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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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What is this weird plane?

Can anyone identify the make and model of this aircraft? I'm just really curious.
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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 happened to this airplane at Lombok Airport?

Last month I was on holiday 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 ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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 plane is this instrument panel from?

I came across this instrument panel being sold as a potential craft project. I instantly knew what I wanted to do with it. I am going to give it, filled with old pics to my father-in-law who used to ...
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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 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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Can you identify this fighter aircraft?

If someone can identify this aircraft, please tell me which aircraft this is?
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What is this old US Air Force plane?

What model of plane is visible in this image?
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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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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 do these instruments do?

This is sort of the reverse of an aircraft-identifcation question. I am attempting to build a virtual model of a Gee Bee R1 (for fun). Unfortunately I haven't had much luck finding plans or images of ...
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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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What is this flying boat being restored at the Udvar Hazy Center?

I am fortunate to live ~20 minutes from the Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. At the back of the Museum is there restoration hangar, surrounded on two sides by a second level glass enclosed ...
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How do you visually identify aircraft from the ground?

Are there any good resources that teach you how to identify jetliners from the ground? I'd love to see some great comparative photos of their silhouettes. Books or websites are both ok. For example, ...
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Can anyone identify this 1910s era biplane?

I tried a number of searches with absolutely no luck. I remember a few that looked sort of similar without that smooth aerodynamic nose and body. I did try at least. If this helps, the individual ...
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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 aircraft with pipes at the flight deck windows?

This image comes from a site about aircraft tractors: What could be the reasons for this old aircraft to have pipes at the flight deck windows and to be moved near a forest?
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What's a similar looking aircraft to this illustration?

There is this crazy picture of a plane or a boat or both...? This is just a drawing, I know, but if this aircraft does not exist, is there perhaps a similar looking one in reality?
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What is this plane approaching an airport in Asia? (Also, what is the airport?)

The airport is in Asia, that is all I know.
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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 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 biplane?

What is this biplane shown above?
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What is this WWI aircraft?

I recently acquired what appears to be an extremely rare photograph. It was purchased at an estate sale auction in Europe. The photo was listed simply as "Flieger in seinem Doppeldecker "Bülow" (...
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Can someone identify this biplane?

My grandfather in the back seat apparently.
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What is this old pusher propeller aircraft?

I am researching the history of pusher aircraft and came across this photo. Any information or guesses as to its history? Country, designer, mfg, pilot, etc? It looks to me like perhaps a 1920's ...