List of active United States military aircraft

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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 List of military aircraft of the United States.

Air Force[edit]

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[1] Total Notes
A-10C Thunderbolt II Fairchild Republic USA Jet Attack 1977 287
AC-130 Stinger II, Ghost Rider, Spooky II Lockheed & Boeing USA Propeller Gunship 1968 35 AC-130U, AC-130W and AC-130J.
B-1B Lancer Rockwell USA Jet Bomber 1986 60 Only supersonic bomber aircraft active in the U.S. Air Force.
B-2A Spirit Northrop Grumman USA Jet Bomber 1997 20 Slated to remain in service until 2058.
B-52H Stratofortress Boeing USA Jet Bomber 1955 75 Slated to remain in service through 2050.
C-5M Super Galaxy Lockheed USA Jet Transport 1970 52
C-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Propeller Transport
Surveillance
1974 29 26 x C-12C/C-12D/C-12F, 3 x C-12J
C-17A Globemaster III McDonnell Douglas later Boeing USA Jet Transport 1995 222 U.S. Military C-17's were produced by McDonnell-Douglas prior to the merger with Boeing. Boeing continued production of the C-17 for sales to non-U.S. Military customers.
C-20 Gulfstream USA Jet Transport 1
C-21A Learjet USA Jet Passenger transport 23
C-26 Metroliner Fairchild USA Propeller Transport 1 C-26B, RC-26
C-32 Boeing USA Jet VIP Transport 8 6 x C-32A, 2 x C-32B
C-37A Gulfstream USA Jet Passenger transport 9
C-38A Gulfstream USA Jet Passenger transport 2
C-40 Clipper Boeing USA Jet VIP Transport 14 C-40B and C-40C. 1 on order.
C-130H Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Propeller Transport 218 Most C-130H serve in the ANG and AFRES.
C-130J Super Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Propeller Transport 115 The USAF continues to receive new C-130Js for various missions[2][3]
C-144 (CN-235-100M) CASA Spain Propeller Transport 2 427th SOS
C-146A Wolfhound[4] Fairchild-Dornier Germany Propeller Transport 18 524th SOS[5]
E-3 Sentry Boeing USA Jet Command and control 31 E-3B and E-3C. One E-3B For Testing[6]
E-4B "Nightwatch" Boeing USA Jet Command and control 4 assigned to 55th Wing at Offutt AFB, Nebraska
E-8C Joint STARS Northrop Grumman USA Jet Command and control 16 One E-8A For Testing
E-9A Widget Bombardier Aerospace USA
Canada
Propeller Surveillance 5
E-11A[7] Northrop Grumman USA
Canada
Jet Communications 4[8]
EC-130H Compass Call Lockheed Martin USA Propeller Electronic warfare 15
EC-130 Commando Solo III Lockheed Martin USA Propeller Electronic warfare 7 3 x EC-130J, 4 x EC-130SJ
Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[1] Total Notes
F-15 Eagle McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Fighter 1976 235 212 x F-15C, 24 x F-15D. Currently being upgraded to remain in service beyond 2030 the aircraft will eventually be replaced by the F-22.
F-15E Strike Eagle McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Multirole Strike fighter 1988 220 Currently being upgraded to remain in service beyond 2030.
F-16 Fighting Falcon General Dynamics USA Jet Fighter 1978 1017 To be replaced by the F-35A.
F-22A Raptor Lockheed Martin USA Jet Fighter 2005 195[9] No longer in production.
F-35A Lightning II Lockheed Martin USA Jet Fighter 2016 187 In production with 1763 planned, currently 47 for testing
Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[1] Total Notes
HC-130 Combat King/Combat King II Lockheed Martin USA Propeller Search and rescue 29 9 x HC-130N/HC-130P. 78 x HC-130J planned, of which 20 currently on order.
KC-10A Extender McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Aerial refueling 1981 58 Likely to remain in service until 2043
KC-135 Stratotanker Boeing USA Jet Aerial refueling 1957 397 KC-135R and KC-135T. To be replaced by the KC-46
LC-130H Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Propeller Cargo aircraft 10 all aircraft assigned to 139th Airlift Wing, New York Air Guard
MC-130
Combat Talon II/Combat Shadow
Lockheed Martin USA Propeller Multi-mission 60 21 x MC-130H/P, 39 x MC-130J
OC-135B Open Skies Boeing USA Jet Observation 2 used as part of Treaty on Open Skies
RC-135 Cobra Ball, Combat Sent, Rivet Joint Boeing USA Jet Reconnaissance 22 3 x RC-135S, 2 x RC-135U, 17 x RC-135V/W
Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[1] Total Notes
T-1A Jayhawk Raytheon USA Jet Trainer 157 Originally 180. Two crashed after mishaps.
T-6A Texan II Raytheon/Beechcraft USA Propeller Trainer 447
T-38 Talon Northrop USA Jet Trainer 1961 501 T-38A and T-38C
T-41C Mescalero Cessna USA Propeller Trainer 4
T-51A Cessna USA Propeller Trainer 3
T-52A Diamond Canada Propeller Trainer 54
T-53A[10] Cirrus USA Propeller Trainer 25
U-2 Dragon Lady Lockheed USA Jet Reconnaissance
Trainer aircraft
1957 31 26 x U-2S, 5 x TU-2S. To be replaced by the RQ-4 Global Hawk block 40.
U-28A Pilatus Switzerland Propeller Utility 15
VC-25A Boeing USA Jet VIP Transport 1990 2 Used as Presidential Transport, operated by 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Maryland. To be replaced by the Boeing 747-8.[11]
WC-130J Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Propeller Weather reconnaissance 10 all aircraft assigned to 403d Wing (AFRC) at Keesler AFB, Mississippi
WC-135 Constant Phoenix Boeing USA Jet Weather Reconnaissance 2
Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[1] Total Notes
HH-60 Pave Hawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Search and rescue 99[12] HH-60G and HH-60U. To be replaced by 112 HH-60W from 2021.[13]
UH-1N Twin Huey Bell USA Helicopter Utility 59[14]
TH-1H Iroquois Bell USA Helicopter Trainer 37
C-145 Skytruck (M28)[15] PZL Mielec Poland Propeller STOL Utility 7 6th SOS[16]
UV-18B de Havilland Canada Canada Propeller STOL Utility 4
CV-22B Osprey Bell, Boeing USA Powered lift Cargo VTOL aircraft 2006 46[17] 50 planned
RQ-4 Global Hawk Northrop Grumman USA UAV Patrol 2001 37[18] RQ-4A, RQ-4B and MQ-4C. 66 RQ-4B planned plus 68 MQ-4C [19][20]
MQ-9B Reaper General Atomics USA UAV Multi-mission[21] 93 396 planned[19]
RQ-170 Sentinel Lockheed Martin USA UAV
Puma AE AeroVironment USA UAV Patrol

