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Two Engines At LGA

Tue Apr 16, 2002 3:57 pm

I've been planes watching a lot near La Guardia, and I have been having some diffculty deciphering the differences between certain planes.

I was wondering if you folks can list for me all of the aircraft that go in and out of this airport that have only two engines on the wings (like 737, 757, 767, but not the Dash 8 though :p ) and the features that vary between each so that I can identify them easily.

Thank you all in advance.

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RE: Two Engines At LGA

Tue Apr 16, 2002 9:15 pm

Two-engined planes that go into LGA are:

Boeing 737-200, -300, -400, -500, -700 and -800.

Boeing 757-200, 757-300

Boeing 767-300 (Delta, and maybe the -200 as well?).

Airbus A319, A320, A321

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RE: Two Engines At LGA

Tue Apr 16, 2002 10:19 pm

Based on Boeing757/767's list, here's some of the long distance differentiators that you can find in most photos:

737-200, -300, -400, -500, -700 and -800.
73s have a distinctive extension of the vertical stabilizer that extends well forward of the base of the fin and engine pods are flattened on the bottom.

Boeing 757-200, 757-300
75s can be confused with 76s from some angles, but in profile it is simple- 75s are the only transport of this size and configuration that have the 'point' of the nose closer to the bottom than the top, giving the nose the profile of a shark or a snake. Other similar AC have the 'point' in the middle of the nose.

Boeing 767-300 (Delta, and maybe the -200 as well?).

Easy to confuse with 77 or A300 until you get used to them, but it doesn't sound like the 77 or 300 show up at LGA- The way I differentiate the 76 is the big pointed tail cone.

Airbus A319, A320, A321-
Very much like a 73, but engine pods are round and they have the distinctive airbus 'triangle' winglets.
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RE: Two Engines At LGA

Wed Apr 17, 2002 9:23 am

What about size?

Can anyone list stats on wingspan and length?

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RE: Two Engines At LGA

Wed Apr 17, 2002 10:14 am

Dimensions at and The quickest way to distinguish several pairs (762/763, 733/734, 73G/738) is one or two overwing exits each side. (Except a few 762s have two each side, don't they?) At first you'll have to squint a bit to distinguish a 733 from a 73G, since they're about the same length-- nacelles on the 73G a bit rounder, fin a bit taller, wingspan much longer.

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