|Designation||Official, Popular Name(s)||Manufacturer||1st Flight or Appearance||Role(s)/Notes|
FA Atlantic 1932 USN fighter F2A Buffalo Brewster 1937 USN/USMC carrier-based fighter - 1st monoplane equipping a USN squadron F3A Corsair Brewster 1943 USN/USMC Brewster-built F4U FB (PW-9) Boeing 1924 USN biplane fighter - Boeing's 1st naval fighter - developed with the PW-9 F2B (P-8) Boeing 1926 USN carrier-based biplane fighter - similar to USAAS P-8 - modified FB F3B Boeing 1927 USN/USMC carrier-based biplane fighter - development F2B F4B (P-12) Boeing 1928 USN carrier-based biplane fighter P-12 F5B (P-15) Boeing 1930 USN monoplane P-15 F6B Boeing 1933 USN fighter-bomber - based on F4B; redes. to BFB in 1934 F7B Boeing 1933 USN fighter - modified P-29 (P-29/32) F8B Boeing 1944 USN long-range contra-rotating propellors fighter-bomber CF Curtiss 1922 USN "paper" designation of CR - racers classed as fighters F2C Curtiss 1924 USN "paper" designation of R2C F3C Curtiss 1925 USN "paper" designation of R3C F4C Curtiss 1922 USN/USMC biplane fighter - all-metal TS F5C designation skipped to avoid confusion with F-5L F6C (PW-8) Hawk Curtiss 1925 USN/USMC biplane fighter - carrier-based P-1 F7C Seahawk Curtiss 1928 USN/USMC biplane fighter F8C-1/3 Falcon Curtiss 1928 USN/USMC 2-seat biplane fighter-bomber redes. to OC F8C-2/8 Helldiver Curtiss 1928 USN/USMC's 1st dive bomber - modified F8C-1/3 modified/redes. to O2C F9C Sparrowhawk Curtiss 1931 USN biplane parasite fighter operating from airship F10C Helldiver Curtiss 1931 USN biplane fighter - modified O2C (F8C-8) F11C Goshawk Curtiss 1932 USN carrier-based biplane fighter-bomber; redes. to BFC/BF2C in 1934 F12C Curtiss 1933 USN parasol wing fighter, pursuit F13C Mystery Fighter Curtiss 1934 USN/USMC fighter F14C Curtiss 1944 USN contra-rotating propellors fighter F15C Curtiss 1945 USN jet+turboprop fighter FD Douglas 1933 USN/USMC fighter - last fixed-gear biplane FD Phantom Douglas 1945 1st USN carrier-based jet fighter - later FH Phantom F2D Banshee Douglas 1947 USN carrier-based fighter-bomber - later F2H F3D (F-10) Skyknight, Willy the Douglas 1948 USN/USMC's 1st jet night fighter - all-weather Whale, Whale, Drut carrier-based fighter F4D (F-6) Skyray, Ford Douglas 1951 USN/USMC carrier-based interceptor & attack F5D Skylancer Douglas 1954 USN much-modified/supersonic F4D-2 F6D Missileer Douglas 1960 USN patrol interceptor FF Fifi Grumman 1931 USN biplane fighter, scout F2F Grumman 1933 USN/USMC carrier-based fighter-bomber F3F Flying Barrel Grumman 1935 USN/USMC larger wingspan/fuselage F2F - last USN biplane fighter F4F Wildcat Grumman 1937 1st USN/USMC monoplane fighter F5F (P-50) Skyrocket Grumman 1938 experimental USN 2-engined fighter F6F Hellcat Grumman 1942 USN/USMC carrier-based night fighter/ fighter-bomber F7F (P-65) Tigercat Grumman 1944 USN/USMC carrier-based fighter-bomber, night fighter F8F Bearcat Grumman 1944 USN/USMC carrier-based fighter, fighter-bomber F9F(1-5) Panther Grumman 1948 USN/USMC carrier-based fighter-bomber, photographic recon. F9F(6-8) Cougar Grumman 1951 modified, reengined, swept-wing F9F(1-5), same (F-9) roles as well as trainer F9F-9 Tiger Grumman 1954 USN - prototype F11F (F-11) F10F Jaguar Grumman 1952 USN swing-wing fighter (2nd American swing-wing) F11F Tiger Grumman 1955 USN carrier-based fighter-bomber - redes. (F-11) F9F-9 F12F Grumman 1956 USN proposed all-weather interceptor development F11F - competitor F4H FG Comanche Eberhart 1927 USN fighter F2G Eberhart 1928 USN seaplane FG FG Corsair Goodyear 1943 USN/USMC Goodyear-built F4U F2G Corsair Goodyear 1945 USN proposed low-altitude F4U FH Hall 1929 USN fighter FH Phantom McDonnell 1947 USN/USMC fighter - 1st jet to land on aircraft carrier - redes. FD F2H (F-2) Banshee, Banjo McDonnell 1947 USN/USMC carrier-based all-weather fighter-bomber- redes. F2D - redes. to F-2 in 1962 F3H (F-3) Demon, Lead Sled McDonnell 1951 USN carrier-based all-weather night fighter - redes. to F-3 in 1962 F4H (F-4) Phantom II , Rhino McDonnell 1955 USN carrier-based fleet defence interceptor - Double Ugly, Spectre, development/redes. AH - redes. to F-4 in 1962 Flying Bathtub, Pig, Old Smokey, Converter, Rhino, St. Louis Slugger FJ Ber.-Joyce 1930 USN fighter F2J (P-16) Ber.-Joyce 1933 USN fighter F3J Ber.-Joyce 1934 USN - last biplane fighter with fixed landing gear FJ-1 (F-1) Fury North Amer. 1946 USN carrier-based fighter-bomber FJ-2/4 Fury North Amer. 1952 USN/USMC swept-wing modified F-86E - (F-86E) carrier-based fighter, drone controller, attack fighter FL Loening 1933 USN biplane fighter FL (P-39) Airabonita Bell 1940 USN P-39C F2L (P-63) Kingcobra Bell 1942 USN P-63 F3L Bell 1960 USN proposed version of USAF F-109 VTOL (F-109) fighter - cancelled FM Wildcat Gen. Mot. 1943 USN/USMC G.M.-built reengined F4F F2M Wildcat Gen. Mot. 1944 USN - reengined FM F3M Bearcat Gen. Mot. 1945 USN GM-produced F8F FN N.A.F. cancelled USN fighter project FO (P-38) Lightning Lockheed 1939 USN P-38 fighter FO Salmon, Vertijet Lockheed 1950 initial designation FV FR Fireball Ryan 1944 USN carrier-based fighter with radial + jet engine F2R Dark Shark Ryan 1946 USN turboprop + jet derivative of FR FS Spitfire Supermar. 1945 USN designation Spitfire fighter FT (A-17) Northrop 1934 1st Navy twin-engine - carrier-based attack fighter - based on USAAF A-17 F2T (P-61) Black Widow Northrop 1944 USN/USMC trainer P-61 UF Vought initial designation UO FU Vought 1926 USN carrier-based/battleship fighter, trainer - redes./development UO F2U Vought 1929 USN 2-place fighter F3U Vought 1933 USN fighter F4U Corsair, Vought 1940 USN/USMC carrier-based fighter-bomber, night Bent-Wing Bird fighter, recon. F5U Skimmer, Flying Chance Vo. 1940 USN experimental carrier-based saucer-wing fighter Pancake/Flapjack F6U Pirate Vought 1946 USN -Vought's 1st jet fighter F7U Cutlass, Vought 1950 tailless USN/USMC carrier-based fighter, Gutless Cutlass recon. F8U (F-8) Crusader, Vought 1955 USN/USMC carrier-based fighter, fighter-bomber MiG Master FV Salmon, Vertijet, Lockheed 1953 USN experimental VATOL fighter- Vertical Riser contra-rotating propellors - redes. FO FV Vickers 1943 proposed Vickers-built F6F F2W Tornado Experimental Wright 1923 USN fighter/racer F3W Apache Wright 1926 USN fighter - reengined F2W FY Pogo Convair 1954 USN experimental VATOL fighter with contra- rotating propellors F2Y (F-7) Sea Dart Convair 1954 USN experimental jet fighter with skis to take off/land on water F-1 Camel Sopwith 1917 fighter F-1 Fairchild 1929 photographic recon. - redes. C-8 F-1 (FJ) Fury North Amer. 1962 USN carrier-based fighter - redes. FJ F-2 Expeditor,Bugsmasher Beech 1941 photographic recon.