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: