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2 Holers, Boring And All Look The Same  
User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 25
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2052 times:

is it just me or the fact that all of the new airliners pretty much look the same ( except for size and a few other small cosmetic effects ). its making the airways and airports boring. what do you think?


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User currently offlineLZ-TLT From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1998 times:

agree, with small exceptions in the regional/commuter sector

User currently offlineAirbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1989 times:

I disagree. That's just my opinion. All planes have their own unique look...

Trevor



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1981 times:
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They all look the same? Hold on a minute but, when did the A340 resemble a 777 and how does a 767 look the same as an A330? or a 757 look like an A320?

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User currently offlineDripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1975 times:

I disagree as well.

Now, the one-holers...to me are boring!

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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1956 times:
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I don't think they are boring. But I do agree his understanding. The variety of a/c designs has dwindled considerably over the years.


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User currently offlineRogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1946 times:

I agree. Its especially hard for me to study the Airbus narrow body designs where I live because they are so rare: DFW / DAL.

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User currently offlineAirbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1941 times:

Maybe aircraft manufacturers have found the ideal shape for an aircraft to fly economically, which probably explains why they look similar then? Just wondering.

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User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

ok, im not saying an A340 looks like a 777 ( it has 4 engines and a 777 has two for starts ) how ever most of if not all new aircraft look so remarkably the same ( and im not argueing the fact it may be for economic reasons ) that it makes aircraft spotting and Id'ing boring. ( even when we are in flight, we always talk about it,pilot: " hey eng what plane is that at co altitude" eng:"hmmm its hard to tell they all look alike now adays " copilot: " yeah, you got to get really close to even tell if its a boeing or airbus")


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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1874 times:
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Yeah i understand your point. But they all look the same maybe because manufacturers have found a reasonable design which they like and is economical as Airbus_A340 mentioned. That could be the reason although i cant really see how airbus or boeing could come up with a design which is drastically different to current planes we have now. They've probably looked at all the different designs.

When boeing was designing the 777, they thought about having an upper deck with 3 engines, but that obviously never happened.

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User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1523 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

I immediately recognise a 330 from a 757/767 because of the winglets.
I think it's hard to distinguish a 757 from a 767.


User currently offlineAerosol From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1854 times:

IMO it is hard to tell if it if a 757 or a A321 especially when airborne. I always have to look twice to see if it a LTU A321 or a 757 @ DUS.

Back to the topic:
Luckily the sonic cruiser will change that!


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1825 times:

I agree with you 100% Galaxy5, spotting airliners is boring these days.

Bring back the days of the classic 747s, DC-10s, CV990s, DC-8s, Comets, L1011s, 727s, etc. Now those were the days to go spotting (even though I wasn't alive then!  Big thumbs up)


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1811 times:

I tell you what, we'll do a deal. I'll phone up Airbus and you phone Boeing, we'll tell them that their airplanes are boring and too similar and we'd like them to redesign all their best selling aircraft so they look more interesting and less alike...

User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

galaxy5,
you bring up a good point, but i disagree.

to see a 777 taxi to the gate next to a 737 is awesome, to see a 757 landing gives you the chills. planes all have the same general look, but i feel there is enough diffrence to help each plane stand out.

like they said before, when was the last time you saw a 757 and said what kind of plane is that? when was the last time you saw a 777 and said man that 737 is huge?

i like the planes, but i am a big fan of the 727, but now we have the 777 to help ease the pain.



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1788 times:
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Ual777contrail is correct.

You cannot mistake a 777 for a 737 or a 767. the 777 is just so massive and stylish-looking.

757 has a unique nose design, looks the head of a cobra snake, you cant really mistake that for another plane.

A330/A340 should be easy to spot since they have winglets, only other plane to have winglets is the 747 and MD-11, MD-11 has 3 engines though.

I have no trouble distinguishing planes from on another, only high up in altitude i might do.

Rdgs
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