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, 1952–1962


Commissioned vessels, 1922–1935

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

Patrol, 1947–1962

Scout, 1954–1962

Training, 1947–1962

Ambulance, 1943–1962

Anti-submarine, 1946–1962

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

AD Skyraider, United States, 2003


Bomber, 1931–1943

Bomber fighter, 1934–1937

Bomber drone, 1944

Bomber torpedo, 1942–1945

Foreign-built bomber aircraft, 1910–1962


Antisubmarine, 1959–1962

Assault, 1944

Target, 1942–1946

Unpiloted, 1946–1955

Unified sequence, 1945–1962


Fighter, 1910–1922

Fighter, 1922–1962

Foreign-built fighters, 1910–1962


Bomb glider

Trainer glider, 1941–1945

Transport glider, 1941–1945

Foreign-built glider, 1910–1962


Antisubmarine, 1951–1962

Crane, 1952–1955

Observation, 1944–1962

Trainer, 1944–1948

Trainer, 1948–1962

Transport, 1944–1962

Utility, 1944–1949

Utility, 1950–1962

Hospital, 1929–1942

Marine Expeditionary, 1922–1923


Observation, 1922–1962

Observation scout, 1935–1945

Foreign-built observation aircraft, 1920–1962


Patrol, 1910–1923

Patrol, 1923–1962

P2V-2 Neptune over NAS Jacksonville, 1953

Patrol bomber, 1935–1962

A flight of PBY-5 Catalinas over the Aleutian Islands

Patrol torpedo bomber, 1937–1962

Foreign-built patrol aircraft, 1910–1962

Pursuit, 1923

Racer, 1922–1928

Research aircraft, 1910–1962

Rotorcycle, 1954–1959


Scout, 1922–1946

Scout bomber, 1934–1946

Scout observation, 1934–1946

Scout trainer, 1939–1948

Foreign-built scout aircraft, 1920–1962

Tanker, 1958–1962


Torpedo, 1910–1922

Torpedo, 1922–1935

Torpedo bomber, 1935–1946

Grumman TBF Avenger in mid-1942

Torpedo scout, 1943–1946

Foreign-built torpedo aircraft, 1920–1962


Trainer, 1910–1922

Trainer, 1922–1948

Trainer, 1948–1962

An SNJ-5 Texan flying in an airshow in 2004

Foreign-built trainer aircraft, 1910–1962


Transport, 1931–1962

Transport, single engine, 1939–1941


Utility, 1910–1931

Utility, 1931–1955

Utility transport, 1935–1955

Utility, 1955–1962

Foreign-built utility aircraft, 1920–1962

See also


  1. Smith, Alfred Emanuel (21 September 19214). "Lessons of the ZR-2". The Outlook. 129: 80, 82. Retrieved 30 July 2009. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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