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FUN WITH PHOTOS: See an Airbus A380 from Space

An Airbus A380, A340 and a few A320's hanging out at Toulouse Blagnac Airport

An Airbus A380, A340 and a few A320's hanging out at Toulouse Blagnac Airport

The Airbus A380 is big. Very big. You can even see it from space (ok with Google Maps, you can see almost anything from space). But I was messing around on and was checking out Toulouse Blagnac Airport, where Airbus and ATR aircraft are made. I found it interesting seeing the size difference of the Airbus A380 compared to an A340 and A320’s.

Here is the link to the Google maps, what other planes can you find?

FUN WITH PHOTOS: Lots of Airline Tails

Can you find all 16 US Airways tails in this photo?

Can you find all 16 US Airways tails in this photo? (there is a bigger version in the links). Photo by Drew V.

Last week I put the challenge out to find photos with lots of airline tails. When I put the photos of a bunch of Qantas Airline’s tails, I only saw nine. However a reader smartly pointed out that there are really ten. Here are the photos I was sent:

* My original Qantas with TEN tails
* 10 Delta Air Lines tails from Daniel
* Aireal shot of 20 Delta tails from Daniel
* Who wants to count all these tails up? from Daniel
* 16 US Airways tails (with markings showing all 16) from Drew V
* 40 FedEx tails sent in from Rowen
* Five Qantas Airlines Boeing 747 tails at LAX by daeguowl
* A whole load of old US Airways Shuttle photos (even though I said Mojave wouldn’t work, but I can break my own rules) by @FlyInsider
* 12 Lufthansa tails from @FlyInsider
* Go ahead and count them in this satellite shot of Mojave forwarded by @BinkyAirways
* I count 15 Northwest Airlines tails, which will soon be going away – from @TerminalWanderer

So who is the winner? That is hard to tell since I am not counting them for all the photos. I will say EVERYONE is a winner for finding such great photos.

UPDATE: I have added a few more photos. It is not too late to send them on in to me, if you want them posted.

FUN WITH PHOTOS: How Many Tails Can You Find?

Nine Qantas tails, can you do better?

Nine Qantas tails, can you do better?

I don’t really remember what I was looking at when I found this photo with nine Qantas Airline’s tails showing (the ninth is just the tip). I posted it on Twitter and @FlyInsider went and found this photo with 11 Lufthansa tails. Not too bad.

So I wonder. Can anyone do better? The catch is, it has to be a photo of airline’s tails when the airline is in business (ie no Mojave Desert photos of planes not being used — that would be cheating). The planes have to be at an airport or heck even in the air (if you can find that many in the air). Leave links to the photos in the comments or email me [email protected] with your find.

Contest over will be over by Wednesday at 5pm PST. No prize this time (those that won prizes for my Ultimate Livery Challenge — they are finally being mailed) but I will show the photo you find and say your name and link to a site (if you have one).

UPDATE: What a good eye! DCSpotter found there are actually TEN tails in the photo. Can you find the 10th? If not, check the comments.


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Here are the liveries in their full glory!

Here are the liveries in their full glory!

Yesterday I gave you guys what I thought was the ULTIMATE LIVERY TEST. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting many (if any) people to get them all right. I have once again underestimated some of my readers.

I got a lot of great feedback from people on this (even from those that didn’t win) that this was a fun competition. I also got suggestions  to do it over the weekend next time, since it took so much time to guess these (while at work). Either way, you can expect some more of these in the future.

#1 Northwest Orient DC-10 (I would also have accepted just Northwest). Photo by Savvas Garozis via Flickr.

#2 London City Airways or Eurocity Express de Havilland Canada Dash 7. Photo by shamu28 via Flickr.

#3 RenoAir MD-80. Photo by LeafsHockeyFan via Flickr.

#4 Trump Shuttle Boeing 727. Photo by Mark Kopczak via

#5 Dan-Air Boeing 737. Photo by jordi757 via Flickr.

#6 Unifly Express MD-80. Photo by Olaf Juergensmeier via

BONUS Hispania Sud Aviation Caravelle. Photo by Ian Jack via

I thought the Caravelle would be the hardest, since it is an old plane, but the livery looks pretty new age. However I heard from a lot of people that the Unifly Express was the most challenging.

Here are the uber airline livery nerds who emailed me all the correct answers. They will be mailed some cool stuff from me and from the Future of Flight (@FutureofFlight — Thanks Sandy):

* Alfred T.
* Patrick O.
* Chris J.
* Ron T.
* David R. ( — first one to get them all right!
* Liz M. (@ImperfectSense)
* Ben W. (@BenjaminWhalen)
* Gordon W. (@GordonWerner)

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