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Many aircraft types have served in the Royal Air Force since it was formed in 1918 by the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. Here can be found a list of RAF aircraft, those types that have served and been retired by the RAF, and also those types that are currently in service. The aircraft are listed in alphabetic order of their RAF type name, and then in mark order within that type.

Refer to List of active United Kingdom military aircraft for current aircraft.

For aircraft operated before the merger of the RFC and RNAS:

For an explanation of the alphanumeric codes that follow many of the aircraft, please see here.

Contents

Regular service with the RAF

0-9

Type Variant Origin Description
Sopwith 1½ Strutter UK Single-engined fighter, bomber biplane
Bristol Type 138A UK Single-engined high-altitude research aircraft
BAe 146 CC1 CC2 UK Four-engined jet VIP transport
Short Type 184 UK Single-engined torpedo seaplane
Short Type 320 UK Single-engined torpedo seaplane
Avro 504 504K, 504N, UK Single-engined piston biplane trainer

A

Type Variant Origin Description Years of Service
FBA Type A France Flying-boat
Agusta A109E Italy Twin-engined liaison helicopter
Bell Airacobra I USA Single-engined piston interceptor
Armstrong Whitworth Ajax UK Single-engined piston biplane trainer
Fairey Albacore UK Single-engined carrier-borne biplane torpedo-bomber 1940-1944
De Havilland Albatross UK Four-engined piston transport
Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle I, II, V, VI UK Twin-engined piston transport
Avro Aldershot III UK Single-engined heavy bomber
Avro Andover Type 561 and Type 563 UK transport and military ambulance
Hawker Siddeley Andover C1, CC2, E3 UK Twin-engined turboprop transport
Avro Anson I, X, C11, XII, C19, T21 UK Twin-engined piston transport and trainer 1936-1968
Avro Athena T2 UK Single-engined piston trainer
Auster Antarctic T7 UK Single-engined piston Antarctic expedition
Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy C1, E1 UK Four-engined turboprop cargo/transport
Fairchild Argus USA Single-engined piston light transport
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas UK Single engined army co-operation biplane
Hawker Audax UK Single-engined piston biplane army co-operation
Taylorcraft Auster I, III, IV, V UK Single-engined piston army liaison
Auster AOP AOP6, T7, AOP9, T10 UK Single-engined piston army liaison

B

Type Variant Origin Description
Sopwith Baby UK Single-engined biplane floatplane
Boulton Paul Balliol T2 UK Single-engined trainer
Martin Baltimore I, II, III, IV, V USA Twin-engined piston attack bomber
Fairey Barracuda UK Single-engined torpedo, dive-bomber
Beagle Basset CC1 UK Twin-engined piston communications
Fairey Battle I, II, III, V UK Single-engined light bomber
Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2 a, b, c, d, e, f g UK Single-engined reconnaissance biplane
Royal Aircraft Factory BE3 Experimental UK
Royal Aircraft Factory BE4 Experimental UK
Royal Aircraft Factory BE8 a UK
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.12 a, b UK Single-engined piston fighter
Bristol Beaufighter I,II,VI,X,XI UK Twin-engined piston ground attack
Bristol Beaufort I,II UK Twin-engined piston torpedo bomber
Short Belfast C1 UK Four-engined turboprop transport/cargo
Bristol Belvedere HC1 UK Twin-engined twin-rotor transport helicopter
Brewster Bermuda Mk I USA Single-engined Scout-bomber aircraft
Blackburn Beverley C1 UK Four-engined piston transport/cargo
Avro Bison UK Single-engined piston biplane fleet spotter / reconnaissance
Blackburn R.1 Blackburn UK Single-engined piston biplane fleet spotter / reconnaissance
Bristol Blenheim I, IV,V UK Twin-engined piston light bomber
Bristol Bombay UK Twin-engined piston medium bomber and transport
Douglas Boston I, II, III, III (Turbinlite), IV, V USA Twin-engined piston light bomber and night fighter
Blackburn Botha I UK Single-engined piston torpedo bomber
Bristol Brigand B1, Met 3 UK Twin-engined piston ground attack
Bristol F2b Fighter UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Bristol Britannia C1, C2 UK Four-engined turboprop transport
Blackburn Buccaneer S2 UK Twin-engined jet bomber
Bristol Buckingham UK Twin-engined piston liaison
Bristol Buckmaster UK Twin-engined piston trainer
Brewster Buffalo I USA Single-engined piston fighter
Scottish Aviation Bulldog T1 UK Single-engined piston basic trainer
Bristol Bulldog UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Martinsyde Buzzard UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter

