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This is a list of the most-produced aircraft types whose numbers exceed or exceeded 5,000. Any and all types of aircraft qualify, including airplanes, airships, balloons, gliders (sailplanes), helicopters, etc.

Most-produced aircraft[edit]

Notes
 • Each aircraft listed is a piston-engined monoplane unless otherwise described.
 • "C" indicates civilian use; "M" indicates military use. Use only one according to original designed purpose of the aircraft, or "best deduction".
 • Role is generally either the original designed role of the aircraft or a "best deduction" based on what role dominated production, disregarding minor variants. Aircraft may be categorized as "Multirole" if no particular role was dominant.
 • Nation column indicates only the original designer / producer nation.
 • Production period column shows overall production date span of all types included in "Numbers produced" column, disregarding production hiatuses and changes in manufacturer, while including close variants and licensed production.
 • Entries involving aircraft still in production are shown on a  pale-turquoise background .
Name C / M Type / Role Number
produced
Nation Production  period Notes
Cessna 172 C Utility / trainer 44,000+[1] United States 1956–present Also built in France by Reims Aviation.
Ilyushin Il-2 M Ground-attack 36,183 Soviet Union 1941–1945 Most-produced combat 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 PA-28 series C Utility / trainer 32,778+ United States 1960–present Sold as Cherokee, Cherokee Warrior, Cherokee Pathfinder, Warrior, Archer, Dakota, and Cadet.
Cessna 150 / 152 C Utility / trainer 31,500+ United States 1958–1986 Most-produced two-seat civil aircraft. Both types also built in France. 23,949[?+] 150s; 7,584[?+] 152s
Cessna 182 C Utility 23,237+ United States 1956–present Also built in France.
Supermarine Spitfire/Seafire M Fighter 22,685 United Kingdom 1938–1948 20,351 of total were land-based Spitfires. The first Seafires were Spitfires modified with tailhooks.
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 Utility / trainer 20,191[2] United States 1938–1947 Most-produced fabric-covered monoplane. Includes military variants such as L-4, O-59, TG-8 and NE. 150 built in Canada
Polikarpov Po-2 M Biplane, multirole 20,000[3] to
30,000[4]
Soviet Union 1928–1952[4] Most-produced biplane. Used for training, reconnaissance, liaison, and light ground-attack.
Consolidated B-24 Liberator M Heavy bomber 18,482[5] United States 1940–1945 Most-produced heavy bomber and multi-engine aircraft. Includes 962 built by Douglas,[6] 6,792 by Ford Motor Company and 966 by North American. Does not include related PB4Y-2 Privateer.[5]
Antonov An-2 / An-3 C Biplane, utility / agricultural 18,000+ Soviet Union 1947–present 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, utility 17,000+ Soviet Union 1961–present Most-produced helicopter.
Beechcraft Bonanza C Utility 17,000+ United States 1947–present Longest continuous production of any airplane in history.[7][8][9]
Yakovlev Yak-9 M Fighter 16,769[10] Soviet Union 1942–1948
Douglas DC-3 C Airliner / transport 16,079 United States 1935–1952 Most-produced aircraft originally designed as an airliner, but only 607 of the airliner variant were built. 15,472 military transports such as C-47, R4D, and Dakota were built, including in the Soviet Union and Japan.
Bell UH-1 "Huey" Iroquois M Helicopter, utility 16,000+ United States 1959–present Includes models 204, 205, 212, 214 and 412.[11][not in citation given]
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt M Fighter 15,660[12] United States 1942–1945
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 Includes SNJ and Harvard. Also built in Canada.
Junkers Ju 88 M Multirole 15,183

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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, military 13,903+ United States 1942–1945 Most-produced glider. Many licensed manufacturers.
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk M Fighter 13,738[14] United States 1939–1944
Chotia Weedhopper C Ultralight 13,000 United States 1977–present Most-produced ultralight.
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress M Heavy bomber 12,731 United States 1937–1945 3,000 built by Douglas,[6] also produced by Lockheed Vega.
Vought F4U Corsair M Fighter 12,571 United States 1941–1952 Many built as Goodyear FG or Brewster F3A.[15] Longest production run of any U.S. piston-engined fighter.
Grumman F6F Hellcat M Fighter 12,275 United States 1942–1945
Vultee BT-13 Valiant M Trainer 11,537 United States 1939–1947
Vickers Wellington M Medium bomber 11,462[16] United Kingdom 1936–1945
Petlyakov Pe-2 M Dive bomber 11,427 Soviet Union 1939–1945 Most-produced dive bomber of any type – a twin-engined design.
