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    Hello

    I'm new to this excellent forum, so straight in with a question.

    I've always understood the abbreviation 'NEA' to mean " Non Effective Airframe ", ie of no further use to the service and due for disposal.

    Recently I've heard it described as meaning " Not Essentially Airworthy" during WWII. Was this version in use at the time?

    Just curious.

    PPH

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    PPH,
    I have never come across this abbreviation, and presume it is used only in specialised documentation, the (originally) exclusive readership of which would presumably have full knowledge of such various (and otherwise obscure) shorthand, probably only devised in the first place due to shortage of space on record cards or some such. Is this abbreviation exclusive to something like Air Ministry airframe record cards for instance? Could we have your guidance by providing some context here? This does sound like a case where guessing will not provide the answer with any guarantee of correctness.
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    Hi PPH,

    in my list of abbreviations created from many RAF books, this forum and other sources I have part named as "ABBREVIATIONS COMMONLY USED ON FORM 78 AIRCRAFT MOVEMENT CARDS AND AM FORM 1180 ACCIDENT RECORD CARDS" and there:

    NEA Non-Effective Airframe


    Pavel
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    Thank you for the responses so far.

    I have only seen 'NEA' on Form 78's, and took it to mean non-effective, but have heard the other interpretation as gleaned from pilots' logbooks and diaries.

    PPH

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