There are three planes and one US Army MH-47 of the 160th SOAR in this stunning night picture. Can you spot them all?

Taken at Geronimo Landing Zone near Fort Polk, Louisiana, during Joint Readiness Training Center – Decisive Action, on Oct. 18, 2012, the following image shows a U.S. Army MH-47 Chinook belonging to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the almost legendary special ops unit of the Army that provides helicopter aviation support to special operations forces (and that was involved, probably with Stealth Chinooks, in the Osama Bin Laden raid).

However, there are at least three more aircraft (barely) visible in the same breathtaking shot.

Can you spot them all?

Image credit: U.S. Army

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  1. I think I see them. The light streaks coming off the rotor blades in the far left and far right center of the photo seem to be planes. Since this night shot would most require a longer exposure than a day shot, the streaks would be from the plane’s running lights as they move during the exposure. The third airplane is the streak of light to the right of the Chinook just above the horizon. Did I get this right?

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