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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-102 30632 DH-4 DH-4 Liberty 12 400 31487 Shipped Langley Field 11/1/19
P-103 41795 Curtiss JN-6HO Wright I 150 95886 Surveyed 5/2/23, #347
P-104 39059 Martin GMB Liberty 12, 2 x Wright E 400 180 180 44182 49018 47428 Surveyed 9/2/22 #8673, Hangars TA Equipment 215.14
P-105 30846 Atlantic DH-4M-2 Liberty 12 400 31155 Shipped Kelly, TX 6/4/20, ST 1224
P-106 62950 Martin GMC 2 x Liberty 12 400 400 23631 21895 Shipped Fairfield, OH, 5/30/23, ST 3163, Hangar TA 338.67
P-107 62947 DH-4M-2S DH-4M-2S Liberty 12 400 31112 Wrecked McCook Field, Lt. Biggs, 6/25/20, Survey 185
P-108 D7776 /18 Fokker D.VII Mercedes 6 200 45146 Wrecked McCook Field. Also reported as Shipped to Washington, DC 10/3/20
P-109 23075 Boeing DH-4M-1 Liberty 12 400 37573 Wrecked Bolling Field, Surveyed 11/25/21, #3370
P-110 62951 Martin GMP 2 x Liberty 12 400 400 20769 17852 Transferred to Chanute, IL, w/o in force landing on Miller Street and Heigeman Avenue in Brooklyn, NY Mar 4, 1923
P-111 45010 Curtiss JN-6HG-1 Wright I 150 48796 Hangar TA Radio Branch 96.80, Salvaged I & I Report #4508 6/4/23
P-112 44941 Curtiss JN-6HG-1 Wright I 150 48796 Transferred Wilbur Wright Field, Shipped Fairfield, OH, 10/30/21, ST 4354
P-113 40073 Vought VE-7 Wright E 180 46882 Hangar IA 116.48, Surveyed #9974, 8/12/22
P-114 44944 Curtiss JN-6HG-1 Wright E 180 46918 Hangar TA Radio Branch 130.99, Shipped Fairfield, OH 10/17/24, ST 11384
P-115 44954 Curtiss JN-6HG-1 Wright I 150 47205 Wrecked Columbus, OH, Salvaged #232
P-116 44913 Curtiss JN-6HG-1 Packard 8 275 94552 Transferred Wilbur Wright Field 10/13/21, ST 4648
P-117 44936 Curtiss JN-6HG-1 Wright I 150 48767 Transferred to Wilbur Wright Field, 5/7/20, ST 6248
P-118 94022 Avro 504J Gnome 100 31415 ex-RAF C4312 and had McCook Field Project Number P118. Wrecked Aug 11, 1920
P-119 C-5887 Avro 504K LeRhone 80 - Transferred to Wilbur Wright Field
P-120 40110 Orenco/Curtiss D Wright H 300 13565 Surveyed 3/25/21, #537, Wrecked Mitchel Pulitzer 11/25/20
P-121 40095 Thomas-Morse MB-3 Wright H 300 13629 Surveyed 10/20/26, #24333, Museum 216.82
P-122 24135 Curtiss JN-4D - - - Surveyed & salvaged #129, converted to JNSI
P-123 62948 DH-4M-2S DH-4M-2S Liberty 12 400 22519 In accident at Keyser, WV Oct 3, 1921, Surveyed 12/13/21, #5239
P-124 40094 Thomas-Morse MB-3 Wright H 300 13442 Shipped Th. Morse Co. 1920 Pul., Surveyed 8/30/22
P-125 22856 Atlantic DH-4M-2 Liberty 12 400 17793 Shipped Langley Field 11/28/19, ST 5830
P-126 23369 de Havilland DH-4 Liberty 12 400 44180 Transferred to Wilbur Wright Field, 7/12/21, ST 295
P-127 94040 Fokker D.VII Liberty 6 220 47841 Wrecked Dayton, OH, alt. s/n 8323, Salvaged #224
P-128 12186 SPAD 18 Loraine-Dietr 220 94780 Surveyed 10/20/26, #24333, Museum 114.34, French s/n ?
