Data plate discovered at aircraft crash site offshore St. Augustine.


Just a quick update in regards to yesterday's search efforts. At wreck site 2 TISIRI's Joe Kistel discovered a small component with a data plate. See an image of the data plate by clicking on the image below. Can you make out any of the engraved numbers or painted text? Any ideas on what these numbers might tell us?

We think we can now comfortably say this is a US military aircraft. How can we use the information on this data plate to determine this specific aircraft?

Stay tuned for more pictures and updates regarding this weekends search efforts.

9 Responses

  1. Its a I’d plate that’s commonly found on military equipment. With the order number and serial number which is clear you can easily identify what it is and where it came from.
    Order number:N00019-66-0-0075(most commonly referred to as an NSN)
    Serial number:1038 A

  2. Scott

    If the “Order No.” is accurate, I think this plate is from a Navy plane. N00019 identifies it as coming from “Naval Air Systems Command”, probably Patuxent River. The “66” would be for Fiscal Year 1966. I think the third section is “C”, not “0”, which probably stands for “Contract”, and “0075” will uniquely identify the contract number (i.e. the 75th contract awarded by Patuxent River in FY66).

  3. Steve

    You’re right. I made a mistake in identifying the Number, It’s actually:

    What a difference looking from a computer and a phone makes huh?


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  5. Bob

    the serial number for much of the equipment will oftenr narrow the search. Certain accountable equipment is traccked separately from the aircraft (for example communication securty items, armaments, etc..) Other acessory components with data plates such as generators, starters, were just part of the built-up engine that gets installed, They might tell you the tyoe airplane, but not identify it exactly to the individual bureau number.

  6. Kelly

    Scott is correct. That is a contract number issued by the Navy in 1968. What it tells us is that the subsystem that the piece was a part of was procurred in GFY 1968. The Fiscal Year then ran from July 1967 through June 1968. The actual airframe could be older but the earliest that part was available would have been July 1967.

  7. Looks to me like it says “Simmonds Precision” and “Level Control Unit” under all that grime. It’s probably a hydraulic control component.

  8. Larry Mitchell

    This device looks like a single level systems control lever and it’s associated mounting box. These types of levers are plentiful in aircraft dated from that period. The fact that it is alone and a single lever will make it easier to identify if the data plate is not specific enough.

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