strong)
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* [[Daniel Witwicky (Animated)|Daniel]] (Tara Strong)
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* [[Sparkplug (Animated human)|Sparkplug]] (Bumper Robinson, David Kaye)
   
The Grumman F4F was the primary Navy and Marine Corps fighter during the first year and a half of World War II. A developed form, the General Motors FM-2, remained in active combat through the end of the Pacific War. Though the stubby little F4F could not equal the speed and maneuverability of its Japanese counterpart, the "Zero", its rugged construction and superior armament, coupled with well-trained pilots and good tactics, ensured that it generally gave at least "as good as it got" during the crisis months of 1942.
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The F4F-1 was a biplane design, whose clear inferiority to the monoplane Brewster F2A-1 caused its complete recasting into the single-wing XF4F-2. When the Brewster fighter was chosen for production, Grumman's prototype was rebuilt as the XF4F-3 with new wings and tail and a supercharged version of the Pratt & Whitney R-1830 "Twin Wasp" radial engine. Testing of the XF4F-3 led to an order for F4F-3 production models, the first of which was completed in February 1940. France also ordered the type, powered by Wright R-1820 "Cyclone" radial engines. These ultimately went to the British Royal Navy, which called them "Martlet I"s. Both the British planes and the U.S. Navy's F4F-3 joined active units in 1940 with an armament of four .50 caliber Browning machine guns and a good ammunition supply.
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==Episodes==
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{{see|List of Transformers Animated episodes}}
   
By the end of 1941 the Grumman F4F-3 (and similar F4F-3A) fighters, which had received the popular name "Wildcat" a few months earlier, had replaced the F2A in most U.S. Navy and Marine Corps fighting squadrons. A folding-wing version flew in April 1941 and entered service in early 1942 as the F4F-4. Prompted by British tactical concepts, it had six guns but less ammunition. The heavier F4F-4 was not as nimble nor as fast as the F4F-3, but the logic of wartime manufacturing left it as the sole remaining production version, and its folding wings made it possible to cram more valuable fighters into each aircraft carrier. By the Battle of Midway in June 1942, all the Pacific Fleet's carriers had the F4F-4 and fighting squadron pilots were learning, sometimes painfully, how to best employ it. Employ it they did, quite successfully, through the Pacific's intense Guadalcanal and Central Solomons campaigns and the Atlantic's North African operation.
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! style="background:#F8F8F8" | Season 1: 2007-08
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! style="background:#F8F8F8" | Season 2: 2008
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! style="background:#F8F8F8" | Season 3: 2009
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! style="background:#F8F8F8" | Shorts
   
In late 1942 and early 1943, Grumman phased out production of the F4F-4 and General Motors' Eastern Aircraft Division took it up as the FM-1 (with two less guns). In all, the two companies produced some three-thousand "Wildcats" for the U.S. and Britain before GM's factories switched to the updated FM-2 in the later part of 1943.
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# [[Transform and Roll Out|Transform and Roll Out (Part One)]]
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# [[Transform and Roll Out|Transform and Roll Out (Part Two)]]
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# [[Transform and Roll Out|Transform and Roll Out (Part Three)]]
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# [[Home Is Where the Spark Is]]
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# [[Total Meltdown]]
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# [[Blast from the Past]]
  +
# [[The Thrill of the Hunt]]
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# [[Nanosec (episode)|Nanosec]]
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# [[Along Came a Spider]]
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# [[Sound and Fury]]
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# [[Lost and Found (episode)|Lost and Found]]
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# [[Survival of the Fittest]]
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# [[Headmaster (episode)|Headmaster]]
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# [[Nature Calls]]
  +
# [[Megatron Rising - Part 1]]
  +
# [[Megatron Rising - Part 2]]
   
F4F-4 "Wildcat" characteristics:
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Dimensions: Wing Span, 38 feet; Length, 28 feet 9 inches; Wing Area, 260 square feet.
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# [[The Elite Guard]]
Weights: Empty, 5785 pounds; Gross, 7975 pounds Powerplant: One 1,200 horsepower Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 double-row radial engine.
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# [[The Return of the Headmaster]]
Armament: Six .50 caliber Browning machine guns; Two 100-pound bombs.
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# [[Mission Accomplished]]
Performance: Maximum Speed, 320 m.p.h. (@ 19,800 feet & weight of 7975 pounds).
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# [[Garbage In, Garbage Out]]
General Motors FM-2 "Wildcat" fighters
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# [[Velocity]]
  +
# [[Rise of the Constructicons]]
  +
# [[A Fistful of Energon]]
  +
# [[SUV: Society of Ultimate Villainy]]
  +
# [[Autoboot Camp]]
  +
# [[Black Friday (episode)|Black Friday]]
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# [[Sari, No One's Home]]
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# [[A Bridge Too Close, Part I]]
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# [[A Bridge Too Close, Part II]]
   
In 1942, automobile manufacturer General Motors converted several of its east coast factories to aircraft production under the name Eastern Aircraft Division. Eastern received contracts to build F4F-4 "Wildcat" fighters and TBF-1 "Avenger" torpedo planes, allowing Grumman to gradually reconcentrate its energies on the new, urgently-needed F6F "Hellcat" fighter. The GM F4F-4s, redesignated FM-1s, had only four .50 caliber machine guns, but were otherwise little changed from the original model. Well over a thousand FM-1 fighters were delivered in 1942-43, including some three hundred for the British Royal Navy.
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# [[TransWarped|TransWarped (Part One)]]
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# [[TransWarped|TransWarped (Part Two)]]
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# [[TransWarped|TransWarped (Part Three)]]
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# [[Three's A Crowd]]
  +
# [[Where Is Thy Sting?]]
  +
# [[Five Servos of Doom]]
  +
# [[Predacons Rising]]
  +
# [[Human Error, Part I]]
  +
# [[Human Error, Part II]]
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# [[Decepticon Air]]
  +
# [[This Is Why I Hate Machines]]
  +
# [[Endgame, Part I]]
  +
# [[Endgame, Part II]]
   
