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Old 20th January 2006, 01:39   #81
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Nice pictures, Sarge. I wish I could be that cloce to an airport, and take good pictures of planes flying by.
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Old 20th January 2006, 01:45   #82
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I was fortunate enough to be employed at a place that literally shares a fence with the airport. When I took those pictures, I was standing about 400 feet or so from the taxiway. And of course, it's not as easy to get these pictures as it looks... Usually, when I do get the chance to snap shots, the sun is in the worst possible position: Directly behind the planes I'm trying to get pictures of. :[ The C-130 was nicely lit, though, because I managed to get that picture earlier in the day. The DC-10 came out good because of the cloud cover behind it. I'll try to keep the pictures coming when I can.
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Old 20th January 2006, 11:17   #83
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Old 20th January 2006, 17:22   #84
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flew in this Fokker f-27 from Bima via Flores to Denpassar in Indonesia when i visited Komodo with my parents, worst plane i ever flew in, noisy as hell, and it litterally had holes in the fuselarge, quite big ones *shivers*
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Old 21st January 2006, 01:26   #85
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That must be German, right? :P

Love the picture, though.
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Old 21st January 2006, 10:03   #86
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That's a weird lookin' Fokker!
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Old 21st January 2006, 12:23   #87
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Fokker is Dutch! But it has been bankrupt for quite some years now.

They make/made only small planes, like the one on the picture, some with propellers, some with jet engines (looking a bit like the 717). American Airlines uses a lot of Fokkers and so does KLM (of course). That would be Fokker 100s then I think.

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Old 21st January 2006, 14:09   #88
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That's an ugly Fokker!
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Old 21st January 2006, 16:28   #89
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Oh, my bad. I wasn't THAT far off, though. :]
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Old 21st January 2006, 19:13   #90
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No you weren't, and I'm not offended.

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That's an ugly Fokker!
I got the joke the previous time already.
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Old 21st January 2006, 21:57   #91
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Who cares?
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Old 24th January 2006, 02:56   #92
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Got these two pictures this afternoon. These are the best comparison pictures I can get of these models. Of course, I've already taken pictures of both these planes before, but I was never able to get them both on the same spot of the runway one right after the other until today.

First up: Boeing 717 operated by AirTran
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Old 24th January 2006, 02:57   #93
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As you can see, this is the older of the two. The DC-9 has smaller turbojet engines while the 717 has larger turbofan engines. The tail of the 717 is also a little taller and has a straighter top edge. The DC-9 has a slightly longer fuselage with a rounded tip at the rear while the 717 has a blunt tip underneath the tail. Interesting how the little details and differences pop out when you have good pictures to compare.

Second up: Douglas DC-9 operated by Northwest
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Old 24th January 2006, 03:05   #94
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Nice comparisons. I never realized how similar the 717 and DC-9 were before.
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Old 24th January 2006, 04:38   #95
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http://boeing.com/history/boeing/717.html

That's why. The DC-9 was part of the same family as the MD-80 series and MD-90 series, which were precursors to the 717.

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The launch customer, AirTran Airways of Orlando, Fla., took delivery of the first 717 in September 1999.
For all I know, the 717 that I've been taking pictures of could very well be the first one produced.
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Old 25th January 2006, 03:21   #96
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It was actually a kinda busy day at the airport today. I didn't get pictures of everything I wanted, but I got a few. Around lunch time, a Boing 737-700 came in, but I couldn't get to my camera in time to get pictures. It was a nice one, too... was brand new and had the optional winglets. There was a C-130 doing training maneuvers, and one of the two T-38s that I got pictures of earlier this month was here for a little while again today (both of which I got pictures of). And just as I was leaving work, an MD-11 came in. Of course, I couldn't get pictures because I was in my truck pulling out of the parking lot when I saw it.

The USN DC-9 that I took a picture of last month came back earlier today for a little bit, too. I managed to get my camera just in time to sneak in a few shots before it took off. This is the best one of the bunch...


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It's actually not the same DC-9. It looks exactly like the one in my previous pictures, but it's got a different tail number.
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Old 25th January 2006, 03:27   #97
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Here's a slightly better picture of the first T-38 that I got pictures of earlier this month. It was just about to take off here.
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Old 25th January 2006, 03:28   #98
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And here's a shot of the C-130 that was doing touch-and-gos this afternoon.
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Old 27th January 2006, 22:49   #99
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C-130s rock! They're beautiful, except for the nose of the modern ones. I believe they didn't have that ugly block there on earlier versions.
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Old 28th January 2006, 01:18   #100
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I'm not sure what that bulge under the nose is about, but I'm sure it's because of some sort of electronics gear. It's not a weather recon version, because those are slate grey in color. That one also has noticable bulges on the sides of the fuselage near the tail as well.

