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User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3091 times:

Looking at photo 1207227 which is an F-16 out of Nellis AFB and I was wondering what the numbers and letters on the verticle stabliser means? They are two "C"s and under them are "AF" over "92" and to the right of that stack of characters are the letters "921." What do they stand for?

David


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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3085 times:
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Here's Davids photo......

edit: explanation pix. CC tail code is for Cannon AFB.



[Edited 2007-05-12 18:28:58]

[Edited 2007-05-12 18:29:35]


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3050 times:

the 2 letter code is in fact NOT a base code, but a unit code.
It used to be a base code but that was abandoned during the reconstruction/destruction of the air force in the 1990s, and is now a wing code.
That means that aircraft on several bases can have the same code and aircraft with different codes can exist on the same base.
Units that are relocated to different bases now also typically keep their codes where previously they'd get new ones to match their new base.



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3044 times:
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Quoting Jwenting (Reply 2):
the 2 letter code is in fact NOT a base code, but a unit code.

The base and host wing are essentially the same in regards to the tail codes. But point taken where a wing has units at a non-colocated base.



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User currently offlineDlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 547 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3034 times:
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A note: many picture uploaders get fooled by the fact that the first two and last three digits of the serial number get painted on the fin of USAF aircraft. That pesky missing digit can be a problem, but this website is a great aid in figuring out what it is: http://users.rcn.com/jeremy.k/serialSearch.html You can type in the last three digits and the aircraft type and get back all the possibilities, that can then be narrowed down by the fiscal year (first two digits). I have gone through and fixed all the F-16 entries in the a.net databse (and added cns). It took about two months...

On a semi-related note, airliners.net now identifies F-16s by which assembly line were produced on. Manufacturers are:
General Dynamics
Lockheed
Lockheed Martin
TUSAS
Korea Aerospace
Samsung
Fokker
SABCA
Mitsubishi (F-2)

We have a spreadsheet giving this info on a aircraft by aircraft basis.

Similarly, F-86s and F-104s are split by manufacturer now.


User currently offlineChecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 2):
the 2 letter code is in fact NOT a base code, but a unit code.
It used to be a base code but that was abandoned during the reconstruction/destruction of the air force in the 1990s, and is now a wing code.

In reference to the US Air Force, your incorrect. It is IN FACT a base code, not a unit code. When dealing with most ANG aircraft the tail code is usually representative of the State they are from.

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User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 5):
In reference to the US Air Force, your incorrect. It is IN FACT a base code, not a unit code. When dealing with most ANG aircraft the tail code is usually representative of the State they are from

- Is there any differences in the markings of USAF, ANG and USAFR aircraft vertical stablizers?

David



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User currently offlineT56A15 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 6):
Is there any differences in the markings of USAF, ANG and USAFR aircraft vertical stablizers?

USAF Cargo A/C have the operating command at the top position, (usually AMC) tail flash of the operating home unit (Dover, McGuire etc) then the serial number on the bottom.
Reserve and Air National Guard cargo A/C have AFRC or ANG, tail flash of the operating home unit, and serial number.
Fighter world is different. Two letter home base code, ACC badge and serial number for active duty.
Guard fighters any combination home unit name (Fort Worth, Indiana,) with nickname (Racers, Tacos,)
ANG badge and serial number.


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