Army[edit]

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[22] Total Notes
C-12J Beechcraft USA Propeller Transport 3[23]
C-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Propeller Cargo/Transport 104 C-12C, C-12D and C-12F. 5 on order as of December 2015.
C-212 Aviocar CASA Spain Propeller Cargo/Transport 3
RC-26D Metroliner Fairchild USA Propeller Range Support 12
C-27J Spartan Alenia Aeronautica USA
Italy
Propeller Cargo aircraft 6 Former Air Force aircraft used by Army Special Operations Command for training.
C-31A Troopship Fokker Netherlands Propeller Cargo/Transport 2 Used for the Golden Knights Gold Team and Black Team
C-37 Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport 3 2 x C-37A, 1 x C-37B
EO-5 de Havilland Canada Canada Propeller Electronic Warfare,
Reconnaissance
10 3 x EO-5C, 7 x RC-7. Previously designated as RC-7B
RC-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Propeller Reconnaissance 83 RC-12D, RC-12H and RC-12K. 6 on order as of December 2015.
UC-35 Cessna USA Jet Utility aircraft 27 20 x UC-35A, 7 x UC-35B
DHC Dash-8-315 de Havilland Canada Canada Propeller Patrol 6 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
UV-18 de Havilland Canada Canada Propeller Cargo/Transport 5
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 163 To be retired by 2020.[24]
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.[25]
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[26] 133 planned[19]
Prioria Robotics Maveric Prioria Robotics USA UAV 36 [27]
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.[28]
RQ-11 Raven AeroVironment USA UAV
Switchblade AeroVironment USA UAV Attack
Puma AE AeroVironment USA UAV Patrol

Coast Guard[edit]

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
HC-27J Spartan Alenia Aeronautica USA
Italy
Propeller Search and rescue 14 Former Air Force aircraft.
C-37A Gulfstream USA Jet Command & Control 2 VIP transport for high-ranking members of the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard.[citation needed]
HC-130 Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Propeller Search and rescue 33 5 x HC-130B or HC-130H (1500 series), 22 x HC-130H-7, 6 active HC-130J, 1 test, 3 in minotaur conversion, 4 under contract and in production.
HC-144 Ocean Sentry Airbus USA
Spain
Propeller Search and rescue 2009 18 The HC-144A will replace some HC-130s. CGAS Miami is the first unit to receive operational HC-144A's.
MH-60 Jayhawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Medium Range Recovery (MRR) 42 MH-60 aircraft have been upgraded to MH-60T standard from HH-60J and will remain in service until 2027
HH-65 Dolphin Eurocopter USA
France
Helicopter Short Range Recovery (SRR) 101 MH-65C, MH-65D and MH-65E. The HH-65Bs have been upgraded to HH-65C standard. AUF HH-65Cs have also been upgraded to MH-65Cs.

