Questions tagged [aircraft-identification]

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What is this old seaplane floating on its wing?

I found this picture today in an old set of drawers that bought at an estate sale over 40 years ago.
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What aircraft has this cockpit?

What is the aircraft shown in the cockpit photo below? It was sent to me by someone who claims to be a pilot of this aircraft but I have my suspicions.
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What aircraft is shown in this cockpit picture?

While watching this YouTube video, I saw a stock image of a cockpit (at 28:55; unrelated to the rest of the video), which I didn't recognise: The general design and some panels look very Airbus like, ...
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Any idea what this 3-engine beauty is?

Can anybody identify this 3-engine flying boat moored on the ramp?
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Can anyone identify this crashed Swallow biplane?

Can anyone identify the model of this Swallow biplane? On August 14, 1929, my great grandfather, Humphrey Woods, was fatally injured in the crash of a plane piloted by Thomas Tobiason. The plane was ...
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Identifying WWII reconnaissance plane wing

Between 1944 and 1945, a US Photo Reconnaissance Squadron or (or something alike) did a survey of the whole Chilean territory using the Trimetrogon camera system (228 rolls of film and about 49.000 ...
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What do the 3-character aircraft type codes mean?

On some aircraft lists, including Eurocontrol's Aircraft Performance Database, aircraft have a 3 character code as their type. For example, an Airbus A320neo has a type of "L2J", a Boeing ...
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Can you identify this low-wing, single engine aircraft?

Can any one please identify this monoplane with a huge curved exhaust.
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What is this flying boat and launch tower?

What is this structure and aircraft? It is Real Photograph number 188.
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What aircraft was the Olmstead High Efficiency Propeller for? When and how was it used?

The AFResearchLab video AFRL Tech Museum Series: Propeller Development begins with the narrator standing in front of four propellers in a sequence transitioning from wood to metal, and what stands out ...
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Identify this antique trench art plane

I am a collector of trench art planes in Australia and from time to time come across planes that defy identification. I am currently struggling to identify this model (photos below). The age and ...
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Does anybody recognize the biplane used here?

Little red biplane used here in WKRP In Cincinnati S3E01. I don’t recognize the type and I’ve never seen this aircraft before. Of interest appears to have trailing link main landing gear. Anybody ...
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What is that plane flying over Missouri at 59,700 ft?

On flightradar24 I saw a plane flying as high as 59,700 ft at a bit more than 40 kn (pretty slow to fly at such altitude) over north-east Missouri at 1:18 am CST. Fr24 didn't tell what plane that was ...
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What plane is this? It’s hanging at a bar in Colorado

Consider: I can’t seem to find out what plane this is. I keep digging online for small twins with twin tips. It has an Air Force emblem on the sign, but I can’t find anything on it.
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What is this low wing propeller plane flying near Denver?

I have been trying to identify this plane seen near Denver on August 21, 2021. I have searched online but can’t find any matches. Plane (with smoke) was part of a flyover for a memorial service at Ft. ...
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Have tried to identify the aircraft in the attached photo. It was probably taken in the late 1920's or early 1930's in California

Looks like a Kinner engine, appears to be a two person single cockpit. Resembles a Fairchild KR-21 and a Fleet type aircraft. Have not been able to locate any other similar aircraft, with these ...
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What is this 3-engine beast?

What is this 3-engine beast? It has an unusual 6-bladed propeller as well.
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Can anyone identify this project please?

This is a large photo of what looks like a model, with an Armstrong Whitworth stamp on the back. Any ideas please?
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Can anyone identify this biplane with distinct wind screen?

I'm trying to identify the aircraft in this photo of my great grandfather. The photo would have been taken during the mid to late 1920s, possibly early 1930s. He lived in Utah (not sure this helps?). ...
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What is this biplane from an old photo?

Can anyone identify this biplane.
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Can you identify this 1920s or 30s biplane?

Can you identify this aircraft from the 1920s or 30s I think? On the back of the photo it says “Taken at Nanking, after flying from Hong Kong to Shanghai”. I don’t know who the pilot is. My ...
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Y-20 over Frankfurt [closed]

Saturday was a super clear day south of Frankfurt, Germany, near the airport (maybe 10 km away) and I saw a giant 4 engine plane flying over head - lit up by the sunset. It caught my eye because of ...
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Which airplane is visually crossing the path of the descending Dragon spacecraft on Sept. 18, 2021?

In the recording of the SpaceX live-stream covering the return of the Inspiration4 crew in the Dragon spacecraft one can see an aircraft visually cross path with the capsule at 22:59:58. While the ...
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What's up with the long exhaust stack I saw on a Cessna Caravan?

Our local airport is regularly visited by Cessna caravans flying cargo. This week I saw one parked outside the FBO building that had its exhaust stack bent down to lead under the cowling, where it was ...
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Do any RAF helicopters have skids instead of wheels?

Are there any current, or Cold War-era, Royal Air Force helicopters fitted with skids as standard? I seem to recall hearing, when I served, that RAF helicopters only ever had wheels, whereas skids ...
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My N number showed up on another plane's flight on FlightRadar24. How does that happen?

