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Of all the cabin class piston twins the Aerostar is the easiest to recognise, because of the wings going straight through the fuselage. Another easy recognition point is the curved leading edge of the vertical stabiliser. The aircraft was first developed by Ted Smith and later taken over by Piper Aircraft, which continued production as the PA-60.

Textron AirLand Scorpion

The configuration of the Scorpion with high mounted, straight wings and a double tail is already an easy recognition point. Furthermore the aircraft has air intakes under the wings (but clear of them) and a tandem cockpit/canopy.

This French/German transport aircraft can be regarded as a twin-engined Lockheed Hercules. Other characteristics are the nearly square vertical stabiliser, lack of cockpit windows at the crew's feet and four wheel main landing gears.

Tupolev Tu-104/124

The first Soviet-built passenger jet airliner is derived from the Tu-16 bomber. It has the same general appearance, but the Tu-104 and Tu-124 of course have cabin windows! In addition, the wings are below the fuselage instead of straight through and the horizontal stabiliser is mounted to the rear fuselage instead of the base of the vertical stabiliser.

The Tu-134 can be seen as the Russian F28, DC-9 or BAC One Eleven. It shares the same basic appeareance, but can easily be recognised by the landing gear. The main gear has four wheels per leg and retracts backwards in pods extending from the wing trailing edge, instead of in the fuselage. Additionally, older versions have a glaced nose.

The Soviet supersonic transport aircraft that actually flew, is the Tu-144. The wings of the Tupolev have a double delta shape. Underneath are closely spaced engine nacelles. In most cases the main landing gears have sixteen wheels each. Finally, most Tu-144s have retractable canard wings below the cockpit.

Compared to other jets with a T-tail and three engines at the rear the Tu-154 has one characteristic making it easy to recognise: the six-wheel main landing gear legs retracting backwards in pods extending from the wing trailing edge. Moreover note the forward pointing bullet fairing at the top of the vertical stabiliser.

Tupolev Tu-16/Xian H-6

The Tu-16 jet bomber has two jet engines placed in the wing roots. The wings have anhedral and the four wheel main landing gear retracts backwards into pods extending from the wing trailing edge. The Xian H-6 is the license-built Chinese version, later further developed.

Tupolev Tu-2

The horizontal stabilisers of the Tu-2's H-tail have a slight dihedral. Other key features are radial engines in long nacelles, with the single wheel main landing gears retracting rearward in them. 

The Tu-204 is almost a copy of the Boeing 757; the similarity is striking. Until the development of blended winglets for the 757 the Tu-204 was the only with winglets. However, these are smaller than on the Boeing. Also the cockpit windows and vertical tail are slightly different.