sleekjet
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Rookie Plane Spotter Needs Help

Wed Aug 08, 2001 7:11 am

Up front, I confess that I am fairly new at this. For most, I'm sure the following problem is no problem. But I need some sort of quick reference point that would keep me from getting AA MD-80's and F-100's mixed up when seen from the front.
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doug_or
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RE: Rookie Plane Spotter Needs Help

Wed Aug 08, 2001 7:17 am

eyebrow windows (the things small windows above the main windows). Md 80s have 'em, 100s don't. also, fokker 100 have long flap actuator housings while the md-80 has the ghetto-riffic dc-9 style ones. also, all AA md-80s seem to have black radoms, except the ex-reno air ones, which are all white, not silver, and the TWA ones, which, well, still say TWA.
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skihigh2002
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RE: Rookie Plane Spotter Needs Help

Wed Aug 08, 2001 7:19 am

Another thing, Fokkers are shorter looking that the MD-80's.

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RE: Rookie Plane Spotter Needs Help

Wed Aug 08, 2001 7:26 am

I tell ya, for a problem like this airliners.net is the perfect website. Look at the pictures of both airplanes and notice the differences yourself. Not just fokkers and MD 80s look at any others that confuse you. Airbus airplanes used to confuse the hell out of me. The more time u spend at it the better you will get.
 
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RE: Rookie Plane Spotter Needs Help

Wed Aug 08, 2001 7:45 am

The engines are more towards the rear on a MD80 whereas F100's are alittle more forward of the tailcone.
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timz
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RE: Rookie Plane Spotter Needs Help

Wed Aug 08, 2001 8:36 am

Simple from the front, isn't it? MD80's have a windshield glass panel on the centerline and F100s don't. In other words, an MD80s cockpit glass has an odd number of panes and the F100 has an even number. (Hope I'm right about that.)
 
Sonic99
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RE: Rookie Plane Spotter Needs Help

Wed Aug 08, 2001 9:01 am


Rounded cabin windows on the F100 while DC-9 (MD-80) have more rectangular shaped windows.

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RE: Rookie Plane Spotter Needs Help

Wed Aug 08, 2001 12:05 pm

Forgetting the F28 vs DC9 question. You will learn very quickly to identify aircraft. It just takes time and research.

Good luck,
Steve
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777fan
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RE: Rookie Plane Spotter Needs Help

Wed Aug 08, 2001 12:13 pm

Hang in there! Airliners.net is a great way to gain knowledge. I had the same problem with the tail mounted jets and Airbus when I first started here

Not that I am an expert, but I drive my wife nuts every time we are at or near an airport and I am going.....look an MD80......look a 737-200.

Don't rush into it, just enjoy all of the great shots the photographers take here!


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Greeneyes53787
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RE: Rookie Plane Spotter Needs Help

Wed Aug 08, 2001 12:34 pm

The server was too slow to let me read the other offerings on this issue. But the simplest way for me to know which plane I am looking at is the center of the windshield.

The MD has a window. The other has a post.

Just like comparing a DC-8 with a 707. The DC has a window. The '07 has a post.

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