Friday, April 05, 2002

Military Aircraft of the United States with Bird or Bird-Like Names (Part 1)

This list was initially prepared with the help of Emmanuel Gustin's comprehensive Military Aircraft Database for the United States. I later discovered Joe Baugher's Encyclopedia of American Military Aircraft. Baugher's list is an excellent complement to Gustin's, often providing more extensive descriptions of some aircraft types. These were my two primary sources of information on military aircraft with bird or bird-like names.

ALBATROSS:
Grumman JR2F (1945-1970 fixed-wing flying-boat utility)
Grumman SA-16 (1945-1970 fixed-wing flying-boat utility)
Grumman U-16 (1955 fixed-wing flying-boat utility) . . . more info
Grumman UF (1945-1970 fixed-wing flying-boat utility)

BANTAM:
Northrop X-4 (1949 fixed-wing experimental)

BLACKBIRD:
Lockheed F-12
Lockheed M-21
Lockheed SR-71 . . . more info 1 . . . more info 2 . . . more info 3
Lockheed YF-12

BLACKHAWK:
Curtiss A-43 (1945-1970 fixed-wing attack aircraft--never developed)
Curtiss F-87 (1948 fixed-wing fighter)
Sikorsky S-67 (post-1970 attack helicopter) . . . more info

BLUEBIRD:
Lewis-Vought VE-7 (1921 fixed-wing trainer)

CONDOR:
Curtiss B-2 (1929 fixed-wing bomber)
Curtiss C-30 (1934 fixed-wing transport)
Curtiss R4C (1934 fixed-wing transport)

DUCK:
Grumman J2F (1937 fixed-wing floatplane utility) . . . more info

EAGLE:
General Motors/Fisher P-75 (1943 fixed-wing fighter)
McDonnell Douglas F-15 (1973 fixed-wing fighter) . . . more info
Windecker E-5 (post-1970 fixed-wing experimental)

FALCON:
Curtiss A-3 (1918-1939 fixed-wing attack aircraft) . . . more info
Curtiss O-1 (1929 fixed-wing reconnaissance)
Curtiss SNC (1940 fixed-wing reconnaissance trainer) . . . more info
Hughes F-98 (originally classified an unmanned fighter; later designated a missile) . . . more info

FIGHTING FALCON:
General Dynamics/Lockheed F-16 (1976 fixed-wing fighter) . . . more info 1 . . . more info 2

FLEDGLING:
Curtiss N2C (1918-1939 fixed-wing trainer)

GLOBAL HAWK:
Teledyne Q-4 (unmanned reconnaisance/surveillance) . . . more info

GOOSE:
Grumman J3F (1939-1945 fixed-wing flying-boat utility)
Grumman JRF (1939-1945 fixed-wing flying-boat utility) . . . more info
Civilian Use of the Goose . . . more info

GOSHAWK:
Curtiss BFC (1918-1939 carrier-based fixed-wing fighter-bomber)
Curtiss F11C (1933 carrier-based fixed-wing fighter) . . . more info
McDonnell Douglas T-45 (1989 carrier-based fixed-wing trainer)

HARRIER:
McDonnel Douglas V-8 (1983 VTOL attack aircraft)

HAWK:
Curtiss F6C (1925 carrier-based fixed-wing fighter)
Curtiss P-1 (1926 fixed-wing fighter) . . . more info
Curtiss P-2 . . . more info
Curtiss P-3 . . . more info
Curtiss P-6 (1931 fixed-wing fighter) . . . more info
Curtiss P-11
Curtiss P-36 (1935 fixed-wing fighter) . . . more info
Curtiss P-42 (1939 fixed-wing fighter) . . . more info

HAWKEYE:
Grumman E-2 (1972 carrier-based fixed-wing electronic) . . . more info
Grumman W2F (post-1970 carrier-based fixed-wing electronic)

HELLDIVER:
Curtiss A-25 (carrier-based dive-bomber) . . . more info
Curtiss F8C (fixed-wing fighter/dive-bomber) . . . more info
Curtiss SB2C (carrier-based dive-bomber) . . . . . . more info 1 . . . more info 2

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