U.S Naval Aircraft Tail Codes

USN and USMC Tail codes

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Tail codes

 US Navy and Marine Tail codes. The history of tail codes goes far back in Naval Aviation, but was standardized in the 50's and 60's. Normally the Navy for instance had one simple solution, all air wings and units for the Pacific Fleet were assigned letters beginning with N, those for the Atlantic with A.

Fleet Patrol Units

The Navy Fleet Patrol Units have all their own distinctive tail codes, the following are for the Pacific: P/Q/R/S/Y and Z, the Atlantic Patrol units all begin with L

Misc. Units

Among the huge amount of aircraft in use with the Navy and Marine Corps many are land based, such units as VC,VQ,VR and VX squadrons, these all have their own distinctive tail codes.

Marine Corps

Contrary to the Navy operational squadrons (which are either assigned to a CVW or Base) the USMC units all have their own codes, which are always displayed on the aircraft, except when a certain unit is assigned to a Navy CVW, in that case the squadron will bear the CVW code!

Right hand table

The right hand table show some codes in use with the US Navy at various times, these codes are land based and reserve units as well individual air base codes CVW's.  Accuracy cannot be and is not guaranteed.
 

Unit Tail code Naval Air Station Tail code 
HT8 2E NAS GLYNCO 4B
VT4 2F NAS PHILADELPHIA 4F
VT2 2G NAS LAKEHURST 4L
VT7 2K NAS PENSACOLA 4P
VT9 2M NAS Miami 5H
VT10 2N NAS ANACOSTIA, WASHINGTON 6A
VT6 2P NAS JACKSONVILLE 6F
VT10 2S NAS ALAMEDA 6G
VT3 2W NAS MEMPHIS 6M
VT31 3A NAS LAKEHURST  6N
VT28 3B NAS NORFOLK 6S
VT29 3C NAS ATLANTA 7B
VT21 3E NAS DALLAS 7D
VT22 3F NAS LOS ALAMITOS 7L
VT27 3G NAS NEW YORK / BROOKLYN, NY 7R
VT23 3H NAS GLENVIEW 7V
VT25 3J NAS WILLOW GROVE 7W
VT24 3K NAS NEW ORLEANS 7X
VT26 3L NAF DETROIT (ex NAS GROSSE ILE) 7Y
VMFA251  DW  NAS SOUTH WEYMOUTH 7Z
VF11 AB  NAS NORTH ISLAND 8H
VF102 AF  NAS OAKLAND 7F
VMFA513 WF  NAS DENVER 7P
VF24 NE  NAS MIAMI 5H
VMF531 EC  NAS OLATHE 7K
VMF115 AE  NAS MINNEAPOLIS 7E
VF33 AF  NAS NIAGARA FALLS 7H
VF114 NH  NAS COLUMBUS 7C
VF61 NAS DALLAS 7D
    NAS SEATTLE 7T

These two tables were received from W.T. Larkins and are probably more accurate than the above.


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Revised: June 30, 2010