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. Many WW II night fighters also included instrument landing systems for landing at night as turning on the runway lights made runways into an easy target for opposing intruders.
Avionics systems were greatly miniaturized over time allowing the addition of radar altimeter, terrain-following radar, improved instrument landing system (ILS), microwave landing system (MLS), Doppler weather radar, LORAN receivers, GEE, tactical air navigation system ( TACAN), inertial navigation system (INS), GPS, and GNSS in aircraft. The addition of greatly improved landing and navigation equipment combined with radar led to the use of the term all-weather fighter or all-weather fighter attack, depending on the aircraft capabilities. The use of the term night fighter gradually faded away as a result of these improvements.
Night Fighter is a series of six novels written by David Sherman and is loosely based on the kind of activities experienced by the US Marines and Vietnamese Popular Forces units of the combat-outpost type of the Combined Action Program of the United States Marine Corps. Sherman admits that the exploits recorded in these novels did not resemble those which he experienced as part of the CAP program. However, his experience in the program gives these stories a verisimilitude that belies their fictional character.
The novels in the Night Fighter Saga are:
- Knives in the Night (1987)
- Main Force Assault; Ivy Books, 1987. ISBN 0-804-10103-5
- Out of the Fire; Ivy Books, 1987. ISBN 0-804-10104-3
- '' A Rock and a Hard Place; Ivy Books, 1988
- '' A Nghu Night Falls; Ivy Books, 1988
- '' Charlie Don't Live Here Anymore; Ivy Books, 1989
The Night Fighter books are out of print, but may still be obtained through used book channels or borrowed from your local library.
Usage examples of "night fighter".
Death lurked in the air over Germany, yes, but random death: a flak shell that happened to burst just where you were, or a night fighter coming close enough to spot your exhaust.
Flying alone above the clouds at night, so much better than the day, the stars so near, eyes always watching for the enemy bomber or enemy night fighter, thumb ready on the trigger&hellip.
Flying alone above the clouds at night, so much better than the day, the stars so near, eyes always watching for the enemy bomber or enemy night fighter, thumb ready on the trigger….
Flying alone above the clouds at night, so much better than the day, the stars so near, eyes always watching for the enemy bomber or enemy night fighter, thumb ready on the trigger.