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.

Air Force

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[1][2][3] Total Notes
A-10C Thunderbolt II Fairchild Republic USA Jet Attack 1977 279
AC-130U Spooky Lockheed USA Turboprop Gunship 1995 10 Being Replaced by AC-130J
AC-130W Stinger II Lockheed USA Turboprop Gunship/Armed Overwatch 10 Being Replaced by AC-130J
AC-130J Ghostrider Lockheed USA Turboprop Gunship 2017 12 In production (32 planned), replacing AC-130H, AC-130U and AC-130W
B-1B Lancer Rockwell USA Jet Bomber 1986 62 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 76[4] Slated to remain in service through 2050.
C-5M Super Galaxy Lockheed USA Jet Transport 1970 52 Includes 2 Space Cargo Modified (SCM); all aircraft modified from C-5A, C-5B, and C-5C
C-12C Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Transport 1974 13 used for embassy airlift support
C-12D Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Transport 1974 6 used for embassy airlift support
C-12J Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Transport 1974 4 Used for theater airlift and medical evacuation
MC-12W Liberty Beechcraft USA Turboprop Reconnaissance 13
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-20H Gulfstream USA Turbofan Transport/Priority Airlift 1983 1
C-21A Learjet USA Jet Passenger transport 1985 18
RC-26B Metroliner Fairchild USA Turboprop Reconnaissance 1989 11 Used by Air National Guard for Drug Interdiction and Disaster Reconnaissance
C-32A Boeing USA Jet VIP Transport 1998 4
C-32B Boeing USA Jet VIP Transport 1998 2
C-37A Gulfstream USA Turbofan VIP Transport 1998 9
C-37B Gulfstream USA Turbofan VIP Transport 1998 3
C-40B Boeing USA Jet VIP Transport 2001 4
C-40C Boeing USA Jet VIP Transport 2001 7
C-130H Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Transport 1956 176 All C-130H serve in the ANG and AFRES.
C-130J Super Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Transport 1996 186 The 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 CASA Spain Propeller Transport 1988 7? 427th SOS
C-146A Wolfhound[7] Fairchild-Dornier Germany Turboprop Transport 2011 20 524th SOS[8]
E-3B Sentry Boeing USA Jet Command and control/Airborne Warning and Control 1977 11
E-3C Sentry Boeing USA Jet Command and control/Airborne Warning and Control 1977 3
E-3G Sentry Boeing USA Jet Command and control/Airborne Warning and Control 1977 17
E-4B "Nightwatch" Boeing USA Jet Command and control 1973 4 assigned to 55th Wing at Offutt AFB, Nebraska
E-8C Joint STARS Northrop Grumman USA Jet Command and control 1996 16
E-9A Widget Bombardier Aerospace USA
Canada
Turboprop Surveillance/Range Control 1984 2
E-11A[9] Northrop Grumman USA
Canada
Jet Communications 2005 4[10]
EC-130H Compass Call Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Electronic warfare 1982 14
EC-130 Commando Solo III Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Electronic warfare 1978 7 3 x EC-130J, 4 x EC-130SJ
F-15C Eagle McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Fighter 1976 210
F-15D Eagle McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Fighter/Advanced Trainer 1976 23
F-15E Strike Eagle McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Multirole Strike fighter 1988 218 Currently being upgraded to remain in service beyond 2030.
F-16C Fighting Falcon General Dynamics USA Jet Fighter 1978 764 To 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 Dynamics USA Jet Fighter/Advanced Trainer 1978 147 To 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 Dynamics USA Jet target drone 1978 12 Currently being converted from previous retired airframes
QF-16C Fighting Falcon General Dynamics USA Jet target drone 1978 20 Currently being converted from previous retired airframes
