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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.
To recognise this trijet airliner with three engines at the rear fuselage and a T-tail you can look for the typical Boeing nose with two eyebrow windows, and the two wheels on each main landing gear leg. The other aircraft in this category have four or six wheels on the main landing gear.
To distinguish the second, third and fourth generation Boeing 737 from similar twin jets look at the cockpit windows: these are the same as or similar to that of the Boeing 707 and 727. The older versions still have the two "eyebrow" windows above the normal cockpit windows. These 737s have a large triangular dorsal fin.
The first generation Boeing 737 has long nacelles under the wings, extending before the leading edge and beyond the trailing edge. For the rest it has the typical Boeing 707/727/737 nose with eyebrow windows, and a tall tail with hardly a dorsal fin.
If there is one iconic jet airliner, it is the Boeing 747 with its partial upper deck. The "hump" comes in different lengths, but not along the the whole fuselage, and this is what makes it different from the Airbus A380.
The Boeing 757 has a lot in common with the Boeing 767, but has a narrower fuselage resulting a different nose. The most likely you are going to mistake the 757 for a Tupolev 204 however. Look at the cockpit windows and winglets to keep them apart.
Typical for the 767 are the four wheel main landing gear bogeys that are tilted forward when the aircraft is of the ground. Additionally, the tailcone of the 767 is pointed. The lower sides of the cockpit side windows form a V shape.
Essentially the Boeing 777 is a “blown-up” 767, but there are specific recognition points The tailcone of the 777 is squared off and the main landing gear has six wheels per leg. The bogeys are not tilted.