FlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2544 times:
So I was just reading the latest article on the Coast Guards deepwater site and it was about the first CG crew completing their training flights aboard the HC-235 etc etc... But the pictures caption says...
Quote: Cdr. Dough Nash in the cockpit of the HC-144A, the official designation issued by the Air Force.
So my question is why does the Air Force designate the Coast Guards aircraft with a different number?
Wingnut135 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2519 times:
The manufacturer designates the number, the military has nothing to do with that. All the services can do is name it: Galaxy, Eagle, Raptor (lame), Lightning. Maintenance usually comes up with something else shortly after they become operational. Sounds to me like there was a misprint in the article.
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FlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2514 times:
Quoting Wingnut135 (Reply 1): The manufacturer designates the number, the military has nothing to do with that.
Well I believe it'll go into CG inventory as a HC-235 (basically just the CASA number). But then the Air Force is giving it a separate serial number I guess for it's purposes. Just like the military 737's are what, C-40's? 757's are C-32's etc... So I dont think it was a misprint. Does the Air Force have some kind of "all encompassing" authority on aircraft designations in the military?
F4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2462 times:
More of a DOD function than the Air Force. Before 1962, each service had their own designations. The Navy labeled the Phantom II the F4H while the Air Force called it the F-110. I believe the consolidation was part of McNamara's plan for commonality.
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