Avro Anson M Multirole 11,020[17] United Kingdom 1935–1952 Also built in Canada.[17]
Mitsubishi A6M Zero M Fighter 10,939 Japan 1940–1945
Piper Pacer C Utility / trainer 10,610[18][19] United States 1950–1964 Includes PA-20 Pacer and PA-22 Tri-Pacer and Colt.
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 M Jet fighter 10,367 Soviet Union 1951–1986 Many built in China as the Shenyang J-5 / JJ-5.
Boeing 737 C Jet airliner 10,271[20] United States 1967–present Most-produced large jet-powered civilian aircraft. Includes military variants such as C-40 and P-8.[20]
Piper PA-18 Super Cub C Utility / trainer 10,222[21] United States 1949–1983 Includes military variants such as L-18 and L-21.
Lockheed P-38 Lightning M Fighter 10,037 United States 1941–1945 Two-engined twin-boom design.
Aeronca Champion C Utility / trainer 10,000+ United States 1946–present Includes military L-16. Several changes in manufacturer; presently sold by American Champion on special-order.[22]
DFS SG 38 Schulgleiter M Glider, trainer 10,000~[23] Germany 1938–1944
North American B-25 Mitchell M Medium bomber 9,984 United States 1939–1945
Lavochkin La-5 M Fighter 9,920 Soviet Union 1942–1944
North American F-86 Sabre / FJ Fury M Jet fighter 9,860 United States 1947–1956 Also built in Australia and Canada.
Grumman TBF Avenger M Torpedo bomber 9,836[24][25] United States 1941–1945 Includes 7,546 built as TBM Avenger by General Motors.[25]
Bell P-39 Airacobra M Fighter 9,584 United States 1938–1944
Cessna 210 C Utility 9,240[?+] United States 1957–[?1985]
Beechcraft Model 18 C Utility 9,000+ United States 1937–1970 Includes military variants such as C-45, AT-7, and SNB.
Avro 504 M Biplane, fighter / trainer 8,970 United Kingdom 1913–1918 Most-produced World War I aircraft design.
Airspeed Oxford M Trainer 8,751[3] United Kingdom 1937-1945 Several manufacturers.
Yakovlev Yak-1 M Fighter 8,734[26] Soviet Union 1940–1944
Polikarpov I-16 M Fighter 8,644[27][verification needed] Soviet Union 1934–1943
Boeing-Stearman Model 75 M Biplane, trainer 8,584[28] United States 1934–1942
Cessna 206 C Utility 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.
Airbus A320 family C Jet airliner 8,074[29] Multi-national 1988–present Includes the A318 / A319 / A320 / A321. Built in France, Germany, China, and United States.
La Mouette Atlas C Hang glider 8,000+ France 1979–present
Grumman F4F Wildcat M Fighter 7,885[30] United States 1937–1943 Includes about 5,600 built as FM Wildcat by General Motors.[31]
Piper PA-32 C Utility 7,842+ United States 1965–2007 Enlarged PA-28 sold as Cherokee Six and Saratoga.
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.
Fairchild PT-19 M Trainer 7,700+[32] United States 1938–1948 Includes variants PT-23 and PT-26. Also built in Canada and Brazil.
Cessna 120 and 140 C Utility / trainer 7,664[33][34] United States 1946–1950 Developed into Cessna 150.
Republic F-84 Thunderjet M Jet fighter-bomber 7,524 United States 1946–1953 Excludes swept-wing F-84F / RF-84F derivatives.
Douglas DB-7 (A-20 Havoc) M Multirole 7,478[35] United States 1938–1944 Includes 380 built by Boeing.[36]
Avro Lancaster M Heavy bomber 7,377 United Kingdom 1942–1945 Includes 430 built under licence in Canada.
Bell 206 JetRanger C Helicopter, utility / trainer 7,340+ United States 1966–present[37] Also made in Canada and Italy. Most produced civilian helicopter.
Heinkel He 111 M Medium bomber 7,300 Germany 1935–1944 Also built in Spain as the CASA C.2111.
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver M Dive bomber 7,140 United States 1940–1945 900 built as A-25; 1,194 built in Canada.[38] Most-produced single-engine dive bomber.
de Havilland Tiger Moth C Biplane, trainer 7,105 United Kingdom 1931–1944 Also built in Canada and Australia.
