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What is this odd aircraft?

What is this aircraft? It was parked at transient parking at the Southern California Logistics Airport. It is a pusher prop driven plane with a conventional tail. High aspect ratio un-swept wings. ...
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Did these parts come from a T-33 crash?

A Lockheed T-33 crashed near my hometown (Outer Cove, Newfoundland) in 1956. This year we have had some very strong storm surges, and a piece of metal has washed up on the shore. I am posting this ...
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Can this helicopter/wrecking ball combo remain airborne?

I just ran into this meta-answer which includes this image: My initial guess is that the wrecking ball is far too heavy for the helicopter to lift, but I'd be interested in the numbers to see just by ...
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Does anybody recognize these wings?

I was on a tour at the University of Maryland, and I saw these wings sitting against the wall: I asked the guide, and he had no idea. (In case you can't tell these are two wings. The green lines ...
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What is this aircraft with elaborate folding wings?

I noticed this plane in the background of this car advert. Can anyone identify it? I'm assuming that may have been used on an aircraft carrier, hence the elaborate folding wings?
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What is this quad-jet plane at El Paso Airport?

If you look at El Paso International Airport on Google Maps, on the south side apron and across from a hangar that is labeled "Sierra West Airlines" (west of the NASA facilities) there is a small quad-...
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What is this delta-winged aircraft?

I spotted this recently. The distance and poor camera makes it really hard to determine what it is. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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What type is this aircraft with "inverted" wings?

A friend of mine saw this plane at Tampa Bay International Airport recently: It has an odd combination of a negative dihedral and pylonless overwing engines, all traits I've seen individually but not ...
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What is this high flying aircraft over Pennsylvania?

Yesterday afternoon I photographed a Boeing 777-300ER flying over my home, according to radar data it was at approximately 32,000 ft. In the photograph there is another aircraft present, it is much ...
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What's parked in Mil Moscow helicopter plant?

This answer has a photo of a Mil Mi-26 that I felt in love with, so I looked in Wikipedia and learned it's the largest production helicopter, second only to Mil V-12 that flew as a prototype. In turn,...
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Which aircraft had such a luxurious-looking navigator's station?

I'm reading the BBC's How Fiji changed the way we travel; The little Pacific island nation was the first to incorporate GPS into its aviation system – and in doing so forever changed the way we get ...
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Can someone identify this unusual plane at SeaTac airport?

I saw this plane at the SeaTac Airport and thought it was very unusual. The wings look too small to even be functional to me. What kind of plane is this and what is it used for?
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Why was this commercial jet accompanied by small plane near Seattle?

From the South Beach Campground on the western shore of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State we observed this unusual formation: I only had a Sony RX100 at hand but perhaps the image quality is ...
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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 someone identify this warplane silhouette?

I saw this picture today in a news article about the current conflict in Iraq/Syria. The caption claims it is a US warplane, but I don't recognise the silhouette. Can someone identify this plane?
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What is this aircraft that appeared at Oshkosh 2017?

This photo is an image from a youtube video of Oshkosh 2017.
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What is the make and model of this biplane?

This photo is of one of my friend's great grandfather: We wish to commemorate a museum in his name as he was a highly regarded person in his area, so we wish to show this photo in the museum with ...
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What is the use of this jet aircraft with tanks between biplane wings?

Looking at this soviet-like aircraft: Source It looks like a turbine engineer team met a biplane aerodynamicist team to create this strange aircraft! More over, it appears the two big pottery pieces ...
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From this cockpit picture I cannot identify this aircraft. Any ideas?

It seems a kind of hybrid for testing. The overhead panel looks similar to BAe 146, Any ideas?
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Is this contrail from an airplane or a rocket?

A relative of mine showed me the following picture that she took on the 11th of April, around 8 to 8:30 pm in the Netherlands somewhere near "Leiden" pretty close to Schiphol airport (unfortunately I ...
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What is this fighter-like plane with huge wings?

Can anyone identify this strange plane? It looks like they took wings from a bomber and put them on a fighter body... What was its purpose?
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What is this weird plane?

