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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 trape¬≠zoidal 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.


To test the concept of a reusable spacecraft with MiG design was made. Its jet engine had an intake in front of the vertical fin, that was only opened when the engine was needed. The fuselage has a sort of boat shaped underside and the highly swept wings could be canted up and inward. The MiG-105 landed on two front skids, retracted in the side of the fuselage, and one rear skid.


Not having a distinctive tandem cockpit the MiG-AT is best recognised by its rounded rectangular air intakes and cruciform tail. The two engines are attached to the side of the fuselage (like the AIDC AT-3) and have visible exhaust pipes.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-1/3

The inners wings of these MiGs have no dihedral, while the outer wings have. Seen from above, the wings have a trapezium shape, with rounded tips. The aircraft have inward retracting main gears. The canopy is quite close to the tail. (photo: Anna Zvereva/WikiMedia)

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17, Shenyang J-5 & PZL Lim-6

The MiG-17 strongly resembles the MiG-15, and to a lesser extend the MiG-19. The MiG-17 has a thinner and more highly swept wing and tailplane, three wing fences on top of the wings, a ventral fin below the rear fuselage and a longer and less tapered rear fuselage. The J-5 and Lim-6 are Chinese and Polish license-built versions.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19

The MiG-19 is clearly family of the MiG-15 and MiG-17, with an air intake in the nose without a shock cone and highly swept wings through the fuselage. The MiG-19 however has two engines and horizontal stabilisers attached to the rear fuselage.