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A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?  
User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4521 posts, RR: 18
Posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7806 times:

I think so, what about you ?!


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User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 948 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7808 times:

What's the matter, trying to get beaten up in the parking lot tonight?   

While the A380 isn't going to win any beauty contest I'm a judge of, it does at least have an angle or two where the goofy parts are not emphasized. I'd say the ugliest jet transport ever made would be the Airbus Beluga...


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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9032 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7751 times:
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I don't know if it is the ugliest, but it is very high on that list 

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User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7758 times:

She may not be the prettiest aircraft ever built, but by no means is she the ugliest. I think there are enough soviet jets to take that title, or this thing:


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The A380 is like a Rolls Royce Phantom. It's appearance will take a longer time to fully digest.

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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15744 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7736 times:

I'm going to have to go with the Piper Jet. Not that I wouldn't want one though.


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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9032 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7736 times:
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Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 3):
or this thing:

DC10 ugly?!   

A perfect example how different we see things. 

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User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1063 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7732 times:

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 1):
What's the matter, trying to get beaten up in the parking lot tonight?

   That was exactly what I thought when I saw the title.

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 3):
or this thing
Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
DC10 ugly?!

DC-10 has its own unique charm. You're probably the first to say that it's ugly, but I have the same reaction as Wilco. I respect your opinion though.

I do not think that the Airbus A380 is ugly at all. It's beautiful and elegant in my books. Of course, people compare it with the Boeing 747. Both have their own unique charm. In fact, each plane has their own way of beauty and I have never seen an ugly Airbus or Boeing commercial jet (can't say for Russian jets! :P). Even though I may not like Russian jets, I find the Tu-204 and Tu 134/154 beautiful too. Oh, add the Air Koryo livery on it for the icing.  

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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3939 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7728 times:

The uggliest must be without a doubt

747 Dreamlifter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamlifter


User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2614 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7720 times:
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Quoting Mortyman (Reply 7):
The uggliest must be without a doubt

747 Dreamlifter

As far as large cargo freighters are concerned, the Beluga looks way worse than the Dreamlifter. Nose section in particular looks very unresolved, as if an actual Beluga sat on top of the cockpit, pushing the nose downwards.

As for passenger jets, I'd agree that the A380 the ugliest. I collect 1:400 model planes, but I don't have a single A380 in my collection, nor do I want one. I just don't like the look of them.



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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3068 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7711 times:

This thread is useless. Just A vs B. There will never be an objective view of this.

In my opinion, the A380 is a great looking plane (I honestly don't think it is any worse than the 747).

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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4521 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7702 times:

The Dreamlifter and Beluga are so specialised they don't count in this 'poll'



I was referring to commercial jet passenger transports.



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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1612 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7697 times:

Although I agree with most people the A380-forehead is not a looker. But I think almost any one would agree with me that every airplane has her beauty and qualities.

Also I would challenge anyone who calls the A380 the ugliest plane ever after watching this video;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdhEc07mB9Q


Also head-on she has the most beatifull wings on the planet;


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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2614 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7675 times:
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Quoting CXfirst (Reply 9):
There will never be an objective view of this

This is the Preferences forum, though. Preferences by its very definition is not objective, but subjective.

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 12):
Also I would challenge anyone who calls the A380 the ugliest plane ever after watching this video;

Sorry, but I just don't see it. From front on, its overtly large forehead dominates the profile. From side view, it is proportionally too short. Likewise from top view, because its wingspan is significantly larger than its overall length. An 80m A389 (if it ever gets built) would balance out the proportions and look a lot better. Side view from an 80m A389 might even look half decent.



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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1612 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7673 times:

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 13):
Sorry, but I just don't see it.



No need to be sorry, to each his own. Although I agree a -900 version will definitely look a LOT better!



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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2444 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7624 times:

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 3):
The A380 is like a Rolls Royce Phantom. It's appearance will take a longer time to fully digest.

Never looked at it in that light before. Well said.

IMO though, the Shorts 360 has to be near the top when it comes to eye strain.   



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User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7620 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
DC10 ugly?!

