Aircraft Not Used

by the United States Marine Corps

This page gives details of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the United States Marine Corps, but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

To be added.

All-Time Aircraft Used List
United States Marines

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin

AAI RQ-2A Pioneer

45

1987

2008

local 

AAI RQ-7 Shadow

20

2003

current

local 

Atlantic TA-1

3

1927

n/a

local 

Atlantic TA-2

3

1928

n/a

local 

Atlantic TA-3

n/a

1930

n/a

local 

Beech GB-1 Traveler

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Beech GB-2 Traveler

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Beech JRB-1 Expeditor

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Beech JRB-2 Voyager

n/a

1941

n/a

local 

Beech JRB-3 Navigator

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Beech JRB-4 Navigator

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Beech JRB-5 Expeditor

n/a

1946

n/a

local 

Beech JRB-6 Expeditor

n/a

1947

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-1 Kansan

28

1943

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-2 Navigator

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-2C Navigator

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-2P Navigator

n/a

1947

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-3 Navigator

n/a

1946

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-3E Navigator

n/a

1947

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-3H Navigator

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-3N Navigator

n/a

1947

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-3Q Navigator

n/a

1949

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-4 Navigator

n/a

1954

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-5 Navigator

n/a

1949

n/a

local 

Beech SNB-5P Navigator

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

Beech T-34B Mentor

n/a

1957

n/a

local 

Beech UC-12B Huron 

n/a

1980

current

local 

Bell AH-1G Cobra

n/a

1969

n/a

local 

Bell AH-1J Cobra

n/a

1971

n/a

local 

Bell AH-1T Sea Cobra

n/a

1978

n/a

local 

Bell AH-1W Super Cobra

169

1986

current

local 

Bell AH-1Z Super Cobra

7

2002

current

local 

Bell HH-1K Iroquois

n/a

1970

n/a

local 

Bell HTL-1

n/a

1950

n/a

local 

Bell HTL-2

n/a

1948

n/a

local 

Bell HTL-3

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Bell HTL-4

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Bell HTL-5

n/a

1954

n/a

local 

Bell UH-1E Iroquois

n/a

1964

n/a

local 

Bell UH-1N Iroquois

205

1971

2014

local 

Bell UH-1Y Huey

21

2002

current

local 

Bell VH-1N Iroquois

n/a

1976

n/a

local 

Bellanca JE-1 Pacemaker

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Bellanca RE-3 Pacemaker

1

1933

n/a

local 

Boeing F/A-18A Hornet 

n/a

1983

current

local 

Boeing F/A-18D Hornet 

n/a

1988

current

local 

Boeing FB-1

10

1926

n/a

local 

Boeing FB-3

n/a

1929

n/a

local 

Boeing FB-5

n/a

1929

n/a

local 

Boeing F3B-1

n/a

1933

n/a

local 

Boeing F4B-3

n/a

1933

n/a

local 

Boeing F4B-4

n/a

1932

n/a

local 

Boeing MV-22B Osprey

168

2000

current

local

Boeing NB-1

n/a

1926

n/a

local 

Boeing NB-2

n/a

1926

n/a

local 

Boeing XN2B-1

n/a

1930

n/a

local 

Boeing O2B-1

n/a

1925

n/a

local 

Boeing-Vertol CH-46A Sea Knight

160

1964

n/a

local 

Boeing-Vertol CH-46D Sea Knight 

266

1966

2008

local 

Boeing-Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight 

272

1976

current

local 

Boeing-Vertol CH-46F Sea Knight 

174

1968

n/a

local 

Boeing-Vertol HH-46A Sea Knight

n/a

1974

n/a

local 

Brewster F2A-2 Buffalo

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Brewster F2A-2P Buffalo

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo

n/a

1941

n/a

local 

Brewster F2A-3P Buffalo

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Brewster F3A-1 Corsair

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Brewster SB2A-2 Buccaneer

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Brewster SB2A-4 Buccaneer

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Canadian Car SBW-3 Helldiver

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Canadian Car SBW-4E Helldiver

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Canadian Car SBW-5 Helldiver

n/a

1947

n/a

local 

Cessna JRC-1 Bobcat

1

1943

n/a

local 

Cessna OE-1 (O-1B) Bird Dog

62

1951

1965

local 

Cessna OE-2 (O-2C) Bird Dog

27

1955

1965

local 

Cessna UC-35C Citation V (Cessna 550)

2

1999

current

local 

Cessna UC-35D Encore (Cessna 550)

11

2001

current

local 

Chance Vought F8U-1 (F-8A) Crusader

n/a

1958

n/a

local 

Chance Vought F8U-1P (RF-8A) Crusader

n/a

1958

n/a

local 

Chance Vought F8U-1E (F-8B) Crusader

n/a

1959

n/a

local 

Chance Vought F8U-2 (F-8C) Crusader

n/a

1959

n/a

local 

Chance Vought F8U-2N (F-8D) Crusader

n/a

1960

n/a

local 

Chance Vought F8U-2NE (F-8E) Crusader

n/a

1962

n/a

local 

Chance Vought F-8H Crusader

n/a

1967

n/a

local 

Chance Vought O2U-1

n/a

1927

n/a

local 

Chance Vought O2U-2 Corsair

n/a

1931

n/a

local 

Chance Vought O2U-4 Corsair

n/a

1930

n/a

local 

Chance Vought O3U-1 Corsair

n/a

1936

n/a

local 

Chance Vought O3U-3 Corsair

n/a

1938

n/a

local 

Chance Vought O3U-6 Corsair

32

1935

n/a

local 

Chance Vought SU-1 Corsair

n/a

1932

n/a

local 

Chance Vought SU-2 Corsair

n/a

1932

n/a

local 

Chance Vought SU-3 Corsair

n/a

1933

n/a

local 

Chance Vought SU-4 Corsair

n/a

1936

n/a

local 

Chance Vought UO-1

n/a

1928

n/a

local 

Chance Vought UO-5

n/a

1928

n/a

local 

Columbia J2F-6 Duck

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Consolidated NY-1

n/a

1926

n/a

local 

Consolidated NY-1B

n/a

1926

n/a

local 

Consolidated NY-2

n/a

1928

n/a

local 

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Consolidated-Vultee OY-1 Sentinel

