Special Report

Every Plane in the US Military

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8. Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules
> Total planes: 309
> First flown: 1954
> Category: Special-Mission, Transports, Aerial Tankers / Refuelers
> Role: Electronic Warfare, Search & Rescue, Aerial Refueling, Tactical
> Military branch: US Air Force

7. Lockheed F-35 Lightning II
> Total planes: 317
> First flown: 2006
> Category: Trainers, Fighters
> Role: Strike Trainer, Strike
> Military branch: US Navy, Marine Corps

6. Beechcraft Super King Air
> Total planes: 330
> First flown: 1972
> Category: Trainers, Transports, Special-Mission
> Role: Flight Trainer, Reconnaissance, Utility
> Military branch: US Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps

5. Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
> Total planes: 396
> First flown: 1956
> Category: Aerial Tankers / Refuelers
> Role: Aerial Refueling
> Military branch: US Air Force

4. McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
> Total planes: 448
> First flown: 1978
> Category: Trainers, Fighters
> Role: Fighter Trainer, Multirole
> Military branch: US Navy, Marine Corps

3. Northrop T-38 Talon
> Total planes: 455
> First flown: 1959
> Category: Trainers
> Role: Advanced Jet Trainer, Basic Trainer
> Military branch: US Navy, Air Force

2. Raytheon T-6 Texan II
> Total planes: 474
> First flown: 1998
> Category: Trainers
> Role: Basic Trainer, Advanced Jet Trainer
> Military branch: US Navy, Army, Air Force

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1. Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcon
> Total planes: 803
> First flown: 1974
> Category: Fighters, Trainers
> Role: OPFOR (opposing force) Trainer, Multrole
> Military branch: US Navy, Air Force

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