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  • UNITED STATES MILITARY AIRCRAFT by Jos Heyman

    Air Force

    R = Reconnaissance (1930-1955) The R series was introduced on 11 June 1948 and continued the F series. For R = Rotorcraft, refer H Last update: 1 July 2016

  • R-1 Fairchild Specifications: span: 50', 15.24 m length: 33', 10.06 m engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340-7 max. speed: 142 mph, 228 km/h

    (Source: Ron Dupas, via 1000aircraftphotos.com photo #4536)

    In 1930 a single XC-8 with serial 29-325, was converted as the XF-1 photo reconnaissance aircraft. It had a span of 50'2", 15.29 m, and a R-1340-1 engine. This was followed by eight YF-1s, to which the specifications apply, with serials 30-388/395, which were redesignated as C-8 in 1931. Similarly six F-1As, with a R-1340-9 engine and serials 31-463/468, were redesignated as C-8A in 1931. Refer also to C-8

  • R-2 Beechcraft 18S Expeditor Specifications: span: 47'8", 14.53 m length: 34'3", 10.44 m engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-985-19 max. speed: 225 mph, 362 km/h

    (Source: USAF)

    A photo survey version of the C-45 transport aircraft, 14 F-2s were ordered in 1939 with serials 39-142/155. They were subsequently cancelled and ordered again with serials 40-682/695. In 1942 13 UC-45As and UC-45Bs were fitted with four cameras and were redesignated as F-2A. They had R-985-AN-1 engines and on 11 June 1948 those remaining in service were redesignated as RC-45A. Serials included 43-35637, 43-35759, 43- 35788 and 43-35793. A number of UC-45Fs were fitted with trimetrogen cameras and redesignated as F-2B. These aircraft were similar to the F-2A but had a length of 34'8", 10.57 m. The serials were 43-35530, 43-35721, 43-35890, 43-35909, 43-35912, 43-35914, 43-35923, 43-35929, 43-35937, 43-35938, 44-47069, 44-47125, 44-47136, 44-47317, 44-47318, 44-47363, 44-47393, 44-47435, 44-47449, 44-47457, 44-47465, 44-47473, 44-47481, 44-47489, 44-47497, 44-47513, 44-47529, 44-47545, 44-47561, 44-47577, 44-47593, 44-47603, 44-47609, 44-47661, 44-47706, 44-47715, 44-47729, 44-47742, 44-47747, 44-86902, 44-86914, 44-86920, 44-86926, 44-86938, 44-86950, 44-86962, 44-86974, 44-86986, 44-86998, 44-87022, 44-87034, 44-87091, 44-87225, 44-87226, 44-87256, 44-87257, 44-87341. Those remaning in service on 11 June 1948 were also redesignated as RC-45A. Refer also to AT-7, AT-11, C-45, CQ-3, JRB, SNB

  • R-3 Douglas Havoc Specifications: span: 61'4", 18.69 m length: 47'7", 14.50 m engines: 2 Wright R-2600-7 max. speed: 370 mph, 595 km/h

    (Source: Douglas Havoc.pdf)

    A single A-20, with serial 39-741, was experimentally fitted with cameras and redesignated as XF-3. It was later further redesignated as F-3. Another two A-20s with serials 39-745 and 39-748 were similarly converted as YF-3 and became eventually also F-3 although the designation ZYF-3 has also been reported. After this a number of A-20Js and A-20Ks, which had a length of 48', 14.63 m and R-2600-23 engines, were converted as F-3A. Serials includes 43-9876, 43-9912, 43-21457, 43-21458, 43-21459, 43-21460, 43-21461, 43-21581, 43-21737, 43-21749, 43- 22091, 43-22092, 43-22093, 44-071, 44-072, 44-194/198, 44-342/347, 44-365/369, 44-707/711, 44-733, 44-734 and 44-735. Refer also to A-20, F-70, O-53, BD

  • R-4 Lockheed Lightning Specifications: span: 52', 15,85 m length: 37'10", 11.53 m engines: 2 Allison V-1710-27/29 max. speed: 390 mph, 628 km/h

    (Source: Lockheed P-38,pdf)

