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
A-10C Thunderbolt II Fairchild Republic USA Jet CAS / Attack 1977 281[4] To be retired by 2030.
AC-130J Ghostrider Lockheed USA Turboprop CAS / Attack 2017 11 Replacement for the AC-130U.
AC-130W Stinger II Lockheed USA Turboprop CAS / Attack 1966 20 Currently being replaced by the AC-130J.
B-1B Lancer Rockwell International USA Jet Bomber 1986 45[5] Employs variable-sweep wing design. To be replaced by the B-21 Raider.
B-2A Spirit Northrop Grumman USA Jet Bomber 1997 19 Stealth capable aircraft. To be replaced by the B-21 Raider.
B-52H Stratofortress Boeing USA Jet Bomber 1955 74
C-5M Super Galaxy Lockheed USA Jet Strategic airlifter 1970 52
C-12C/D/H/J Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Transport 1972 55 32 aircraft are used for reconnaissance
C-17A Globemaster III McDonnell Douglas/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 35 Learjet USA Jet VIP transport 1985 18
C-32A/B Air Force Two Boeing USA Jet VIP transport 1998 6
C-37A/B Gulfstream V Gulfstream USA Jet VIP transport 1998 11
C-40B/C Boeing USA Jet VIP transport 2001 11
C-130H Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Tactical airlifter 1956 192
C-130J Super Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Tactical airlifter 1996 132
C-145A Skytruck PZL Mielec Poland Turboprop Utility 2007 5 Assigned to the 6th Special Operations Squadron[6]
C-146A Wolfhound[7] Fairchild-Dornier Germany Turboprop Transport 2011 20 Flown with the 524th Special Operations Squadron[8]
CN-235 CASA Spain Turboprop Reconnaissance 1988 5 Flown with the 427th Special Operations Squadron
CV-22B Osprey Bell, Boeing USA Tiltrotor CSAR / transport 2006 50
E-3B/C/G Sentry (AWACS) Boeing USA Jet AWACS 1977 31
E-4B (NAOC) 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 (BACN)[9] 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
F-15C/D Eagle McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Air superiority 1976 234[4] 1500 26 D variants are used for training. To be retired by 2030.
F-15E Strike Eagle McDonnell Douglas/Boeing USA Jet Multirole, primarily strike 1988 218[4]
F-15EX Eagle II McDonnell Douglas/Boeing USA Jet Multirole, primarily strike 2020 8[10] F-15C/D Eagle replacement
F-16C/D Fighting Falcon General Dynamics USA Jet Multirole 1978 934[11] 4600 Being Replaced by F-35 Lightning II
F-22A Raptor Lockheed Martin USA Jet Air superiority 2005 186[11] Stealth capable aircraft. To be replaced by NGAD
F-35A Lightning II Lockheed Martin USA Jet Multirole 2016 283[4] Stealth capable aircraft. F-16 replacement
HC-130J Combat King II Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Search and rescue 1959 32
HH-60G/U Pave Hawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter CSAR 2016 106 To be replaced by the HH-60W Jolly Green II
KC-10A Extender McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Aerial refueling 1981 59
KC-46A Pegasus Boeing USA Jet Aerial refueling 2019 23 38 on order
KC-135R/T 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-12W Liberty Beechcraft USA Turboprop Multi-mission/Special Operations 1974 13
MC-130H Combat Talon II Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Multi-mission/Special Operations 1966 16
MQ-9A Reaper General Atomics USA UAV Multi-mission[12] 2006 251
NC-135W Boeing USA Jet Test Bed 1961 1
OC-135B Open Skies Boeing USA Jet Observation 1993 2 used as part of Treaty on Open Skies
RC-26B Metroliner Fairchild USA Turboprop Reconnaissance 1989 11 Used by Air National Guard for Drug Interdiction and Disaster Reconnaissance
RC-135S Cobra Ball Boeing USA Jet Reconnaissance 1972 3
RC-135U/V/W Combat Sent/Rivet Joint Boeing USA Jet ELINT / surveillance 1972 22
RQ-4B Global Hawk Northrop Grumman USA UAV/High Altitude Recon Patrol 2001 37
RQ-20 Puma AeroVironment USA UAV Patrol 2008 1000
RQ-170 Sentinel Lockheed Martin USA UAV Multi-Mission 2007
T-1A Jayhawk Raytheon USA Jet Trainer 1992 176 Multi-engine trainer
T-6A Texan II Raytheon/Beechcraft USA Turboprop Trainer 2001 446
T-38A/C Talon Northrop USA Jet Trainer 1961 505
T-41D Mescalero Cessna USA Propeller Basic trainer 1964 4
T-51A Cessna Cessna USA Propeller Basic trainer 1957 3
T-53A Kadet II Cirrus USA Propeller Basic trainer 1995 24
TC-135W Boeing USA Jet Trainer 1961 3
TE-8A Joint STARS Northrop Grumman USA Jet Trainer 1991 1
TH-1H Iroquois Bell USA Helicopter Trainer 1959 40
TU-2S Dragon Lady Lockheed USA Jet Conversion trainer 1957 4
U-2S Dragon Lady Lockheed USA Jet Reconnaissance 1957 26
U-28A Draco Pilatus Switzerland Turboprop Utility 1991 35 23 used for reconnaissance
UH-1N Twin Huey Bell USA Helicopter Utility 1969 65 To be replaced by the MH-139 Grey Wolf
UV-18B Twin Otter De Havilland Canada Canada Turboprop Utility 1988 1 STOL capable aircraft
VC-25A Air Force One Boeing USA Jet VIP Transport 1990 2 Presidential Transport, operated by 89th Airlift Wing[13]
WC-130J Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Weather reconnaissance 1996 10 Assigned to 403d Wing
WC-135C/W Constant Phoenix Boeing USA Jet Atmospheric research 1993 2

