List of United States bomber aircraft

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This is a list of United States bomber aircraft

1915–1935[edit]

Name of Bomber Country
of origin
Year of
first flight
Status Number
built
Photo
Airco DH.4 1917 1932
Bellanca 77-140 medium bomber  United States 1934 retired 1942 4 Bellanca 77-140 Bomber.jpg
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber  United States 1935 retired 1959 12,731 Color Photographed B-17E in Flight.jpg
Consolidated P2Y patrol flying boat  United States 1929 retired 1941 78 Consolidated Model 22.jpg
Consolidated PBY Catalina maritime patrol flying boat/amphibian  United States 1935 retired 1980s 4,051 ca. PBY Catalina landing.jpg
Curtiss A-3/A-4 Falcon attack/light bomber  United States 1924 retired 1937 155 Curtiss A-3 Falcon (SN 27-243).jpg
Curtiss A-8 attack/light bomber  United States 1931 retired 1939 13 Curtiss A-8 No.60.jpg
Curtiss A-12 Shrike attack/light bomber  United States 1933 retired 1942 46 Curtiss A-12 Shrike(USAF).jpg
Curtiss XA-14 attack/light bomber  United States 1935 retired prototype 1 Curtiss YA-14 in front of hangar.jpg
Curtiss A-18 Shrike attack/light bomber  United States 1935 retired 1943 13 Curtiss A-18.jpg
Curtiss B-2 Condor heavy bomber  United States 1929 retired 1934 13 B-2 Condor in flight.jpg
Curtiss BF2C Goshawk fighter-bomber  United States 1933 retired 1949 166 Curtiss BF2C-1 Goshawk - GPN-2000-001239.jpg
Curtiss Model H patrol flying boat  United States 1917 retired 478 Curtiss America 001.jpg
Curtiss HS patrol flying boat  United States 1917 retired 1,178 Curtiss HS-2 NAN10-48.jpg
Curtiss F5L patrol flying boat  United States 1918 retired 227 Naval Air Station at Pensacola.jpg
Curtiss CS torpedo bomber  United States 1923 retired 83 EL-2002-00572.jpg
Curtiss SBC Helldiver dive bomber  United States 1935 retired 1943 257 SBC-4 New York Naval Air Reserve 1940.jpg
Curtiss T-32 Condor II bomber/transport  United States 1933 retired 45 Curtiss YC-30 Condor front.jpg
Douglas DT torpedo bomber  United States 1921 retired 90 Douglas DT dropping torpedo NAN6-75.jpg
Douglas B-18 Bolo medium bomber  United States 1935 retired 1946 350 Douglas B-18A airplane in flight (00910460 121).jpg
Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bomber  United States 1935 retired 1944 130 Douglas TBD-1 VT-6 in flight c1938.jpeg
Douglas Y1B-7 heavy bomber  United States 1931 retired prototype 8 Douglas Y1B-7 on the ground.jpg
Fokker XB-8 heavy bomber  United States 1929 retired prototype 7 Atlantic XB-8.jpg
Great Lakes BG dive bomber  United States 1933 retired 1941 61 Great Lakes BG-1 VB-3 NAN3-88.jpg
Huff-Daland XB-1 heavy bomber  United States 1927 retired prototype 1 Parked Huff-Daland XB-1.jpg
Keystone B-3 light bomber  United States 1929 retired 1940 36 Keystone B-3A (SN 30-281).jpg
Keystone B-4 heavy bomber  United States 1930 retired 30 Keystone Y1B-4 (SN 30-281).jpg
Keystone B-5 heavy bomber  United States 1929 retired 30 Keystone B-5A front left quarter 060421-F-1234P-017.jpg
Keystone B-6 heavy bomber  United States 1931 retired 44 Keystone B-6A.jpg
Martin B-10 & related heavy bomber  United States 1932 retired 1949 342 Martin-B-10B.jpg
Martin MBT/MT  United States 1918 retired 20 Martin MB-1 front right quarter SN AS 39059 P104 040315-F-9999G-013.jpg
Martin NBS-1 night bomber  United States 1920 retired 1929 130 Martin MB-2 061219-F-1234S-014.jpg
Martin T3M torpedo bomber  United States 1926 retired 1932 124 T3m-2 martin c1929.jpg
Martin T4M torpedo bomber  United States 1927 retired 1938 155 Martin T4m 01.jpg
Northrop A-17 attack bomber  United States 1935 retired 1944 411 Northrop A-17 front three-quarters view.jpg
Northrop BT dive bomber  United States 1935 retired 1941 55 Northrop BT-1 at El Segundo.jpeg

1936–1945[edit]

