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 the list of military aircraft of the United States.

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Air Force

TypesManufacturerOriginClassRoleIntroducedIn service [1] [2] [3] TotalNotes
A-10C Thunderbolt II Fairchild RepublicUSAJet Attack 1977279
AC-130W Stinger II LockheedUSATurboprop Gunship/Armed Overwatch10Being Replaced by AC-130J
AC-130J Ghostrider LockheedUSATurboprop Gunship 201712In production (32 planned), to replace AC-130W
B-1B Lancer RockwellUSAJet Bomber 198659Only supersonic bomber aircraft active in the U.S. Air Force.
B-2A Spirit Northrop GrummanUSAJet Bomber 199720Slated to remain in service until 2032.
B-52H Stratofortress BoeingUSAJet Bomber 195574 [4] Slated to remain in service through 2050.
C-5M Super Galaxy LockheedUSAJet Transport 197052Includes 2 Space Cargo Modified (SCM); all aircraft modified from C-5A, C-5B, and C-5C
C-12C Huron BeechcraftUSATurboprop Transport 197413used for embassy airlift support
C-12D Huron BeechcraftUSATurboprop Transport 19746used for embassy airlift support
C-12J Huron BeechcraftUSATurboprop Transport 19744Used for theater airlift and medical evacuation
MC-12W Liberty BeechcraftUSATurboprop Reconnaissance 13
C-17A Globemaster III McDonnell Douglas later BoeingUSAJet Transport 1995222U.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-20H GulfstreamUSATurbofan Transport/Priority Airlift19831
C-21A LearjetUSAJet Passenger transport 198518
RC-26B Metroliner FairchildUSATurbopropReconnaissance198911Used by Air National Guard for Drug Interdiction and Disaster Reconnaissance
C-32A BoeingUSAJetVIP Transport19984
C-32B BoeingUSAJetVIP Transport19982
C-37A GulfstreamUSATurbofanVIP Transport19989
C-37B GulfstreamUSATurbofanVIP Transport19983
C-40B BoeingUSAJetVIP Transport20014
C-40C BoeingUSAJetVIP Transport20017
C-130H Hercules Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Transport 1956176All C-130H serve in the ANG and AFRES.
C-130J Super Hercules Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Transport 1996186The USAF continues to receive new C-130Js for various missions. [5] [6] Numbers include 10 early model standard length C-130J's used for training
CN-235 CASASpainPropeller Transport 198813427th SOS
C-146A Wolfhound [7] Fairchild-DornierGermanyTurboprop Transport 201120524th SOS [8]
E-3B Sentry BoeingUSAJet Command and control/Airborne Warning and Control197711
E-3C Sentry BoeingUSAJet Command and control/Airborne Warning and Control19773
E-3G Sentry BoeingUSAJet Command and control/Airborne Warning and Control197717
E-4B "Nightwatch" BoeingUSAJet Command and control 19734assigned to the 595th Command and Control Group at Offutt AFB, Nebraska
E-8C Joint STARS Northrop GrummanUSAJet Command and control 199616
E-9A Widget Bombardier AerospaceUSA
Canada
Turboprop Surveillance/Range Control19842
E-11A [9] Northrop GrummanUSA
Canada
Jet Communications 20054 [10]
EC-130H Compass Call Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Electronic warfare 198214
EC-130 Commando Solo III Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Electronic warfare 197873 x EC-130J, 4 x EC-130SJ
F-15C Eagle McDonnell DouglasUSAJet Fighter 1976210
F-15D Eagle McDonnell DouglasUSAJet Fighter/Advanced Trainer197623
F-15E Strike Eagle McDonnell DouglasUSAJetMultirole Strike fighter 1988218Currently being upgraded to remain in service beyond 2030.
F-16C Fighting Falcon General DynamicsUSAJet Fighter 1978764To be replaced by the F-35A. Due to delays in the F-35 program, the F-16's will receive life extension.
F-16D Fighting Falcon General DynamicsUSAJet Fighter/Advanced Trainer1978147To be replaced by the F-35A. Due to delays in the F-35 program, the F-16's will receive life extension.
QF-16A Fighting Falcon General DynamicsUSAJet target drone 197812Currently being converted from previous retired airframes
