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Air Force Aircraft Tail Markings

Throughout military history, warriors have carried their unit colors into battle, raising them high to make an impression on their enemies. Not only have those symbols stood to represent a unit, they have served as markings that give each unit member a sense of belonging and pride. That tradition carries on to this day in the form of aircraft fin flashes. Standard aircraft fin flashes designate the base and unit the aircraft is from, and the tail number of the aircraft. Traditionally, the unit selects a single aircraft to be the unit flag ship. The flag ship usually has a special fin flash that represents the specific squadron or wing and is the assigned airplane for the unit commander. It is the airplane generally used for photos, air shows and other public displays. The design should be simple, tasteful and representative of the wing. It could include the mascot of the squadron, or some other representative symbol. While the design can include color, the final tail flash will likely be done in various shades of gray to maintain its camouflage appearance. The design should not have too many details. A color strip with blue, red and yellow might also be incorporated at the top of the fin.


Code, Unit, Location, Aircraft

AK, 3rd Wing, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska (PACAF), F-15C/D/E, C-12F, C-130H, E-3B/C

AK, 354th FW, Eielson AFB, Alaska (PACAF), F-16C/D, A/OA-10A

AL, 187th FG, Montgomery, Ala. (ANG), F-16 C/D

AU, 502nd ABW, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (AETC), C-21A

AV, 31st FW, Aviano AB, Italy (USAFE), F-16C/D

AZ, 162nd FG, Tucson, Ariz. (ANG), F-16A/B

BB , 9th RW, Beale AFB, Calif. (ACC), U-2R/RT/ST, T-38A

BC, 110th FG, Battle Creek, Mich. (ANG), A/OA-10A

BD, 917th Wing, Barksdale AFB, La. (AFRES), A/OA-10A, B-52H

BH, 117th ARW, Birmingham, Ala. (ANG), KC-135R

CA, 129th RG, Moffett NAS, Calif. (ANG), HH-60G, HC-130H/N/P

CB, 14th FTW, Columbus AFB, Miss. (AETC), T-37B, T-38A, AT-38B

CC, 27th FW, Cannon AFB, N.M. (ACC), F-16CD, F-111F, EF-111A

CI, 146th AW, Channel Islands ANGS, Calif. (ANG), C-130E

CO, 140th FW, Buckley ANGB, Colo. (ANG), F-16C/D

CR, 302nd AW, Peterson AFB, Colo. (AFRES), C-130E/H

CS, 21st SPW, Peterson AFB, Colo. (AFSPC), C-21A

CT, 103rd FG, Bradley IAP, Conn. (ANG), A/OA-10A

DB, 94th AW, Dobbins ARB, Ga. (AFRES), C-130H

DC, 113th FW, Andrews AFB, Md. (ANG), F-16C/D

DM, 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (ACC), A/OA-10A, EC-130E/H

DR, 939th RW, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (AFRES), HH-60G

DY , 7th Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas (ACC), B-1B, C-130H, T-38A

ED, 412th TW, Edwards AFB, Calif. (AFMC), Various

EG , 33rd FW, Eglin AFB, Fla. (ACC), F-15C/D

EL , 28th BW, Ellsworth AFB, S.D. (ACC), B-1B, T-38A

EN, 80th FTW, Sheppard AFB, Texas (AETC), T-37A/B, T-38A, AT-38B

ET , 46th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla. (AFMC), Various

FE , 90th MW, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. (AFSPC), UH-1N

FF , 1st FW, Langley AFB, Va. (ACC), C-21A, F-15C/D, UH-1N

FL, 125th FG, Jacksonville, Fla. (ANG), F-16A/B

FL, 939th RW, Patrick AFB, Fla. (AFRES), HC-130N/P, HH-60G

FM, 482nd FW, Homestead ARB, Fla. (AFRES),, F-16A/B

FS , 188th FG, Fort Smith, Ark. (ANG), F-16A/B

FT, 23rd Wing, Pope AFB, N.C. (ACC), A/OA-10A, F-16C/D, C-130E

FW, 122nd FW, Fort Wayne, Ind. (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