P-129 63272 Engineering Division GAX 2 x Liberty 12 400 400 25718 33078 Built by Boeing, Shipped to Wright, OH, Field crated - storage 1022.95
P-130 63278 de Havilland DH-4Amb Liberty 12 400 5170 Shipped Folding 6/7/20, ST 7217, Flown Wash., D.C. 9/8/20
P-131 63413 DH-4B DH-4B Liberty 12 400 26281 Atlantic DH-4A converted to DH-4B by Boeing, Supercharger 133.54, Surveyed 1922, #8752
P-132 94063 Roland D-V Benz 200 29167 Burned 9/8/20, ex 7502 (D)
P-133 63897 DH-4A DH-4A Wright H 300 13901 DH-4A converted to DH-4B by Aeromarine Atlantic. Converted to DH-4BW fitted with Wright H engine. Surveyed 4/25/21
P-134 63266 Vought VE-8 Wright H 300 13458 Surveyed 1/14/26, #17056, Museum 586.63
P-135 63279 de Havilland DH-4C Liberty 12 400 23635 Crashed Moundville WV, Lt. Wade 8/31/21
P-136 63280 de Havilland DH-4C Liberty 12 400 31098 Parachute Br., Surveyed 1/5/25, #10945
P-137 63600 Atlantic DH-4M-2 Liberty 12 400 94783 Salvage I & I Report 6/6/23, #4509, Hangar IA Navigation 119.67
P-138 94039 Fokker D.VII Mercedes 6 200 94891 Surveyed 9/25/22, #302, Hangar IA 90.75
P-139 63630 Atlantic DH-4M-2 Liberty 12 400 21952 Modified for high altitude operations, fitted with lengthened undercarriage, geared and supercharged Liberty engine driving large-diameter 4-bladed prop
P-140 63541 Atlantic DH-4M-2 Liberty 12 400 30775 Trans. Wilbur Wright Field 9/9/21, ST 4476
P-141 94023 Avro 504K Gnome 100 - Wrecked Wilbur Wright Field late 1920, Surveyed 10/25/20, #268
P-142 94062 Avro 504J Gnome 100 7980 Wrecked Warren, OH, D-9062?, Salvaged #145
P-143 94103 Fokker D.VII BMW 200 94984 Transferred to Wright, OH 2/27/22, ST 7421
P-144 94102 Fokker D.VII Packard 1A-1116 300 94556 Wrecked Buffalo, N.Y. 1922, Surveyed 9/2/22, #540
P-145 64122 Junkers Larsen JL-6 BMW 220 94983 Assembly 189.13, Salvaged I & I Report 11/5/23, #4522
P-146 94094 RAE SE-5A Wright E 180 47267 Transferred Fairfield, OH 4/5/21, ST 8014, Wrecked McCook Field
P-147 63273 Orenco IL-1 - - - Sand tested, salvaged #148
P-148 94097 Breguet 14B2 Liberty 12 400 5184 Transferred to Wright, OH, 6/18/24, ST 8525, Museum 174.24
P-149 94016 Sopwith Dragon ABC Dragonfly I 320 92199 Surveyed 1/14/26, #17056
P-150 94107 Engineering Division XB-1A Wright E 180 13721 D.W. Co. for Model, Shipped Wright, OH 2/24/20, ST 6668
P-151 94108 Engineering Division XB-1A Wright E 180 13754 Museum 136.10
P-152 64224 Sperry M-1 Messenger Lawrance L-4 60 94569 Surveyed 10/20/26, #24333
P-153 94098 Nieuport 27 LeRhone 110 94775 Shipped to museum 11/11/24, ST 8833
P-154 94101 SPAD 13 Hispano-Suiza 220 94888 Surveyed 1/14/24, #17056
P-155 94100 Nieuport 28 Gnome 160 94743 Surveyed 1/14/24, #17056
P-156 94099 SPAD 7C1 Wright E 180 17434 Shipped to museum 9/30/22, ST 1013
P-157 63747 Atlantic DH-4M-2 No motor - - Transferred to Wright, OH 7/8/21, ST 2806
P-158 63719 Atlantic DH-4M-2 No motor - 13914 Transferred to Wright, OH 7/8/21, ST 2806
P-159 94110 Salmson Salmson Salmson 250 94855 Shipped to museum 9/30/22, ST 1013
P-160 22909 Boeing DH-4M-1 Liberty 12 400 28501 Flown Bolling Fld., Shipped to Fairfield, OH for crash test
P-161 63282 Orenco/Curtiss D Wright H 300 13884 Power Plant Supercharger 440.42. Surveyed 5/3/22
P-162 64195 Martin MB-2 2 x Liberty 12 400 400 71622 71659 Power Plant Supercharger 173.21. Transferred to Aberdeen, 12/13/23, ST 5555
P-163 63281 Orenco/Curtiss D Wright H 300 13812 Surveyed 3/18/27, #24344. See P-274
P-164 63332 Thomas-Morse MB-3A Wright H 300 13516 Boeing Co. 6/16/21
P-165 64345 Fokker D.VIII Oberursel 140 712 Surveyed 3/18/27, #24344
