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December 16, 2009

Planespotting for Dummies

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spotting-250Welcome to Planespotting! Planespotting is a simple way of appreciating the world of aviation, whether by means of taking photographs of planes, by writing down “tail numbers” of passing aircraft, or by just sitting back and enjoying the action.

The romanticism of flight and celebration of technology makes sitting back and watching planes fly by entertaining all on its own. But many aviation fans want to know more about what they’re looking at: What kind of airplane is that? Where is that airline from? How old is that airplane?

This guide will introduce you the fundamentals of spotting and hopefully make watching planes a more interesting and enjoyable hobby.

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