PilotNtrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 4 Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4403 times:
Can any one tell me how the registrations on US Air Force aircraft work? I have noticed on a lot of pics in the database that have different numbers as registrations than what's actually on the aircraft. Such as 80-256, which I thought was the reg. on an A-10 that I took a pic of back in March, but according to this pic it's 80-0256. Why the extra zero in there? Thanks for the help
ARCJET From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4287 times:
As a member of the U.S. Air Force I can say that the first two digits are the
year the aircraft was ordered and the last digits are have to do with the contract number or the chronological contract number.
C-17 tail 40069 is actually 94-0000069 meaning the aircraft was ordered in 1994 and that the aircraft was the 69th for that fiscal year (1 Oct - 30 Sep)
F4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4157 times:
There are a lot of variations on how numbers are presented on the tail. Airlift airlplanes usually delete the first digit of the fiscal year. I have a picture of a C-130, 62-1842 posted where the tail number is 621842 instead of the traditional 21842. A good serial number reference is essential. Some Anet submissions have just what is visible on the tail vs the actual registration number. This complicates a database search.
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FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 15 Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4097 times:
Piedmont is correct with his info. And adding to what he has, there are 12 P-3C Orions within that serial range...157321 to 157332. One, 157332 was destroyed in a mid-air collision in 1972. Any other tough ones? Regards.
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C17loadmstr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4093 times:
ARCJET is correct on C-17 tail numbers.... the new exception to that started in 1997 when the USAF & Boeing finally got their stuff together and started numbering the airplanes according to their "P codes".
e.g. Aircraft P-41 was numbered 97-0041 and so on. In order to prevent duplication, such as 40069 built in '94, the 1999 C-17 with the P code of P-69 was numbered 99-0169.
APT From Germany, joined Feb 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3877 times:
I have a problem with USAF registrations. I had a look at the site Flagship posted, but I'm still confused.
I have taken a picture of a McDonnell-Douglas KC-10 Extender in Frankfurt which says 91951 on the tail.
What would be the exact registration? Is 89-1951 correct?
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6244 posts, RR: 36 Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3857 times:
Why do I feel the need to muddy the waters? I guess it's just my nature.
If, for instance, tou should see an aircraft with a miltary serial of 0-xxxxx you would have no idea the year of procurement. It just meant that it was over 10 years old. Easy to figure out by the aircraft type and the link posted by FlagshipAZ though.
I don't know if that system of 0-xxxxx is still used today though, probably not.
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KC10Boom From United States of America, joined May 2004, 62 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3838 times:
Yup in AMC I use 8 digits all the time 781's, 791's, maint. forms, if the form asks for a tail # its going to be a 8 digit #. As for the tracks, I have only done E-3's on 641 and 201 and it has been a while since 201. I usually have to play with the E-6 Navy boys and girls on 7B/A or 5H E/W. I get some good photos on 5 track because of the ocean background. The time I was near dreamland was for some F-22 testing but bad weather ruined that one.
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Duce50boom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 25, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3502 times:
It gets even more confusing when you refuel foreign aircraft. They'll tell you some letters and numbers and you can never be sure if they're abbreviated tail #s or not. Like how a KC-10 with the serial 87-000124 is abbreviated 70124. Our fuels rep at WRI isn't very sympathetic if you leave out one or two characters. Gotta pay the bills somehow