Meanwhile, Grumman had prototyped a new "Wildcat" under the designation XF4F-8, which was to be produced by Eastern Aircraft as the FM-2. With lightened structure and a more powerful Wright R-1820 radial engine, the FM-2 was notably quicker, faster climbing, longer ranged and more maneuverable than its predecessor. To help control the increased power, the new plane had a distinctive, taller vertical tail. All-in-all, it was a great improvement, and more than four thousand FM-2s were built in 1943-45. Of those, over three hundred went to the British.
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'''[[Studio 4°C]] shorts'''
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# [[Career Day]]
  +
# [[Evel Knievel Jump]]
  +
# [[Mime Time]] (aka "Bumblebee")
  +
# [[Starscream Heckles Megatron]] (aka "Mocking Megatron")
  +
# [[Explosive Punch]]
  +
# [[Bulkhead plays with Grimlock]]
  +
# [[Ratchet Performs Surgery on Bulkhead]]
  +
'''Other shorts'''
  +
# [[Meet Bulkhead]]
  +
# [[Meet Ratchet]]
  +
# [[Meet Bumblebee]]
  +
# [[Meet Optimus Prime]]
  +
# [[Meet Prowl]]
  +
# [[Meet Megatron]]
  +
# [[Meet Starscream]]
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|}
   
The U.S. Navy FM-2s operated exclusively from escort carriers (CVEs), small ships with notoriously lively flight decks. They were used in the Atlantic, teamed with TBM "Avengers" for anti-submarine work, the escort carriers' original purpose. In the Pacific, CVEs did ASW too, but also employed their "Avengers" and "Wildcats" to provide air cover for invasion forces and close air support for ground troops. Those missions produced opportunities for aerial combat against Japanese planes, and two Navy pilots achieved "ace" status in FM-2s. The GM "Wildcat" also played an important role in the 25 October 1944 Battle off Samar, in which a force of the slow CVEs and their escorts out-fought a vastly superior Japanese surface fleet.
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==Creative Staff==
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There are some talented people working on this show. Among the more prominent-
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{{collist|2|
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* [[Sam Register]] - Executive Producer
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* [[Marty Isenberg]] - Story Editor, Writer
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* [[Irineo Maramba]] - Director, Character Designer
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* [[Derrick J. Wyatt]] - Art Director
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* [[Jeff Shiffman]] - Co-Sound Supervisor
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}}
   
FM-2 "Wildcat" characteristics:
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==Home Video Releases==
Dimensions: Wing Span, 38 feet; Length, 28 feet 11 inches; Wing Area, 260 square feet.
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*'''Transform and Roll Out''' (DVD, June 22, 2008)
Weights: Empty, 5448 pounds; Gross, 8271 pounds Powerplant: One 1,350 horsepower Wright R-1820-56 "Cyclone" single-row radial engine.
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:A single DVD containing the three-part premier ''Transform and Roll Out!'' and two unaired shorts. Has Full Screen video and stereo sound in English and Spanish. A Target [[exclusive]] version contains a second disc with ''Home Is Where the Spark Is''.
Armament: four .50 caliber Browning machine guns; Two 250-pound bombs or six 5-inch rockets.
 
Performance: Maximum Speed, 332 m.p.h. (@ 28,800 feet).
 
   
(credits: US Navy History Center)WW2
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*'''Season One''' (DVD, August 19 2008)
Bell P-39D P39 Aircobra Fighter-bomber
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: A two-disc set containing the complete first season, from ''Home is Where the Spark Is'' to ''Megatron Rising Part II''.
Bell P-59B P59 Airacome Jet-fighter
 
Boeing Model 314A 314 Clipper Transport seaplane
 
Boeing B17G B17 Flying Fortress Heavy bomber
 
Beech Super H 18 18 (C45) Light transport
 
Boeing B29 B29 Superfortress Heavy bomber
 
Boeing P-26A P26 Peashooter Monoplane fighter
 
Boeing F4B-4 F4B (P-12) Carrier-based biplane fighterBoeing-Stearman N2S-5 75 Kaydet Biplane trainer
 
Brewster F2A-3 F2A Buffalo Carrier-based fighter
 
Consolidated PBY-5A PBY Catalina Recon seaplane
 
Consolidated B24J B24 Liberator Heavy bomber
 
Convair B32 Dominator Heavy bomber
 
Curtiss SB2C-4 SB2C Helldiver Carrier-based dive bomber
 
Curtiss SO3C Seagull - Seamew Carrier-based patrol plane
 
Curtiss SOC-1 SOC Seagull Carrier-based seaplane
 
Curtiss SC Seahawk Carrier-based patrol plane
 
Curtiss SBC-4 SBC Helldiver Carrier-based biplane dive bomber
 
Curtiss P-36G Model 75 P36 Monoplane fighter
 
Curtiss P-40N P40 Warhawk Monoplane fighter
 
Curtiss - Wright C-46A C-46 Commando Transport
 
Douglas A20G A20 Boston / Havoc Medium bomber
 
Douglas B-19 Transport
 
Douglas SBD-6 SBD Dauntless Carrier-based dive bomber
 
Douglas TBD Devastator Carrier-based torpedo bomber
 
Douglas B26B A26 / B26 Invader Light bomber
 
Douglas DC-4 1009 DC-4 C-54 Skymaster Transport
 
General Motors FM2 FM2 Wildcat Carrier-based fighter
 
Grumman G-21G G21 Goose Amphibious transport
 
Grumman TBM-2 TBF/TBM Avenger Carrier-based torpedo bomber
 
Grumman F4F-4 F4F Wildcat Carrier-based fighter
 
Grumman F7F-3 F7F Tigercat Carrier-based fighter-bomber
 
Grumman F6F-5 F6F Hellcat Carrier-based fighter
 
Grumman J2F-6 JF Duck Amphibious multi-role plane
 
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura / Harpoon Recon bomber
 
Lockheed P-38L P38 Lightning Fighter-bomber
 
Lockheed T-33A P80 Shooting Star Monoplane jet-fighter
 
Martin B26B-10 B26 Marauder Medium bomber
 
North American P-51DP51 Mustang Monoplane fighter-bomber
 
North American B25J B25 Mitchell Medium bomber
 
Northrop P-61B P61 Black Widow Monoplane heavy-fighter
 
Republic P-47D P47 Thunderbolt Monoplane fighter-bomber
 
Seversky P-35A P35 Monoplane fighter
 
Taylorcraft Auster I-V Recon plane
 
Vought SB2U-3 SB2U Vindicator Carrier-based dive bomber
 
Vought F4U-4 F4U Corsair Carrier-based fighter-bomber
 
Vought OSU2U-3 OS2U-3 Kingfisher Carrier-based recon seaplane *
 
B-17 Flying Fortress
 
B-17 Flying Fortress
 
Flying in formations of up to 1,000 bomber daylight raids, the B-17s attacked some of the most heavily defended targets in occupied Europe.
 
