I'm sure many of you write down the reg numbers of planes they have flown on for their log book, and I'm sure some of you have had to do detective work after forgetting to write one down. I know there are some ways to do this, especially if it is a domestic USA flight, like the BTS website or just call the airline.
This one is really really tricky. I flew on United Express UA5234 on December 26, 2006, from IAD to HPN, and this particular plane was in full Colgan Air colors (the US Flag scheme)
I called Colgan a couple of days later and they told me it was "tail number 361" and basically hung up right after that, but there is no such thing as tail number 361 in the Colgan fleet. Now I called again today and they told me it would not be possible to search this information easily, but I insisted, and they asked to call me again in half an hour. I called, and they told me it was N196CJ. Ok, that is better, but now I'm 100% sure this is not the plane! I found out it was re-registered from N196JW in January, and I found a photo of JW that was taken in December in the new UA express livery, so there is no way I flew on this plane in December in Colgan livery!
Anybody willing to help me with my detective work? Or am I looking at a hopeless case here? It can't be so hard, it is a domestic USA flight after all! Too bad the BTS stats web site doesn't cover Colgan (but all other regionals), and the Passur scanner does not display the reg# or tail #!
Any help, anybody?