USAAS/ USAAC/ USAAF Cargo Aircraft Designations

C - Cargo

The C for Cargo designation has included more aircraft than any other American designation system, reaching the C-146 before 1962 and rapidly approaching fifty entries since 1962 (as of 2012).

A number of C designations were given to modified versions of existing aircraft of other types, such as the Consolidated C-87 which was a transporter version of the Liberator.

More recently many cargo aircraft have been used as the basis of combat aircraft, normally with the AC designation or have been used as fuel tankers, with the designation KC. The C series began again from one in the 1962 tri-service designation system.

1924-1962 Designation System

Douglas C-1
Fokker (Atlantic) C-2
Ford C-3
Ford C-4
Fokker C-5
Sikorsky C-6
Fokker (Atlantic) C-7
Fairchild C-8
Ford C-9
Curtiss XC-10
Consolidated C-11
Lockheed C-12
C-13 not assigned
Fokker C-14
Fokker C-15
Fokker C-16
Lockheed Y1C-17
Boeing Y1C-18
Northrop Y1C-19
Fokker YC-20
Douglas Y1C-21 Dolphin (OA-3)
Consolidated Y1C-22
Lockheed Y1C-23
American Y1C-24
Lockheed Y1C-25
Douglas Y1C-26 Dolphin (OA-4)
Bellanca C-27
Sikorsky Y1C-28
Douglas C-29
Curtiss C-30
Kreider-Reisner XC-31
Douglas C-32
Douglas C-33
Douglas C-34
Lockheed XC-35
Lockheed Y1C-36
Lockheed Y1C-37
Douglas C-38
Douglas C-39
Lockheed C-40
Douglas C-41
Douglas C-42
Beech C-43
Messerschmitt XC-44
Beechcraft C-45
Curtiss C-46 Commando
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Douglas C-48 Skytrain
Douglas C-49 Skytrain
Douglas C-50 Skytrain
Douglas C-51 Skytrain
Douglas C-52 Skytrain
Douglas C-53 Skytrooper
Douglas C-54 Skymaster
Lockheed C-56 Lodestar
Lockheed C-57 Lodestar
Douglas C-58 Bolo
Lockheed C-59 Lodestar
Lockheed C-60 Lodestar
Fairchild C-61 Forwarder
Waco C-62
Lockheed C-63 Hudson
Noorduyn C-64 Norseman
Stout C-65 Skycar
Lockheed C-66 Lodestar
Douglas C-67 Dragon
Douglas C-68
Lockheed C-69 Constellation
Howard C-70 Nightingale
Spartan C-71 Executive
Waco C-72
Boeing C-73
Douglas C-74 Globemaster
Boeing C-75 Stratoliner
Cessna C-76
Cessna C-77 (DC-6)
Cessna C-78 Bobcat (AT-17)
Junkers C-79
Harlow C-80
Stinson C-81 Reliant
Fairchild C-82 Packet
Piper C-83 Coupe
Douglas C-84
Lockheed C-85 Orion
Fairchild C-86 Forwarder
Consolidated C-87 (Liberator)
Fairchild C-88
Hamilton C-89
Luscombe C-90
Stinson C-91
Akron-Funk C-92
Budd C-93 Conestoga
Cessna C-94
Taylorcraft C-95 Grasshopper
Fairchild C-96
Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter (based on B-29)
Boeing C-98 Clipper
Convair C-99
Northrop C-100 Gamma
Lockheed C-101 Vega
Rearwin C-102 Speedster
Grumman C-103
Lockheed C-104
Boeing C-105
Cessna C-106
Stout C-107 Skycar
Boeing C-108 Flying Fortress
Consolidated C-109 Liberator Express
Douglas C-110
Lockheed C-111 Super Electra
Douglas C-112
Curtiss-Wright C-113 Commando
Douglas C-114 Skymaster
Douglas C-115 Skymaster
Douglas C-116 Skymaster
Douglas C-117 Super Skytrain
Douglas C-118 Liftmaster
Fairchild AC/C-119 Flying Boxcar
Fairchild C-120 Packplane
Lockheed C-121 Constellation
Chase C-122 Avitruc
Fairchild C-123 Provider
Douglas C-124 Globemaster II
Northrop YC-125 Raider
Cessma LC-126
de Havilland Canada C-127 Beaver
Fairchild C-128 Flying Boxcar
Douglas C-129 Super Skytrain
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Convair C-131 Samaritan
Douglas C-132
Douglas C-133 Cargomaster
Stroukoff C-134
Boeing C-135 Stratotanker and variants
Fairchild C-136
Boeing C-137 Stratoliner
C-138 - would have been used for Fokker F27
Lockheed C-139
Lockheed C-140 Jetstar
Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
Vought C-142
C-143 - reserved for X-19
Bombardier Challenger C-143 MRC2A
CASA C-144 Ocean Sentry
PZL C-145 Skytruck
Dornier C-146

1962 Tri-service Designation System

Grumman C-1 Trader
Grumman C-2 Greyhound
Martin C-3 Martin 4-0-4
Gulfstream C-4 Academe
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
Beechcraft C-6 Ute
de Havilland Canada C-7 Caribou
de Havilland Canada C-8 Buffalo
McDonnell Douglas C-9 Nightingale
Handley Page C-10 Jetstream (cancelled)
McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender
Gulfstream C-11 Gulfstream II
Beechcraft C-12
Boeing C-14
McDonnell Dougla C-15
McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III
Boeing C-18 707-320
Boeing C-19 747-100
Gulfstream C-20 Gulfstream III and Gulfstream IV
Learjet C21 Learjet 35
Boeing C-22 Boeing 727
Shorts C-23 Sherpa
Douglas C-24 DC-8F-54
Boeing C-25
Fairchild C-26
Alenia C-27 Spartan
Cessna C-28 Titan
British Aerospace C-29 BAE 125-800
Boeing C-32
Cessna C-35
Gulfstream C-37 Gulfstream V
Gulfstream C-38 Gulfstream G100
Gulfstream C-40 Boeing 737-700c
Constrtucciones Aeronauticas SA C-41 C212 series 200 Aviocar
EADS C-45
Boeing C-46
Boeing KC-767
Convair UC-880

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 November 2012), USAAS/ USAAC/ USAAF Cargo Aircraft Designations , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_US_designations_cargo.html

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