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M2morris
12-02-2006, 05:40 PM
How do planes get their model numbers or names, E.G. P-51 etc, Is it 'Patrol' 51? whats the number 51 stand for? or Me(Messerschmidt) 109, why the number 109? Sorry dumb thread, but maybe somebody can clue me in. I figured the P-40 was designed in 1940, but I geuss all planes have their own stories. SR-71; Special Recon? 1971? Hmmm the 'U' in F4U, I could go on and on, I'd better stop.

M2morris
12-02-2006, 05:40 PM
How do planes get their model numbers or names, E.G. P-51 etc, Is it 'Patrol' 51? whats the number 51 stand for? or Me(Messerschmidt) 109, why the number 109? Sorry dumb thread, but maybe somebody can clue me in. I figured the P-40 was designed in 1940, but I geuss all planes have their own stories. SR-71; Special Recon? 1971? Hmmm the 'U' in F4U, I could go on and on, I'd better stop.

LStarosta
12-02-2006, 05:51 PM
P-51, pursuit

SR-71, at first, Strike Reconnaissance later switched to Strategic Reconnaissance.

F4U- had something to do with the manufacturer of the particular type of a/c

As for the numbers, someone else can probably fill you in. I know in Germany specific manufacturers were assigned number ranges or something like that.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Low_Flyer_MkVb
12-02-2006, 05:56 PM
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Hanglands
12-02-2006, 06:06 PM
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M2morris
12-02-2006, 06:12 PM
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DuxCorvan
12-03-2006, 08:25 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by LStarosta:
F4U- had something to do with the manufacturer of the particular type of a/c
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Navy designations:

F - A fighter...
4 - ,the 4th made by the manufacturer, which is...
U - Vought.

This is: F4U is the forth fighter supplied to the US Navy by Vought.

Common desigantions:
F - Fighter
B - Bomber
SB - Dive bomber
P - Hydro
TB - Torpedo bomber

Common manufactures for USN:
U - Vought
F - Grumman
M - General Motors
C - Curtiss
R - Ryan
D - Douglass
Y - Consolidated
A - Brewster
B - Boeing
H - McDonnell

NekoReaperman
12-03-2006, 08:32 AM
Wasnt the Corsair later called the "FG1-D"?


Something to do with goodyear?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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DuxCorvan
12-03-2006, 09:55 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by NekoReaperman:
Wasnt the Corsair later called the "FG1-D"?


Something to do with goodyear? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes.

"G" was the manufacturer code for Goodyear. Since Corsairs made by Goodyear were the first to be supplied by them to Navy, they were designated "FG".

It's similar to what happened to General Motors Wildcats, which were designated "FM".

To ilustrate it, nothing better than the Grumman fighters history, as supplied to the Navy:

FF - A biplane, saw some service in the mid-thirties.
F2F - Another biplane, was soon replaced by F3F.
F3F - Last Grumman Navy biplane, was retired in 1940 and tehre were still some in 2nd line duties in late 1941.
F4F - Wildcat
F5F - Hellcat
F6F - Bearcat (post-war)
F7F - Tigercat (post-war twin engine)
F8F - Panther (saw some service in Korea)
F9F - Cougar (similar to F8F with swept back wings)
F10F & F11F - Unsuccessful fighters of th 50s, briefly prior to Navy and USAF new unified designation standards (F-4 Phantom and F-5 Tiger are early examples)