My Cessna 150F has never had ADS-B out. It has had the same N number since 1967. But yet, FlightRadar24 shows a flight a few weeks ago, perfectly tracing the coast north of San Diego, 2,000 miles from ...
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Can anyone identify this 1920's era biplane bomber?

What is the aircraft in this photo? My great uncle is in the back row second to the right. He was born in 1900, so I think this photo is from around 1920. I think he was based at Kelly Field in San ...
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Aircraft with large, double orange lights at night

Question: I saw an aircraft flying over, about two hours after sunset with a pair of bright, large, constantly on, orange lights. I'm wondering what kind of aircraft this could have been. More details:...
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Can you identify this helicopter?

I saw this helicopter in Hungary. It might be an Airbus H225M, but I'm not sure. Can you confirm or identify it correctly? Unknown helicopter seen in Hungary What is the red spot on the side, under ...
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Identify this older military-style prop plane?

I was watching a show and saw this plane and I was wondering if anyone would know what it is? For context, it was on the show "Arrow" and the characters were flying to a fictitious island ...
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Identify odd aircraft near PWK 7/19/21

My workplace is under the pattern for Chicago Executive (PWK) and we sometimes get interesting/unusual things flying overhead. Yesterday I heard something that sounded very different from a "...
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Radial-engine twin with square/straight tail

Apologies for the blurry photo. Digital zoom. It was sent to me by a friend who knows I love planes, but with few other details. Beggars can't be choosers. :) The photo makes the plane look blue, but ...
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What is this commercial aircraft based on its cockpit?

So I saw a meme featuring this photo on Reddit (although the text makes me think its from TikTok) and I was wondering what the aircraft was. It has a yoke, so its not Airbus, and the show the pilot is ...
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What is this high-wing single-engine plane performing a short landing?

Source: Shortest Landing!!! Severe Headwind! Aircraft hovers and vertically touches down! (YouTube) What is this high-wing single-engine plane performing a short landing?
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What is this radial-engined US Navy aircraft in Iceland?

My parents are traveling in Iceland and sent me a few pictures of an old radial-engined aircraft. It has "United States Navy" markings on the side, "Keflavik 17131" on the tail, ...
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Does this Max Faget April 1, 1969 design for the Space Shuttle look familiar? Is it similarity to existing aircraft at the time?

This answer to Who are the actual lead designers of manned spacecraft? in Space Exploration SE says (in its entirety): Max Faget was involved in the design of every US manned spacecraft flown to date....
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What aircraft equipment produced the three recordings of unidentified aerial phenomenon released by the US Pentagon in 2020? What does black signify?

I don't follow these things closely and my question is carefully scoped to ask ONLY about the type of aircraft equipment used and what the various gray levels in the images indicates. In CNN "The ...
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What is this airplane seen over Delhi?

It was flying over Delhi, India 6:41PM IST May 22 2021
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What is this seaplane shown in this photo?

I searched up into a seaplane page and found a particular seaplane photo that I have never seen before. While the other images showing other seaplanes do have the name, the description of this ...
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Identify Aircraft in Petra Album Art

Was listening to one of Petra's old songs, when I noted the aircraft in the cover image. I tried searching on the net, but couldn't find anything. It appears to be a pusher aircraft, with a four blade ...
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What is this plane from WWII (probably French or Allied forces)?

Picture should have been taken after or during the end of World War II, probably close to Marrakech French base (but that is not sure). Can anyone tell us what these planes are? My grand father could ...
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What Airfix model is this?

I built this Airfix kit when I was younger, and don't know what it is. I'd love to know!
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Can anyone identify the plane in the image shown and/or year of service?

All I have is this photo, found in a collection of photo's which I'm trying to identify family members and an approximate date the aircraft is in service would help. I've tried googling the aircraft ...
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Unusual airplane shown in Google Earth

At first I thought it was a plane that had its wings removed for some reason. Then I thought it might be a lifting body, but I don't think so. Any ideas? This was in Jacksonville, FL; I can provide ...
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Can anyone identify the Make and Model of this nosed-over plane?

I've tried to identify this plane by the writing on the plate on the cowling but have been unable to match the logo, and when I've blown the size up the writing is unreadable. It looks something like ...
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Can someone identify the Make and Model of airplane that this fuselage belonged to?

This gutted fuselage remnant was photographed by my mother at Whaler's Bay on Deception Island in Antarctica in 1994. Deception Island is directly south of the Falkland Islands in the narrow area ...
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Can you identify this aircraft?

This photo, taken circa 1939, was taken of my uncle's aircraft at Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York. Lotar Munch and his partner operated "Munch & Romeo Flying Service" out of ...
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Can anyone identify this pusher plane from apparently the 1930s?

I have performed two searches - a photo search and also an FAA NC number search and failed at both to identify this pusher airplane. My family photo says it was taken by my mother at the Chicago ...
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The slowest to fastest ratio plane [closed]

What fixed wing, and motor, plane or jet, has the largest range between its minimum and its maximum airspeed by which it can safely fly for prolonged periods?
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Can anyone identify this old airplane?

Can anyone identify this old airplane, and/or what era it's likely to be from? The photo is from northern Italy, and it's the only photo I have. I'd be very grateful for the help!
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