American Fighter Aircraft


Welcome to my listing of articles on American Fighter Aircraft! I expect ultimately to have here detailed articles on all of the pursuit and fighter aircraft operated by the US Armed Forces throughout the 20th century. However, I will initially describe only USAAC/USAAF/USAF fighter aircraft, leaving the earlier US Navy carrier-based fighters for future work.

Since there is a lot of confusion out there about fighter aircraft designation schemes, here is a brief description of how American fighter/pursuit aircraft have been designated in the past. The confusion has come about because for a long time the Navy and USAAC/USAAF/USAF had completely different aircraft designation systems.

USAAC/USAAF/USAF Fighter Designations




US Navy Fighter Designations


Here are descriptions of fighter aircraft used by the US Army Air Corps, the US Army Air Forces, and the US Air Force:

USAAC/USAAF/USAF Fighters


Here are descriptions of fighter aircraft used by the US Navy and the US Marine Corps:

US Navy/US Marine Corps Fighters