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I think I found a mistake at the Canadian Hornets:
188733 CF-188 247/A196 ......
At first the designation of the CF-18A is in Canada CF-188A. I refer myself to a letter of the Public Inquiries Officer of Canada, which was posted at the Flugzeugforum (http://www.flugzeugforum.de/forum/showt ... rerid=3801). Also you can find the designation at http://www.uswarplanes.net/hornet.html. The seconde one is the CN. I found two sources which say that the cn isn't 247/A196 but 244/A194 (http://www.magnum-x.pl/pol/files/f18lis ... kcyjna.pdf and the book ''World Air Forces Directory 2006/7). Possibly the A194 is also wrong, but i need a little bit more time to proof this. By the way: Has anybody got a picture of a CN plate of a F/A-18A or B? This would help me a lot :oops:

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I agree with you that the current designation of most of the operational Hornets in Canada is CF-188A, but it would be nice to know when this designation has changed. Did the letter you received shine a light on that?

It has been confirmed that at their delivery they were officially designated as CF-188, just like CF-116 and CF-104 as can be concluded from CFOA 36-37 the Type Designation and Naming of Aircraft.

The A-suffix is usually allocated when very extensive modifications have been made to an airframe, so it may very well have to do with the IMP upgrade the CF-18 fleet currently receives.

If this is indeed true, not all CF-18s that were ever on the Canadian inventory can be referred to as CF-188A, so we decided to refer to them with their basic designation, untill the designation CF-188A has been confirmed for an individual airframe.

Any additional information is of course welcome!

Regarding the c/n you mention, we have this for Bu162412, so it would be interesting to see what your sources have for that one.

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This letter was from 04.10.01. For Bu 162412 I've got 246/A196 which is a F/A-18-14-MC. Back to the problem with the version count. The aircraft where this difference is from was 161364 32/B10. This aircraft is listed as B but is possibly an A. Because of this the version count would be adjusted with one A more and one B less. At the moment I've counted them as B but this is quite unsafe :? . More informations are welcome
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