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This is a list of aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA).

On 1 April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was merged with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) to form the Royal Air Force (RAF) which directly operated and controlled all naval aircraft. On 1 April 1924 the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Air Force was created as a distinct component of the RAF, which existed until 24 May 1939 when command of the Fleet Air Arm was transferred back to Royal Navy control. Coastal Command patrol aircraft, including most large seaplanes, remained with the RAF despite their operations in a naval environment. Prototypes were largely under the control of the Air Ministry and not the Fleet Air Arm until their introduction into service.

Conventional Aircraft[edit | edit source]

Acronyms in table

ASW; Anti-submarine warfare
ECM; Electronic counter measures
EW; Electronic Warfare aircraft
Model Role Origin In Service Withdrawn Notes
Fairey IIID & F Spotter/target tug  UK 1918 1940
Avro 652 Transport  UK 1941 1942 2 impressed airliners
Fairey Albacore Torpedo/dive bomber  UK 1940 1943
Avro Anson Trainer/Communications  UK 1942 1955
Supermarine Attacker Fighter/fighter-bomber  UK 1951 1957
Hawker Audax Trainer  UK 1941 1945 4 ex-RAF
Grumman Avenger/Tarpon Torpedo bomber/ASW/EW  US 1943 1962 Lend-lease and MDAP
British Aerospace BAe 125 VIP transport  UK ? n/a
Blackburn Baffin Torpedo bomber  UK 1934 1946
Martin Baltimore Medium bomber  US 1944 1946 ex-RAF
Fairey Barracuda Torpedo/dive bomber  UK 1943 1953
Fairey Battle Trainer  UK 1939 1944 3 ex-RAF
Bristol Beaufighter Torpedo bomber  UK 1943 1946
Bristol Beaufort Torpedo bomber/minelayer/trainer  UK 1943 1946
Avro Bison Spotter  UK 1922 1929
Brewster Bermuda Dive bomber  US n/a n/a 5 for evaluation only
Blackburn Blackburn Spotter  UK 1923 1931
Bristol Blenheim Trainer  UK 1941 1944 ex-RAF
Douglas Boston Medium bomber  US 1943 1945 ex-RAF
Blackburn Buccaneer Strike  UK 1962 1978
Brewster Buffalo Fighter  US 1940 1941 ex-Belgian
English Electric Canberra Trainer/target tug/drone  UK ? 1992
Vought-Sikorsky Chesapeake Torpedo bomber/trainer  US 1941 1944
De Havilland Chipmunk Trainer  UK 1965 ? ex-RAF
Curtiss Cleveland Dive bomber  US n/a n/a 1 for evaluation only
Vought Corsair Fighter  US 1943 1947 Lend-lease
Douglas Dakota Transport  US 1944 1946
Blackburn Dart Torpedo bomber  UK 1922 1935
Douglas Dauntless Dive bomber  US 1944 1946
Eurocopter AS.365N-2 Dauphin 2 Trainer  France 1999 n/a
Boulton Paul Defiant Target tug  UK 1943 1946
De Havilland DH.86 Transport/trainer  UK 1940 1945 6 impressed/ex-RAF
De Havilland Dominie Trainer/transport  UK 1940 1963 Some impressed
Westland Dragonfly Air-sea rescue  UK 1951 1960
Airspeed Envoy Transport/trainer  UK 1941 1941 1 ex-RAF
Beechcraft Expeditor/Navigator Transport  US 1943 1954 Lend-lease
Miles Falcon Six Communications  UK 1940 1941 1 impressed
Blackburn Firebrand Torpedo-fighter  UK 1944 1956
