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Re: US Navy Class designators
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2018, 01:12:28 pm »
Certainly not post-WW2. This system of designating U.S. Navy classes existed since the 1920s. Only the H* classes for helicopters were introduced during the 1940s.

A "VA Class" type is simply an attack aircraft. An "HO Class" type is simply an observation helicopter.

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Re: US Navy Class designators
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2018, 06:30:54 am »
Thank you my dear Skyblazer.

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Re: US Navy Class designators
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2018, 02:19:35 pm »
Just so that you know I'm not making up things out of the blue, here's a 1941 document from Consolidated's corporate magazine which recapitulates the U.S. Navy codes (I also have Navy documents proper, but I'd have to look for them). At any rate, if you can get hold of William T. Larkins's seminal book U.S. Navy Aircraft 1921-1941 you'll see that starting in 1922 the Navy squadrons started using the Class codes:

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Effective 1 July 1922 all Fleet Air Squadrons were reorganized; Scouting Squadron 2 became VS-1, Torpedo Plane Squadron 1 became Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron 1 (VT-1), Seaplane Patrol Squadron 1 became VT-2, Spotting Squadron 4 became VO-1, Spotting Squadron 3 became VO-2, Spotting Squadron L1 became VO-3, Combat Squadron 4 became VF-1 and Combat Squadron 3 became VF-2. VF-32 was organized as a new unit to provide air protection to Train ships and to be a nucleus for Aircraft Squadrons, Base Force. VS-1, VT-1 and Kite Balloon Squadron 1 formed Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet (Atlantic); the remainder forming Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet (Pacific).

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Re: US Navy Class designators
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2018, 06:31:20 am »
Amazing Info.

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Re: US Navy Class designators
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2018, 06:44:09 pm »
From Aero Digest, September 1929:

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Re: US Navy Class designators
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2018, 04:06:31 am »
From Aero Digest, September 1929:

Nice find.