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.
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
This is my way. I see whole bunch of aircraft at school everyday.
777-300ER- Has raked wingtips
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
757-300- 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.
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.
Nice ways this is just how I do it, we all learn differently
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
I just recognise IT.
Firstly I disagree with you, but more importantly:
@ewanfleming dammit, the ‘9’ is right next to the ‘0’
That looks like a pencil
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?
ATR 72- Gear retracts out of belly
Q300- Gear retracts into engine
This would only be useful for a non-avgeek, and I assume that there aren’t any in the forum.
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…
Me too, it’s just the body and the wing length that is different from other airplanes.
Take a pincil and compare with
How can you differentiate the sounds? isn’t it just easier to look at it?
737s and 320s have same engines no?
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.