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Consolidated-Vultee OY-2 Sentinel

n/a

1949

n/a

local 

Consolidated Vultee PB4Y-1 Liberator

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Consolidated-Vultee PB4Y-1F Liberator

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Consolidated-Vultee PB4Y-2 Privateer

n/a

1946

n/a

local 

Consolidated-Vultee RY-3 Liberator-Ex

n/a

1946

n/a

local 

Convair C-131G Convair Liner

n/a

1970

n/a

local 

Convair R4Y-1

n/a

1955

n/a

local 

Cox-Klemin XS-1

n/a

1926

n/a

local 

Curtiss C-3

1

1914

n/a

local 

Curtiss E-1

1

1914

n/a

local 

Curtiss F-5L

n/a

1922

n/a

local 

Curtiss F6C-1 Hawk

n/a

1927

n/a

local 

Curtiss F6C-4 Hawk

n/a

1927

n/a

local 

Curtiss XF6C-5 Hawk

n/a

1927

n/a

local 

Curtiss XF6C-6

n/a

1930

n/a

local 

Curtiss XF7C-1 Sea Hawk

n/a

1931

n/a

local 

Curtiss F7C-1 Sea Hawk

n/a

1927

n/a

local 

Curtiss XF8C-1 Falcon

n/a

1928

n/a

local 

Curtiss F8C-1 Falcon

n/a

1928

n/a

local 

Curtiss F8C-3 Falcon

n/a

1928

n/a

local 

Curtiss F8C-5 Helldiver

n/a

1930

n/a

local 

Curtiss XF13C-3

n/a

1937

n/a

local 

Curtiss HS-1

n/a

1920

n/a

local 

Curtiss HS-2L

n/a

1918

n/a

local 

Curtiss JN-4 Jenny

n/a

1917

n/a

local 

Curtiss JN-4B Jenny

n/a

1917

n/a

local 

Curtiss JN-4H Jenny

n/a

1918

n/a

local 

Curtiss JN-4HG Jenny

n/a

1918

n/a

local 

Curtiss JN-6H Jenny

n/a

1919

n/a

local 

Curtiss JN-6HG-I Jenny

n/a

1919

n/a

local 

Curtiss N-9

30

1918

n/a

local 

Curtiss N-9H

n/a

1918

n/a

local 

Curtiss N2C-1 Fledgling

n/a

1929

n/a

local 

Curtiss N2C-2 Fledgling

n/a

1933

n/a

local 

Curtiss XOC-3 Falcon

n/a

1930

n/a

local 

Curtiss SBC-3 Helldiver

n/a

1937

n/a

local 

Curtiss XSBC-4 Helldiver

n/a

1939

n/a

local 

Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver

n/a

1939

n/a

local 

Curtiss SB2C-1 Helldiver

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Curtiss SB2C-1A Helldiver

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Curtiss SB2C-1C Helldiver

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Curtiss SB2C-4E Helldiver

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Curtiss SNC-1 Falcon

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Curtiss R-6

n/a

1918

n/a

local 

Curtiss RC-1 Kingbird

1

1931

1936

local 

Curtiss ??-3

n/a

1926

n/a

local 

Curtiss-Wright R4C-1 Condor

n/a

1934

n/a

local 

Curtiss R5C-1 Commando

160

1943

n/a

local 

Curtiss R5C-1Z Commando

1

1946

n/a

local 

Curtiss-Wight SOC-3 Seagull

n/a

1938

n/a

local 

Dayton-Wright DH-4

n/a

1918

1929

UK

Dayton-Wright DH-4B

n/a

1920

n/a

local 

Dayton Wright DH-4B-1

n/a

1921

n/a

local 

Dayton Wright DH-4B-2

30

1925

1929

local 

Dayton Wright TW-3

n/a

1925

n/a

local 

De Havilland Canada U-1A Otter

n/a

1957

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-1 Skyraider

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-2 Skyraider

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-2Q Skyraider

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-3 Skyraider

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-3N Skyraider

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-3W Skyraider

n/a

1950

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-4 Skyraider

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-4B Skyraider

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-4L Skyraider

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-4N Skyraider

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-4NA Skyraider

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-4NL Skyraider

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-4Q Skyraider

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-4W Skyraider

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-5 Skyraider

