Olympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7 Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2451 times:
I should have asked this question before uploading 3 photos of retired CAF planes held in storage. I'm pretty sure I got some of the information wrong.
I need the proper descriptions for manufacturer, model, serial number etc.
The planes are 114184 a Canadair Tutor; 133654 a Silver Star; and 116845 a Canadian built? version of the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter.
I take few photos of military aircraft and my ignorance shows. A link to somewhere that I could get the info for myself would help. Actually, the Tutor should be easy for me to get as there are many Snowbird pics in the database.
Thanks in advance,
MissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2443 times:
Official Canadian designations are: CT-114 Tutor, CT-133 Silver Star (T-33) & CF-116 Freedom Fighter. I never really understood why we couldn't just adopt the better known US designations, & in truth that's how most guys refer to the planes here anyway, with the exception of official correspondence.
By the way, if you have the serial number the first three digits are the designation number, with CT being trainers, CF fighters, CH helos & CC cargo/transport. http://www.airforce.dnd.ca/equip/equip1_e.asp
Those particular planes were, but the A310, F/A-18, & C-130 weren't, yet they are officially designated CC-150, CF-188 & CC-130.
The letter designations make sense, but the numbers only seem to go by the serial numbers. We went from the CF-101, CF-104 & CF-116 to the CF-188, & from the CC-137 (707) to the CC-150. I know the F-16 was also considered when the F-18 was selected, but I doubt we looked at 70 other airplanes, so it's not a straight numerical order.
Olympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2392 times:
Thanks guys, that is a big help. Regarding the numbered designations, it would appear that we were using US numbers until they started over again at 1. Canada decided to continue with 3 digit numbers, But I've no idea how they chose them.
WrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2351 times:
It all comes from our codification system, every item in the CF inventory has an Equipment Registration Number (ERN), this number is used for everything from manuals to family tree breakout for parts management. Such as 12-138-000.
Therefore we use a sequential numbering system for all items as follows:
11 Instructional equip
12 Aerospace Vehicles
13 Aerospace Accesories
14 Aerospace Engines
15 Aerospace Engine Accesories
30 Land Vehicles (Std Mil Pattern)
The Next group of numbers denotes the specific platform/item:
124 Sea King
138 Twin Otter
139 Jet Ranger
142 Dash 8
156 Harvard II
188 Hornet [Out of Sequence] 118 had been used previously(Iroquois)
The system prior to unification allowed for US numbers F104, T33, F101 etc which was difficult to manage when you had 3 services operating Aircraft, vehicles etc. numbers are selected at the start of the Aquisition process, that is why the Cyclone (Sea King replacement is ahead of the Cormorant).
The last group of numbers designates variants:
000 All models
A00 A model
B00 B model, etc
D00 Dual model (fighters)
MissedApproach do you see the resemblance to the NDID/CFTO system ?