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Q400 Tail Number?

Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:16 pm

Hello,
just wondering. Do Dash 8 Q400s have a tail number? Because I didnt manage to locate one on several pictures.
 
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Re: Q400 Tail Number?

Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:46 pm

Do you mean registrations, or the mostly American concept "ship no"? Because every single aircraft, whether it's commercial or general aviation, has a registration and that obviously includes Q400s.
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Re: Q400 Tail Number?

Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:49 pm

no i mean the tail number, so basically the last 2 or 3 numbers of the reg. ive never seen that on the q400.
 
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Re: Q400 Tail Number?

Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:01 pm

That just depends on the policy of the airline in question, irrespective of the type. Not all airlines have that, same with identifiers on the front landing gear.

For example, in this photo, only the LH A380 has what you described:



And here are 2 Q400s that have it:



However, the small size of the Q400 and relative proximity to the actual reg # probably renders them useless in many cases. Here are some examples of aircraft with large registration titles right by the tail meaning a tail no. would serve no function:





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Re: Q400 Tail Number?

Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:01 pm

Thanks a lot :)
 
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Re: Q400 Tail Number?

Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:45 am

SRQKEF wrote:
However, the small size of the Q400 and relative proximity to the actual reg # probably renders them useless in many cases. Here are some examples of aircraft with large registration titles right by the tail meaning a tail no. would serve no function:


Those Porter Q400s actually have a ship number in there - 801 and 803. It's just not up on the tail.
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Re: Q400 Tail Number?

Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:07 am

Right - the "tail number" you speak of is referred to as either the fleet number or ship number. In practice is can found on several different places on a plane, depending on the airline, when it is used. Some examples that come to mind are:

Alaska Airlines: centered above the cockpit windows and on the nose gear door.
(Canadian Airlines and some other non-US airlines) nose gear door and the tip of the vertical stabilizer...and that Porter example above shows behind the registration as well.
American Airlines: nose gear door, below the actual registration a.k.a. "tail number" and under the wing
Delta Air Lines: top of the vertical stabilizer and nose gear door....you get the idea.

Sometimes it corresponds directly to some or all of the registration, sometimes (as in Canada's case) it has no correlation. However, there is usually a direct link between them...so the registration can be found using the fleet number and vice versa using the right sources.

Those are just a few examples.

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