 
Junkers Ju-88
 
Junkers Ju-88
 
Believed by many to be the most important German bomber of World War 2.
 
 
De Havilland Mosquito
 
B-47 Stratojet
 
Nicknamed the "Wooden Wonder," the Mosquito was perhaps the most versatile aircraft to see action during World War 2.
 
 
B-29 Super Fortress
 
B-29 Super Fortress
 
the B-29 is best remembered for dropping atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and thus ending World War 2.
 
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Me 262 Schwalbe
 
Me 262 Schwalbe
 
The Me 262 will forever be in the record books as being the world's first fully operational jet fighter.
 
 
Supermarine Spitfire
 
Supermarine Spitfire
 
Used in all British theaters of conflict throughout the Second World War the Spitfire remains the unrivaled symbol of victory and Britain's finest hour.
 
 
P-51 Mustang
 
P-51 Mustang
 
American P51s destroyed almost 5,000 enemy aircraft in Europe - making it the highest scoring U. S. fighter in the European theater of operations. WW2 Fighters
 
   
Blackburn Skua, Roc
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*'''Season Two''' (DVD, January 6 2009)
   
Boulton Paul Defiant
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: A two-disc set containing the complete second season, from ''The Elite Guard'' to ''A Bridge Too Close Part II''. It also contains the two shorts ''Mocking Megatron'' and ''Explosive Punch''.
   
Bristol Beaufighter
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==Comic Adaptations==
  +
A [[Transformers Animated (IDW Publishing)|comic adaptation]] of the series was published by [[IDW Publishing]] starting in January 2008. The book used cartoon screen captures arranged in comic book style panels.
   
de Havilland Hornet
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==Reception==
  +
''Transformers Animated'' debuted January 5, 2008, at 10:30am EST as the number one television show among boys 6-11 in both cable and network television. In addition, the strength of the showing helped lift the ratings of all its neighboring shows in Cartoon Network's "Dynamite Action" scheduling block. <ref>
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[http://www.timewarner.com/corp/newsroom/pr/0,20812,1701434,00.html Transformers Animated Premieres #1 on All Television Among Boys and Boosts Kids 6-11 and 2-11 Delivery by Powerful Double-Digits]</ref>
   
de Havilland Mosquito
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The immediate response to the earliest promotional materials from the online fandom was the [[Ruined FOREVER|painfully traditional one]], with an added dash of overblown paranoia that the franchise would be far too "[[Pokeformers|kid]]-[[Playskool|oriented]]" for longtime fans to enjoy, based on nothing more than its artistic style. Attitudes took an eyebrow-raisingly sharp turn with the premiere of the first footage from the show at the San Diego Comic Con and Hasbro's presentation at [[BotCon 2007]], and after the debut of the show, it was essentially only the most ardent "already-made-up-their-mind-to-hate-it" viewers who were speaking ill. In particular, many fears were alleviated with the airing of [[The Thrill of the Hunt]], which involved [[Ratchet (Animated)|Ratchet]] savagely beating [[Lockdown (Animated)|Lockdown]] for revenge, Ratchet coping with the loss of [[Arcee (Animated)|Arcee]]'s memories, and a look at the horrors of war. This unusual level of maturity let many fans warm up to the new series.
   
Fairey Firefly
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The aforementioned ability of the series to carry on story arcs for multiple episodes and, in many cases, for an entire season also lends itself to enjoyment by older viewers. Multiple plot lines run simultaneously and are not resolved within a single episode, allowing a deeper, more intricate story than previous Transformers series. The return of [[Megatron (Animated)|Megatron]] took up most of season one, and the construction of the [[space bridge]] and the revelation of the identity of the Decepticon [[Shockwave (Animated)|traitor]] among the Autobots unfolded throughout the second season, while the mystery of [[Sari Sumdac|Sari's]] origin has been hinted at throughout the entire series.
   
Fairey Fulmar
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==Trivia==
  +
[[Image:Tfa_widescreen2.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The fullscreen broadcast and DVD release (top) cuts the sides off the widescreen image (bottom). ]]
   
Gloster Gladiator, Sea Gladiator
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* Despite being animated in a widescreen format, the series is delivered to Cartoon Network in a cropped-down, fullscreen format, and is subsequently broadcast this way, even on Cartoon Network HD. Alas, the series has been released on DVD in this format, too. Fans could glimpse various widescreen images in a promo reel screened at various conventions before the launch of the series, which was later included on the DVD packaged with action figure two-pack, "The Battle Begins".
   
Gloster Meteor
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* The series is the first in over a decade to re-establish the classic Generation One convention of blue eyes for Autobots and red eyes for Decepticons- though there is the [[Swindle (Animated)|occasional]] [[Jetfire (Animated)|exception]].
   
Hawker Fury
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* As well as the aforementioned Generation One voice actors, [[Townsend Coleman]] returns to a Transformers series. He voiced [[Rewind]] in the original Generation One cartoon.
   
Hawker Hurricane, Sea Hurricane
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* For some reason, a lot of fans want to believe that ''Animated'' is full of references to the anime ''[[Wikipedia:Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann|Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann]]'', selecting lots of random, generic, anime-influenced hand motions and assorted design quirks throughout season 1 as "obvious" nods to the series. Then Derrick Wyatt announced that he hadn't even seen the show until the production of Season 1 was finished. ''HA''. Of course, the possibility exists that the second season may see some ''Lagann'' references, as Wyatt notes that it and ''[[Wikipedia:Diebuster|Diebuster]]'' have since inspired the production staff, but Wyatt singles out ''[[Wikipedia:Mighty Orbots|Mighty Orbots]]'' and the British comic ''[[Wikipedia: 2000 AD|2000 AD]]''<nowiki>'s</nowiki> ''[[Wikipedia:ABC Warriors|ABC Warriors]]'' strip as the biggest influences on the character designs, with ''Lagann''/''Diebuster'' producers [[Wikipedia: Gainax|Gainax]] animation studio as a constant source of influence. <ref>[http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=21975298&postID=8564559979841180115 Comment section of "Back from Botcon" entry in Derrick Wyatt's blog]</ref>
   
Hawker Sea Fury
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*This is the first Transformers show that [[David Kaye]] and [[Scott McNeil]] were not featured in together. David Kaye and Scott McNeil have been working on voicing the Transformers series since the premier of [[Beast Wars]]. Many fans ask why was it that [[Tom Kenny]] was to play Wasp/Waspinator and not Scott McNeil, the original. The answer? Guilds. [[Gary Chalk]] has also been working with these very talented voice actors since the Beast Wars as well (As the Optimal man, of course), but alas, not a cast member in Animated. Now the answer to ''that'' is currently processing.
   
