List of active United States military aircraft

Summary

Active United States military aircraft is a list of military aircraft that are used by the United States military. For aircraft no longer in-service see the list of military aircraft of the United States.

Air Force

Aircraft Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[1][2][3] Total Notes
F-16 Fighting Falcon General Dynamics USA Jet Fighter 1978 790
F-15C Eagle McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Air superiority fighter 1976 266 26 D variants are used for training
F-15E Strike Eagle McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Multirole 1988 165[4]
F-22 Raptor Lockheed Martin USA Jet Fighter 2005 194 Stealth capable aircraft
F-35A Lightning II Lockheed Martin USA Jet Fighter 2016 184 Stealth capable aircraft
A-10 Thunderbolt II Fairchild Republic USA Jet Attack 1977 287
AC-130 Lockheed USA Turboprop CAS / attack 20 Being Replaced by AC-130J
AC-130J Lockheed USA Turboprop CAS / attack 2017 11 AC-130U replacement
B-1B Lancer Rockwell USA Jet Bomber 1986 59 employs variable-sweep wing design
B-2A Spirit Northrop Grumman USA Jet Bomber 1997 19 Stealth capable aircraft
B-52H Stratofortress Boeing USA Jet Bomber 1955 74
C-5 Galaxy Lockheed USA Jet Strategic airlifter 1970 52
C-12 Beechcraft USA Turboprop Transport 55 32 aircraft are used for reconnaissance
C-17A Globemaster III McDonnell Douglas later Boeing USA Jet Strategic airlifter 1995 222 Were produced by McDonnell-Douglas prior to the merger with Boeing.
C-20H Gulfstream USA Jet VIP transport 1983 1
C-21A Learjet USA Jet VIP transport 1985 18
RC-26B Metroliner Fairchild USA Turboprop Reconnaissance 1989 11 Used by Air National Guard for Drug Interdiction and Disaster Reconnaissance
C-32 Boeing USA Jet VIP transport 1998 6
C-37 Gulfstream USA Turbofan VIP transport 1998 11
C-40 Clipper Boeing USA Jet VIP transport 2001 11
C-130 Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Tactical airlifter 1956 192
C-130J Super Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Tactical airlifter 1996 132
CN-235 CASA Spain Turboprop Reconnaissance 1988 5 Flown with the 427th Special Operations Squadron
C-146A Wolfhound[5] Fairchild-Dornier Germany Turboprop Transport 2011 20 Flown with the 524th Special Operations Squadron[6]
E-3 Sentry Boeing USA Jet AWACS 1977 31
E-4 Boeing USA Jet Command and control 1973 4 assigned to the 595th Command and Control Group
E-8C Joint STARS Northrop Grumman USA Jet Command and control 1996 16
E-9A Widget Bombardier Aerospace Canada Turboprop Surveillance 1984 3
E-11A[7] Northrop Grumman USA / Canada Jet Command and control / BACN 2005 4[1]
EC-130H Compass Call Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Radar jamming / PSYOP 1982 12
EC-130J Commando Solo III Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Radar jamming / PSYOP 1978 7
QF-16A Fighting Falcon General Dynamics USA Jet target drone 1978 12 Currently being converted from previous retired airframes.
HC-130J Combat King II Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Search and rescue 32
KC-10 Extender McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Aerial refueling 1981 59
KC-46 Pegasus Boeing USA Jet Aerial refueling 2019 23 38 on order
KC-135 Stratotanker Boeing USA Jet Aerial refueling 1957 396
LC-130H Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Cargo aircraft 1954 10 Assigned to 109th Airlift Wing
MC-130H Combat Talon II Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Multi-mission/Special Operations 1966 16
OC-135B Open Skies Boeing USA Jet Observation 1993 2 used as part of Treaty on Open Skies
RC-135 Boeing USA Jet Reconnaissance 1972 3
RC-135U Combat Sent Boeing USA Jet ELINT / surveillance 1972 22
T-1A Jayhawk Raytheon USA Jet Trainer 1992 176 Multi-engine trainer
T-6A Texan II Raytheon/Beechcraft USA Turboprop Trainer 2001 446
T-38 Talon Northrop USA Jet Trainer 1961 505
T-53A Cirrus USA Propeller Basic trainer 1995 25
U-2 Lockheed USA Jet Reconnaissance 1957 26
TU-2S Lockheed USA Jet Conversion trainer 1957 4
U-28A Pilatus Switzerland Turboprop Utility 1991 35 23 used for reconnaissance
U-27A Cessna USA Turboprop Utility 1984 2
VC-25A Boeing USA Jet VIP Transport 1990 2 Presidential Transport, operated by 89th Airlift Wing[8]
WC-130J Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Weather reconnaissance 1996 10 Assigned to 403d Wing
WC-135 Boeing USA Jet Atmospheric research 1993 2
HH-60G Pave Hawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter CSAR 2016 106
UH-1N Twin Huey Bell USA Helicopter Utility 1969 65
TH-1H Iroquois Bell USA Helicopter Trainer 1959 40
C-145A Skytruck PZL Mielec Poland Turboprop Utility 2007 5 Assigned to the 6th Special Operations Squadron[9]
UV-18B Twin Otter De Havilland Canada Canada Turboprop Utility 1988 1 STOL capable aircraft
CV-22B Osprey Bell, Boeing USA Tiltrotor CSAR / transport 2006 50
RQ-4B Global Hawk Northrop Grumman USA UAV/High Altitude Recon Patrol 2001 37
MQ-9A Reaper General Atomics USA UAV Multi-mission[10] 2006 251
RQ-170 Sentinel Lockheed Martin USA UAV Multi-Mission 2007
RQ-20 Puma AeroVironment USA UAV Patrol 2008 1000

