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U.S. Military Aviation Designations

U.S. Military Aviation Designations

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This is a listing to designations given U.S. Military Aircraft.The list is taken from several sources but any errors or deletions are my alone.
This is a listing to designations given U.S. Military Aircraft.The list is taken from several sources but any errors or deletions are my alone.

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Army Air Corps - Army Air Forces - Air Force
 
1924 - 2005Attack - 1924-1948
A-1 - skipped
XA-2 - Douglas
A-3 - Curtiss
A-4 - Curtiss
A-5 - Curtiss
A-6 - Curtiss
XA-7 - Fokker
A-8 - Curtiss
XA-9 - Lockheed
 YA-10 Shrike - Curtiss
XA-11 - Consolidated
A-12 Shrike - Curtiss
 YA-13 - Northrop
 YA-14 - Curtiss
XA-15 - Martin
XA-16 - Northrop
A-17 - Northrop
A-18 Shrike - Curtiss
A-19 - Vultee
A-20 Havoc - Douglas (redesignated B-20 in 1948)
XA-21 - Stearman
A-22 Maryland - Martin
A-23 Baltimore - Martin
A-24 Banshee - Douglas (redesignatedF-24 in 1948)
A-25 Shrike - Curtiss
A-26 Invader - Douglas (redesignatedB-26 in 1948, then A-26 in 1966)
A-27 - North American
A-28 Hudson - Lockheed
A-29 Hudson - Lockheed
A-30 Baltimore - Martin
A-31 Vengeance - Vultee
A-32 - Brewster
A-33 - Northrop
A-34 - Brewster
A-35 Vengeance - Vultee
A-36 - North American
XA-37 - Hughes
XA-38 Grizzly - Beechcraft
XA-39 - Kaiser-Fleetwings
A-40 - Curtiss
A-41 - Vultee
XA-42 Mixmaster - Douglas
XA-43 Blackhawk - Curtiss-Wright
XA-44 - Consolidated
XA-45 - Martin
Bomber
Until 1926, the Army Air Service had three sequences for bombers. Light bombers wereindicated by the LB- prefix, medium bombers by the B- prefix, and heavy bombers by theHB- prefix. In 1926, the three-category system was scrapped and all bomberssubsequently built were placed in the B- sequence.
Light Bomber - 1924-1926
LB-1 - Huff-Daland (later Keystone)
LB-2 - Atlantic Aircraft Corporation
(Fokker Aircraft Corp after 1925)
XLB-3 - Keystone
XLB-4 - Martin
LB-5 - Keystone
LB-6 - Keystone
LB-7 - Keystone
 
LB-8 - Keystone
LB-9 - Keystone
LB-10 - Keystone
LB-11 - Keystone
XLB-12 - Keystone
LB-13 - Keystone
LB-14 - Keystone
Medium Bomber, 1924-1926
XB-1 - Huff-Daland B-2 Condor - Curtiss
Heavy Bomber, 1924-1926
XHB-1 - Huff-Daland
XHB-2 - Atlantic Aircraft Corporation
(Fokker Aircraft Corp after 1925)
XHB-3 - Huff-Daland
Unified bomber sequence, 1926-1962
XB-1 - Huff-Daland-Keystone
B-2 Condor - Curtiss
B-3 - Keystone
B-4 - Keystone
B-5 - Keystone
B-6 - Keystone
 Y1B-7 - Douglas
XB-8 - Fokker
 Y1B-9 - Boeing
B-10 - Martin
 YB-11 - Douglas
B-12 - Martin
XB-13 - Martin
XB-14 - Martin
XB-15 - Boeing
XB-16 - Martin
B-17 Flying Fortress - Boeing
B-18 Bolo - Douglas
XB-19 - Douglas
 Y1B-20 - Boeing
XB-21 - North American
XB-22 - Douglas
B-23 Dragon - Douglas
B-24 Liberator - Consolidated x
B-25 Mitchell - North American x
B-26 Marauder - Martin xB-26 Invader - designation of A-26Invader from 1948 to 1966
XB-27 - Martin
XB-28 Dragon - North American
B-29 Superfortress - Boeing
XB-30 - Lockheed
XB-31 - Douglas
B-32 Dominator - Consolidated
B-33 Super Marauder - Martin
B-34 Lexington - Lockheed
 YB-35 - Northrop
B-36 Peacemaker - Convair
B-37 - Lockheed
XB-38 Flying Fortress - Boeing
XB-39 Superfortress - Boeing
 YB-40 Flying Fortress - Boeing
XB-41 Liberator - Consolidated
XB-42 Mixmaster - Douglas
XB-43 Jetmaster - Douglas
XB-44 Superfortress - Boeing
 
B-45 Tornado - North American
XB-46 - Convair
B-47 Stratojet - Boeing
XB-48 - Martin
 YB-49 - Northrop
B-50 Superfortress - Boeing
XB-51 - Martin
B-52 Stratofortress - Boeing
XB-53 - Convair
B-54 - Boeing
XB-55 - Boeing
B-56 - Boeing
B-57 - Martin
B-58 Hustler - Convair
XB-59 - Boeing
 YB-60 - Convair
B-61 Matador - Martin (later redesignated TM-61, TM- denoting "tactical missile",and later MGM-1 under unified missile sequence)
B-62 Snark - Northrop (later redesignated SM-62, SM- denoting "strategic missile")
B-63 RASCAL - Bell (later redesignated GAM-63)
B-64 Navaho - North American (later redesignated SM-64)
B-65 Atlas - Convair (later redesignated SM-65)
B-66 Destroyer - Douglas
B-67 Crossbow - Radioplane (later redesignated GAM-67)
XB-68 - Martin
RB-69 - Lockheed
XB-70 Valkyrie - North American
SR-71 Blackbird - Lockheed; SR- denotes "strategic reconnaissance"
Bomber, long range, 1935-1936
A short-lived designation used from 1935-1936 to refer to three long-range bomberprojects commissioned by the Army Air Corps.
XBLR-1 - Boeing (later redesignated XB-15) XBLR-2 - Douglas (laterredesignated XB-19)
XBLR-3 - Sikorsky
Cargo, 1924-1962
C-1 - Douglas
C-2 - Fokker
C-3 - Ford
C-4 - Ford
C-5 - Fokker
C-6 - Sikorsky
C-7 - Fokker
C-8 - Fairchild
C-9 - Ford
C-10 Robin - Curtiss-Wright
C-11 Fleetster - Consolidated
C-12 Vega - Lockheed

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