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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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Can someone tell me what kind of airplane this is?

It says Capt Nungesser on the tail. I’ve researched him but can’t find out what type of plane this is. French?
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Can anyone identify this 1970s Mitsubishi pushback tug?

What's the original name and specifications of this probably 1970s pushback? The bottom of this model is stamped "Mitsubishi towing tractor." Made by Tomica. Bought at a flea market in Kyoto circa ...
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How can an helicopter end up with the same tail number than an airplane?

For example, take N133AA. https://www.jetphotos.com/registration/N133AA shows American Airlines photos from the 90s and an helicopter from this decade: The FAA only shows the helicopter registry: ...
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What are these aircraft at AMARG? Why are they dismantled this way?

At the AMARG boneyard (Tucson desert, Arizona), there are tons of aircraft, but a limited number of models are dismantled according a special way: wings or tail or both separated from the fuselage: ...
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What is this strange biplane jet aircraft with tanks between wings?

Looking at this soviet aircraft: Source: muzealnictwo.com Engineers from two distinct eras have met and created this biplane with a turbine! It seems the two big pottery pieces are actually tanks. ...
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Approx 1948 Brasil Brazil Airliner…what is it? Taildragger?

What plane is this? It's a taildragger, 4 blade prop, twin engine plane. The photo was taken approximately in 1948, maybe in Brazil?
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Can you identify the plane with number NC 14959 photographed in Boston in 1937?

I have a photo of a plane with the number NC 14959 taken in Boston on December 31, 1937. The hanger behind it says "Occidental Airlines". I am trying to find out what kind of plane this is? I am ...
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Can you identify this fighter aircraft?

If someone can identify this aircraft, please tell me which aircraft this is?
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What are these aircraft at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake?

What are these 12 aircraft at the co-ordinates 35.677323, -117.676903? I recognize the F-111 and C-130, but not the others. Source: google maps
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What is this US Navy airplane seen at Westover AFB?

This Navy aircraft was at Westover AFB in either 1987 or 1990. Type unknown.
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Identify an USAF transport aircraft in Greenland around 1960

Could anybody help me identify this aircraft? It was photographed in Greenland around 1960. Thanks in advance.
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What is the type of the seaplane at the end of runway 18L on Schiphol Airport?

From 47 to 52 seconds into this video we can see a seaplane parked in a small pool of water. What type of plane is this and when did the plane fly for the last time?
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A commercial jet with rear tail-mounted engines and 3+3 seat pattern?

I have just spotted a cameo in one of the old CSI:NY episodes. External shot showed a commercial jet, rather big aircraft, with rear tail-mounted engines. While internal shots shown 3+3 seat rows ...
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Is there any source or database from which we can find out the total number of military aircraft sold globally every year?

There are a few online databases that sheds light on the number of commercial jets that countries, airlines purchases every year. Is there any database that provides similar figures for military ...
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Have B-25's and B-26's been converted for private business use?

In the movie Cash McCall, the main character, McCall, owns an aircraft that looks remarkably similar to a B-25 or B-26, but is painted yellow and has no turrets. Have these aircraft been converted ...
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What is this plane with its thick cockpit?

Today I saw this unusual plane while going to work. I'm in France, near Paris. It flew at a rather low altitude, even if I can't tell precisely - I noticed the low altitude because of the loud sound. ...
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What airborn aircraft has only white lights [duplicate]

Last night two aircraft flew fairly low overhead one following the other. From their approach only three white lights were visible from the front and one white light toward the tail. It was dark and ...
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What is that decommissioned plane near Nadirgul Airfield?

This is a decommissioned plane that I found at my place. I'm guessing it is a Dakota DC-47. The plane is placed near a small airstrip called Nadirgul (name of the location), which lies in the ...
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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 WWII four-engine plane on skis?

I've seen this plane but I don't know its name:
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What are the differences between the MiG-15 and MiG-17?

Apart from the extra wing fence and angled leading edge of the MiG-17, what are the differences visually between the two aircraft?
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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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What were those multiple flights leaving London night of 29th Aug 2019?

First time post here, please let me know if more detail needed (and which tag would suit it best). I live in Essex UK, in the evening normally see lights of planes on approach to the London airports. ...
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Is this a Janet Airlines 737 at Area 51?

