Classic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1612 times:
I think they are the L-1049G, which made trans-Atlantic crossings practical, the Comet which put the world into the Jet Age, the 727 & 737 for making jet aircraft practical on shorter routes, the 747 for making the world a smaller place, and the A300 which was the first wide body twin.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 48
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1611 times:
DC-3 just for the sheer number produced and its longevity.
The DeHavilland Comet: Worlds first jet airliner.
The Boeing 707: 'nuff said
Airbus A300: First widebody twin. Paved the way for Airbus.
Boeing 747: Again: 'nuff said.
Boeing 737 (all series 100-900) second only to the DC-3 as far as ubiquity and number produced.
Concorde: Financial flop, but nevertheless the only supersonic airliner in regular airline service.
Boeing 727: Opened the door for all small/medium range jets and airports. Was arguably the leader until the 737 surpassed it in number built, and few...very few airlines over the years did not at some point operate the Boeing TriJet.
Airbus A320: Worlds fastest selling jet airliner. More than 600 were sold just within its first three years of service. You may love or hate Airbus, but that kind of sales record commands respect.