List of most-produced aircraft

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This is a list of the most-produced aircraft whose numbers exceed or exceeded 5,000. Most of the numbers provided by the list are taken from aircraft articles and typically include variants and license production. Any and all types of aircraft that qualify, including airplanes, airships, balloons, gliders (sailplanes), helicopters, etc, are included.

 • Each aircraft listed is fixed-wing and piston-engined unless otherwise described.
 • "C" indicates civilian use; "M" indicates military use.
 • Entries involving aircraft still in production are shown on a  light-cyan background .
Name C / M Type / Role Number  produced Nation Production  period Notes
Cessna 172 C 43,000+[1] United States 1956–present Still in production. Also built in France by Reims Aviation.
Ilyushin Il-2 M Ground-attack 36,183 Soviet Union 1941–1945 Most-produced combat and two-seat aircraft.
Messerschmitt Bf 109 M Fighter 34,852 Germany 1936–1958 Most-produced fighter and single-seat aircraft. Also built in Hungary, Romania, Spain, Czechoslovakia and Switzerland.
Piper Cherokee C 32,778+ United States 1960–present Still in production.
Cessna 150 C 23,949[?+] United States 1958–[?1977] Most-produced two-seat civil aircraft. Also built in France.
Cessna 182 C 23,237+ United States 1956–present Still in production. Was also built in France.
Supermarine Spitfire M Fighter 20,351 United Kingdom 1938–1948 Total 22,685 if carrier-based Seafire variant included.
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 M Fighter 20,051 Germany 1939–1945 64 produced in post-WWII France as the "NC 900".
Piper J-3 Cub C 20,038[2] United States 1938–1947 Most-produced fabric-covered aircraft.
Polikarpov Po-2 M Biplane 20,000
to 30,000[3]
Soviet Union 1928–1952[3] Most-produced biplane.
Consolidated B-24 Liberator M Heavy bomber 18,482 United States 1940–1945 Most-produced heavy bomber and multi-engine aircraft.
Antonov An-2 C Biplane 18,000+ Soviet Union
Russian Federation
1947–2002 Longest production run for any airplane. Also built in China and Poland.
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 M Jet fighter 18,000+ Soviet Union 1947–1950s Most-produced jet. 3,454 built in Czechoslovakia; 727 in Poland; an unknown number in China.
Mil Mi-8 M Helicopter 17,000+ Soviet Union / Russia 1961–present Most-produced helicopter. Still in production.
Yakovlev Yak-9 M Fighter 16,769 Soviet Union 1942–1948
Douglas DC-3 C/M Airliner 16,079 United States 1935–1952 Most-produced airliner. Also built in Japan and Soviet Union. Includes numerous military variants such as C-47, R4D, & Dakota.
Bell UH-1 "Huey" Iroquois M Helicopter 16,000+ United States 1959–present Includes models 204, 205, 212 and 214. Most-produced Western helicopter. Still in production.
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt M Fighter 15,660[4] United States 1942–1945 Most-produced American fighter.
North American P-51 Mustang M Fighter 15,586 United States 1940–1951 Excludes F-82 and other derivatives.
North American T-6 Texan M Trainer 15,495 United States 1937–1950s
Junkers Ju 88 M Multirole 15,183[5] Germany 1939–1945 Luftwaffe multirole bomber, heavy fighter and reconnaissance aircraft.
Hawker Hurricane M Fighter 14,583 United Kingdom 1937–1944 Also built in Canada.
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 M Jet fighter 13,996 Soviet Union 1959–2006 Most-produced supersonic aircraft. Also built in India, China and Czechoslovakia.
Waco CG-4 M Glider 13,903+ United States 1942–1945 Most-produced glider.
Curtiss P-40 M Fighter 13,738 United States 1939–1944 Third most-produced American WWII fighter.
Chotia Weedhopper C Ultralight 13,000 United States 1977–present Most-produced ultralight. Still in production.
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress M Bomber 12,731 United States 1937–1945
Vought F4U Corsair M Fighter 12,571 United States 1941–1952 Longest production run of any American piston-engined fighter.
Grumman F6F Hellcat M Fighter 12,275 United States 1942–1945 Naval fighter.
Vultee BT-13 Valiant M Trainer 11,537 United States 1939–1947
Vickers Wellington M Medium bomber 11,461[6] United Kingdom 1936–1945
Petlyakov Pe-2 M Dive bomber 11,427 Soviet Union 1939–1945
Avro Anson M Multirole 11,029 United Kingdom 1935–1952 Also built in Canada.
