Whenever a plane crash happens, Wikipedia and Wikinews articles are created within minutes, and good reusable pictures of the aircraft become needed.

Is there a database/website that has pictures for as many aircraft as possible?

  • Pictures must be easily findable by tail number.
  • License must be compatible with either CC-BY-SA or GFDL.

Bonus if a web interface allows one to type a tail number and browse the gallery (thumbnails) of images that match it.

Tail number D-AIPX
(aircraft with tail number "D-AIPX", by SEBASTIEN MORTIER, May 2014, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

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Most commercial aricraft, lots of military and some general aviation aircraft.


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    Nice website, but unfortunately their pictures are not at all open. Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 20:45
  • "CC-BY-SA or GFDL" - Now I get it. That's the licensing for use. In some weird way I thought it was a format for aircraft registration.
    – pndfam05
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 1:24

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