Piper PA-23 C Utility / trainer 6,976[39] United States 1952–1981 Sold as Apache and Aztec.
Beechcraft Baron C Utility 6,884[40] United States 1961–present Includes 55, 56, 58, and sub-variants such as military T-42; excludes Travel Air.[40]
Curtiss JN-4 M Biplane, trainer 6,813 United States 1915–1927
Polikarpov I-15 M Biplane, fighter 6,750[41] Soviet Union 1933–1940 Also built in Spain.
Tupolev SB M Bomber 6,656 Soviet Union 1936–1941 Also built in Czechoslovakia.
Ilyushin Il-28 M Medium bomber 6,635+ Soviet Union 1949–1955 Also built in China and Czechoslovakia.
Yakovlev Yak-18 M Trainer 6,630+[42] Soviet Union 1946–1960s Production claims vary from 6,168 including 125 Yak-18P and 25 -18PM[43] to 6,630 excluding P and PM.[42] Both exclude unrelated Yak-18T.
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star M Jet trainer 6,557 United States 1948–1959 Also built in Canada by Canadair.
Yakovlev Yak-7 M Fighter / trainer 6,399[44] Soviet Union 1940–1943
Airco DH.4 M Biplane, Bomber 6,295[45] United Kingdom 1916–1926 1,449 in the UK[46] and 4,846 (as the DH-4) in the US[47]
Cessna 310 C Utility / trainer 5,737[48] 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 Utility 6,193[49] United States 1953–1981 Developed into Cessna 182.
Handley Page Halifax M Heavy bomber 6,176[50] United Kingdom 1940–1946
Messerschmitt Bf 110 M Heavy / night fighter 6,150 Germany 1936–1945 Twin-engined design. Most sources state 6,000 to 6,150 produced.
Junkers Ju 87 M Dive bomber 6,000 Germany 1935–1944
Polikarpov R-5 M Reconnaissance / bomber 6,000 Soviet Union 1928–1937
Robinson R44 C Helicopter, utility / trainer 5,979+ United States 1993–present Most produced reciprocating-engine helicopter
Sopwith 1½ Strutter M Biplane, multirole 5,939 United Kingdom 1917–1918 Majority built in France for French use.
Douglas SBD Dauntless M Dive bomber / scout 5,938[51] United States 1940–1944 Includes A-24 Banshee variant.[51]
Bristol Beaufighter M Heavy fighter 5,928 United Kingdom 1940–1946 Also built in Australia.
Nakajima Ki-43 M Fighter 5,919[52] Japan 1942–1945
Yokosuka K5Y M Biplane, trainer 5,770[3] Japan 1934–1945
Lavochkin La-7 M Fighter 5,753 Soviet Union 1944–1946
Antonov A-1 M Glider, trainer 5,700 Soviet Union 1930–1940s
ERCO Ercoupe C Utility / trainer 5,685 United States 1940-1969 First civil aircraft with a nose wheel landing gear. Several changes in manufacturer.
Cirrus SR22 C Utility 5,503[53][54] United States 2001–present Most-produced aircraft made of composite material. Developed from Cirrus SR20.
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 M Jet fighter 5,500[55] Soviet Union 1953-1991 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, utility 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 Utility / trainer 5,260[56] 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 Jet fighter-bomber 5,195[57] United States 1958–1981 Includes 127 built in Japan by Mitsubishi.[57]
Cessna 170 C Utility / trainer 5,174[58] United States 1948–1956 Developed into Cessna 172.
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 M Jet fighter 5,047 Soviet Union 1967–1985 Most produced variable-sweep aircraft
Yakovlev Yak-12 M Multirole STOL 5,000 Soviet Union 1946–1957 Excludes the Chinese Shenyang Type 5 (production figure unknown?). Also build in Poland.
Grunau Baby IIb C Sailplane 5,000~[59] Germany 1932–[?]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Flight International, June 20, 2017, p. 24.
  2. ^ Peperell 1987, p. 30
  3. ^ a b c Angelucci & Matricardi 1977, p. 280.
  4. ^ a b "Soviet Polikarpov U-2 bomber, trainer; Polikarpov Po-2 bomber, trainer". wwiivehicles.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b Wegg 1990, p. 49.
  6. ^ a b Francillon 1988, p. 580.