Yeah, when I look at the DC-10 it makes me feel as if the engineers at Douglas randomly picked parts, put them together, and *PUFF* came the DC-10. The MD-11 for example, looks much better. Even so, the 1011 reigns supreme in the realm of large three hollers.

Quoting initious (Reply 6):
Even though I may not like Russian jets, I find the Tu-204 and Tu 134/154 beautiful too.

In my opinion the Soviets designed very beautiful aircraft just as quickly as they designed nasty ones.

Speedbird741



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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9032 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7607 times:
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Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 16):
Yeah, when I look at the DC-10 it makes me feel as if the engineers at Douglas randomly picked parts, put them together, and *PUFF* came the DC-10.

Somehow you are right. I guess that's what they did in the first place  But that somehow gave her a special look.
But taste is different.

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User currently onlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2122 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7569 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 2):
I don't know if it is the ugliest, but it is very high on that list

Agreed 

But then there was also the 767X...




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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4521 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7535 times:

MCD had an artists impression of a planned double decker years ago that looked pretty good.



A lot better looking than the A380.



Anyone have that pic, the 'MD12' I think it was ?



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User currently offlinehercppmx From United States of America, joined May 2008, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7528 times:

The A380 as an engineering feat is simply amazing, I don't think anyone will deny it. It just seems like there was a lack of imagination when it came to it's visual appeal. In a world with rising costs for airlines, maybe it was the most aerodynamic shape for reduced fuel burn. The Plane just seems bland to me. I'm hoping that if the -900 comes along that it will win me over.


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User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 948 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7510 times:

Quoting Max Q (Reply 19):
Anyone have that pic, the 'MD12' I think it was ?
Quoting Max Q (Reply 11):
I was referring to commercial jet passenger transports.

Alrighty then...   

Here's another candidate for the list:

Tupolev Tu-334--looks like a DC-9 with a weight problem that flew into a brick wall

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In the end, though, I can't think of a jet airliner (yet) that just makes me vomit when viewed from any angle...



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7486 times:

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
I think so, what about you ?!

I think so too, it's hideous!! Although I will say that the Korean Airlines A380 livery gives a certain "je ne sais quoi" to the beast, maybe it's something to do with the silver cheatline that seems to break up the stubbyness somewhat.

I am of course referring to the external appearance of the "Whale", I'm still looking forward to the day when I get to experience the interior at first hand. Not sure when that will be though, I was hoping for the short hop aboard AF's brief forray into the LHR-CDG market, but for various reasons that sadly that wasn't to be.

I remain an open-minded A380 virgin, but yeah, it looks like sh*te!! 



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User currently online747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3620 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 7470 times:

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 3):
She may not be the prettiest aircraft ever built, but by no means is she the ugliest. I think there are enough soviet jets to take that title, or this thing:



A DC10 is not ugly. Have ever seen one as they fly over you? Their wing are pretty well swept, a DC10 is actualy a good looking jet.


User currently offlineLarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 7467 times:

I nominate the Beech Fan Jet 400 as the ugliest jet passenger aircraft, closely followed by the Learjet 23.
http://www.aviastar.org/air/usa/beech_fanjet.php

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User currently offlinemal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 694 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 7561 times:
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I have to agree, it is the ugliest bird out there at the moment. But cant see if they could have made it any better looking if they tried

