Checo77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4028 times:
but the ugliest plane of all is the A380, now also the A350 (not so ugly, but ugly in the sense that it a A330 advertised as a "brand new" plane.
I have to agree with United4ever, no plane is ugly, well... exept A380...
Also no the most beautiful are the A320, A319 and the 737 family.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3908 times:
No aircraft type is ugly (with the exception of the A380 whale). Some are quirky but none ugly-except the A380. The Carvair is kind of a neat airplane but like the Shorts flying boxes (330/360) isn't exactly photogenic. 747s, DC-10s/MD-11s and Tristars are jumbos that have aerodynamic styling that is beautiful, functional and distinctive. That can't be said for the flying slave ship. All the A380 would do to my favorite airline's colors would sully them with it's ugly shape. Going back to a Zeppelin with non-flammable gases would be more of a step forward.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
Zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5601 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3885 times:
"The Bristol 170 freighter." It is ugly cute. Like an overweight pug or bulldog. My vote for ugly duckling goes to the early Vicer's Viscounts. The ovoid theme is over the top. Those egg shaped windows and that ugly 1950's bank vault door hatch degrade what could have been a smart looking bird for its time. Now, the Viscount vastly improves in later versions with a more conventional shaped door hatch. And, that slight hump above the nose/cockpit makes this bird awkward looking.
AZjetgeek From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 235 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3848 times:
Topping my list is the Aviation Traders ATL-98. It does look like a deformed 747.
No. 2 on my list is the Tu-134. The cockpit alone makes me wretch!
No. 3 belongs to the Dornier 228. Could they make the nose any longer? Someone hit this aircraft with a monster-sized ugly stick!
No. 4, hands down, the Airbus A-300 Super Transporter. Now I know why they nicknamed this aircraft the "Beluga". It looks likes a Beluga whale with wings.
Rounding out my "bottom five" is the Antonov 124-Ruslan. There is nothing about this aircraft that is remotely attractive.
To those who nominated the Shorts SC-7 and 360, shame on you! The Skyvan, while quite boxy looking, is so homely it's attractive. The 360 is a cool looking aircraft. I rather like its "Hunchback" appearance.
BTW, my honorable mention list includes: Airbus A380 (another whale with wings); Vickers VC-10; Vickers Viscount; the Convair CV-990; and the BAe Avro RJ.