I know where to find details for FAA N-Number registrations. But where can I find records and details on older FAA NC, NR, NL, and NX numbers?

  • $\begingroup$ Its entirely possible that they aren't available electronically. Those prefixes were used prior to 1949 and may not have been digitized. You can probably try to request copies of those records through the FAA, but I'm sure it won't be easy, or cheap. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 18:41
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NC, NR, NL or NX are not necessarily older aircraft. Any aircraft more than 30 years old can use NC instead of just N.

So, to find the a/c registration you just take out the C.

I own a glider that was built in 1965 so my numbers are NC and 5 digits.

It should be the same for R, L, and X, which are any aircraft that has a restricted, limited or experimental airworthiness certificate can use those letters after the N. See FAR Part 45.22.

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    $\begingroup$ This does not answer my question on where I can find info on these registrations $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 22:46
  • $\begingroup$ The point is that the premise of your question is incorrect. Only NC is for 30 yrs or older aircraft. For all of those registration marks, remove the C, R, L and X and search on that on the FAA web site. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 6:44

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