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Plenty of things changed about fighter planes between WW1 and WW2 : - metal became more and more used instead of wood and cloth for the fuselage and the wings - fighters got retractable landing gears under the wings - they got a closed canopy - machineguns now incorporated in the wings - basic aiming systems then after WW2 came the era of the fighter jet with V wings and a jet engine incorporated in the fuselage. IR and EM missiles have also revolutionized the air to air combat. Nowadays Fighter jets are multi-roles and can also handle ground attack duties.

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