QF-16C Fighting Falcon General DynamicsUSAJet target drone 197820Currently being converted from previous retired airframes
F-22A Raptor Lockheed MartinUSAJet Fighter 2005195
F-35A Lightning II Lockheed MartinUSAJet Fighter 2016199In production with 1763 planned
HC-130H(N) King Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Search and rescue 19544To be replaced by HC-130J
HC-130P King Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Search and rescue 19541To be replaced by HC-130J
HC-130J King II Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Search and rescue 25
KC-10A Extender McDonnell DouglasUSAJet Aerial refueling 198159Likely to remain in service until 2043
KC-46 Pegasus BoeingUSAJet Aerial refueling 201916179 aircraft are expected to be delivered by 2028
KC-135R Stratotanker BoeingUSAJet Aerial refueling 1957342It may someday be replaced by the KC-46. However, it is currently not slated to retire for the foreseeable future. Estimated retirement: 2050s citation.
KC-135T Stratotanker BoeingUSAJet Aerial refueling 195754It may someday be replaced by the KC-46. However, it is currently not slated to retire for the foreseeable future. Estimated retirement: 2050s citation.
LC-130H Hercules Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Cargo aircraft 195410All aircraft assigned to 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air Guard
MC-130H Combat Talon II Lockheed MartinUSATurbopropMulti-mission/Special Operations196616To be replaced by MC-130J
MC-130J Commando II Lockheed MartinUSATurbopropMulti-mission/Special Operations37
OC-135B Open Skies BoeingUSAJet Observation 19932used as part of Treaty on Open Skies
RC-135S Cobra Ball BoeingUSAJet Reconnaissance/Ballistic Missile Test Recon19723
RC-135U Combat Sent BoeingUSAJet Reconnaissance/Signal and Electronic Intel19722
RC-135V Rivet Joint BoeingUSAJet Reconnaissance/Signal and Electronic Intel19728
RC-135W Rivet Joint BoeingUSAJet Reconnaissance/Signal and Electronic Intel19729
TC-135W Stratolifter BoeingUSAJetAdvanced Training19723
NC-135W Big Safari BoeingUSAJetResearch/Test19721
T-1A Jayhawk RaytheonUSAJet Trainer 1992178
T-6A Texan II Raytheon/BeechcraftUSATurboprop Trainer 2001442
T-38A Talon NorthropUSAJet Trainer 196153
T-38B Talon NorthropUSAJet Trainer 19616
T-38C Talon NorthropUSAJet Trainer 1961441
T-41D Mescalero CessnaUSAPropeller Trainer 19664
T-51A CessnaUSAPropeller Trainer 19573
T-53A Kadet II [11] CirrusUSAPropeller Trainer 199524
U-2S LockheedUSAJet Reconnaissance 195727
TU-2S LockheedUSAJetAdvanced Trainer19574
U-28A Draco PilatusSwitzerlandTurboprop Utility/Special Operations199134
UC-27B CessnaSwitzerlandTurboprop Utility/Special Operations19843
VC-25A BoeingUSAJetVIP Transport19902Used as Presidential Transport, operated by 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Maryland. To be replaced by the Boeing 747-8/VC-25B. [12]
WC-130J Hercules Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Weather reconnaissance 199610all aircraft assigned to 403d Wing (AFRC) at Keesler AFB, Mississippi
WC-135C Constant Phoenix BoeingUSAJetatmospheric research19931
WC-135W Constant Phoenix BoeingUSAJetatmospheric research19931
HH-60G Pave Hawk SikorskyUSAHelicopter Search and rescue 201692
HH-60U Pave Hawk SikorskyUSAHelicopter Search and rescue 20163
UH-1N Twin Huey BellUSAHelicopter Utility 196963
TH-1H Iroquois BellUSAHelicopter Trainer 195928
C-145A Skytruck PZL MielecPolandTurboprop STOL Utility 200756th SOS [13]
UV-18B Twin Otter de Havilland Canada CanadaTurboprop STOL Utility 19883
CV-22B Osprey Bell, BoeingUSA Powered lift Cargo VTOL aircraft200650
RQ-4B Global Hawk Northrop Grumman USA UAV/High Altitude ReconPatrol200134
EQ-4B Global Hawk Northrop Grumman USA UAV/Communications RelayPatrol20013
MQ-9A Reaper General Atomics USAUAVMulti-mission [14] 2006251
RQ-170 Sentinel Lockheed Martin USA UAV Multi-Mission2007
Puma AE AeroVironment USA UAV Patrol20081000

