Army Air Corps - Army Air Forces - Air Force 1924 - 2005 Attack - 1924-1948

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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 B20 in 1948) XA-21 - Stearman A-22 Maryland - Martin A-23 Baltimore - Martin

A-24 Banshee - Douglas (redesignated F-24 in 1948) A-25 Shrike - Curtiss A-26 Invader - Douglas (redesignated B-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

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Bomber Until 1926, the Army Air Service had three sequences for bombers. Light bombers were indicated by the LB- prefix, medium bombers by the B- prefix, and heavy bombers by the HB- prefix. In 1926, the three-category system was scrapped and all bombers subsequently built were placed in the B- sequence. Light Bomber - 1924-1926
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LB-1 - Huff-Daland (later Keystone) LB-2 - Atlantic Aircraft Corporation (Fokker Aircraft Corp after 1925) XLB-3 - Keystone

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XLB-4 - Martin LB-5 - Keystone LB-6 - Keystone LB-7 - Keystone

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LB-8 - Keystone LB-9 - Keystone LB-10 - Keystone LB-11 - Keystone

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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

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XHB-1 - Huff-Daland XHB-2 - Atlantic Aircraft Corporation

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(Fokker Aircraft Corp after 1925) XHB-3 - Huff-Daland

Unified bomber sequence, 1926-1962
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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

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B-24 Liberator - Consolidated x B-25 Mitchell - North American x B-26 Marauder - Martin x

B-26 Invader - designation of A-26 Invader from 1948 to 1966
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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

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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

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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

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A short-lived designation used from 1935-1936 to refer to three long-range bomber projects commissioned by the Army Air Corps.

XBLR-1 - Boeing (later redesignated XB-15) redesignated XB-19) XBLR-3 - Sikorsky

XBLR-2 - Douglas (later

Cargo, 1924-1962
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Douglas Fokker Ford Ford Fokker Sikorsky

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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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C-13 - skipped C-14 - Fokker C-15 - Fokker C-16 - Fokker C-17 Super Vega - Lockheed C-18 Monomail - Boeing C-19 Alpha - Northrop C-20 - Fokker C-21 Dolphin - Douglas C-22 Fleetster - Consolidated C-23 Altair - Lockheed Y1C-24 - American C-25 Altair - Lockheed C-26 Dolphin - Douglas C-27 Airbus - Bellanca C-28 - Sikorsky C-29 Dolphin - Douglas C-30 Condor - Curtiss-Wright C-31 - Kreider-Reisner C-32 - Douglas C-33 - Douglas C-34 - Douglas XC-35 Electra - Lockheed C-36 Electra - Lockheed C-37 Electra - Lockheed C-38 - Douglas C-39 - Douglas C-40 Electra - Lockheed C-41 - Douglas C-42 - Douglas C-43 Traveller - Beechcraft XC-44 - Messerschmitt C-45 Expeditor - Beechcraft C-46 Commando - Curtiss-Wright C-47 Skytrain - Douglas C-48 Skytrain - Douglas C-49 Skytrain - Douglas C-50 Skytrain - Douglas C-51 Skytrain - Douglas C-52 Skytrain - Douglas C-53 Skytrooper - Douglas C-54 Skymaster - Douglas

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C-55 C-56 C-57 C-58 C-59 C-60 C-61 C-62 C-63 C-64 C-65 C-66 C-67 C-68 C-69 C-70 C-71 C-72 C-73 C-74 C-75 C-76 C-77 C-78 C-79 C-80 C-81 C-82 C-83 C-84 C-85 C-86 C-87 C-88 C-89 C-90 C-91 C-92 C-93 C-94 C-95 C-96

Commando - Curtiss-Wright Lodestar - Lockheed Lodestar - Lockheed Bolo - Douglas Lodestar - Lockheed Lodestar - Lockheed Forwarder - Fairchild - Waco Hudson - Lockheed Norseman - Noorduyn Skycar - Stout Lodestar - Lockheed Dragon - Douglas - Douglas Constellation - Lockheed Nightingale - Howard Executive - Spartan - Waco - Boeing Globemaster - Douglas - Boeing Caravan - Curtiss-Wright - Cessna Bobcat - Cessna - Junkers - Harlow Reliant - Stinson Packet - Fairchild Coupe - Piper - Douglas Orion - Lockheed Forwarder - Fairchild Liberator Express - Consolidated - Fairchild - Hamilton - Luscombe - Stinson - Akron-Funk Conestoga - Budd - Cessna Grasshopper - Taylorcraft - Fairchild