GA, 116th FW, Dobbins ARB, Ga. (ANG/ACC), F-15A/B

GA, 165th AG, Savannah, Ga. (ANG/ACC), C-130H

GF , 321st MG, Grand Forks AFB, N.D. (AFSPC), HH-1H

HA, 185th FG, Sioux City, Iowa (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

HAFB, Ogden ALC, Hill AFB, Utah (AFMC), F-16, F-4E

HI , 419th FW, Hill AFB, Utah (AFRES), F-16C/D

HL , 388th FW, Hill AFB, Utah (ACC), F-16C/D

HO, 49th FW, Holloman AFB, N.M. (ACC), F-117A, T-38A, AT-38B, HH-60G, F-4E

HT, 46th TG, Holloman AFB, N.M. (AFMC), AT-38B

HV, 30th SPW, Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (AFSPC), UH-1N

HW , 24th Wing, Howard AFB, Panama (ACC), C-21A, C-27A, C-130E/H, CT-43A, UH-1H

IA , 132nd FW, Des Moines, Iowa (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

IL, 182nd AG, Peoria, Ill. (ANG/ACC), C-130E

IS, 85th Group, NAS Keflavik, Iceland (ACC), , HH-60

JS, code reserved for Joint STARS, E-8C

JZ, 159th FG, New Orleans, La. (ANG/ACC), F-15A/B

KC, 442nd FW, Whiteman AFB, Mo. (AFRES), A/OA-10A

KS, 81st TW, Keesler AFB, Miss. (AETC), C-12F, C-21A

KT, 403rd Wing, Keesler AFB, Miss. (AFRES), WC-130H, C-130E

LA, 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, La. (ACC), B-52H, T-38A

LB, 64th FTW, Reese AFB, Texas (AETC), T-1A, T-37B, T-38A

LF, 56th FW, Luke AFB, Ariz. (AETC), F-16A/B/C/D

LK, 314th AW, Little Rock AFB, Ark. (ACC), C-130E/H

LN, 48th FW, RAF Lakenheath, England (USAFE), F-15C/D/E

LR, 944th FW, Luke AFB, Ariz. (AFRES), F-16C/D

MA, 104th FG, Barnes MAP, Mass. (ANG/ACC), A/OA-10A

MD, 175th FG, Baltimore, Md. (ANG/ACC), A/OA-10A

MD, 135th AG, Baltimore, Md. (ANG/ACC), C-130E

MI, 127th FW, Selfridge ANGB, Mich. (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

MJ, 35th FW, Misawa AB, Japan (PACAF), F-16C/D

MK, 440th AW, General Mitchell IAP/ARS, Wis. (AFRES), C-130H

MM, 341st MW, Malmstrom AFB, Mont. (AFSPC), UH-1N

MN, 133rd AW, Minn.-St. Paul IAP/ARS, Minn. (ANG/ACC), C-130E

MO, 366th Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho (ACC), F-15C/D/E, F-16C/D, KC-135R, B-1B, T-38A

MS, 934th AW, Minn.-St. Paul IAP/ARS, Minn. (AFRES),C-130E

MT , 5th BW, Minot AFB, N.D. (ACC), B-52H, T-38A

MT , 91st MG, Minot AFB, N.D. (AFSPC), HH-1H

MX, 908th AW, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (AFRES), C-130H

MY, 347th FW, Moody AFB, Ga. (ACC), F-16C/D, A-10A, C-130E

NF, 914th AW, Niagara Falls IAP/ARS, N.Y. (AFRES), C-130H

NJ, 108th ARW, McGuire AFB, N.J. (ANG/AMC), KC-135E

NM, 150th FG, Kirtland AFB, N.M. (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

NO, 926th FW, NAS JRB New Orleans, La. (AFRES), F-16C/D

NO, 159th FG, NAS JRB New Orleans, La. (ANG/ACC), F-15A/B

NY, 174th FW, Syracuse, N.Y. (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

OF , 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb. (ACC), T-37B, EC-135C/E/J, C-135A/B, OC-135B, WC-135B, E-4B,C-21A, TC-135S/W, RC-135S/U/V/W/X

OH, 178th FG, Springfield, Ohio (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

OH , 180th FG, Toledo, Ohio (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

OK, 138th FG, Tulsa, Okla. (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

