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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. 

McDonnell 119/220

This aircraft was the competitor of the Lockheed Jetstar in the USAF UCX/UTX programme, which the McDonnell lost. It is about the same size as the Jetstar and therefore much smaller than other aircraft with low sept wings and four jet engines under the wings.

The main characteristics of the DC-9 and MD-80/90 series are the single eyebrow window above the normal cockpit windows, slender wings with triangular flap fairings and an air intake at the base of the vertical stabiliser. The main differences between subtypes are the fuselage length and/or engines, meaning different nacelles.

McDonnell F-101 Voodoo

This large fighter/bomber aircraft has two main recognition points, namely the triangular air intakes in the wing roots and the low T-tail. The two engine exhausts are slightly in front of the tail, before the end of the fuselage.

McDonnell F3H/F-3 Demon

This US Navy fighter is best recognised by the long narrow air intakes below the canopy, that follow the contour of the fuselage. The exhaust underneath the rear fuselage is already before the tail. Being a carrier-based fighter it has the typical nose high, tail low pose when on the ground.

McDonnell XP-85 Goblin

The smallest jet fighter ever built is basically an engine nacelle with canopy on top, small swept wings with a sort of winglets, a butterfly tail and two ventral fins.

This large cargo aircraft is of similar size as the Ilyushin 76 and the Xian Y-20, but smaller than the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. The C-17 is the only of these aircraft with winglets, which gives you an advantage for easy recognition. Also typical for the C-17 is vertical stabiliser, which appears to be wider at the top than at the bottom.

Compared to the Lockheed TriStar the DC-10/MD-11 is recognisable by the rear engine. The DC-10 and MD-11 have the engine in the tail, with a straight inlet, while the TriStar has it in the tailcone using an S-shaped inlet. 

Messerschmidt Bf109

The Bf109 has a liquid cooled engine in the front and a main landing gear that retracts outward in the wing. It has trape­zoidal wings and a cockpit with many flat panels. The top is flush with the top of the rear fuselage. The horizontal stabilisers are mounted on the vertical stabiliser, giving the Bf109 a cruciform tail.

Messerschmidt Me163

A bullet with small wings powered by a rocket engine in the rear is the best description of the Me163. The gear is only meant for take-off, as it lands on a skid at the bottom of the fuselage.

Messerschmidt Me262

The world's first operational jet fighter has its engines in long pods under the wings, like the Boeing 737-200. It has a triangular vertical stabiliser with rounded top, and a bubble canopy. The prototypes had a tail wheel landing gear, but all production versions had a retractable nose wheel landing.