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Identification Problems For A Newbie.

Sat Sep 01, 2001 4:23 am

I'm nowhere near as serious about civil aviation as some of you folk (and maybe I never will be) but I'm begining to enjoy most aspects of the subject. Gone are the days when I saw an aircraft and simply thought "I wonder what that is" and I now have a slight appreciation of aircraft identification.
However, it's not an area without difficulties! I found this photograph in a gallery of Northwest DC10s but (to me) it doesn't look like a NW DC10. At first glance, my guess (please don't laugh too much) would have been a US Airways A330 or Boeing 767. What's really 'thrown' me about this picture is the lack of a third contrail. I read in a recent thread that some DC10 pilots would throttle back the #2 engine during cruise, could that explain the lack of a third contrail? Or is the third one simply hidden behind the contrail from #1 engine?
Also, the trailing edge of the tail seems to be nearly vertical, whereas it's my understanding that a DC10's tail has a sharp rake and that its top (horizontal) edge is quite short.
Furthermore, I'll guess that the Northwest colour scheme doesn't show too clearly at that altitude!

Any comments or advice from experienced spotters would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,
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RE: Identification Problems For A Newbie.

Sat Sep 01, 2001 4:53 am

Definitely not a DC-10. Twin-engined aircraft for sure. My best educated guess's an A320. This plane has a "nose" to it. DC-10s have practically no noses at all. It certainly looks like a A320 to me anyway. Regards.
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RE: Identification Problems For A Newbie.

Sat Sep 01, 2001 6:37 am

Ha! Maybe I'm not as dumb as I thought Smile
FlagshipAZ, thanks for your input. I can't see a tail-mounted engine in that picture but I remember a recent thread about a 727 performing a very low level fuel dump - in that case, the centre engine was all but invisible due to lighting and the angle of the shot & I wondered if that may also be the case with this "DC10". Apparently not!

Thanks again,
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RE: Identification Problems For A Newbie.

Sat Sep 01, 2001 7:55 am

That's not a DC-10 of course. Never! It looks like a A321 to me or maybe a B757. You can see the tail very clearly, no engine! Pretty stupid to put that in a DC-10 gallery.
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RE: Identification Problems For A Newbie.

Sat Sep 01, 2001 8:00 am

Aer Lingus A321 me thinks

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