C

Type Variant Origin Description
Cierva C.19 UK Experimental autogiro
Sopwith Camel UK Single-engined biplane fighter
Fairey Campania UK Single-engine patrol and reconnaissance biplane
English Electric Canberra B2, PR3, T4, B6, PR7, B(I)8, PR9, T11, B15, E15, B16, T17, TT18, T19 UK Twin-engined jet light bomber
Consolidated Catalina I,II,III,IV USA Twin-engines piston amphibious maritime patrol
Caproni Ca 42 Italy Heavy bomber
Caudron G.2 France
Caudron G.3 UK Single-engined biplane
Caudron G.4 UK/France Twin-engined biplane bomber
Boeing-Vertol Chinook HC1, HC2, HC2A, HC3 USA Twin-engined turbine twin rotor heavy lift helicopter
De Havilland Canada Chipmunk T10 UK Single-engined piston trainer
De Havilland Cirrus Moth UK Single-engined piston communications, trainer aircraft
Curtiss Cleveland Mk I USA Single-engined scout, dive-bomber aircraft
Handley Page Clive UK Transport
Saro Cloud UK Trainer
De Havilland Comet C2, C2(RC), C4 UK Four-engined jet transport and reconnaissance
Wight Converted Seaplane Single-engined piston maritime patrol flying-boat UK
Consolidated Coronado I USA Four-engined piston flying-boat
Fairchild Cornell I & II USA Single-engined piston trainer
Sopwith Cuckoo UK Single-engined piston bi-plane torpedo bomber
Curtiss JN 3 USA
Curtiss JN 4 USA Single-engined piston biplane trainer
Curtiss H-4 USA
Curtiss H12 USA
Curtiss H-16 USA
General Aircraft GAL.42 Cygnet II UK Single-engined tri-cycle undercarriage trainer

D

Type Variant Origin Description
Desoutter I, II UK Single-engined piston liaison
Douglas Dakota I, II, III, IV USA Twin-engined piston transport
Blackburn Dart UK Single-engined piston torpedo-bomber biplane
Douglas DC-2 USA Twin-engined piston transport
Boulton Paul Defiant I, II, III UK Single-engined piston fighter
Hawker Demon UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
De Havilland Devon C1, C2 UK Twin-engined piston light transport
Airco DH.4 UK Single-engined piston biplane day-bomber
Airco DH 5 UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Airco DH.6 UK Single-engined piston biplane trainer
Airco/de Havilland DH.9 DH.9A UK Single-engined piston biplane bomber
Airco DH.10 A UK Twin-engined piston biplane bomber
Sopwith Dolphin UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
de Havilland DH.89 Dominie I, II UK Twin-engined piston biplane transport and navigation trainer
Hawker Siddeley Dominie T1 UK Twin-engined jet navigation trainer
De Havilland Don UK Single-engined communication/liaison
De Havilland Dragon UK Twin-engined piston transport
Sopwith Dragon UK Single-engined piston fighter biplane
De Havilland Dragonfly UK Twin-engined light biplane transport
Westland Dragonfly HC2 UK Single-engined piston helicopter
De Havilland Dragon Rapide UK Twin-engined piston transport

