While playing Pokémon GO, I saw a plane with:

  • Propellers behind the engine.
  • Canards at the tip of the plane.
  • Normal-looking tail with a flat wing at the end of the upright bit.

I know these are probably not the correct terms, but I'm not sure what else to call those components.

  • $\begingroup$ Could it be a VariEze? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutan_VariEze $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ The terms you're looking for: "Propellers behind the engine": this is a pusher configuration. "Normal looking tail with a flat wing at the end of the upright bit": this sounds like a T-tail. $\endgroup$
    – Mark
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 21:21

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The "propellers behind the engine" is called a "push configuration". One you look through aircraft that are private business planes, the Piaggio P.180 Avanti comes up as a likely contender.

the p.180 Avanti banking on a turn

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    $\begingroup$ The stabilizer arrangement here is usually called a "three-surface" -- both canard and conventional stabilizer in addition to the main wing. There are a number of current and next generation jet fighters with this layout, as well, though of course they don't have pusher propellers. $\endgroup$
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 11:05
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    $\begingroup$ Could have been a Beechcraft Starship too, I don't have a picture on hand. Large plane or small? $\endgroup$
    – CrossRoads
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ The Starship does not have a "normal looking tail", though. $\endgroup$
    – Skyler
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 16:50
  • $\begingroup$ @CrossRoads I'm begining to wonder if that was it? Picture. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 8:25
  • $\begingroup$ The second thing on the Starship ID checklist after the rear-facing engines, is the winglets. This has none. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 2, 2019 at 4:32

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