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Naval aviation of the United States, as it is predicted to be by 2020.

This list of military aircraft of the United States (naval) includes prototype, pre-production and operational types designations under the 1922 United States Navy aircraft designation system, which was used by the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Coast Guard.

Prototypes are normally prefixed with "X" and often unnamed (note that these are not the same as the experimental X-planes, which are not generally expected to go into production), while pre-production models are usually prefixed "Y".

For aircraft designations prior to the adoption of this system, see List of military aircraft of the United States (1909-1919).

For aircraft designations under the U.S. Army Air Force/U.S. Air Force USAF system or the post-1962 Tri-Service system and aircraft currently in service, see List of military aircraft of the United States.


Airborne early warning, 1952-1962[edit | edit source]

Airship[edit | edit source]

Commissioned vessels, 1922-1935[edit | edit source]

USS Shenandoah (ZR-1).

This series of four airships (two one-offs and two production Akron-class vessels) were the only airships in American history to be commissioned as ships of the United States Navy. ZR-2 is missing from the list as that airship (the British R-38) crashed and was destroyed before delivery.[1]

Airborne Early Warning, 1952-1962[edit | edit source]

Patrol, 1947-1962[edit | edit source]

Scout, 1954-1962[edit | edit source]

Training, 1947-1962[edit | edit source]

Ambulance, 1943-1962[edit | edit source]

Anti-submarine, 1946-1962[edit | edit source]

In 1946, the "S for Scout" designation was replaced by "S for anti-Submarine", however, the numbers in the 'S' series were not restarted.

Attack, 1946-1962[edit | edit source]

AD Skyraider, United States, 2003.

Bomber[edit | edit source]

Bomber, 1931-1943[edit | edit source]

Bomber fighter, 1934-1937[edit | edit source]

Bomber drone, 1944[edit | edit source]

  • BDR - Interstate

Bomber torpedo, 1942-1945[edit | edit source]

Foreign-Built Bomber Aircraft, 1910-1962[edit | edit source]

Drone[edit | edit source]

Antisubmarine, 1959-1962[edit | edit source]

Assault, 1944[edit | edit source]

  • BDR - Interstate

Target, 1942-1946[edit | edit source]

Unpiloted, 1946-1955[edit | edit source]

  • UC - Culver TD4C

Unified sequence, 1945-1962[edit | edit source]

Fighter[edit | edit source]

Fighter, 1910-1922[edit | edit source]

Fighter, 1922-1962[edit | edit source]

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats on 1943-01-21.

F3H-2N Demon on the deck of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.

An F4U Corsair appearing at the 2005 AirVenture Air Show at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Foreign-Built Fighters, 1910-1962[edit | edit source]

Glider[edit | edit source]

Bomb Glider[edit | edit source]

Trainer Glider, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]

Transport Glider, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]

Foreign-Built Glider, 1910-1962[edit | edit source]

Helicopters[edit | edit source]

Antisubmarine, 1951-1962[edit | edit source]

Crane, 1952-1955[edit | edit source]

  • HCH - McDonnell

Observation, 1944-1962[edit | edit source]

Trainer, 1944-1948[edit | edit source]

Trainer, 1948-1962[edit | edit source]

Transport, 1944-1962[edit | edit source]

Utility, 1944-1949[edit | edit source]

Utility, 1950-1962[edit | edit source]

Hospital, 1929-1942[edit | edit source]

Marine Expeditionary, 1922-1923[edit | edit source]

Observation[edit | edit source]

Observation, 1922-1962[edit | edit source]

Observation scout, 1935-1945[edit | edit source]

Foreign-Built Observation Aircraft, 1920-1962[edit | edit source]

Patrol[edit | edit source]

Patrol, 1910-1923[edit | edit source]

Patrol, 1923-1962[edit | edit source]

P2V-2 Neptune over NAS Jacksonville, 1953

Patrol bomber, 1935-1962[edit | edit source]

A flight of PBY-5 Catalinas over the Aleutian Islands.

Patrol torpedo bomber, 1937-1962[edit | edit source]

Foreign-Built Patrol Aircraft, 1910-1962[edit | edit source]

Pursuit, 1923[edit | edit source]

  • WP - Wright

Racer, 1922-1928[edit | edit source]

Research Aircraft, 1910-1962[edit | edit source]

Rotorcycle, 1954-1959[edit | edit source]

Scout[edit | edit source]

Scout, 1922-1946[edit | edit source]

Scout bomber, 1934-1946[edit | edit source]

Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless.

Scout observation, 1934-1946[edit | edit source]

Scout trainer, 1939-1948[edit | edit source]

Foreign-Built Scout Aircraft, 1920-1962[edit | edit source]

Tanker, 1958-1962[edit | edit source]

Torpedo[edit | edit source]

Torpedo, 1910-1922[edit | edit source]

Torpedo, 1922-1935[edit | edit source]

Torpedo bomber, 1935-1946[edit | edit source]

Grumman TBF Avenger in mid-1942.

Torpedo scout, 1943-1946[edit | edit source]

Foreign-Built Torpedo Aircraft, 1920-1962[edit | edit source]

Trainer[edit | edit source]

Trainer, 1910-1922[edit | edit source]

Trainer, 1922-1948[edit | edit source]

Trainer, 1948-1962[edit | edit source]

An SNJ-5 Texan flying in an airshow in 2004.

Foreign-Built Trainer Aircraft, 1910-1962[edit | edit source]

Transport[edit | edit source]

Transport, 1931-1962[edit | edit source]

Transport, single engine, 1939-1941[edit | edit source]

Utility[edit | edit source]

Utility, 1910-1931[edit | edit source]

Utility, 1931-1955[edit | edit source]

Utility transport, 1935-1955[edit | edit source]

Utility, 1955-1962[edit | edit source]

Foreign-Built Utility Aircraft, 1920-1962[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Lessons of the ZR-2". September 214 1921. pp. 80, 82. http://books.google.com/?id=sVroBrOJL64C&pg=PA80. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 

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