E

Type Variant Origin Description
Lockheed Model 10 Electra USA Twin-engined piston transport
Martinsyde Elephant UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter-bomber
Armstrong Whitworth AW27 Ensign UK Four-engined piston transport
Airspeed Envoy UK Twin-engined piston transport
Beechcraft Expediter I USA Twin engined piston transport and trainer
De Havilland DH.86 Express UK Four-engined piston biplane transport and trainer

F

Type Variant Origin Description
Fokker F.XXII Netherlands Four-engined transport
Fairey III A, B, C, D, F UK Single-engined piston reconnaissance biplane
Fairey Fawn II, III UK single engined light bomber
Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2 a, b, d UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8 UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Felixstowe F.2 F.3, F.5 UK twin engined reconnaissance flying boats
Airspeed Ferry UK three-engined biplane transport
Slingsby Firefly T67M Mk II UK Single-engined trainer aircraft
Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 UK Single-engined biplane general purpose aircraft
De Havilland Flamingo UK Twin-engined piston transport
Ford Trimotor 5-ATD USA Three-engined piston transport
Boeing Fortress I, II, III USA Four-engined piston heavy bomber
Fairey Fox UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter-bomber
De Havilland Fox Moth UK Single-engined piston communications
Fairey Fulmar II UK Single-engined piston carrier fighter
Hawker Fury I, II UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter

G

Type Variant Origin Description
Gloster Gamecock I UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Gloster Gauntlet I, II UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Westland Gazelle HT3, HCC4 UK Single-engined light training and VIP helicopter
De Havilland Genet Moth UK
De Havilland Gipsy Moth UK Single-engined piston biplane communications
Gloster Gladiator I, II UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III USA Four-engined jet transport/cargo
Folland Gnat T1 UK Single-engined jet trainer
Grumman Goose USA Twin-engined piston amphibian
Fairey Gordon I, II UK Single-engined light bomber and trainer
Gloster Grebe II UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Bell Griffin HT1, HAR2 Canada Twin-engined turbo training and rescue helicopter
Percival Vega Gull UK Single-engined piston communications
Percival Gull UK Single-engined piston communications

H

Type Variant Origin Description
WACO Hadrian USA troop/cargo glider
Handley Page Halifax I, II, III, V, VI, VII, A7, VIII, A9 UK Four-engined piston heavy bomber
Fairey Hamble Baby UK Single-engined piston biplane seaplane
Hamble Baby Convert UK
General Aircraft Hamilcar I, X UK Transport glider
Handley Page Hampden I UK Twin-engined piston light bomber
Hawker Hardy UK Single-engined piston biplane light bomber
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR1, T2, GR3, T4 UK Single-engined jet vertical take off and landing ground attack
BAe/McDonnell Douglas Harrier II GR5, GR7, GR7A, GR9, GR9A, T10 UK Single-engined jet vertical take off and landing ground attack
Handley Page Harrow I, II UK Twin-engined piston heavy bomber
Hawker Hart UK Single-engined piston biplane light bomber
North American Harvard I, II, IIA, IIB, III USA Single-engined piston trainer
Handley Page Hastings C1, C2, C4, Met 1 UK Four-engined piston transport
Douglas Havoc I, I(Turbinlite), II, II (Turbinlite) USA Twin-engined piston attack
British Aerospace Hawk T1, T1A, T1W, T2 UK Single-engined jet trainer
Miles Hawk Major UK Single-engined liaison and trainer
Miles Hawk Trainer UK Single-engined monoplane trainer
Parnall Heck 2C UK Single-engined piston communications
Hawker Hector UK Single-engined piston army co-operation biplane
Fairey Hendon II UK Twin engined monoplane night bomber
Handley Page Hendon II, III UK
Hawker Henley UK Single-engined piston target tug
Lockheed Hercules C1, W2, C3, C4, C5 USA Four-engined turboprop transport
Handley Page Hereford UK Twin-engined piston medium bomber
De Havilland Heron C4 UK Four-engined piston communications
Handley Page Heyford I, II, III UK Twin-engined piston biplane heavy bomber
Hiller HT2 HT2 USA Single-engined land rescue helicopter
Handley Page Hinaidi UK Twin-engined piston biplane heavy bomber
Hawker Hind UK Single-engined piston biplane light bomber
De Havilland Hornet F1, F3 UK Twin-engined piston fighter
De Havilland Hornet Moth UK Single-engined piston communications
Hawker Horsley UK Single-engined piston biplane medium bomber
De Havilland Hound UK Single-engined piston day bomber
Sikorsky Hoverfly I, II USA Single-engined piston basic helicopter
Handley Page H.P.42 UK Four-engined biplane transport
Hawker Siddeley HS 125 CC1, CC2, CC3 UK Twin-engined jet VIP transport
Lockheed Hudson I, II, III, IV, V, VI USA Twin-engined piston recce/bomber/transport
De Havilland Hummingbird UK Single-engined ultralight monoplane trainer
Hawker Hunter F1, F2, F4, F5,F6, FGA9, FR10, T7 UK Single-engined jet fighter/fighter-bomber
Hawker Hurricane I, IIa,b,c, IV UK Single-engined piston fighter
Beagle Husky UK Single-engined piston trainer
Handley Page Hyderabad UK twin engined biplane heavy bomber

