Useful Research Websites

Here is a list of freely accessible websites that can help you find the correct data for your photo. There are also selected sources that provide data on a specialised aviation subject at a cost. AirHistory.net offers no opinion on these products. The links are there for the information of members who share an interest in the special subject and may wish to expand their own library.

When it comes to data it is important to understand that no website is perfect, and errors are often copied from one website to another. It is a fact that even official civil aircraft registers can be full of mistakes or incorrectly interpreted data. These errors can come from the aircraft owners who have confused manufacturers' serials with military ones or used part numbers when a manufacturer's dataplate could not be found.

Our database editors make every attempt to keep AirHistory.net free of such errors, but errors will occur from time to time. You may 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 often internet sources are wrong and contain repeated errors, some dating to before the internet.

Information on 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
RotorspotDatabase containing worldwide registration data for (mostly) civil rotorcraft, maintained by Jos Stevens.
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

Information on Specific Aircraft Types

BAC 1-11 One-ElevenExtensive information on all BAC1-11s built
Beech 17 StaggerwingBeech 17 Staggerwing Production List
Britten-Norman BN-2 IslanderComprehensive info on the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander, including a full 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
Pilatus PC-6 PorterExtensive info including a production list for the Pilatus PC-6 Porter, compiled by Markus Herzig
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
SIAI Marchetti Production ListsProduction lists for various SIAI Marchetti types, compiled by Hendrik Vanderveen
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

Information on Various 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)

Information on Specific Military Operators

Australian Defence Force SerialsExtensive information on all Royal Australian Air Force & Royal Australian Navy aircraft
Austrian Air ForceExtensive information on all Austrian Air Force aircraft, compiled by Franz Mydza
Canadian Military Serial NumbersExtensive information on Canadian Air Force and Navy aircraft, compiled by R.W.R. Walker
Czechia/Czechoslovakia Serial NumbersWith historic type, c/n and date details
German Air Force/Luftwaffe StarfightersExtensive information on all Luftwaffe F-104 Starfighters, compiled by Hubert Peitzmeier
New Zealand Defence Force SerialsExtensive information on all New Zealand Defence Force aircraft
Norwegian Air Force / LuftforsvaretVarious documents on the Norwegian Air Force, with very detailed historic info about type, c/n and units
Papua New Guinea Defence Force SerialsExtensive information on all Papua New Guinea Defence Force aircraft
Thai Air Force & GovernmentExtensive information on Thai military & government fleets, compiled by Steve Ozel
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

Armenia (EK)PDF file
Australia (VH)Searchable database, current aircraft only
Australia (VH)Downloadable files (CSV format) from 2000 until Present
Austria (OE)Searchable database, current aircraft only
Belgium (OO)Searchable database, current and some de-registered
Belize (V3)PDF File, current aircraft only
Bosnia and Herzegovina (E7)PDF File, current aircraft only
Brazil (PP/PQ/PR)Searchable database, current aircraft only
Canada (C)Searchable database, current and some historic
Cayman Islands (VP-C)Downloadable PDF File, current aircraft only
Colombia (HK)Searchable database. Do not use dash, type e.g. HK5210
Chile (CC)Searchable database. Current & some historic, but most recent registration entry only
Czechia (OK)Click the Filter button to do a search
Estonia (ES)Current aircraft only
Fiji (DQ)Current aircraft only
France (F)Searchable database, current and some historic
Guernsey (2)PDF file, current and de-registered aircraft
Hungary (HA)PDF file, current aircraft. Click the Letöttes button to download
Iceland (TF)Current aircraft only
India (VT)Very irregular updates. PDF files, 2011 until June 2020
Ireland (EI/EJ)Monthly Excel files, Oct 2019 until present
Isle of Man (M)Searchable database
Kyrgyzstan (EX)Current aircraft only
Moçambique (C9)Click on "Lista de Aeronaves". PDF file, current aircraft only
Moldova (ER)PDF file, current aircraft only
New Zealand (ZK)Searchable database, current aircraft only
Netherlands (PH)Click the Bekijk het Luchtvaartuigregister link to download the current register
Papua New Guinea (P2)PDF file, current aircraft only
Russia (RA, registrations)Downloadable CSV files in cyrillic, 2016 until present (scroll down to section 16). Use "1251 Cyrillic (Windows)" character decoding
Russia (RA, cancellations)Downloadable CSV files in cyrillic, 2019 until present (scroll down to section 16). Use "1251 Cyrillic (Windows)" character decoding
Serbia (YU)Searchable database. Type registration in leftmost field, then click Претражи button to do a search
Slovakia (OM)PDF file, current aircraft only
South Africa (ZS)Searchable list, until 2018
South Korea (HL)In Korean. Type registration in the 검색 field
Spain (EC)PDF file, current aircraft only. Updated monthly.
Switzerland (HB)Searchable database, current and some de-registered
Ukraine (UR)Excel file, current aircraft only.   Note: Resource off-line as of March 2022
United Kingdom (G)Searchable database, complete (current and historic)
United States of America (N)Searchable database, current and some historic