-converted C-45 F-2 (F2H) Banshee, Banjo McDonnell 1962 USN carrier-based fighter-bomber - redes. F2H F-3 Havoc Douglas 1940 photographic reconaissance A-20 F-3 (F3H) Demon, Lead Sled McDonnell 1962 USN carrier-based interceptor, attack-redes. F3H F-4 Lightning Lockheed 1941 photographic reconaissance P-38 F-4 (F4H) Phantom II, Rhino, McDD 1962 USN/USAF carrier-based interceptor/fighter - Double Ugly, Spectre, land/sea operations - redes. F4H/F-110 Flying Bathtub, Pig, Old Smokey, Converter, Rhino, St. Louis Slugger F-4G Wild Weasel McDD 1968 USAF defense suppression F-4 F-5L N.A.F./ 1918 USN/USMC modified H-16 - patrol flying boat Curtiss with Liberty engine F-5 Lightning Lockheed 1942 photographic reconnaissance P-38 - modified F-4 F-5 Freedom Fighter,Tiger Northrop 1963, USN/USAF light tactical fighter (A,B), Tiger II (E,F), 1972 "Top Gun" DACT Aggressor F-6L N.A.F. 1918 modified F-5L F-6 Mustang North Amer. 1942 photographic reconnaissance P-51 F-6 (F4D) Skyray, Ford Douglas 1962 USN/USMC carrier-based interceptor & attack - redes. F4D F-7 Liberator Cons. Vul. 1942 photographic reconnaissance B-24D F-7 (F2Y) Sea Dart Convair 1962 USN experimental fighter - redes. F2Y F-8 Mosquito D.H.C. 1943 development of Mosquito - photographic recon. F-8 (F8U) Crusader, Vought 1962 USN/USMC carrier-based fighter/fighter-bomber, MiG Master recon. - redes. F8U F-9 Flying Fortress Boeing 1942 photographic reconnaissance B-17 F-9 Cougar Grumman 1962 USN carrier-based fighter - redes. F9F-(6-8) (F9F-[6-8]) F-10 Mitchell North Amer. 1941 unarmed photographic reconnaissance B-25 F-10 (F3D) Skyknight, Willy Douglas 1962 USN/USMC's 1st jet night fighter - redes. F3D the Whale, Whale, Drut F-11 Hughes 1944 experimental contrarotating propellors twin-boom reconnaissance - development A-37 F-11 Tiger Grumman 1962 USN carrier-based fighter-bomber - redes. F11F (F11F) F-12 Rainbow Douglas 1944 long-range photographic reconnaissance F-12 The Thing, Lockheed 1964 high-speed interceptor, later SR-71 - Blackbird development A-12 (A-11?)3 F-13 Superfortress Boeing 1944 camera reconnaissance B-29 F-13 designation unassigned in 1962 system (superstition?) F-14 Shooting Star Lockheed 1944 photographic reconnaissance P-80 F-14 Tomcat, Turkey Grumman 1970 USN carrier-based swing-wing fighter/interceptor F-14D Super Tomcat Grumman 1987 reengined/modified F-14 F-15 Reporter Northrop 1945 recon. - modified P-61 (also FP-61) F-15 Eagle, Big Bird, McDD 1972 air superiority fighter with attack Aluminum Overcast, capabilities Great Bird Rodan, Rodan, Tennis Court F-15 Streak Eagle McDD 1975 stripped high-performance F-15A F-15E Strike Eagle McDD 1982 multirole fighter/attack, with FAST packs/CFT F-16 Fighting Falcon, G.D. 1974 USAF multirole fighter, trainer - winner of LWF Electric Jet, Viper, contract; USN DACT (F-16N) Little Hummer, Lawn Dart F-16 Agile Falcon G.D. 1987 modified F-16C with 25% greater wing area F-16XL G.D. 1982 mod. F-16 with cranked-arrow delta wing - redes. as F-16E - non-standard designation F-17 Cobra Northrop 1974 competitor of the F-16 in USAF LWF contract - modified into F/A-18 for USN/USMC F/A-18 Hornet, McDD 1978 USN/USMC carrier & land-based Plastic Bug fighter/attack (-18A and -18C), trainer(-18B), night attack (-18D) - modified F-17 F/A-18E/F/G Super Hornet, Boeing/McDD 1993 modified F/A-18C/D - larger, greater Growler (F/A-18G) payload, reengined; F/A-18G proposed replacement for EA-6B, AKA EA-18 F-19?9 F-20 Tigershark Northrop 1982 multirole tactical fighter development of the F-5G F-21 Lion (Kfir) IAI 1985 USN/USMC Top Gun DACT - leased Israeli Kfir jets F-22 Lightning 2, Raptor, Lockheed/ 1991 USAF Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) Rapier? Boeing & winner with internal weapons & thrust G.D. vectoring - USN proposed navalized version (NATF) - comp. F-23 F-23 Black Widow II, Gray Northrop/ 1991 competitor F-22 - ATF demonstrator Ghost McDD F-24 Douglas 1948 redes. A-24 (SBD) F-35 Lockheed 2001 USAF/USN/USMC multirole fighter development of X-35; apparent des. of JSF (Joint Strike Fighter), obviously incorrectly based on X-35 rather than F-24 F-38L Lightning Lockheed 1948 long-range twin boom fighter - redes. P-38L F-40 Warhawk Curtiss 1948 fighter-bomber - redes. P-40 F-47 Thunderbolt, The Jug, Republic 1948 air superiority fighter, bomber - redes. P-47 Big Ugly, Bucket of Bolts, Cast Iron Beast, Repulsive Scatterbolt, Seven-Ton Milk Bottle, T-bolt, Thunder Mug F-51 Mustang, Apache, North Amer. 1948 USAF air superiority fighter, attack - Peter-Dash-Flash, redes. P-51; Army chase plane Spam Can, Stang for AH-56 helicopter (delivered 1968) F-59 Airacomet Bell 1948 1st American jet fighter - redes. P-59A F-61 (F2T) Black Widow Northrop 1948 twin boom night fighter, strategic recon. - redes. P-61 F-63 (F2L) Kingcobra Bell 1948 fighter-bomber - based on P-39E - redes. P-63 F-80 Shooting Star, Lead Lockheed 1948 fighter-bomber, interceptor - redes. P-80 (TO-1/ Sled, Lockheed Racer, T-Bird, T-Bag TV-1) F-81 Silver Bullet Convair 1948 jet + turboprop long-range escort fighter - redes. P-81 F-82 Twin Mustang North Amer. 1948 escort & night fighter with 2 P-51H fuselages joined by 1 wing & stabilizer - redes. P-82 F-83 Bell 1948 experimental long-range jet escort fighter - development P-59A - redes. P-83 F-84 Thunder Jet/Streak/ Republic 1948 fighter-bomber - redes. P-84 Flash, The Hog, Ground Hog, Ground-Loving Whore, Lead Sled, Lieutenant Eater, Mechanic's Nightmare, Bumblebee F-84F Thunderstreak, Republic 1951 swept-wing F-84 - redes. F-96 Super Hog, Thunderscreech F-85 Goblin, Bumble Bee, McDonnell 1948 parasite fighter carried in B-36/EB-29B bomb Parasite bay - redes. P-85 F-86 Sabre North Amer. 1948 fighter-bomber - redes. P-86 - F-86E basis for (FJ-2/4) FJ-2/4 F-86D Dogship, Sabre Dog North Amer. 1949 gunless all-weather interceptor F-86 - redes. F-95 F-87 Blackhawk Curtiss 1948 1st dedicated all-weather fighter - development A-43 with 4 jets - redes. P-87 F-88 Voodoo McDonnell 1948 long-range escort fighter - competitor F-90 & F-93 - redes. P-88 - developed into F-101 F-89 Scorpion, FOD Vacuum, Northrop 1948 all-weather/night interdictor - redes. P-89 World's Largest Vacuum Cleaner, Stanley Steamer F-90 Lockheed 1948 experimental long-range penetration fighter - competitor F-88/F-93 - redes. P-90 F-91 Thunderceptor Republic 1948 experimental rocket-assisted swept wing with inverse taper & variable incidence wings - redes. P-91 F-92 Dart,Seven Balls Two Convair 1948 experimental - 1st delta-wing jet - redes. P-92 F-93 Sabre North Amer. 1950 penetration fighter F-86 with flush air intakes - competitor F-88/F-93 F-94 Starfire Lockheed 1949 all-weather fighter/interceptor - modified T-33/F-80 F-95 Sabre North Amer. 