I

Type Variant Origin Description
Beardmore Inflexible UK Three-engined experimental transport
Blackburn Iris III,V UK Three-engined piston biplane flying boat
Britten-Norman Islander CC2, CC2A UK Twin-engined communications aircraft

J

Type Variant Origin Description
SEPECAT Jaguar GR1, GR1A, GR1B, T2, GR3, GR3A, T4 UK Twin-engined jet ground-attack
Gloster Javelin FAW1, FAW2, FAW3, FAW5, FAW6, FAW7, FAW8, FAW9 UK Twin-engined jet fighter/interceptor
BAC Jet Provost T1, T3, T3A, T4, T5, T5A UK Single-engined jet trainer
Scottish Aviation Jetstream T1 UK Twin-engined turboprop multi-engine trainer

K

Type Variant Origin Description
Blackburn Kangaroo UK Twin-engined piston biplane bomber
Hawker Siddeley Kestrel F(GA)1 UK Single-engined fighter, ground-attack aircraft
Beechcraft Super King Air USA Twin-engined turboprop multi-engine trainer
Curtiss Kittyhawk I, II, III, IV USA Single-engined piston fighter

L

Type Variant Origin Description
Avro Lancaster I, PR1, II, III, GR, ASR3, VI, VII, B7, X UK Four-engined piston heavy bomber
Avro Lancastrian C2 UK Four-engined piston transport
Saro Lerwick I UK Twin-engined piston flying boat
De Havilland Leopard Moth UK Single-engined piston communications
Consolidated Liberator I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX USA Four-engined, piston bomber
English Electric Lightning F1, F1A, F2, F2A, F3, F6 UK Twin-engined jet fighter/interceptor
Lockheed Lightning Mk I USA Twin-engined piston fighter aircraft
Avro Lincoln B2 UK Four-engined piston heavy bomber
Lockheed 12 USA Twin-engined piston transport
Lockheed 14 USA Twin-engined piston transport
Lockheed Lodestar USA Twin-engined, piston transport
Saro London I, II UK Twin-engined biplane flying boat
Fairey Long-Range Monoplane UK Single-engined long-range aircraft
Westland Lysander I, II, III UK Single-engined piston liaison

