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M E M O R A N D U M

From:

The Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics.

To:

The Under Secretary of the Navy.



SUBJECT:



Model Designation of Naval Aircraft.

1. This bureau concurs with the proposal of the Under Secretary of the Navy that names be given to the various types of naval airplanes. It is suggested that these names be used in press releases and other places where they will appeal to the public interest but that the present system of designations be continued for official purposes.

2. The following names are submitted for consideration:

Type

Manufacturer

Present Designation

Proposed Supplemental Designation

Fighter

Grumman

F2F

Lightning

Grumman

F3F

Planet

Grumman

F4F

Comet

Grumman

F5F

Sky Rocket

Grumman

F5F

Meteor

Vought

F4U

Mercury

Brewster

F2A

Twister

Brewster

F3A

Tempest

Torpedo Bomber

Douglas

TBD

Scorpion

Grumman

TBF

Dragon

Vought

TBU

Tarantula

Utility & Utility Transport

Grumman

JRF

Locust

Grumman

JRF

Cricket

Sikorsky

JRS

Scarab

Small Transport

Beech

GB

Bee

Beech

JRB

Beetle

Transport

Lockheed

R5O

Lodestar

Douglas

R2D

Goliath

Douglas

R3D

Goliath

Douglas

R4D

Goliath

Scout Observation

Curtiss

SOC-1,-2,-3

Pioneer

N.A.F.

SON

Pathfinder

Curtiss

SO3C

Scout

Observation Scout

Vought

OS2U

Observer

Scout Bomber

Vought

SBU-1,-2

Hartford

Vought

SB2U-l,-2, -3

Stratford

Curtiss

SBC3-4

Niagara

Curtiss

SB2C-1

Erie

Northrup

BT-1

Arrowhead

Douglas

SBD-1,-2,-3

Mohave

Brewster

SB2A

Jersey

N.A.F.

SBN

Delaware

Bomber Patrol

Douglas

BD-1

Imperial

Bomber

Consolidated

P2Y

Capistrano

Consolidated

PBY

Clemente

Consolidated

PB2Y

Coronado

Martin

PBM

Maryland

Martin

PB2M

Matapeake

Boeing

PBB

Seattle

N.A.F.

PBN

Schuylkill

Trainer

Ryan

NR

Padre

Stearman

N8,N28-1,-2, -3

Dixie

N.A.F.

N3N-1, -3

Quaker

Spartan

NP

Sooner

Advance Trainer

Curtiss

SNC

Yankee

North American

NJ, SNJ

Bruin.

Cdr. Durgin
3 June 1941