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Best Looking First Gen Wide Body?  
User currently online747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3673 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4416 times:

I believe that first gen wide bodies like 747s, DC10s, L1011 and A300s, are some of the best looking airliners ever built!
Now I wonder, what first gen wide body do you think look the best?

For me:

The BIG ONE, THE BOEING 747!

Do not get me wrong, DC10s and L1011s have very good looking profiles but there is no airliner other than the Concorde the look better than a 747.

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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4397 times:
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Agreed. The 747-100 was way better looking than any other first generation widebody from any manufacturer.


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User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3182 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4389 times:

The DC-10 is my vote for the worst. And as lovely a lady as the 747 is, my heart strings sing for the elegance of the L1011.


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User currently offlinedumbell2424 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 932 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4328 times:
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The Il-86 is pretty sexy.

User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1057 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4309 times:

The L1011 is my favorite, with the 747-100 a close second. The DC-10 is definately the worst. While it's started to grow on me, the first time I saw a DC-10 I thought it looked like they just stuck that tail engine on there as an afterthought.

User currently offlinetsugambler From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4266 times:

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 2):
The DC-10 is my vote for the worst

I couldn't possibly disagree more. The nose and windows of the DC-10 are a thing of beauty, unlike the lumpy and misshapen nose of the L-1011. The DC-10 get my vote for best, with the 747 2nd, the A300 3rd, and the L-1011 a distant 4th.


User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4225 times:

#1 The L-1011 is the second most beautiful airliner ever built. From the curved flight station windows to the No. 2 engine S-Duct all provide for smooth flowing lines. Even the flap torque boxes on the wings are smoothly contoured.

#2 The 747 the flat sides of the forward fuselage reminds me of a fish.

#3 The A300 looks like it was made my a consortium.

#4 The DC-10 just looks like it was tossed together. Flat flight station windows, straight through inlet for the No. 2 engine and giant flat coverings for the flap actuators that just hang under the wings.

The most beautiful airline (also a Lockheed) the 1049 Constellation! I guess that comes from the old Kelly Johnson saying "if it looks good it will fly good".


User currently offlineSASMD82 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 781 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4193 times:
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Quoting 474218 (Reply 6):

As an Airbus-fan I must admit that the early A300 was probably the ugliest plan ever built......
The Tristar is definitely one of the prettiest.


User currently offlinetsugambler From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4124 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 6):
The most beautiful airline (also a Lockheed) the 1049 Constellation!

I agree that the Constellation is a beautiful plane...

Quoting 474218 (Reply 6):
From the curved flight station windows to the No. 2 engine S-Duct all provide for smooth flowing lines.

...but I have to respectfully disagree about the L-1011's "flowing lines." I know a lot of people like the S-duct, but I think it makes the tail look huge and heavy, and not at all graceful.

Quoting 474218 (Reply 6):
straight through inlet for the No. 2 engine

This a plus for me, not a minus... I definitely like look of the straight-through duct.

Quoting 474218 (Reply 6):
giant flat coverings for the flap actuators that just hang under the wings.

Simplicity and lighter weight. The L-1011 has too many flap hinge fairings cluttering the wings.


User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4050 times:

I know beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. But.....

Quoting tsugambler (Reply 8):
...but I have to respectfully disagree about the L-1011's "flowing lines." I know a lot of people like the S-duct, but I think it makes the tail look huge and heavy, and not at all graceful.


The S-Duct my make the tail look heavy but it is actually lighter. The DC-10's four titanium "banjo" fittings weigh more than the one fitting used on the TriStar.

Quoting tsugambler (Reply 8):
This a plus for me, not a minus... I definitely like look of the straight-through duct.


The straight through duct of the DC-10 produces more drag, puts the engine will above the center line of the fuselage which means the wing engines have to be closer to the fuselage and required that the rudder not only be split but double articulated to provide enough rudder authority.

Quoting tsugambler (Reply 8):
Simplicity and lighter weight. The L-1011 has too many flap hinge fairings cluttering the wings.


The DC-10 has two (2) flaps per wing while the L-1011 has four (4) flaps per wing.


User currently offlinetsugambler From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4003 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 9):
The S-Duct my make the tail look heavy but it is actually lighter. The DC-10's four titanium "banjo" fittings weigh more than the one fitting used on the TriStar.

Perfectly true, but as the thread is about visual aesthetics, I prefer the straight-through duct.

Quoting 474218 (Reply 9):
The straight through duct of the DC-10 produces more drag, puts the engine will above the center line of the fuselage which means the wing engines have to be closer to the fuselage and required that the rudder not only be split but double articulated to provide enough rudder authority.

See above response.  
Quoting 474218 (Reply 9):
The DC-10 has two (2) flaps per wing while the L-1011 has four (4) flaps per wing.


I like the cleaner look of the DC-10's wing.


User currently offlinepnd100 From Canada, joined Mar 2009, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3970 times:

My vote would be for the L-1011 TriStar

User currently offlinecarbon787 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3907 times:

I would have to put the Tristar at #1 closely followed by the Queen of the sky.
DC-10 a big negative thumbs down and the A300 does not even count, for me anyway!


User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 974 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3904 times:

1. 747
2. A300
3. DC-10
4. IL-86
5. L-1011

With that said, I'd say that all of the first generation widebodies had at least some element of aesthetic goofiness about them. (I'd also like to give a shout-out to the hideous grandfather of widebody aircraft: the Bristol Brabazon)



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User currently offlineKGRB From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 718 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3853 times:

My rankings:
1. DC-10
2. 747
3. L-1011
4. A300
5. IL-86

The DC-10 and 747 have a certain amount of "majesticness" to them that the others do not, though I do find the L-1011 and A300 very attractive as well (sorry Russia).

Quoting tsugambler (Reply 5):
The nose and windows of the DC-10 are a thing of beauty, unlike the lumpy and misshapen nose of the L-1011.

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The nose is the only thing about the L-1011 that turns me off. I just don't find it attractive at all.

[Edited 2011-06-18 12:58:40]


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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6357 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3824 times:
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My rankings would be:

1. The 747-200
2. The 747SP
3. The IL-86 I like how agressive and angry it looks.
4. The DC-10
5. The L-1011
6. The A-300


User currently offlinedumbell2424 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 932 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3805 times:
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Quoting AR385 (Reply 15):
The IL-86 I like how agressive and angry it looks.

     


User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

747-200 (with 3 windows in the upper deck)
747-400
DC10-30



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