Fairey Firefly Fighter/night fighter/ASW/trainer  UK 1943 1956
De Havilland Flamingo Transport  UK 1940 1946 2 impressed
Fairey Flycatcher Fighter  UK 1923 1934
De Havilland Fox Moth Communications  UK 1941 1943 1 impressed
Fairey Fulmar Fighter/night fighter  UK 1940 1945
Fairey Gannet ASW/Airborne Early Warning/transport/EW/trainer  UK 1954 1979
Westland Gazelle Trainer/utility  UK 1974 2010
De Havilland Gipsy Moth Trainer  UK 1940 1943 1 impressed
Gloster Gladiator Fighter  UK 1938 1945
Grumman Goose Transport  US 1942 1946 Lend-lease
British Aerospace Harrier II Strike  UK 2006 2011
Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow Transport  UK 1942 1943 ex-RAF
Hawker Hart/Hart Trainer Trainer  UK 1939 1942 ex-RAF
North American Harvard Trainer  US 1943 1955
Douglas Havoc Medium Bomber  US 1941 1943 9 ex-RAF
Hawker Siddeley Hawk Trainer  UK 1994 n/a
Grumman Hellcat/Gannet Fighter/night fighter  US 1943 1946
Curtiss Helldiver Dive bomber  US 1943 1945 Lend-lease
Hawker Henley Target tug  UK 1939 1944 7 ex-RAF
De Havilland Hornet Moth Communications  UK 1939 1945 1 impressed & 4 from Canada
Vought-Sikorsky Hoverfly I Training/rescue/utility  US 1944 1948?
Vought-Sikorsky Hoverfly II ?  US ? ?
Hiller HT Trainer/communications  US 1963 1975
Lockheed Hudson Transport  US 1944 1945 4 ex-RAF
Hawker Hunter Trainer/drone  UK ? 1994
Hawker Hurricane Fighter  UK 1941 1945
BAe Jetstream Trainer  UK 1979 2011 ex-RAF
Beechcraft King Air Avenger Trainer  US 2011 n/a
Vought Kingfisher Reconnaissance  US 1942 1943 Lend-lease
Avro Lancaster Heavy bomber  UK 1945 1947 ex-RAF
De Havilland Leopard Moth ?  UK 1940 1946 2 impressed
Westland Lynx ASW/air-sea rescue/transport  UK 1976 n/a
Westland Lysander Target tug  UK 1940 1944 67 ex-RAF
Miles Magister Trainer  UK 1937 1945
Miles Martinet Target tug  UK 1943 1947
Martin Maryland Medium bomber/target tug  US 1940 1944 7 ex-RAF
Miles Master Trainer  UK 1940 1948
Westland Merlin ASW/Transport  UK 2000 n/a
Gloster Meteor Trainer/target tug  UK ? ?
North American Mitchell Medium bomber  US 1943 1943 1 for evaluation only
Miles Monitor Target tug  UK 1945 1955 ex-RAF
De Havilland Mosquito various  UK 1944 ?
De Havilland DH.60M Moth Trainer  UK 1939 1943 6 impressed/ex-RAF
Gloster Nightjar Fighter  UK 1920 1924
Hawker Nimrod Fighter/utility  UK 1932 1942
Hawker Osprey Fighter/reconnaissance  UK 1931 1940
Airspeed Oxford Trainer  UK 1942 1954 ex-RAF
Bellanca Pacemaker Communications  US 1939 1940 1 impressed
Parnall Panther Spotter  UK 1919 1926
Parnall Peto Submarine-borne reconnaissance  UK 1926 1932
Percival Petrel Transport  UK 1939 1944 4 impressed/ex-RAF
McDonnell Douglas Phantom Fighter/ground attack  US 1968 1978
Parnall Plover Fighter  UK 1923 1924 Operational evaluation
Percival Proctor Trainer  UK 1939 ?
De Havilland Puss Moth Communications  UK 1940 1943 1 impressed
De Havilland Queen Bee Target drone  UK 1941 1946 5 examples
Miles Queen Martinet Target drone  UK 1945 1946 3 examples
Stinson Reliant Trainer/communications  US 1944 1946 Lend-lease