Army

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[14] Total Notes
CL-650 (ARTEMIS) Bombardier Canada Jet Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance 2020 2[15] 2 modified CL-650; N488CR c/n 6140, N9191 c/n 5312
C-12J Beechcraft USA Turboprop Transport 1984 3[16]
C-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport 1972 93 C-12C, C-12D and C-12F
C-41 Aviocar CASA Spain Turboprop Cargo/Transport 1974 5
C-26E Metroliner Fairchild USA Turboprop Range Support 1980s 12
C-27J Spartan Alenia Aeronautica USA
Italy
Turboprop Cargo aircraft 2006 7 Former Air Force aircraft used by Army Special Operations Command for training.
C-31A Troopship Fokker Netherlands Turboprop Cargo/Transport 1958 2 Used for the Golden Knights Gold Team and Black Team
C-20H Gulfstream USA Jet VIP Transport 1985 1
EO-5 de Havilland Canada Canada Turboprop Electronic Warfare,
Reconnaissance
1975 10 3 x EO-5C, 7 x RC-7. Previously designated as RC-7B
RC-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Reconnaissance 1974 83 RC-12D, RC-12H and RC-12K
UC-35 Cessna USA Jet Utility aircraft 1987 27 20 x UC-35A, 7 x UC-35B
C-37 Gulfstream USA Jet VIP Transport 1997 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 1983 6 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
UV-18C de Havilland Canada Canada Turboprop Cargo/Transport 1965 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. To be replaced by Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft.
CH-47F Chinook Boeing USA Helicopter Transport 1962 442 394 x CH-47D, 48 x CH-47F. 464 new CH-47F to be delivered. To be replaced by Future Heavy Lift.
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 1979 58 23 x MH-60K, 35 x MH-60L.
TH-67 Creek Bell USA
Canada
Helicopter Trainer 1967 88 To be retired by 2020.[17]
UH-60 Black Hawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Utility 1979 1,443 751 x UH-60A, 592 x UH-60L, 100 x UH-60M. 1227 UH-60M planned.[18] To be replaced by Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft.
UH-72A Lakota Eurocopter USA
Germany
Helicopter Utility 2007 341 13 on order as of December 2015.
MQ-1C Gray Eagle General Atomics USA UAV 2009 75[19] 133 planned[20]
Prioria Robotics Maveric Prioria Robotics USA UAV 2008 36 [21]
CQ-10 Snowgoose MMIST Canada UAV Transport 2005 15 49 planned. Parafoil and autogyro variants.
RQ-7B Shadow AAI Corporation USA UAV 2002 450 68 on order.[22]
RQ-11 Raven AeroVironment USA UAV 2003
Switchblade AeroVironment USA UAV Attack 2012
RQ-20 Puma AeroVironment USA UAV Patrol 2008

Coast Guard

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[23] Total Notes
HC-27J Spartan Alenia Aeronautica USA
Italy
Turboprop Search and rescue 2006 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 1997 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 1997 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 1959 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 1959 12 More on order, currently[when?] 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 2009 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) 1990 42 will remain in service until 2027
MH-65D Dolphin Eurocopter USA
France
Helicopter Short Range Recovery (SRR) 1985 95
MH-65E Dolphin Eurocopter USA
France
Helicopter Short Range Recovery (SRR) 1985 3 Upgraded version of MH-65D with advanced avionics and search and rescue equipment

