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Are there military-style planes without markings using Wilmington’s airport?

Ken Little
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An Osprey aircraft flies near Wilmington International airport in 2007. StarNews file photo

An Osprey aircraft flies near Wilmington International airport in 2007. StarNews file photo

Q. I live where there is a lot of air traffic. I am former military and I recognize most of these aircraft, however I have noticed these aircraft no longer bear any insignia of our armed forces nor an American flag? I was made aware a few years back that these are not American pilots or soldiers being trained, that it is mostly private companies flying our military planes training foreign military and non-U.S. citizens. How do we get the records of who is flying what around us?

A. Civilian registration numbers, which all begin with an N, can be checked on the www.FAA.gov website, said Gary W. Broughton, director of operations at Wilmington International Airport.

“We are not aware of any civilian aircraft of the type mentioned. We do have aircraft that are not easily recognizable and could be mistaken for civilian but are indeed U.S. military aircraft identifiable by their tail numbers,” Broughton said.

For information about U.S. military aircraft serial numbers and identification markings, try:

www.skytamer.com/5.8.htm.

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2 Responses to “ Are there military-style planes without markings using Wilmington’s airport?”

  1. On March 5, 2015 at 11:32 am Darrell Parks wrote:

    Just little black helicopters. LOL

  2. On March 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm GGS wrote:

    There are fighter planes often parked at the airport, just south of the Border Patrol tarmac, mainly on the weekends. I’ve assumed they were reserve or guard planes, but the markings are pretty much camouflaged out and are unrecognizable, at least from a distance. Your eyes have not deceived you…there are no details about who flies them in the “official” answer above.



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