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25 Post contains images Mortyman : No you were not... Your tread title says " A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made? " Strictly speaking Jet transport can also be aircraft transporting
26 AmericanB763ER : Not , she ain't exactly the prettiest out there but ugliest jet transport ever...? No! - because that title is already held by the A32x narrowbody fa
27 bpat777 : I have to agree that the A380 is not very easy on my eyes. Especially head on it just looks so "odd" to me however I will say I the interior looks ver
28 Post contains images Viscount724 : The head-on view of the A380 with its high "forehead" always reminds me of a slightly smaler airliner, the Beech 1900D, which also doesn't win any pr
29 Post contains links and images Skydrol : Compared to this hideous thing: View Large View MediumPhoto © Ian Marsh This airplane is Miss America! View Large View MediumPhoto © Paul Carlotti
30 Max Q : Thanks for the MD12 pic Tigerguy. That looks so much better, I think because the nose section tapers more gradually and the cockpit is half way betwe
31 747400sp : In a way, an A380 look like a 747 size DC-8 to me.
32 isitsafenow : About a year and a half ago I called the A380 the A3Ugly and got deleted by the moderator. Lets see how long your thread lasts. Ugly in aviation is t
33 Post contains images Speedbird741 : I'm sure the A3ugly is the same way Speedbird741
34 B777LRF : A3Ugly, I like that, better than the Whalejet which I find stupid. Unlike many, I can see many pleasing lines in must things carrying the Illyshin or
35 Post contains links and images Devilfish : Few people would argue with that.....however, QUADIMODO has its redeeming qualities. . There was this prior to that..... . http://www.anagrammer.com/
36 MichaelEI : For me the ugliest have to be either all Gulfstream CJs or the Dassault Falcon. The cockpit on the latter looks like a maximum security prison in my m
37 YVRLTN : Those are shocking nominations - all beautiful aircraft. The VFW614 tops it. I nominate the Eclipse EA500, looks like something Paris Hilton would fl
38 Post contains images HorizonGirl : I do respect everyone's opinion, but may I kindly ask, when was the last time you had your eyes checked? Oh my, the MD-12.. The A380 is not a beauty
39 kiwiandrew : I take it the OP has never seen an MD-11?
40 Max Q : I was referring to the double decker MD 12 Picture on reply 21 !
41 N766UA : The A380 is undoubtedly an ugly airplane, but it's not the ugliest. The VFW-614 comes to mind as far more gangly and unwieldy looking, for example.
42 Speedbird741 : I hear most of the times I share that particular distaste, but I just don't like the damn airplane. Ah well, I must conclude I am a minority in this
43 Max Q : I kind of like the way it looks, it is certainly unique, a characteristic sadly lacking in most Aircraft these days !
44 Post contains links MadameConcorde : My vote for the ugliest jet transport aircraft ever made goes to the TU 144 - the failed soviet copy of Concorde http://www.airliners.net/photo/Aerof.
45 Post contains links and images TCASAlert : The "Scud" is not an ugly aircraft - quite the opposite, I think its beautiful aircraft. The A380 is one fugly aircraft though, although the -900 coul
46 Post contains images HorizonGirl : Ugly? I wouldn't say that personally.. But terrifying? I'd go with that. Devon
47 Post contains images tb727 : Well then lock me up and throw away the key! I'm in shock, I've never heard someone think a Falcon was ugly! Now if someone mentions my '72 I'm gonna
48 Max Q : Agree completely, and don't even mention the B727 IMHO the best looking and flying narrowbody ever made.
49 Post contains links and images connies4ever : You guys don't have any memory .... Hands down butt ugliest jetliner: Baade 152 from East Germany (1958-61) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baade_152 Run
50 Max Q : That Baade is Bad, Really.. I still like the VFW614, It's not ugly, just unique !
51 Post contains links and images TupolevTu154 : I've said it before and I'll say it again; View Large View MediumPhoto © Chris HeatonView Large View MediumPhoto © Stéphane Mutzenberg[Edited 2011-
52 Post contains images Larshjort : How can you say that about the beautiful VFW-614 From that angle is sure is fugly.
53 Post contains images afterburner : The SP like a cute chubby girl. She isn't ugly at all (Superfly will definitely agree with me).
54 Max Q : The SP rocks, are you kidding !
55 CXB77L : I think the 747SP is the ugly duckling of the 747 family, but I would still prefer a 747SP over an A380, aesthetically speaking.
56 Post contains images Devilfish : I may have my reservations about the 747-300 trijet concept above, but those stop "short" of the SP.
57 Post contains images AustrianZRH : The Armstrong Whitworth Argosy. No jet but ugly enough for this thread...[Edited 2011-09-06 03:03:48]
58 Max Q : Yes, she's no sleek beauty Austrian but at least she's different !
59 dc863 : I've tried to like the A380 but to no avail. It's just so incredibly dumpy with a big azz blunt nose.
60 Babybus : I don't see the A380 as ugly at all. She looks mighty and powerful. We've seen the way she she pushes other planes and even warehouses out of the way.
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