American Aircraft Markings

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After WWII, 'Buzz numbers' were introduced to identify USAF aircraft. Such a number was a combination of a two-letter code indicating the aircraft type and the last three digits of the aircraft serial.


BE North American B-45 Tornado

FA Lockheed F-94 Starfire

FB McDonnell F-101 Voodoo

FC Convair F-102 Delta Dagger

FE Convair F-106 Delta Dart

FE Focke-Wulf Fw 190

FG Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

FH Republic F-105 Thunderchief

FS Republic F-84H

FT Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star

FU North American F-86 Sabre

FV Northrop F-89 Scorpion

FW North American F-100 Super Sabre

PN Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star

PS Republic P-84 Thunderjet

TC Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15

TR Lockheed T-33


Tail Codes
Current USAF tailcodes indicate the Wing or Group. They are often chosen to reflect their base, however, and parts of a Wing that are based separately may adopt their own tail code.


AD EGLIN AFB FL

AK 343rd Wing Eielson AB, Alaska, USA

AK 354th Fighter Wing Eielson AB, Alaska, USA

AK 3rd Wing Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, USA

AL 187th FG Dannelly Field, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

AR RAF ALCONBURY UK

AU Air University Maxwell AFB, Alabama, USA

AV 31st FW Aviano AB, Italy.

AZ TUCSON AP AZ

BA BERGSTROM AFB TX

BB 9th RW Beale AFB, Arizona, USA

BB 9th RW RAF Alconbury, UK

BC 110th FG Kellog Airport, Michigan, USA

BD 917th FW Barksdale AFB, Lousiana, USA

BH 117th RW Birmingham MAP, Alabama, USA

BT 36th FW Bitburg AB, Germany

CA 93rd BW Castle AFB, California, USA

CB 14th FTW Columbus AFB, Mississipi, USA

CC 27th FW Cannon AFB, New Mexico, USA

CM COLUMBUS AFB MS

CN COLUMBUS AFB, MS

CO 140th FW Buckley ANGB, CO, USA

CR 32nd FG Soesterberg AB, Netherlands

CS 21st Space Wing Peterson AFB, Colorado, USA

CT 103rd FG Bradley Int., Connecticut, USA

DB 94th Airlift Wing Dobbins AFB, Georgia, USA

DC 113th FW Andrews AFB, MD, USA

DM 355th FW Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, USA

DO 906th Fighter Group Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, USA

DY 7th Wing Dyess AFB, Texas, USA

ED 46th TW Edwards AFB, California, USA

EG 33rd FW Eglin AFB, Florida, USA

EL 28th BW Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, USA

EL 44th Missile Wing Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, USA

EN 80th FTW Sheppard AFB, Texas, USA

ET 3246th TW Eglin AFB, Florida, USA

ET 46th TW Eglin AFB, Florida, USA

FC 336th CTG Fairchild AFB, Washington, USA

FC 92nd BW Fairchild AFB, Washington, USA

FE 90th Missile Wing Francis E Warren AFB, Wyoming, USA

FF 1st FW Langley AFB, Virginia, USA

FL 939th Rescue Wing Patrick AFB, Florida, USA

FL 125th FG Jacksonville IAP, FLorida, USA

FM 482nd Fighter Wing Homestead AFB, Florida, USA

FM 482nd Fighter Wing MacDill AFB, Florida, USA

FS 188th FG Fort Smith MAP, AR, USA

FT 23rd FW Pope AFB, North Carolina, USA

FW 122nd FW Fort Wayne MAP, Indiana, USA

GA GEORGE AFB CA

GF 319th BG Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA

GF 91th Missile Wing Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA

GR 416th BG-W Grifiss AFB, New York, USA

GU TAEGU AB R.O.K.

HA SIOUX CITY A/P IA

HF 181st Fighter Wing TERRE HAUTE A/P IN

HI 419th Fighter Wing Hill AFB, Utah, USA

HL 366th Wing Hill AFB, Utah, USA

HM HOLLOMAN AFB NM

HO 49th FW Holloman AFB, New Mexico, USA

HR HAHN AB FRG

HS HOMESTEAD AFB FL

HV 30th Space Wing Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

HW 24th Wing Howard AFB, Panama

IA 132nd FW Des Moines IAP, IA, USA

ID GRISSOM AFB, IN

IL 182nd FG Gtr Peoria Apt., Illinois, USA

IN 930th FG Grissom AFB, Indiana, USA

IN 434th Wing Grissom AFB, Indiana, USA

IS 35th Wing NAF Keflavik, Iceland

KC 442nd Fighter Wing Richards Gebaur AFB, Missouri, USA

KE KEY FIELD MERIDIAN MS

KI 410th BW Sawyer AFB, Michigan, USA

KS 552ng ACW Keesler AFB, Mississippi, USA

KS 81st TRW Keesler AFB, Mississippi, USA

KT 403rd Airlift Wing Keesler AFB, Mississippi, USA

KY STANDIFORD FIELD, KY

LA LUKE AFB AZ

LB 64th FTW Reese AFB, Texas, USA

LF 58th FW Luka AFB, Arizona, USA

LH LUKE/DAVIS MONTHAN AFB

LK 314th ALW Little Rock, Arkansas

LN 48th TFW RAF Lakenheath, UK

LR 944th Fighter Group Luka AFB, Arizona, USA

LY LANGLEY AFB VA

LV 4450th TG Nellis AFB NV 'Las Vegas'