F-22A Raptor Lockheed Martin USA Jet Fighter 2005 186
F-35A Lightning II Lockheed Martin USA Jet Fighter 2016 199 In production with 1763 planned
HC-130H(N) King Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Search and rescue 1954 4 To be replaced by HC-130J
HC-130P King Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Search and rescue 1954 1 To be replaced by HC-130J
HC-130J King II Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Search and rescue 25
KC-10A Extender McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Aerial refueling 1981 59 Likely to remain in service until 2043
KC-46 Pegasus Boeing USA Jet Aerial refueling 2019 16 179 aircraft are expected to be delivered by 2028
KC-135R Stratotanker Boeing USA Jet Aerial refueling 1957 342 It 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 Boeing USA Jet Aerial refueling 1957 54 It 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 Martin USA Turboprop Cargo aircraft 1954 10 All aircraft assigned to 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air Guard
MC-130H Combat Talon II Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Multi-mission/Special Operations 1966 16 To be replaced by MC-130J
MC-130J Commando II Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Multi-mission/Special Operations 37
OC-135B Open Skies Boeing USA Jet Observation 1993 2 used as part of Treaty on Open Skies
RC-135S Cobra Ball Boeing USA Jet Reconnaissance/Ballistic Missile Test Recon 1972 3
RC-135U Combat Sent Boeing USA Jet Reconnaissance/Signal and Electronic Intel 1972 2
RC-135V Rivit Joint Boeing USA Jet Reconnaissance/Signal and Electronic Intel 1972 8
RC-135W Rivit Joint Boeing USA Jet Reconnaissance/Signal and Electronic Intel 1972 9
TC-135W Stratolifter Boeing USA Jet Advanced Training 1972 3
NC-135W Big Safari Boeing USA Jet Research/Test 1972 1
T-1A Jayhawk Raytheon USA Jet Trainer 1992 178
T-6A Texan II Raytheon/Beechcraft USA Turboprop Trainer 2001 442
T-38A Talon Northrop USA Jet Trainer 1961 53
T-38B Talon Northrop USA Jet Trainer 1961 6
T-38C Talon Northrop USA Jet Trainer 1961 441
T-41D Mescalero Cessna USA Propeller Trainer 1966 4
T-51A Cessna USA Propeller Trainer 1957 3
T-53A Kadet II[11] Cirrus USA Propeller Trainer 1995 24
U-2S Dragon Lady Lockheed USA Jet Reconnaissance 1957 27
TU-2S Dragon Lady Lockheed USA Jet Advanced Trainer 1957 4
U-28A Draco Pilatus Switzerland Turboprop Utility/Special Operations 1991 34
UC-27B Cessna Switzerland Turboprop Utility/Special Operations 1984 3
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/VC-25B.[12]
WC-130J Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Weather reconnaissance 1996 10 all aircraft assigned to 403d Wing (AFRC) at Keesler AFB, Mississippi
WC-135C Constant Phoenix Boeing USA Jet atmospheric research 1993 1
WC-135W Constant Phoenix Boeing USA Jet atmospheric research 1993 1
HH-60G Pave Hawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Search and rescue 2016 92
HH-60U Pave Hawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Search and rescue 2016 3
UH-1N Twin Huey Bell USA Helicopter Utility 1969 63
TH-1H Iroquois Bell USA Helicopter Trainer 1959 28
C-145A Skytruck PZL Mielec Poland Turboprop STOL Utility 2007 5 6th SOS[13]
UV-18B Twin Otter de Havilland Canada Canada Turboprop STOL Utility 1988 3
CV-22B Osprey Bell, Boeing USA Powered lift Cargo VTOL aircraft 2006 50
RQ-4B Global Hawk Northrop Grumman USA UAV/High Altitude Recon Patrol 2001 34
EQ-4B Global Hawk Northrop Grumman USA UAV/Communications Relay Patrol 2001 3
MQ-9A Reaper General Atomics USA UAV Multi-mission[14] 2006 251
RQ-170 Sentinel Lockheed Martin USA UAV Multi-Mission 2007
Puma AE AeroVironment USA UAV Patrol 2008 1000

