How to use the advanced search?
The serials database is built with different data fields. All these fields are fully searchable. Both single criteria searches as well as multi-criteria searches can be made within the advanced search module. To fully comprehend the possibilities of the advanced search, a short glossary of the fields is provided:
FY: This is a date field which shows the different years that there was production of the F-16. These years are called Fiscal Years. The aircraft built during a certain fiscal year were paid for during that year.
USAF FY/N: Every US build military aircraft has a unique Fiscal Year allocation. This is a unique identification number for all US military aircraft.
LMTAS C/N: The General Dynamics/Lockheed/Lockheed Martin Construction Number.
Built by: This list provides all the factories where the F-16 was built, including the licence production facilities.
Local C/N: If the aircraft was build by another company than General Dynamics, Lockheed or Lockheed-Martin, there will be a local Construction Number of the facility where the aircraft was produced.
Version: All F-16's are build to a certain specification. These specifications are noted through a series of 'Block' numbers. You can find all available block numbers in this drop-down list.
SubBlock: Each version of the F-16 is further divided into the so-called 'miniblocks'. These miniblocks designate a minor difference in the construction of a certain aircraft.
Local S/N: In this text box you can fill out the designation on which a certain aircraft is known in the country of use. (E.g. FA-63 for Belgium, J-259 for The Netherlands, etc.).
Program: A lot of countries were provided with F-16's under a Foreign Military Sales program. All these FMS programs have a name that starts with 'Peace' (e.g. Peace Bridge I for South Korea or Peace Vector V for Egypt) and sometimes a number behind them to show the order of the different programs.
FMS S/N: If an F-16 is sold by the US on the second-hand market, the aircraft receives this number. It always starts with an 'M' and a number behind it (e.g. M18-1 for Portugal).
Airforce: The user country.
Date: This field searches on all data fields available in the database. It can search on delivery date, write-off date, etc.
Status: Every F-16 has a certain status. Ten are provided, namely: act (active), w/o (written-off), i/a (instructional airframe), cld (cancelled), sto (stored), pre (preserved), o/o (on order), scr (scrapped), msh (mishap) and emb (embargoed).
How to use the different data fields?
For a single criteria search...
You just have to fill out the field, which you want to search on and leave all the other fields blank.
For example: If you want all the F-16's in use with the Royal Danish Air Force, you just select 'RDAF' under the Airforce field.
The database will return all the entries for the Danish Air Force.
For a multi-criteria search...
You fill out the fields that you want to search on and leave all the other fields blank.
For example: If you want all the F-16's build in fiscal year 1982, for the USAF, who are written-off, you select '1982' under the FY field, 'USAF' under the Airforce field and 'w/o' under the status field.
The database will return all the entries for the 1982 USAF build F-16's who have been written-off.
There are endless possibilities in searching the serials database. If the database doesn't return any records this means that the combination of search criteria you have selected does not exist. You then have to widen your search criteria.
It is not always necessary to provide an exact date. For example, if you want to find all airframes that were w/o in March 1988, you can simple leave the "day" of the date blank. Often it is even better to leave out the exact day since it could be missing (or wrong) in the database. So it's better to search for March 1988 than for 23 March 1988.