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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.

Lockheed P2V/P-2 Neptune

The Neptune maritime patrol aircraft is characterised by a cockpit then 'pops' out of the fuselage and has roof windows. Also the vertical stabiliser is typical: it is a triangle with a rounded top. Some versions have a jet engine under each wing.

Lockheed S-3 Viking

The Lockheed Viking was one of the largest aircraft based on board aircraft carriers. Its main task was anti-submarine warfare. The layout of the airplane is fairly standard, but still it is difficult to mistake the correct aircraft type. Look for the cockpit, no cabin windows, folding wings and tail hook, for example.

Lockheed U-2/TR-1

The U-2 can be regarded has a big, jet powered glider with its enormous wing span. The single engine in the rear is fed by big D-shaped intakes at the side of the fuselage, behind the canopy.

The name of this fighter aircraft is really appropriate when you look at the shape of the nose: it looks like that of a velociraptor. The shape contributes to the stealthiness of the aircraft, as do the parallel leading and trailing edges of the wings and stabilisers. Additionally, the F-22 has rectangular exhausts and outward tilted double vertical fins.

Very easily recognisable characteristics of this single jet fighter are the oval, smile-like air intake below the fuselage and the blended wing-fuselage attachment. The F-16 has a bubble canopy with one bow frame, behind the seat. This is how to distinguish it from the Mitsubishi F-2.

Loening OL series, C-1 & C-2

This family of amphibian aircraft has a single hull integrated with the fuselage. The centre float extends in front of the main fuselage and radial or inline piston engine. Typical is the empenage: the horizontal stabilisers are attached to a rounded rectangular dorsal fin, ahead of the rudder. The single wheel main landing gear is retractable in the sides of the float.

LTV L450F (XQM-93)

On the photo is the L450F piloted version of the XQM-93 drone aircraft with a turboprop engine in the nose, long slender wings and a fixed gear with all legs close to each other. The XQM-93 has no canopy.


A VSTOL research aircraft of which the short wings could tilt 90 degrees so that the four large propellers would generate lift. Has a very box-like fuselage. Each landing gear has two wheels.

Margański & Mysłowski EM-11 Orka

The original EM-11 looks like a Partenavia P.68 with piston engines in the trailing edge, driving pusher propellers. The cockpit windows are large. It has a fixed gear with streamline covers, and low mounted horizontal stabilisers. An intermediate version has a retractable gear and a cruciform tail. The production version shown here has in addition a T-tail, but retains the basic appearance.