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Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« on: April 23, 2012, 10:38:27 PM »
Flying about 35,000 feet over Dallas.  I was waiting on the next aircraft to depart DFW, so I saw this overhead and took a shot of it; 400mm just isn't enough to get a great shot.



Now, I've figured it out, but I want to see if any one else here can do it.  There are 4 things which give away what it is.
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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2012, 10:45:45 PM »
Is it an Airbus A380?

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2012, 10:46:07 PM »
"...And these atomic bombs which science burst upon the world that night were strange, even to the men who used them."  H. G. Wells, The World Set Free, 1914

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2012, 10:50:51 PM »
V71-727?
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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2012, 10:51:22 PM »
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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2012, 10:54:34 PM »
Nope & Nope
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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2012, 07:50:33 AM »
Russian?
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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2012, 08:01:35 AM »
Is it an Airbus A380?

A Boeing 707?
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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2012, 12:47:57 PM »
A Boeing 707?

Yes, sorta, but it's not civilian, which is what the 707 technically is.
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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2012, 12:54:41 PM »
Mike says it's a 747 modified to haul the shuttle around?

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2012, 12:56:51 PM »
Mike says it's a 747 modified to haul the shuttle around?

Nope

It's a 707 airframe. Easiest way to tell this is the HF antenna sticking forward from the top of the vertical tail.  However, it is not civilian.

Hint: It is not a KC-135 Stratotanker
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"...And these atomic bombs which science burst upon the world that night were strange, even to the men who used them."  H. G. Wells, The World Set Free, 1914

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2012, 01:02:51 PM »
AWACS

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2012, 01:04:21 PM »
AWACS

Closer, but no radar dome above it.
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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2012, 01:05:21 PM »
Closer, but no radar dome above it.


Hmmmmm.....

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2012, 01:07:22 PM »
Could it be one of the old AF1's?

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2012, 01:08:28 PM »
Could it be one of the old AF1's?

All out of service.

What gave it away to me is that it is using CFM-56 engines and the pods on the wingtips.  Only one type of military aircraft has both and lacks any additional addons.
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"...And these atomic bombs which science burst upon the world that night were strange, even to the men who used them."  H. G. Wells, The World Set Free, 1914

"The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections." -Lord Acton

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2012, 01:10:58 PM »
All out of service.

What gave it away to me is that it is using CFM-56 engines and the pods on the wingtips.  Only one type of military aircraft has both and lacks any additional addons.

Yeah I know I thought maybe they were flying it somewhere..

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2012, 01:15:09 PM »
it has to be a tanker then?

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2012, 01:16:47 PM »
it has to be a tanker then?

Not a tanker.
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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2012, 01:17:14 PM »
damn....

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2012, 01:18:47 PM »
Command and control aircraft...C2C2....something like that Mike says..in Iraq they called them the High Bird?

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2012, 01:19:27 PM »
Boeing E-6 Mercury
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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2012, 01:22:46 PM »
"...And these atomic bombs which science burst upon the world that night were strange, even to the men who used them."  H. G. Wells, The World Set Free, 1914

"The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections." -Lord Acton

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2012, 01:24:28 PM »
smarty pants...

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Re: Who Can ID This Aircraft?
« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2012, 02:00:23 PM »
smarty pants...

I'm an old Air Force kid. ;-)  My dad was in both the Conn. ANG and USAF in Korea. I could identify most common commercial and military a/c by the time I was 10. 
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