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Over the years the Tophatters (under the numerous squadron designations they were given) flew many different types of aircraft. Here is an attempt to look at those aircraft, their timeline, squadron designations and the tasks they performed.

Aircraft Manufacturer Model Squadron Designation Role Entered service Graphics & Notes
Curtiss JN-6H Jenny Air Detachment Pacific Fleet trainer sep 1919  
Hanriot HD-1 Air Detachment Pacific Fleet fighter sep 1919  
Nieuport 28 Air Detachment Pacific Fleet fighter sep 1919  
Thomas Morse S-4C Air Detachment Pacific Fleet trainer sep 1919  
Martin MBT Air Detachment Pacific Fleet torpedo bomber sep 1919  
Martin MBT Air Force Battle Fleet torpedo bomber early 1920  
Martin MBT Torpedo Plane Squadron Five torpedo bomber 15.06.1920*  
Curtiss R-6L Torpedo Plane Squadron Five torpedo bomber 15.06.1920*  
Martin MBT Patrol Plane Squadron 4-1 torpedo bomber 07.09.1921*  
Curtiss R-6L Patrol Plane Squadron 4-1 torpedo bomber 07.09.1921*  
Vought VE-7 Combat Squadron Four fighter 23.09.1921*  
Vought VE-7SF Combat Squadron Four fighter 23.09.1921*  
Vought VE-7 Fighting Plane Squadron One (VF-1) fighter 01.07.1922*  
Vought VE-7SF VF-1 fighter sep 1922  
Curtiss JN VF-1 trainer 1922  
Vought VE-9 VF-1 utility    
Curtiss/Navy TS-1 VF-1 fighter jun 1923  
Martin MO-1 VF-1 observation mar 1924  
Curtiss/Navy TS-1float VF-1 fighter mar 1925  
Boeing FB-5 VF-1 fighter 21.01.1927  
Curtiss F4C-1 VF-1 fighter    
Boeing FB-5 Fighting Squadron One-Baker (VF-1B) fighter 01.07.1927*  
Boeing F2B-1 VF-1B fighter late 1927  
Vought FU-1 VF-1B utility 1929  
Curtiss F6C VF-1B fighter    
Curtiss F8C-4 Helldiver VF-1B fighter bomber aug 1930  
Boeing F4B-3 VF-1B fighter 14.01.1932  
Boeing F4B-4 VF-1B fighter 1933  
Curtiss F11C-2 Goshawk VF-1B fighter bomber apr 1933  
Vought SU-3 VF-1B liaison 1933  
Curtiss F11C-2 Goshawk Bombing Squadron Two Baker (VB-2B) fighter bomber 01.07.1934*  
Curtiss BFC-2 Goshawk VB-2B dive bomber 1934  
Grumman SF-1 VB-2B utility    
Curtiss BFC-2 Goshawk Bombing Squadron Three (VB-3) dive bomber 01.07.1937*  
Vought SBU-1 VB-3 utility 1937  
Vought SB2U-1 Vindicator VB-3 bomber jan 1938  
Vought SB2U-2 Vindicator VB-3 bomber dec 1938  
Vought SB2U-2 Vindicator Bombing Squadron Four (VB-4) bomber 01.07.1939*  
Curtiss SBC-3 VB-4 dive bomber jun 1940  
Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver VB-4 dive bomber    
Vought SB2U-2 Vindicator Scouting Squadron Forty-One (VS-41) scout/dive bomber 15.03.1941*  
Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless VS-41 scout/dive bomber sep 1942  
Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless VS-41 dive bomber 29.12.1942  
Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless Bombing Squadron Forty-One (VB-41) dive bomber 01.03.1943*  
Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless VB-41 dive bomber 30.07.1943  
Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless Bombing Squadron Four (VB-4) dive bomber 04.08.1943*  
Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver VB-4 dive bomber apr 1944  
North American SNJ-4 VB-4 trainer 1944  
Curtiss SB2C-1C Helldiver VB-4 dive bomber jul 1944  
Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver VB-4 dive bomber nov 1944  
Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver VB-4 dive bomber jun 1945  
Curtiss SB2C-4E Helldiver VB-4 radar equipped dive bomber jun 1945  
Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver VB-4 dive bomber aug 1945  
Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver Attack Squadron One Able (VA-1A) atack bomber 15.11.1946*  
Vought F4U-4 Corsair VA-1A fighter bomber apr 1948  
Vought F4U-4 Corsair Attack Squadron Fourteen (VA-14) fighter bomber 02.08.1948*  
Vought F4U-4 Corsair Fighter Squadron Fourteen (VF-14) fighter 15.12.1949* VF-14 F4U drawing
Vought F4U-5 Corsair VF-14 fighter jan 1950  
Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight VF-14 night fighter jan 1954 VF-14 F3D-2 photos
McDonnell F3H-2 Demon VF-14 fighter mar 1956 VF-14 F3H-2s photo
McDonnell F3H-2N Demon VF-14 all weather interceptor fighter 1957  
McDonnell F-3B Demon** VF-14 fighter interceptor 1961  
McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II VF-14 fighter interceptor 20.05-08.08 1963 VF-14 F-4B Phantom IIs photo
Grumman F-14A Tomcat VF-14 fighter nov 1973- may 1974 VF-14 F-14A Tomcat photo

* = squadron designation change date
** = designation change of F3H-2s by DoD


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