Useful Research Websites

What follows here is a list of freely accessible websites, that can help you find the correct data for your photo.
However, it is important to understand that no website is perfect, and errors are often copied from one website to another. It is a sad fact that even the official civil aircraft registers of many countries are full of mistakes and incorrectly interpreted data.
Our database editors make every attempt to keep AirHistory.net free of such errors, but even here errors will occur from time to time.
You will sometimes note that the information given in our photo captions does not match the data you can find on the internet. This can be a mistake on our part, in which case we would like to hear from you, but it is possible that most internet sources are wrong.
Our Identity Myths page will highlight and explain examples of such cases.

Various Aircraft Types

Corporate Jet RegisterBasic type and c/n info on current corporate jets, compiled by LAAS International
Corporate Turbo Prop RegisterBasic type and c/n info on current corporate turbo props, compiled by LAAS International
Propliner Information ExchangeReliable news on surviving propliner types in general, compiled by Ralph Pettersen
RotorspotBasic type and c/n info for many rotorcraft types (helicopters)
Scramble Civil DatabaseBasic type, c/n and operator info info for many civil airliner, commuter and corporate types
Scramble Military DatabaseBasic type, c/n and unit info for military aircraft from many countries
Soviet Transport DatabaseBasic type and c/n info for Soviet, Russian, former Eastern European and Chinese types

Specific Aircraft Types

BAC 1-11 One-ElevenExtensive information on all BAC1-11s built
Beech 17 StaggerwingBeech 17 Staggerwing Production List
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 BeaverExtensive information on all DHC-2 Beavers built, compiled by Neil Aird
De Havilland Canada DHC-3 OtterExtensive information on all DHC-3 Otters built, compiled by Neil Aird
De Havilland Canada DHC-4 CaribouExtensive information on all DHC-4 Caribous built, compiled by Wayne Buser
De Havilland Canada DHC-5 BuffaloExtensive information on all DHC-5 Buffalos built, compiled by Wayne Buser
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin OtterExtensive information on all DHC-6 Twin Otters built, compiled by Neil Aird
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin OtterExtensive information on all DHC-6 Twin Otters built, compiled by Erik Johannesson
De Havilland Canada DHC-7Extensive information on all DHC-7s built, compiled by Erik Johannesson
De Havilland Canada DHC-8Extensive information on all DHC-8s built, compiled by Erik Johannesson
EoN Olympia 1/2 Glider Production ListProduction list for the EoN Olympia 1/2 glider, compiled by Richard Cawsey
EoN Olympia 4 Glider Production ListProduction list for the EoN Olympia 4 glider, compiled by Richard Cawsey
EoN 460/463/465 Glider Production ListProduction list for the EoN 460/463/465 glider, compiled by Richard Cawsey
Jodel & Robin Construction ListsProduction lists for various Jodel & Robin types, with detailed type and c/n info
Lockheed ConstellationNews on all surviving Lockheed Constellations, compiled by Ralph Pettersen
Lockheed P-3 OrionExtensive information on all Lockheed P-3 Orions built
Republic RC-3 SeabeeExtensive info including a production list for the Republic RC-3 Seabee, compiled by Steinar Saevdal
Schempp-Hirth Glider Production ListsProduction lists for various Schempp-Hirth gliders, compiled by Richard Cawsey
Schleicher Glider Production ListsProduction lists for various Schleicher gliders, compiled by Richard Cawsey
Slingsby Glider Production ListsProduction lists for various Slingsby gliders, compiled by Richard Cawsey
Vickers Viscount NetworkExtensive information about the Vickers Viscount including a full production list

Military Aircraft

Scramble Military DatabaseBasic type, c/n and unit info for military aircraft from many countries
Scramble Orbat ReferenceScramble Order of Battle information for more than 160 countries worldwide (with many unit badges)

Specific Military Operators

LuftforsvaretNorwegian Air Force, various documents with very detailed historic info about type, c/n and units
USAF & US ArmyUSAF & US Army Aircraft Serial Numbers since 1908, compiled by Joe Baugher
US Navy & US MarinesUS Navy & US Marines Aircraft Serial Numbers since 1911, compiled by Joe Baugher
US Coast GuardUS Coast Guard Aircraft Serial Numbers, compiled by Joe Baugher

Official Civil Aircraft Registers

Civil Aviation CommitteeArmenia
Civil Aviation Safety AuthorityAustralia
Federale Overheidsdienst - LuchtvaartBelgium
Belize Department of Civil AviationBelize (current aircraft only)
Agência Nacional de Aviação CivilBrazil (do not use dash, e.g. PRZGQ)
Transport CanadaCanada
Aeronáutica CivilColombia (do not use dash, e.g. HK5210)
Aviation CivileFrance
Civil Aviation AgencyKyrgyzstan
Civil Aviation AuthorityMoldova (PDF file, current aircraft only)
Civil Aviation AuthorityNew Zealand
Bundesamt für ZivilluftfahrtSwitzerland
State Aviation AdministrationUkraine (Excel file, current aircraft only)
Civil Aviation AuthorityUnited Kingdom
Federal Aviation AdministrationUnited States of America

Unofficial & Historic Civil Aircraft Registers

AustAirDataAustralia and the Pacific Islands
FlugheimurIceland (Historic, 1928 until present)
Registro degli Aeromobili Civili ItalianiItaly (Historic, 1930 until present)
Norio Aoki's JA SearchJapan (Historic, until present)
Moldova Civil Aircraft Register 2018Moldova (from official source, current per 8 January 2018)
Herman Dekker's Aviation ArchiveNetherlands (Historic, 1920 until May 2014, very detailed. All direct from official sources, in Dutch)
Arno Landewers' Aviation WebsiteNetherlands (Historic, June 2014 until present)
Scramble Dutch Civil Aircraft RegisterNetherlands (from official source)
David Wise's Aviation History WebsiteNew Zealand and the Pacific Islands (Historic, since 1929)
Registro Español de AeronavesSpain (Historic since 1920)
RussianPlanes Airworthiness CertificatesRussia (from official source, in cyrillic only)
Ukraine Civil Aircraft Register 2012Ukraine (from official source, current per 30 January 2012)

Various

Aussie AirlinersIn-depth information and histories of airliners registered and operated in Australia
Geoff Goodall's Aviation History SiteA treasure cove of reliable information on many historic aviation subjects
Scramble Location DatabaseReliable ICAO, IATA & FAA code information for many airports worldwide