Hawker Tempest
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* In May 2008, when North American broadcasts of the series were only four episodes into season two, all the remaining episodes of the season aired in Dubai. While almost nobody in the fandom had personally seen these episodes (and no one had seen them in English as they were intended), gossip based on viewer reviews and screencaps resulted in many plot developments and potential surprises being spoiled. Hooray.
   
Hawker Tornado
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* There is one possible continuity error throughout the entire first season: Megatron's decapitated head appears to be his Earth-mode head. However, it could be argued that this look is due to [[Isaac Sumdac]]'s mechanical tinkering over the last few decades, or that falling through an atmosphere might do a fair bit of damage.
   
Hawker Typhoon
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* As it was said earlier, the show is loosely based on Teen Titans, which has a main cast with a robot (Cyborg), an alien (Starfire) and a Transformer (Beast boy). Not to mention that both "Bumblebee" and "Headmaster" are names of characters in both shows.
   
Miles M.20
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* Yes, they have large [[chin]]s. Shut up about it.
   
Supermarine Seafire
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* However, they lack [[nose]]s. At most they have what appears to be an extension of their helmets into general nose area. And if anybody asks "How do they smell?" I'll shoot them.
   
Supermarine Spiteful
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* While it's not confirmed by official means, [[Derrick Wyatt]] wants Wheelie in [[Transformers Animated]]. <ref>Derrick replies to an email about Wheelie. That's right, [http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-animated-discussion/199616-tfanimated-character-idea-wheelie-3.html#post2589861 it's the real dealie].</ref>
   
Supermarine Spitfire
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* Season 3 began airing in the [[United Kingdom]] on June 1st. However, all the slag lines were removed.
   
Westland Welkin
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* Due to poor voice acting, the Philippine dub of the series developed problems to the characters. Like Ratchet sounding younger and Sari sounding older...WAY older.
   
Westland Whirlwind
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* Since, December 18, 2009, [[Takara Tomy]] would be bringing the series to Japan to take over after the series finale of Tomica Hero Rescue Fire.<ref>[http://www.tv-aichi.co.jp/TF-animated/ TV Aichi's Transformers Animated Website] 2010-01-18}}</ref>
   
WW2 Bombers
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== Intro ==
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Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
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==References==
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<references/>
   
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
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==External Link==
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*[http://derrickjwyatt.blogspot.com/ Derrick Wyatt's blog]
   
Avro Lancaster
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Avro Manchester
 
 
Fairey Albacore
 
 
Fairey Barracuda
 
 
Fairey Battle
 
 
Fairey Swordfish
 
 
Blackburn Botha
 
 
Blackburn Firebrand
 
 
Bristol Beaufort
 
 
Bristol Blenheim
 
 
Bristol Brigand
 
 
Bristol Buckingham
 
 
Douglas A-20 Havoc
 
 
Handley Page Halifax
 
 
Handley Page Hampden
 
 
Short Stirling
 
 
Vickers Wellesley
 
 
Vickers Wellington
 
 
WW2 Transport aircraft
 
 
Airspeed Horsa
 
 
Avro York
 
 
General Aircraft Hamilcar
 
 
General Aircraft Hotspur
 
 
General Aircraft Twin Hotspur
 
 
Douglas C-47 (Dakota)
 
 
WW2 Other aircraft
 
 
de Havilland Hornet Moth
 
 
Miles Messenger
 
 
Short Seaford
 
 
Short Sunderland
 
 
Supermarine Sea Otter
 
 
Supermarine Walrus
 
 
Vickers Warwick
 
 
Military aircraft
 
 
Eurofighter
 
 
Eurocopter
 
 
Harrier
 
 
Russian helicopters
 
 
Mil Mi-24 Hind
 
 
Mil Mi-28 Havoc
 
 
Mil Mi-40
 
 
Kamov Ka-50
 
 
Swedish weapons
 
 
ARTHUR WLS (weapon locating system)
 
 
RBS 15 Antiship missile system
 
 
RBS 70 portable surface to air missile system
 
 
Current american military aircraft
 
 
A-6E Intruder
 
 
A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II
 
 
AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky
 
 
AV-8B Harrier II
 
 
B-1B Lancer
 
 
B-2 Spirit
 
 
B-52 Stratofortress
 
 
C-130 Hercules
 
 
KC-130J
 
 
C-141 Starlifter
 
 
C-17 Globemaster III
 
 
C-2A Greyhound
 
 
C-20 Gulfstream III
 
 
C-21A Learjet
 
 
C-5A/B Galaxy
 
 
E2-C Hawkeye
 
 
E-3 Sentry
 
 
Boeing E-4B
 
 
E-8C Joint STARS
 
 
EA-6B Prowler
 
 
EF-111A Raven
 
 
ES-3 Shadow
 
 
General Dynamics F-111
 
 
F-117A Nighthawk
 
 
F-14 Tomcat
 
 
F-15 Eagle
 
 
F-15E Strike Eagle
 
 
F-16 Fighting Falcon
 
 
F/A-18 Hornet
 
 
F/A-18E Super Hornet
 
 
F-22 Raptor
 
 
F-35 Lighting II (JSF - Joint Strike Fighter)
 
 
KC-135 Stratotanker
 
 
KC-10A Extender
 
 
OV-10 Bronco
 
 
P-3C Orion
 
 
S-3B Viking
 
 
SR-71 Blackbird
 
 
T-1A Jayhawk
 
 
T-3A Firefly
 
 
T-37 Tweet
 
 
T-38 Talon
 
 
T-43A
 
 
The Blue Angels
 
 
The Thunderbirds
 
 
Lockheed U-2R/U-2S
 
 
V-22A Osprey
 
 
VC-25A Air Force One
 
 
Current military helicopters
 
 
AH-1 HueyCobra / AH-1J SeaCobra
 
 
AH-64 Apache
 
 
CH-46 Sea Knight
 
 
CH-47 Chinook
 
 
CH-53E Super Stallion / MH-53E Sea Dragon
 
 
H-3 Sea King
 
 
HH-65A Dolphin
 
 
RAH-66 Comanche
 
 
SH-60 Seahawk
 
 
Current weapons of american aircraft and helicopters
 
 
AGM (Air-to-Ground Missiles)
 
