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Old 01-14-2020, 11:10 AM   #1
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Default What do board/tail numbers mean?

On my journey of learning more about military aviation I came across Board/Tail (Which in DCS are also an option in the rearm/refuel pannel) and Bureau numbers. Specifically for the F/A 18.

I get Bureau numbers are like the serial number for the aircraft for the Navy administration and stick with the plane trough their career in the navy. But what does the Board/Tail number mean exactly? I read somewhere it has to do with the field/carrier the aircraft is based on, is that correct? And if so, what does 401 mean for example?

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