This manual is primarily a ready reference to assist the ground observer in aircraft recognition and identification. It provides information on current operational aircraft of the United States and foreign countries, which may be observed worldwide in the combat area. It can be used as source material for personnel conducting unit training in visual aircraft recognition.
The procedures in this publication apply throughout the US Army. The data is based on the best information available at the time of publication; however, it is not all-inclusive because of some classification guidelines. This publication, by nature, has a built-in time lag, and some aircraft may still be under development or classified at the time of writing, but may be fielded or unclassified at, or after, publication.
Chapter 1 - Need for Visual Aircraft Recognition
Chapter 2 - Factors That Affect Detection, Recognition, and Identification
Chapter 3 - Description of Aircraft
Chapter 4 - Instruction Program
Chapter 5 - Ground Attack, Close Air Support, and Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
Chapter 6 - Air Superiority and Interceptor Aircraft
Chapter 7 - Bomber Aircraft
Chapter 8 - Cargo and Transport Aircraft
Chapter 9 - Utility Aircraft
Chapter 10 - Helicopter Aircraft
Chapter 11 - Early Warning, Observation, and Reconnaissance Aircraft
Chapter 12 - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Cruise Missiles
Appendix - Master Aircraft List
|Updated: 27 January 2008||Born 13 June 2000|