Army

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[11] Total Notes
C-12J Beechcraft USA Turboprop Transport 3[12]
C-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport 93 C-12C, C-12D and C-12F
C-41 Aviocar CASA Spain Turboprop Cargo/Transport 5
C-26E Metroliner Fairchild USA Turboprop Range Support 12
C-27J Spartan Alenia Aeronautica USA
Italy
Turboprop Cargo aircraft 7 Former Air Force aircraft used by Army Special Operations Command for training.
C-31A Troopship Fokker Netherlands Turboprop Cargo/Transport 2 Used for the Golden Knights Gold Team and Black Team
C-20H Gulfstream USA Jet VIP Transport 1
EO-5 de Havilland Canada Canada Turboprop Electronic Warfare,
Reconnaissance
10 3 x EO-5C, 7 x RC-7. Previously designated as RC-7B
RC-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Reconnaissance 83 RC-12D, RC-12H and RC-12K
UC-35 Cessna USA Jet Utility aircraft 27 20 x UC-35A, 7 x UC-35B
C-37 Gulfstream USA Jet VIP Transport 3 1 x C-37B (G550)(04-1778),
2 x C-37A (G500)(02-1863, 05-1944)
RO-6A de Havilland Canada Canada Turboprop Patrol 6 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
UV-18C de Havilland Canada Canada Turboprop Cargo/Transport 3 Used for the Golden Knights Gold Team
MH/AH-6M Little Bird MD Helicopter USA Helicopter Attack 1980 47
AH-64 Apache Longbow, Guardian Boeing USA Helicopter Attack 1986 792 AH-64D and AH-64E. 25 on order as of December 2015.
CH-47 Chinook Boeing USA Helicopter Transport 1962 442 394 x CH-47D, 48 x CH-47F. 464 new CH-47F to be delivered
EH-60A Black Hawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Electronic-warfare 1979 64
MH-47 Chinook Boeing USA Helicopter Multi-mission 1962 61 11 x MH-47D, 23 x MH-47E, 27 x MH-47G
MH-60 Black Hawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Multi-mission 58 23 x MH-60K, 35 x MH-60L.
TH-67 Creek Bell USA
Canada
Helicopter Trainer 88 To be retired by 2020.[13]
UH-60 Black Hawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Utility 1,443 751 x UH-60A, 592 x UH-60L, 100 x UH-60M. 1227 UH-60M planned.[14]
UH-72A Lakota Eurocopter USA
Germany
Helicopter Utility 341 13 on order as of December 2015.
MQ-1C Gray Eagle General Atomics USA UAV 2009 75[15] 133 planned[16]
Prioria Robotics Maveric Prioria Robotics USA UAV 36 [17]
CQ-10 Snowgoose MMIST Canada UAV Transport 2005 15 49 planned. Parafoil and autogyro variants.
RQ-7B Shadow AAI Corporation USA UAV 450 68 on order.[18]
RQ-11 Raven AeroVironment USA UAV
Switchblade AeroVironment USA UAV Attack
RQ-20 Puma AeroVironment USA UAV Patrol

