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As Casey stated. The acceptance date is pretty much the official "born on" date.

If you want to get closer to the actual date (for "J" models anyway, which is my experience) you can go about 4 to 5 months prior to the acceptance date. When we roll her out of the B-1 building, she is pretty much a complete aircraft without paint. Between paint & flight test it takes about 4 or 5 months from the time we roll out of B-1 to acceptance.

But aircraft don't always get accepted in order of build either. Lockheed uses "Delivered" aircraft numbers as milestones. They will say this aircraft is the 200th delivered. Which not necessarily means it was the 200th built. For instance. The 200th "J" model delivered was also the first MC-130J delivered. It was in fact though the 199th "J" model to roll off the assembly line. The one that rolled off the line at 202 was the 199th delivered.

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