    Based on the P-38E, 99 F-4s were built with serials 41-2098/2099, 41-2121/2157, 41-2158/2171, 41-2173/2218 and 41-2220. The cameras were fitted in the nose section. Aircraft 41-2157 was later redesignated as F-5A. In 1943 those remaining in service were redesignated as RF-4 as well as ZRF-4. The P-38F, with V-1710-49/53 engines, formed the basis of the F-4A and 20 were built with serials 41-2362/2381. In 1943 the remaining aircraft were redesignated as RF-4A. Refer also to F-38, R-5, FO

  • R-5 Lockheed Lightning Specifications: span: 52', 15.85 m length: 37'10", 11.53 m engines: 2 Allison V-1710-51/55 max. speed: 390 mph, 628 km/h

    (Source: Lockheed P-38,pdf)

    Based on the P-38G, 181 F-5As were built with serials 41-2157, 42-12667/12686, 42-12767/12786, 42-12967/12986, 42-13067/13126 and 42-13267/13326. The F-5B version was based on the P-38J and 200 were built with serials 42-67312/67401 and 42-68192/68301. Four of these aircraft went to the US Navy as FO-1. A large number of P-38Hs, with V-1710-89/91 engines, were converted as F-5C. Serials included 42-13564, 42-66761, 42- 67105, 42-67106/67124, 42-67128/67132, 42-67134, 42-67234, 42-67236, 42-67237, 42-67238, 42-67242, 42-67243, 42- 67244, 42-67245, 42-67246, 42-67247, 42-67249, 42-67250, 42-67253, 42-67254, 42-67261, 42-67263, 42-67273, 42-67279, 42-67529, 42-67530, 42-67531, 42-67532, 42-67534, 42-67543, 42-67544, 42-67550, 42-67552, 42-67566, 42-67567, 42- 67569, 42-67572 and 42-62753. A single F-5A, with serial 42-12975 and V-1710-49/53 engines, was fitted with a glazed nose for an observer in a prone position. It was redesignated as XF-5D. The F-5E designation was assigned to converted P-38Js (with V-1710-89/91 engines) and converted P-38Ls (with V-1710-111/113 engines and a single F-5B. Serials included 42-67877, 42-68220, 42-104081, 43-28272, 43-28281, 43-28286, 43-28288/28292, 43-28300, 43-28302, 43-28304, 43-28307, 43-28308, 43-28311, 43-28312, 43-28313, 43-28316, 43-28317, 43-28320, 43-28321, 43-28324, 43-38325, 43-28327/28332, 43-28334, 43-28576/28585, 43-28593, 43-28594, 43-28599, 43- 28600, 43-28608/28625, 43-28957, 43-28964, 43-28965, 43-28968, 43-28973, 43-28974, 43-28977, 43-28980, 43-28998, 43-29002, 43-29009, 43- 29016, 43-29018, 43-29020, 43-29022, 43-29023, 43-29024, 44-23211, 44-23212, 44-23213, 44-23215, 44-23218, 44-23220, 44-23229, 44-23232, 44-23235, 44-23240, 44-23241, 44-23242, 44-23245, 44-23249, 44-23253, 44-23268, 44-23270, 44- 23274, 44-23283, 44-23284, 44-23285, 44-23286, 44-23287, 44-23312, 44-23313, 44-23602, 44-23603, 44-23604, 44-23606, 44-23696, 44-23699, 44-23701, 44-23705, 44-23710, 44-23716, 44-23717, 44-23723, 44-23725, 44-23726, 44-23731, 44- 23732, 44-23745, 44-23750, 44-23751, 44-23416, 44-23459, 44-23602, 44-23603, 44-23696, 44-23699, 44-23717, 44-23725, 44-23726, 44-23745, 44-23923, 44-24080, 44-24082, 44-24087, 44-24088, 44-24093, 44-24095/24110, 44-24225/44-24236, 44-24258/24274, 44-24276/24303, 44-24465, 44-24467/24471, 44-24474/24479, 44-24481/24488, 44-24491, 44- 24493/24508, 44-24530, 44-24553/24581, 44-24583, 44-24585, 44-24586, 44-24587, 44-24588, 44-24648, 44-24652, 44- 24655, 44-24667, 44-24672, 44-24673, 44-24674, 44-24678, 44-24683, 44-24684, 44-24685, 44-24686, 44-24687, 44-24688, 44-24689, 44-24690, 44-24691, 44-24692, 44-24694, 44-24695, 44-24698/24712, 44-24714/24731, 44-24748, 44- 24891/24922, 44-24924/24931, 44-24933, 44-24934, 44-24935, 44-24936, 44-24937, 44-24961, 44-24962, 44-24963, 44- 24965, 44-24966, 44-24967, 44-24968, 44-24969, 44-24970, 44-24971, 44-24972, 44-24974/24991, 44-24993/44-24999 and 44-25190. In addition the F-5F designation was used for other converted P-38Js and the F-5G designation for other converted P-38Ls. The F-5F included serials 44-23983, 44-23985, 44-24732/24743, 44-24789, 44-24932, 44-24938/24952, 44-24954, 44-24955, 44-24956, 44-24957, 44-24958, 44-24960, 44-24973, 44-24992, 44-25103, 44-25107, 44-25179, 44-25193, 44-25546, 44- 26044, 44-26045, 44-26046, 44-26059, 44-26061 and 44-26062. The serials of the F-5Gs included 43-50281, 44-25067, 44-25768, 44-25776, 44-25779, 44-25781, 44-25783, 44-25788, 44- 25790, 44-25811, 44-25812, 44-25813, 44-25814, 44-25816, 44-25822, 44-25823, 44-25825, 44-25826, 44-25828, 44-25900, 44-25904, 44-25908, 44-25909, 44-25911, 44-25913, 44-25915, 44-25920, 44-25927, 44-25928, 44-25929, 44-25932, 44-