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C-97 Stratofreighter - Boeing • C-124 Globemaster II - Douglas C-98 Clipper - Boeing C-125 Raider - Northrop XC-99 - Convair • C-126 - Cessna C-100 Gamma - Northrop • C-127 - Boeing C-101 Vega - Lockheed • C-128 Flying Boxcar - Fairchild C-102 Speedster - Rearwin • C-129 Super Skytrain - Douglas C-103 - Grumman • C-130 Hercules - Lockheed C-104 - Lockheed • C-131 Samaritan - Convair XC-105 - Boeing • C-132 - Douglas C-106 - Cessna • C-133 Cargomaster - Douglas C-107 Skycar - Stout • YC-134 - Stroukoff C-108 Flying Fortress - Boeing • C-135 Stratotanker - Boeing C-109 Liberator Express - Consolidated • YC-136 - Fairchild C-110 - Douglas • C-137 Stratoliner - Boeing C-111 Super Electra - Lockheed C-138 - reserved for Fokker F27, but never assigned XC-112 - Douglas • C-139 - Lockheed C-113 Commando - Curtiss-Wright • C-140 Jetstar - Lockheed C-114 Skymaster - Douglas • C-141 Starlifter - Lockheed C-115 Skymaster - Douglas • XC-142 - Vought C-116 Skymaster - Douglas C-143 - reserved for what would C-117 Super Skytrain - Douglas become the X-19, but never officially C-118 Liftmaster - Douglas assigned C-119 Flying Boxcar - Fairchild After 2005, several planes were added to C-120 Packplane - Fairchild this sequence. C-121 Constellation - Lockheed • C-143 - Bombardier C-122 - Fairchild • C-144 - CASA C-123 Provider - Fairchild Pursuit 1924-1948 * Fighter 1948-1962

Designated P- for "pursuit" until 1948, when the United States Air Force was founded. After this, all P- designations were changed to F- ("fighter"), but the original numbers were retained.
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P-1 Hawk - Curtiss P-2 Hawk - Curtiss P-3 Hawk - Curtiss XP-4 - Boeing P-5 Hawk - Curtiss P-6 Hawk - Curtiss XP-7 - Boeing

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XP-8 - Boeing XP-9 - Boeing XP-10 - Curtiss P-11 Hawk - Curtiss P-12 - Boeing XP-13 Viper - Thomas-Morse XP-14 - Curtiss

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XP-15 - Boeing P-16 - Berliner-Joyce XP-17 Hawk - Curtiss Curtiss XP-18 (paper project only) Curtiss XP-19 (paper project only) YP-20 - Curtiss XP-21 - Curtiss XP-22 Hawk - Curtiss XP-23 Hawk - Curtiss YP-24 - Lockheed Y1P-25 - Consolidated P-26 Peashooter - Boeing YP-27 - Consolidated Y1P-28 - Consolidated YP-29 - Boeing P-30 - Consolidated XP-31 - Curtiss XP-32 - Boeing XP-33 - Consolidated XP-34 - Wedell-Williams P-35 - Seversky P-36 Hawk - Curtiss XP-37 - Curtiss P-39 Airacobra - Bell P-40 - Curtiss XP-41 - Seversky XP-42 - Curtiss P-43 Lancer - Republic P-44 Rocket - Republic XP-45 - Bell XP-46 - Curtiss P-47 Thunderbolt - Republic XP-48 - Douglas XP-49 - Lockheed XP-50 - Grumman

P-51 Mustang - North American XP-52 - Bell XP-53 - Curtiss XP-54 Swoose Goose - Vultee XP-55 Ascender - Curtiss XP-56 Black Bullet - Northrop XP-57 - Tucker XP-58 Chain Lightning - Lockheed P-59 Airacomet - Bell YP-60 - Curtiss P-61 Black Widow - Northrop XP-62 - Curtiss P-63 Kingcobra - Bell P-64 - North American XP-65 - Grumman P-66 Vanguard - Vultee XP-67 Bat - McDonnell XP-68 Tornado - Vultee XP-69 - Republic P-70 - Douglas XP-71 - Curtiss XP-72 - Republic XP-73 - Hughes (officially never assigned) P-74 - skipped P-75 Eagle - Fisher XP-76 - Bell XP-77 - Bell XP-78 - North American XP-79 Flying Ram - Northrop P-80/F-80 Shooting Star - Lockheed XP-81 - Convair F-82 Twin Mustang - North American XP-83 - Bell P-84/F-84 Thunderjet - Republic

11/30/08 - 10/1/08
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xP-38 Lightning - Lockheed
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XP-85/XF-85 Goblin - McDonnell F-86 Sabre - North American XP-87/XF-87 Blackhawk - Curtiss XP-88/XF-88 Voodoo - McDonnell F-89 Scorpion - Northrop XF-90 - Lockheed XF-91 Thunderceptor - Republic XF-92A - Convair YF-93A - North American F-94 Starfire - Lockheed YF-95A - North American YF-96A - Republic F-97 Starfire - Lockheed XF-98 - Hughes (later redesignated GAR-1, then AIM-4 in unified missile sequence) F-99 BOMARC - Boeing (later redesignated IM-99, then CIM-10 in unified missile sequence) F-100 Super Sabre - North American

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F-101 Voodoo - McDonnell F-102 Delta Dagger - Convair XF-103 - Republic F-104 Starfighter - Lockheed F-105 Thunderchief - Republic F-106 Delta Dart - Convair F-107 - North American XF-108 Rapier - North American

F-109 - temporarily reserved for what would become the F-101B, but never officially assigned[2] YF-109 - designation requested for Bell D-188A, but never officially assigned F-110 Spectre - McDonnell Douglas (redesignated F-4 Phantom II in 1962) F-111 Aardvark - General Dynamics Unofficial designations YF-112 and up were later assigned to "black" projects - see Fighter series in Unified System.

