I understand that there are various paid subscription services that allow me to search back up to a year in the past for the IDs of any flight and the histories of any aircraft.

Is there a free (or one-time fee) service or API for identifying the aircraft I've flown on specific dates and flights in the (up to several years) past?

  • $\begingroup$ I think FlightAware has historical data, but it is a subscription service. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    May 19, 2017 at 13:30
  • $\begingroup$ @RonBeyer: Yes, that's what the question says. $\endgroup$
    – orome
    May 19, 2017 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ You linked FlightRadar, I mentioned FlightAware, two different services... $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    May 19, 2017 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ @RonBeyer: "various" and "is there a free (or one-time fee)...". $\endgroup$
    – orome
    May 19, 2017 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ It's a one-time fee if you cancel the subscription right away... $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    May 19, 2017 at 14:36

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The US (if that's your area of flying) is very kind in publicly releasing stats compared to other territories, but the answer is still you can't without a paid service.


In short: The FAA only keeps broad records that do not contain information such as tail numbers.

Start a personal flight journal for future flights, it's a hobby some enjoy. I did at one time, and when I couldn't catch the registration, I asked the flight crew.


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