  • 25933, 44-25939, 44-25947, 44-25948, 44-25953, 44-25955, 44-25958, 44-25970, 44-25972, 44-25994, 44-26063, 44- 26120/26130, 44-26137/26145, 44-26163, 44-26227/26237, 44-26244, 44-26247/26256, 44-26267/26276, 44-26393, 44- 26400, 44-26402, 44-26406, 44-26416/26458, 44-26460, 44-26461, 44-26465, 44-26466, 44-26565, 44-26588, 44-26592, 44- 26609, 44-26612, 44-26614, 44-26615, 44-26616, 44-26622/26636, 44-26642/26649, 44-26656, 44-26666, 44-26670, 44- 26679, 44-26683, 44-26684, 44-26685, 44-26688, 44-26689, 44-26690, 44-26691, 44-26693, 44-26699, 44-26725, 44-26726, 44-26727, 44-26728, 44-26729, 44-26731, 44-26732, 44-26733, 44-26734, 44-26735, 44-26736, 44-26737, 44-26738, 44- 26740, 44-26741, 44-26742, 44-26743, 44-26744, 44-26750, 44-26751, 44-26756, 44-26759, 44-26760, 44-26761, 44- 26775/26783, 44-26827, 44-26850, 44-26855, 44-26871, 44-26873, 44-26874, 44-26877, 44-26884, 44-26916/26924, 44- 26940, 44-26952/26965, 44-26968, 44-26969, 44-26971, 44-26972, 44-26981, 44-26990, 44-26992, 44-26993, 44-26994, 44- 26995, 44-26996, 44-26998, 44-27001, 44-27002, 44-27003, 44-27004, 44-27005, 44-27006, 44-27009, 44-27011, 44-27012, 44-27013, 44-27021/27033, 44-27083/27088, 44-27092, 44-27183, 44-27200, 44-27207, 44-27209, 44-27210, 44-27211, 44- 27212, 44-27213, 44-27215, 44-27218, 44-27230, 44-27231, 44-27232, 44-27235, 44-27053, 44-53008, 44-53009, 44-53012, 44-53013, 44-53015, 44-53024, 44-53025; 44-53026, 44-53027, 44-53028, 44-53036, 44-53037, 44-53038, 44-53044, 44- 53045, 44-53078, 44-53087, 44-53105, 44-53159, 44-53170, 44-53171, 44-53173, 44-53176, 44-53178, 44-53179, 44-53181, 44-53182, 44-53183, 44-53185, 44-53186, 44-53187, 44-53188, 44-53189/53205, 44-