Can anyone identify the make and model of this aircraft? I'm just really curious.
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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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What is this beauty, seen here after a heavy landing?

A high-wing monoplane with a curved leading edge.
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What helicopter has the most rotor blades?

I have seen 2 rotor blades up to many and wonder when does having more rotor blades become less efficient? What helicopter has the most rotor blades? Related: Why don't helicopters prefer shorter ...
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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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Can anyone help me identify the plane in this photograph?

I'd be very grateful for any help in identifying this U.S. plane. Other photos in the album look like they're from WW2.
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What is this abandoned airplane parked in Tegel airport?

This airplane is parked in Tegel airport. Probably something extremely common, but can you please help to identify it?
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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 is this squawk 7777 target at an altitude of 62,700' over Germany?

Can anyone shed any light as to what this is (circled in white)?
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Identification of this control panel for a four-engine plane

While cataloguing a printer's copper plates I came across a control panel image, and I have attached it here in the hope someone can identify what plane it's from. The Lorenz blind-landing instrument ...
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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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What happened to this airplane at Lombok Airport?

Last month I was in Indonesia and I had to take a flight from Lombok International Airport (IATA: LOP). While I was waiting for boarding I noticed an airplane (wreck) next to the runway that was ...
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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 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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What airplane is this guy sitting in?

What airplane is this guy sitting in?
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What is this aircraft with a crew member in an exposed nose compartment?

Possibly from around 1935, possibly involving one of the two airplane-supplying-powers in the Spanish Civil war. (Seen in a documentary about the 20th century inter-war era...it's only onscreen for a ...
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Can this aircraft wreckage be identified?

I live in Salinas (central coast California) and there’s an old plane wreck (located within the boundaries of Toro Park County Park in a remote section). On a hike yesterday, we located and took some ...
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What type of aircraft is depicted in the Taylor Swift music video "Look What You Made Me Do"?

It looks like some sort of business jet or small regional airliner, but I can't tell anything more specific than that. About the only thing I'm certain about is that it's a T-tailed twinjet with rear-...
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Can you identify this jet turbine stage?

I was just wondering if anyone could give me any info about this turbine rotating stage I picked up at a yard sale today. The stage measures 8-1/2" to the outside of the blades. The only markings I ...
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What is this old US Army Air Corps plane?

This photo was taken by my Grandfather in 1918 at Rich Field in Wako, TX. I don't think that it is a Taube because of the front structure, engine type, 4 wheels, fuselage shape, etc.
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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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What aircraft was used as Air Force One for the flight between Southampton and Shannon?

On Wednesday 5th June 2019, The US President flew from Southampton Airport, UK to Shannon Airport, Ireland on Air Force One. However, since SOU is more of a small regional airport, more used to ...
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Does this Lear 35 have missiles on it?

Janes aircraft recognition guide has a picture of this plane on the Lear 35 page. Does it have missiles on it or is this some special modification?
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What kind of balloons are these?

I came across the following picture on a news site, in a series of 'this day in...' type items. The accompanying text reads (in Dutch) 22 juni 1975 - In Geldrop werd de Internationale Holland ...
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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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Is this really a British Airways 727?

I came upon this clip on YouTube this week: It appears to depict a Boeing 727 in British Airways livery. My first thought was that it's a Trident, but it is ...
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What is this crashed WW2 era aircraft?

There is a post D-Day Nazi propaganda film (with contemporary Allied narration) available on YouTube. It shows a destroyed aircraft at 11:50, presumably Allied. It looks like a twin-engine aircraft, ...
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What kind of jet plane is this?

The cockpit can hold one person, is smaller than a compact car and as narrow as a motorcycle. What kind of plane is this and how hard would it be to fly?
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Vintage photo, Seatac airport

I’m spending the night in a hotel at Seatac Airport in Seattle, Washington, USA. The vintage photo below is hanging on the wall of my room. I recognize the airport as Seatac, circa 1950’s. The photo ...
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