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USAAS McCook Field P-Numbers 1919-1930

In the mid-1950s AAHS member Warren Bodie with the assistance of Ms. Jennie Reeves (custodian of the Wright Field still photo files), Peter M. Bowers, William T. Larkins and John Sloan compiled an index of the aircraft tail numbers (P-number) for McCook Field (and later Wright Field).  The period covered was 1918 through 1930.  P-numbers were assigned to aircraft used in engineering and research evaluations during this period. Even at this date no one is sure what the “P” represented – plane, project or procurement.  Aviation historians and photograph collectors have long noted these identifier numbers painted on the rudders of various aircraft. The original list was published in Vol. 1, No. 4, of the AAHS Journal (October-December 1956). This information has been updated using a number of published references including significant data provided by Drew Taylor derived directly from the airplane records by month for both engineering divisions at McCook and Wright Fields, and further supplemented by Robert Casari.

The following is an updated listing of the McCook Field P-numbers. It includes additional aircraft that were not in the original listing, as well as information regarding the engines installed (in many cases including their Air Service number).  A notes column has been added that contains additional information about the aircraft.

P-No. A.S. No. Make Model Engine H.P. Eng. A.S. No. Notes
P-1 A.S. 2 Curtiss JN-4B Curtiss OX-5 90 1343 Shipped to Wright, OH 5/16/18
P-2 1621 Curtiss JN-4A Curtiss OX-5 90 1825 Shipped to Wright, OH 5/16/18
P-3 1555 Curtiss JN-4A Curtiss OXX-6 100 - Salvaged at Wright, OH, sold to Mr Johnson
P-4 12876 Curtiss JN-4C Curtiss OX-5 90 29447 Converted from JN-4B, shipped to Wright, OH 5/17/18
P-5 1262 Curtiss JN-4D Hall Scott A7A 100 5949 AMTS, St. Paul, MN 5/17/18
P-6 37935 Curtiss JN-4H Wright I 150 49082 With reversible pitch propeller. Wrecked Wright, OH by Art Smith 5/9/21, Salvaged
P-7 38011 Curtiss JN-4H Wright I 150 46851 Crashed McCook, OH, by Lt. Banks 1/22/19, Survey 180
P-8 2506 L.W.F. G Liberty 8 275 - Condemned and burned 4/5/18
P-9 B-503 RAE SE-5 Hispano-Suiza 150 - Shipped to Washington, DC 4/12/18
P-10 2474 Nieuport - Le Rhone J 80 - Wrecked 3/9/18
P-11 2473 Nieuport 13 Le Rhone J 80 101032 Also reported as Nieuport 16, French s/n? Salvaged 9-Feb-1921, Salvage #138
P-12 94074 SPAD 13 Hispano-Suiza 220 7153 Dismantled 10/25/20, Shipped to Wright, OH, ST 2361
P-13 D-2096-16 Albatros - Mercedes 180 - Aero Expo, NYC 2/12/19, ST 4983
P-14 94077 Wright Martin V Wright E 180 3162 Storage Wright, OH 4/30/21, ST 1287
P-15 39954 Curtiss R-4L Liberty 12 400 17435 To Langley Field 5/15/18
P-16 32344 DH-4 DH-4 Liberty 12 400 17512 See P-49; surveyed 4/25/19
P-17 C-6058 de Havilland DH-9 Siddeley 220 5064 Transferred Wright, OH 4/30/21, ST 1267
P-18 - de Havilland DH-9 Liberty 12 400 17810 Wrecked 11 Jun 1918, Surveyed 7/10/18, #4590
P-19 1527 Curtiss JN-4A Hall Scott A7A 100 2353 AMTS, St. Paul, MN 5/17/18
P-20 39957 Curtiss R-4 Liberty 12 400 18212 Ellington, TX, Lt. Thynnes 2/2/19
P-21 32071 de Havilland DH-4 Liberty 12 400 - Wrecked Erie, PA, Lt. Wilcox 1/20/19
P-22 19898 Vought VE-7 Wright I 150 3269 Shipped to Wright, OH 10/11/18, ST 3756
P-23 19897 Vought VE-7 Wright I 150 2348 Shipped to Wright, OH 9/7/18, ST 1441
P-24 41358 Curtiss JN-4H Wright E 180 42734 Wrecked Mt Shelby, OH, Capt. Fleet 8/18/20
P-25 C-4312 Avro 504K Gnome 160 - Dayton Wright for British Mission 1918
P-26 4355 Thomas-Morse MB-4 Gnome 160 - Wilbur Wright Field 4/8/18
P-27 39958 Curtiss R-4L Liberty 12 400 18193 Ellington Field, flown 2/5/19, Shipped to Detroit, MI 10/8/1920, ST 417
P-28 40045 Engineering Division (LePere) USAC-1 Liberty 12 400 - Shipped to Wright, OH 6/27/18, ST 318
P-29 37936 Curtiss JN-4H Wright I 150 46829 Wrecked, Lt. Fastenau, night flying 4/6/22
P-30 2175 (c/n) Bristol F.2B Wright H 300 - Surveyed 2/19/19
P-31 32083 de Havilland DH-4 Liberty 12 400 18179 Crashed Selfridge, MI, Lt. Foulk 9/10/19
P-32 B763 (UK) Bristol Scout D LeRhone 80 34611 Transferred Wright, OH 4/30/21, ST 1287
P-33 94075 SPAD 11 Wright E 180 94761 Also as s/n 3079 (F). Surveyed 1/2/23, ST 321
P-34 32341 de Havilland DH-4 Liberty 12 400 28499 Salvaged 4/1/21, #99
P-35 32321 de Havilland DH-4 Liberty 12 400 - Salvaged 10/21/20, #312
P-36 40026 Engineering Division USD-9 Liberty 12 400 - Surveyed 8/16/18
P-37 - Engineering Div / Bristol USB-2 (F.2B) Liberty 8 275 - Wright Field 9/16/18
P-38 N-6298 (F?) Nieuport 28 Gnome N 180 55128 Wrecked Dayton, OH, Lt. Meister 5/30/20, salvaged
P-39 19900 Vought VE-7 Wright I 150 43199 Wrecked Dayton, OH, Lt. Price 7/19/22, Salvaged 104, Hangars IA 295.81
P-40 40042 Engineering Division USD-9 Liberty 12 400 30402 Burned 11/30/20, surveyed 1/21/21 #538
P-41 33765 Orenco B or C LeRhone 80 34539 Salvaged 147
P-42 C1119 (UK) RAE SE-5 Hispano-Suiza 150 - Wrecked and surveyed Wright, OH, 10/x/18
P-43 40060 Engineering Division USD-9A Liberty 12 400 17702 Shipped to Wright, OH, 9/23/20, Hangar 271.71
P-44 42129 LePere USAC-11 Liberty 12 400 19498 Shipped to Wright, OH 10/9/18, ST 16
P-45 40043 Engineering Division USD-9 Liberty 12 400 5055 Wrecked Rochester, OH, Lt. Wade 12/30/20
P-46 19901 Vought VE-7 Wright I 150 3149 Wrecked Wright, OH, Lt. Meister 3/25/20 Surveyed 38
P-47 40061 Engineering Division USD-9A Liberty 12 400 23629 Shipped Curtiss Corp 10/27/18, ST 376
P-48 33763 Orenco B or C Gnome 160 52205 Surveyed 5/16/24 #4952
P-49 32344 DH-4B DH-4B Liberty 12 400 31355 Wrecked Wright, OH, Lt. Fairchild 4/4/21
P-50 40062 Engineering Division USD-9A Liberty 12 400 19004 Shipped overseas 11/4/18
P-51 40063 Engineering Division USD-9A Liberty 12 400 17700 Shipped overseas via, NY 11/7/18
P-52 C-8740 / 94078 RAE SE-5A Wright E 180 49008 Wrecked Camp Perry, Capt. Ecker 8/12/20
P-53 40013 Packard-LePere LUSAO-11 Liberty 12 400 4672 Museum 11/11/24
P-54 42138 Packard-LePere LUSAO-11 Liberty 12 400 31005 Wrecked Yellow Springs, OH, Lt. Biggs 10/23/2?
P-55 44556 Standard E-1 LeRhone 80 94778 Surveyed 1/14/26, #17056
P-56 31108 DH-4 DH-4 Blue Bird Liberty 12 400 31966 Wrecked Detroit, MI, Lt. Moriarty 4/24/20
P-57 39349 Curtiss JN-4C Curtiss OX-5 50 3836 Shipped Wright, OH 5/23/21
P-58 19898 Vought VE-7 Wright E 180 48665 Wilbur Wright Field Overhaul 157.54, sold Johnson
P-59 40121 Loening M-8 Wright H 300 13465 Surveyed 10/20/26, #24333, museum
P-60 40119 Engineering Division USD-9A Liberty 12 400 37545 Wrecked Toledo, OH, Lt. Macready 4/9/19
P-61 E-8449 Airco DH-9A Liberty 12 400 30953 Surveyed 4/14/24, Museum
P-62 40070 Caproni Ca-5 3 x Liberty 12 400 400 400 20746 20732 20769 Langley, VA, Project E 6/4/21
P-63 44219 Curtiss JN-6HG-2 Wright I 150 - Wrecked, Lexington, KY, Lt. Miller 5/15/19
