LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 7239 times:
Hmm, perhaps the USAF is trying to keep up with the non standard serials of the VC-25A's, 82-8000 and 92-9000 (originally 86-something). 09001 in that case may be 00-9001.
Jhooper, the abbreviated version on the tails of the aircraft is hard to decifer at times. If a serial is 99-1234, it may become 99234 or something of that sort (leaving a number and the dash out). And yes, the first two digits stand for the year of procurement.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 7142 times:
Again, the VC-25's are special cases as there were some issues with tradition (their predecessors, the VC-137's having been designated 62-6000 and 72-7000) which called for a change in the serial number. The first one was originally 86-8800 and the second 86-8900. The year is not necessarily the one when the a/c entered service, but rather the one in which it was ordered.
PW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 1981 posts, RR: 10 Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6904 times:
I thought the first two digits represent the fiscal year in which the aircraft was ordered or purchased. That is the year when the serial number was given to that specific airframe.
09001 doesn't make any sense to me.
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Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6543 times:
The USAF also has the C-32B, which is used in coordination with FEMA and other gov't agencies for emergencies, they are often at Offutt AFB.
There are also some used for Combatant Commanders and other like the CFACC, and CFGCC in the Mid-East. We saw several of these in teh Mid-East over the last few months.
We had a thread on the C-32 in the Mil section some time ago.
Lots of discussion on these in this section:
The First two digits are for the Fiscal year the plane was ordered and paid for AFIAK. I know on the E-3 that is the way.
AMC aircraft often cut off the first number and don't use a dash on the serial #
i.e. 98-3455 would show 83455 on the tail.
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Dispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5870 times:
I fully agree. But until now I have never found C-32B to be an official designation. Have you.... I would be very interested to know where.
Having said this:
27204/591 still not reported anything else but B-27007
25493/532 since 86006 reported as N757AV and N84WA
25494/611 N987AN reported as 25001, nothing else since.
Let's just say, until someone reads the plate on the L1 door, this will remain a mystery.....
your pic, for me, is the BEST I'VE EVER SEEN ON THOSE MYSTERIOUS AIRCRAFT.
Too bad it was rejected.
I know the first thing I did was to save a copy for myself.
Let's continue to try and find out the ID's.
Dispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5815 times:
What's mysterious is that the serials are "NOT OFFICIALLY KNOWN". Also the type "C-32B" is unknown. Besides that, they are the first and only aircraft in the USAF inventory with ROLLS ROYCE engines (check out the pic).
Read Lt (or Capt) AWACS remarks on what they are used for.
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25 Mandala499: Was this the plane that was forced to land in India a few months back ? Mandala499
26 Ikarus: Oh, so they're tools of evil bought with dodgy funds.... you should have said so...
27 Dispatch: Mandala, could you give us some more on this?? Never heard the story so far. Peter