Navy Plane Names

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    What is the rhyme and reason to how the navy call there planes, like F4F, F4U, TBM etc? I have tried to look it up, but to no avail.
     
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    #2 MikeGazdik, Feb 15, 2012
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    F4F. (F) fighter, (4) fourth design from manufacturer (F) letter code assigned to Grumman.
    F4U. (F) fighter, (4) fourth design from manufacturer (U) letter code assigned to Chance-Vought.
    F6F, F7F, and F8F self explanatory.

    At least thats what I recall. Now staring at TBM, Im clueless. T/B Torpedo-Bomber, M ?
     
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    Thanks a lot for the information!!
     
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    Glad I could help Andy.
     
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