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In between the many high performance (turbo)prop training aircraft the PZL-130 stands out due to its small size. The vertical stabiliser starts almost directly behind the tandem canopy. This fin has a curved leading edge on most versions, extending all the way to the trailing edge.

Quiet Short-Haul Research Aircraft

Under supervision of NASA a DHC-5 Buffalo was modified as Quiet Short-Haul Research Aircraft (QSRA). It has four jet engines on top of the wings, but for the rest it still resembles a Buffalo, including the long main landing attached to the wings. (photo NASA/WikiMedia)

Having a stand-up cabin in a light business jet means that the aircraft has a “fat” appearance. Moreover, the Premier has a long nose and comparatively small engines. Also the blunt, CRJ like tailcone is a clear recognition point.

The Hawker 4000 looks very much like the Cessna 700 Citation Longitude and the Embraer Legacy 450/500. Compared to both aircraft the Hawker 4000 has no winglets, but has large external fairings for the thrust reversers. The four cockpit windows are clearly derived from the BAe125 Series 800/1000.

Reims/Cessna F406 Caravan II

Based on the Cessna 404 Reims Aircraft of France developed the Caravan II, which is basically a Cessna 404 with turboprops. It also has a more blunt nose, which makes it look like a Cessna 441. However, the horizontal stabiliser is attached to the vertical stabiliser, making it a cruciform tail.

Republic F-84 Thunderflash

The Thunderflash is the reconnaisance version of the Thunderstreak, with photo cameras in the nose. This necessitated the air intake to be moved to the wing roots. These nearly triangular air intakes give the Thunderflash a different appearance than the Thunderstreak, although they look the same in other aspects.

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.