Tigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1067 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8522 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...
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.
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.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2761 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8389 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.
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.
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hercppmx From United States of America, joined May 2008, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8242 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.
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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