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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. 

Republic F-84 Thunderjet

The Thunderjet was one of the first generation American fighter aircraft. It has an air intake in the nose, big tip tanks and a rounded top of the vertical stabiliser. The fuselage is notably thicker near the cockpit than at the end.

Republic F-84 Thunderstreak

While developed from the F-84 Thunderjet, the appearance of the Thunderstreak is quite different. This is not only due to the swept wings without tip tanks, but more so because of the cruciform, swept tail plane. It retains the air intake in the nose and a similar canopy.

Republic P-47/F-47 Thunderbolt

The P-47 is a rather big fighter from the WWII era, that has a big radial engine in the front. The cowling is a horse collar shaped oval though, needed for the cooler inlet and turbo supercharger below the engine. The first versions had a canopy with many frames and flush with the top of the fuselage, later versions a bubble canopy on top of the fuselage like shown on the photo.

Four afterburning engines under the variable sweep wings, near the fuselage, power this supersonic American bomber with a lot of noise. This makes the aircraft easy to recognise, except from the Tupolev Tu-160. 

Ryan (North American) Navion

Most Navions have a backward sliding canopy with a long triangular side window and a straight trapezium shaped vertical stabiliser as main recognition points (like shown here), although the window configuration may differ between models. The gear is retractable, with the main gear retracting inward in the wings.

Ryan VZ-11/XV-5

The Vertifan is a vertical take-off and landing aircraft than has two jet engines in the rear fuselage, fed from an air intake on top of the fuselage, behind the side-by-side cockpit. In the wings and in the nose are lift fans, powered by small jet engines.

Ryan X-13

This small delta wing equipped aircraft could take-off and land vertically on its tail. Therefore its has no landing gear. Other features are a relatively large trianguilar vertical stabiliser and small fins at the wing tips. 

Saab's basic jet trainer has a side-by-side cockpit and a T-tail, which makes it stand out compared to other jet trainers. The engines are directly attached to each side of the rear fuselage, just underneath the wings. The wings are almost straight, but have a very modest sweep angle.

Saab 210

Being the development aircraft for the double delta wings of the Saab 35 Draken, they have the same basic shape. The Saab 210 is smaller though and has a bubble canopy.

The Saab commuter aircraft have a very conventional configuration. To distinguish them from similar aircraft look for the four cockpit windows and horizontal stabilisers with significant dihedral.