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Aircraft That Made Aviation History  
User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4199 times:

In your opinion, what are the key aircraft that have been produced?

My opinion:

DC 3
Boeing 707
DC 9
Stratocruiser
Lockeed Electra
Boeing 747
Concorde

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User currently offlineFlightShadow From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1042 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4198 times:

I would have to classify the Wright Flyer with this group  Wink

I think the Ford Trimotor...although rather similar to the DC-3...would also fit in, and if the A380 is a success, probably it too.

[Edited 2006-04-13 02:22:40]


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User currently offlineEWWForEver From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4172 times:

I think you could add the DC-8 in there as well.
The fact that many of them are still flying today and this was Douglas Aircraft's first commercial jet would be important.



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User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4154 times:

It's hard to forget 737, the jetliner that brought jet travel to the masses, with over 5,000 flying, there are more 737s than any other manufacturer has made total commercial jets.


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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 4005 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4142 times:

My list of key airliners:

Junkers F13 (first practical airliner)
Fokker F7 (most important airliner of the late 1920s)
DC-3
DC-4 (first practical long-range airliner)
Constellation (well, not really, but she's too beautiful not to include her)
Comet
Caravelle (first short-range jet)
707
737 (pioneered nothing, but the a/c built in greatest number as an airliner)
747
Concorde (though a dead end street)
A300 (first big twinjet)



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User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5826 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4114 times:

I think this list, so far, is very US centric. My nominations:

Wright Flyer (of course)
Vickers Vimmy (1st aircraft to: cross Atlantic, cross Europe & Asia to Australia & Europe to South Africa)
Fokker F7 (most important airliner of the late 1920s, also first to cross Pacific)
Shorts S23 Empire flying boats (1st real long distance airliner)
DC-3
DC-6/Constellation (draw) (first practical long-range airliner)
Comet
Vicker Viscount (1st Turboprop airliner)
Caravelle (first short-range jet)
707/DC8 (draw)
747 (37 years on and still Queen of the Sky!)
Concorde (though a dead end street)
A300 (first widebody twinjet)

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User currently offlineYYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1093 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4031 times:
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I would add in the A320 and the A380

A320, Redefined FBW technology.

A380, Like it or not it is aviation history. The largest and most ambitions jet in production, and with new fuel costs it looks like it will be a very unique plane that will fulfill a variety of missions. Even if it flops, can we say it did worse the Concorde? ( I love the Concorde BTW and fully support it being on the list)



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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2005 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4013 times:

Let's not forget Russian/Ukranian/USSR aircraft:

Antonov An-2, World's largest biplane; among the largest and longest production run of any aircraft

Tupolev Tu-104, Pioneer jetliner (noisy and unreliable it may have been, but it was a trendsetter)

Antonov An-12, Superlative multipurpose transport in the same league as the Lockheed Hercules

Antonov An-124 Ruslan, Largest-capacity production freighter (though it will be eclipsed by the Airbus A380)


General Aviation:
Cessna Skyhawk, 50 years young, boasting the largest production run of any aircraft, even the mighty An-2

Piper Cub, Brought general aviation to the masses


Miscellaneous:
Avro 540K, largest production of early biplane; superb trainer and early passenger carrier

Ryan NYP, brought Lucky Lindy across the Atlantic

Vickers Vimy, set records for distance flights across the Atlantic, UK to Australia, and UK to South Africa


I'll leave the military aircraft to the experts, but WWII saw some amazing developments, such as the P-51, Me-262, and Gloster jet.



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User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4001 times:

I wouldn't forget C-5, it was the first aircraft to feature the high bypass turbofan engine, which was huge.


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User currently offlineIrobertson From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 601 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3972 times:

I'm surprised no one here has given any credit to the Convair 880 or 990. Sure, it wasn't up to the competition with Douglas's fantastic DC-8 or Boeing's impressive 707, but it still broke plenty of speed records that haven't been broken yet today, it has great looks, and if it had been built in as massive numbers as the DC8s and 707s, there might be a few out there still flying. I could envision a modern-engined 990. It would probably be good for a carrier flying people in an A320 sized aircraft to medium-long range destinations. In and of itself, it was a great airplane wasn't it?

Just my small contribution...


User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4376 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3963 times:

Quoting Nwafflyer (Thread starter):
DC 3
Boeing 707
DC 9
Stratocruiser
Lockeed Electra
Boeing 747
Concorde

I would add to the list the Boeing 247; considered the first of the "modern" airliners. Also the A300, which revolutionized the concept of the "twin".

And, we cannot forget these two...

Quoting YYZatcboy (Reply 6):
I would add in the A320 and the A380

A320, Redefined FBW technology.

A380, Like it or not it is aviation history.



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User currently offlineNAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3963 times:

Have to suggest the 1925 De Havilland Cirrus Moth (later the Tiger Moth) for inclusion. It was the first aircraft to be designed specifically as a civilian 'aeroplane for everyman', and as a trainer.

Prior to that, flying training was only provided by the military, using obsolete miltary types. The Moth offered reliability, safety, and economy, and led to the setting up of large numbers of civilian flying schools.