M

Type Variant Origin Description
Bristol M.1 M.1C UK Single-engined fighter-scout aircraft
Miles Magister UK Single-engined piston trainer
Avro Manchester I, IA UK Twin-engined heavy bomber
Handley Page Marathon T11 UK Four-engined piston navigation trainer
Martin Marauder I, II, III USA Twin-engined, piston light attack/bomber
Martin Mariner I USA Twin-engined piston maritime patrol
Miles Martinet UK Single-engined piston target tug
Martinsyde S1 UK single-seat biplane scout/fighter
Martinsyde G.100 UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter-bomber
Martinsyde G.102 UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter-bomber
Martin Maryland USA Twin-engined piston light bomber
Miles Master I, II, III UK Single-engined piston trainer
Miles Mentor UK Single-engined training and communications
Miles Messenger I UK Single-engined piston liaison
European Helicopter Industries Merlin HC3 UK Three-engined helicopter transport
Gloster Meteor I, III, F3, F4, F8, FR9, PR10, NF11, NF12, NF13, NF14 UK Twin-engined jet fighter
North American Mitchell II, III USA Twin-engined, piston medium bomber
Curtiss Mohawk I, II, III, IV USA Single-engined, piston fighter
Morane-Saulnier BB France
Morane-Saulnier H France
Morane-Saulnier I France
Morane-Saulnier Type L France Single-engined reconnaissance monoplane
Morane LA France
Morane-Saulnier Type N France Single-engined monoplane fighter
Morane-Saulnier Type P France Single-engined reconnaissance monoplane
Morane-Saulnier V France
De Havilland Mosquito II, IV, VI, VII, IX, XII, XIII, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX,
XX, B20, XXV, B25, FB26, XXX, NF30, XXXII,
XXXIV, PR34, XXXV, B35, PR35, XXXVI, NF36
UK Twin-engined piston light bomber
De Havilland Moth & Moth Major(DH 60) UK Trainer
de Havilland DH.94 Moth Minor UK Single-engined two-seat liaison aircraft
North American Mustang I, II, III, IV USA Single-engined, piston fighter

N

Type Variant Origin Description
Lockheed Neptune MR1 USA Twin-engined piston maritime patrol
Nieuport Nighthawk UK (trial only)
Miles Nighthawk UK Trainer
Gloster Nightjar UK Carrier-based fighter
BAE Nimrod MR1, MR2, R1, AEW3 UK Four-engined jet maritime patrol
Northrop Nomad Mk I USA Single-engined attack aircraft
Northrop N-3PB USA Single-engined piston float plane
Norman Thompson N.T.2B UK Single-engined piston trainer flying-boat
Norman Thompson NT 4 UK Twin-engined maritime-patrol flying boat

O

Type Variant Origin Description
Handley Page O/100 UK Twin-engined biplane bomber
Handley Page O/400 UK Twin-engined biplane bomber
Boulton Paul Overstrand UK Twin-engined medium bomber
General Aircraft GAL.45 Owlet UK Single-engined tri-cycle undercarriage trainer
Airspeed Oxford I, II, V UK Twin-engined piston trainer

P

Type Variant Origin Description
Parnall Panther UK reconnaissance aircraft
Hunting Percival Pembroke C1, C(PR)1 UK Twin-engined light transport
Blackburn Perth UK Triple-engined piston biplane flying boat
Percival Petrel UK twin-engined piston communications
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG1, FGR2, F-4J[UK] USA Twin-engined jet fighter
Heston Phoenix UK Single-engined piston communications
Scottish Aviation Pioneer CC1 UK Single-engined piston liaison
Taylorcraft Plus C, C2, D UK Single-engine piston air observation post and liaison
Avro Prefect UK Single-engined multi-purpose trainer biplane
Percival Prentice T1 UK Single-engined piston trainer
Percival Proctor I, II, III, IV UK Single-engined piston communications
Percival Provost T1 UK Single-engined piston trainer
Westland/Aérospatiale Puma HC1 UK Twin-engined transport helicopter
Sopwith Pup UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
De Havilland Puss Moth UK Single-engined piston communications

Q

Type Variant Origin Description
Airspeed Queen Wasp UK Single-engined pilotless target biplane
Percival Q.6 UK twin-engined piston communications