Blackburn Ripon Torpedo bomber/reconnaissance  UK 1929 1935
Blackburn Roc Fighter  UK 1938 1943
Supermarine Scimitar Fighter/tanker  UK 1957 1970
Boulton Paul Sea Balliol Trainer  UK 1952 1963
De Havilland Sea Devon Transport  UK 1955 1981
Hawker Sea Fury Fighter  UK 1947 1962
Gloster Sea Gladiator Fighter/communications  UK 1939 1945
British Aerospace Sea Harrier Fighter/reconnaissance/ground attack/trainer  UK 1979 2006
Hawker Sea Hawk Fighter/fighter-bomber/ground attack  UK 1953 1969
de Havilland Sea Heron Transport  UK 1961 1981 Bought second hand
de Havilland Sea Hornet Fighter/night-fighter/reconnaissance  UK 1947 1954
Hawker Sea Hurricane Fighter  UK 1941 1944
Westland Sea King ASW/air-sea rescue/transport  UK 1969 n/a
De Havilland Sea Mosquito Strike/target tug  UK 1946 1950s
Supermarine Sea Otter Air-sea rescue/reconnaissance/spotting  UK 1944 1950
Hunting Sea Prince Trainer/transport  UK 1953 1978
de Havilland Sea Vampire Fighter/trainer  UK 1948 1968
de Havilland Sea Venom Fighter/electronic countermeasures  UK 1954 1961
de Havilland Sea Vixen Fighter  UK 1958 1972
Supermarine Seafire Fighter/reconnaissance  UK 1942 1954
Fairey Seafox Spotting/reconnaissance  UK 1937 1943
Fairey Seal Spotter/reconnaissance  UK 1933 1943
Curtiss Seamew Reconnaissance  US 1944 1945 Never used operationally
Short Seamew ASW/Maritime patrol  UK 1956 1957 Evaluation only
Blackburn Shark Torpedo bomber/target tug  UK 1934 1944
Blackburn Skua Fighter/dive bomber/target tug  UK 1938 1941
Douglas Skyraider Airborne Early Warning  US 1951 1960
Supermarine Spitfire Fighter  UK 1942 1945
Short Sturgeon Target tug  UK 1951 1959
Fairey Swordfish Torpedo bomber  UK 1936 1946
Grumman Tigercat Fighter  US 1944 1945 2 for evaluation only
De Havilland Tiger Moth Trainer/communications  UK 1939 1965 113 ex-RAF
Beech Traveller Communications  US 1944 1946 Lend-lease
Avro Tutor Trainer  UK 1937 1942
Grob G 115 Tutor Trainer  Germany ? ?
Hawker Typhoon Fighter/ground attack  UK 1943 1943 1 for evaluation only
de Havilland Vampire Fighter/fighter-bomber  UK ? ?
Percival Vega Gull Communications  UK 1939 1945 7 impressed
Vultee Vengeance Dive bomber/target tug  US 1944 1947 Lend-lease
Lockheed Ventura Medium bomber  US 1942 1942 1 for evaluation only
Supermarine Walrus Spotter/air-sea rescue/  UK 1936 1946
Westland Walrus Spotter/reconnaissance  UK 1921 1925
Westland Wasp ASW  UK 1963 1980
Vickers Wellington Trainer/transport  UK 1942 1946 Ex-RAF
Westland Wessex ASW/air-sea rescue/transport  UK 1961 1983
Sikorsky Whirlwind ASW/transport/air-sea rescue  US 1952 1969 MDAP
Westland Whirlwind ASW/air-sea rescue/transport  UK 1956 1977
Miles Whitney Straight Communications  UK 1940 1943 1 impressed
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Trainer/transport  UK 1942 1947
Grumman Widgeon Transport  US 1943 1946
AgustaWestland Wildcat Attack  UK n/a n/a Expected to enter service 2015
Grumman Wildcat/Martlet Fighter  US 1940 1944 Lend-lease
Westland Wyvern Torpedo fighter/trainer/strike  UK 1953 1958

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