Tail Number Question

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  1. May 24, 2019 #1

    TXFlyGuy

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    What is the logic in the numbers that normally appear on the tail of a P-51? I was told that the first two digits were the year of manufacture, the the last four digits were the serial number.

    But there are Mustangs with 47----, and saw battle in WWII. So that can't be correct.

    Example here:
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    What is the real answer as to the origin of the 6 digits on the tail?
     
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    The first number is the last number in the year the contract was issued. The rest is the aircraft's individual serial number issued by the AAF. In your example '44 is the year.
     
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    Thanks. Do you know the correct size of these numbers, in height?

    So if the first digit was a 3, that would represent 1943?
     
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    Yes '43 would be correct. The numbers are 8" tall on the P-51.
     
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    Thanks for the info, you have been very helpful.
     
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    Joe has a great sight with lots of information. I've used it quite a bit in the past.
     
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    For sure. Very good info. And a big help.
     
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    I used to have a book... Mighty Eighth (?) that even detailed the call sign designation.
     

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