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Why Do Most US Aircraft Have No Underwing Regs?  
User currently offlineG-BEAK From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2000, 168 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2767 times:

Today when I was at the station waiting for a train a Continental 757 passed a few feet overhead on approach to GLA. It had no registration under the wing. American doesn't, I'm sure United didn't either but I think maybe the Northwest D10's did. British and European aircraft have underwing regs so why are they missing on most American ones? Is it a legal requirement in some countries but not the US? It is annoying when you are spotting somewhere where they fly overhead but you cant see the reg. Surely a little bit of paint under the wing wouldn't send anyone broke.

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User currently offlineCorey777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

Same reason US regs have numbers (i.e. N262GL) and European ones don't (i.e. your own, G-BEAK)...arbitrary conventions, I think.


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