I was looking at the satellite image of area 51 on google earth and i noticed an airplane that was taxiing alone on area 51 at 37°14′0″N 115°48′30″W or (R-4808N) could this be a Janet airlines Boeing ...
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What is this plane?

What is this plane? It kept circling overhead and I managed to get a picture during one of it's passes. The only parts I could see was 4 piston engines, straight wings, and a tall tail with some ...
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What is this fighter jet at Weymouth NAS?

The picture was taken at Weymouth NAS in about 1988
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What is the aircraft type in the movie 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

The new movie Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood has a few scenes in a Pan American Airways aircraft. The movie is set in the late 60s, looking at their fleet from that time, it looks like it was either ...
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What is this British bomber?

From previous answers this is probably at RAF Duxford in the mid-1930s.
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Can anyone identify this Biplane?

This Biplane from the 1930's is from an English Airshow. Can anyone identify it? There is now another picture.
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Closest RL Match for Fictional Helicopter Design?

Erm, not sure if this is the best place to post this but it seems like the best place to get a pretty straight answer thus far in my search. So yeah, this helicopter is obviously from a cartoon – but ...
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Identify canard, low-wing, single pusher-prop plane over Upstate NY

Yesterday, August 11, at around 3:30 pm, I saw an unusual-looking plane flying over Ithaca, NY. It seemed fairly small -- approximately business jet sized. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to get a ...
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Can anyone help identify this old 1930's plane?

I would like to identify this plane, if anyone can help? All I can tell you is that it is from an old photo album and probably an English Airshow in the 1920's or 1930's.
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How can I tell the difference between Spitfires and Hurricanes in photos?

The Spitfire was one of WW2's iconic aircraft, its fame coming from its spectacular performance in the Battle of Britain. But in that battle, Hawker Hurricanes outnumbered Spitfires 2:1. Often ...
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What is this old biplane on a float?

I'm hoping for some help in identifying the plane in these two photographs I found in my father's collection.
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What is this helicopter (and probe) in the film “Act of Valor”?

In the film Act of Valor, two helicopters are used to airdrop troops and their boats onto a river. (Clip here.) Firstly can you identify the aircraft? Second, what is the extremely long probe on the ...
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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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Do airplanes or helicopters ever fly at night using only white navigation lights?

I've been trying to figure out if airplanes or helicopters ever fly at night with only white Nav Lights. See this UAV video taken on July 12, 2015, 05:38 AM Pacific time in San Francisco, CA, USA.
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Airplanes in static display at Whiteman AFB

After reading the post about B-2 sizing, I spend a couple of minutes on Google Maps looking at airplanes on the Whiteman AFB. On runways, I think there are one B-2 Spirit, 3 T-38 Talon, and one AH-64 ...
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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 the fastest unpressurized aircraft?

What is the fastest unpressurized aircraft with oxygen masks that can carry people?
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What aircraft has this pattern of white strobe lights?

Just two nights ago, my brother and I noticed a weird flashing light in the night sky out in the countryside. We regularly observe by naked eye aircraft flying by, as well as satellites, and this ...
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What is this light passenger prop airplane which crash landed in East Kalimantan, Borneo in 1983?

Plane crash landed in Borneo jungle in 1983.
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What is this twin engine propeller aircraft flying for Garuda airlines in Indonesia in 1983?

Twin propeller small civil aircraft flown by Garuda Airlines Indonesia in 1983. aZxGQ.jpg
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What military aircraft has six propeller engines?

Today, in south-east Scotland, I saw a plane that looked a bit like a Hercules but had four pods on each wing. I'm pretty sure that three of them were propeller engines and the end one was something ...
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Need help identifying planes, near Toronto [closed]

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks
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What kind of Chinook helicopter/airplane hybrid is this?

I had this question: Could this helicopter's body be a flying wing? and this picture came up. What kind of helicopter is this? What is the extra wing for?
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What is this airplane with small wings at different angles seen at Paphos Airport?

I landed in Paphos Airport in Cyprus and spotted this thing sitting in the sun near the runway. It has small 'wings' sticking out at different angles. What kind of plane is this? (Sorry for the bad ...