USAAC/ USAAF/ USAF - A (Attack) Aircraft

The A for Attack designation has continued more-or-less unchanged from 1924 to the present day. The original sequence included a significant number of attack versions of fighter aircraft (such as the A-36 Mustang) or Naval aircraft with army designations (the A-24 Banshee was the Army designation for the SBD Dauntless).

The post-1962 sequence includes several odd features. The Douglas A-26 Invader features in both lists. It was transfered to the bomber list as the B-26 after the Second World War but returned to the A list in 1966. In more recent times the designation has been used for multi-purpose aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornet, while other attack aircraft have been given F for Fighter designations.

A - Attack (1924-1947)

A-1 not used to avoid confusion with Cox-Klemin A-1 ambulance plane
Douglas XA-2
Curtiss A-3 Falcon
Curtiss XA-4
Curtiss XA-5
Curitss XA-6
Altantic-Fokker XA-7
Curtiss A-8 Shrike
Detroit-Lockheed Y1A-9
Curtiss YA-10
Consolidated A-11
Curtiss A-12 Shrike
Northrop YA-13
Curtiss YA-14
Martin A-15
Northrop YA-16
Northrop A-17/ Douglas DB-8
Curtiss A-18 Shrike
Vultee YA-19
Douglas A-20 Boston/ Havoc
Stearman XA-21
Martin A-22 Maryland
Martin A-23 Baltimore
Douglas A-24 Banshee (SBD Dauntless )
Curtiss A-25 (SB2C Helldiver)
Douglas A-26 Invader
North American A-27
Lockheed A-28 Hudson
Lockheed A-29 Hudson
Martin A-30
Vultee A-31 Vengeance
Brewster XA-32
Douglas A-33
Brewster A-34
Vultee A-35 Vengeance
North American A-36 Mustang
Hughes A-37
Beechcraft XA-38
Kaiser-Fleetwings A-39
Curtiss A-40
Consolidated-Vultee A-41
Douglas A-42
Curtiss A-43
Convair A-44
Martin A-45

A - Attack post 1962

Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD)
North American A-2 Savage (AJ)
Douglas A-3 Skywarrior (A3D)
McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk (A4D)
North American A-5 Vigilante (A3J)
Grumman A-6 Intruder (A2F)
Vought A-7 Corsair II
Northrop A-9
Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II
McDonnel Douglas/ General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C/D Hornet
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
Douglas A-26 Invader (back from B-26 in 1966)
Embraer A-29 Super Tucano
Cessna A-37 Dragonfly

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 November 2012), USAAC/ USAAF/ USAF - A (Attack) Aircraft , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_US_designations_attack.html

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