night fighter

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night fighter

A fighter that operates at night, especially a fighter provided with special equipment for detecting enemy aircraft at night. The term is obsolete, as all modern fighters are capable of operations both during the day and the night.
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While the first nightfighter squadron to deploy, VMF(N)-531 did in fact fly the PV-1, it was soon recognized that this platform was wholly inadequate and something more was needed.
His success is illustrated by VMF(N)-533's record as the highest-scoring Marine nightfighter squadron.
Army had many nightfighter squadrons, the Navy and Marine Corps certainly could point to their own successful units.
These measures failed--the intruder raids were ineffective, the nightfighters had no airborne radar, and the settings for the jamming signals were miscalculated.
The History of Air Intercept (AI) Radar and the British Nightfighter, 1935-1959.
Starting with the beginning of the war when equipment for locating enemy aircraft was relatively unsophisticated, he puts the spotlight on many of the 120,000 men and women who helped British nightfighters and anti-aircraft gunners by illuminating enemy aircraft.