British Military Aircraft Designation Systems

Since the end of the First World War, aircraft types in British military service have generally been known by a "type name" assigned by their manufacturer, or (for various imported types) bestowed upon them by the first military service to bring them into service. Individual variants are recognized by mark numbers. This is in contrast to the systems such as that used in the United States, where an aircraft type is primarily identified by an alphanumeric designation.

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The names of aircraft would be suggested by the Air Ministry or Admiralty and agreed with the manufacturer when placing an order. Names generally followed one or a number of patterns;

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