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This Bellanca aircraft has a square fuselage cross section, with flat panel windows. It is powered by a radial piston engine. Typical are the two wings struts on each side, with their long chord, at least the lower three quarts.
Beriev A40 Albatross
The Beriev A40 Albatross amphibian aircraft has an unusual configuration with jet engines on top of and behind the high wings. It has a long nose, stabilising floats near the wing tips, a bullet fairing on top of the vertical stabiliser and a main landing gear with four wheels. (photo: Mike Freer/WikiMedia)
After the failure of the Beriev A40 the company made a smaller version, designated Be-200. It has a short nose, engines with separate fan exhaust, no bullet fairing at the top of the tail and two wheel main landing gears.
Like many of its contempories the Blériot XI has a largely open frame fuselage with square cross section. The wings are curved, flat surfaces without ailerons or other flaps. They are braced by wires. The aircraft has no vertical fin, just a large rudder at the end of the fuselage.
The main characteristics of this twin vertical tail, twin engine fighter are the cropped delta shaped wings, wedge shaped air intakes at the side of the fuselage and bubble canopy. Distinctive compared to similar aircraft are the tops of the vertical stabilisers, with a sort of antennas pointing forward.
The outward tilted double vertical stabilisers of the Hornet are placed relatively far forward on the top fuselage, with long tail pipes extending beyond. Another distinctive feature are the leading edge root extentions of the wings, along the fuselage all the way up to the cockpit. The aircraft shows a large resemblance with the Northrop YF-17 Cobra, from which it was developed.
The W-shaped struts between the upper and lower wings seem to be a key feature of the Boeing P-12/F4B fighter, as are the two double strings between the upper wings and the fuselage, near the gear attachment. The vertical fin is low, nearly a trapezium. It only comes with a radial piston engine.
The first all-metal Boeing passenger aircraft is somewhat smaller than the famous Douglas DC-2/DC-3, but bigger than the Beech 18 and Lockheed 14 and 18. With all it shares the same external appearance, except for the tail. For easy recognition look for the single vertical stabiliser with its straight leading edge and curved trailing edge.
This early Boeing aircraft has an open cockpit for the pilot, sitting behind the cabin. This cabin is behind the radial engine. Typical are the short wing struts between the lower wings and the forward fuselage.
The Boeing 707 has a lot of different versions, civil and military. Nearly all can be easily recognised by the antenna pointing forward at the top of the vertical stabiliser. Also they share the cockpit windows with two eyebrow windows on each side, and the V-shaped low edge of the side windows.