Those of you who are aviation geeks just amaze me. I mean, you can just glance at a plane and know what it is. Me? I’m lucky if I can recognize a plane’s logo on the tail. But for the sake of, if nothing else, the ability to understand what my husband (the aviation geek) is talking about when he looks up and says, “That’s a Boeing 737” or “There goes an Airbus A319,” I found this, which helps explain the difference between the two:
Here’s a breakdown of what’s in the video:
Is it a Boeing or an Airbus?
0:54: Shape of the cockpit windows, especially on the sides (said to be the easiest/fastest way to identify if it’s an Airbus or a Boeing plane)
1.40: Shape of the nose
2:25: Shape of the engine housing
Captain Joe also goes into how to differentiate different planes, such as the A330 vs. B777, B767 and B757 vs A330, A380 vs. B747 and A350 vs. B787.
A few other ways to know that I discovered in my studies are:
- This one is kind of obvious, but Airbus always starts with A (Boeings however, don’t start with a B – they’re just numbers, as seen in the next bullet)
- Airbus planes are always in an A3XX format (A320, A350, etc.)Boeing’s planes are always in a 7X7 format (747, 787, etc.)
So now you, like me, can say, “Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…a Boeing!” You’ll be a real hit at parties 😉
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