Classifying aircraft

It’s an option to add them – DL recently went through with refitting their 753s with winglets, and so did UA. With the refitting of winglets, every 757-300 now has winglets on it (now they’re 75Ts!) I used to see 753s without winglets, and they looked much more like pencils than they do now.

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How my friends identify them
777-200/300 = Big plane
767 = Normal sized plane
757-300/200 = ugly plane
737-700/800/900 = The plane I usually fly on
Airbus A380-800 = God

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This is my way. I see whole bunch of aircraft at school everyday.

777-300ER- Has raked wingtips
777-200ER- Doesn’t
737-700- short
A320Fawm- also short
747-400- Still some airlines use it and it goes to LAX
A330- can’t tell at a distance
A340-600- Long and has 2 engines on each wing
757-200- short
757-300- supreme long
767-300/400- has the double bogey gear as I call it
737-900/800- The same
787-9/8- Don’t know how I classify it

This all from a far as the LAX RWY25L approach path is over Inglewood. And I’m in Hawthorne. I have to get a good look to tell what it is.

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I identify usually by looking at the nose, body length, then cockpit, then wheels, then engine size relative to the body size, and sometimes winglets. If I still can’t identify the plane, then I go into deep detail. But usually, this classification method allows me to go “Oh, look! It’s a Boeing 767-200W operated by Delta Air Lines!” or something like that.

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Nice ways this is just how I do it, we all learn differently

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I found a 753 with no winglets. I didn’t think they made them.:-)


Photo credit: sky News.

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A318: large pile of vomit on the ground in front of me
A319: small pile of vomit on the ground in front of me
A320: just managed to swallow the vomit back down

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I just recognise IT.

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Firstly I disagree with you, but more importantly:

A329?

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@ewanfleming dammit, the ‘9’ is right next to the ‘0’

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That looks like a pencil

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Airbus A320 family: Small jet that isn’t as pointy as the 737
Airbus A330/340 family: Winglet plates, lots of gear tilt
Airbus A350 family: 787 with a raccoon mask and winglets
Airbus A380: Really?

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ATR 72- Gear retracts out of belly
Q300- Gear retracts into engine

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This would only be useful for a non-avgeek, and I assume that there aren’t any in the forum.

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I go for the sound. Thing is, a 757 has a high pitched sound, a 737 has a distinctive sound, a A321, 20, and 19 just sounds like a Airbus, a 767 sounds similar to a 737 but it’s just a bigger plane, a A330 sounds like a 757 somewhat, a A300 sounds like a 757 with a deeper tone, a 787 is just quite, a 777 is somewhat quite unless it departs, a 727 sounds like a random private jet, a 717 sounds like a 737, a DC-10 sounds somewhat similar to an A300 so a the MD-11, a Saab 340 sounds different from all aircraft straight up, and really ect…

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Me too, it’s just the body and the wing length that is different from other airplanes.

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Boeing 757-300:

Take a pincil and compare with

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How can you differentiate the sounds? isn’t it just easier to look at it?

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737s and 320s have same engines no?

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The shorter a340s have the CFM56 engine as well. Not all a320s have them though. Some have the IAE V2500 and some a318s have the PW6000A.

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