Army

TypeManufacturerOriginClassRoleIntroducedIn service [15] TotalNotes
C-12J BeechcraftUSATurboprop Transport 3 [16]
C-12 Huron BeechcraftUSATurboprop Cargo/Transport 93C-12C, C-12D and C-12F
C-41 Aviocar CASASpainTurboprop Cargo/Transport 5
C-26E Metroliner FairchildUSATurboprop Range Support 12
C-27J Spartan Alenia AeronauticaUSA
Italy
Turboprop Cargo aircraft 7Former Air Force aircraft used by Army Special Operations Command for training.
C-31A Troopship FokkerNetherlandsTurboprop Cargo/Transport 2Used for the Golden Knights Gold Team and Black Team
C-20H GulfstreamUSAJet Cargo/Transport 1
EO-5 de Havilland Canada CanadaTurboprop Electronic Warfare,
Reconnaissance
103 x EO-5C, 7 x RC-7. Previously designated as RC-7B
RC-12 Huron BeechcraftUSATurboprop Reconnaissance 83RC-12D, RC-12H and RC-12K
UC-35 CessnaUSAJet Utility aircraft 2720 x UC-35A, 7 x UC-35B
DHC Dash-8-315 de Havilland Canada CanadaTurbopropPatrol6 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
UV-18C de Havilland CanadaCanadaTurboprop Cargo/Transport 3
MH/AH-6M Little Bird MD HelicopterUSAHelicopter Attack 198047
AH-64 Apache Longbow, Guardian BoeingUSAHelicopter Attack 1986792AH-64D and AH-64E. 25 on order as of December 2015.
CH-47 Chinook BoeingUSAHelicopter Transport 1962442394 x CH-47D, 48 x CH-47F. 464 new CH-47F to be delivered
EH-60A Black Hawk SikorskyUSAHelicopter Electronic-warfare 197964
MH-47 Chinook BoeingUSAHelicopter Multi-mission 19626111 x MH-47D, 23 x MH-47E, 27 x MH-47G
MH-60 Black Hawk SikorskyUSAHelicopter Multi-mission 5823 x MH-60K, 35 x MH-60L.
TH-67 Creek BellUSA
Canada
Helicopter Trainer 88To be retired by 2020. [17]
UH-60 Black Hawk SikorskyUSAHelicopter Utility 1,443751 x UH-60A, 592 x UH-60L, 100 x UH-60M. 1227 UH-60M planned. [18]
UH-72A Lakota EurocopterUSA
Germany
Helicopter Utility 34113 on order as of December 2015.
MQ-1C Gray Eagle General Atomics USAUAV200975 [19] 133 planned [20]
Prioria Robotics Maveric Prioria RoboticsUSAUAV36 [21]
CQ-10 Snowgoose MMISTCanadaUAVTransport20051549 planned. Parafoil and autogyro variants.
RQ-7B Shadow AAI Corporation USAUAV45068 on order. [22]
RQ-11 Raven AeroVironment USAUAV
Switchblade AeroVironment USAUAVAttack
RQ-20 Puma AeroVironment USAUAVPatrol

