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Manufacturer serial/construction numbers

Fri May 11, 2018 5:57 pm

The MSN (or c/n) for nearly every USAF, Navy or Marines aircraft seems to be known. Where exactly are these MSNs retrieved from? I don't imagine the manufacturers would ever list them for public viewing.

For example, 1448/C464 is an F/A-18C built by McDonnell Douglas with the BuNo 165407. The BuNo is visible on the aircraft but the MSN is not, so how was 1448/C464 matched to BuNo 165407?
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Re: Manufacturer serial/construction numbers

Sat May 12, 2018 10:51 pm


Did some more research on McDonnell Douglas serials and it seems that all their MSNs follow the same format regardless of which country the aircraft was sold to. I couldn't find anything official on MSN sources though.

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