F-117 Nighthawk - Lockheed

Pursuit, British-built

Beaufighter - Bristol Aeroplane Company Observation Observation, 1924-1942

Spitfire - Supermarine

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O-1 Falcon - Curtiss O-2 - Douglas XO-3 Mohawk - Dayton-Wright XO-4 - Martin O-5 - Douglas O-6 - Thomas-Morse O-7 - Douglas O-8 - Douglas O-9 - Douglas

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XO-10 - Loening O-11 Falcon - Curtiss O-12 Falcon - Curtiss O-13 Falcon - Curtiss XO-14 - Douglas XO-15 - Keystone XO-16 Falcon - Curtiss XO-17 Courier - Consolidated XO-18 Falcon - Curtiss

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O-19 - Thomas-Morse YO-20 - Thomas-Morse XO-21 - Thomas-Morse O-22 - Douglas YO-23 - Thomas-Morse O-24 - Curtiss O-25 - Douglas Y1O-26 - Curtiss Y1O-27 - Fokker O-28 Corsair - Vought O-29 - Douglas O-30 - Curtiss O-31 - Douglas O-32 - Douglas Y1O-33 - Thomas-Morse O-34 - Douglas O-35 - Douglas XO-36 - Douglas O-37 - Keystone O-38 - Douglas O-39 Falcon - Curtiss O-40 Raven - Curtiss Y1O-41 - Thomas-Morse O-42 - Douglas Y1O-43 - Douglas

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XO-44 - Douglas O-45 - Martin O-46 - Douglas O-47 - North American XO-48 - Douglas O-49 Vigilant - Stinson (redesignated L-1 in 1942) YO-50 - Bellanca YO-51 Dragonfly - Ryan O-52 Owl - Curtiss O-53 Havoc - Douglas YO-54 - Stinson YO-55 - ERCO O-56 Ventura - Lockheed O-57 Grasshopper - Taylorcraft (redesignated L-2 in 1942) O-58 Grasshopper - Aeronca (redesignated L-3 in 1942) O-59 Grasshopper - Piper (redesignated L-4 in 1942) O-60 - Kellett YO-61 - Pitcairn O-62 Sentinel - Stinson (redesignated L-5 in 1942) XO-63 Grasshopper - Interstate (redesignated XL-6 in 1942)

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Observation amphibian, 1925-1948
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OA-1 - Loening OA-2 - Loening OA-3 Dolphin - Douglas OA-4 Dolphin - Douglas OA-5 - Douglas OA-6 - Consolidated OA-7 - Douglas OA-8 - Sikorsky

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OA-9 Goose - Grumman OA-10 Catalina - Consolidated OA-11 - Sikorsky OA-12 Duck - Grumman OA-13 Goose - Grumman OA-14 Widgeon - Grumman OA-15 Seabee - Republic

Liaison, 1942-1962
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L-1 Vigilant - Stinson L-2 Grasshopper - Taylorcraft L-3 Grasshopper - Aeronca L-4 Grasshopper - Piper L-5 Sentinel - Stinson L-6 Grasshopper - Interstate L-7 - Universal Aircraft L-8 Cadet - Interstate L-9 - Stinson L-10 - Ryan L-11 - Bellanca L-12 Reliant - Stinson L-13 - Stinson/Convair L-14 Cub - Piper

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L-15 Scout - Boeing L-16 Champion - Aeronca L-17 Navion - North American/Ryan L-18 Super Cub - Piper L-19 Bird Dog - Cessna L-20 Beaver - de Havilland Canada L-21 Super Cub - Piper L-22 Navion - Ryan L-23 Seminole - Beechcraft L-24 Courier - Helio L-25 - McDonnell L-26 Commander - Aero Design L-27 - Cessna L-28 Super Courier - Helio

Reconnaissance Photographic reconnaissance 1930-1948 * Reconnaissance 1948-1962
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F-1 - Fairchild F-2 Expeditor - Beechcraft F-3 Havoc - Douglas F-4 Lightning - Lockheed F-5 Lightning - Lockheed F-6 Mustang - North American F-7 Liberator - Consolidated F-8 Mosquito - de Havilland F-9 Flying Fortress - Boeing

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F-10 Mitchell - North American XF-11/XR-11 - Hughes (redesignated XR-11 in 1948) XF-12/XR-12 Rainbow - Republic (redesignated XR-12 in 1948) F-13 Superfortress - Boeing XF-14 Shooting Star - Lockheed F-15 Reporter - Northrop XR-16 Stratofortress - Boeing

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Reconnaissance-Strike 1960-1962 Both of the following aircraft are part of the B- (bomber) series.