Army

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[15] Total Notes
C-12J Beechcraft USA Turboprop Transport 3[16]
C-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport 104 C-12C, C-12D and C-12F. 5 on order as of December 2015.
C-212 Aviocar CASA Spain Turboprop Cargo/Transport 3
RC-26D Metroliner Fairchild USA Turboprop Range Support 12
C-27J Spartan Alenia Aeronautica USA
Italy
Turboprop Cargo aircraft 6 Former Air Force aircraft used by Army Special Operations Command for training.
C-31A Troopship Fokker Netherlands Turboprop 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 Turboprop Electronic Warfare,
Reconnaissance
10 3 x EO-5C, 7 x RC-7. Previously designated as RC-7B
RC-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop 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 Turboprop Patrol 6 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
UV-18 de Havilland Canada Canada Turboprop 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.[17]
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.[18]
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[19] 133 planned[20]
Prioria Robotics Maveric Prioria Robotics USA UAV 36 [21]
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.[22]
RQ-11 Raven AeroVironment USA UAV
Switchblade AeroVironment USA UAV Attack
RQ-20 Puma AeroVironment USA UAV Patrol

Coast Guard

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

Marine Corps

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[1][24] Total Notes
C-20G Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 2 2 will be upgraded to C-20 ER
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 32 Active, 25 Training 57 V/STOL variant. Planned total of 353 F-35Bs and 67 F-35Cs (CTOL) to replace various aircraft.[25]
F-5N Tiger II Northrop USA Jet Aggressor 12 Scheduled to maintain service till 2026.
KC-130T Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Tanker 12 To be replaced by KC-130J
KC-130J Super Hercules Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Tanker 52
UC-12W Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Utility 8 8 Scheduled to replace the UC-12F/M Huron by 2024.
UC-12M Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Utility 2 2 Scheduled to be replaced by UC-12W Huron by 2024.
UC-12F Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Utility 4 4 Scheduled to be replaced by UC-12W Huron by 2024.
UC-35D Citation Cessna USA Jet Utility 10 Active 10 To be replaced/upgraded to UC-35 ER.
UC-35C Citation Cessna USA Jet Utility 2 Active 2 To be replaced/upgraded to UC-35 ER.
AH-1W SuperCobra Bell USA Helicopter Attack 1986 55 To be upgraded to or replaced by AH-1Z Viper.
AH-1Z Viper Bell USA Helicopter Attack 2010 90 189 planned in total
CH-53E Super Stallion Sikorsky USA Helicopter Cargo/Transport 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 122 160
VH-3D Sea King Sikorsky USA Helicopter Marine One VIP Transport 11 To be replaced by Sikorsky VH-92A
VH-60N Whitehawk Sikorsky USA Helicopter Marine One VIP Transport 8 To be replaced by Sikorsky VH-92A
AV-8B/+ Harrier II McDonnell Douglas UK
USA
Jet Attack 80 Active, 13 training, 4 test aircraft 97 VTOL. To be replaced by F-35B[26]
MV-22B Osprey Bell Boeing USA Powered lift Multi-mission 236 300 VTOL. 360 on order
TAV-8B Harrier II McDonnell Douglas UK
USA
Jet Trainer 13 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[27] Helicopter.
Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes

Navy

Type Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced In service[28] Total Notes
C-2A Greyhound Grumman USA Turboprop Carrier-based Cargo/Transport aircraft 34 To be replaced by 44 CMV-22 [29]
C-20 Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 4 C-20G
C-37 Gulfstream USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 4 1 x C-37A
C-40A Clipper Boeing USA Jet Cargo/Transport aircraft 15
C-130T Hercules Lockheed USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 20
UC-12 Huron Beechcraft USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 14
C-26D Metroliner Fairchild USA Turboprop Cargo/Transport aircraft 6
KC-130F/R Lockheed Martin USA Turboprop Aerial Refueling 5
E-2C/D Hawkeye Northrop Grumman USA Turboprop Carrier-based Airborne Command and Control aircraft 81
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 Turboprop Electronic-warfare aircraft 12
F-5F/N Tiger II Northrop USA Jet Fighter 30 F-5F, F-5N. Used for adversary training[30]
F-16 Fighting Falcon General Dynamics USA Jet Fighter aircraft 14 Used for adversary training.[31]
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet McDonnell Douglas / Northrop Grumman then Boeing / Northrop Grumman USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter 512 F/A-18E and F/A-18F. 22 on order.
F-35C Lightning II Lockheed Martin USA Jet Carrier-based Fighter aircraft 21 NAS Pax River SDD aircraft, 260 planned[32]
MQ-4C Triton Northrop Grumman USA Jet Unmanned aerial vehicle 2[33] 68 Planned
P-3C Orion Lockheed USA Turboprop Maritime patrol aircraft 1962 67 To be replaced by P-8
P-8A Poseidon Boeing USA Jet Anti-Submarine-warfare aircraft 2013 69 122 planned[34]
T-6 Texan II Beechcraft USA Turboprop Trainer aircraft 294 29 on order.
T-44A Beechcraft USA Turboprop Trainer aircraft 57
T-45C Goshawk McDonnell Douglas USA Jet Carrier-based Trainer aircraft 196
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[27] Helicopter. 96 planned.[35]

See also

Notes

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