 
AGM-114 Hellfire
 
 
AGM-119 (Penguin Mk.3)
 
 
AGM-123 Skipper II
 
 
AGM-129 ACM
 
 
AGM-130A
 
 
AGM-142 Have Nap
 
 
AGM-154A JSOW
 
 
AGM-158 JASSM
 
 
AGM-45 Shrike
 
 
AGM-62 Walleye
 
 
AGM-65 Maverick
 
 
AGM-84D/E Harpoon/SLAM
 
 
AGM-86B/C ALCM
 
 
AGM-88 HARM
 
 
BGM-71 TOW
 
 
AIM (Air Intercept aerial Missiles)
 
 
AIM-4 Falcon
 
 
AIM-7 Sparrow
 
 
AIM-9 Sidewinder
 
 
AIM-54 Phoenix
 
 
AIM-120 AMRAAM
 
 
FIM-92 Stinger
 
 
Cannons
 
 
20mm M61A1 Vulcan
 
 
20mm cannon M197
 
 
30mm M230 Chain Gun
 
 
30mm cannon GAU-8/A
 
 
Boeing 27mm cannon
 
 
Bombs
 
 
LGB Paveway
 
 
Guided bomb units
 
 
American postwar aircraft
 
 
A-3 Skywarrior
 
 
A-37 Dragonfly
 
 
A-4 Skyhawk
 
 
A-5 Vigilante
 
 
A-7 Corsair II
 
 
B-36 Peacemaker
 
 
B-45 Tornado
 
 
B-47 Stratojet
 
 
B-50 Superfortress
 
 
B-58 Hustler
 
 
F-82 Twin Mustang
 
 
F-84 Thunderjet
 
 
F-84F Thunderstreak
 
 
F-86 Sabre
 
 
F-89 Scorpion
 
 
F-94 Starfire
 
 
F-100 Super Sabre
 
 
F-101 Voodoo
 
 
F-102A Delta Dagger
 
 
F-104 Starfighter
 
 
F-105 Thunderchief
 
 
F-106 Delta Dart
 
 
F-107
 
 
F-2 (F2H) Banshee
 
 
F-3 (F3H) Demon
 
 
F-4 Phantom II
 
 
F-5A Freedom Fighter/
 
 
F-5E Tiger II
 
 
F-20 (F-5G) Tigershark
 
 
F-6 (F4D) Skyray
 
 
F6U Pirate
 
 
F7U Cutlass
 
 
F-8 (F8U) Crusader
 
 
F-9 (F9F) Panther/Cougar
 
 
F-10 (F3D) Skyknight
 
 
F-11 (F11F) Tiger
 
 
FJ-1 (F-1) Fury
 
 
P2V Neptune
 
 
P-59 Airacomet
 
 
P-80 Shooting Star
 
 
XB-70 Valkyrie
 
 
XF-108 Rapier
 
 
War american aircraft
 
 
Bombers
 
 
Douglas A-1 Skyraider
 
 
Douglas A-20 Boston / Havoc
 
 
Douglas A-24 Banshee
 
 
Douglas A-26 Invader
 
 
Brewster A-32
 
 
North American A-36 Apache
 
 
Beechcraft A-38 Grizzly
 
 
Martin AM Mauler
 
 
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
 
 
Douglas B-18 Bolo
 
 
Douglas B-19
 
 
Douglas B-23 Dragon
 
 
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
 
 
North American B-25 Mitchell
 
 
Martin B-26 Marauder
 
 
North American B-28
 
 
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
 
(+Hiroshima, Nagasaki)
 
 
Convair B-32 Dominator
 
 
Lockheed B-34 Lexingon
 
 
Northrop B-35 Flying Wing
 
 
Douglas B-42 Mixmaster
 
 
Lockheed PV Harpoon/B-37 Ventura
 
 
Brewster SB2A Buccaneer
 
 
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
 
 
Douglas SB2D
 
 
Vought SB2U Vindicator
 
 
Douglas SBD Dauntless
 
 
Douglas TBD Devastator
 
 
Grumman TBF Avenger
 
 
Vought TBU
 
 
Vultee TBY Sea Wolf
 
 
Fighters
 
 
Brewster F2A Buffalo
 
 
Grumman F4F Wildcat
 
 
Vought F4U Corsair
 
 
Grumman F6F Hellcat
 
 
Grumman F7F Tigercat
 
 
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Lockheed P-38 Lightning
 
 
Bell P-39 Airacobra
 
 
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
 
 
Republic P-43 Lancer
 
 
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
 
 
Grumman P-50 Skyrocket
 
 
North American P-51 Mustang
 
 
Northrop P-56 Black Bullet
 
 
Lockheed P-58 Chain Lightning
 
 
Bell P-59 Airacomet
 
 
Northrop P-61 Black Widow
 
 
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
 
 
McDonnell P-67 Bat
 
 
Douglas P-70
 
 
GM / Fisher P-75 Eagle
 
 
Bell XP-77
 
 
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Curtiss C-46 Commando
 
 
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
 
 
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Douglas C-54 Skymaster
 
 
Fairchild C-61 Forwarder
 
 
Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman
 
 
Curtiss Wright C-76 Caravan
 
 
Other aircraft
 
 
Stinson L-1 Vigilant
 
 
Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper
 
 
Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper
 
 
Piper L-4 Grasshopper
 
 
Stinson L-5 Sentinel
 
 
Vought OS2U Kingfisher
 
 
Consolidated PB4Y Privateer
 
 
Martin PBM Mariner
 
 
Consolidated PBY Catalina
 
 
Helicopters
 
 
Sikorsky R-4 /HNS-1
 
 
Sikorsky R-5 / HO2S-1 / HO3S
 
 
Sikorsky R-6 / HOS-1
 
 
D-Day Air Show, Reading, PA, 2001
 
 
Pics from movie
 
 
Other articles related to air section
 
 
USAF Ranks - Officers
 
 
USAF Tail Codes
 
 
U.S. Navy
 
 
Naval terminology
 
 
Naval Terms and Expressions
 
 
US Navy Ranks - Officers
 
 
US Navy Aircrafts Tail Codes
 
 
USMC Ranks - Officers
 
 
American carriers
 
 
All U.S. carriers list
 
 
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
 
 
USS Constellation (CV-64)
 