Mitsubishi A6M Zero M Fighter 10,939 Japan 1940–1945
Piper Pacer C 10,610[?+] United States 1950–[?1964] Includes the Piper PA-20 Pacer and Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer.
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 M Jet fighter 10,367 Soviet Union 1951–1986 Many built in China as the Shenyang J-5 / JJ-5.
Lockheed P-38 Lightning M Twin-boomed fighter 10,037 United States 1941–1945 Two-engined twin-boom fighter.
Aeronca Champion C 10,000+ United States 1946–1950
DFS SG 38 Schulgleiter M Glider ~ 10,000[7] Germany 1938–1944 Training glider.
North American B-25 Mitchell M Medium bomber 9,984 United States 1939–1945 Most-produced American twin-engined medium bomber.
Lavochkin La-5 M Fighter 9,920 Soviet Union 1942–1944
North American F-86 Sabre / FJ Fury M Fighter/bomber 9,860 United States 1947–1956 Also built in Australia and Canada.
Grumman TBF Avenger M Torpedo bomber 9,837 United States 1941–1945
Bell P-39 Airacobra M Fighter 9,584 United States 1938–1944
Cessna 210 C 9,240[?+] United States 1957–[?1985]
Piper PA-18 C 9,000[?+] United States 1949–[?1994]
Beechcraft Model 18 C 9,000 United States 1937–1970
Yakovlev Yak-18 M Two-seat trainer 9,000 Soviet Union 1946–1960s
Avro 504 M Biplane fighter 8,970 United Kingdom 1913–1918 Most-produced World War I aircraft design.
Yakovlev Yak-1 M Fighter 8,720 Soviet Union 1940–1944
Polikarpov I-16 M Fighter 8,644[8] Soviet Union 1934–1943
Boeing-Stearman Model 75 M Biplane trainer 8,584 United States 1934–1942
Cessna 206 C 8,509+
or 7,783+
([citation needed])
United States 1962–present Includes models 205 and 207?
SPAD S.XIII M Biplane fighter 8,472 France 1917–1918 Most-produced World War I fighter aircraft design.
La Mouette Atlas C Hang glider 8,000+ France 1979–present
Boeing 737 C Jet airliner 8,385[9] United States 1967–present Most-produced large jet-powered civilian aircraft. Still in production.
Grumman F4F Wildcat M Naval fighter 7,885[10]
or 7,722
([citation needed])
United States 1937–1943
Piper PA-32 C 7,842+ United States 1965–2007 Enlarged PA-28.
Breguet 14 M Reconnaissance 7,800 France 1916–1928 2,300 built after the end of WWI.
de Havilland Mosquito M Multirole 7,781 United Kingdom 1940–1950 Also built in Australia and Canada.
Cessna 120 and 140 C 7,664[11][12] United States 1946–1950
Cessna 152 C 7,584[?+] United States 1977–[?1986] Also built in France.
Republic F-84 Thunderjet M Jet fighter-bomber 7,524 United States 1946–1953
Douglas DB-7 (A-20 Havoc) M Multirole 7,478 United States 1938–1944
Avro Lancaster M Heavy bomber 7,377 United Kingdom 1942–1945 Includes 430 built under licence in Canada.
Bell 206 Jetranger C 7,340+ United States 1966–present[13] Also made in Canada and Italy.
Heinkel He 111 M Medium bomber 7,300 Germany 1935–1944 Also built in Spain as the CASA C.2111.
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver M Naval dive bomber 7,140 United States 1940–1945 1,135 built in Canada.
de Havilland Tiger Moth MC Biplane 7,105 United Kingdom 1931–1944 Also built in Canada and Australia.
Piper PA-23 C 6,976 United States 1952–1981
Curtiss JN-4 MC Biplane 6,813 United States 1915–1927
Polikarpov I-15 M Biplane fighter 6,750[14] Soviet Union 1933-1940 Also built in Spain.
Tupolev SB M Bomber 6,656 Soviet Union 1936–1941 Also built in Czechoslovakia.
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star M Jet trainer 6,557 United States 1948–1959 Also built in Canada by Canadair.
Airbus A320 family C Jet airliner 6,415[15] Multi-national 1988–present Includes the A318 / A319 / A320 / A321.
Yakovlev Yak-7 M Fighter/trainer 6,399 Soviet Union 1940–1943
Cessna 310 C 6,321 United States 1954–1980
Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-3 M Fighter 6,258 Soviet Union 1941–1942
Ilyushin Il-10 M Ground-attack 6,226 Soviet Union 1944–1954 Also built in Czechoslovakia as the Avia B-33 / CB-33.
