Being in Topeka, KS, I see a lot of KC-135 traffic in and out of KFOE where the KS Coyote’s air refueling group is based.
They frequently have an ident of WYLIEnn – which makes sense.
Here, they’re generally squawking 1200, which makes sense for touch-and-go & etc. But when I select that line in dump1090, only the ICAO24 address is shown (for example AE065C)
If I click on flightware, it takes me to airframes.org, where I can lookup that this is KC-135 tail number 59-1507. Why doesn’t dump1090 manage that? And why doesn’t Flightaware manage it instead of having me type it in and do the lookup manually at airframes.org?
Finally, why do I never see positions, (especially mlat positions) on VFR (squawking 1200) flights? In the case of flights in and out of KFOE, I know there are several PiAware users in the immediate area who have far better numbers than I do, and I would think mlat would be easy. Is it that the system just doesn’t do it for VFR flights?
Similarly, private aircraft VFR in and out of KTOP which is an entire 3 miles from me never have positions. Same thing?
Thanks. In attempting to work on getting my numbers up, I’ve been spending more time looking at dump1090 and this is probably the first of a series of dumb questions.