  7. ^ Beechcraft (18 July 2015). "Beechcraft Bonanza". Beechcraft Company Facebook Page. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  8. ^ Clark, Anders (25 June 2015) "The Beechcraft A36 Bonanza" paragraph 4. Disciples of Flight. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  9. ^ Perdue, Scott (1 May 2007). "The Bonanza hits 60 Strong and Fast! Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine." paragraph 4. Plane and Pilot Magazine. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  10. ^ Gunston & Gordon 1997, p. 77.
  11. ^ "The Bell 412EPI". bellhelicopter.com. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  12. ^ Bull 2004, p. 267.
  13. ^ Kay, Anthony L. (2004). Junkers Aircraft & Engines: 1913 to 1945. Pavilion Books. ISBN 0851779859. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  14. ^ Murphy & McNiece 2009, p. 83.
  15. ^ Swanborough & Bowers 1976, pp. 404-407.
  16. ^ Vickers Wellington Manual, page 29. Haynes Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-0-85733-230-1
  17. ^ a b Fredriksen 2001, p. 36.
  18. ^ Peperell 1987, p. 79
  19. ^ Peperell 1987, p. 83
  20. ^ a b "Boeing Commercial Airplanes – Orders and Deliveries – 737 Model Summary". boeing.com. Boeing. September 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  21. ^ Peperell 1987, p. 71
  22. ^ "American Champion Aircraft Champ". American Champion. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  23. ^ National Museum of the United States Air Force. "Schneider Schulgleiter SG 38". Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  24. ^ Angelucci & Matricardi 1977, p. 283.
  25. ^ a b Swanborough & Bowers 1976, p. 236.
  26. ^ Gunston & Gordon 1997, p. 66.
  27. ^ "Soviet Polikarpov I-16 Rata fighter". wwiivehicles.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  28. ^ "Boeing Historical Snapshot: Stearman Kaydet Trainer". boeing.com. Boeing. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  29. ^ "Orders & Deliveries". 31 January 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  30. ^ Hickman, Kennedy. "World War II: Grumman F4F Wildcat." at about.com. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  31. ^ Swanborough & Bowers 1976, pp. 209-210.
  32. ^ "Warbird Alley: Fairchild PT-19 / PT-23 / PT-26 Cornell". www.warbirdalley.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  33. ^ Plane and Pilot: 1978 Aircraft Directory, page 22. Werner & Werner Corp Publishing, 1978. ISBN 0-918312-00-0
  34. ^ Christy, Joe: The Complete Guide to the Single-Engine Cessnas – 3rd Edition, pages 12–17. TAB Books, 1979. ISBN 0-8306-2268-3
  35. ^ Francillon 1988, p. 293.
  36. ^ Francillon 1988, pp. 275, 279, 293.
  37. ^ John Pike. "Bell 206 JetRanger". globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  38. ^ Swanborough & Bowers 1976, pp. 151-152.
  39. ^ Simpson 1991, pp.243-244
  40. ^ a b "Beechcraft Serialization - 1945 thru 2017" (PDF). beechcraft.com. Beechcraft Aircraft. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  41. ^ Polikarpov fighters at wio.ru. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  42. ^ a b Gordon, Komissarov & Komissarov 2005, pp. 267, 269.
  43. ^ Gunston & Gordon 1997, pp. 113–115.
  44. ^ Gunston & Gordon 1997, p. 70.
  45. ^ Jackson 1987, pp. 54, 58.
  46. ^ Jackson 1987, p. 54.
  47. ^ Jackson 1987, p. 58.
  48. ^ Simpson 1991, pp. 106-107
  49. ^ Simpson 1991, pp 99-100
  50. ^ Angelucci & Matricardi 1977, p. 284.
  51. ^ a b Francillon 1988, p. 576.
  52. ^ Angelucci & Matricardi 1977, p. 282.
  53. ^ General Aviation Manufacturers Association (January 2008). "2007 General Aviation Statistical Databook & Industry Outlook" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  54. ^ General Aviation Manufacturers Association (2018). "2017 Annual Report" (PDF). Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  55. ^ Karsten Palt. "Mikojan Gurewitsch / Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-19". flugzeuginfo.net. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  56. ^ Wegg 1990, pp. 143–144.
  57. ^ a b Francillon 1990, p. 464.
  58. ^ Simpson 1991, p. 97
  59. ^ "Deutsches Museum – Flugwerft Schleißheim: Grunau Baby IIb (German)". Retrieved 2008-08-08.

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