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North American A3J/A-5 Vigilante

The A-5 was one of the largest jets to ever operate from aircraft carriers. It has wedge shaped air intakes like on the F-14 and F-15, but a single vertical stabiliser. The aircraft has single wheels on all legs and a two seat cockpit. The rear seater has just a small rectangular side window on each side.

North American AJ/A-2 Savage

Huge four blade props are the first apparent feature of the AJ, as are the two wheel main gears that retract rearward in the nacelles, and multi-framed canopy. Less obvious is the jet engine in the rear of the fuselage. The cruciform tail, not clearly visible on this photo, has a trapezium shape with a leading edge that curves into the dorsal fin.

North American B-25/F-10/PBJ/AT-24 Mitchell

The H-shaped tail of this medium size bomber from the 1940s is the best recognition point. Other characteristics of the B-25 are the long engine nacelles under the wings, housing the radial engines in the front and single wheel main gear in the back. Finally, the wings have a slight anhedral angle just outboard of the engine nacelles.

North American F-100 Super Sabre

The long oval, nearly race track shaped air intake with sharp edged in the nose is the key recognition point of the F-100. For the rest the tall vertical stabiliser with dorsal fin and the high aspect ratio wings and horizontal stabilisers are typical.

North American F-107A

Where most jet fighters have the air intakes at the bottom or side of the fuselage this one has them on top of it, directly behind the canopy. For the rest it has the rear fuselage and tail of the F-100.

North American F-86 Sabre & FJ-2/3/4 Fury

The North American F-86 Sabre was the primary US fighter during the Korean war. The early versions have a typical forward pointing "upper lip" on the top of the air intake in the nose. The aircraft was also built by Canadair (as CL-13), CAC (as CA-26/CA-27), Fiat and Mitsubushi. The US Navy version was the Fury.

North American F-86D/K/L Sabre

Later versions of the F-86 Sabre received a radar nose radome, giving them a distinct different appearance, although the rest remains largely unchanged.

The Mustang is powered by a liquid cooled piston engine, so the nose is quite streamlined. Typical for the P-51 is the rounded cooler inlet below the fuselage, near the wing trailing edge. The tail has a trapezium shape with straight edges. The canopy had frames on the first versions, later a bubble canopy became standard, as shown here.

The Sabreliner family is the only aircraft with low, swept wings, two jet engines mounted to the rear fuselage and horizontal stabilisers attached to the fuselage. Most aircraft in this configuration have a cruciform tail or T-tail. Also striking is the shape of the cabin windows of the early versions: they are triangular!

North American T-28 Trojan

The T-28 has quite a modern appearance with its metal surfaces, retractable nose gear and bubble tandem canopy, but has a big radial engine in the nose. This gives the Trojan a bit of a stubby appearance.