 
USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
 
 
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
 
 
USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
 
 
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
 
 
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
 
 
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
 
 
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
 
 
USS George Washington (CVN-73)
 
 
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
 
 
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
 
 
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) - plunged through the waters
 
 
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) - expected to join the fleet in 2009
 
 
American submarines
 
 
Attack Submarines - SSN
 
 
Ballistic Missile Submarines - SSBN
 
 
Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle - DSRV
 
 
 
 
Recovery of the USS Cole
 
 
American naval weapons
 
 
AGM-84D/E Harpoon/SLAM
 
 
BGM-109 Tomahawk
 
 
Phalanx CIWS
 
 
RIM-7M Sea Sparrow
 
 
Mark 38 ~ 25 mm machine gun
 
 
Mark 45 ~ 5-inch, lightweight gun
 
 
Mark 75 ~ 76mm gun
 
 
Mark 75 ~ 76mm gun
 
 
SLBM Trident
 
 
U.S. Navy Mines
 
 
U.S. Navy Torpedoes
 
 
Torpedo Mark-48 - attack
 
 
Vertical Launching System VLS
 
 
U.S. Navy SEALsHere is the listing of Star Blazers ships worth mentioning. Actually, we have tried to be as extensive as possible. This list was composed from information contained in Roman Album #53 and #54, and from simply watching the episodes and movies.
 
 
[Earth] [Gamilon/Galman] [Comet Empire and others]
 
 
Earth
 
Space Battleship Argo (Space Battleship Yamato)
 
 
Known in Japanese as "Uchuu Senkan Yamato", and strangely mistranslated as "Space Cruiser Yamato", the Argo was the first Earth ship able to travel faster than light. Built from the wreckage of the World War II Japanese battleship, Yamato, the Argo is the pride of the Earth Defense Fleet. Length = 265.8 metres, width = 34.6 metres, height = 77 metres.
 
 
Its primary weapons are its main shock cannons and its great Wave Motion Gun. Also in its battery are a complement of anti-missile missiles, bow and aft torpedo launch ports, side assault missiles, stack missiles, Wave Motion cartridge guns, anti-aircraft pulse-laser cannons, anti-missile screen gun, asteroid polarity shield, reflector force-field, sub-space "sonar", time radar, and the Black Tiger fighter squadron.
 
 
In 2202, for Be Forever Yamato, a white anchor logo was painted on the Argo's bow and sides. Also, three white stripes were painted on the ends of its main gun muzzles. For the movie, Final Yamato, the anchor logos were removed.
 
Black Tiger Fighter (Comso Tiger)
 
 
The Black Tiger squadron of the Star Force flies the Black Tiger (Cosmo Tiger) plane during the first trip to Iscandar. This plane looks like a cross between a flat-nozed shark and a flying pink eraser. Main weapons are six laser cannons on its wings which can fire in beam or pulse fashion.
 
Astro Fighter (Cosmo Tiger II)
 
 
Astro Fighter
 
 
The Black Tiger squadron changes to a new plane in 2201. This Astro Fighter (Cosmo Tiger II) looks more like a conventional jet fighter. It's weapons include pulse and beam lasers as well as a maximum of seven missile or torpedos.
 
 
There are actually three versions of the Astro Fighter. One is the basic model described above; the second comes equipped with an anti-aircraft turret mounted on top. The third type looks like the second, but carries heavy torpedos instead of missiles.
 
Year 2201: War Against the Comet Empire
 
Super-battleship Andromeda
 
 
275 m long, 66 m wide, 98000 tons. Captained by Gideon in TV Season 2, this fast ship is the flagship of the Earth Defense fleet. It is a souped-up version of the Main Battleship, carrying a double-barrel Wave Motion gun. It only has one engine, so it is estimated that the fire power of this gun, when charged in the same amount of time, is the same as that of the Main Battleship. If time is allowed, though, both compression cylinders can deliver a full charge.
 
 
Main Force Battleship
 
 
L242 W45.8 59400 ton. This is perhaps Earth's most successful battleship design (aside from the Argo). It has three triple-barrel main gun turrets, several missile and torpedo launch tubes, and a large Wave Motion gun.
 
 
Main Force Carrier
 
 
Length seems to be the same as that of the Main Force Battleship. It's front half seems to be the same as that of the battleship, complete with Wave gun. It is, however, much widened at the aft to accomodate the gravity-based launch deck. Planes must land by flying into ports just above the engine. Perhaps this was not a wise design.
 
Destroyer
 
 
This ship has no wave motion gun, though the other ships of its size do. No size information is available, but it seems to be about the same length as the Cruiser class.
 
Escort Ship
 
 
L122 W13.9
 
Patrol Ship
 
 
This ship is similar in design to the Cruiser, and like it, has a small wave motion gun.
 
Year 2202: War Against the Black Nebula Empire
 
Wildstar's Patrol Boat
 
 
Seen in Be Forever Yamato. Actually, this ship is painted almost black. The first time I saw it, I thought it was on of the Black Nebula Empire's ships. It's the shape a the Battlestar Galactica, with its length about equal to its width.
 
Unmanned Large Battleship
 
 
Has no crew and is controlled by radio from the station on Earth. This ship dimensions are L300m H94m W85m. It has two wave motion gun muzzles which protrude outward from its main body, looking like Desslok's SMITE projectors on his flagship. The fleet of unmanned ships is wiped out by the Black Nebulan Black Fleet in a matter of seconds.
 
Unmanned Small Battleship
 
 
Has no crew and is controlled by radio from the station on Earth. This ship dimensions are L180m H55.4m W43.5m. It has one wave motion gun muzzle which protrudes outward from its main body.
 
Others
 
 
Earth also has two new manned Battleship classes, one new Destroyer, and one new Cruiser according to Perfect Manual #2. But, no stats are given, and we never see these ships in the movie.
 
Year 2205 (or 2203)
 
Battleship Arizona
 
 
The Arizona is a large battleship with a single wave motion gun installed atop its waterline. Of all the ships in Star Blazers, this is the one that most resembles the Argo. The Arizona is not heard of until the Star Force discovers it wrecked on a planet in the Skalagaks Star Cluster... a victim of the Bolar Fleets.
 
 
Originally, when Season 3 was in its planning stages, the writers had planned to do much more with the Arizona. Budget cuts chopped the number of production episodes from 52 to 25, and the Arizona's story got cut along with it.
 
Battleship Bismarck
 
 
Bismarck is similar to the Arizona, but has a much smaller wave motion gun. It is seen only in dry dock.
 