Cessna 180 C 6,193[?+] United States 1953–[?1981]
Handley Page Halifax M Heavy bomber 6,176 United Kingdom 1940–1946
Messerschmitt Bf 110 M Twin-engined heavy/night fighter 6,150 Germany 1936–1945 Most sources state 6,000 to 6,150 produced.
Junkers Ju 87 M Dive bomber 6,000 Germany 1935–1944
Polikarpov R-5 M Recon bomber 6,000 Soviet Union 1928–1937
Sopwith 1½ Strutter M Multirole biplane 5,939 United Kingdom 1917–1918 Majority built in France for French use.
Douglas SBD Dauntless M Scout / dive bomber 5,936 United States 1940–1944
Bristol Beaufighter M Heavy fighter 5,928 United Kingdom 1940–1946 Also built in Australia.
Nakajima Ki-43 M Fighter 5,919 Japan 1942–1945
Yokosuka K5Y M Biplane trainer 5,770 Japan 1934–1945
Lavochkin La-7 M Fighter 5,753 Soviet Union 1944–1946
Antonov A-1 CM? Training glider 5,700 Soviet Union 1930–1940s
Robinson R44 C Helicopter 5,610+ United States 1993–present
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 M Jet fighter 5,500[16] Soviet Union 1953–1959 (USSR) 
1958–1981 (China)
2,500 built in Soviet Union. Also built in China (~3,000) and Czechoslovakia.
Sopwith Camel M Biplane fighter 5,497 United Kingdom 1917–1918
Mil Mi-2 M Helicopter 5,497 Soviet Union 1965–1985 Also built in Poland.
Cessna AT-17 Bobcat M Trainer 5,422 United States 1939–1943
Bristol F.2 Fighter M Biplane fighter 5,329 United Kingdom 1916–1927 WWI two-seat fighter.
Martin B-26 Marauder M Medium bomber 5,288 United States 1941–1945
Stinson 108 C 5,260[17] United States 1946–1950
Ilyushin Il-4 M Medium bomber 5,256 Soviet Union 1942–1944
Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 M Biplane fighter 5,205 United Kingdom 1917–1918
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II M Multirole jet 5,195 United States 1958–1981
Cessna 170 C 5,174[?+] United States 1948–[?1956]
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 M Jet fighter 5,047 Soviet Union 1967–1985
Yakovlev Yak-12 MC Multirole STOL 5,000 Soviet Union 1946–1957 Excludes the Chinese Shenyang Type 5. Also build in Poland.
Grunau Baby IIb C Sailplane ~ 5,000[18] Germany 1932–[?]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Goyer (January 19, 2012). "Cessna 172: Still Relevant". Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Peperell, Roger W; Smith, Colin M (1987). Piper Aircraft and their Forerunners. Tonbridge, Kent, England: Air-Britain. ISBN 0-85130-149-5.  (US and CN, but not gilders)
  3. ^ a b Soviet Polikarpov U-2 bomber, trainer; Polikarpov Po-2 bomber, trainer
  4. ^ Page 267 of Encyclopedia of Military Technology and Innovation by Stephen Bull
  5. ^ Page 161 of Junkers Aircraft and Engines: 1913–1945 By Antony L. Kay and Paul Couper
  6. ^ Page 40 of 101 Great Bombers By Robert Jackson
  7. ^ National Museum of the United States Air Force (n.d.). "Schneider Schulgleiter SG 38". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Polikarpov I-16 Rata fighter
  9. ^
  10. ^ Hickman, Kennedy. "World War II: Grumman F4F Wildcat." at Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  11. ^ Plane and Pilot: 1978 Aircraft Directory, page 22. Werner & Werner Corp Publishing, 1978. ISBN 0-918312-00-0
  12. ^ Christy, Joe: The Complete Guide to the Single-Engine Cessnas – 3rd Edition, pages 12–17. TAB Books, 1979. ISBN 0-8306-2268-3
  13. ^
  14. ^ Polikarpov fighters at Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Airbus orders and deliveries". Airbus S.A.S. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  16. ^ flugzeuginfo – MiG 19
  17. ^ Wegg, John (1990). General Dynamics Aircraft and their Predecessors. london: Putnam. pp. 143–144. ISBN 0-85177-833-X. 
  18. ^ "Deutsches Museum – Flugwerft Schleißheim: Grunau Baby IIb (German)". Retrieved 2008-08-08. 

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