Name Country
of origin
Year of
first flight
Retired/Status Number
built
Photo
Beechcraft XA-38 Grizzly medium/attack bomber  United States 1944 retired prototype 2 A-38 Grizzly.jpg
Boeing B-29 Superfortress/Washington heavy bomber  United States 1942 retired 1960 3,970 B-29 in flight.jpg
Boeing Model 306 heavy bomber  United States n/a abandoned 1935 project 0
Boeing XB-15 heavy bomber  United States 1937 retired prototype 1944 1 XB-15 Bomber.jpg
Boeing XB-38 Flying Fortress heavy bomber  United States 1943 Lost 1943 project cancelled 1 XB-38.jpg
Boeing XB-39 Superfortress heavy bomber  United States 1944 retired prototype 1 XB-39 Superfortress.jpg
Boeing XF8B fighter bomber  United States 1944 retired prototype 3 XF8B-I (US Navy).jpg
Boeing XPBB Sea Ranger maritime patrol bomber  United States 1942 retired prototype 1 Boeing XPBB from below 1943.jpg
Brewster SB2A Buccaneer scout bomber  United States 1941 retired 1944 771 Brewster SB2A-4 Buccaneer in flight 1942.jpg
Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber  United States 1939 retired 1968 18,482[notes 1] XB-24 in Flight.jpg
Consolidated B-32 Dominator heavy bomber  United States 1942 retired 1945 118 B32.jpg
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer patrol bomber  United States 1943 retired 1962 739 PB4Y-2 Privateer VP-23 in flight.jpg
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
maritime patrol flying boat
 United States 1937 retired 1945 217[notes 1] PB2Y Coronado in flight.jpg
Consolidated XP4Y Corregidor
maritime patrol flying boat
 United States 1939 retired prototype 1 XP4Y-1 in flight.jpg
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver/A-25 Shrike
dive bomber
 United States 1940 retired 1959 7,140 Curtiss SB2C col.jpg
Curtiss XBTC torpedo bomber  United States 1945 retired prototype 2 Curtiss XBTC-2 Model A.jpg
Curtiss XSB3C dive bomber  United States n/a abandoned 1941 project 0
Douglas A-1 Skyraider attack aircraft  United States 1945 retired 1985 3,180 Douglas A-1H Skyraider of VA-152 in flight over Vietnam in 1966 (NNMA.1996.253.2810).jpg
Douglas A-20 Havoc medium bomber  United States 1939 retired 1949 7,478[notes 2] Douglas A-20G Havoc.jpg
Douglas A-26 Invader medium bomber  United States 1942 retired 1980 2,452 B-26.jpg
Douglas XB-19 heavy bomber  United States 1941 retired prototype 1 XB-19 on ground (cropped).jpg
Douglas XB-22
medium bomber
 United States n/a abandoned project 0
Douglas B-23 Dragon medium bomber  United States 1939 retired 38[notes 1] Douglas B-23.jpg
Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber  United States 1940 retired 1959 5,936 Dauntless bomb drop.jpg
Douglas BTD Destroyer torpedo bomber/dive bomber  United States 1943 retired 1945 30 Douglas XSB2D Destroyer in flight.jpg
Douglas XTB2D Skypirate torpedo bomber  United States 1945 retired prototype 2 Douglas XTB2D-1 landing c1945.jpg
Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber  United States 1941 retired 1966 9,839
Grumman AF Guardian anti-submarine aircraft  United States 1945 retired 1955 389[notes 3] AF-2S VS-25 NMNA.jpg
Grumman XTB2F torpedo bomber  United States n/a abandoned 1944 project 0
Hall XPTBH torpedo bomber  United States 1937 retired prototype 1 Hall XPTBH.jpg
Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK torpedo/dive bomber – prototype  United States 1945 project scrapped 1946 5 XBTK-1 with drop tank 1945.jpg
Lockheed Hudson medium bomber/maritime patrol  United States 1938 retired 1948 2,941 Lockheed A-29 Hudson USAAF in flight c1941.jpg
Lockheed P2V Neptune maritime patrol  United States 1945 retired 1984 1,132 P2V-7 VP-7 1954.jpg
Lockheed Ventura/Harpoon medium bomber/maritime patrol  United States 1941 retired 1974 3,010 Ventura LOC 8e01506u.jpg
Lockheed XB-30 heavy bomber – project  United States n/a abandoned project 0
Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber  United States 1940 retired 1946 5,288 B 26.jpg
Martin Baltimore
medium bomber
 United States 1941 retired 1949 1,575 Martin A-30A.jpg
Martin PBM Mariner maritime patrol  United States 1939 retired 1964 1,285 Martin PBM-5 Mariner in flight c1945.jpeg
Martin Maryland
medium bomber/reconnaissance bomber
 United States 1939 retired 1945 450 Martin Maryland RAF North Africa.jpg
Martin AM Mauler attack aircraft  United States 1944 retired 1953 151 Martin AM-1 NATC in flight.jpg
Martin XB-27 heavy bomber  United States n/a abandoned project 0
Martin XB-33 Super Marauder heavy bomber  United States n/a abandoned project 0
Naval Aircraft Factory SBN dive bomber  United States 1936 retired 1942 31 SBN-1 VT-8 in flight 1941.jpg
North American A-27 attack  United States 1940 retired 1941 10 Two North American A-27s intercepted from order from Siam on Nichols Field.jpg
North American T-6 Texan light attack  United States 1940 retired 15,495[notes 4] AT-6C Texans in flight 1943.jpg
North American XB-21 medium bomber  United States 1936 retired prototype 1 North American XB-21 4.jpg
North American B-25 Mitchell medium bomber  United States 1940 retired 1979 9,984 North American Aviation's B-25 medium bomber, Inglewood, Calif.jpg
North American XB-28 medium bomber  United States 1942 retired prototype 2 North American XB-28 running up.jpg
Northrop N-3PB patrol bomber  United States 1940 retired 1943 24 Northrop N-3PB in flight.jpg
Republic P-47 fighter-bomber  United States 1941 retired 1966 15,678[notes 2] P-47D-40 Thunderbolt 44-95471 side.jpg
Vought F4U Corsair fighter-bomber  United States 1940 retired 1979 12,571 Vought F4U Corsair (USMC).jpg
Vought SB2U Vindicator/Chesapeake dive bomber  United States 1936 retired 1945 260 SB2U-2 NMNA.jpg
Vought TBU/Consolidated TBY Sea Wolf torpedo bomber  United States 1941 retired 1948 180 Consolidated TBY-2 Sea Wolf in flight c1945.jpg
Vultee Vengeance dive bomber  United States 1941 retired 1945 1,528 Vengeance bomber of 12 Sqn RAAF in flight 1943.jpg

