Aircraft Record Cards of the United States Air Force: How to by Robert A. Mann

By Robert A. Mann

This paintings information the tools of interpreting and studying the coding came upon on person airplane checklist playing cards (IARCs). The paintings indicates how you can learn the 21 codecs of checklist playing cards to assist the reader or researcher determine the reporting or owning unit, job, station, and critical dates for person plane. the writer additionally info the place and the way to acquire IARC microfilm rolls.

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The Project Number is usually found in the header information on the IARC form. Its appearance as a column heading on this Format seems to be redundant. The Project Number is, however, a viable source of information to the researcher in that it identifies the use to which the plane is assigned. It is a five or six character field, five digits sometimes followed by a alpha. The alpha, is almost always an “R,” indicating that the plane is a replacement. The five digits are the essence of the project number in that, in some cases, will identify the Group to which the plane will be assigned.

And there we find Andersen AFB. We have run afoul of a rather rare spelling error on the IARC. The FEA is followed by 0514RCNSQ, identifying the 514th Reconnaissance Squadron. So now we know that the 514th Reconnaissance Squadron, somewhere in the Far East, is involved in something. But what? (ANDERSO)(FEA0514RCNSQ)GMMTOG4370514RC RB29ACC * 7437 8 30 50 61651 The next entry — Gain of Loss Code — Should tell us something in this regard. There is a “G,” indicating a Gain followed by an “M” Code. ” More on this entry later.

However, an empiric study by the author has established a general correlation between the numeric codes in the C/F-A column and entries in the Condition column (Table 1). For example, “Delivered” in the Condition column is usually matched by a “F” in the C/F-A column, an “arrival” opposite the Birmingham Modification Center is almost always matched to a 51 in the C/F-A column, an “arrival” opposite Topeka is almost always matched by a 73, an RON (Remain Over Night) by a 3, and so on. Examples of these entries may be seen in Figures 1 and 2 Pending discovery of specific codes and definitions, the author’s sense in regard the Crated or Fly Away column is to ignore it and lean on the Condition entries.

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