RS-70 Valkyrie - North American

RS-71 Blackbird - Lockheed

Rotary Wing 1941-1948 * Helicopter 1948-present Designated R- for "rotary wing" until 1948, when the United States Air Force was

• XH-40 - Bell • R-5/H-5 this, all R- Sikorsky founded. AfterDragonfly - designations were changed to H- ("helicopter"), but the original • numbers were retained. After 1962, the series was YH-41 Seneca - Cessna continued within the Unified • R-6 Hoverfly II - Sikorsky Designation System. • XH-42 - Hughes • R-7 - Sikorsky • H-43 Huskie - Kaman • XR-8 Kellett • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

R-9/H-9 - Firestone R-10/H-10 - Kellett R-11/H-11 - Rotorcraft R-12/H-12 - Bell R-13/H-13 Sioux - Bell R-14 - Firestone R-15/H-15 - Bell R-16/H-16 - Piasecki XR-17/XH-17 - Hughes/Kellett YH-18 - Sikorsky H-19 - Sikorsky XH-20 - McDonnell H-21 - Piasecki YH-22 - Kaman OH-23 Raven - Hiller YH-24 - Seibel H-25 - Piasecki XH-26 Jet Jeep - American Helicopter YH-27 Transporter - Piasecki XH-28 - Hughes H-29 - McDonnell YH-30 - McCulloch YH-31 - Doman YH-32 - Hiller XH-33 - Bell (redesignated XV-3 in 1952) H-34 Choctaw - Sikorsky XH-35 - McDonnell (redesignated XV-1 in 1952)

H-44 - reserved for secret project BIG TOM H-45 - reserved for secret project STEP CHILD
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H-46 Sea Knight - Boeing Vertol H-47 Chinook - Boeing Vertol XH-48 - Bell (redesignated UH-1F) XH-49 - Boeing Vertol (redesignated XCH-46B) H-50 DASH - Gyrodyne XH-51 - Lockheed H-52 Sea Guard - Sikorsky H-53 - Sikorsky H-54 Tarhe - Sikorsky H-55 Osage - Hughes H-56 Cheyenne - Lockheed H-57 Sea Ranger - Bell H-58 Kiowa - Bell XH-59 - Sikorsky H-60 Black Hawk - Sikorsky YH-61 - Boeing Vertol XH-62 - Boeing Vertol YH-63 Kingcobra - Bell H-64 Apache - Hughes H-65 Dolphin - Aérospatiale H-66 Comanche - Boeing/Sikorsky H-67 Creek - Bell H-68 Stingray - Agusta H-69 - skipped H-70 - Bell H-71 Kestrel - Lockheed Martin H-72 Lakota - Eurocopter

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Trainer Advanced Trainer 1925-1948
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AT-1 - Huff-Daland AT-2 - Huff-Daland AT-3 - Boeing AT-4 Hawk - Curtiss AT-5 Hawk - Curtiss AT-6 Texan - North American AT-7 Navigator - Beechcraft AT-8 Bobcat - Cessna AT-9 Jeep - Curtiss-Wright AT-10 Wichita - Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan - Beechcraft AT-12 Guardsman - Republic

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XAT-13 Gunner - Fairchild XAT-14 Gunner - Fairchild XAT-15 Crewmaker - Boeing-Stearman AT-16 - Noorduyn AT-17 Bobcat - Cessna AT-18 Hudson - Lockheed AT-19 Reliant - Stinson AT-20 Anson - Federal AT-21 Gunner - Fairchild AT-22 Liberator - Consolidated AT-23 Marauder - Martin AT-24 Mitchell - North American

Basic Combat, 1936-1940
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BC-1 - North American BC-3 - Vultee

BC-2 - North American

Superseded by Advanced Trainer (AT-). Basic Trainer 1930-1948
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BT-1 - Douglas BT-2 - Douglas YBT-3 - Stearman XBT-4 - Curtiss YBT-5 - Stearman BT-6 - Consolidated Y1BT-7 - Consolidated BT-8 - Seversky BT-9 - North American

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Y1BT-10 - North American BT-11 - Aircraft Research BT-12 - Fleetwings BT-13 Valiant - Vultee BT-14 - North American BT-15 Valiant - Vultee XBT-16 Valiant - Vultee XBT-17 - Boeing

Primary Trainer 1925-1948

PT-1 Trusty - Consolidated

XPT-2 Trusty - Consolidated

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PT-3 Trusty - Consolidated PT-4 Trusty - Consolidated XPT-5 Trusty - Consolidated YPT-6 - Consolidated YPT-7 Pinto - Mohawk XPT-8 - Consolidated YPT-9 - Stearman YPT-10 - Verville PT-11 - Consolidated PT-12 - Consolidated PT-13 Kaydet - Boeing PT-14 - Waco YPT-15 - St. Louis

