USAAC/USAAF/USAF Fighter and Pursuit Aircraft



Original Fighter Series-1922 to 1962


This is the original series of Army and Air Force pursuit and fighter aircraft, beginning with the Curtiss P-1 and ending with the General Dynamics F-111. In 1947, the Type Symbol of P (pursuit) was changed to F (fighter), but the same model numbers were kept. For example, P-51 became F-51, P-80 became F-80, etc.

+ Boeing PW-9
+ Curtiss P-1 Hawk
+ Curtiss P-2 Hawk
+ Curtiss P-3 Hawk
+ Boeing P-4
+ Curtiss P-5 "SuperHawk"
+ Curtiss P-6 Hawk
+ Boeing XP-7
+ Boeing XP-8
+ Boeing XP-9
+ Curtiss XP-10
+ Curtiss P-11 Hawk
+ Boeing P-12
+ Thomas-Morse XP-13
+ Curtiss XP-14
+ Boeing XP-15
+ Berliner-Joyce P-16/PB-1
+ Curtiss XP-17
+ Curtiss XP-18
+ Curtiss XP-19
+ Curtiss YP-20
+ Curtiss XP-21
+ Curtiss XP-22
+ Curtiss XP-23
+ Lockheed YP-24
+ Consolidated Y1P-25
+ Boeing P-26
+ Consolidated XP-27
+ Consolidated XP-28
+ Boeing XP-29
+ Consolidated P-30/PB-2A
+ Curtiss XP-31
+ Boeing XP-32
+ Consolidated XP-33
+ Wedell-Williams XP-34
+ Seversky P-35
+ Curtiss P-36
+ Curtiss YP-37
+ Lockheed P-38 Lightning
+ Bell P-39 Airacobra
+ Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Tomahawk, Kittyhawk
+ Seversky XP-41
+ Curtiss XP-42
+ Republic P-43 Lancer
+ Republic XP-44 Rocket
+ Bell P-45 Airacobra
+ Curtiss XP-46
+ Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
+ Douglas XP-48
+ Lockheed XP-49
+ Grumman XP-50
+ North American P-51/F-51 Mustang
+ Bell XP-52
+ Curtiss XP-53
+ Vultee XP-54
+ Curtiss XP-55 Ascender
+ Northrop XP-56
+ Tucker XP-57
+ Lockheed XP-58
+ Bell P-59 Airacomet
+ Curtiss P-60
+ Northrop P-61 Black Widow
+ Curtiss XP-62
+ Bell P-63 Kingcobra
+ North American P-64
+ Grumman XP-65
+ Vultee P-66
+ McDonnell XP-67
+ Vultee XP-68
+ Republic XP-69
+ Douglas P-70
+ Curtiss XP-71
+ Republic XP-72
+ Hughes XP-73
+ P-74
+ Fisher P-75
+ Bell XP-76
+ Bell XP-77
+ North American XP-78 Mustang
+ Northrop XP-79
+ Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star
+ Convair XP-81
+ North American P-82/F-82 Twin Mustang
+ Bell XP-83
+ Republic P-84/F-84 Thunderjet/Thunderstreak/Thunderflash
+ McDonnell XP-85/XF-85 Goblin
+ North American F-86 Sabre
+ Curtiss XP-87/XF-87 Blackhawk
+ McDonnell XP-88/XF-88 Voodoo
+ Northrop F-89 Scorpion
+ Lockheed F-90
+ Republic XF-91 Thundercepter
+ Convair XF-92A
+ North American YF-93A
+ Lockheed F-94
+ North American YF-95A
+ Republic XF-96A
+ Lockheed XF-97 Starfire
+ Hughes F-98 Falcon
+ Boeing/MARC F-99 Bomarc
+ North American F-100 Super Sabre
+ McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
+ Convair F-102 Delta Dagger
+ Republic XF-103
+ Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
+ Republic F-105 Thunderchief
+ Convair F-106 Delta Dart
+ North American YF-107
+ North American F-108 Rapier
+ F-109
+ McDonnell F-110 Spectre
+ General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark




New Fighter Series--1962 to present

In 1962, a new unified fighter designation scheme was begun, one in which both the Navy and the Air Force designated their aircraft in the same manner. As part of this new system, a new fighter series was initiated. These are the USAF entries in the new fighter sequence, which begins with the F-4 Phantom and continues to the F-23.

+ McDonnell F-4 Phantom
+ Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter/Tiger II
+ Lockheed YF-12A
+ McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
+ General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon
+ Northrop YF-17 Cobra
+ "F-19"
+ Northrop F-20A Tigershark
+ Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
+ Northrop/McDonnell Douglas YF-23


Finally, there is the singular example of the F-117, the so-called "stealth fighter". Its designation falls in neither the old nor the new fighter designation scheme, and is in a category by itself.

+ Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk




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