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

By Robert A. Mann

This paintings info the tools of interpreting and examining the coding chanced on on person plane checklist playing cards (IARCs). The paintings indicates the best way to learn the 21 codecs of checklist playing cards to assist the reader or researcher determine the reporting or owning unit, task, station, and critical dates for person plane. the writer additionally info the place and the way to procure IARC microfilm rolls.

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A little ways down the IARC the following line appears: HOBBS AF ATS 4160BASUT GB CAF 137BASUT A26B 41-39441 1113 8340 10 4258 We’ll start by looking at the IARC form. This one is a Format I, easily identified by the block just below the header information running the width of the page and containing two sentences: UPPER COLUMN HEADINGS ARE FOR HAND-POSTED OPERATION IN KARDEX LOWER COLUMN HEADINGS ARE FOR I. B. M. POSTED OPERATIONS IN VERTICAL CABINETS What we are looking at is a line hopefully lined up with the lower row of column headings.

Usage within the Condition column, while neither the USAFHRA, the Office of Air Force History nor the National Air and Space Museum were aware of any codes used in this column, does show the progression of the aircraft from Acceptance through Departure from the US. The Crated or Fly-Away column is a different story. Again, no definitions on the numeric codes found in this column are known to exist. 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).

5 How to Do It You are about to learn, in one easy lesson, how to comprehend the seemingly incomprehensible: the data on the IARC. The key to success is identifying the IARC Format and then breaking the line of data into discreet parts. So lets take a line of data from IARC 41-39441, an A-26B built by Douglas in Long Beach California. 441 was Accepted and Delivered on December 13, 1944. A little ways down the IARC the following line appears: HOBBS AF ATS 4160BASUT GB CAF 137BASUT A26B 41-39441 1113 8340 10 4258 We’ll start by looking at the IARC form.

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