Alsatian From France, joined May 2005, 509 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 7319 times:
I have noticed that the Republique Francaise airliners do not carry visible registration or code on their fuselage. There are several FA7X or F900s in the fleet so how to recognize them ? Is it also permitted ?
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7885 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 6679 times:
Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 5): Still I find it odd that there is NO external reference number on the aircraft, must make ground handling confusing when there are more than 1 of a type at the same location.
I'm sure there is something - but you probably need to be within 20-40 feet of the aircraft to see it.
Unmarked aircraft are used for security purposes to prevent tracking of an aircraft. Back in the 60s, a USN squadron I was assigned to a decade later used to not mark their aircraft. They also use fake identification callsigns / numbers to prevent tracking of the aircraft.
Until the day one of the ELINT birds landed at Bangkok and used the identification of another EC-121 which had actually landed at the airport an hour earlier.
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1726 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 6411 times:
The Blue Angels do carry a bureau number, but the Thunderbirds don't display their serial number, which is a hassle when it comes to uploading T-Bird shots to this site. Making problems worse is the fact that the team numbers are decals and can be swapped around from plane to plane during the course of a tour. After one show where I took a bunch of pics, I e-mailed the team to see if they could provide the serials for each plane for the show I attended. They responded with the list I was after!
n53614 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 280 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 6348 times:
Quoting JohnJ (Reply 13): but the Thunderbirds don't display their serial number
I saw the Thunderbirds at Red Flag 13-2 media day (23 Jan) and the jets displayed the last three digits of their S/N inside the circle on the intake instead of 1-6. Of course, during a regular Thunderbirds show, the s/n isn't visible--very frustrating indeed!
blueflyer From Tuvalu, joined Jan 2006, 4944 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 6147 times:
Are we sure they have no registration?
In the past, the CIA has used aircraft that looked registration-less from a distance, when in fact the registration was painted in a color only a few shades away from the livery, and could be seen from up close only.
Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 5): must make ground handling confusing when there are more than 1 of a type at the same location.
The odds of more than one Republique Francaise aircraft of the same type being in motion at the same time at the same airport are pretty small to say the least...
When we unleash the dogs of war we must go where they take us
F-RARF for the A330 République Francaise or F-RAFA and F-RAFB for the FA7X. I was very close of a Falcon 7X (the picture in the middle right of the thread starter) three weeks ago and I couldn't found any marks. I have chosen F-RAFA when uploading the picture because that was the registration written in the flight plan.
Ok I am French but I am not on strike
: The registration N767VA is barely visible aft of the aft entry door, just ahead of the horizontal tail. The registration number is almost the same co
: True, but would only be in exceptional circumstances. The UK CAA, for example, will only allow it on a very restricted basis, such as for filming pur