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-5N Skyraider

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-5W Skyraider

n/a

1954

n/a

local 

Douglas AD-6 Skyraider

n/a

1955

n/a

local 

Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk

n/a

1957

n/a

local 

Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk

n/a

1957

n/a

local 

Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk

n/a

1960

n/a

local 

Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk

n/a

1964

n/a

local 

Douglas A-4M Skyhawk

158

1971

1994

local 

Douglas OA-4M Skyhawk

23

1979

1994

local

Douglas TA-4E Skyhawk

n/a

1965

n/a

local 

Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk

n/a

1966

n/a

local 

Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk

n/a

1970

n/a

local 

Douglas BD-2 Havoc

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Douglas TC-117D Skytrain

n/a

1968

n/a

local 

Douglas C-118B Liftmaster

n/a

1973

n/a

local 

Douglas VC-118B Liftmaster

n/a

1980

n/a

local 

Douglas DT-2

n/a

1923

n/a

local 

Douglas DT-4

n/a

1925

n/a

local 

Douglas F3D-1 Skyknight

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight

237

1951

n/a

local 

Douglas F3D-2M Skyknight

n/a

1954

n/a

local 

Douglas F3D-2Q Skyknight

n/a

1956

n/a

local 

Douglas F3D-2T Skyknight

n/a

1956

n/a

local 

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

n/a

1956

n/a

local 

Douglas JD-1 Invader

n/a

1947

n/a

local 

Douglas OD-1

2

1926

n/a

local 

Douglas RD-2

n/a

1936

n/a

local 

Douglas RD-3

n/a

1935

n/a

local 

Douglas R2D-1

2

1934

1943

local

Douglas R3D-2

4

1940

1946

local

Douglas R4D-1 Skytrain

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Douglas R4D-3 Skytrooper

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Douglas R4D-4 Skytrooper

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Douglas R4D-5 Skytrain

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Douglas R4D-5R Skytrain

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Douglas R4D-6 Skytrooper

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Douglas R4D-6R Skytrain

n/a

1947

n/a

local 

Douglas R4D-6Z Skytrain

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

Douglas R4D-8 Skytrain

n/a

1952

n/a

local 

Douglas R4D-8Z (VC-117D) Skytrain

n/a

1961

n/a

local 

Douglas R5D-2 Skymaster

n/a

1950

n/a

local 

Douglas R5D-2F Skymaster

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Douglas R5D-3 Skymaster

n/a

1946

n/a

local 

Douglas R5D-3Z Skymaster

n/a

1946

n/a

local 

Douglas R5D-4R Skymaster

n/a

1954

n/a

local 

Douglas R5D-5R (C-54T) Skymaster

n/a

1960

n/a

local 

Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless

57

1940

1945

local

Douglas SBD-2 Dauntless

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Douglas SBD-3P Dauntless

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Douglas SBD-4P Dauntless

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Douglas SBD-5A Dauntless

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Fairchild J2K-1

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Fairchild SBF-1 Helldiver

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Fairchild SBF-3 Helldiver

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Fairchild SBF-4E Helldiver

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Fairchild R4Q-1 Packet

n/a

1950

n/a

local 

Fairchild R4Q-2 Packet

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

Farman

1

1917

1918

France

Fokker C-1

3

1920

n/a

Germany

Fokker D-7

6

1920

n/a

Germany

Ford JR-2 Tin Goose (Ford 4-AT-E)

2

1929

n/a

local 

Ford JR-3 Tin Goose (Ford 5-AT-C)

2

1931

n/a

local 

Ford RR-4 Tin Goose

n/a

1934

n/a

local 

Ford RR-5 Tin Goose (Ford 4-AT-D)