Coast Guard

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[19] Total Notes
HC-27J Spartan Alenia Aeronautica USA
Italy
Turboprop Search and rescue 14 Former Air Force aircraft, acquired in return for the release of seven HC-130H aircraft to the United States Forest Service for use as aerial tankers.
C-37A Gulfstream USA Jet VIP transport 1 VIP transport for high-ranking members of the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard.
C-37B Gulfstream USA Jet VIP transport 1 VIP transport for high-ranking members of the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard.
HC-130H Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Search and rescue 14 Most have been removed from service and are being replaced by HC-130J aircraft. Seven were turned over to the United States Forest Service to be converted to aerial firefighting tankers.
HC-130J Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Search and rescue 12 More on order, currently being manufactured to replace HC-130H.
HC-144A Ocean Sentry Airbus USA
Spain
Turboprop Search and rescue 2009 15
HC-144B Minotaur Airbus USA
Spain
Turboprop Search and rescue 3 Minotaur upgrade of HC-144A aircraft includes advanced navigation and search and rescue equipment.
MH-60T Jayhawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Medium Range Recovery (MRR) 42 will remain in service until 2027
MH-65D Dolphin Eurocopter USA
France
Helicopter Short Range Recovery (SRR) 95
MH-65E Dolphin Eurocopter USA
France
Helicopter Short Range Recovery (SRR) 3 Upgraded version of MH-65D with advanced avionics and search and rescue equipment

Marine Corps

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[20][21] Total Notes
C-20G Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 2 2 will be upgraded to C-20 ER
F/A-18A Hornet McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter 36 Active, 7 Training, 12 Stored 55 Scheduled to be replaced by F-35B/C Lightning II by 2019
F/A-18B Hornet McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Carrier-based Trainer 4 Training, 3 Stored 7 Scheduled to be replaced by F-35B/C Lightning II by 2019.
F/A-18C Hornet McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter 60 Active, 12 Training, 47 Stored 119 Scheduled to begin replacement by F-35B/C Lightning II starting 2019.
F/A-18D Hornet McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Carrier-based Strike 48 Active, 20 Training, 24 Stored 92 Scheduled to begin replacement by F-35B/C Lightning II starting 2023.
F-35B Lightning II Lockheed Martin USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter 32 Active, 25 Training 57 V/STOL variant. Planned total of 353 F-35Bs and 67 F-35Cs (CTOL) to replace various aircraft.[22]
F-5N Tiger II Northrop USA Jet Aggressor 12 Scheduled to maintain service till 2026.
KC-130T Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Tanker 12 To be replaced by KC-130J
KC-130J Super Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Tanker 52
UC-12W Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Utility 8 8 Scheduled to replace the UC-12F/M Huron by 2024.
UC-12M Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Utility 2 2 Scheduled to be replaced by UC-12W Huron by 2024.
UC-12F Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Utility 4 4 Scheduled to be replaced by UC-12W Huron by 2024.
UC-35D Citation Cessna USA Jet Utility 10 Active 10 To be replaced/upgraded to UC-35 ER.
UC-35C Citation Cessna USA Jet Utility 2 Active 2 To be replaced/upgraded to UC-35 ER.
AH-1W SuperCobra Bell USA Helicopter Attack 1986 55 To be upgraded to or replaced by AH-1Z Viper.
AH-1Z Viper Bell USA Helicopter Attack 2010 90 189 planned in total
CH-53E Super Stallion Sikorsky USA Helicopter Cargo/Transport 96 Active, 6 Reserve, 10 Training 142 To be replaced by CH-53K King Stallion, in flight testing - 2015.
UH-1Y Venom Bell USA Helicopter Utility 122 160
VH-3D Sea King Sikorsky USA Helicopter Marine One VIP Transport 11 To be replaced by Sikorsky VH-92A
VH-60N Whitehawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Marine One VIP Transport 8 To be replaced by Sikorsky VH-92A
AV-8B/+ Harrier II McDonnell Douglas US / UK Jet Attack/Trainer 80 Active, 13 training, 4 test aircraft 97 VTOL. To be replaced by F-35B[23]
MV-22B Osprey Bell Boeing USA Powered lift Multi-mission 236 300 VTOL. 360 on order
K-MAX Kaman USA UAV Cargo and transport 1 Helicopter with twin intermeshing rotors. UAV variant of manned type.
RQ-7B Shadow AAI Corporation USA UAV Reconnaissance 50
RQ-11 Raven AeroVironment USA UAV Reconnaissance
MQ-27 Boeing USA UAV Reconnaissance
Switchblade AeroVironment USA UAV Attack
RQ-20 Puma AeroVironment USA UAV Reconnaissance
RQ-21A Blackjack Boeing Insitu USA UAV Reconnaissance
MQ-8B Fire Scout Northrop Grumman USA UAV Multi-Mission 2009 27[24] Helicopter.
Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes