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PT-16 - Ryan PT-17 Kaydet - Boeing PT-18 Kaydet - Boeing PT-19 Cornell - Fairchild PT-20 - Ryan PT-21 Recruit - Ryan PT-22 Recruit - Ryan PT-23 Cornell - Fairchild PT-24 Moth - de Havilland YPT-25 - Ryan PT-26 Cornell - Fairchild PT-27 Kaydet - Boeing

Foreign-Built Training and Communications Aircraft 1925-1948

Airspeed Oxford - Airspeed Ltd Avro Anson - Avro De Havilland Dominie - De Havilland De Havilland Moth Minor - De Havilland De Havilland Tiger Moth - De Havilland

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T-6 Texan - North American T-7 Navigator - Beechcraft T-11 Kansan - Beechcraft T-28 Trojan - North American T-29 Flying Classroom - Convair XT-30 - Douglas XT-31 - Fairchild XT-32 - Convair T-33 Shooting Star - Lockheed

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T-34 Mentor - Beechcraft T-35 Buckaroo - Temco XT-36 Mentor - Beechcraft/Canadair T-37 Tweet - Cessna T-38 Talon - Northrop T-39 Sabreliner - North American T-40 Jet Star - Lockheed T-41 Mescalero - Cessna T-42 Cochise - Beechcraft

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T-43 - Boeing T-44 Pegasus - Beechcraft T-45 Goshawk - McDonnell Douglas T-46 - Fairchild T-47 - Cessna

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T-48 - Cessna T-49 - Boeing T-50 Golden Eagle - Korean Aerospace Industries (none have actually been procured by the United States) T-51 - Cessna

Convertiplane 1952-1962
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XV-2 - Sikorsky

Airplane Cargo 1956-1962
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AC-1 Caribou - de Havilland Canada (redesignated CV-2 in 1962 and C-7 in 1967) AC-2 Buffalo - de Havilland Canada (redesignated CV-7 in 1962 and C-8 in 1967) Airplane Observation 1956-1962

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AO-1 Mohawk - Grumman (redesignated OV-1 in 1962) AO-2 - Goodyear AO-3 - Goodyear Airplane Research 1956-1962

AZ-1 Marvelette - Mississippi State University Flying Platform 1955-1956

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HO-1 Pawnee - Hiller (redesignated VZ-1 in 1956) HO-2 - De Lackner (redesignated HZ-1 in 1956) Helicopter, Cargo, 1956-1962

HC-1 - Boeing Vertol HC-1B (redesignated CH-47A in 1962)

HC-1A (redesignated CH-46C in 1962)

Helicopter Observation 1956-1962
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HO-1 - Sud-Ouest HO-2 - Hughes Aircraft HO-3 - Brantly HO-4 - Bell (redesignated OH-4A in
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Helicopter Utility 1956-1962

HU-1 Iroquois - Bell (redesignated UH-1 in 1962) Helicopter Experimental 1956-1962

HZ-1 - De Lackner Vertical Takeoff and Landing Research 1956-1962

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VZ-1 Pawnee - Hiller VZ-2 - Boeing Vertol VZ-3 Vertiplane - Ryan VZ-4 Convertiplane - Doak VZ-5 Fledgling - Fairchild VZ-6 - Chrysler VZ-7 - Curtiss-Wright

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VZ-8 Airgeep - Piasecki VZ-9 - Avro Canada VZ-10 Hummingbird - Lockheed (redesignated XV-4 in 1962) VZ-11 Vertifan - Ryan (redesignated XV-5 in 1962) VZ-12 Kestrel - Hawker Siddeley (redesignated XV-6 in 1962)

Unified System 1962-present Airship
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Z-2 Sentinel - Westinghouse Airships

Anti-Submarine Warfare
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S-2 Tracker - Grumman

Anti-Submarine Warfare Helicopter
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SH-34 Seabat - Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk - Sikorsky Aircraft

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A-1 Skyraider - Douglas (formerly designated AD) A-2 Savage - North American (formerly designated AJ) A-3 Skywarrior - Douglas (formerly designated A3D) A-4 Skyhawk - McDonnell Douglas (formerly designated A4D)

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A-5 Vigilante - North American (formerly designated A3J) A-6 Intruder - Grumman (formerly designated A2F) A-7 Corsair II - Vought

A-8 - skipped to avoid confusion with the AV-8 Harrier II

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applied to the prototype SR-71 Blackbird[3] allegedly assigned to the secret A-11 Astra.

