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Identifying Jet Fighters Around Las Vegas
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Jet fighters are recognized by their relatively small size, highly aerodynamic shapes (pointy nose, short wings), and big noise. The all look alike, more or less, until you look carefully. Note: the relative sizes of the aircraft images are approximately correct.

F-15 Eagle F-15 Eagle. Relatively large (wingspan = 43 feet), these jets have two vertical tail fins. The air intakes (shaded gray) are on the side of the fuselage. Notice that the sides of the fuselage are narrow -- tight up against the air intakes.
F-15 Strike Eagle F-15 Strike Eagle. Strike Eagles are F-15s modified to carry bombs and engage in air-to-ground attack. The basic size and shape of the two F-15s are the same (wingspan = 43 feet), but the Strike Eagle is wider (note the extra girth around the air intakes) to carry internal bombs. All F-15 Strike Eagles have a crew of two: a pilot and a weapons operator.
F-16 Fighting Falcon F-16 Fighting Falcon. Relatively small (wingspan = 33 feet), these jets have a single tail fin, and the single air intake (shaded gray) is located under the fuselage.
F-22 Raptor F-22 Raptor. The largest fighter around Las Vegas (wingspan = 44 feet), these jets have two tail fins set at an angle (not vertical). The air intakes (shaded gray) are on the side of the fuselage and set at an angle.
F-35 Lightning F-35 Lightning. A relatively small fighter (wingspan = 35 feet), F-35s are similar in front-view shape to the F-22 Raptor. Notice that the air intakes (shaded gray) are narrower and more contoured.

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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