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Below check the specific characteristics of the aircraft you are looking for. You can select multiple items for each characteristic. The results will be filtered automatically. 

Antonov An-2

As one of the largest single engine biplanes ever built, the Antnov An-2 and derivatives are quite easy to recognose. They come with piston and turboprop engines, which results in a different appearance. The Chinese version is the Nanchang Y-5.

Antonov An-22 Anteii

While the sound of the contra rotating propellers is already very characteristic, this does not help you with the engines shut off. But otherwise the large size and H-tail are also good recognition points of the Antonov 22.

Antonov An-225 Mriya

Once the biggest aircraft in the world, the Antonov An-225 is still impressive. It is an enlarged Antonov 124, with six engines and an H-tail. The main purpose was to carry the Russian space shuttle, the Buran. 

This Soviet designed family of turboprop aircraft is similar in size and appearance as the Fokker F27: both have high wings and long main landing gear legs, retracting backward in the engine nacelles. While the An-24, An-26, An-30 and An-32 are quite different, they are all clearly derived from the same basic aircraft, the An-24. The Y7 is the Chinese version of the aircraft, further developed in the MA60.

Like the Shorts Skyvan the An-28/M28 has a box shaped fuselage, stut-braced high wings, a fixed single wheel landing gear and an H-tail. The fuselage cross section is less square though and the vertical stabilisers have five sides instead of four.

Antonov An-70

The An-70 was to be the successor of the An-12, but this has not (yet) materialised. It is a bit bigger than its predecessor with as clear recognition point the counter-rotating props. The forward prop has eight blades, the aft prop six.

Antonov An-72/74

The jet engines of the Antonov An-72 and An-74 are placed on top of and before the wings to create more lift. This makes the configuration unique and easy to recognise. Further note the tandem main landing gear and significant anhedral of the wings.

Antonov An-8

This is the twin engine version of the much more familiar Antonov An-12. So it has the same glazed nose, outer wings with anhedral and a trapezium shape vertical stabiliser. (photo Felix Goetting/WikiMedia)

Atlas Cheetah

Hampered by sanctions South Africa created its own advanced fighter by significantly upgrading the Mirage III the air force had. As such the Atlas Cheetah looks much like a Mirage, but with a longer nose and canards behind the air intakes.

Augmented Wing Jet-flap STOL Research Aircraft

This modification of a DeHavilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo has two jet engines under the wings in large nacelles. The wings had leading edge slats over the full span. Air from the ducted engines was blown over the wings to increase effectivity. (photo NASA/WikiMedia)