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A-12 Avenger II - McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics A-26 Invader - Douglas (redesignated from B-26 in 1966) A-37 Dragonfly - Cessna (originally designated AT-37) Attack Helicopter

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AH-1 Cobra - Bell AH-6J Little Bird - Hughes AH-56 Cheyenne - Lockheed

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YAH-63 Kingcobra - Bell AH-64 Apache - Hughes/Boeing RAH-66 Comanche - Boeing/Sikorsky

Fixed-Wing Gunships Use for attack missions is indicated by the modified mission identifier A-.
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AU-23 - Fairchild Hiller/Pilatus AU-24 - Helio AC-47 Spooky - Douglas

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AC-119 Shadow/Stinger - Fairchild AC-123K Provider - Fairchild AC-130 Spectre/Spooky - Lockheed

Bomber

B-1 Lancer - Rockwell

B-2 Spirit - Northrop Grumman Cargo

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C-1 Trader - Grumman C-2 Greyhound - Grumman C-3 - Martin C-4 Academe - Gulfstream C-5 Galaxy - Lockheed C-6 - Beechcraft C-7 Caribou - de Havilland Canada

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C-8 Buffalo - de Havilland Canada C-9 - McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender - Douglas C-11 Gulfstream II - Gulfstream C-12 Huron - Beechcraft C-13 - skipped YC-14 - Boeing

YC-15 - McDonnell Douglas C-16 - reserved for various projects, never assigned

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C-32 - Boeing C-33 - Boeing C-34 - skipped at U.S. Army request to avoid confusion with T-34; this aircraft became the UC-35A

but
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C-17 Globemaster III - Boeing C-18 - Boeing C-19 - Boeing C-20 Gulfstream - Gulfstream C-21 Learjet - Learjet C-22 - Boeing C-23 Sherpa - Short EC-24 - Douglas VC-25 - Boeing C-26 Metroliner - Fairchild C-27 Spartan - Alenia C-28 - Cessna C-29 - BAE Systems
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C-35 Citation Ultra/Encore - Cessna

YFC-36 - designation reserved, but never assigned (aircraft was designated YAL-1 instead)
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C-37 Gulfstream V - Gulfstream C-38 Courier - Israeli Aircraft Industries C-39 - designation changed to C-40 for unrevealed reasons C-40 Clipper - Boeing C-41 Aviocar - CASA

C-42 - skipped to avoid possible legal issues with trademarked name of Ikarus C- 42 light sport plane C-43 - skipped to avoid confusion with T-43 C-44 - skipped to avoid confusion with T-44

C-30 - designation reserved (in 1988/89), but never assigned for

KC-30 - marketing designation used Airbus A330 MRTT C-31 Troopship - Fokker

KC-45 - Replacement for the KC-135

Cargo Helicopter

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CH-3 Sea King - Sikorsky CH-19 Chickasaw - Sikorsky CH-21 Shawnee - Piasecki CH-34 Choctaw - Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave - Sikorsky Drone

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CH-46 Sea Knight - Boeing CH-47 Chinook - Boeing CH-53 Sea Stallion - Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe - Sikorsky XCH-62 - Boeing

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Q-1 Predator - General Atomics Q-2 Pioneer - Pioneer UAV Q-3 Darkstar - Lockheed/Boeing Q-4 Global Hawk - Teledyne Ryan Q-5 Hunter - TRW/Israel Aircraft Industries

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Q-6 Outrider - Alliant Techsystems Q-7 Shadow - AAI Corporation Q-8 Fire Scout - Northrop Grumman/Ryan Q-9 Reaper - General Atomics Q-10 Snow Goose - MMIST

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Q-11 Raven - AeroVironment
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Q-13 - skipped Q-14 Dragon Eye - AeroVironment Q-15 Neptune - DRS Technologies

Q-12 - designation requested for MQ1C Warrior, but not approved

Electronic Warfare

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E-1 Tracer - Grumman E-2 Hawkeye - Grumman E-3 Sentry - Boeing E-4 NAOC - Boeing E-5 - Windecker E-6 Mercury - Boeing 18
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E-7 - designation reserved, but never assigned (aircraft was designated ECinstead) E-8 Joint STARS - Boeing E-9 Widget - de Havilland Canada E-10 MC2A - Boeing

Electronic Warfare (Modified Aircraft)
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EA-1 Skyraider - Douglas EA-3 Skywarrior - Douglas EA-4 Skyhawk - McDonnell Douglas EA-6 Prowler - Grumman EA-7 Corsair II - LTV EA-18 Growler - Northrop Grumman/Boeing EC-18 ARIA - Boeing EC-20 Gulfstream III - Gulfstream

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EC-24 - McDonnell Douglas EF-4 Phantom II - McDonnell Douglas EF-10 Skynight - Douglas EH-1 Quick Fix - Bell EH-6 Cayuse - Hughes EH-60 Quick Hawk - Sikorsky EP-3 Aries II - Lockheed ES-2 Tracker - Grumman ES-3 Shadow - Lockheed