LZ 42nd BW Loring AFB, Maine, USA

MA 104th FG Barnes Municipal, Westfield, Massachusetts, USA

MB 354th FW Myrtle Beach AFB, South Carolina, USA

MC MCDILL AFB FL

MD 175th FG Martin State, Maryland, USA

MD 366th Wing Castle AFB, California, USA

MI 127th FW Selfridge ANGB, Michigan, USA

MJ 432nd Fighter Wing Misawa AB, Japan

MM 341st Missile Wing Malmstrom AFB, Montana, USA

MO 366th Wing Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, USA

MS 934th Airlift Group Minneapolis St. Paul, MN, USA

MT 5th BW Minot AFB, Montana, USA

MT 90th Missile Wing Minot AFB, North Dakota, USA

MX 908th Airlift Group Maxwell AFB, Alabama, USA

MY 347th FW Moody AFB, Georgia, USA

NA NELLIS AFB NV

NF 355th FW Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, USA

NF 914th Airlift Group Niagara Falls IAP, New York, USA

NJ MCGUIRE AFB NJ

NM 150th FG Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, USA

NO 926th Fighter Group NAS New Orleans, Lousiana, USA

NT MATHER AFB CA

NY 174th FW Hancock Field, Syracuse, New York, USA

OF 55th Wing Offutt AFB, Nebraska, USA

OG 2nd BW Barksdale AFB, Lousiana, USA

OH 180th FG Toledo Express Apt., OH, USA

OH 178th Springfield-Beckley MAP, Ohklahoma, USA

OH RICKENBACKER ANGB OH

OH TOLEDO A/P OH

OK 138th FG Tulsa IAP, Oklahoma, USA

OK 552nd ACW Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, USA

OS 51st Fighter Wing Osan AFB, Korea

OT USAF Air Warfare Centre Eglin AFB, Florida, USA

OZ 384th BW McConnell AFB, Kansas, USA

PA 111th FG NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA

PA HARRISBURG A/P, PA

PD 939th Rescue Wing Portland IAP, Oregon, USA

PF Patrick AFB, Florida, USA

PI 911th Airlift Group Gtr Pittsburgh IAP, PA, USA

PN Clark AFB, Phillipines

PP 302nd Airlift Wing Peterson AFB, Colorado, USA

PR 156th FG Puerto Rico IAP, San Juan

PT PITTSBURGH A/P PA

RA 12th FTW Randolph AFB, Texas, USA

RG 339th TESTS Robins AFB, Georgia, USA

RS 96th Wing Ramstein AB, Germany

SA 149th FG Kelly AFB, Texas, USA

SB SEMBACH AFB FRG

SC MCENTIRE ANGB SC

SD SIOUX FALLS A/P, SD

SH 507th Fighter Group Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, USA

SI 183rd FG Capital Apt., Springfield, IL., USA

SJ 4th Wing Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, USA

SL 131st FW Lambert Field, st. Louis, MO, USA

SM 337th TESTS McClellan AFB, California, USA

SP 52nd FW Spangdahlem AB, Germany

SW 363rd FW Shaw AFB, South Carolina, USA

TC 355th Wing McChord AFB, Washington, USA

TH 301st Fighter Wing Carswell AFB, Texas, USA

TH 181st FG Hulman Field, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA

TJ Torrejon AB, Spain

TR Nellis AFB, NV (TONOPAH)

TX BERGSTROM AFB TX

TY 325th FW Tyndall AFB, Florida, USA

UH RAF UPPER HEYFORD

VA 192nd FG Byrd IAP, Richmond, Virginia, USA

VN 71st FTW Vance AFB, Oklahoma, USA

VO 928th Airlift Group Chicago, Illinois, USA

VT BURLINGTON A/P VT

VV GEORGE AFB CA

WA 57th FW Nellis AFB, Nevada, USA

WA USAF Weapons School Nellis AFB, Nevada, USA

WF SHEPARD AFB TX

WG 913th Airlift Group NAS Willow Grove, PA, USA

WI 128th FW Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

WL Williams AFB, Arizona

WM 351st Missile Wing Whiteman AFB, Missouri, USA

WP 8th Fighter Wing Kunsan AB, Korea

WR 81st FW RAF Bentwaters, UK

WR RAF Woodbridge, UK

WT 509th BW Whiteman AFB, Missouri, USA

WW George AFB, California, USA

WW 35th TFW

WW 37th TFW

XL 47th FTW Laughlin AFB, Texas, USA

YJ 374th Airlift Wing Yokota AB, Japan

YO 910th Airlift Group Youngstown MAP, OH, USA

ZR Zweibrucken, Germany

ZZ 18th Wing Kadena, Okinawa, Japan

  
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