R

Type Variant Origin Description
Short R.24/31 Knuckleduster UK Twin-engined gull wing monoplane flying boat
Short Rangoon UK Three-engined biplane flying boat
Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 UK Single-engined biplane reconnaissance
Vultee-Stinson Reliant USA Single-engined piston trainer
Blackburn Roc UK Single-engined piston naval fighter
Avro Rota I, II UK Autogyro

S

Type Variant Origin Description
Supermarine S.5 UK Single-engined racing seaplane
Supermarine S.6 S.6, S.6A, S.6B UK Single-engined racing seaplane
North American Sabre F4 USA Single-engined jet fighter/interceptor
Sopwith Salamander UK Single-engined biplane ground-attack
Saro A7 UK
Supermarine Scapa UK Twin-engined piston biplane flying boat
Bristol Scout UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Short Scion Senior UK four-engined piston transport floatplane/landplane
Nieuport Scout 11, 17, 24bis., 27 France Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 a UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Short Seaford UK Four-engined piston flying boat (trials only)
Gloster Sea Gladiator UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Westland Sea King HAR3, HAR3A UK Twin-engined rescue helicopter
Fairey Seal UK Single-engined piston biplane torpedo-bomber
Supermarine Sea Otter UK Single-engined piston biplane flying boat
Raytheon Sentinel R1 Canada ASTOR
Stinson Sentinel I II USA Single-engined piston liaison
Boeing Sentry AEW1 USA Four-engined jet AWACS
Avro Shackleton MR1, MR2, AEW2, MR3, T4 UK Four-engined piston maritime patrol
Blackburn Shark UK Single-engined piston reconnaissance, torpedo-bomber biplane
Boulton Paul Sidestrand UK Twin-engined piston biplane medium bomber
Short Singapore II, III UK Four-engined piston biplane flying boat
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin III, IIIA UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Westland Sioux HT2 UK Single-engined training helicopter
Saro Skeeter UK Helicopter
Blackburn Skua UK Single-engined piston fighter, dive-bomber aircraft
Douglas Skymaster I USA Four-engined piston transport
Savoia-Marchetti S.73P Italy Three-engined piston transport
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79K Italy Three-engined medium bomber
Sopwith Snipe UK Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Supermarine Southampton UK Twin-engined piston biplane flying boat
SPAD S.VII France Single-engined piston biplane fighter
SPAD S.XIII France Single-engined piston biplane fighter
Supermarine Spitfire C, D, I, II, IV, V, VI, PR VII, VII, VIII, IX X, XI, XII,
XIV, 14, XVI, 16, XVIII, 18, XIX, PR19, F21, F22
UK Single-engined piston fighter
Supermarine Spiteful F14, F15, F16 UK Single-engined piston fighter
Eurocopter Squirrel HT1 France Single-engined training helicopter
Stampe SV.4B Belgium Single-engined training/liaison biplane
Short Stirling I, III, IV, V UK Four-engined piston heavy bomber
Supermarine Stranraer UK Twin-engined piston biplane flying boat
Short Sunderland I, II, III, V, GR5 UK Four-engined piston maritime patrol
Supermarine Swift F1, F2, FR5 UK Single-engined jet
Fairey Swordfish I, III UK Single-engined piston biplane torpedo-bomber
Bristol Sycamore HC11, HC12, HC13, HC14 UK Single-engined communications helicopter