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Experimental, 1948-present Main article: X-plane (aircraft) X-1 - Bell X-2 - Bell X-3 Stiletto - Douglas X-4 Bantam - Northrop X-5 - Bell X-6 - Convair X-7 - Lockheed X-8 - Aerojet X-9 Shrike - Bell
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X-10 - North American X-11 - Convair X-12 - Convair X-13 Vertijet - Ryan X-14 - Bell X-15 - North American X-16 - Bell X-17 - Lockheed X-18 - Hiller X-19 - Curtiss-Wright

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X-20 Dyna-Soar - Boeing X-21 - Northrop X-22 - Bell X-23 - Martin Marietta (designation never officially assigned) X-24 - Martin Marietta X-25 - Bensen X-26 Frigate - Schweizer X-27 - Lockheed X-28 Sea Skimmer - Pereira X-29 - Grumman X-30 - Rockwell X-31 - Rockwell/Messerschmitt X-32 - Boeing X-33 - Lockheed Martin X-34 - Orbital Sciences X-35 - Lockheed Martin X-36 - McDonnell Douglas X-37 - Boeing

X-38 - NASA Johnson Space Center Crew Return Vehicle prototype

X-39 - reserved for Future Aircraft Technology Enhancements program but not used
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X-40 - Boeing X-41 - Classified re-entry vehicle X-42 - Classified upper stage rocket X-43 - Boeing X-44 MANTA - Lockheed Martin X-45 - Boeing X-46 - Boeing X-47 Pegasus - Northrop Grumman X-48 - Boeing X-49 - Sikorsky/Piasecki X-50 Dragonfly - Boeing X-51 - Boeing/USAF Research Laboratory X-52 - skipped X-53 - Boeing/USAF Research Laboratory

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Fighter
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F-1 Fury - North American (previously designated FJ) F-2 Banshee - McDonnell (previously designated F2H) F-3 Demon - McDonnell (previously designated F3H) F-4 Phantom II - McDonnell Douglas (previously designated F4H) F-5 Freedom Fighter - Northrop F-6 Skyray - Douglas (previously designated F4D) F-7 Sea Dart - Convair (previously designated F2Y) F-8 Crusader - Vought (previously designated F8U) F-9 Cougar - Grumman (previously designated F9F) F-10 Skyknight - Douglas (previously designated F3D) F-11 Tiger - Grumman (previously designated F11F) YF-12 - Lockheed

F-13 - skipped

F-14 Tomcat - Grumman

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F-15 Eagle - McDonnell Douglas F-16 Fighting Falcon - General Dynamics YF-17 Cobra - Northrop F/A-18 Hornet - McDonnell Douglas

F-19 - officially skipped; rumored to be still classified

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F-20 Tigershark - Northrop F-21 Kfir - Israel Aircraft Industries F-22 Raptor - Lockheed Martin YF-23 Black Widow II - Northrop/McDonnell Douglas YF-24 - Classified project[4][5] F-35 Lightning II - Lockheed Martin

Note: Captured foreign aircraft used for evaluation and aggressor were given designations in sequence—based on chronology—with "black" project aircraft, continuing the pre-1962 F series.[6]
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YF-110 - Designation used for captured MiG-21s[4] YF-112 - Allegedly used for captured MiGs[4] YF-113 - Designation used for captured MiG-23s and MiG-17s[4][6] YF-114 - Designation used for captured MiG-17s[4] F-117 Nighthawk - Lockheed YF-117D Tacit Blue[4] YF-121 rumoured Black Project[4] The Boeing Bird of Prey is believed to have received a "YF-1xx" designation.[4] Glider

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TG-1 - Schweizer TG-2 - Schweizer TG-3 - Schweizer TG-4 - Schweizer TG-5 - Schweizer TG-6 - Schweizer TG-7 - Schweizer RG-8 Condor - Schweizer

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TG-9 - Schleicher TG-10 - Let L-13/L-23/L-33 Blaník TG-11 - Stemme TG-12 - Caproni Vizzola G-13 - skipped TG-14 - Grupo Aeromat TG-15 - Schempp-Hirth

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Helicopter
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H-1 - Bell H-2 Seasprite - Kaman

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H-3 Sea King - Sikorsky YOH-4 - Bell

YOH-5 - Fairchild Hiller Laser

OH-6 Cayuse - Hughes

YAL-1 - Boeing Observation

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O-1 Bird Dog - Cessna O-2 Skymaster - Cessna YO-3A Quiet Star - Lockheed

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ZO-4 - Wren O-5 - De Havilland Canada

Observation Helicopter

OH-6 Cayuse - Hughes

OH-58 Kiowa - Bell Patrol

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P-1 - skipped P-2 Neptune - Lockheed (previously designated P2V) P-3 Orion - Lockheed (previously designated P3V) P-4 Privateer - Consolidated Aircraft (previously designated P4Y) P-5 Marlin - Martin (previously designated P5M)