OK, 552nd ACW, Tinker AFB, Okla. (ACC), T-37, EC-135K, E-3B/C

OR, 142nd FG, Portland, Ore. (ANG/ACC), F-15A/B

OS, 51st FW, Osan AB, South Korea (PACAF), F-16C/D, A/OA-10A, C-12F

OT, USAFAWC, Eglin AFB, Fla. (ACC), F-15A/B/C/D/E, F-16A/C/D, EF-111A, F-111F

OT, 79th TEG, Eglin AFB, Fla. (AFMC), F-15A/B/C/D/E, F-16A/B/C/D

PA, 111th FG, Willow Grove, Pa. (ANG/ACC), A/OA-10A

PA, 193rd SOG, Harrisburg, Pa. (ANG/AFSOC), EC-130E

PD, 939th RW, Portland IAP, Ore. (AFRES), HC-130P, HH-60G

PF, 302nd AW, Peterson AFB, Colo. (AFRES), C-130E/H

PI, 911th AW, Pittsburgh IAP/ARS, Pa. (AFRES), C-130H

PR, 156th FG, San Juan, Puerto Rico (ANG/ACC), F-16A/B

PX, 139th AG, St. Joseph, Mo. (ANG/ACC), C-130H

RA, 12th FTW, Randolph AFB, Texas (AETC), C-21A, T-1A, T-3A, T-37B, T-38A, AT-38B, T-43A

RG , Warner Robins ALC, Robins AFB, Ga. (AFMC), C-130E/H

RI, 143rd AG, Quonset State Airport, R.I. (ANG/ACC), C-130E

RS, 86th AW, Ramstein AB, Germany (USAFE), T-43, C-9, C-20, C-21, C-130E

SA, 149th FG, Kelly AFB, Texas (ANG/ACC), F-16A/B

SC , 169th FG, McEntire ANGS, S.C. (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

SD, 114th FG, Sioux Falls, S.D. (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

SH, 507th ARW, Tinker AFB, Okla. (AFRES), KC-135R

SI, 183rd FG, Springfield, Ill. (ANG/ACC), F-16A/B

SJ, 4th Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. (ACC), F-15E, KC-10A, T-38A

SL, 131st FW, St. Louis, Mo. (ANG/ACC), F-15A/B

SM, Sacramento ALC, McClellan AFB, Calif. (AFMC), A-10A, EF-111A, F-111F, YF-117A, T-38A

SP, 52nd FW, Spangdahlem AB, Germany (USAFE), F-16C/D, A/OA-10A

SW, 20th FW, Shaw AFB, S.C. (ACC), F-16C/D, A/OA-10A

TF, 301st FW, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas (AFRES), F-16C/D

TH, 181st FG, Terre Haute, Ind. (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

TX, 924th FG, Bergstrom ARS, Texas (AFRES), F-16C/D

TY, 325th FW, Tyndall AFB, Fla. (AETC), F-15C/D

VA, 192nd FG, Richmond, Va. (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

VN, 71st FTW, Vance AFB, Okla. (AETC), T-1A, T-37B, T-38A

VO, 928th AW, O'Hare IAP/ARS, Ill. (AFRES), C-130H

VT, 158th FG, Burlington, Vt. (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

WA, 57th FW, Nellis AFB, Nev. (ACC), F-15C/D/E, HH-60, F-16A/B/C/D, A-10A, F-4G

WG, 913th AW, Willow Grove ARS, Pa. (AFRES), C-130E

WI, 128th FW, Madison, Wis. (ANG/ACC), F-16C/D

WM 509th BW, Whiteman AFB, Mo. (ACC), B-2A, T-38A

WP, 8th FW, Kunsan AB, South Korea (PACAF), F-16C/D

WV, 167th AG, Martinsburg, W.V. (ANG/ACC), C-130E

XL, 47th FTW, Laughlin AFB, Texas (AETC), T-1A, T-37B, T-38A

YJ, 374th AW, Yokota AB, Japan (PACAF), C-130E/H, C-9A, C-21A, UH-1N

YO, 910th AW, Youngstown MAP/ARS, Ohio (AFRES), C-130H

ZZ, 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan (PACAF), F-15C/D, E-3B/C, HH-3E, HH-60G, KC-135R



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