A day fighter is a fighter aircraft equipped only to fight during the day. More specifically it is typically used to refer to a multi-purpose aircraft that does not include equipment for fighting at night, although it is sometimes used to refer to some interceptors as well.
Today almost all fighter aircraft have enough equipment to be used as a night fighter, so the term day fighter has fallen from use. Perhaps the last of the day fighters was the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter, a small plane that was capable of carrying out most missions including light bombing, strike and interception, yet included no radar. A number of companies have attempted to introduce similar designs but the market seems to demand more capable aircraft.
A dayfighter is a fighter aircraft equipped only to fight during the day.
Examples of planes that were classified as dayfighters were the Supermarine Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf 109.
The last of the dayfighters were the F-16 and the YF-17 that competed for the Light Weight Fighter contract which had the goal of providing the USAF with an inexpensive dayfighter that could be purchased in great numbers to establish air superiority.
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