Re: CO's First B777-200ER's First Flight

Date:         05 Oct 98 00:26:50 
From: (Gerard Foley)
Organization: The Greater Columbus FreeNet
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: What was the rationale used for the designation used in giving country codes
: for airplane registrations:
: e.g. Jamaica is 6Y, Trinidad is 9Y, The U.S. is N, Canada is C, China is B,
: France is F, U.K. is G, Germany is D, etc. Some of them makes sense, but why
: is the U.S. N and not U? Anyone... Thanks in advance.

The designations originate in radio call sign allocations, which were
started in the 1912-27 period and are maintained by the International
Telecommunications Union.

U was to USSR.  USA took K, N and W, and has added others more recently.