capt_smith
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I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Wed Oct 08, 2003 4:03 pm

Hi All!

I took my very first flight in a jet on Nov 7, 1998. It was NWA, DC-9-30. Who would I contact to find out the tail number? I know the flight number. Would NWA be able to provide this info if I give them the particulars?

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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Wed Oct 08, 2003 4:06 pm

http://www.bts.gov

Poke around there and you should find the info you need...
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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Wed Oct 08, 2003 4:06 pm

I've asked for this information in the past and the airline was happy to give it to me. However, it was for a recent flight - not sure they would be able to go back 5 years. But no harm in trying - the worst that can happen is that they say no!
 
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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Thu Oct 09, 2003 2:38 pm

Option B is to post the routing and time of the flight. I must surely not be the only person who logs the pictures I take . I'm sure I will not be able to answer unless the airplane was in PHX while I was there that day though.
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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Thu Oct 09, 2003 2:42 pm

Give me the flight number and the route and I can get it for you...

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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Fri Oct 10, 2003 3:11 am

Dear USAFHummer,

Greg, it was November 7, 1998 (saturday) NWA flight 1800 originating CMH and destination DTW.

That same day I flew NWA flight 238 originating DTW and destination FLL.

If you could provide me the tail numbers of these aircraft, I would be ETERNALLY grateful to you.

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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Fri Oct 10, 2003 3:19 am

I had the same problem bothering me. I flew Finnair last year and wanted to find out the tail numbers (silly me forgot to take notice). After contacting Finnair there was no response. There are no photos of Finnair in the US on those days. Can anyone help?

July 8th, 2002 - OY6 JFK-HEL
July 18th, 2002 - OY5 HEL-JFK

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Fri Oct 10, 2003 3:19 am

NW 1800 = N926RC


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NW 238 = N781NC


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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Fri Oct 10, 2003 5:24 am

So how exactly did you guys find these tail numbers? I would love to do the same for some planes I have seen flying above my home. I did some poking around that BTS website. Do you have any more specific instructions?

Thanks,
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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Fri Oct 10, 2003 6:09 am

Could someone clue the rest of us in on why this would be of any interest---let alone as Earthshattering as you make it seem? What possible meaningful use is the information?

I'm just curious. Thank you for your replies.
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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Fri Oct 10, 2003 6:15 am

Greg:
Let me explain why I'm looking for that info, while Capt_smith might have other reasons. When I flew on Finnair, they only had 4 MD-11s at the time, OH-LGA, OH-LGB, OH-LGC, and OH-LGD. While looking through the photo database, out of the four, I want to distinguish the 2 (or perhaps 1) of those on which I flew. Hope that explains it.
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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Fri Oct 10, 2003 6:28 am

LOL...maybe I was a little bit too vague...this only works with domestic flights within the US on the major carriers...mainline only with the exception of American Eagle which can also be researched...flights from 1995 to present day...here's what you do:

On the main page of http://www.bts.gov, where it has a section for "Airline On-Time Statistics", click on Advanced Search...on the page that that brings you to click on "Detailed Statistics"...from there its pretty self explanatory...

Any further questions feel free to ask...

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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Fri Oct 10, 2003 10:10 am

Ok...thanks. I didn't think it was anything sinister...but it seams a bit like being possesed by minutiae...
 
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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:04 pm

A thousand thanks for the info! You'll never know how much I appreciate this. Big grin A special thanks to Fritzi and to USAFHummer. I took a look at that (now) wonderful BTS website that was mentioned above, and at first, I didn't see the link that gave all that massive data on individual flights. But thanks to USAFHummer, I quickly figured it out, and was amazed by their data base. Truly awesome!

To Greg:

Let me explain my interest. I was 40 years old before I ever flew in a modern transport a/c. (I did fly once in a Ford Trimotor way back about 30 years ago or so. THAT was the only time I had ever been aloft in an a/c.)Throughout my 20s and 30s I had developed a keen interest in commercial aviation in general, and accidents and disasters in particular. By that, I mean only an academic interest. It was fascinating and horrible all at the same time to study CVR transcripts and NTSB analyses, and anything I could get my hands on that would illuminate cause and effect. I have seen just about every documentary covering aviation that one could see on TV. So you see, I had become sort of a student of air crashes over the years.
I often wondered if I would ever have the chance to fly on a modern jet, and whether I had also gotten a bit of fear of flying, due to my disaster reading. I also believed that I might just have a latent love of flying that would be realized once I took that first flight. I tried to imagine myself strapped in the seat and experiencing that wonderful take-off acceleration and climb-out. I also imagined the terror a passenger or pilot would feel if a major malfunction occured, and a crash was unavoidable. (Thank you CVR transcripts! Yeah sure) I could only hope that I would not have any trouble flying, if the necessity ever came about.
Sooo, my father invited me to visit him in FL, and as I live in OH, flying was going to become a reality. (Dad and I hadn't seen each other for quite a number of years) I arranged the flight and, being just slightly obsessive/compulsive, I had to be sure to bring along a camera and tape recorder on board, so that I could document that first glorious/terrifying(?) flight--sounds and sights! Let me just say that since that wonderful day in 1998, I have now flown 40 flight legs and have gotten in the habit (ocd?) of not only taping the cabin sounds during t/o, but also photographing the plane through whatever window I could, just to have the record. I wonder how many passengers sitting next to me wondered why the hell I had that microphone in my hand during t/o and landing?  Nuts So you see, I do love flying, despite some nervousness, and I will ALWAYS remember that first flight, where at the advanced age of 40, I finally got to do it. The problem was that I only got one picture of this a/c, and it did not include the tail number. You see, I want to be able to look at photos of the different a/c that I have been on, from this website's data base. No tail number, no way to ever see the a/c again or to even know which one it was. I never thought I would ever be able to identify my beloved first NWA DC-9-32, that gave me my first flight to DTW. Until today. And it has been like finding a lost family member or friend you thought you would never see again. I just assumed I would have to jump through all kinds of hoops what with phoning or writing NWA to try to get the info--and then maybe they would just tell me to get lost. But you guys came through for me and now I have been able to see that lost friend from 5 years ago. In essence, Greg, I guess I'm a bit of the sentimental type, and just crazy about aviation. And Fritzi? Vielen dank! for posting the actual photos for me.

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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Fri Oct 10, 2003 10:04 pm

Finding a lost friend?
Man, you found an outlet for your obsessive/compulsive disorder!
But good luck. If someone was sitting next to me with a camera and a microphone I'd complain to the flight crew!
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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Fri Oct 10, 2003 10:50 pm

Is there any way to get tail numbers for flights ex-NRT?
 
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RE: I Must Find Out The Tail Number!

Sat Oct 11, 2003 12:47 am

Ok, now you got me wondering. I KNOW lots of people shoot photos of aircraft inside and out--but what about making sound recordings?? Does anybody else do this? Am I the only one? I love the various sounds you hear in an a/c. Particularly engine start, engines being throttled up or down. The differences between engine types ( my favorite being the sound of the MD-80 series engine, that I believe is the JT8D-217, while sitting in the back of the plane--I just love that loud buzz you get at take-off!!) The various mechanical sounds, gear up/down, e.g., and especially the sound of various flap/slat mechanisms and unknown other assorted thumps and squeals. I like to record when the a/c is at cruise, and people are all chatting away. I like to record the flight deck announcements too. I guess all this is just a way to relive the flying experience anytime I want to, like when I am home sitting in my LA-Z-Boy, or tucked in my bed. I just can't believe I'm the only one who does this!

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