1

1931

n/a

local 

General Motors FM-1 Wildcat

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

General Motors FM-2 Wildcat

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

General Motors TBM-1 Avenger

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

General Motors TBM-1C Avenger

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

General Motors TBM-3 Avenger

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Grumman TBM-3B Avenger

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

General Motors TBM-3E Avenger

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

General Motors TBM-3N Avenger

n/a

1952

n/a

local 

General Motors TBM-3Q Avenger

n/a

1950

n/a

local 

General Motors TBM-3R Avenger

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Goodyear FG-1 Corsair

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Goodyear FG-1A Corsair

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Goodyear FG-1D Corsair

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Great Lakes XBG-1

1

1936

1938

local 

Great Lakes BG-1

30

1935

1940

local

Great Lakes XB2G-1

1

1937

n/a

local 

Great Lakes TG-1

n/a

1939

n/a

local 

Grumman A-6A Intruder

n/a

1964

n/a

local 

Grumman EA-6A Prowler 

28

1965

1993

local 

Grumman EA-6B Prowler 

n/a

1978

current

local 

Grumman KA-6D Intruder

n/a

1971

n/a

local 

Grumman A-6E Intruder

n/a

1974

n/a

local 

Grumman FF-2 FiFi

n/a

1940

n/a

local 

Grumman F2F-1

n/a

1937

n/a

local 

Grumman F3F-1

n/a

1936

n/a

local 

Grumman F3F-2

n/a

1937

n/a

local 

Grumman F3F-3

n/a

1939

n/a

local 

Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat

n/a

1941

n/a

local 

Grumman F4F-3A Wildcat

n/a

1941

n/a

local 

Grumman F4F-3P Wildcat

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Grumman F4F-7 Wildcat

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Grumman F4F-7P Wildcat

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Grumman F6F-3E Hellcat

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Grumman F6F-3N Hellcat

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Grumman F6F-3P Hellcat

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Grumman F6F-5E Hellcat

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Grumman F6F-5P Hellcat

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Grumman F7F-1 Tigercat

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Grumman F7F-1N Tigercat

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Grumman F7F-2N Tigercat

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Grumman F7F-2P Tigercat

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Grumman F7F-3P Tigercat

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Grumman F7F-4N Tigercat

n/a

1946

n/a

local 

Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-2 Panther

n/a

1949

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-2B Panther

n/a

1950

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-2P Panther

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-4 Panther

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-5 Panther

n/a

1952

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-5P Panther

n/a

1952

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-6P Cougar

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-6 Cougar

n/a

1954

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-8 Cougar

n/a

1955

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-8B Cougar

n/a

1956

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-8P Cougar

n/a

1956

n/a

local 

Grumman F9F-8T Cougar

n/a

1957

n/a

local 

Grumman JF-1 Duck

n/a

1934

n/a

local 

Grumman JF-2 Duck

n/a

1935

n/a

local 

Grumman J2F-1 Duck

n/a

1937

n/a

local 

Grumman J2F-2 Duck

n/a

1937

n/a

local 

Grumman J2F-2A Duck

n/a

1939

n/a

local 

Grumman J2F-3 Duck

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Grumman J2F-4 Duck

n/a

1939

n/a

local 

Grumman J2F-5 Duck

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Grumman J4F-2 Widgeon

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Grumman JRF-1 Goose

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Grumman JRF-1A Goose

n/a

1939

n/a

local 

Grumman JRF-4 Goose

n/a

1941

n/a

local 

Grumman JRF-5 Goose

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Grumman US-2A Tracker

n/a

1968

n/a

local 

Grumman US-2B Tracker

n/a

1966

n/a

local 

Grumman S-2E Tracker

n/a

1965

n/a

local 

Grumman TC-4C Gulfstream

n/a

1968

n/a

local 

Grumman TBF-1 Avenger

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Grumman TBF-1C Avenger

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Grumman UF-1 (HU-16C) Albatross

n/a

1960

n/a

local 

Gulfstream C-20G (Gulfstream IV)

n/a

1998

current

local 

Hawker Siddeley AV-8A Harrier

n/a

1971

n/a

local 

Howard GH-1 Nightingale

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Howard GH-2 Nightingale

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Howard GH-3 Nightingale

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Howard NH-1 Nightingale

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Kaman HOK-1

n/a

1955

n/a

local 

Kaman HTK-1

n/a

1952

n/a

local 

Kaman UH-2A Seasprite

n/a

1964

n/a

local 

Kaman UH-2B Seasprite

n/a

1969

n/a

local 

Kaman UH-43C Huskie

n/a

1964

n/a

local 

Lockheed KC-130J/T Hercules 

82/26

2000

current

local 

Lockheed KC-130R Hercules 

14

1976

current

local 

Lockheed GV-1 (KC-130F) Hercules

46

1961

current

local 

Lockheed JO-2

3

1937

n/a

local 

Lockheed PV-1 Ventura

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

Lockheed PV-2T Harpoon

n/a

1952

n/a

local 

Lockheed P2V-2 Neptune

n/a

1950

n/a

local 

Lockheed P2V-3 Neptune

n/a

1950

n/a

local 

Lockheed R5O-3 Lodestar

n/a

1947

n/a

local 

Lockheed R5O-4 Lodestar

1

1942

n/a

local 

Lockheed R5O-5 Lodestar

1

1943

n/a

local 

Lockheed R5O-6 Lodestar

35

1943

n/a

local 

Lockheed TO-1 Shooting Star

n/a

1948

n/a

local 

Lockheed TO-2 Shooting Star

n/a

1950

n/a

local 

Lockheed TV-2 Shooting Star

n/a

1952

n/a

local 

Lockheed T2V-1 Seastar

n/a

1961

n/a

local 

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II

6

2009

current

local

Loening XHL-1

2

1929

n/a

local 

Loening OL-2

n/a

1926

n/a

local 

Loening OL-3

n/a

1929

n/a

local 

Loening OL-4

n/a

1927

n/a

local 

Loening OL-6

n/a

1927

n/a

local 

Loening XOL-8

n/a

1928

n/a

local 

Loening OL-8

n/a

1928

n/a

local 

Loening OL-8A

n/a

1930

n/a

local 

Loening OL-9

n/a

1931

n/a

local 

Martin JM-1 Marauder

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Martin JM-2 Marauder

n/a

1946

n/a

local 

Martin MBT

2

1921

1923

local 

Martin MT

8

1922

n/a

local 

Martin T4M-1

n/a

1931

n/a

local 

McDonnell FH-1 Phantom

n/a

1947

1950

local 

McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee

n/a

1950

n/a

local 

McDonnell F2H-2B Banshee

n/a

1952

n/a

local 

McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee

n/a

1956

n/a

local 

McDonnell F2H-4 Banshee

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

McDonnell F4H-1 (F-4B) Phantom II

n/a

1962

n/a

local 

McDonnell RF-4B Phantom II

46

1965

1990

local 

McDonnell F-4J Phantom II

n/a

1967

n/a

local 

McDonnell F-4N Phantom II

n/a

1973

n/a

local 

McDonnell F-4S Phantom II

n/a

1978

1992

local 

MDD AV-8B/TAV-8B Harrier II/II+

259

1983

current

local 

McDonnell Douglas AV-8C Harrier

n/a

1981

n/a

local 

McDonnell Douglas TAV-8A Harrier

n/a

1976

n/a

local 

MDD TAV-8B Harrier II/II+

22

1987

current

local 

McDonnell Douglas C-9B Skytrain II 

n/a

1975

current

local 

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 Yellow Peril

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Naval Aircraft Factory OS2N-1 Kingfisher