Marine Corps[edit]

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[1] Total Notes
C-9B Skytrain II McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Cargo/Transport 2 Active 2 Scheduled to be replaced by 2 C-40A Clippers by 2023.
EA-6B Prowler Northrop Grumman USA Jet Carrier-based Electronic-warfare 18 Active, 6 Training, 3 Stored 27 Scheduled to be replaced most likely by the EA-18G Growler by 2019.[29]
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 38 V/STOL variant. Planned total of 353 F-35Bs and 67 F-35Cs (CTOL) to replace various aircraft.[29]
F-5N Tiger II Northrop USA Jet Aggressor 13 Scheduled to maintain service till 2026.
KC-130J Super Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Propeller Tanker 53
UC-12W Huron Beechcraft USA Propeller Utility 6 Active 6 Scheduled to replace the UC-12F/M Huron by 2024.
UC-12M Huron Beechcraft USA Propeller Utility 3 Active 3 Scheduled to be replaced by UC-12W Huron by 2024.
UC-12F Huron Beechcraft USA Propeller Utility 3 Active 3 Scheduled to be replaced by UC-12W Huron by 2024.
UC-35D Citation Cessna USA Jet Utility 10 Active 10 Scheduled to maintain service till 2026.
UC-35C Citation Cessna USA Jet Utility 2 Active 2 Scheduled to maintain service till 2026.
AH-1W SuperCobra Bell USA Helicopter Attack 1986 105 To be upgraded to or replaced by AH-1Z Viper.
AH-1Z Viper Bell USA Helicopter Attack 2010 72
CH-53E Super Stallion Sikorsky USA Helicopter Cargo/Transport 142 To be replaced by CH-53K King Stallion, in flight testing - 2015.
UH-1Y Venom Bell USA Helicopter Utility 138
VH-3D Sea King Sikorsky USA Helicopter Marine One VIP Transport 11 Presidential transport[citation needed]
VH-60N Whitehawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Marine One VIP Transport 7
AV-8B/+ Harrier II McDonnell Douglas UK
USA
Jet Attack 108 VTOL. To be replaced by F-35B[30]
MV-22B Osprey Bell Boeing USA Powered lift Multi-mission 253 VTOL. 126 on order
TAV-8B Harrier II McDonnell Douglas UK
USA
Jet Trainer 16 VTOL. To be replaced by F-35B
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
ScanEagle Boeing USA UAV Reconnaissance
Switchblade AeroVironment USA UAV Attack
Puma AE AeroVironment USA UAV Reconnaissance
RQ-21A Blackjack Boeing Insitu USA UAV Reconnaissance
MQ-8B Fire Scout Northrop Grumman USA UAV Multi-Mission 2009 27[31] Helicopter.
Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes

Navy[edit]

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[32] Total Notes
C-2A Greyhound Grumman USA Propeller Carrier-based Cargo/Transport aircraft 35 To be replaced by 44 CMV-22 [33]
C-20 Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 4 C-20A, C-20D and C-20G
C-37 Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 4 1 x C-37A, 3 x C-37B.[citation needed]
C-40A Clipper Boeing USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 15
C-130T Hercules Lockheed USA Propeller Cargo/Transport aircraft 20
UC-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Propeller Cargo/Transport aircraft 14
C-26D Metroliner Fairchild USA Propeller Cargo/Transport aircraft 6
KC-130F/R Lockheed Martin USA Propeller Aerial Refueling 5
E-2C/D Hawkeye Northrop Grumman USA Propeller Carrier-based Airborne Command and Control aircraft 68
E-6B Mercury Boeing USA Jet Electronic-warfare aircraft 16
EA-18G Growler Boeing USA Jet Carrier-based Electronic-warfare aircraft 113 18 on order.
EP-3E ARIES II Lockheed USA Propeller Electronic-warfare aircraft 12
F-5F/N Tiger II Northrop USA Jet Fighter 30 F-5F, F-5N. Used for adversary training[34]
F-16 Fighting Falcon General Dynamics USA Jet Fighter aircraft 26 22 single-seat F-16N, 4 twin-seat TF-16N
Used for adversary training.[35]
F/A-18 Hornet McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter aircraft 314 F/A-18A, F/A-18B, F/A-18C and F/A-18D.
To be replaced by F-35C
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet McDonnell Douglas / Northrop Grumman then Boeing / Northrop Grumman USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter 507 F/A-18E and F/A-18F. 10 on order.
F-35C Lightning II Lockheed Martin USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter aircraft 12 NAS Pax River SDD aircraft, 260 planned[36]
P-3C Orion Lockheed USA Propeller Maritime patrol aircraft 1962 78 To be replaced by P-8
P-8A Poseidon Boeing USA Jet Anti-Submarine-warfare aircraft 2013 50 122 planned[37]
T-6 Texan II Beechcraft USA Propeller Trainer aircraft 61 49 x T-6A, 12 x T-6B.
T-44A Beechcraft USA Propeller Trainer aircraft 52
T-45C Goshawk McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Carrier-based Trainer aircraft 218
UC-35D Cessna USA Jet Utility aircraft 1
HH-60H Rescue Hawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Search-and-rescue 49
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
400
SH-60F Seahawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Anti-submarine warfare 60
TH-57 Sea Ranger Bell USA Helicopter Training helicopter 129 44 x TH-57B, 85 x TH-57C
ScanEagle Boeing USA UAV
RQ-21A Blackjack Boeing Insitu USA UAV
MQ-8B Fire Scout Northrop Grumman USA UAV Patrol 2009 27[31] Helicopter. 96 planned.[38]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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