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Naval Aircraft Designations - 1946-1962

In designating the first model of a class produced by a given manufacturer, the first number (1) is omitted in the Manufacturer Type Sequence position, but is shown in the Modification Sequence position. Thus, in the VJ class, the first utility aircraft produced by Grumman Aircraft Corporation was the JF-1. When a major modification was instituted for the JF-1 without changing the character of the model, that modification changed the designation to JF-2. The second modification changed the designation to JF-3. The second utility aircraft built by Grumman was designated the J2F-1 and successive modifications to this aircraft became J2F-2, J2F-3, etc. It must be remembered that the aircraft Modification Sequence Number is always one digit higher than the actual modification number.

The basic designation could be expanded to show additional characteristics, as demonstrated below:





Type/Class Prefix
Type/Class Meaning Period
A Attack 1946-1962
D Target Drone 1946-1947
F Fighter 1922-1962
G Glider 1946-1962
G In-Flight Refueling Tanker 1960-1962
H Air-Sea-Rescue 1946-1962
K Drone 1945-1962
O Observation 1922-1962
P Patrol 1922-1962
R Transport 1931-1962
T Training 1946-1962
U Utility 1946-1962
Manufacturer Suffix
LetterManufacturerPeriod
A Noorduyn Aviation, Ltd. (Canada) 1946
B Beech Aircraft Co. 1937-1962
B Boeing Aircraft Co. 1923-1962
C Cessna Aircraft Corp. 1943-1951
C Culver Aircraft Corp. 19??-1946
C Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co. 1922-1946
C Curtiss Wright Corp 1948-1962
C DeHaviland Aircraft of Canada 1955-1962
D Douglas Aircraft Co. 1922-1967
D McDonnell Aircraft Corp. 1942-1946
D Radioplane Co. 1943-1948
D Frankfort Sailplane Co. 1945-1946
E Cessna Aircraft Co. 1951-1962
E Edo Aircraft Corp. 1943-1962
E Hiller Aircraft Corp. 1948-1962
F Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. 1931-1962
G Gallaudet Aircraft Corp. 1929-1935
G Globe Aircraft Corp 1946-1948
G Goodyear Aircraft Corp. 1942-1962
H McDonnell Aircraft Corp 1946-1962
J North American Aviation 1937-1962
K Kaman Aircraft Corp 1950-1962
K Kaiser Cargo Inc. Fleetwings Div. 1948-1962
L Bell Aircraft Corp. 1939-1962
L Columbia 1944-1946
M Glenn L. Martin Co. 1922-1962
N Gyrodyne Company of America 1955-1962
N Naval Aircraft Factory 1922-1948
N Naval Air Development Station 1948-1962
O Lockheed Aircraft Corp. 1931-1962
P Piasecki Helicopter Corp. 1946-1955
P Vertol Aircraft Corp. 1955-1962
Q Fairchild Engine and Airplane Co. 1928-1962
R Aeronca Aircraft Corp. 1942-1946
R Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Corp. 1942-1962
R Radioplanes Co. 1948-1962
R Ryan Aeronautical Co. 1948-1962
S Schweizer Aircraft Corp. 1941-19??
S Sikorsky Aviation Corp. 1928-1962
S Sperry Gyroscope Co. 1948-1962
T Taylorcraft Aviation Corp. 1942-1946
T Tempco Aircraft Corp. 1955-1962
T Northrop Aircraft Inc. 1944-1962
U Chance Vought 1922-1962
V Lockheed Aircraft Corp. 1942-1962
W Willys-Overland Co. 1948-1962
Y Consolidated Aircraft Corp. 1926-1954
Y Convair (General Dynamics Corp) 1954-1962



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