Unofficial & Historic Civil Aircraft Registers

Australia (VH)Tony Arbon's AustAirData (Historic, until present, compiled from official sources)
Canada (C)Historic CCAR Project (Historic, 1929 until present)
Czechia & Czechoslovakia (L & OK)Historic, in Czech (use menu on right: Civilní letadla = Civil aircraft, UL letadla = Ultralight aircraft, Větroně = Gliders, Vojenská letadla = Military aircraft)
Denmark (OY)OY-REG Danish Civil Aircraft Register (Historic, until present)
Denmark (OY)Danish Aircraft Database (Historic, until present)
Iceland (TF)Flugheimur (Historic, 1928 until present)
Italy (I)Registro degli Aeromobili Civili Italiani (Historic, 1930 until present, in Italian)
Japan (JA)Norio Aoki's JA Search. Type reg in first field and click the button (Historic, until present, in Japanese)
Moldova (ER)Moldova Civil Aircraft Register 2018 (from official source, current per 8 January 2018)
Netherlands (PH)Herman Dekker's Aviation Archive (Historic, 1920 until May 2014, direct from official sources, in Dutch)
Netherlands (PH)Arno Landewers' Aviation Website (Historic, June 2014 until present, from official source)
Netherlands (PH)Scramble Dutch Civil Aircraft Register (from official source)
New Zealand (ZK)AustAirData (Historic, until present)
New Zealand (ZK)David Wise's Aviation History Website (Historic since 1929)
Pacific Islands, selectedAustAirData (Historic, until present)
Pacific IslandsDavid Wise's Aviation History Website (Historic since 1929)
Papua New Guinea (P2)AustAirData (Historic, until present)
Russia (RA)RussianPlanes (from official source, in cyrillic)
Spain (EC)Jose Ramon Valero's Registro Español de Aeronaves (Historic, since 1920)
Thailand (HS)Thai Civil Aircraft Register, compiled by Steve Ozel (Historic since 1945, mainly from official sources)
Ukraine (UR)Ukraine Civil Aircraft Register 2012 (from official source, current per 30 January 2012)

Miscellaneous

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
Russian Airworthiness CertificatesRussianPlanes (from official source, in cyrillic)
Scramble Location DatabaseReliable ICAO, IATA & FAA code information for many airports worldwide
SurvivorsDetailed lists of surviving older generation transport aircraft, compiled by Roy Blewett
Thai Aviation websiteSteve Ozel's Thai Aviation website, with extensive information on many aspects of aviation in Thailand

Commercial Data Sources

CVW: US Navy Carrier Air Wing Aircraft 1975-2015A range of an eventual four PDF e-books covering US Navy Carrier Air Wing aircraft and their squadrons since 1975. The books contain details on cruises, operations and other activities as well as give individual airframe histories (by Bureau Number), giving official squadron allocation data as well as MODEXes worn.