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As a fifth generation fighter the shape that improves the stealth properties is clearly present in the F-35, especially the nose, leading and trailing edges of wings and horizontal stabilisers. Hence it looks much like a smaller, single engine version of the F-22 Raptor. Also the vertical stabilisers are significantly different.

Lockheed L-10 Electra/L-12 Electra Junior

Often confused with the Beech 18 or Barkley-Grow T8P-1 due to its H-tail these Lockheed twins can best be recognised by the cockpit windows. The Electra (Junior) has fewer windows than the Beech 18 and the front windows are in a V-shape when viewed from above. The T8P-1 has only four cockpit windows, while the Lockheed has six, and a fixed gear. The similar shaped but larger Lockheed L-14 and L-18 also have a larger diameter fuselage.

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar

With only two aircraft types with two jet engines under the wings and one at/in the rear fuselage, the Lockheed TriStar is distinguishable from the DC-10/MD-11 by the rear engine. The TriStar has an S-shaped air inlet, with the rear engine in the tailcone. The DC-10 and MD-11 have a straight duct.

There is no other aircraft which has four engines attached in pairs to the rear fuselage and a cruciform tail. So you just cannot miss a Lockheed Jetstar.

Lockheed L-18 family

This aircraft comes in many versions, the civil Lodestar and the military B-34/B-37 bombers and PV-1/PV-2 patrol aircraft. They have essentially the same shape as the L-10, L-12 and L-14, but then bigger and with a mid-wing configuration instead of low wings.

Most elements of the Lockheed Electra turboprop transport aircraft are quite round: the fuselage, the nose and the vertical stabiliser particularly. The aircraft has eight cockpit windows, including a characteristic single eyebrow window on each side. It could well be confused with the Orion, which is a maritime patrol aircraft derived from the Electra.

The prototypes of the four engined Lockheed Jetstar only had two engines. This aircraft was designated L-329. Compared to the other aircraft with a cruciform tail and low, swept wings the large fuel tanks mounted on the wings are characteristic.

Lockheed mated the wings, tail and engines of the Electra turboprop with a new fuselage to create a maritime patrol aircraft. It could thus well be confused with the Electra. Look in particular for a different nose with six cockpit windows instead of eight, and of course the MAD antenna extending from the tail cone.

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

The unconventional shape of the P-38, with its twin tail booms extending form the engine nacelles, makes it more easily recognised than other WW2 fighters.

Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star & T-33 T-Bird

As one of the first jet fighters the P-80 (later F-80) Shooting Star has straight wings and a nicely curved vertical stabiliser. The air intakes are the main recognition points of the aircraft though. The T-33 T-Bird was the tandem cockpit trainer version of the P-80/F-80 and is shown on the photo above.