Coast Guard

TypeManufacturerOriginClassRoleIntroducedIn service [23] TotalNotes
HC-27J Spartan Alenia AeronauticaUSA
Italy
Turboprop Search and rescue 14Former 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 GulfstreamUSAJetVIP transport1VIP transport for high-ranking members of the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard.
C-37B GulfstreamUSAJetVIP transport1VIP transport for high-ranking members of the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard.
HC-130H Hercules Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Search and rescue 14Most 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 MartinUSATurboprop Search and rescue 12More on order, currently being manufactured to replace HC-130H.
HC-144A Ocean Sentry AirbusUSA
Spain
Turboprop Search and rescue 200915
HC-144B Minotaur AirbusUSA
Spain
Turboprop Search and rescue 3Minotaur upgrade of HC-144A aircraft includes advanced navigation and search and rescue equipment.
MH-60T Jayhawk SikorskyUSAHelicopterMedium Range Recovery (MRR)42will remain in service until 2027
MH-65D Dolphin EurocopterUSA
France
HelicopterShort Range Recovery (SRR)95
MH-65E Dolphin EurocopterUSA
France
HelicopterShort Range Recovery (SRR)3Upgraded version of MH-65D with advanced avionics and search and rescue equipment

Marine Corps

TypeManufacturerOriginClassRoleIntroducedIn service [1] [24] TotalNotes
C-20G GulfstreamUSAJet Cargo/Transport aircraft 22will be upgraded to C-20 ER
F/A-18A Hornet McDonnell DouglasUSAJet Carrier-based Fighter 36 Active, 7 Training, 12 Stored55Scheduled to be replaced by F-35B/C Lightning II by 2019
F/A-18B Hornet McDonnell DouglasUSAJet Carrier-based Trainer 4 Training, 3 Stored7Scheduled to be replaced by F-35B/C Lightning II by 2019.
F/A-18C Hornet McDonnell DouglasUSAJet Carrier-based Fighter 60 Active, 12 Training, 47 Stored119Scheduled to begin replacement by F-35B/C Lightning II starting 2019.
F/A-18D Hornet McDonnell DouglasUSAJet Carrier-based Strike 48 Active, 20 Training, 24 Stored92Scheduled to begin replacement by F-35B/C Lightning II starting 2023.
F-35B Lightning II Lockheed MartinUSAJet Carrier-based Fighter 32 Active, 25 Training57 V/STOL variant. Planned total of 353 F-35Bs and 67 F-35Cs (CTOL) to replace various aircraft. [25]
F-5N Tiger II NorthropUSAJet Aggressor 12Scheduled to maintain service till 2026.
KC-130T Hercules Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Tanker 12To be replaced by KC-130J
KC-130J Super Hercules Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Tanker 52
UC-12W Huron BeechcraftUSATurboprop Utility 88Scheduled to replace the UC-12F/M Huron by 2024.
UC-12M Huron BeechcraftUSATurboprop Utility 22Scheduled to be replaced by UC-12W Huron by 2024.
UC-12F Huron BeechcraftUSATurboprop Utility 44Scheduled to be replaced by UC-12W Huron by 2024.
UC-35D Citation CessnaUSAJet Utility 10 Active10To be replaced/upgraded to UC-35 ER.
UC-35C Citation CessnaUSAJet Utility 2 Active2To be replaced/upgraded to UC-35 ER.
AH-1W SuperCobra BellUSAHelicopter Attack 198655To be upgraded to or replaced by AH-1Z Viper.
AH-1Z Viper BellUSAHelicopter Attack 201090189 planned in total
CH-53E Super Stallion SikorskyUSAHelicopter Cargo/Transport 96 Active, 6 Reserve, 10 Training142To be replaced by CH-53K King Stallion, in flight testing - 2015.
UH-1Y Venom BellUSAHelicopter Utility 122160
VH-3D Sea King SikorskyUSAHelicopter Marine One VIP Transport11To be replaced by Sikorsky VH-92A