Navy

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[11] Total Notes
C-2A Greyhound Grumman USA Turboprop Carrier-based Cargo/Transport aircraft 33 To be replaced by 44 CMV-22[25]
C-20 Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 4 C-20G
C-37 Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 4 1 x C-37A
C-40A Clipper Boeing USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 17
C-130T Hercules Lockheed USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 15
UC-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 14
C-26D Metroliner Fairchild USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 6
KC-130T Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Aerial Refueling 5
E-2C/D Hawkeye Northrop Grumman USA Turboprop Carrier-based Airborne Command and Control aircraft 81
E-6B Mercury Boeing USA Jet Electronic-warfare aircraft 16
EA-18G Growler Boeing USA Jet Carrier-based Electronic-warfare aircraft 155
EP-3E ARIES II Lockheed USA Turboprop Electronic-warfare aircraft 12
F-5F/N Tiger II Northrop USA Jet Fighter 29 F-5F, F-5N. Used for adversary training[26]
F-16 Fighting Falcon General Dynamics USA Jet Fighter aircraft 14 Used for adversary training.[27]
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet McDonnell Douglas / Northrop Grumman then Boeing / Northrop Grumman USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter 512 F/A-18E and F/A-18F. 22 on order.
F-35C Lightning II Lockheed Martin USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter aircraft 118 260 planned[28]
MQ-4C Triton Northrop Grumman USA Jet Unmanned aerial vehicle 2[29] 68 Planned
P-3C Orion Lockheed USA Turboprop Maritime patrol aircraft 1962 37 To be replaced by P-8
P-8A Poseidon Boeing USA Jet Anti-Submarine-warfare aircraft 2013 91 24 on order
T-6 Texan II Beechcraft USA Turboprop Trainer aircraft 294 29 on order.
T-44A Beechcraft USA Turboprop Trainer aircraft 57
T-45C Goshawk McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Carrier-based Trainer aircraft 194
UC-35D Cessna USA Jet Utility aircraft 1
CMV-22 Osprey Bell Boeing USA Powered lift Multi-mission 1 48 on order.
MH-53E Sea Dragon Sikorsky USA Helicopter Airborne mine countermeasures and vertical on-board delivery 27
MH-60 Seahawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Anti-submarine warfare helicopter
Multi-mission
508
TH-57B/C Sea Ranger Bell USA Helicopter Training helicopter 114
ScanEagle Boeing USA UAV
RQ-21A Blackjack Boeing Insitu USA UAV
MQ-8B Fire Scout Northrop Grumman USA UAV Patrol 2009 27[24] Helicopter. 96 planned.[30]

See also

References

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External links

  • United States Army 2010 Weapons System Handbook (PDF file, 41.6 MB) includes pages describing US manned and unmanned aircraft.