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

New Standard NT-1

n/a

1931

n/a

local 

North American FJ-2 Fury

200

1954

n/a

local 

North American FJ-3 Fury

n/a

1955

n/a

local 

North American FJ-3M Fury

n/a

1955

n/a

local 

North American FJ-4 Fury

n/a

1955

n/a

local 

North American FJ-4B Fury

n/a

1957

n/a

local 

North American OV-10A Bronco

n/a

1968

n/a

local 

North American OV-10D Bronco

n/a

1968

n/a

local 

North American PBJ-1C (B-25C) Mitchell

50

1943

n/a

local 

North American PBJ-1D (B-25D) Mitchell

152

1943

n/a

local 

North American PBJ-1G (B-25G) Mitchell

1

1943

n/a

local 

North American PBJ-1H (B-25H) Mitchell

248

1944

n/a

local 

North American PBJ-1J (B-25J) Mitchell

255

1944

1946

local 

North American SNJ-2 Texan

n/a

1940

n/a

local 

North American SNJ-3 Texan

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

North American SNJ-4 Texan

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

North American SNJ-5 Texan

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

North American SNJ-6 Texan

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

North American SNJ-4C Texan

n/a

1947

n/a

local 

North American T-28B Trojan

n/a

1956

n/a

local 

North American T-28C Trojan

n/a

1970

n/a

local 

North American T-39D Saberliner

n/a

1972

n/a

local 

North American CT-39G Saberliner

n/a

1974

n/a

local 

Northrop F2T-1 Black Widow

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Northrop F-5E/F/N Tiger II 

n/a

1989

current

local 

Piasecki HRP-1 Rescuer

n/a

1948

n/a

local 

Piasecki HRP-2 Rescuer

n/a

1950

n/a

local 

Piasecki HUP-1 Retriever

n/a

1952

n/a

local 

Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever

n/a

1954

n/a

local 

Piper HE-1

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Piper NE-1 Grasshopper

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Piper UO-1 (U-11A) Aztec

n/a

1960

n/a

local 

Pitcarin XOP-1

1

1931

n/a

local 

Pratt-Read LNE-1

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Raytheon T-34C Turbo-Mentor

n/a

1991

current

local 

Rockwell T-2C Buckeye

n/a

1975

n/a

local 

Schweizer LNS-1

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion 

141

1965

n/a

local 

Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion 

126

1969

current

local 

Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion 

166

1981

current

local 

Sikorsky JRS-1

2

1938

n/a

local 

Sikorsky RS-1

3

1931

n/a

local 

Sikorsky RS-3

n/a

1931

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HO3S-1

n/a

1948

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HO4S-1

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HO5S-1

n/a

1952

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HRS-1

60

1951

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HRS-2

n/a

1952

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HRS-3 (CH-19E)

n/a

1953

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HR2S-1 Mojave

n/a

1956

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HSS-2 (SH-3A) Sea Bat

n/a

1961

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HSS-2Z (VH-3A) Seahorse

n/a

1962

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HUS-1 (UH-34D) Seahorse

n/a

1957

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HUS-1A (UH-34E) Seahorse

n/a

1957

n/a

local 

Sikorsky HUS-1Z (VH-34D) Seahorse

n/a

1960

n/a

local 

Sikorsky SH-3G Sea King

n/a

1972

n/a

local 

Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King

11

1975

current

local 

Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King

11

1975

current

local 

Sikorsky VH-60N Sea Hawk

9

1987

current

local 

Spartan NP-1

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Standard E-1 M Defense

n/a

1919

n/a

local 

Stearman N2S-3 Kaydet

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Stearman N2S-5 Kaydet

n/a

1944

n/a

local 

Thomas-Morse MB-3

10

1922

n/a

local 

Thomas-Morse S-4B

10

1918

n/a

local 

Timm N2T-1 Tutor

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Vought AU-1 Corsair

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Vought F4U-1 Corsair

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Vought F4U-1C Corsair

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Vought F4U-1D Corsair

n/a

1943

n/a

local 

Vought XF4U-4 Corsair

n/a

1946

n/a

local 

Vought F4U-4 Corsair

n/a

1945

n/a

local 

Vought F4U-4B Corsair

n/a

1947

n/a

local 

Vought F4U-4N Corsair

n/a

1948

n/a

local 

Vought F4U-4P Corsair

n/a

1946

n/a

local 

Vought F4U-5 Corsair

n/a

1948

n/a

local 

Vought F4U-5N Corsair

n/a

1949

n/a

local 

Vought F4U-5NL Corsair

n/a

1951

n/a

local 

Vought F4U-5P Corsair

n/a

1948

n/a

local 

Vought F7U-3 Cutlass

n/a

1954

n/a

local 

Vought XOSU-1 Corsair

n/a

1937

n/a

local 

Vought VE-7 Bluebird

n/a

1920

n/a

local 

Vought VE-7G Bluebird

1

1921

n/a

local 

Vought VE-7H Bluebird

n/a

1925

n/a

local 

Vought VE-7SF Bluebird

n/a

1921

n/a

local 

Vought VE-9

n/a

1923

n/a

local 

Vought-Sikorsky OS2U-2 Kingfisher

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Vought-Sikorsky OS2U-3 Kingfisher

