Questions tagged [aircraft-identification]

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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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Can anyone identify this Autogyro?

I've found similar autogyros on the internet, but not this one. Most autogyros appear to have 2 cockpits and this autogyro only has one. Although I have matched its angle-tipped wings with other ...
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Identify this USAAF biplane

I have been unable to match this USAAF biplane with a similar photo mainly due to the cockpit canopy. I've found no other like it. I believe the photo was taken at Madison, WI or Chicago, IL in the ...
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Given an exact date, time, and coordinate, can I locate a plane that flew overhead?

I need to identify an aircraft seen at 36.841900,-87.673600 Kentucky on July 4, 2020, at 12:29am. Is there a way to do this feasibly? Figured out what it is:
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Can anyone Identify this FLY FAIR seaplane?

This photograph, from my family's collection, of a high-winged, dual rotary engine, amphibious airplane, probably in the 1930's, appears to be an excursion plane at a fair since it has "FLY FAIR&...
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I'd like to know the name of this aircraft

I recognize it but can't recall the name, if anyone can tell me that would be great.
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What aircraft has a sustained bright orange light visible at night/early morning?

This morning around 6 a.m. in Durham, N.C. I was sitting on my porch and saw a bright orange light, I thought it was Mars it was so orange, but it was very bright. After looking at it for a moment it ...
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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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Please identify this unusual jump plane

Can anyone identify this aircraft: This plane was used in a horrible skydiving attempt where the person in the back attempted to climb out but was unable. As a skydiver, this made me very ...
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Low-wing taildraggers pictured on 2021 ASA FAR/AIM cover?

There are a pair of low-wing taildraggers on the cover of the 2021 FAR/AIM published by ASA. Can anyone identify them? I tracked down the image source here, but the description does not identify the ...
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From which aircraft are these parts (plane crash on "Dallas" TV series)?

I'm trying to identify the aircraft in this scene from episode # 014 <2.09> entitled "Survival" of the classic "Dallas" TV series (filmed and broadcast in 1978), which ...
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What is this helicopter seen in the Falcon Crest TV series?

My next to last "Falcon Crest" related question for the database I'm programming: Does anyone recognize the make and model of this helicopter from episodes # 160 <7.05> (first screen ...
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What is this jet seen in the Falcon Crest TV series?

This is another jetliner from "Falcon Crest" I'm trying to identify. It was visible briefly in episode # 194 <8.11> "True Confessions" (1989). Thanks for your help!
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What is this plane seen in the Falcon Crest TV series?

Does anyone recognize the make and model of this small plane? It was used in episode 154 <6.27> "Chain Reaction" of the 1980's TV show "Falcon Crest". I'm working on a ...
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What is this jetliner seen in the Falcon Crest TV series?

I'm trying to identify this jetliner from the "Falcon Crest" TV series filmed in 1984 It's from episode # 068 <3.28> "Ashes to Ashes". This is the only scene featuring the ...
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Can anyone identify this biplane from a TV show?

Could someone help identify this biplane from a TV show, please? No other scene / camera angle is available though.
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What plane is this, looks a lot like a BAe-146-100 or an Avro 146-RJ100, however with only 2 engines?

I saw it and took a picture. It is flying out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It landed at about 5:27 if that matters. It is a green tail livery that extends downward. The wings are above ...
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What aircraft (real or fictional) does this look most like? [closed]

I just finished building a foam board plane. I did not follow any plans and this is just me being stupid and making a plane that I hope will fly. pic below. Its a flying wing with a bit of dihedral, ...
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Can you please identify this aircraft from a BBC show?

The image is from: BBC Skies Above Britain Series 1 "Flying into Danger" - Episode 1
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Trying to identify an aircraft from a photo

I'd like to know if anyone can identify an aircraft from this photo. The man in the photo is my grandfather Joseph White. He didn't talk about what he did in the war and we have been trying to put the ...

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