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List of military aircraft of the United States (naval)

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 (1909–19).

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, 1952–1962Edit


Commissioned vessels, 1922–1935Edit

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, 1952–1962Edit

Patrol, 1947–1962Edit

Scout, 1954–1962Edit

Training, 1947–1962Edit

Ambulance, 1943–1962Edit

Anti-submarine, 1946–1962Edit

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, 1946–1962Edit

AD Skyraider, United States, 2003


Bomber, 1931–1943Edit

Bomber fighter, 1934–1937Edit

Bomber drone, 1944Edit

Bomber torpedo, 1942–1945Edit

Foreign-built bomber aircraft, 1910–1962Edit


Antisubmarine, 1959–1962Edit

Assault, 1944Edit

  • BDR - Interstate

Target, 1942–1946Edit

Unpiloted, 1946–1955Edit

  • UC - Culver TD4C

Unified sequence, 1945–1962Edit


Fighter, 1910–1922Edit

Fighter, 1922–1962Edit

Foreign-built fighters, 1910–1962Edit


Bomb gliderEdit

Trainer glider, 1941–1945Edit

Transport glider, 1941–1945Edit

Foreign-built glider, 1910–1962Edit


Antisubmarine, 1951–1962Edit

Crane, 1952–1955Edit

Observation, 1944–1962Edit

Trainer, 1944–1948Edit

Trainer, 1948–1962Edit

Transport, 1944–1962Edit

Utility, 1944–1949Edit

Utility, 1950–1962Edit

Hospital, 1929–1942Edit

Marine Expeditionary, 1922–1923Edit


Observation, 1922–1962Edit

Observation scout, 1935–1945Edit

Foreign-built observation aircraft, 1920–1962Edit


Patrol, 1910–1923Edit

Patrol, 1923–1962Edit

P2V-2 Neptune over NAS Jacksonville, 1953

Patrol bomber, 1935–1962Edit

A flight of PBY-5 Catalinas over the Aleutian Islands

Patrol torpedo bomber, 1937–1962Edit

Foreign-built patrol aircraft, 1910–1962Edit

Pursuit, 1923Edit

  • WP - Wright

Racer, 1922–1928Edit

Research aircraft, 1910–1962Edit

Rotorcycle, 1954–1959Edit


Scout, 1922–1946Edit

Scout bomber, 1934–1946Edit

Scout observation, 1934–1946Edit

Scout trainer, 1939–1948Edit

Foreign-built scout aircraft, 1920–1962Edit

Tanker, 1958–1962Edit


Torpedo, 1910–1922Edit

Torpedo, 1922–1935Edit

Torpedo bomber, 1935–1946Edit

Grumman TBF Avenger in mid-1942

Torpedo scout, 1943–1946Edit

Foreign-built torpedo aircraft, 1920–1962Edit


Trainer, 1910–1922Edit

Trainer, 1922–1948Edit

Trainer, 1948–1962Edit

An SNJ-5 Texan flying in an airshow in 2004

Foreign-built trainer aircraft, 1910–1962Edit


Transport, 1931–1962Edit

Transport (late 50s)Edit

Transport, single engine, 1939–1941Edit


Utility, 1910–1931Edit

Utility, 1931–1955Edit

Utility transport, 1935–1955Edit

Utility, 1955–1962Edit

Foreign-built utility aircraft, 1920–1962Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Smith, Alfred Emanuel (21 September 1921). "Lessons of the ZR-2". The Outlook. 129: 80, 82. Retrieved 30 July 2009.

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