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  • Getting her digits: Discerning full registration from US military tail numbers

    I have a basic understanding, thanks to Wikipedia, about how tail numbers can translate into US military aircraft registrations. Usually, though, I'm dependent on the internet telling me the two-digit (fiscal year) prefix. However the other day I spotted a US Army Black Hawk (UH-60M, I think) at MRY that apparently has never been spotted and doesn't appear in any online databases. The paint scheme on the tail was also unlike that of any other recently-spotted Army UH-60 I could find online. Transponder wasn't on, so no info from ADS-B Exchange or Flightradar24. Call sign was also unfamiliar to me, but I neglected to right it down and have since forgotten. Any help with figuring out the full registration so I can get my first badge? Thanks in advance, friends!
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    Originally posted by Sommattlier View Post
    I have a basic understanding, thanks to Wikipedia, about how tail numbers can translate into US military aircraft registrations. Usually, though, I'm dependent on the internet telling me the two-digit (fiscal year) prefix. However the other day I spotted a US Army Black Hawk (UH-60M, I think) at MRY that apparently has never been spotted and doesn't appear in any online databases. The paint scheme on the tail was also unlike that of any other recently-spotted Army UH-60 I could find online. Transponder wasn't on, so no info from ADS-B Exchange or Flightradar24. Call sign was also unfamiliar to me, but I neglected to right it down and have since forgotten. Any help with figuring out the full registration so I can get my first badge? Thanks in advance, friends!
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    https://www.scramble.nl/database/military/usar

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      OMG that is such a cool resource. Thank you! While you're around, how does the photo look? Any changes you'd request before I submit? (In a couple weeks because I have no queue slots)

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