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ID a 1930's-40's aircraft

This cribbage board is a mystery I am trying to solve. It has an aircraft flanked by linked flags - they look like the Union Jack and the former Canadian Flag - and a maple leaf. It suggests that ...
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What type of aircraft do Tintin and Captain Haddock use on their way to Peru in "The Seven Crystal Balls"?

At the end of Hergé's The Seven Crystal Balls (first published 1943-1944), Tintin and Captain Haddock fly to Peru in a relatively big seaplane (or flying boat?). Is it a real aircraft? If so, what ...
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Help ID a biplane my Dad flew as a late 1920's barnstormer

My Father flew this ship. Can you help ID it. Photo was taken at the de Havilland Moth Factory Can't figure out what the heck it is, Looks like the tail of a DH-60 Consolidated PT-1 "N" ...
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What law enforcement agency owns the airplane continually circling over south Wichita KS right now 8:45-9:15 AM CDT 3-11-24?

What law enforcement agency owns the airplane continually circling over south Wichita KS right now 8:45-9:15 AM CDT 3-11-24? Details: estimated altitude 2500-3000' AGL. High-wing Cessna, 182 or ...
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What is this different airplane being flown in formation by the Red Arrows

I was in Lincoln, UK today and saw the Red Arrows practicing. After looking more closely at the photos I took, I see that one of the formation aircraft is different. What is this different aircraft? ...
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Which WW1 plane is this?

I have another scanned negative from my collection (see my other post with Emil Werner). I just would like to know what kind of plane it is.
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Help ID a WW1 Plane

I purchased a wooden box of glass and nitrate negatives at a flea market in Berlin Germany in 1995. There are about a dozen more in the lot with planes in them. This image has never been published to ...
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Flaming plane-like object in the night sky

In this video on X from February there is a flaming apparition in the sky over downtown Charlotte, North Carolina that looks like the Spruce Goose on fire. It does not look fake to me, but I cannot ...
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Help identify this old American jet flying formation with a Vought Pirate

Watching the video "America's Top 10 Ugliest Aircraft" from Youtube: At around 7:40 into the video when discussing the Vought Pirate, there are a few seconds ...
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Need help with a military aircraft ID

I found this photo going through some of my mom's pictures. I would like to know what type of aircraft this is. I believe they flew from he UK, possibly to Scott AFB or perhaps Griffis AFB. Time ...
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Can you identify this helicopter seen near Boscombe Down?

Please can you identify this helicopter seen near Boscombe Down (near Amesbury, Wiltshire, England) in January 2024?
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Help identify symbol of vintage biplane seaplane wing

I recently bought a "Vintage" biplane seaplane model from an Etsy shop. The images on the listing didn't include an unobstructed view of the top of the wings. When I received it, I found ...
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What is this early biplane?

This is a 1910-1920 biplane that landed at Oregon Agricultural College. now Oregon State University. I've cropped out some of the people and horses. Thank you[]
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Can you identify this plane? Picture from ca1942, maybe Taylorcraft

This was my grandfather's plane, picture taken, I believe, in 1942. My grandparents are long gone and I have no one to confirm the ID of this plane, but from internet searches, it looks like a ...
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What is the seaplane in this old photograph?

Can you help identify this large apparently water-borne machine?
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Here's another German aircraft of unknown descent?

A most unusual all-white single-engine pusher tri-plane
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Can anyone please identify this beauty?

Obviously a German experimental flying boat.
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Can you help identify this vintage aircraft?

Please help identify this aircraft. Photo taken in Rijeka, Croatia early 1900s
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What type of plane/model is this twin-engine plane?

I would like to know what type/model is this plane, because I like it a lot.
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Six Propeller Engine Military-Type Aircraft at KPHX Sky Harbor

I was browsing the Google Maps 2023 image of the now-demolished Terminal 2 at Sky Harbor in Phoenix, Arizona. (See below.) I noted what appears to be a six-engine military transport aircraft parked ...
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How many exterior stencil lettering (marking out maintenance or critical flight parts) are there on a Delta 767-300?

I was wondering how many different stenciling areas are located on a Delta 767-300 and wanted to know general locations of each. Some examples include the markings of "Static Port" and the ...
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What is this (possible) small jet trainer?

Photographed just now (10/18/2023) near Ellington Field, Texas. Hunting around on some aircraft pages didn't turn up a match. I bumped the contrast up to see features better.
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Why are only discrete SSR codes allotted for aircraft identification?

What happens if we assign a non-discrete squawk code (ending on 00) like 0200? Is there any particular reason for non-discrete squawk codes to be used only for special purposes and not for ...
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What type of helicopter is this?

Wondering what kind of aircraft this is. Military or commercial? Photographed nearing island HK (possibly near Wanchai) an hour or two ago.
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What is this Luftwaffe branded plane at Tirana's airport?