T

Type Variant Origin Description
Fokker T.VIII T-VIIIW Netherlands Twin-engined general-reconnaissance seaplane
Sopwith Tabloid UK Single-engined piston biplane
Hawker Tempest II, F2, V, VI, F6 UK Single-engined (piston) fighter
Republic Thunderbolt I, II USA Single-engined (piston) fighter
De Havilland Tiger Moth I, II, Queen Bee UK Single-engined (piston) trainer and communications
Curtiss Tomahawk I, II USA Single-engined fighter
Hawker Tomtit UK Single-engined piston biplane trainer
Panavia Tornado GR1, GR1A, GR1B GR4, GR4A, F2, F3 UK Twin-engined fighter/bomber
Beech Traveller I USA Twin-engined piston light transport
Lockheed Tristar C1, KC1, K1, C2, C2A USA Three-engined jet transport/tanker
Sopwith Triplane UK Single-engined fighter-scout triplane
Shorts Tucano T1 UK Single-engined turboprop trainer
Avro Tutor UK Single-engined biplane trainer
Grob Tutor T1 Germany Single-engined piston trainer
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer CC1, CC2 UK Twin-engined piston transport
Eurocopter Twin Squirrel HCC1 France Twin-engined helicopter
Hawker Typhoon I UK Single-engined piston fighter
Eurofighter Typhoon T1, F2, T3, FGR4 UK Twin-engined jet fighter

V

Type Variant Origin Description
Handley Page V/1500 UK Four-engined (piston) heavy bomber
Vickers Valentia UK Twin-engined piston biplane flying boat
Vickers Valetta C1 UK Twin-engined (piston) transport
Vickers Valiant B1, B1(K), B(PR)1, B(PR)K1 UK Four-engined strategic bomber
De Havilland Vampire F1, F3, FB5, FB9, NF 10, T.11 UK Single-engined jet fighter
Vickers Varsity T1 UK Twin-engined (piston) crew trainer
Vickers VC-10 C1, C1(K), K2, K3, K4 UK Four-engined jet transport / tanker
Percival Vega Gull UK Single-engined communications
Vultee Vengeance I, II, III, IV USA Single-engined dive bomber
de Havilland Venom FB1, NF2, NF3, FB4 UK Single-engined jet night fighter
Lockheed Ventura I, II, V USA Twin-engined (piston) bomber and patrol
Vickers Vernon UK Twin-engined biplane transport
Handley Page Victor B1, B1A, K1, K1A, B2, B2R, B2(SR), K2 UK Four-engined jet strategic bomber
Vickers Victoria UK Twin-engined biplane transport
Stinson Vigilant I, II USA Single-engined light observation
Vickers Viking UK Single-engined amphibious aircraft
Vickers VC.1 Viking C2 UK Twin-engined VIP transport aircraft
Vickers Vildebeest I, II, III, IV UK Single-engined light and torpedo bomber
Vickers Vimy UK Twin-engined biplane heavy bomber
Vickers Vincent UK Single-engined light and torpedo bomber
Vickers Virginia II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X UK Twin-engined biplane heavy bomber
Avro Vulcan B1, B1A, B2, B2A, B2(MAA), B2(K) UK Four-engined jet strategic bomber

W

Type Variant Origin Description
Westland Wallace UK Single-engined general purpose
Westland Walrus UK Single-engined fleet-reconnaissance aircraft
Supermarine Walrus UK Single-engined reconnaissance amphibian
Westland Wapiti UK Single-engined general purpose biplane
Vickers Warwick I, III, V UK Twin-engined bomber and maritime patrol
Boeing Washington B1 USA Four-engined (piston) strategic bomber
Westland Welkin UK Twin-engined heavy fighter
Vickers Wellesley UK Single-engined light bomber
Vickers Wellington I, II, III, IV, VI, VIII, X, XI, XIII, XIV, XVI UK Twin-engined medium bomber
Westland Wessex UK radio and navigator training
Westland Wessex HC2, HAR2, HCC4, HU5C UK Twin-engined transport helicopter
Westland Whirlwind I UK Twin-engined heavy fighter
Westland Whirlwind HAR2, HAR4, HAR10, HCC12 UK Single-engined helicopter
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley I, II, III, IV, V, VII UK Twin-engined medium bomber
Miles Whitney Straight A, B UK Single-engined communications
Foster Wikner Warferry UK Single-engined communications monoplane
Hawker Woodcock II UK Single-engined night fighter

