FlyUSCG
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Usaf Designates Uscg Aircraft?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:33 am

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...

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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?
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RE: Usaf Designates Uscg Aircraft?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 3:29 am

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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RE: Usaf Designates Uscg Aircraft?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 3:47 am

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?
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RE: Usaf Designates Uscg Aircraft?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 7:38 am

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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RE: Usaf Designates Uscg Aircraft?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 8:17 am

Quoting FlyUSCG (Thread starter):
So my question is why does the Air Force designate the Coast Guards aircraft with a different number?

Because the Coastie number is a DOT number and the Air Farce number is a DOD number.      

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RE: Usaf Designates Uscg Aircraft?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:24 am

Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 4):
Coastie number is a DOT number

Well thats impossible, but perhaps a DOHS number? Big grin
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RE: Usaf Designates Uscg Aircraft?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:34 am

Quoting FlyUSCG (Reply 5):
Well thats impossible, but perhaps a DOHS number?

Call me old school, but to me they are still DOT.

Hey gotta love the Coasties, patrol the waters from the where the Navy ships touch bottom(God that doesn't sound right) to the shore. Without them surfers would run amuck.

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