1946–current[edit]

Name of Bomber Country
of origin
Year of
first flight
Retired/Status Number
built
Photo
Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber  United States 1947 retired 1977 2,032 XB-47-1 300.jpg
Boeing B-50 Superfortress strategic bomber  United States 1947 retired 1965 370 USAF Lucky Lady II.jpg
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber  United States 1952 operational 744 Usaf.Boeing B-52.jpg
Boeing XB-54 strategic bomber  United States n/a abandoned 1948 project 0
Boeing XB-56 strategic bomber  United States n/a abandoned 1950 project 0 Boeing B-56A drawing 061025-F-1234P-001.jpg
Boeing XB-59 strategic bomber  United States n/a abandoned 1952 project 0 Xb59.jpg
Cessna A-37 Dragonfly light attack aircraft  United States 1963 operational 577 OA-37B-1.jpg
Convair B-36 Peacemaker heavy bomber  United States 1946 retired 1959 384 Convair B-36 Peacemaker.jpg
Convair B-58 Hustler strategic bomber  United States 1956 retired 1970 116 Convair B-58A Hustler in flight (SN 59-2442). Photo taken on June 29, 1967 061101-F-1234P-019.jpg
Convair XB-46 heavy bomber  United States 1947 retired prototype 1 Convair XB46.jpg
Convair YB-60 heavy bomber  United States 1952 retired prototype 2 The Convair YB-60.jpg
Douglas A2D Skyshark attack aircraft  United States 1950 retired prototype 8 Douglas A2D-1 in flight 1954.jpeg
Douglas A-3 Skywarrior strategic bomber  United States 1956 retired 1991 282 EA-3B VQ-1 in flight South China Sea 1974.jpeg
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk attack aircraft  United States 1954 operational 2,960 Douglas A-4E Skyhawk of VA-164 in flight over Vietnam on 21 November 1967 (6430101).jpg
Douglas B-66 Destroyer tactical bomber  United States 1954 retired 1973 72 B-66 Destroyer.jpg
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft  United States 1972 operational 716 A-10 Thunderbolt II In-flight-2.jpg
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark medium bomber  United States 1967 retired 1998 563 F-111F dropping high-drag bombs.jpg
Grumman A-6 Intruder attack aircraft  United States 1960 retired 1997 693 Grumman A-6E Intruder of VA-52 in flight, in 1981 (6379373).jpg
Grumman F9F Panther fighter-bomber  United States 1947 retired 1969 1,382 F9F-2 VF-21 CVA-41.jpeg
Grumman OV-1 Mohawk light attack  United States 1959 operational 380 OV-1 Mohawk.jpg
Grumman S-2 Tracker anti-submarine aircraft  United States 1952 operational 1,284 S-2A VS-29 CVS-33.jpg
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth attack aircraft  United States 1981 retired 2008 64 F-117 Nighthawk Front.jpg
Lockheed P-3 Orion/CP-140 Aurora/Arcturus maritime patrol  United States 1959 operational 757 Orion.usnavy.750pix.jpg
Lockheed S-3 Viking anti-submarine aircraft  United States 1972 operational 188 Lockheed S-3B Viking of VS-35 is launched from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 28 August 2002 (020828-N-9593M-019).jpg
Martin B-57 Canberra reconnaissance bomber  United States 1953 retired 403[notes 5] Martin B-57A USAF 52-1418.jpg
Martin P4M Mercator maritime patrol  United States 1946 retired 1960 21 Martin P4M-1 Mercator of VP-21 in flight in the early 1950s (NH 101801-KN).jpg
Martin P5M Marlin maritime patrol  United States 1948 retired 1967 285 U.S. Coast Guard Martin P5M-2G Marlin in flight on 28 January 1958 (NNAM.2001.261.012).jpg
Martin P6M SeaMaster strategic bomber  United States 1955 retired 1959 12 Martin YP6M-1 Seamaster in flight.jpg
