Special Report

Every Plane in the US Military

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48. Lockheed EP-3 Orion / ARIES / ARIES II
> Total planes: 12
> First flown: 1958
> Category: Special-Mission
> Role: Electronic intelligence
> Military branch: US Navy

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47. Boeing 737
> Total planes: 15
> First flown: 1967
> Category: Transports
> Role: Transport
> Military branch: US Navy

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46. Boeing E-6 Mercury
> Total planes: 16
> First flown: 1987
> Category: Special-Mission
> Role: Communications
> Military branch: US Navy

45. Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint STARS
> Total planes: 17
> First flown: 1991
> Category: Special-Mission, Trainers
> Role: Reconnaissance, Reconnaissance Trainer
> Military branch: US Air Force

44. Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
> Total planes: 19
> First flown: 1985
> Category: Bombers
> Role: Strategic
> Military branch: US Air Force

43. C-21 (Learjet 35)
> Total planes: 20 (Tied)
> First flown: 1973
> Category: Special-Mission, Transports
> Role: Reconnaissance, Utility
> Military branch: US Navy, Air Force

42. Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner
> Total planes: 20 (Tied)
> First flown: 1969
> Category: Special-Mission, Transports, Trainers
> Role: Reconnaissance, Fighter Trainer, Utility
> Military branch: US Navy, Army

41. Dornier Do 328
> Total planes: 20 (Tied)
> First flown: 1991
> Category: Transports
> Role: Airliner
> Military branch: US Air Force

40. de Havilland Canada Dash 8
> Total planes: 21
> First flown: 1983
> Category: Special-Mission
> Role: Reconnaissance
> Military branch: US Army, Air Force

39. Cirrus SR20
> Total planes: 25
> First flown: 1995
> Category: Trainers
> Role: Flight Trainer
> Military branch: US Air Force

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