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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.