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Numbering of U.S. Army aircraft

Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:51 am

Dear fellow a.nutters,


I'm interested in knowing what pattern the U.S. Army helicopters use in their numbering. Wikipedia says on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_St ... ft_serials "In 1967, the United States Army continued to use the fiscal year serials, but the numeric element was started at 15000 for each year. In 1971, the sequence was started at 20000, and was not restarted with each fiscal year."

But upon seeing images of UH-72 with the numbers 72100 and 72072, I wonder if the Army has decided revamp the numbering scheme, using a xx-yy-zzz scheme with the newer helicopters, xx being the fiscal year, yy the type (here 72), and zzz a sequential number.

Can somebody educate me on that?


David
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Re: Numbering of U.S. Army aircraft

Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:09 am

This explains it a little better:

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

There appears to be no rhyme or reason as to the initial 2 digit padding number that follows the fiscal year; the UH-72's start with 72, but the AH-64E's start with 03 (the AH-64D's all started with 05), the CH-47F's start with 08, and anything derived from the UH-60M Black Hawk start with 20. Some types have their sequence numbers padded with zeros.
 
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Re: Numbering of U.S. Army aircraft

Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:17 am

ThePointblank wrote:
This explains it a little better:

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

There appears to be no rhyme or reason as to the initial 2 digit padding number that follows the fiscal year; the UH-72's start with 72, but the AH-64E's start with 03 (the AH-64D's all started with 05), the CH-47F's start with 08, and anything derived from the UH-60M Black Hawk start with 20. Some types have their sequence numbers padded with zeros.


Thank you very much! Mystery solved!

David
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