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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. 

Bell P-39 & P-63

These two Bell fighters have the liquid cooled engine in the middle of the fuselage, just behind the canopy. You can easily spot the exhausts at the side of the fuselage there. The propeller is still at the front though. Also the nose gear configuration is unusual for a fighter from this era.

Bell X-1

The first aircraft to exceed a speed of Mach 1 is this rocket powered aircraft. The X-1 has a bullet shaped fuselage and straight wings right through the middle. It comes with different canopy versions, here the X-1B is shown.

Bell X-5

This experimental fighter has a similar appearance as the Saab 29 Tunnan, so with an air intake in the nose and exhaust below the rear fuselage. It was used to test variable sweep wings.

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)

Beriev Be-200

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.

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.

Boeing 247

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. For easy recognition look for the single vertical stabiliser with its straight leading edge and curved trailing edge. 

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.

The Boeing 717 was inherited from the merger with McDonnell-Douglas. It is clearly a DC-9/MD-80 derivative. It has an MD-87 like tail, and large diameter engine nacelles with singles exhausts.