Embraer ERJ Airliner Spotting Guide
Embraer is a Brazil-based company that manufactures commercial, military, executive and agricultural aircraft. It competes worldwide with Canadian rival Bombardier for a position as the world's third-largest airplane maker after Boeing headquartered in the United States and Airbus located in Europe.
Embraer Commercial Aviation designs and assembles the ERJ Series and the Embraer E-Jet and E-Jet E2 Series.
Embraer ERJ Series
The Embraer Regional Jet (ERJ) carries from 30-50 passengers and includes these models:
|Embraer Commercial Aircraft||Length||Passengers||Range|
|ERJ-135||86' 5"||30 - 37||1,750nm|
Its "T-Tail" design include two turbofan jet engines mounted aft of the wings on the sides of the fuselage. Nearly 900 of the ERJ series has been built by Embraer to date.
|City Airline Embraer ERJ-135 regional jet with its twin jets mounted on the aft of the fuselage|
|British Airways Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet|
|Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet of Luxair|
Comparing Embraer ERJ and Bombardier CRJ Regional Jets
|Shown below is a side-by-side fuselage view of a Bombardier CRJ regional jet (top) and an Embraer ERJ jet (bottom)|
|Comparison of the nose sections of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets|
Comparison of the tail structures and shape of the engines of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets.
The ERJ aircraft have a triangular section on the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer. The CRJ series has a ram air inlet duct at the bottom of the vertical stabilizer.
More Information About Embraer Commercial Aircraft
Regional Embraer Airliners Parked at Storage Facilities in the Desert
Commercial airliners have limited lifespans, even regional jets such as the Embraer ERJ series. Ultimately, they must be retired from service, stored in "airplane boneyards" or graveyards, and finally dismantled and scrapped.
Jetliners eventually reach end-of-life due to airframe wear and/or obsolescence. Some jetliners are temporarily taken off flying status, and must be stored in a environment that is conducive to preservation. Others are kept for spare parts for flying aircraft.
To protect airliners during their storage from wind and sun damage, engines and windows are tightly covered with white, reflective materials.
|Embraer ERJ-135ER, registration N16501 (foreground), and others from Continental Express, in desert storage at the Kingman Airport in Kingman, Arizona, USA (Staff Photo)
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