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Not able to retrieve position report using SearchBirdseyeInFlight with ident tail number

I am using SearchBirdseyeInFlight with tail number as the ident parameter and not having any luck retrieving any position report. If I use a flight id instead, I get data back. Here is my query:

tail number, no dash:
http://flightxml.flightaware.com/json/FlightXML2/SearchBirdseyeInFlight?query={ident+{VTJPR}}+{%3D+inAir+1}&howMany=15&offset=0
returns no data

tail number, with dash:
http://flightxml.flightaware.com/json/FlightXML2/SearchBirdseyeInFlight?query={ident+{VT-JPR}}+{%3D+inAir+1}&howMany=15&offset=0
returns no data

with flight id in ident field for same tail number VT-JPR
http://flightxml.flightaware.com/json/FlightXML2/SearchBirdseyeInFlight?query={ident+{IAD735}}+{%3D+inAir+1}&howMany=15&offset=0
returns
{“SearchBirdseyeInFlightResult”:{“next_offset”:-1,“aircraft”:[{“faFlightID”:“IAD735-1549866388-airline-0339”,“ident”:“IAD735”,“prefix”:"",“type”:“A320”,“suffix”:"",“origin”:“VIDP”,“destination”:“VAPO”,“timeout”:“0”,“timestamp”:1550086180,“departureTime”:1550082078,“firstPositionTime”:1550082046,“arrivalTime”:0,“longitude”:73.79033,“latitude”:21.46249,“lowLongitude”:73.78326,“lowLatitude”:21.46249,“highLongitude”:77.13339,“highLatitude”:28.54460,“groundspeed”:478,“altitude”:361,“heading”:178,“altitudeStatus”:"",“updateType”:“A”,“altitudeChange”:“C”,“waypoints”:""}]}}

How can I get data using a tail number?

Please use the operator ident_or_reg instead of ident if you wish to search by tail number for aircraft operating under an ident that isn’t their tail number (most commercial flights).

Thanks for the reply.

How do I get a tail number back in the result set? Our systems rely heavily on the tail number and it is not part of the attributes returned by this endpoint.