Photo of the Day 19th October 2023

Side view of a high-winged, 4 jet-engined cargo plane, parked facing to the left. The plane is mostly white, with a grey belly, and a thick blue stripe running along the fuselage, as well as "Aeroflot" titles in a Russian script on the upper forward fuselage. The tail is white, with the registration "RA-76529" at the base, and a Russian flag (equal white, blue, and red horizontal stripes) outlines in black in the middle. The wings have 2 engines suspended under neath them - the outer engine on this side is a standard jet engine, but the inner engine has been replaced with one with 8 very curved grey propellor blades. The lower half of the nose cone is extensively glazed, bulging down below the rest of the body. There is a blue and grey airport tug attached to the planes nose wheel by a long yellow pole. Green grass fills the foreground, with rows of trees in the background, under a blue-grey sky.
RA-76529, Ilyushin Il76LL, Zhukovski Research Institute but in Aeroflot colours, at Farnborough Air Show, 10th September 1994.
This plane was being used as a testbed for the D-236 propfan engine, the inner left engine having been replaced with an experimental unit.

Side view of a twin engined jet airliner with the engines mounted on the rear fuselage moving from left to right. The thrust reversers on the back of the engines have been deployed, suggesting it has just landed. The plane is mostly white, with a red and blue stripe running along the body. The tail is mostly blue, with a red oval outlined in white, with white "JAT" titles in the middle. Grass and a taxiway fills the foreground, with the background being more grass running off to trees lining the airfield perimeter in the far distance, under a grey-blue sky.
YU-A__, Douglas DC9-32, JAT, rolling out after landing on Runway 24 at Manchester Airport, 19th October 1988.
This was taken with a small point-and-shoot 35mm camera from the southside hangars, while waiting for the mass para-drop on the runway as part of the airports 50th anniversary celebrations.


Side view of a twin engined jet airliner with the engines mounted on the rear fuselage, parked facing to the right. The plane is mostly white, with a grey belly, and a brown and black stripe running along the middle of the fuselage under the cabin windows, as well as over the engine pods. There are red "swissair" titles on the upper forward fuselage, with the registration "HB-INU" on the tailcone in black. The tail is red, with a large white cross in the middle. There are 3 cargo bay doors open in the belly, 2 forward of the wing, and 1 aft. The planes rear airstairs are deployed, coming down from below the rear fuselage, between the engines. In the background, several almost identical planes are clustered around, as well as a similar looking but slightly smaller plane in front of the red and blue sign with "Flughafenbahn" titles. A couple of larger planes in the same colours can be seen further back, with a larger plane in predominantly white and yellow right at the back. Buildings obscured by haze dominate the skyline, under a blanket of grey cloud.
HB-INU, McDonnell Douglas MD81, Swissair, at Zurich Kloten with a collection of it’s sister ships, 19th October 1993.