Y

Type Variant Origin Description
Avro York C1 UK four-engined piston transport
North American Yale BT-6 USA 2-seat single-engine piston trainer

Civil Aircraft Impressed Into RAF Service 1939-1945

Military Aircraft Impressed Into RAF Service 1939-1946

  • Bucker Bu 181 Bestmann - About 70 captured Luftwaffe aircraft were impressed into service with RAF, entering service with the RAF in Germany, immediately after the war in Europe. Used for communications and light transport duties between 1945 and 1946.
  • Caudron Simoun - Two ex-French aircraft impressed into service with the RAF, one with No.267 Squadron.
  • Caproni Ca.148 - One captured Italian aircraft, impressed into service with the Khartoum Communications Flight in 1940, later with No. 117 Squadron RAF.
  • Dewoitine D.520 - Three French aircraft were flown to the United Kingdom in 1940.
  • Dornier Do 17Ka - Two ex-Yugoslav aircraft were impressed into service with the RAF in Egypt in 1941.
  • Dornier Do 22Kj - Eight ex-Yugoslav aircraft were impressed into service with the RAF in Egypt. Used by No. 2 (Yugoslav) Squadron under the control of No. 230 Squadron. Used for anti-submarine patrol duties between 1941 and 1942.
  • Fieseler Fi 156 Storch - About 50 captured Luftwaffe aircraft were impressed into service with RAF. Operated by the RAF in the United Kingdom and Europe between 1939 and 1946. Used for communications and reconnaissance duties.
  • Focke-Wulf Fw 58 - About nine captured Luftwaffe aircraft were impressed into service with the RAF. Used for communications duties between 1945 and 1946.
  • Heinkel He 115 - Four Royal Norwegian Naval Air Service examples flown to the UK in June 1940. The aircraft were operated by the Royal Norwegian Navy flight between 1940 and 1943. The aircraft were used for clandestine and covert operations.
  • Junkers Ju 52/3m - About 70 captured Luftwaffe aircraft were impressed into service, entiring service with the RAF in Germany, immediately after the war in Europe. Used for communications and transport duties between 1945 and 1946.
  • Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 - A few French aircraft were impressed into service with the RAF in Egypt. The aircraft were used by No. 2 French (Fighter) Flight between 1940 and 1942.
  • Potez 29 - Two aircraft were impressed into service with the RAF in 1940.
  • Potez 63 - Six aircraft were impressed into service with the RAF in 1940. Operated by No. 2 French (Fighter) Flight between 1940 and 1941.
  • Rogojarski SIM-XIV-H Series 1 - One ex-Yugoslav aircraft impressed into service with the RAF in Egypt. Used by No. 2 (Yugoslav) Squadron.
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.79K Sparviero - Four ex-Yugoslav SM.79s were impressed into service with the RAF, one with No. 2 PRU and three with No. 117 Squadron. In service from 1941 to 1942.
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 - Two captured enemy were impressed into service with the RAF in Germany. Used for communications and transport duties between 1945 and 1946.
  • Siebel Si 204 - About 65 captured Luftwaffe aircraft were impressed into service, entiring service with the RAF in Germany, immediately after the war in Europe. Used for communications and ligth transport duties between 1945 and 1946.

Captured or Interned

Captured or interned examples of the following aircraft were at one time flown by the RAF.

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Argentine Aircraft

German Aircraft 1918-1919

German Aircraft 1938-1947

Italian Aircraft 1939-1945

Japanese Aircraft 1939-1945

Schneider Trophy Seaplanes

Training gliders

The following Gliders are or were flown by RAF training squadrons:

Airships and Balloons

UAVs and Drones

References

  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd.). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Moyes, Philip J.R. Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 2nd edition 1976. ISBN 0-354-01027-1.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald & Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 1969 (2nd edition 1976, reprinted 1978). ISBN 0-354-01028-X.

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