Martin XB-48 medium bomber  United States 1947 retired prototype 2 MartinXB48.jpg
Martin XB-51 attack bomber  United States 1949 retired prototype 2 Martin XB-51 46-585 in flight.jpg
McDonnell Douglas A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft  United States n/a abandoned 1983 project 0 A-12 Avenger in flight NAN11-90.jpg
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft  United States 1978 operational 323 United States Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II hovering.jpg
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter-bomber  United States 1958 operational 5,195[notes 2] F-4B VMFA-314 1968.jpg
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet fighter/attack aircraft  United States 1978 operational 1,480 McDonnell Douglas FA-18C Hornet of VMFA-212 in flight over the South China Sea on 8 October 2003 (6638451).jpg
North American A-5 Vigilante reconnaissance bomber  United States 1958 retired 1980 156 A-5 Vigilante ECN-231.jpg
North American AJ/A-2 Savage nuclear attack bomber  United States 1948 retired 1964 143 AJ-1 in flight over California 1950.jpg
North American B-45 Tornado reconnaissance bomber  United States 1947 retired 1959 143 North American RB-45C 061023-F-1234S-008.jpg
North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco light attack  United States 1965 operational 370 OV-10 Bronco firing White phosphorus.jpg
North American T-28 Trojan light attack  United States 1949 retired 1994 1,948 T-28B VT-2 over NAS Whiting Field c1973.jpeg
North American XA2J Super Savage bomber  United States 1952 retired prototype 1 XA2J-1 NAN3-53.jpg
North American XB-70 Valkyrie strategic bomber prototype  United States 1964 retired prototype 2 North American XB-70 in Flight EC68-2131.jpg
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber  United States 1989 operational 21 B-2 Spirit original.jpg
Northrop YA-9 attack aircraft  United States 1972 retired prototype 2 Northrop YA-9 prototype.jpg
Northrop YB-35 heavy bomber  United States 1946 retired prototype 4 XB-35.jpg
Northrop YB-49 heavy bomber  United States 1947 retired prototype 4 YB49-2 300.jpg
Piper PA-48 Enforcer counter-insurgency/attack aircraft  United States 1971 retired prototype 4 Piper PA48 Enforcer USAF.jpg
Republic F-84 Thunderjet fighter-bomber  United States 1946 retired 1973 7,524 F-84E of 9th Fighter-Bomber Squadron in Korea.jpg
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak fighter-bomber  United States 1954 retired 1991 3,428 F-84F Thunderstreak.jpg
Republic F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber  United States 1955 retired 1984 833 Republic F-105D-30-RE (SN 62-4234) in flight with full bomb load 060901-F-1234S-013.jpg
Rockwell B-1 Lancer strategic bomber  United States 1974 operational 104 B-1B over the pacific ocean.jpg

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Production figure includes aircraft used as transports
  2. ^ a b c Production figure includes fighters or other non-bomber variants
  3. ^ Production figure includes AEW variant
  4. ^ Production figure includes trainers
  5. ^ Production figure includes reconnaissance variants

Bibliography[edit]

  • Andrade, John M. (1979). U.S. Military Aircraft Designations and Serials Since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 978-0-904597-22-6.
  • Fahey, James C. (1946). U.S. Army Aircraft 1908–1946.
  • Michael J.H. Taylor, ed. (1991). Jane's American Fighting Aircraft of the 20th Century. New York, NY: Mallard Press. ISBN 978-0-7924-5627-8.