Poll: What's the plural of 'aircraft'?

What's the plural of 'aircraft'?

Aircraft
Aircrafts
Either could be used.

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  • Added: October 2006

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pp

there is no plural of Aircraft,
the word is made of two seperate words,neither having plural versions
air...craft,
better to say flying metal objects,

Orville

What on earth are you talking about, PP? They are 'aircraft' in the plural.

Stryfe

Way to support your claim, Orville ;P (messing around)

But pp, you are right that air doesn't have a plural, but crafts doesn't? Did they teach you arts and _craft_ at school? Crafts is a word. Air just modifies it.

Either works.

Melanie

air·craft
–noun, plural -craft. any machine supported for flight in the air by buoyancy or by the dynamic action of air on its surfaces, esp. powered airplanes, gliders, and helicopters.

Ken

How often do you hear the term "watercrafts"? Never! So it should be for "Aircraft"!!! End of story!!!!!!!!!

jojo

AIRCRAFT is an object and more than one object is always objects hence AIRCRAFTS

Paddy O'Furniture

I have only heard "aircrafts" from those for whom English is a second language.

hisham

it just doesnt make sense... all the english language doesnt make sense. 4 fingers and 1 thumb?!?!?!

hisham

it just doesnt make sense... all the english language doesnt make sense. 4 fingers and 1 thumb?!?!?!

Francis

The plural is aircraft, hovercraft, space craft. But carpentry and weaving are crafts. Same word, different meanings, different plurals.

rob

the bbc uses aircraft as plural

rodbrock

Somebody wrote:

"AIRCRAFT is an object and more than one object is always objects hence AIRCRAFTS"

I reply:

A "Deer" is one object, and the plural of Deer, is DEER.

Philo

I'm an English pilot and its aircraft, as long as its English English we are talking about.

Bones

The word "Aircraft" has the same plural form as singular - one aircraft, many aircraft. Same as hair, fish and deer.
See http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/aircra
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Vinny

This is one of the worst abuses of the English language. 'Aircraft' is the same in both singular and plural.

Singular example: There is one aircraft left on the runway.

Plural example: There are many aircraft in the sky today.

There is no s EVER!

Will

The plural is 'Aircraft', like the plural of 'sheep' is 'sheep' and 'fish' is 'fish'

Aircraft

"The word 'Aircraft' has the same plural form as singular - one aircraft, many aircraft. Same as hair, fish and deer." -Bones

Actually, one hair and many hairs. Fish for many of the same species, "fishes" for multiple species. Your point is well made, though - many words are the same in singular and plural forms.

English is indeed a complex language, and more beautiful for its complexity.

attraction

Aircraft is collective.

atcs

Aircraft. No s. As an air traffic controller I cannot stand hearing people say "aircrafts." But I hear a commercial here on TV where the guy keeps saying "Over the years there were several new models of aircrafts introduced." REALLY!?

kallum

aircrafts

Ethan Samuel George

Technically its Aircraft. However, I don't understand why it is accepted that way. This causes ambiguous meanings in some contexts which could easily be avoided if "Aircrafts" was used.
Eg: "I painted all my aircraft." - Did I paint all of ONE aircraft or did I paint multiple aircraft?

Jean Schryver

None - Other than its an embarrassment to the aviation industry

Ashutosh savvy

Plz answer me
So aircraft is plural form of aircraft

Do we call aircrafts fallecious?
Can't it be used

Bob

Glad I'm not the only one who picks up on this. As I learned it the SINGULAR possessive of aircraft is aircraft. However, the PLURAL possessive of aircraft is aircrafts'. To explain - "The aircraft were produced with ten seats". and "The aircrafts' ten seats were all removed. Is this not acceptable?

dummy

Hello look in the dictionary! It is aircraft! haha PP! ur so wrong!

khufulucky

Actually, I have heard some plural forms of "airs.' Example: When someone is puttin' on airs.(actin' highfallutin") and in Southernese as a synonym for "mistakes."(One run, three hits, no airs."

Gregory Kibitz

Dictionary is pretty clear. When talking about vessels the plural of craft (& compound forms of craft like aircraft) has no 's'. Only when craft is used to talk about skills or hobbies is the plural 'crafts' ever used. Of course, that does not mean some don't use crafts wrongly but that does not make it right just too common.

Samuel Clemens

Ethan Samuel George
QUOTE:"Technically its Aircraft. However, I don't understand why it is accepted that way. This causes ambiguous meanings in some contexts which could easily be avoided if "Aircrafts" was used.
Eg: "I painted all my aircraft." - Did I paint all of ONE aircraft or did I paint multiple aircraft?"

Unfortunately, the plural is aircraft. Your example is poorly structured; you could have said, I painted my entire aircraft. (singular) You could have also said, I painted every aircraft. (plural)

hi

well either could be used, in america aircrafts and in europe aircraft but on a professional or school doc you should use aircraft

Phil

If you want to use English then you have to learn it. If you modify it then it is no longer English just simply your interpretation. AIRCRAFT singular and plural.

Luke

Aircraft is what is known as a collective word like "sheep" and "deer". A particular type of aircraft is singular (airplane) so for that you would add an "s" to denote more than one.
Examples: All of the aircraft in the sky.
All of the airplanes in the sky.

Henry Cohn

The BBC doesn't generally seem to give a sh*t about grammar or "BBC English" but its reporters are terribly awkward about saying "aircraft are" when "aircrafts" comes far more naturally to the English tongue. "Crafts" is a word anyway.

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