P-166 64218 Huff-Daland TA-2 - - - Also as P-238, Museum 249.29. Surveyed 10/20/26, #24333
P-167 94111 “British Aerial Transport (B.A FK-23 ABC Wasp 160 94911 Shipped to museum 9/30/22 ST 1013
P-168 63274 Orenco IL-1 Liberty 12 400 31155 Surveyed 1/14/26, #17056
P-169 94112 Fokker D.VIII Oberursel 140 94998 Salvaged I & I Report 11/5/23, #4546
P-170 64301 Moraine Saulnier LeRhone 80 34557 Shipped to Fairfield, OH 1/5/23, ST 1804
P-171 64155 Engineering Division XB-1A Wright H 300 13616 Built by Dayton-Wright. Wrecked Cleveland, OH, early 1921, Surveyed 6/30/21, #3271
P-172 64306 Thomas-Morse MB-4 2 x Wright H 300 300 13508 13506 Transferred to Wright, OH 9/23/21, ST 1953
P-173 64009 DH-4B DH-4B Liberty 6 220 47843 Transferred to Langley, VA 9/26/22, ST 153
P-174 64008 DH-4B DH-4B Liberty 12 400 32687 Surveyed 10/22/24, #10911
P-175 64007 DH-4B DH-4B Liberty 12 400 5013 Salvaged at Wright, OH, 6/8/22
P-176 64349 Engineering Division VCP-2/PW-1 Wright I 150 46833 Surveyed #3609
P-177 64348 RAE SE-5A Wright E 180 48637 Transferred to Wright, OH 1/25/22, ST 7280
P-178 64221 G. Elias TA-1 ABC Wasp 160 95001 Museum 291.73. Surveyed 1/14/26, #17056
P-179 64158 Dayton-Wright USXB-1A Wright H 300 13595 Wrecked Lt. Harris 6/23/22
P-180 64300 Dayton-Wright USXB-1A Packard 1237 300 94608 Designed by Engineering Division at McCook Field, built by D-W, Surveyed 9/17/23, #369
P-181 64160 Dayton-Wright USXB-1A Wright H 300 13914 Museum 113.95. Shipped to Fairfield, OH 3/5/23, ST 3168
P-182 64161 Dayton-Wright USXB-1A Wright H 300 1300 Wrecked McCook Field 1922, Surveyed 30/Sep/1922, #3425
P-183 64140 Loening PW-2 Wright H 300 13613 Surveyed 1/14/26, #17056
P-184 64219 Huff-Daland TA-2 - - - Hangar
P-185 64222 G. Elias TA-1 Lawrance Wood - - Salvaged 11/5/23 I & I 4546
P-186 44246 Curtiss JN-6HB Wright A 150 49088 Trans. Arcadia, Fla. 56.95
P-187 64146 Engineering Division/Boeing GA-1 2 x Liberty 12 400 400 5120 5011 Surveyed 1/14/26, #17056
P-188 63757 Atlantic DH-4B Wright H 300 13837 Used as testbed for Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar I engine. Surveyed 8/18/26, #24302
P-189 64350 Engineering Division VCP-2/PW-1 Packard 1237 300 94604 Surveyed 10/20/26, #24333
P-190 63181 de Havilland DH-4B Liberty 12 400 x5008 Used as testbed for turbo-supercharged Liberty engine. Salvaged 6/22/22
P-191 64535 de Havilland DH-4B Liberty 12 400 24451 s/n not confirmed. Surveyed 8/5/22, #9866
P-192 64539 de Havilland DH-4B Liberty 12 400 21927 s/n not confirmed. Shipped to Bolling, DC 7/10/22
P-193 64593 de Havilland DH-4B Liberty 12 400 43892 Assy. in work 70.62, Shipped to Montgomery, AL 12/6/26, ST 27309
P-194 63896 de Havilland DH-4B Liberty 12 400 5143 Salvaged 12/7/22, #32
P-195 64346 Fokker D.VII Packard 1237 300 94618 Salvaged 11/5/23 I & I 4547
P-196 64302 Moraine Saulnier - LeRhone 110 34723 Shipped to museum 2/9/26, ST 22013
P-197 63336 Thomas-Morse MB-3 Wright H 300 13875 Salvaged 8/17/923
P-198 63276 Curtiss PN-1 Liberty 6 220 47841 Surveyed 1/14/26, #17056
P-199 38096 Curtiss JN-4H Wright H 300 43211 Shipped to Fairfield, OH 12/22/21, ST 5837
P-200 64317 Engineering Division TW-1 Liberty 6 220 94577 Surveyed 1/14/26, #17056
P-201 63338 Thomas-Morse MB-3 Wright H 300 13511 Surveyed 5/16/24, #4952
P-202 63327 Orenco D Wright H 300 13676 Shipped to Fairfield, OH 12/2/21, ST 5679
P-203 64310 Vought VE-7 Wright E 180 46916 Surveyed 4/22/24, #4960

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Last updated 13-May-2020