1950 night fighter F-86 - redes. as F-86D F-96 Thunderjet Republic 1950 original designation of swept-wing F-84 - redes. as F-84F F-97 Starfire Lockheed 1950 modified F-94B - redes. as F-94C 10 F-98 Falcon Hughes 1951 original designation Falcon AAM - later GAR-1, AIM-4 F-99 Bomarc Boeing 1951 original designation Bomarc SAM - later IM-99 F-100 Super Sabre, Hun, North Amer. 1953 fighter-bomber, interceptor - first "Century Sabre 45, Lead Sled, Silver Dollar Series" fighter F-101 Voodoo, One-O-Wonder McDonnell 1954 fighter-bomber, all-weather interceptor - based on F-88 - F-101B originally designated F-10911 F-102 Delta Dagger, Deuce, Convair 1953 1st supersonic delta-wing - all-weather Dagger interceptor F-92 F-103 Republic 1951 experimental Mach 4 delta interceptor with ramjets F-104 Starfighter, Missile Lockheed 1952 day interceptor, air superiority fighter With a Man In It, Zipper, Zip, Widow Maker F-105 Thunderchief, Thud, Republic 1955 all-weather fighter-bomber - competitor F-107 Hyper-Hog, Iron Butterfly, Lead Sled, The Nickel, One-Man Air Force, Thunderthud, Triple Threat, Ultra-Hog, Squash Bomber, Squat Bomber, Republic Iron and Steel Works, Mighty Iron Hardware F-105D T-Stick II Republic 1970 improved all-weather bomber F-105 F-105G Wild Weasel Republic 1960 EW/defence suppression F-105 - redes. EF-105F F-106 Thunderjet Republic 1950 jet + propellor F-84 - temporary designation F-84H F-106 Delta Dart, Six, Convair 1956 all-weather interceptor Sixshooter, Dart F-107 Ultra Sabre North Amer. 1956 experimental fighter with overhead air intake - based on F-100 - competitor F-105 F-108 Rapier North Amer. 1959 experimental Mach 3 long-range delta interceptor- escort for XB-70 11 F-109 Bell 1960 supersonic 8-jet VTOL fighter-bomber (F3L) F-110 Spectre, Phantom II McDonnell 1962 air superiority/tactical support F-4 - redes. as F-4C F-111 Aardvark, Vark, G.D. 1964 USN (cancelled)/USAF long-range interdictor Flying Edsel, Swinger, attack - 1st swing-wing fighter in service Switchblade, Switchblade Edsel, Widow Maker, Swing-Wing Coffin 12 F-117 Nighthawk, Black Jet, Lockheed 1982 tailless delta-shaped low-visibility("stealth") Wobblin' Goblin, covert strike fighter Stealth Fighter, Scorpion, Frisbee, Bat Plane, Ghost FA-26 Invader Douglas 1946 photographic recon. A-26 (B-26) - redes. to RB-26 FB-29 Superfortress Boeing 1945 redesignated F-13 FB-111 Aardvark, Vark, G.D. 1967 strategic attack F-111 - Switchblade, Switchblade Edsel, Widow incorrect designation; should be BF-11121 Maker, Swing-Wing Coffin FB-111H Saber Penetrator G.D. 1987 proposed replacement for Stealth bomber - replaced by B-1B and B-2 FG-1 Cornelius 1944 fuel glider with expendable fuel tank FLB Gen. Airc. 1921 USCG research amphibian - later PJ FM-1 Airacuda, Aerocuda Bell 1937 USAAC Fighter Multiplace - pusher with 2 gunner pods on wings forward of each engine - bomber destroyer FM-2 Lockheed 1937 competitor FM-1 FP-51 Mustang North Amer. 1946 redes. F-6 - later RF-51 FP-61 Black Widow Northrop 1946 recon. P-61 - later RF-61 FP-80 Shooting Star Lockheed 1946 recon. P-80 - redes. F-14 - later RF-80 FP-87 Blackhawk Curtiss 1948 photographic recon. P-87 - later RF-87 FT Fokker 1923 USN torpedo bomber flying boat FV-12 Rockwell 1972 USN experimental VATOL ground attack fighter V-12
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