Marine Corps

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[24][25] Total Notes
C-20G Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 1985 2 2 will be upgraded to C-20 ER
F/A-18A Hornet McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter 1985 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 1985 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 1985 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 1985 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 2015 32 Active, 25 Training 57 V/STOL variant. Planned total of 353 F-35Bs and 67 F-35Cs (CTOL) to replace various aircraft.[26]
F-5N Tiger II Northrop USA Jet Aggressor 1959 12 Scheduled to maintain service till 2026.
KC-130J Super Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Tanker 1962 52
UC-12W Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Utility 1974 8 8 Scheduled to replace the UC-12F/M Huron by 2024.
UC-12M Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Utility 1974 2 2 Scheduled to be replaced by UC-12W Huron by 2024.
UC-12F Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Utility 1974 4 4 Scheduled to be replaced by UC-12W Huron by 2024.
UC-35D Citation Cessna USA Jet Utility 1972 10 Active 10 To be replaced/upgraded to UC-35 ER.
UC-35C Citation Cessna USA Jet Utility 1972 2 Active 2 To be replaced/upgraded to UC-35 ER.
AH-1Z Viper Bell USA Helicopter Attack 2010 90 189 planned in total
CH-53E Super Stallion Sikorsky USA Helicopter Cargo/Transport 1981 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 2008 122 160
VH-3D Sea King Sikorsky USA Helicopter Marine One VIP Transport 1961 11 To be replaced by Sikorsky VH-92A
VH-60N Whitehawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Marine One VIP Transport 1979 8 To be replaced by Sikorsky VH-92A
AV-8B/+ Harrier II McDonnell Douglas US / UK Jet Attack/Trainer 1985 80 Active, 13 training, 4 test aircraft 97 VTOL. To be replaced by F-35B[27]
MV-22B Osprey Bell Boeing USA Tiltrotor Multi-mission 2007 236 300 VTOL. 360 on order
K-MAX Kaman USA UAV Cargo and transport 1991 1 Helicopter with twin intermeshing rotors. UAV variant of manned type.
RQ-7B Shadow AAI Corporation USA UAV Reconnaissance 2002 50
RQ-11 Raven AeroVironment USA UAV Reconnaissance 2003
MQ-27 Boeing USA UAV Reconnaissance 2005
Switchblade AeroVironment USA UAV Attack 2012
RQ-20 Puma AeroVironment USA UAV Reconnaissance 2008
RQ-21A Blackjack Boeing Insitu USA UAV Reconnaissance 2014
MQ-8B Fire Scout Northrop Grumman USA UAV Multi-Mission 2009 27[28] Helicopter.
Black Hornet Nano Prox Dynamics Norway UAV 2015 Helicopter.
Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes

Navy

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[14] Total Notes
C-2A Greyhound Grumman USA Turboprop Carrier-based Cargo/Transport aircraft 1966 33 To be replaced by 44 CMV-22[29]
C-20 Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 1985 4 C-20G
C-37 Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 1997 4 1 x C-37A
C-40A Clipper Boeing USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 2001 17
C-130T Hercules Lockheed USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 1956 15
UC-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 1974 14
C-26D Metroliner Fairchild USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 1980s 6
KC-130T Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Aerial Refueling 1962 5
E-2C/D Hawkeye Northrop Grumman USA Turboprop Carrier-based Airborne Command and Control aircraft 1963 81
E-6B Mercury Boeing USA Jet TACAMO 1989 16
EA-18G Growler Boeing USA Jet Carrier-based Electronic-warfare aircraft 2009 155
EP-3E ARIES II Lockheed USA Turboprop Electronic-warfare aircraft 1950s 12
F-5F/N Tiger II Northrop USA Jet Aggressor 1962 29 F-5F, F-5N. Used for adversary training[30]
F-16 Fighting Falcon General Dynamics USA Jet Aggressor 1978 14 Used for adversary training.[31]
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet McDonnell Douglas / Northrop Grumman / Boeing USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter 1999 512 F/A-18E and F/A-18F. 22 on order.
F-35C Lightning II Lockheed Martin USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter aircraft 2015 118 260 planned[32]
MQ-4C Triton Northrop Grumman USA UAV Unmanned aerial vehicle 2018 2[33] 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 2001 294 29 on order.
T-44A Beechcraft USA Turboprop Trainer aircraft 1964 57
T-45C Goshawk McDonnell Douglas UK/USA Jet Carrier-based Trainer aircraft 1991 194
UC-35D Cessna USA Jet Utility aircraft 1972 1
CMV-22 Osprey Bell Boeing USA Tiltrotor Multi-mission 2007 1 48 on order.
MH-53E Sea Dragon Sikorsky USA Helicopter Airborne mine countermeasures and vertical on-board delivery 1981 27
MH-60 Seahawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Anti-submarine warfare helicopter
Multi-mission
1984 508
TH-57B/C Sea Ranger Bell USA Helicopter Trainer 1984 114 To be replaced by the AgustaWestland TH-57A Thrasher
ScanEagle Boeing USA UAV 2005
RQ-21A Blackjack Boeing Insitu USA UAV 2014
MQ-8B Fire Scout Northrop Grumman USA UAV Patrol 2009 27[28] Helicopter. 96 planned.[34]

See also

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