n/a

1942

n/a

local 

Vought-Sikorsky SB2U-1 Vindicator

1

1938

n/a

local 

Vought-Sikorsky SB2U-3 Vindicator

57

1941

1943

local 

Vultee SNV-1 Valiant

4

1943

n/a

local 

Current Aircraft Inventory
United States Marine Corps

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Boeing F/A-18A/A+ Hornet n/a 48 0 Attack
Boeing F/A-18B Hornet n/a 4 0 Attack/Training
Boeing F/A-18C Hornet n/a 77 0 Attack/Training
Boeing F/A-18D Hornet n/a 79 0 Attack/Training
Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II 30 30 21 Attack
Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II 0 0 ? Attack
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II+ 259 112 0 Attack
McDonnell Douglas TAV-8B Harrier II+ 22 16 0 Training
Grumman EA-6B Prowler n/a 25 0 ECM
Lockheed Martin KC-130J Super Hercules 47 47 9 Tanker
Lockheed KC-130T Hercules 82 26 0 Tanker
MDD C-9B Skytrain II n/a 2 0 VIP-Transport
Beech UC-12B/F/R/W King Air n/a 0/10/1/2 0 Transport
Gulfstream C-20G (Gulfstream IV) n/a 1 0 VIP-Transport
Cessna UC-35C/D (Cessna 550) 2/11 2/10 0 VIP-Transport
Beech T-34C Turbo-Mentor n/a 3 0 Trainer
Northrop F-5F Tiger II n/a 1 0 Aggressor Training
Northrop F-5N Tiger II n/a 12 0 Aggressor Training
Bell AH-1W Super Cobra 169 155 0 Attack
Bell AH-1Z Super Cobra 0/4/4 0/4/4 0 Attack/Training/Test
Bell HH-1N Huey n/a 4 0 Transport/Utility
Bell UH-1N Huey 205 5 0 Transport/Utility
Bell UH-1Y Huey 92 92 81 Transport
Boeing CH-46E Sea Knight 272 155 0 Transport
Boeing HH-46E Sea Knight n/a 3 0 Transport
Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion 166 147 0 Transport
Sikorsky CH-53K Sea Stallion 0 0 8 Transport
Sikorsky VH-60N Black Hawk 9 6 0 VIP-Transport
Boeing MV-22B Osprey 86 204 90 Transport
AAI RQ-7 Shadow 20 20 0 UAS

Air Bases and Airfields

of the United States Marine Corps

This page gives details of the air bases and airfields which are used by the Marine Aviation.

 

29 Palms,CA / MCAGCC 29 Palms (FAA Code: NXP)
VMU-1 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 10/28, Size: 2443 x 46 m (8015 x 150 ft), Elev: 625 m (2051 ft).
 

Beaufort,SC / MCAS Beaufort / Merritt Field (ICAO Code: KNBC)
Marine Air Group 31 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 05/23, Size: 3719 x 61 m (12202 x 200 ft), Elev: 11 m (37 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 10/28, Size: 1958 x 46 m (6425 x 150 ft), Elev: 11 m (37 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 14/32, Size: 2438 x 61 m (7999 x 200 ft), Elev: 11 m (37 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 18/36, Size: 1201 x 46 m (3941 x 150 ft), Elev: 11 m (37 ft).
 

Fort Worth,TX / NAS Fort Worth JRB / Carswell Field (FIA Code: NFW)
Marine Air Group 41 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 17/35, Size: 3658 x 61 m (12000 x 200 ft), Elev: 198 m (650 ft).
 

Futenma,Japan/Okinawa / MCAS Futenma (ICAO Code: ROTM)
Marine Air Group 36 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 06/24, Size: 2743 x 46 m (9000 x 150 ft), Elev: 75 m (247 ft).
 

Havelock,NC / MCAS Cherry Point / Cunningham Field (ICAO Code: KNKT)
Marine Air Wing 2 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 05R/23L, Size: 2498 x 60 m (9199 x 196 ft), Elev: 9 m (29 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 05L/23R, Size: 2302 x 61 m (7553 x 200 ft), Elev: 9 m (29 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 14R/32L, Size: 2560 x 61 m (8399 x 200 ft), Elev: 9 m (29 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 14L/32R, Size: 2738 x 61 m (8984 x 200 ft), Elev: 9 m (29 ft).
 

Hiroshima,Japan / MCAS Iwakuni(ICAO Code: RJOI)
Marine Air Group 12 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 02L/20R, Size: 2238 x 46 m (8000 x 150 ft), Elev: 2 m (7 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 02R/20L, Size: 366 x 46 m (1200 x 150 ft), Elev: 2 m (7 ft).
 

Jacksonville,NC / MCAS New River / McCutcheon Field (ICAO Code: KNCA)
Marine Air Group 26 and 29 are based here.
Runway data: Rwy 01/19, Size: 1460 x 46 m (4790 x 150 ft), Elev: 8 m (26 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 05/23, Size: 1559 x 46 m (5114 x 200 ft), Elev: 8 m (26 ft).
 

Kaneohe Bay,HI / MCAF Kaneohe Bay (ICAO Code: PHNG)
Marine Air Group 24 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 04/22, Size: 2369 x 61 m (7771 x 200 ft), Elev: 7 m (24 ft).
 

Marietta,GA / NAS Atlanta / Dobbins ARB (ICAO Code: KMGE)
Marine Air Group 42 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 11R/29L, Size: 3048 x 91 m (10000 x 300 ft), Elev: 326 m (1068 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 11L/29R, Size: 1067 x 18 m (3500 x 60 ft), Elev: 326 m (1068 ft).
 

Mount Clemens,MI / Selfridge ANGB (ICAO Code: KMTC)
Marine Wing Support Group 47 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 01/19, Size: 2743 x 46 m (9000 x 150 ft), Elev: 177 m (580 ft).
 

New Orleans,LA / NAS New Orleans JRB / Alvin Callender Field (ICAO Code: KNBG)
Marine Air Wing 4 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 04/22, Size: 3048 x 61 m (9999 x 200 ft), Elev: 1 m (3 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 14/32, Size: 1829 x 61 m (6000 x 200 ft), Elev: 1 m (3 ft).
 

