US Aircraft Designation List

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This page provides a list of US aircraft designations of some important categories.

Used abbreviations:
  • USN US Navy
  • USMC US Marine Corps
  • USAF/USAAF US Air Force / US Army Air Force
  • USAAS/USAAC US Army Air Service / US Army Air Corps


Pursuit fighters of the USAAS, USAAC, USAAF and Fighters of the USAF till 1962

CodeTypeCommentsPicModel(s)
P-1Curtiss P-1 Hawk


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Curtiss P-1A Hawk, Curtiss P-1B Hawk
P-2Curtiss P-2 Hawk


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Variant of the Curtiss P-1


Curtiss P-2 Hawk
P-3Curtiss P-3 Hawk


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Variant of the Curtiss P-1
XP-4Boeing XP-4


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Also the Hawk series included an XP-4
P-5Curtiss P-5 Superhawk


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Variant of the Curtiss P-1
P-6Curtiss P-6 Hawk


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P6E Hawk, P6E Hawk
XP-7Boeing XP-7


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XP-8Boeing XP-8


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XP-9Boeing XP-9


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XP-10Curtiss XP-10


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P-11Curtiss P-11
P-12Boeing P-12


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see also the Navy version F4B


Boeing P-12 E
XP-13Thomas-Morse XP-13 Viper


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XP-14Thomas-Morse XP-14
XP-15Boeing XP-15


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P-16Berliner-Joyce P-16


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XP-17Curtiss XP-17 Hawk


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Variant of the Curtiss P-1
XP-18Curtiss XP-18
XP-19Curtiss XP-19
YP-20Curtiss YP-20


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XP-21Curtiss XP-21 HawkVariant of the Curtiss P-1
XP-22Curtiss XP-22


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XP-23Curtiss XP-23


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YP-24Detroit-Lockheed YP-24


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Y1P-25Consolidated Y1P-25


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Variant of the Consolidated P-30
P-26Boeing P-26


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P26 Peashooter, P26 Peashooter, P26 Peashooter, P26 Peashooter, P26 Peashooter, P26 Peashooter
YP-27Consolidated YP-27Variant of the Consolidated P-30
Y1P-28Consolidated Y1P-28Variant of the Consolidated P-30
P-29Boeing P-29


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P-30Consolidated P-30


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XP-31Curtiss XP-31


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XP31 Swift
XP-32Boeing XP-32
XP-33Consolidated XP-33Variant of the Consolidated P-30
XP-34Wedell-Williams XP-34
P-35Seversky P-35


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P35A, P35
P-36Curtiss P-36 Hawk


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Curtiss Hawk 75


Curtiss Hawk 75, Curtiss Hawk 75, Curtiss Hawk 75 M/N/O, Curtiss Hawk 75 P36A, Curtiss Hawk 75A, Curtiss Hawk 75 Free French
YP-37Curtiss YP-37


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Variant of the Curtiss P-36
XP37
P-38Lockheed P-38 Lightning


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P38, Lightning P-322 I, P38J Droop Snoot, P-38 M/J Lightning
P-39Bell P-39 Airacobra


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Base type P39 P-39 Cobra II Racer, P-39Q Airacobra
P-40Curtiss P-40Warhawk, Tomahawk, Kittyhawk

Base type P40 P40B Tomahawk Flying Tiger, P40B Tomahawk, P40 Kittyhawk, P40 Tomahawk Soviet Navy, P40 Warhawk Skull, P40E Warhawk Aleutian Tigers, P40E Warhawk Aleutian Tigers, P40E Kittyhawk, P40EA Klimov, P40E Warhawk, P40M Warhawk, P40N Warhawk Roosters, P40N Warhawk
XP-41Seversky XP-41


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XP-42Curtiss XP-42


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Variant of the Curtiss P-36


XP42
P-43Republic P-43 Lancer


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P43 Lancer
P-44Republic P-44 RocketProposed development of P-43; not built
P-45Bell P-45Renamed Bell P-39C
XP-46Curtiss XP-46


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Variant of the Curtiss P-40
P-47Republic P-47 / F-47 Thunderbolt

Base type P47 P47, P47D, P47D, P47D, P47D, P47D-30, P47D-30, P47M
XP-48Douglas XP-48


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XP-49Lockheed XP-49


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Variant of the P-38
XP-50Grumman XF5F Skyrocket


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Variant of the Grumman XF5F
XF5F-1 Skyrocket
P-51North American P-51 / F-51 Mustang

Base type P51
XP-52Bell XP-52
XP-53Curtiss XP-53Variant of the Curtiss P-46
XP-54Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose


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XP54 Swoose Goose
XP-55Curtiss-Wright XP-55


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XP-56Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet


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XP56 Black Bullet II
XP-57Tucker XP-57
XP-58Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning


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P-59Bell P-59


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YP59 Airacomet
YP-60Curtiss X/YP-60


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Modelle 90 und 95, modifizierte Entwürfe der P-40D, nur Prototypen
P-61Northrop P-61 Black WidowP61B Black Widow
XP-62Curtiss XP-62


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P-63Bell P-63 KingcobraP63 Kingcobra
P-64North American P-64 Torito


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Refer to The NA-16 and her variants
XP-65Grumman XP-65Variant of the XP-50, none built
P-66Vultee P-66 Vanguard


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Vultee Vanguard V48, P66 Vanguard
XP-67McDonnell XP-67 MoonbatXP67 Moonbat
XP-68Vultee XP-68
XP-69Republic XP-69


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P-70Douglas P-70


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Variant of the Douglas A-20


P70
XP-71Curtiss XP-71


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XP-72Republic XP-72


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Variante der P-47 mit R-4360 Motor. Inoffizieller Name Ultra Bolt. Die finale Version sollte die Flächen der P-47N haben. (456)
XP-73Hughes XP-73
P-75Fisher P-75 Eagle


