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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. 

The combination of a tail boom configu­ration with two T-tails and a two-seat tandem cockpit is quite unusual, but these are the key features to recognise the Bronco small attack and observation aircraft.

The shape of the B-2 is a sight not to forget easily: a flying triangle. The stealth bomber has no horizontal and vertical stabiliser. It is a flying wing, like earlier design from Northrop, but more with a triangle shape than a long wing shape. Also look for the many parallel leading and trailing edges.  

Northrop C-125 Raider

It is not difficult to recognise the Northrop Raider with its three radial engines of which one is placed in the nose. Further­more the outer wings with significant dihedral are striking, as are the long main landing gear legs attached to the wing mounted engine nacelles, quarter circle cockpit side window and front fuselage.

Northrop F-20 Tigershark

Essentially, the F-20 is a single engine version of the F-5, so it has the same features like the trapezium vertical stabiliser with forward swept trailing edge, the canopy being flush with the top of the fuselage and the flat bottom curved top fuselage when viewed from the side. (photo USAF/WikiMedia) 

To recognise the F-5 and T-38 look at the characteristic trapezoidal tail with forward swept trailing edge of the vertical stabiliser, and the two external exhausts pipes. Also the nose and cockpit are typical for this aircraft. The T-38 is the dedicated training version based on the F-5.

Northrop F-89 Scorpion

The Northrop F-89 Scorpion is quite easy to recognise with its big nose, engines in the lower fuselage under the wings, large diameter single wheel main gear, cruciform tail and large tip tanks.

Northrop YB-49

The YB-49 is one of the few true flying wing aircraft. The shape of the wings is like that of regular swept wings. In addition, the YB-49 has four vertical fins and hardly a fuselage. The jet engines are in the wings, in between the fins. (photo: USAF/WikiMedia)

Northrop YF-17

The competitor of the YF-16 in the contest for a light weight fighter lost at first, but formed the basis for the successful F/A-18 Hornet. Therefore they look a lot like each other. The differences are in details.

Northrop/McDonnell-Douglas YF-23

The loser to the F-22 in the ATF competition has unique delta wings with a swept leading edge and forward swept trailing edge, creating a triangular shape. The two vertical stabilisers are in a V-shape. Engine intakes are under the wings, the exhausts on top of the rear fuselage. 

Otto Aviation Celera 500L

This unconventional looking bizprop has a big stand-up cabin, with very slender wings going straight through the middle of the fuselage. In the rear is a diesel engine, driving a five blade pusher prop. The vertical stabiliser is also high and narrow, much like the back fin of a killer whale.