Construction number locations (H-L)
From Scramble - The Aviation Magazine
Construction numbers (c/n), also called Manufacturer Serial Numbers (MSN), are the prime way to identify a specific airframe. In contrast to the registration (or tail number), the c/n does not change, even when owner changes occur.
(note: all 'left' and 'right' indications are as you look from tail to nose).
- Manufacturers A to B
- Manufacturers C to D
- Manufacturers E to G
- Manufacturers M
- Manufacturers N to R
- Manufacturers S
- Manufacturers T to Z
- National regulations
At least with the Jetstream 41, the construction number plate is located on the left-hand side of the ventral fin at the rear of the fuselage.
The construction number plate is found on the left side of the rear fuselage, under or just in front of the horizontal stabilizer.
- For other types produced by Hawker Beechcraft, see the Beechcraft entry (all former Beech Aircraft Corporation types).
Hawker 4000 Horizon
The MSN plate is riveted on the left-hand rear fuselage, just below the trailing edge of the engine pylon.
The plate is located inside the starboard engine nacelle.
Trident registered 50055, formerly operated by CAAC. This Trident was stored in the China Aviation Museum.
MSN plate in a Hawker Siddeley Trident. The plate shows the heritage of this aircraft type, as it originally was developed by De Havilland, hence the MSN: D.H.51.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
The c/n plate is located in the footwell of the cockpit. A second plate can be found at the back-end of the tail, but as the tail is interchangeable, the data on this plate must be considered as being incorrect unless the plate in the cockpit has been checked also.
- For the AH-64 Apache, see under Boeing.
The construction number can be found on at least two locations. The first is in the nose-wheel bay on the rear bulkhead, the second is on the rear bulkhead inside the cockpit on the right hand side.
For the Comco-Ikarus C42, see Comco-Ikarus.
- With Russian build Il-14, on some aircraft the construction number plate can be found on the left hand side on the nose.
- East German (VEB) build aircraft have the construction number plate on the outside of the aircraft, on the port side of the nose.
With (Soviet) military aircraft, both Russian and Czech build, the construction number was in most cases painted on the tail.
The construction number is often painted on the tail and also to be noted on the forward underside of the wing, close to the fuselage, just beneath an air intake.
On the rear bulkhead of the nose-wheel bay.
The construction number can be seen stencilled on the rear bulkhead of the main undercarriage housing, the manufacturer’s plate is to be found on the right main undercarriage.
The c/n of the Il-76 is to be found in the rear cargo-hold pressure bulkhead which lifts up to the ceiling of the aircraft for loading and unloading and can easily be read off when the cargo doors are open. Some aircraft do not have it painted there, but in those cases, and all others, both doors to the cockpit from the cargo-bay carry a small plate with the last five digits.
The construction number can be found on a plate on the rear side of both catering doors at the lower deck level.
The construction number of this small single-engined aircraft is embossed on a small metal plate riveted to the engine firewall (on the port side).
The construction number is embossed on a small metal plate located below the rear entry door on the left-hand side. Some aircraft have similar plates on the inside of the main gear doors at the trailing edge or on the inside of the nose gear doors.
The construction number is stencilled on the outer surfaces of the fins and on the forward fuselage beneath the cabin doors.
The construction number is sometimes stencilled on the outer surfaces of the fins and on the forward fuselage beneath the cabin doors.
The construction number can normally be found painted on the door-runner on the left hand side.
The construction number is in some cases painted on the side of the fuselage. The construction number plate is attached to the tail plane but hard to read as the view is blocked by the rudder in most cases. However, some export aircraft have a bi-lingual plate on the tail boom.
The c/n is usually painted on the lefthand side tailboom near the horizontal stabilizer, or even underneath the stabilizer surface itself!
The construction number plate is under the "wings" of this helicopter on the left hand side.
In the main door, on the left side, a c/n plate sometimes can be found on the inside of the door frame. Often it is also painted on the outside of this passenger door.
- For the LMTAS F-16 Fighting Falcon, see under General Dynamics.
The construction number can be found in the cockpit. In the cockpit ceiling at the rear of the flight engineer's overhead panel. It is not visible from outside.
The construction number can be found in the cockpit. When going up the stairs to the cockpit there is a small bench at the rear of the cockpit. It is located on the right side of the bench. It is not visible from outside.
One plate is known to be on the bulkhead behind the radar, so is only visible when the nose-cone is removed. A second one is maybe even worse to check, as for this one the rear part of the fuselage (about halfway the engine bay) needs to be removed.
The F-104 MSN plate can only be seen when the nose cone is removed, as shown by this KLu TF-104G.
The USAF plate can be found in the forward cockpit on the right hand side instrument panel.It is visible from outside.
Behind each ejection seat the construction number plates can be found.