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airjampanam
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Identifying Aircraft Models

Thu Sep 25, 2003 3:02 am

With the new direction of twin engined aircrafts, does any else miss being able to simply look up and instantly identify an aircraft without having to check engine position winglets etc?
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flyingbronco05
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RE: Identifying Aircraft Models

Thu Sep 25, 2003 3:52 am

Nope.....

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elwood64151
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RE: Identifying Aircraft Models

Thu Sep 25, 2003 4:00 am

Well, there was always a relative similarity between a lot of types. The DC-9, BAC-111 and F.28/50 all looked similar enough that to the un-trained eye, they looked a lot alike. The 737 was rather unique, except for the Mercuere, as was the 757 until the A321 came out. The DC-8, 707 and 880/990 all looked enough alike to become stereotypical depictions of airliners for years. A lot of people even mix up the 727 and L.1011.

So no, I don't really miss those days.

I do think, however, that I miss the days of three big mfrs and Fokker and the Russian design bureaus making mainline jets...
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RE: Identifying Aircraft Models

Thu Sep 25, 2003 7:01 pm

I would suspect that it was just as difficult in the 1950's "to simply look up and instantly identify an aircraft", unless it was a Lockheed Constellation, with its triple fin. The DC-4, DC-6, and DC-7 were all basically the same configuration, and could not have been that distinguishable when flying overhead. Likewise, the DC-3, Convair, and Martin twins were also very alike in layout. I can only speculate, as these were all rare by the time I began to look up at aircraft with the intent to identify.
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airjampanam
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RE: Identifying Aircraft Models

Thu Sep 25, 2003 10:34 pm

Those aircrafts were a little before my time and or interest in airliners, but your points are well taken.
But with 737's,757's,767's, 777's and ALL the Airbuses, that only leaves the MD11 and the 747 as the odd ones out.
Thanx for your responses..
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PVD757
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RE: Identifying Aircraft Models

Fri Sep 26, 2003 12:27 am

working ON the airfield itself, I've adapted the ability to ID some types just by the sound of the engines, thrust reversers, etc, without even looking. (I'm not always right, but sometimes I am).

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