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Rare Aircraft Finding

Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:08 am

I am new to joining this site, but I have been looking around here for a long time. I was wondering if there is a way to find out what the schedule of certain aircraft are, so I could get pics of them. Example...N345AN,N389AA (767-323 with winglets); Aeroflot 767@ LAX. I will be traveling very much this summer, so I want to see these relatively rare jets (and other AC)
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RE: Rare Aircraft Finding

Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:22 am

Hello Luke, and welcome to Airliners!

There are a couple of things I do to monitor "interesting" aircraft, and both involve a site called Flightaware.

First, create an account there. Then, you can sign up for "alerts" that will notify you when your favorite tail numbers depart/arrive/etc.

This, of course, doesn't work for airliners that use flight numbers, but it's a decent way to find other flights.

Also, you can monitor the Flightaware page of your home airport, and watch for interesting aircraft enroute.

My favorite Flightaware feature is the "Browse by Aircraft Type" page. It lists all the unhidden civil aircraft in flight at any given moment. Why do I like this page? Because it's sorted by the number of each type aloft. That means you can scroll to the bottom of the list and see what single examples are in flight. I've seen the NASA B-52 in flight, as well as their Super Guppy, a C-133, an IL-76, a B-17, and even F/A-18s.

Hope that helps. Once again, welcome to the site!

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RE: Rare Aircraft Finding

Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:29 am

I have used flightaware, but i didn't know about the tail numbers, thanks so much.
I signed up.
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RE: Rare Aircraft Finding

Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:33 am

It's a bit more difficult to keep track of individual airliners because you really need to be in the airline to know which aircraft is likely to be on which route and there can be last minute changes to the planned aircraft.

However, once the aircraft is in the air, sites like and can be used to track them so you'll know where they're going to (and, of course, where they're leaving from a few hours later)

So, for example, N345AN has over the past few days been in BOS, LHR, DFW, LAX and HNL. At the moment it's en route DFW-LHR as AA80.

N389AA is currently flying AA36 DFW-MAD and will presumably be back to Dallas later this afternoon.

Last week it was flying from JFK to Europe (MXP and CDG) before going to MIA and some Caribbean and South America flights, then to Dallas.
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RE: Rare Aircraft Finding

Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:34 am

You can also find aircraft on Acars, you will get information like this when you enter a certain registration:

ACARS mode: 2 Aircraft reg: N345AN [Boeing B763]
Message label: Q0 Block id: 7 Msg no: S57A
Flight id: AA0080 [DFW-EGLL


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