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Navy/Marine Corps (1911 -1914)

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When the Navy purchased its first aircraft in 1911, its designating system was also a serial number system (identifying both type and individual aircraft).  For example, the first Curtiss aircraft purchased was the A-1...the second Curtiss purchased was the A-2.  The first Wright aircraft purchased was the B-1.

As long as there were few types, the system worked.  The designators were:

A: Curtiss land or hydroaeroplane (seaplane)
B: Wright land or hydroaeroplane
C: Curtiss flying boat
D: Burgess flying boat
E: Curtiss amphibian (converted from A-2)

Designation Aircraft
1911 A-1 Curtiss Model D

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