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A35 for RAAF F-35s

written by WOFA | November 15, 2012

RAAF F-35s will be wear the A35 serial prefix.

Defence has confirmed that the serial prefix ‘A35’ has been assigned to the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning when it enters RAAF service from 2014.

“The serial number blocks assigned to the F-35 are A35-001 and following, with the final number to be determined by future government acquisition decisions,” a Department of Defence spokesperson has confirmed to Australian Aviation.

Components for the RAAF’s first F-35 JSF, the future A35-001, dubbed AU-1 by Lockheed Martin, are now under construction. Rollout of the jet is planned for late 2013.

Further, the Alenia C-27J Spartan has been assigned the A34 serial block, with aircraft to be numbered A34-001 through to A34-010.

The Navy’s forthcoming MH-60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters have been assigned the ‘N48’ serial range.

“The serial number blocks that have been assigned to the MH-60R are N48-001 to N48-024.”


  • William


    Looking forward to see this aircraft to fly, at avalon airshow in 2015 hopefully, fingers cross

  • John N


    A35 seems appropriate, but it does appear to be out of sequence in “A” Serial numbering allocation.

    But I suppose that since the Government signed up as a systems development partner way back in 2002 they must have reserved the “unallocated” A35 number at that time.

    As a side note for those interested in ADF’s serial numbering, check out this site:


    The ADF Serials site is a great reference point for anyone wanting to know more about the allocation of numbering, (by the way, we are up to the 3rd series of A numbering), but also a good place to have a look at not only series of aircraft but also the fate of”indvidual” aircraft.

    For example, those interested in one of our recent retirements, the F111 (see Third Series, A-8), it has a very good list of the fate of each aircraft, lost, scrapped, saved for museum, stored at AMARC, etc.

    At the bottom of the F111 page is also a great series of photo, especially photos of the aircraft stored at Amberley prior to disposal.

    Anyway, it a great site, recommend that you have a good look!!!



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  • Peter


    @ John N

    I agree that the ADF Serials is a great website. I go their all time to check for high resolution photos etc.

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