VH-60N Whitehawk SikorskyUSAHelicopter Marine One VIP Transport8To be replaced by Sikorsky VH-92A
AV-8B/+ Harrier II McDonnell DouglasUK
USA
Jet Attack 80 Active, 13 training, 4 test aircraft97 VTOL. To be replaced by F-35B [26]
MV-22B Osprey Bell BoeingUSA Powered lift Multi-mission236300 VTOL. 360 on order
TAV-8B Harrier II McDonnell DouglasUK
USA
Jet Trainer 13 VTOL. To be replaced by F-35B
K-MAX Kaman USAUAVCargo and transport1Helicopter with twin intermeshing rotors. UAV variant of manned type.
RQ-7B Shadow AAI Corporation USAUAVReconnaissance50
RQ-11 Raven AeroVironment USAUAVReconnaissance
ScanEagle Boeing USAUAVReconnaissance
Switchblade AeroVironment USAUAVAttack
Puma AE AeroVironment USAUAVReconnaissance
RQ-21A Blackjack Boeing Insitu USAUAVReconnaissance
MQ-8B Fire Scout Northrop Grumman USAUAVMulti-Mission200927 [27] Helicopter.
TypeManufacturerOriginClassRoleIntroducedIn serviceTotalNotes
TypeManufacturerOriginClassRoleIntroducedIn service [15] TotalNotes
C-2A Greyhound GrummanUSATurboprop Carrier-based Cargo/Transport aircraft 33To be replaced by 44 CMV-22 [28]
C-20 GulfstreamUSAJet Cargo/Transport aircraft 4C-20G
C-37 GulfstreamUSAJet Cargo/Transport aircraft 41 x C-37A
C-40A Clipper BoeingUSAJet Cargo/Transport aircraft 17
C-130T Hercules LockheedUSATurboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 15
UC-12 Huron BeechcraftUSATurboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 14
C-26D Metroliner FairchildUSATurboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 6
KC-130T Lockheed MartinUSATurboprop Aerial Refueling 5
E-2C/D Hawkeye Northrop GrummanUSATurboprop Carrier-based Airborne Command and Control aircraft 81
E-6B Mercury BoeingUSAJet Electronic-warfare aircraft 16
EA-18G Growler BoeingUSAJet Carrier-based Electronic-warfare aircraft 155
EP-3E ARIES II LockheedUSATurboprop Electronic-warfare aircraft 12
F-5F/N Tiger II NorthropUSAJet Fighter 29F-5F, F-5N. Used for adversary training [29]
F-16 Fighting Falcon General DynamicsUSAJet Fighter aircraft 14Used for adversary training. [30]
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet McDonnell Douglas / Northrop Grumman then Boeing / Northrop GrummanUSAJet Carrier-based Fighter 512F/A-18E and F/A-18F. 22 on order.
F-35C Lightning II Lockheed MartinUSAJet Carrier-based Fighter aircraft 21 NAS Pax River SDD aircraft, 260 planned [31]
MQ-4C Triton Northrop Grumman USAJet Unmanned aerial vehicle 2 [32] 68 Planned
P-3C Orion LockheedUSATurboprop Maritime patrol aircraft 196237To be replaced by P-8
P-8A Poseidon BoeingUSAJet Anti-Submarine-warfare aircraft 20139124 on order
T-6 Texan II BeechcraftUSATurboprop Trainer aircraft 29429 on order.
T-44A BeechcraftUSATurboprop Trainer aircraft 57
T-45C Goshawk McDonnell DouglasUSAJet Carrier-based Trainer aircraft 194
UC-35D CessnaUSAJet Utility aircraft 1
CV/MV-22 Osprey Bell BoeingUSA Powered lift Multi-mission 148 on order.
MH-53E Sea Dragon SikorskyUSAHelicopter Airborne mine countermeasures and vertical on-board delivery 27
MH-60 Seahawk SikorskyUSAHelicopter Anti-submarine warfare helicopter
Multi-mission
508
TH-57B/C Sea Ranger BellUSAHelicopter Training helicopter 114
ScanEagle Boeing USAUAV
RQ-21A Blackjack Boeing Insitu USAUAV
MQ-8B Fire Scout Northrop Grumman USAUAVPatrol200927 [27] Helicopter. 96 planned. [33]

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