[Edited 2006-04-13 06:10:07]


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User currently offlineSX36 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

Also the Spruce Goose. Although a commecial failure, just the sheer fact this baby was engineered using pencils, paper, and protracters, built of wood, flew, and survived all this time deffinately earns it a place in history.


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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11974 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3947 times:

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 3):
It's hard to forget 737, the jetliner that brought jet travel to the masses, with over 5,000 flying

Agree completely. I nominate the mighty 737 as arguably the most important civil jet aircraft ever produced. The reason?

It simply changed the entire equation. The 737's excellent economics, even in the beginning, combined with its ability to operate from a paved metropolitan runway or just easily land on a beaten-up rural strip, truly revolutionized air travel and, as FlyDreamliner said, truly "brought jet travel to the masses." Sure, there was the small jet DC9s, BAC 1-11s, etc. before the 737 came along. But no aircraft in the 737's size category caught on in the market place in the same way that this aircraft did. It truly had such a profound impact on providing economical, frequent and reliable service linking cities throughout the world.

In additional to all this, the 737 -- as FlyDreamliner said -- are far and away the single most successful commercial aviation enterprise in history. It has endured the test of time. It truly is incredible that this little stubby, somewhat pudgy plane that Boeing started selling in 1969 is still alive and kicking, nearly 40 years later, and has -- considering its age -- undergone very minor modifications in all that time. The 737 an airline would buy now is, compared with time-elapsed modifications to other aircraft models, fairly structurally similar to a 737 they'd fly in 1970. And airlines still love them.

That's incredible.

Long live the mighty 737!  Smile


User currently offlineIrobertson From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 601 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3911 times:

Quoting Commavia (Reply 13):
Long live the mighty 737!

I'd have to concede that you're probably right, the 737 is probably one of the best success stories in aviation. I'd argue though that the 747 is a close second for many of the very same reasons outlined in your post. Boeing sure has made a mark, no one can deny it. I still love the DC8 (which should be commended for its longevity and versatility), the Convair 990, and the A346, but the 737 and 747 are truly great designs.

Perhaps on the longevity side of things, one should also include, next to the DC8 and the 707, the VC-10, the Comet, and the L1011. The RAF comes to mind for their incredible preservation and adaptation of these former airliners which, IMHO, left the airline industry rather hastily in favor of newer airplanes. The fact that you can still see many of those five classics alive and well in the USAF and RAF (or even privately) is a testament to the designers and builders of their generation. Time will only tell what planes from our generation now will stand up just as well.


User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3899 times:

The 727 should also be added, it was the first practical jetliner capable of using smaller airfields (runway < 5000 feet) that were inaccessible to the other jets of the day. This was a huge step in bringing air travel to the masses, 737 just did it with much better economics on thinner routes (but I would keep 737 on the list). Also, I'm surprised noone has mentioned the An-225 Mirya, largest aircraft in the world and first aircraft with MTOW over 1 million pounds.

User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

Quoting Frugalqxnwa (Reply 15):
Also, I'm surprised noone has mentioned the An-225 Mirya, largest aircraft in the world and first aircraft with MTOW over 1 million pounds.

It was a special purpose one-off though, more along the lines of the the Hughes Hercules. None the less a momentous aviation achievement.

Has anyone mentioned the Lockheed Constellation, the first widely used, long range passenger aircraft with a pressured cabin and a high cruising altitude (made possible by turbocharged radial pistons engines, a technical marvel of their day).

Also, the lockheed P-80. While the Gloucester and Messerschmidt jet fighters too to the air first, the P-80 really laid down the model of what jet fighters would be like for a decade, and was the developmental basis of American jet technology that led to such things as 707.

I'd also like to toss out the Bell X-1, first aircraft to go supersonic.



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User currently offline3MilesToWRO From Poland, joined Mar 2006, 281 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

Quoting Fanofjets (Reply 7):
Antonov An-2, World's largest biplane; among the largest and longest production run of any aircraft

Largest single-engined, to be precise.

Quoting Fanofjets (Reply 7):
Ryan NYP, brought Lucky Lindy across the Atlantic

RWD-5bis, did the same with Stanislaw Skarzynski, little later, but unlike NYP being almost ordinary two-person RWD-5 with passenger place filled with fuel tank, flying from Senegal to South America, with pilot dressed in suit and hat  Smile


User currently offlineRigo From Australia, joined Sep 2005, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3802 times:

Hi

Let's not forget the Tu-144, it has also earned its place in aviation history (albeit arguably not the way Tupolev has hoped for). And personally I have a thought for the Mercure, the least successful airliner ever...

Regards
Rigo


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3720 times:
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Concorde.

Nothing else made Mach 2 routine for 30 years.

PS (I know not many were designed to, but the hurdles that had to be jumped were higher for Concorde than any other.)



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3714 times:

Undoubtly the B737.
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regds
MEL



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User currently offlineDeputydawghere From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3702 times:

Quoting Gemuser (Reply 5):
747 (37 years on and still Queen of the Sky!)

Definitely true.



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