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How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?  
User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 1 month 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4040 times:

Can anyone explain how to find out the registration/airwing/..... on a USAF C-17. The tail says 50106 on the nose it says 437th AW, 315th AW and 0106. It's this aircraft:
How did he find out the reg.: 95 0106?

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User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3879 times:


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User currently offlineEDIpic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3890 times:

The first digit is the fiscal year. The remaining digits is the number of the aircraft in that fiscal (financial) year.
A rough guess on the year of manufacture gets it first time, but you will sometimes see exceptions.

Obviously being a C-17, it's 1995, not 1985.

By the way, does the USAF still place O- for obsolescent before some serials when the airframes pass a certain timespan? I haven't looked very closely into USAF serials much lately.

Anybody?

Gerry/EDI


User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3890 times:

You could check here to find them:

http://www.globemaster.de/


User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

By the way, does the USAF still place O- for obsolescent before some serials when the airframes pass a certain timespan?

I've never heard of this.



User currently offlineTomH From United States of America, joined May 1999, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 3866 times:

EDIPic,
I haven't seen the O-for obsolescence for about 20 years now. Actually, it was applied if the aircraft was more than ten years old, apparently in the assumption that it was an obsolete asset. It was common to see this up until the late 1970s.
TomH


User currently offlineEDIpic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 3863 times:

Thanx.
It must be an obsolescent practice now!

Cheers

Gerry/EDI


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 3858 times:

Just got too expensive in black paint to paint an O on all F-15s, F-16s, F-4s, B-1s, B-52s, C-5s, C-141s, C-130s, F-117s, KC-10s, KC-135s, and the rest of the fleet  Big thumbs up  Sad


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User currently offlineAdacyn From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 3850 times:

I was stationed at Minot AFB, ND for the better part of 11 years and the B-52's there are all older than the hills. None of them had the "0" designation anywhere on the aircraft.

User currently offlineTomH From United States of America, joined May 1999, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 3848 times:

Adacyn,
I don't believe USAF has ever considered a B-52 assigned to an active bomb wing to be an obsolescent aircraft. A quick look at my negatives shows that I may not have any B-52 shots with the leading "O," with the exception of NASA's NB-52B at Edawrds, which has (or certainly had) the leading "O" for many years.
So, it depends on what aircraft you are talking about, and what time frame you are referencing.

TomH


User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3842 times:

Allright the aircraft is s/n 95-0106, but how can I find out the 95?
What does 50106 on the tail mean? How can I find out which airlift wing (437th or 315th) it is? And which squadron is it?


User currently offlineSpectre From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3835 times:

Try this site, it gives you all the information that you need & a whole lot of work hs gone into it.
http://home.att.net/~jbaugher/usafserials.html


User currently offlineFightingfalcon From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3800 times:

EDIpic explained your first question: the five is the second digit of the fiscal year it was delivered (5 for '95, you have to know about when the aircraft entered service). The rest of the rego is the number of the aircraft.

About the AWs, I wouldn't know which, if it really had two different AWs marks on it, but I can't see that, the pic you posted is too bad quality.

Martin



Imprezas rule!!
User currently offlineChdmcmanus From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 374 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3799 times:

US Air Wings with an associated Reserve Air wing put both the Active Duty and Reserve AW on the acft. The Active Duty Wing is usually on top.

Regards,
ChD



"Never trust a clean Crew Chief"
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3799 times:

The O on the code was used for years. It was common to see it on USAF aircraft in the 1950's and 1960's. Sorry I can't give a firm date as to when this practice was discontinued.

And confirm it was used on aircraft greater then 10 years old. One has to remember in that time period aircraft didn't have as long of lives as they do now. At least this was true with the fighters, That era started with the F-86 and ended with the F-4



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineC17load From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3788 times:

I can speak to this, being a C-17 Loadmaster. It is 95-0106 as the serial number. It belongs to 437th AW AND the 315th AW. The 437th is the active duty wing, while the 315th is the reserve wing at Charleston. It is a common practice for the active and reserve wings to fly the same airframes since it is impracticle for each wing to have their own. this would more than double the airframes required...too damned expensive!

As for the serial number, it's similar to the registration number on your car. It has no specific meaning, except aircraft numbers include the year of manufacture.


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