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Is this a C-17 (and why is it here)?

This aircraft flew overhead at less than 1000 ft a little while ago. We think it's a C-17. We can't figure out what it was doing... (Click here for full image) We're in Culver City, between LAX and ...
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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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How to recognise the Tupolev Tu-154, Tu-204, and Tu-334?

Tupolev used to be the one of the largest airliner manufacturer comparable to Boeing and Airbus. However since the dissolution of USSR, its airliner business is declining, and only operated by a few ...
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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 might have white wing tip lights?

I live near O'Hare airport and see hundreds of planes every day. This evening a plane flew past that did not have the standard red - green wing tip lights. It was white only on both sides. It ...
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Can someone identify if this is a Boeing or an Airbus?

I would like to know if this is a Boeing or an Airbus. Maybe there is an Aviation Wizard out there. It's an EasyJet plane.
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What is this strange biplane jet aircraft with tanks between wings?

Looking at this soviet aircraft: Source: muzealnictwo.com It seems the two big pottery pieces are actually tanks. What is this aircraft and why such design?
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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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Is this a famous aviator / airplane?

This may be a little off topic but I could not find a better community or website. I have two photo postcards with a man in front of a plane. Pretty sure it's Charles Lindbergh but an exhaustive ...
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What is the definining line between a helicopter and a drone a person can ride in?

When I say drone in this context I don't mean an unmanned aircraft. I'm not sure what the terminology of a drone that has been adapted to carry a person? Is this picture below considered a helicopter ...
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What is this aircraft with large pipes at the flight deck windows?

This image comes from a site about aircraft tractors: What is the type? Why the large pipes at the flight deck windows? What is this place? Why is this plane here?
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How can you identify an Airbus or Boeing from the inside?

How can you recognize a plane from the inside, when you are already sitting as passenger? In particular, is there a way to understand if you are inside a Boeing or an Airbus?
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What aircraft are these, and why are these engine sizes so different?

These glamorous vintage images were once famous in magazines and used by airlines to advertise their products, and yes, flight attendants clothing was like this! Old and more relaxed times, though ...
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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 plane is this?

This aircraft was parked at the very back of the McCarran airport, and I was absolutely fascinated by it. It has a propeller on the back of the fuselage as well, though not very well shown in the ...
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Can you identify this airplane?

Im thinking the window sequence and the shadow (possible a prop?) Might be your best help. My dad bought this photo and him nor I can figure it out. I work at a dang airport, too! TIA.
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What is this plane and what are the rockets on the back used for?

While reading this question I saw an image of a plane marked as a US Marines plane of some sort with thrusters or rockets of some sort attached to the sides just past the CG. What plane is this and ...
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What is this aircraft seen at Peachtree City, GA?

Sorry for the poor quality, but this jet was taking off from Peachtree City Regional on Sunday 13 May. Anyone know the aircraft?
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What airplane is this? and why the strange inlets?

Why does it have such strange intakes?
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What is this plane seen in Mobile, Alabama?

This was taken at the USS Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. It is probably a US Navy aircraft.
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What closed-cockpit biplane is this model modelled after?

What closed-cockpit biplane is this model modelled after?
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What is this NASA UAV, and what is its function?

For the question What's up with the “What's Up at Wallops” app? I was reviewing the What's up at Wallops website and drifted to the launch photos page where I saw this aircraft. I did not find a ...
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Is this blended wing body trijet airliner real?

Is it a commercial plane? Is this a better design in any way than regular engines on the wings?
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Is this a 737-800 or 737 MAX 8?

Is this a 737-800 or 737 MAX 8?