Prince of Wales
 
 
Also seen only in dry dock, the Prince of Wales has its wave motion gun mounted on its lower half.
 
Year 2203 (or 2205/6)
 
New Main Battleship
 
 
Final Yamato sees a new battleship design. It and the new cruiser both look similar to the Arizona of TV Season 3. The Battleship is shown here.
 
 
These ships are painted white and blue, and are in my opinion rather nice-looking. Since Season III, the EDF seems to have taken to making other battleships that resemble the Yamato. The new battship has two triple-barrel shock cannons, bow torpedoes, missile array, and a prominent Wave Motion Gun. It seems that bow designs have borrowed from the Gamilon/Galman style as this new breed of war ships has replaced the familiar open engine nozzles with a more enclosed engine port. This ship is slightly longer than the Yamato.
 
 
On the whole, this is a powerful ship. But, it succumbs to the Deingilian hyper-radiation missiles in a matter of minutes.
 
New Cruiser
 
 
See notes for New Battleship. Wave Gun muzzle is flatter and broader than in the new battleship. This ship is slightly shorter than the Yamato.
 
New Destroyer
 
 
Again apparently without a Wave Motion gun, this ship is armed with a few double-barrel shock cannons. It's main purpose seems to be to provide easy targets for Deingil's hyper-radiation missiles, and to serve as shielding against the missiles for the Argo
 

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Transformers Animated is a cartoon series which debuted on December 26, 2007, as part of the franchise of the same name.

The cartoon is produced by Cartoon Network, scripted in the United States, with character and background designs by the crews behind shows like Teen Titans and Ben 10, while animation is being provided by Japanese studios Mook, The Answer Studio, and Studio 4°C.

Animated sees several Generation One voice actors reprise their old roles, including Susan Blu, Corey Burton, John Moschitta, and Judd Nelson, and is the first Transformers show featuring David Kaye in which he doesn't voice a Megatron but an Optimus Prime.

Overview

For further information, see: Transformers Animated timeline
TransformersAnimatedPoster

"When there's trouble you know who to call..."

Animated follows the adventures of a small crew of Autobots, who come into possession of the all-powerful AllSpark artifact. Stranded on Earth and living among the population of Detroit, they face off against a series of human villains and their mighty Decepticon foes, who seek to possess the AllSpark. Though they were originally a lowly space bridge repair crew, these five Autobots must rise to their circumstances to deal with threats large and small.

The series eschews the ever-continuing space opera storylines of the Unicron Trilogy cartoons to return to the episodic approach of Beast Wars; most episodes are standalone stories, but with larger story arcs that stretch through the whole series. The focus is on characterization, dynamic action, and humor.

The episodes center not only on the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, but also on the Autobots' interactions with many of Detroit's human supervillain denizens, including a maladjusted marksman, a speedy racer, and a guy who looks good in a pimp suit. The idea is to present the Decepticons as more of an ongoing background threat instead of having them be repeatedly defeated each episode and look like bumbling fools. The arrival of a Decepticon in battle is a big deal, requiring multiple Autobots working together to stop even a single one. The human villains give the Autobots "everyday" threats, and some of their schemes are the result of Decepticon treachery. Note well: human adversaries are not new in Transformers continuity.

While the series is not a sequel to the live-action movie, they have many thematic elements in common, most notably the central role of the AllSpark and the revelation that all modern technology has been reverse-engineered from the dormant body of Megatron. Hasbro also carried over some design elements from the live-action movie into Animated designs, including not just the aforementioned cube but also Ratchet's medical readout striped deco, Bumblebee's black racing stripe, and Megatron's helmet. These are meant to be "connection points," helping kids who had seen the theatrical film but had no prior Transformers experience ease into understanding the new series.

The series also includes many elements and homages to prior Transformers series. Most conspicuously, it has many parallels to Generation One character designs, personalities, and major characteristics; Shockwave, Arcee and Blurr are even voiced by the same voice actors as their G1 analogues. Beast Wars gets nods in the form of the inclusion of new versions/homages of Blackarachnia and Waspinator, plus the overall plot structure: the main war is over, the good guys won, but now a small team of heroes never meant for combat roles must go up against an upstart cell of villains led by a charismatic rogue.

Cast

Autobots Decepticons Humans
Main Cast
Dinobots
Cybertron Elite Guard
Cybertron Intelligence
Space Bridge Security Crew
Autobot Ministry of Science
Cyber-Ninja Corps
Others
Main Cast
Starscream clones
Constructicons
Team Chaar
Supreme Clones
Others
Main Cast
Society of Ultimate Villainy
Other Supervillains
Others

Episodes

For further information, see: List of Transformers Animated episodes
Season 1: 2007-08 Season 2: 2008 Season 3: 2009 Shorts
  1. Transform and Roll Out (Part One)
  2. Transform and Roll Out (Part Two)
  3. Transform and Roll Out (Part Three)
  4. Home Is Where the Spark Is
  5. Total Meltdown
  6. Blast from the Past
  7. The Thrill of the Hunt
  8. Nanosec
  9. Along Came a Spider
  10. Sound and Fury
  11. Lost and Found
  12. Survival of the Fittest
  13. Headmaster
  14. Nature Calls
  15. Megatron Rising - Part 1
  16. Megatron Rising - Part 2
  1. The Elite Guard
  2. The Return of the Headmaster
  3. Mission Accomplished
  4. Garbage In, Garbage Out
  5. Velocity
  6. Rise of the Constructicons
  7. A Fistful of Energon
  8. SUV: Society of Ultimate Villainy
  9. Autoboot Camp
  10. Black Friday
  11. Sari, No One's Home
  12. A Bridge Too Close, Part I
  13. A Bridge Too Close, Part II
  1. TransWarped (Part One)
  2. TransWarped (Part Two)
  3. TransWarped (Part Three)
  4. Three's A Crowd
  5. Where Is Thy Sting?
  6. Five Servos of Doom
  7. Predacons Rising
  8. Human Error, Part I
  9. Human Error, Part II
  10. Decepticon Air
  11. This Is Why I Hate Machines
  12. Endgame, Part I
  13. Endgame, Part II

Studio 4°C shorts

  1. Career Day
  2. Evel Knievel Jump
  3. Mime Time (aka "Bumblebee")
  4. Starscream Heckles Megatron (aka "Mocking Megatron")
  5. Explosive Punch
  6. Bulkhead plays with Grimlock
  7. Ratchet Performs Surgery on Bulkhead

Other shorts

  1. Meet Bulkhead
  2. Meet Ratchet
  3. Meet Bumblebee
  4. Meet Optimus Prime
  5. Meet Prowl
  6. Meet Megatron
  7. Meet Starscream

Creative Staff

There are some talented people working on this show. Among the more prominent-

Home Video Releases

  • Transform and Roll Out (DVD, June 22, 2008)
A single DVD containing the three-part premier Transform and Roll Out! and two unaired shorts. Has Full Screen video and stereo sound in English and Spanish. A Target exclusive version contains a second disc with Home Is Where the Spark Is.
  • Season One (DVD, August 19 2008)
A two-disc set containing the complete first season, from Home is Where the Spark Is to Megatron Rising Part II.
  • Season Two (DVD, January 6 2009)
A two-disc set containing the complete second season, from The Elite Guard to A Bridge Too Close Part II. It also contains the two shorts Mocking Megatron and Explosive Punch.