Newburgh,NY / Stewart IAP (ICAO Code: KSWF)
VMGR-452 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 09/27, Size: 3602 x 46 m (11818 x 150 ft), Elev: 150 m (491 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 16/34, Size: 1831 x 46 m (6006 x 150 ft), Elev: 150 m (491 ft).
 

Norfolk,VA / NS Norfolk / Chambers Field (ICAO Code: KNGU)
HMM-774 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 10/28, Size: 2551 x 61 m (8369 x 200 ft), Elev: 5 m (15 ft).
 

Oceanside,CA / MCAS Camp Pendleton / Munn Field (ICAO Code: KNFG)
Marine Air Group 39 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 03/21, Size: 1831 x 61 m (6006 x 200 ft), Elev: 24 m (78 ft).
 

Quantico,VA / MCAF Quantico / Turner Field (FAA Code: NYG)
HMX-1 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 02/20, Size: 1304 x 61 m (4279 x 200 ft), Elev: 3 m (11 ft).
 

Philadelphia,PA / NAS Willow Grove JRB (ICAO Code: KNXX)
Marine Air Group 49 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 15/33, Size: 2439 x 61 m (8002 x 200 ft), Elev: 109 m (358 ft).
 

Rosamund,CA / Edwards AFB (ICAO Code: KEDW)
HMM-764 and HMH-769 are based here.
Runway data: Rwy 04/22, Size: 4576 x 91 m (15013 x 300 ft), Elev: 702 m (2302 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 06/24, Size: 2438 x 15 m (8000 x 50 ft), Elev: 702 m (2302 ft).
 

San Diego,CA / MCAS Miramar / Mitscher Field (ICAO Code: KNKX)
Marine Air Group 11, 16 and 46 are based here.
Runway data: Rwy 06R/24L, Size: 2438 x 61 m (8000 x 200 ft), Elev: 176 m (478 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 06L/24R, Size: 3658 x 61 m (12000 x 200 ft), Elev: 176 m (478 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 10/28, Size: 853 x 61 m (2800 x 200 ft), Elev: 176 m (478 ft).
 

Swansboro,NC / MCALF Bogue (FAA Code: NJM)
MWSS-271 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 05/23, Size: 1218 x 29 m (3997 x 96 ft), Elev: 6 m (21 ft).
 

Washington,DC / Andrews AFB (ICAO Code: KADW)
MASD Andrews is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 01R/19L, Size: 2973 x 46 m (9755 x 150 ft), Elev: 85 m (280 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 01L/19R, Size: 2835 x 61 m (9000 x 200 ft), Elev: 85 m (280 ft).
 

Yuma,AZ / MCAS Yuma (ICAO Code: KYUM)
Marine Air Group 13 is based here.
Runway data: Rwy 03R/21L, Size: 2816 x 46 m (9239 x 150 ft), Elev: 66 m (216 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 03L/21R, Size: 4054 x 61 m (13299 x 200 ft), Elev: 66 m (216 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 08/26, Size: 1873 x 46 m (6145 x 150 ft), Elev: 66 m (216 ft).
Runway data: Rwy 17/35, Size: 1740 x 46 m (5710 x 150 ft), Elev: 66 m (216 ft).
 

Historical Orders of Battle Listing

of the United States Marine Corps

This page lists the historical Orders of Battle for United States Marine Corps Aviation.

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1926)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1921)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1936)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1939)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1940)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1941)

Historical Order of Battle (as at April 1943)

Historical Order of Battle (as at October 1943)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1944)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1945)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1946)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1951)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1956)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1961)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1966)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1970)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1976)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1981)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1986)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1992)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1996)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 2001)

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The aircraft of the USMC are fully operational.

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Aircraft Losses and Incidents

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Organisation

Main Headquarters

Department of the Navy, The Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350

Organisational Structure

Marine aviation is divided into three active and one reserve Marine Air Wing (MAW), which directly support ground forces.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Orders of Battle Listing

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Air Bases

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The Marine Aviation currently operates from twenty one mayor airbases and from various airfields.
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All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

Military Balance (IISS)
United States Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Ken Wardle)
US Navy & Marine Corps Air Power Directory (David Donald & Jon lake)
U.S. Marine Corps Aviation Since 1912 (Peter B. Mersky)
U. S. Navy Aircraft, 1921-1941; U. S. Marine Corps Aircraft, 1914-1959 (William T. Larkins)
Wings of the Fleet: US Navy and Marine Corps Aviation 1919-1941 (Peter Freeman, Mike Starmer)

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.11 p.146
Marine Corps Magazine Almanac 1999
Combat Aircraft March-April 2000
Combat Aircraft August 2002

Websites

United States Marine Corps (official homepage / includes aviation pages)
U.S. Marine Corps in World War II
Naval Historical Center (official homepage)
United States Naval Aviation 1910-1995

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Serial Numbering System
United States Marine Corps

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Background on Naval Aircraft Bureau (Serial) Numbers

Serial number and bureau number are synonymous terms for the identifying numbers assigned to individual naval aircraft. The earliest system was a letter-number combination which segregated the aircraft by manufacturer (or designer) and general type. As this scheme developed, the letter “A” was used with Curtiss hydroaeroplanes, “B” for Wright type hydroaeroplanes, “C” for Curtiss flying boats, “D” for Burgess flying boats, and “E” for Curtiss amphibian flying boats. Sequential numbers beginning with one, were assigned to each set of aircraft. That scheme was replaced by AH numbers which were assigned aircraft in service. A system of construction numbers was then initiated to identify aircraft on order. The two coexisted for some 15 months when the service numbers were abandoned.
 