P-6 - According to official Defense Department information, this was skipped at the request of the US Navy (reasons unknown, possibly to avoid confusion with cancelled P6M SeaMaster)

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P-7 - Lockheed P-8 Poseidon - Boeing Reconnaissance

TR-1 Dragon Lady - Lockheed Black Project) SR-3 Blackstar - (rumored Black Project)

TR-3A Black Manta - Northrop (rumored

Reconnaissance (Converted Aircraft)
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RA-3 Skywarrior - Douglas RA-5 Vigilante - North American RB-17 Flying Fortress - Boeing RB-26 Invader - Douglas RB-29 Superfortress - Boeing RB-36 Peacemaker - Convair

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RB-45 Tornado - North American]] RB-47 Stratojet - Boeing RB-52 Stratofortress - Boeing RB-57 Canberra - Martin RB-58 Hustler - Convair RB-66 Destroyer - Douglas

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RB-69 Neptune - Lockheed RC-7 - de Havilland Canada RC-12 Guardrail - Beechcraft RC-45 Expeditor - Beechcraft RC-47 Skytrain - Douglas RC-54 Skymaster - Douglas RC-121 Warning Star - Lockheed RC-130 Hercules - Lockheed RC-131 Samaritan - Convair RC-135 - Boeing RF-4 Phantom II - McDonnell Douglas RF-5 Tigereye - Northrop RF-8 Crusader - Chance Vought

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RF-9 Cougar - Grumman RF-51 Mustang - North American RF-61 Reporter - Northrop RF-80 Shooting Star - Lockheed RF-84 Thunderflash - Republic RF-86 Sabre - North American RF-87 Blackhawk - Curtiss-Wright RF-100 Super Sabre - North American RF-101 Voodoo - McDonnell RF-104 Starfighter - Lockheed RF-105 Thunderchief - Republic U-2 - Lockheed

Tanker
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KA-3 Skywarrior - Douglas KA-6 Intruder - Grumman KC-10 Extender - McDonnell Douglas KB-29 Superfortress - Boeing KC-45 - Northrup Grumman(currently on order)

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KB-47 Stratojet - Boeing KB-50 Superfortress - Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker - Boeing KC-130 Hercules - Lockheed KC-135 Stratotanker - Boeing

Trainer
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T-1 SeaStar - Lockheed (previously designated T2V) T-1 Jayhawk - Beechcraft T-2 Buckeye - North American (previously designated T2J) T-3 Firefly - Slingsby Aviation T-4 - skipped T-5 - skipped

T-6 Texan II - Beechcraft Utility, 1955-present

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U-1 Otter - de Havilland Canada U-2 - Lockheed U-3 - Cessna U-4 Aero Commander - Aero Design

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U-5 Twin Courier - Helio U-6 Beaver - de Havilland Canada U-7 Super Cub - Piper U-8 Seminole - Beechcraft

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U-9 Aero Commander - Aero Design U-10 Super Courier - Helio U-11 Aztec - Piper U-12 - skipped U-13 - skipped U-14 - skipped U-15 - skipped

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U-20 - Cessna U-21 Ute - Beechcraft U-22 - Beechcraft U-23 Peacemaker - Fairchild Hiller/Pilatus U-24 Courier - Helio U-25 Guardian - Dassault-Breguet U-26 Turbo Stationcar - Cessna U-27 Caravan - Cessna U-28 - Pilatus U-38 Twin Condor - Schweizer

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U-16 Albatross - Grumman U-17 Skywagon - Cessna U-18 Navion - North American/Ryan U-19 Sentinel - Stinson

Utility Helicopter
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UH-1 Iroquois - Bell UH-3 Sea King - Sikorsky UH-34 Seahorse - Sikorsky

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UH-60 Blackhawk - Sikorsky UH-72A Lakota - American Eurocopter

Vertical and Short Take-off and Landing Aircraft
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OV-1 Mohawk - Grumman CV-2 Caribou - de Havilland Canada XV-3 - Bell XV-4 Hummingbird - Lockheed XV-5 Vertifan - Ryan V-6 Kestrel - Hawker Siddeley/British Aerospace CV-7 Buffalo - de Havilland Canada XV-8 Fleep - Ryan AV-8 Harrier II - McDonnell Douglas/British Aerospace XV-9 - Hughes OV-10 Bronco - Rockwell International XV-11 Marvel - Parsons OV-12 - Pilatus XFV-12 - North American Rockwell
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V-13 - skipped XV• •

V-14 - skipped; XV-14 was changed to 15 to avoid confusion with X-14 XV-15 - Bell AV-16 - McDonnell Douglas/Hawker Siddeley

XV-17 - reserved for Army, but apparently not used

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UV-18 Twin Otter - de Havilland Canada

V-19 - reserved for Navy, but apparently not used

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UV-20 Chiricahua - Pilatus PV-21 - reserved for Navy airship, but apparently not used V-22 Osprey - Bell/Boeing UV-23 - Skytrader

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