Plural of Aircraft
The Quick AnswerThe plural of aircraft is aircraft.
The Plural of AircraftThe plural of aircraft is aircraft.
- Nothing can stop the attack of aircraft except other aircraft.
- It's unbelievable what one squadron of twelve aircraft did to tip the balance.
Are You Good at Plurals?Here's a quick test.
The Standard Rules for Forming the PluralsThe table below shows the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English.
|Type||Example of Type||Forming the Plural||Plural|
|Most Nouns|| cat
|add s|| cats
|Noun Ending s, sh, ch, x or z|| bus
|add es|| buses
|Nouns ending [consonant] o|| mango
|add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
| mangoes or mangos
|Nouns ending [vowel] o|| patio
|add s|| patios
|Nouns ending [consonant] y|| story
|change the y to an i and add es|| stories
|Nouns ending [vowel] y|| storey ()
|add s|| storeys
|Nouns ending f or fe|| dwarf
|ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
|some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change|| geese
|More exceptions|| salmon
|some nouns do not change at all|| salmon
Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Aircraft?Aircraft is the only way to make the noun aircraft plural.
Confusion arises because aircraft remains unchanged in its plural form. Unfortunately, there is no clever way of knowing which nouns follow which rules. You have to know.