Comic Adaptations

A comic adaptation of the series was published by IDW Publishing starting in January 2008. The book used cartoon screen captures arranged in comic book style panels.

Reception

Transformers Animated debuted January 5, 2008, at 10:30am EST as the number one television show among boys 6-11 in both cable and network television. In addition, the strength of the showing helped lift the ratings of all its neighboring shows in Cartoon Network's "Dynamite Action" scheduling block. [1]

The immediate response to the earliest promotional materials from the online fandom was the painfully traditional one, with an added dash of overblown paranoia that the franchise would be far too "kid-oriented" for longtime fans to enjoy, based on nothing more than its artistic style. Attitudes took an eyebrow-raisingly sharp turn with the premiere of the first footage from the show at the San Diego Comic Con and Hasbro's presentation at BotCon 2007, and after the debut of the show, it was essentially only the most ardent "already-made-up-their-mind-to-hate-it" viewers who were speaking ill. In particular, many fears were alleviated with the airing of The Thrill of the Hunt, which involved Ratchet savagely beating Lockdown for revenge, Ratchet coping with the loss of Arcee's memories, and a look at the horrors of war. This unusual level of maturity let many fans warm up to the new series.

The aforementioned ability of the series to carry on story arcs for multiple episodes and, in many cases, for an entire season also lends itself to enjoyment by older viewers. Multiple plot lines run simultaneously and are not resolved within a single episode, allowing a deeper, more intricate story than previous Transformers series. The return of Megatron took up most of season one, and the construction of the space bridge and the revelation of the identity of the Decepticon traitor among the Autobots unfolded throughout the second season, while the mystery of Sari's origin has been hinted at throughout the entire series.

Trivia

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The fullscreen broadcast and DVD release (top) cuts the sides off the widescreen image (bottom).

  • Despite being animated in a widescreen format, the series is delivered to Cartoon Network in a cropped-down, fullscreen format, and is subsequently broadcast this way, even on Cartoon Network HD. Alas, the series has been released on DVD in this format, too. Fans could glimpse various widescreen images in a promo reel screened at various conventions before the launch of the series, which was later included on the DVD packaged with action figure two-pack, "The Battle Begins".
  • The series is the first in over a decade to re-establish the classic Generation One convention of blue eyes for Autobots and red eyes for Decepticons- though there is the occasional exception.
  • As well as the aforementioned Generation One voice actors, Townsend Coleman returns to a Transformers series. He voiced Rewind in the original Generation One cartoon.
  • For some reason, a lot of fans want to believe that Animated is full of references to the anime Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, selecting lots of random, generic, anime-influenced hand motions and assorted design quirks throughout season 1 as "obvious" nods to the series. Then Derrick Wyatt announced that he hadn't even seen the show until the production of Season 1 was finished. HA. Of course, the possibility exists that the second season may see some Lagann references, as Wyatt notes that it and Diebuster have since inspired the production staff, but Wyatt singles out Mighty Orbots and the British comic 2000 AD's ABC Warriors strip as the biggest influences on the character designs, with Lagann/Diebuster producers Gainax animation studio as a constant source of influence. [2]
  • This is the first Transformers show that David Kaye and Scott McNeil were not featured in together. David Kaye and Scott McNeil have been working on voicing the Transformers series since the premier of Beast Wars. Many fans ask why was it that Tom Kenny was to play Wasp/Waspinator and not Scott McNeil, the original. The answer? Guilds. Gary Chalk has also been working with these very talented voice actors since the Beast Wars as well (As the Optimal man, of course), but alas, not a cast member in Animated. Now the answer to that is currently processing.
  • In May 2008, when North American broadcasts of the series were only four episodes into season two, all the remaining episodes of the season aired in Dubai. While almost nobody in the fandom had personally seen these episodes (and no one had seen them in English as they were intended), gossip based on viewer reviews and screencaps resulted in many plot developments and potential surprises being spoiled. Hooray.
  • There is one possible continuity error throughout the entire first season: Megatron's decapitated head appears to be his Earth-mode head. However, it could be argued that this look is due to Isaac Sumdac's mechanical tinkering over the last few decades, or that falling through an atmosphere might do a fair bit of damage.
  • As it was said earlier, the show is loosely based on Teen Titans, which has a main cast with a robot (Cyborg), an alien (Starfire) and a Transformer (Beast boy). Not to mention that both "Bumblebee" and "Headmaster" are names of characters in both shows.
  • Yes, they have large chins. Shut up about it.
  • However, they lack noses. At most they have what appears to be an extension of their helmets into general nose area. And if anybody asks "How do they smell?" I'll shoot them.
  • While it's not confirmed by official means, Derrick Wyatt wants Wheelie in Transformers Animated. [3]
  • Season 3 began airing in the United Kingdom on June 1st. However, all the slag lines were removed.
  • Due to poor voice acting, the Philippine dub of the series developed problems to the characters. Like Ratchet sounding younger and Sari sounding older...WAY older.
  • Since, December 18, 2009, Takara Tomy would be bringing the series to Japan to take over after the series finale of Tomica Hero Rescue Fire.[4]

Intro

References

  1. Transformers Animated Premieres #1 on All Television Among Boys and Boosts Kids 6-11 and 2-11 Delivery by Powerful Double-Digits
  2. Comment section of "Back from Botcon" entry in Derrick Wyatt's blog
  3. Derrick replies to an email about Wheelie. That's right, it's the real dealie.
  4. TV Aichi's Transformers Animated Website 2010-01-18}}

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