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Delta Air Lines Lockheed L-1011-500 TriStar, Registration N751DA, at the gate at the Frankfurt, Germany Airport, August 1982
Delta Air Lines Lockheed L-1011-500, N751DA, Frankfurt, Germany Airport, August 1982 (Staff Photo)

We are like thousands of other aviation fanatics around the world that love to watch, spot and photograph airliners!

We've been fascinated with commercial airliners for years, for decades actually. I clearly remember my first flight, on a Delta Convair 340 in the late 1950s from Dallas Love Field.

Recently it was a smooth trip from DFW to YVR in Vancouver, BC on an American Airlines Boeing 737-800.

What's happened in between those flights? Many great aviation experiences and memories of aircraft and airports, like these ...

  • Flew a Delta Air Lines Lockheed L-1011 from Atlanta to London, a British Airways flight across Europe, and a flight from Frankfurt back to the U.S.
  • Flew on 727s, DC-8s, DC-9s and other great classic airliners.
  • Toured one of Eastern Air Lines first Boeing 747s at Tampa International Airport in 1971.
  • Endured some smooth and some bumpy regional flights on Bombardier and Embraer regional jets and ATR turboprops.
  • Flew on Lockheed C-130 Hercules and KC-135 Stratotankers during my time in the military.
  • Spotted airlines of the past airlines like Eastern, Northeast, Trans Texas, Pan Am and Republic.
  • Flew on Pan American World Airways before its unfortunate demise.
  • Photographed the Los Angeles Dodgers Boeing 720B at St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Viewed presidential airliners at the Museum of Flight, Pima Air & Space Museum, Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and the Reagan Library in California.
  • Flew in and out of LAX, MIA, LGA, PHX, SFO, SEA, DTW, DCA, IAH, DFW, YVR, SLC, MEM, MSY, LOV and many others.

Why This Website?

Air HongKong Boeing 747, Pinal Airpark, Arizona
Air Hong Kong Boeing 747, Pinal Airpark, Arizona (Staff Photo)

With a wealth of information about airplane spotting already available in books, DVDs and the Internet, why create another website?

Quick answer: Airliner spotting and photography remain a passion of mine today!

We are amateur aircraft fanatics, and do not have a professional research or photography staff. Instead, we like to visit airports, air museums, aviation airparks, and airshows to see first-hand, and photograph, the great aircraft the world has designed and built.

As we learn more, our curiosity grows. We document what we've learned, spot more airliners, take more photographs, and have an appetite for even more.

I hope this website helps others as a beginners guide to airliner spotting!

Content Used on This Website

National Airlines 727 and DC-10, Tampa International Airport
Airliner spotting from a few years ago ... National Airlines 727 and DC-10, Tampa International Airport (Staff Photo)

We are vigilant and respectful of copyrights and the rights of other photographers. On this website we use original photographs taken by our staff as well as public domain photographs. We also publish photos submitted by our website viewers, and credit them as appropriate. Any Creative Commons photographs or photos from aircraft manufacturers are likewise carefully attributed to the creator.

Continued Evolution of This Aviation Website Series

We launched Planes of the Past in 2012, which over time grew into a large site covering a variety of aviation-related topics. In 2015, we split the website into more focused topics based on our viewers' interests. Now we offer the following websites:

  • Airplanes-Online - World War II, the Cold War and modern day airplanes, nose art and aviation museums
  • - Military and airliner boneyards in the U.S., Europe & Australia
  •  - Airliner spotting tips, Airbus and Boeing fleets with characteristics, comparisons and photographs (this site)
The Airplanes Online series of aviation websites
World War II, the Cold War and modern day airplanes Military and airliner boneyards in the U.S., Europe & Australia Airliner Spotter Website
Visit the Airplanes Online  channel on YouTube