CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4216 times:
Before you hop on me about how the numbering works. I know the first and smaller number is the year for the contract the aircraft was bought under. Or something to that effect.
However, I was wandering around the USAF Museum (The new, silly name escapes me). While staring at the F-4 of Col. Olds, I noticed the Tail number started with 40. Was the F-4 Phatom our secret weapon of WWII or was a different numbering convention used whenever this particular F-4 was ordered?
AeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1609 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4212 times:
For whatever reason, the USAF doesn't actually paint the first number of the serial number on the airplane. To figure out the full serial number, you have to guess at the decade the airplane was funded in. Guessing that this Phantom was funded in the 1960s, you arrive at the serial number of 64-0829. As a check, take a look at: http://home.att.net/~jbaugher/1964.html