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User currently offlineTimbotch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 34 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

1) Why is the american flag on the right side of planes stuck on backwards. Im sure there is a simple reason, but I cannot figure it out.
2)All airliners have a standard number delineating the aircraft from others in its fleet i.e. 704AS 777AA, why, when communicating with ATC do they use flight numbers instead of the FAA issued number? Is this to make it easier for clearance delivery to 'remember' where planes are headed since flight numbers only change a few times a year? Maybe so that in case of a last minute dreaded mechanical or aircraft swap ATC would not have to change all the numbers in their system?
thx for the help, just a few silly questions I thought of today at work.

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User currently offlineDeltaAgent From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1349 times:

1. The only thing I ever found about it has to do with ships. If the flag was mounted on the side of the plane, that is how it would look on that side.

2. During flight ATC uses the airline and flight number. Maintenance uses the ship number when talking with tower/ground control.

Delta Agent  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1148 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

I've always thought of the flag being backward as if it were in the proper posion if it was being flown.

Contact Winnipeg center now on 134.4, good day.
User currently offlineGrowly150 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1323 times:

Think about it, when a flag is flying, one face will appear backward.

User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

.. and that IS in fact the correct answer: Because that's the way the flag would be facing if it was mounted on a flag pole.

User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6811 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1298 times:

So? That doesn't mean that's how they must paint it!! There must be more to it than that! Someone made the concious decision to start painting the flags backwards. If I were to paint it I wouldn't, so what made someone think that they would do just that?

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1290 times:

To add to the above, the Stars always face forward.

The day you stop learning is the day you should die.
User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7607 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1268 times:

They use the fli9ght nuber because it is much more easy. What would be more easy N7800 clear for landing or Flight Delta flight 405 clear for landing

"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
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