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How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Wed Aug 01, 2001 9:38 pm

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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Wed Aug 01, 2001 9:48 pm


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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 1:40 am

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?

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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 2:13 am

You could check here to find them:

http://www.globemaster.de/
 
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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 2:15 am

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.

 
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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 9:43 am

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.
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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 9:50 am

Thanx.
It must be an obsolescent practice now!

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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 3:40 pm

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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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Fri Aug 03, 2001 12:30 am

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.
 
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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Fri Aug 03, 2001 5:44 am

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.

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Fri Aug 03, 2001 7:42 pm

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?
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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Sat Aug 04, 2001 12:20 am

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
 
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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Thu Aug 09, 2001 9:02 pm

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.

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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Thu Aug 09, 2001 10:14 pm

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.

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RE: How To Read Registration Of Usaf Aircraft?

Thu Aug 09, 2001 10:36 pm

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
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RE: Once Again

Fri Aug 10, 2001 11:34 am

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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