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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. 

North American F-86 Sabre & FJ-2/3/4 Fury

The North American F-86 Sabre was the primary US fighter during the Korean war. The early versions have a typical forward pointing "upper lip" on the top of the air intake in the nose. The aircraft was also built by Canadair (as CL-13), CAC (as CA-26/CA-27), Fiat and Mitsubushi. The US Navy version was the Fury.

North American F-86D/K/L Sabre

Later versions of the F-86 Sabre received a radar nose radome, giving them a distinct different appearance, although the rest remains largely unchanged.

North American P-51/F-51 Mustang

One of the most famous fighters of World War Two is the Mustang. It is powered by a liquid cooled piston engine, so the nose is quite streamlined. Typically for the P-51 the cooler inlet is below the fuselage, near the wing trailing edge. The canopy had frames on the first versions, later a bubble canopy became standard, as shown here.

The Sabreliner family is the only aircraft with low, swept wings, two jet engines mounted to the rear fuselage and horizontal stabilisers attached to the fuselage. Most aircraft in this configuration have a cruciform tail or T-tail. Also striking is the shape of the cabin windows of the early versions: they are triangular!

North American T-6/SNJ Texan (Harvard)

Today a popular warbird the North American Texan (outside the USA mainly known as Harvard) has seen a long service as basic trainer. Characteristics are the multi framed tandem canopy, retractable tail wheel landing gear and triangular vertical stabiliser.

North American/Rockwell OV-10 Bronco

The combination of a tail boom configuration with two T-tails and a tandem cockpit is quite unusual, but these are the key features to recognise the Bronco small attack and observation aircraft.

The shape of the B-2 is a sight not to forget easily: a flying triangle. The stealth bomber has no horizontal and vertical stabiliser. It is a flying wing, like earlier design from Northrop, but more with a triangle shape than a long wing shape.   

Northrop C-125 Raider

It is not difficult to recognise the Northrop Raider with its three radial engines of which one is placed in the nose. Furthermore the outer wings with significant dihedral are striking, as are the long main landing gear legs attached to the engine nacelles and front fuselage.

Northrop F-20 Tigershark

Essentially, the F-20 is a single engine version of the F-5, so it has the same features like the trapezium vertical stabiliser with forward swept trailing edge, the canopy being flush with the top of the fuselage and the flat bottom curved top fuselage when viewed from the side. (photo USAF/WikiMedia) 

To recognise the F-5 and T-38 look at the characteristic tail with swept forward trailing edge of the vertical stabiliser, and the two exhausts pipes. Also the nose and cockpit are typical for this aircraft. The T-38 is the dedicated training version based on the F-5.