The question is pretty much in the title, I was definitely not expecting to see a Luftwaffe branded plane, so I'm curious to know what I'm looking at! At the time of posting the plane is sitting at ...
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What is this Lufthansa passenger jet plane, based on these three photos?

I took a plane in February 2006 from Lufthansa, I think it was an Airbus A340 but not so sure. Can someone help me identify exactly this plane? (Don't mind the ostrich) Here is the outside of the ...
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What plane is most similar to the LEGO Firefighter Aircraft 42152?

I want to identify a LEGO Firefighter Aircraft: LEGO set #42152 Is this model based on a real plane? Does anyone have any ideas?
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Identify this commercial(?) jet approaching Songshan airport in Taipei with what looks like very long inner flaps

Taken from a bus window on a highway leaving Taipei going west and south, these photos show what I assume is a commercial jet on roughly northeast(?) approach to Taipei's Songshan Airport July 24, ...
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Help identifying my great grandfather’s biplane

I was wondering if anyone could identify the plane my great grandfather (Francis W. Reed) is standing in front of? The picture was probably taken in Indiana.
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Help identifying small low-flying aircraft over western US?

Have spotted this aircraft flying over the western U.S. more than once this July: a couple of times in early July north of Spokane, WA, and today over the Silicon Valley area. All times it was flying ...
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Does anyone know what specific plane this is a model of?

Curious about the one 6 seconds in on this compilation of flutter experiments
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Need help identifying a radial aircraft engine

I work at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum in Rio Grande NJ. We just acquired what we believe to be a radial aircraft engine that was found by fisherman in the Atlantic Ocean. We'd ...
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What is this military aircraft I saw near Catalina island?

I was wondering if anyone could help me identify this plane. I have researched military id guides, image searched, and asked several naval and Air Force friends with no result. Location: off shore 20 ...
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Is the aircraft in this image real?

(Image source) At first, it appeared to be a freighter conversion of an Airbus A320 (known as the A320P2F). But upon having a closer look at the engine, it looks like a PW1100G, which would imply that ...
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Which fighter jet is seen here at Centennial Airport Colorado?

These fighter jets landed at Centennial Airport Colorado today. What type of fighter jet are they?
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What is this military aircraft from the James Bond film Octopussy?

The James Bond 1983 adventure Octopussy opens with Bond flying through a hangar in a Bede BD-5 and generally causing carnage. One of the planes I cannot identify. It is possible that it is a ...
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What are these planes and what are they doing?

I know next to nothing about planes, so excuse any naivety below…  I live in Denver CO and frequently see military planes in what look to be training exercises. Today I saw two pairs of planes (one &...
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Which fighter jet is this, based on the silhouette?

6 to 8 of these planes flew through the Ogwen Valley in North Wales, UK, this morning (2nd of June). Hawks and other training jets are common sights, but I’ve not seen these before and can’t identify ...
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Plane Identification (Coast Guard, Air Force base region)

I live in Clearwater Florida and multiple times a day, I have giant multi-prop Coast Guard planes, ans choppers flying low over my home. However, today as I sat outside, I heard one but it sounded a ...
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Help me identify this GA twin engine aircraft

Apologies for the quality. Other snippets from the video show wingtip tanks, but these could be a mod. The most distinctive thing about it that I can see it the side window This may be the same ...
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Tail Number of a particular plane [duplicate]

How to determine the aircraft tail number on a particular flight, using the flight number. I have been advised there was a bird strike on a plane I was supposed to be on, but air stewards told a ...
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Does anyone recognize the aircraft in this photo?

I saw this aircraft flying in the vicinity of Dulles International Airport today, while I was inside my car. I could not tell whether or not it was a turbine engine as I could not hear it.
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What is this plane, based on its wing?

Here is the picture of the wing of a plane. Does anyone know which plane it is? The flight number was AF 1834 going from Paris CDG to Berlin Tegel in november 2015. The plane was from Air France and ...
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What is this beauty, seen here after a heavy landing?

A high-wing monoplane with a curved leading edge.
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What military aircraft is in this video still?

I found this image of an aircraft on a video by a friend of mine and I would like to have your help identifying this for me:
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Is the cockpit depicted in this movie from an Airbus A330?

I am watching this YouTube movie: And I wonder, if it is possible to tell the aircraft being flown here, just from looking at the cockpit instruments (quite low ...
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Can anyone identify this photograph - what aircraft, when and where?

This is a large photograph, with nothing on the reverse, so any help would be welcome.
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Any ideas on what this aircraft is? The number 5964 is printed in the negative

Any ideas on what this aircraft is? The number 5964 is printed in the negative
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What type of plane is this?

Looks like a biplane with an inline engine. Time frame is probably pre December 1941. As a second question: Does anyone know what the shield shaped emblem would be, i.e., what squadron, etc.?
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What aircraft is used in the movie Plane (2023)?

Does anyone know what type of aircraft was used in the new film Plane staring Gerard Butler?
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