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As is stated here:

Furthermore, the F-4 came in both ground- and carrier-based models and served in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines. The only other frontline fighter to serve in all three services before or since is the F-35.

Is that correct? Was any other fighter used by all three services?

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  • $\begingroup$ As far as I can tell, it is accurate. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer May 16 '17 at 20:12
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The statement is accurate.

Here is a list of all U.S. Fighter Aircraft, in service and retired on Wikipedia. The following is an excerpt from that list for relevant aircraft.

This list includes fighter aircraft introduced or in service after 1949, when the US Air Force was created until the end of 1960 when the F-4 Phantom came into service.

Table image was removed because the data is out-of-date. You can view the original image here.

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    $\begingroup$ Looks good to me, thanks. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer May 16 '17 at 23:05
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    $\begingroup$ @SnakeDoc - YF-17 was a prototype for the [never realized] F-17 and lost to the F-16 in the USAF LWF program. MD and Northrop then heavily modified it to become the F-18, adding 2,000 lbs to the empty weight (and another 9,000 lbs for the later Super Hornet). The YF-17 and F-18A/C look very similar, but are distinct a/c built for different services. $\endgroup$ – Hephaestus Aetnaean May 17 '17 at 15:41
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    $\begingroup$ @SnakeDoc - Yes, and saying the YF-17 lost to the F-18 isn't correct Well, of course... the YF-17 lost the LWF competition before the F-18 even existed. Someone would have to be awful silly to make that kinda typo, dontcha think? [and of course I delete the wrong comment...] $\endgroup$ – Hephaestus Aetnaean May 17 '17 at 16:06
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    $\begingroup$ There was no F-17. The YF-17 lost to the F-16 (only 2 built). The F-22 and YF-23 both had proposed naval variants. Neither left the drawing board though. If the F-20 and "F"-23 make that list though, you may as well include the "F"-32 and naval F-111B. $\endgroup$ – Hephaestus Aetnaean May 17 '17 at 16:14
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    $\begingroup$ Here is a list of ALL U.S. Fighter Aircraft, in service and retired - the US made dozens more fighters, from WWII props, to early jets, to the century series. $\endgroup$ – Hephaestus Aetnaean May 17 '17 at 16:21
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Maybe not technically a fighter, but the A-1 Skyraider was (in different variants, like the F-4) also used by all services.

It was even used in air to air combat, shooting down at least one North Korean and one Chinese aircraft during the Korean war and several North Vietnamese MiGs during the Vietnam war.

Not sure if that makes it a fighter according to whatever definition you're using.

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The FJ Fury is actually a Navy/Marine derivative of the Air Force F-86 Sabre. Variants of the Northrup F-5 were also used by all services, although mostly in adversary training roles. The A-7 was used by the Navy and Air Force, but I don't think the Marines ever flew them (fighter?). And going back further, and in the non-fighter category, the B-24 had a Navy variant in the PB4Y--not Marines again.

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  • $\begingroup$ A-7 was indeed never used by the Marines. They stayed with the A-1 longer in the close air support role, and A-6 and F-4 variants for bombing missions. $\endgroup$ – jwenting May 18 '17 at 5:51

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