Here's a picture of a C-130j that I got yesterday.
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Old 28th January 2006, 01:20   #101
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I took this picture yesterday morning. The sun wasn't all the way up yet, so I had to reduce the image resolution on my camera so that I could raise the ISO in order to get any kind of recognizable picture. It's still too damn blurry, though. But this is just like the 737-500 that I flew on last year. (Also have a picture of it, or one just like it, on the taxiway earlier in this thread.)
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Old 28th January 2006, 01:24   #102
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And I got this picture yesterday as well, about lunch time. Can't really tell what kind of plane it is, but its lower profile looks like that of the DC-9/MD-80s/MD-90s/717 family of planes. Difficult to tell at that altitude, though... normal cruising altitude for planes like that is over five miles up.
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Old 29th January 2006, 12:01   #103
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I'm not sure what that bulge under the nose is about, but I'm sure it's because of some sort of electronics gear.
It is, a radar upgrade required the new odd shape.

I'd say it's an MD-90 on the last picture, because it looks quite long and has the wings mounted further to the rear of the plane.
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Old 29th January 2006, 17:31   #104
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Could very well be. If I remember right, the MD-90s has turbofan engines similar to the 717, which are much bigger than the engines on the DC-9 and MD-80s. The engines on that plane seem to be pretty large. :P

I'll see what pictures I can come up with this coming week, too.
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Old 10th February 2006, 01:43   #105
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Got this picture this afternoon just before I left work. I'm not quite sure what kind of plane it is, but it's got a lower profile similar to a 767-200. I like this picture even more than the other similar shot that I got a couple weeks ago.
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Old 10th February 2006, 06:38   #106
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wow, these pics are really quite something maybe I'll go down to our airport and see if I can spot any planes :/

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Old 10th February 2006, 23:43   #107
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I don't know about that one, its shape is so standard. Yes it could be a 767, but it could also be an A300 or even something else.
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Old 11th February 2006, 06:22   #108
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It is a pretty standard shape, but I was trying to judge its size by estimating it's groundspeed (very hard to do when the plane is four or five miles above your head ). The reason I guessed it was a 767 is because the fuselage seems a little short for it's thickness to be a 777, the engines are too difficult to see considering it's size and groundspeed for it to be a 737, and Boing makes up quite a bit more of the US airline market than AirBus for me to reasonably guess that it's one of theirs. But you're right, it could be anything. I just thought it was cool. I'll see if I can get a few more soon.
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Old 11th February 2006, 23:13   #109
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Yes it is a wide body with two engines and too small for a 777, I agree. If there are few Airbusses in the USA you're probably right, although we'll probably never know for sure.
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Old 12th February 2006, 06:11   #110
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We'll never know for sure.
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Old 2nd March 2006, 05:04   #111
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Old 2nd March 2006, 13:59   #112
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Ohhh, trainer/Top Gun Mig:P
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Old 3rd March 2006, 02:00   #113
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Yeah. I bet they weren't too happy about this, either. I bet that when they found the problem, it said "Made In China" on it. :P
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Old 3rd March 2006, 12:26   #114
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Shake the PCV valve and listen for a rattle.
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Old 4th March 2006, 03:48   #115
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They probably just stuck a rod in the exhaust, knocked all the honeycomb out of the catalytic converter, and put it back in the air. :P
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Old 4th March 2006, 13:06   #116
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I love the sound of a T38 with little backpressure
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Old 6th March 2006, 03:14   #117
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Oh, and I snapped this picture yesterday while I was working on my truck again. (I'll post that thread shortly.) Looks like a Boeing 717 or MD-90s at first glance. It could be an MD-80s or DC-9, but I kinda doubt it because the turbojet engines on these are quite a bit smaller than the turbofans on the 717 and MD-90s... And the engines on the plane in this picture are quite visible.

And as usual, only cropping and resizing. The thumbnail in the corner is 100% magnification.
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Old 6th March 2006, 03:59   #118
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Damn that A380 is big...... so i guess in the end size dose matter.

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Old 6th March 2006, 05:19   #119
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Not really. I can't think of any models in Airbus' line that are more fuel efficient and offer more seat-miles than their Boeing rivals. Airbus is taking the "bigger is better" attitude with the release of the A380. Boeing is going for quality of service and passenger comfort with the coming release of the 787. I know it's not quite right to compare the two since they're not really in the same class, but they're both the newest planes from each manufacturer. the A380 is geared towards moving large numbers of people over long distances while the 787 is made for transporting fewer people over long and medium range trips, depending on how the planes are set up. The 787 still gets better fuel economy, though.
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Old 8th March 2006, 05:41   #120
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I took this picture this morning before work started. This 737-500 is identical to the two that I posted earlier in this thread, but again, it's got a different tail number. None of these three are the same one that I flew on last year, either. I'm quite pleased with the picture, though.
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