Questions tagged [plane-spotting]

Planespotting is a hobby where photographers try to take pictures of aircraft around airports and share them within a community.

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Can a plane turn around like on this photo? [duplicate]

I've never seen a plane do such a maneuver, have you? Is this photo just a hoax?
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What happened to the Ju 52 (“Aunt Ju“)?

I remember when I was a child, my parents and me often saw the Aunt Ju flying. But about 5 years later it disappeared. We never saw it again. Does anybody know what has been the use of the Ju 52 ...
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Are there any methods to predict the location of a jet aircraft from its sound?

At times there are military fighter aircraft flying overhead of my location (MiG-21Bis and Su-30MKI). The first indication of their presence being the sound, that obviously causes one to look up to ...
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Where can I get a picture of a specific aircraft by registration? [closed]

I'm actually building a website where I want to display pictures of a specific aircraft. So I have the registration and I would like to show a picture next to each registration. For example I have the ...
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Why would this A-10 Thunderbolt be flown over rural New Hampshire?

My mother took this photo on December 29th, 2004 on a hill near Groton, New Hampshire. It appears to be an A-10 Thunderbolt, but it's difficult to tell whether or not it's armed. According to her it ...
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How in-flight close-ups are captured [duplicate]

What equipment and preparations are necessary to shot a picture like this (an in-flight close-up, clearly shot over a large body of water, possibly from a short distance): This question is somewhat ...
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What is a Polar airplane?

I stumbled on a new chinese one here: The "Snow Eagle 601". Can someone expand a little? At first sight, I can't make any relevant difference from a regular one (It just looks like a stock DC3 ...
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How can I find aircraft and airline listing data for planespotting?

I vaguely remember when younger a spotter I knew having a book listing all airlines and all aircrafts within the airline at time of print. Is this data available now in book or online format? I'm ...
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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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Why would a C-17 Globemaster be painted in Qatar Airways livery?

Just seen a C17 Globemaster painted in civilian Qatar Airlines livery. Any idea for the reason? Is this aircraft for civilian or a military use?
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What kind of ADS-B identification code is FFxxxx, where xxxx are numbers i.e. FF0024?

I live near an airbase and use an ADS-B receiver that picks up aircraft using regular ICAO assignments. They do not include flight path details or position info, but can be identified by the ICAO ...
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Are there any accurate books that help with identifying aircraft when planespotting?

I want to start planespotting and I'm looking for the best and mosts accurate registration book. I want this book to be: accurate checkable (to check planes I have seen) have almost every plane ...
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Where can I find a catalogue or lists of realtime, streaming (major) airport cameras?

I ask in the spirit of aircraft spotting and would also prefer those with live ATC feeds, like Osaka. As of now, the visual quality is blurry and hazy, but perhaps this is due to low visibility and ...
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Did I identify these aircraft correctly?

I photographed a couple of aircraft and tried to identify them, but I'm not sure if it's correct. For me, all of them look like an Airbus A320, but I'm really unsure. So which of these aircraft is an ...
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For airplane spotting, what minimum specs should a telescope have?

We are thinking about buying a telescope for viewing planets, stars, the moon, and aircraft! What is the absolute minimum zoom and/or size to achieve getting a good glimpse of an aircraft at its ...
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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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What are the regulations regarding plane spotting in the US?

I was told that certain plane spotting activities like taking photos of aircraft taking off and landing could be illegal in the US since 9/11? What are the regulations on this, and what should I be ...