P-64 40044 Engineering Division USD-9A Liberty 12 400 31110 Surveyed #4951
P-65 40012 Packard-LePere LUSAO-11 2 x Liberty 12 400 400 22817 22830 Surveyed 3/19/20 Reported to Museum 1/24
P-66 40093 Thomas-Morse MB-3 Wright H 300 - Shipped Wright, OH 5/17/21
P-67 40108 Orenco D Wright H 300 13443 Used to rebuild P-121, Museum 9/30/22, ST 1013
P-68 40087 Pomilio BVL.12 Liberty 12 400 5361 Dismantled, Surveyed 3/19/20
P-69 40081 Pomilio FVL.8 Liberty 8 275 94785 Museum 9/30/22, ST 1013
P-70 40115 Packard-LePere LUSAC-11 Liberty 12 400 37657 Transferred to Selfridge, MI 6/19/24, ST 8526
P-71 40067 Engineering Division USD-9A Liberty 12 400 4537 Flown Wash., D.C. 6/1/19, Transferred to Wright, OH 5/24/24, ST 8388
P-72 39057 Martin NBS-1 2 x Liberty 12 400 400 71615 71568 Transferred to Wright, OH 6/15/22, ST 7955, Hangar TA 869.22
P-73 19902 Vought VE-7 Wright I 150 3426 Shipped Carlstrom, FL, 11/3/20
P-74 40060 Engineering Division USD-9A Liberty 12 400 5171x I & I Report 4551 11/5/23, Hangar TA Equipment 123.36
P-75 F-6533 / 94072 Sopwith Salamander Daimler BR-2 200 94072 Surveyed 10/20/26, #24333
P-76 23432 DH-4 Honeymoon DH-4 Honeymoon Liberty 12 400 40127 Flown Washington, DC, Lt. McCready 7/8/19
P-77 62945 de Havilland DH-4L Liberty 12 400 23423 Shipped Hazelhurst FL 6/3/19
P-78 30130 DH-4 DH-4 Liberty 12 400 - Flown Washington, DC, Capt. White 4/18/19
P-79 62946 DH-4L DH-4L Liberty 12 400 - Wrecked Ft Wayne IN, Lt. Morse 7/4/20
P-80 40118 Engineering Division USD-9A Liberty 12 400 28813 Surveyed 3/18/27, Hanger TA Power Plant 216.09
P-81 30894 DH-4 DH-4 Liberty 12 400 31241 Shipped Langley, VA 8/22/19, ST 5566
P-82 30723 DH-4 DH-4 Liberty 12 400 32103 Shipped Kelly, TX 6/5/20, ST 6335
P-83 - Stout Cootie WBB Hispano 4 - - Shipped to Lewis & Vought Corp 6/17/19
P-84 40071 Caproni Ca.5 3 x Liberty 12 400 400 400 22966 22855 22972 Flown Ellington, TX 6/23/19, ST 5336
P-85 40128 DH-4 Honeymoon DH-4 Honeymoon Liberty 12 400 29759 Wrecked Circleville IN, Lt. Van Veghten 1/19/23, Surveyed 338
P-86 40058 Curtiss 18-B Kirkham K-12 400 - Wrecked McCook Field, Surveyed #65
P-87 62949 Martin NBS-1 2 x Liberty 12 400 400 32207 31118 Shipped Hazel Field, NY 7/23/19
P-88 39056 Martin NBS-1 2 x Liberty 12 400 400 38271 44184 Shipped Bolling, DC 6/29/19, ST 5442, Wrecked Aberdeen, Md.
P-89 40021 Packard-LePere LUSAGH-11 Liberty 12 400 32209 Surveyed 10/20/26 #24333
P-90 40125 Engineering Division XB-1A Wright H 300 13903 I & I Report 8/17/23, Hangar TA 166.43
P-91 30727 DH-4 DH-4 Liberty 12 400 32099 Wrecked Dayton, OH, 8/20/19
P-92 30590 DH-4 DH-4 Liberty 12 400 31881 Shipped Kelly, TX 9/5/20, ST 6335
P-93 30855 Atlantic DH-4M-2 Wright H 300 13867 Wrecked, Mr Meister 12/x/20, Survey #611, 1/12/21
P-94 30913 DH-4 DH-4 Liberty 12 400 38231 Shipped Langley, VA 10/25/19
P-95 40024 Packard-LePere “LUSAGH-21 Bugatti 400 40675 Shipped Wright, OH 4/30/21
P-96 42119 Caproni Ca.5 3 x Liberty 12 400 400 400 77843 77845 77644 Flown Ellington, TX, Lt. Harris 7/18/19
P-97 40126 Engineering Division VCP-1 Packard 2025 630 94559 Storage museum
P-98 40072 Vought VE-7 Wright E 180 48932 Wrecked Dayton, OH, Survey 1672
P-99 94069 Sopwith Camel Clerget-Blin 130 52614 Crashed McCook, OH, Sgt. Maden killed 10/4/20
P-100 47816 Curtiss JN-4D-2 Curtiss OX-5 90 7500 Survey 4952, 5/16/24
P-101 40109 Orenco/Curtiss D Wright H 300 13657 Curtiss Co. 6/22/20

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Last updated 13-May-2020