The Early Designation Systems are as follows:
 

The First System from 1911–1914
A-1 Curtiss hydroaeroplane (originally an amphibian)
A-2 Curtiss landplane, rebuilt as hydroaeroplane. It was again rebuilt as a short-hulled flying boat variously described as OWL for over-water-land or as a Bat boat, and was fitted with wheels for use as an amphibian. This was recorded in the aircraft log for November 25, 1913: “title by order of Captain Chambers [was] changed [to] El.”
A-3 Curtiss hydroaeroplane, received summer of 1912.
A-4 Curtiss (or Curtiss type) hydroaeroplane
B-1 Wright landplane, converted to hydroaeroplane
B-2 Wright type hydroaeroplane, built from spares, October 1912
B-3 Wright type hydroaeroplane, built from spares, October 1913
C-1 Curtiss flying boat
C-2 Curtiss flying boat
C-3 Curtiss flying boat
C-4 Curtiss flying boat
C-5 Curtiss flying boat
D-1 Burgess Co. & Curtis flying boat
D-2 Burgess Co. & Curtis flying boat
E-1 OWL or short hulled amphibious flying boat (see A-2)
 

The Second Designation System, 1914–1916
AH designations

General Order No. 88 of 27 March 1914 listed the corresponding designations between the above designations and the new system: “The aeroplanes now in the service are hereby designated as follows:

New Designation Old Designation
 

AH-1 A-1
AH-2 A-2
AH-3 A-3
AH-4 B-1
AH-5 B-2
AH-6 B-3
AB-1 C-1
AB-2 C-2
AB-3 C-3
AB-4 C-4
AB-5 C-5
AB-6 D-1
AB-7 D-2
AX-1 E-1

Despite the phrase, “now in the Service,” the A-1, B-1, B-2 and probably the D-1 had ceased to exist before the order was issued. Other records show AH-2 as redesignation for A-4.

The designation of follow-on aircraft was as follows:
AH-7 Burgess-Dunne hydroaeroplane
AH-8 Curtiss hydroaeroplane
AH-9 Curtiss hydroaeroplane
AH-10 Burgess-Dunne hydroaeroplane
AH-11 Curtiss hydroaeroplane
AH-12 Curtiss hydroaeroplane
AH-13 Curtiss hydroaeroplane
AH-14 Curtiss hydroaeroplane
AH-15 Curtiss hydroaeroplane
AH-16 Curtiss hydroaeroplane
AH-17 Curtiss hydroaeroplane
AH-18 Curtiss hydroaeroplane
 

The Five Numbering Systems for the Aircraft History Cards

Construction numbers began with A-51 and, as serial numbers or bureau numbers, ran through A-9206 after which the letter “A” was dropped although sequential numbering continued through 9999. A second series of four digit numbers began with 0001 and ran through 7303. The last number in this series was assigned in December 1940. Beginning in 1941 a series of five digit numbers, beginning with 00001 was adopted and numbers were assigned through 99999, with 99991-100000 cancelled. A sixth digit numbering system was then added beginning with 100001 and is still in use. To summarize, the five major numbering systems are as follows:
 

A-51 to A-9206
9207 to 9999 (the A prefix was dropped)
0001 to 7303
00001 to 100000 (99991-100000 were cancelled)
100001 to present (still in use but with many modifications)

 

There are several major exceptions to the assignment of numbers in the six digit numbering system. In the 1960s a block of six digit numbers, beginning with 00, were assigned to the DASH vehicle (Drone Antisubmarine Helicopter). The original designation for the unmanned helicopter was DSN. Production models of the DSN were designated QH-50C and QH-50D. All of these helos had six digit bureau numbers that began with 00. The double zeros were part of the bureau number. These numbers obviously do not fit into the regular six digit numbering system that began with 100001. Documentation has not been found that explains why the normal six digit numbering system was not employed for these aircraft.
 

The other major exception to the normal sequential assignment of bureau numbers in the six digit system involves numbers beginning with 198003 and ranging up to 999794. This group of six digit numbers is not sequentially assigned. Almost all of the aircraft in this group of numbers were acquired by the Navy from the Army, Air Force, or other organizations, not directly from the manufacturer. There appears to be no logical sequence or reasoning for the assignment of these six digit numbers. It is believed that some of the numbers may have been derived by modifying the Air Force aircraft numbering system. However, this is only conjecture since there is no documentation to verify this explanation.
 

Aside from the very sizable overlap stemming from the numbering schemes, the same number was never used on more than one aircraft. During the planning and contracting processes, however, numbers were often assigned to aircraft that were never obtained. Sometimes, but by no means always, these cancelled numbers were reassigned to other aircraft.
 

The basic sources used in compiling the following list include a master “Serial List of Designating Numbers for Naval Aircraft” prepared by the aircraft records office in the Bureau of Aeronautics It was typed on twelve 17 1/2 inch by 21 1/2 inch pages and numbered consecutively 0 through 11. It was probably put in that form in 1935 when the first significant handwritten emendations appeared. Page 0 covered the pre-1916 schemes and pages 1 through 11 began with A-51 and ran through all four digit serials. For later aircraft, primarily those in the six digit system, the bureau number listing was compiled by using the “List of Serial Numbers Assigned Navy Aircraft” developed by the Aviation Statistics Office of DCNO (Air) and by reviewing the Aircraft History Card microfilm collection.

References:

Naval Historical Center