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P75A Eagle, XP-75 Eagle
XP-76Bell XP-76Temporary name of the P-39E before named P-63
XP-77Bell XP-77


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XP77
XP-78North American XP-78
XP-79Northrop XP-79


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XP79
P-80Lockheed P-80 / F-80

Base type P80
XP-81Convair XP-81


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XP-81
P-82North American P-82 / F-82 Twin Mustang


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F82 Twin Mustang
XP-83Bell XP-83


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XP-84Republic F-84

Base type F84 F84F Thunderstreak, F84G Thunderbirds
XF-85McDonnell XF-85 Goblin


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XF85 Goblin
F-86North American F-86 SabreDie F-86 wurde auf Basis der FJ Fury mit vereinfachten Anforderungen ab Frühjahr 1945 entwickelt. Den Durchbruch besserer Leistung alls Fury/P-80/P-84 erreichte der Entwurf aber erst durch Verwendung des Flügelprofils der Me 262 HG II.

Base type F86 F86 Sabre Richthofen
XF-87Curtiss XP-87 / XF-87 Blackhawk


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XP-87 Blackhawk
XF-88McDonnell XF-88


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F-89Northrop F-89

F89 D, F89J
XF-90Lockheed XF-90


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XF90
XF-91Republic XF-91


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XF-92Convair XF-92


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XF92 Dart
YF-93North American F-93


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Variant of the North American F-86
F-94Lockheed F-94 Starfire

F-94C-1-LO Starfire, F94 B Starfire
YF-95North American YF-95Variant of the North American F-86
YF-96Republic YF-96Original designation of the F-84F
F-97Lockheed F-97Variant of the Lockheed F-94
XF-98AIM-26 FalconVariant of the AIM-26 Falcon
XF-99Bomarc


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Variant of the Bomarc
F-100North American F-100 Super Sabre

F100 D Super Sabre, F-100 C Super Sabre, F-100 C Super Sabre (Boxscale)
F-101McDonnell F-101 Voodoo

F101 Voodoo
F-102Convair F-102 Delta DaggerF102 A Delta Dagger
XF-103Republic XF-103


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F-104Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

F104S, CF104, N104RB, F104 diverse, F104G, F104G
F-105Republic F-105 Thunderchief, Wild Weasel

F105G Wild Weasel, F105 Thunderbirds
F-106Convair F-106 Delta DartF106 Delta Dart
F-107North American F-107


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F107
XF-108North American XF-108


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XF-109Bell XF-109


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Die Bezeichnung F-109 wurde nie offiziell vergeben. Zeitweise wurden die Ryan X-13, McDonnel F-101 und zuletzt die Bell D188A als XF-109 bezeichnet.(503)
F-110McDonnell F-110 PhantomFirst designation of the McDonnell F-4
F-111General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

F111, EF-111A Raven, F-111E/F Aardvark

Fighters of the USN and USMC till 1962

CodeTypeCommentsPicModel(s)
XFAGeneral Aviation XFA
F2ABrewster F2A Buffalo

Base type Buffalo
F3AChance Vought F3Asee F4U
FBBoeing FBVariant of the Boeing Modell 15
F2BBoeing F2B
F3BBoeing F3BF3B-1
F4BBoeing F4B


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Variant of the Boeing P-12


Boeing P-12 E
XF5BBoeing XF5BVariant of the Boeing XP-15
XF6BBoeing XF6B
XF7BBoeing XF7BVariant of the Boeing P-29
XF8BBoeing XF8B

XF8B-1
FCCurtiss FC
F2CCurtiss F2C
F3CCurtiss F3CVariant of the Curtiss R3C-2
F4CCurtiss F4C
F5CCurtiss F5C
F6CCurtiss F6C
F7CCurtiss F7C SeahawkDescendant of the P-1Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk
F8CCurtiss F8C
F9CCurtiss F9C Sparrowhawk

F9C-2 Sparrowhawk
F10CCurtiss F10C
F11CCurtiss F11CExport version: Hawk II

Curtiss Hawk II, Curtiss Hawk II, Curtiss Hawk II Floatplane
XF12CCurtiss XF12C
XF13CCurtiss XF13C
XF14CCurtiss XF14C
XF15CCurtiss XF15C
FDMcDonnell FDRenamed McDonnell FH-1

FH1 Phantom
XFDDouglas XFD
F2DMcDonnell F2DRenamed McDonnell F2H
F3DDouglas F3D Skyknight

F3D-2 Skyknight
F4DDouglas F4D Skyray

F4D Skyray
F5DDouglas F5D
F6DDouglas F6D
FFGrumman FF
F2FGrumman F2F
F3FGrumman F3FOne modified as an acrobatic plane as G-22 Gulfhawk II

F3F-1, F3F, F3F-3
F4FGrumman F4F Wildcat

Base type F4F F4F-3S Wildcatfish, F4F Wildcat, F4F-3 Wildcat, F4F Wildcat, F4F Wildcat IV, F4F-3 Wildcat
XF5FGrumman XF5F
F6FGrumman F6F Hellcat

F6F-3 Hellcat, F6F-5N Hellcat, F6F Hellcat 1/700
F7FGrumman F7F TigercatF7F Tiger Cat
F8FGrumman F8F Bearcat

F8F Foreign Bearcat, F8F Bearcat
F9FGrumman F9F Panther, Cougar

Base type F9F F9F-2B Panther Argentina, F9F-4 Panther, F9F-8 Cougar
XF10FGrumman XF10F Tiger
F11FGrumman F11FF11F Tiger
XF12FGrumman XF12F
XFGEberhart XFG
FGGoodyear FGVariant of the Chance Vought F4U