Incorrect tail number?

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Unread post03 Aug 2022, 02:53

Shouldn’t the tail number on the attached photo be 46702 (94-6702), not 06702? If I’m not mistaken, the tail number on USAF airlift and tanker aircraft is the last digit of the year followed by the last 4 numbers. Looks like it just came out of depot because none of the unit markings have been applied yet so maybe depot painted the wrong number? It belongs to 182nd AW/169th AS at Peoria, IL based on recent flights.
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Unread post03 Aug 2022, 04:43

A zero as the first number use to indicate a plane 10 years old or more (some references say it means obsolete). Maybe they went back to that.
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Unread post05 Aug 2022, 17:54

No, that (the 0 indicating obsolete or anything) is not true (never even heard that in my 30+ years of doing this) or what happened for this incident. TO 1-1-8 says tail number will be last digit of the year or contract year and 4-digit serial number. In this case, it was a error/screw up by the facility that repainted the aircraft. It will be corrected to reflect the correct tail number, 46702.
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Unread post05 Aug 2022, 19:05

That’s what I figured. Thanks for the input!

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