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What Was The Best Vintage Aircraft? [-Nice Pics-]  
User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

What do you feel was the best (or simply your favorite) older commercial aircraft? And why was it the best, or your fave?

Let's begin with Boeing's 707 ......





Let's not forget the 707 lookalike: the B720 ......






More fine examples of vintage types ........
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The ill-fated DeHavilland Comet ......





The Trident ......

[Side note on the Trident .... Guys, look at this interesting hunk of information I dug up concerning the expansion of the Trident program, and a proposed variant looking very very much like our current B757!]........





Convair's 880 and 990 ......







Vicker's most efficient VC-10 ......





The Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation ......






The Douglas DC-3 ......





The SUD Caravelle ......







Mustn't leave out the DC-8 ......
HOLY JET FUMES!!! ....






Let me close out with the mightiest of the mighty early jetliners: the Boeing 747-100 and Boeing 747-200!! Gotta love those!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy ......







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User currently offlineBraniff Place From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 1125 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4908 times:

WOW Lax you have really outdone yourself getting these fantastic pictures look at all those beautiful stewardesses in their totally mod 60s outfits!
Thanks for the excellent Braniff Halston Ultra 747 pic too!!!
Well i would have to say the old 747-100 is my favorite classic airliner with their handsome liveries of bare metal underbodies and cheatlines that funky club posse upstairs, with an elegant spiral staircase leading you back down to a spacious first class and tourist class cabins where staff make your trip a beautiful experience!




Great place to just chill have a dub and a quiet drink with som pplz

Harminous colours and beautiful atmosphere add to the wonderful BI 747 experience

Fantastic service and gourmet meals

Some very lucky ppl boarding a BI 747



BI Ultra 747SP at DFT 1981


User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4891 times:

I guess I should also include this one too....

The Vickers Viscount, 444 of which were built. It first flew on July 16, 1948 (registered: G-AHRF). ......




User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4888 times:

Hi Braniff Place!! .......

Thanks for your added pics here! Nice!

Look at this one! (An old American Airlines Boeing 747 upper-deck lounge!) .......




User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4869 times:

My choice are:

Convair CV990A Coronado
Douglas DC 8 Super Sixty
Lockheed Constellation (all models)
Douglas DC 3
Boeing 747SP


User currently offlineMighluss From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 948 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4847 times:

I don't know:

Comet--Earlier
CV-990--Faster
Caravelle--Prettier

All them are good!

one question:
What's this 747 with an extra engine?

Thanks! nice photos.



Miquel.
User currently offlineVc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1408 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4839 times:

Nice set of pictures , but what would the greens say about that smokey old DC-8, at the time it all seemed part of the fun.
Just like to add one old prop liner to the list .it is
Bristol Britannia especially the 300 series ,which was a bit longer and so had more graceful lines.


User currently offlineBrian_ga From United States of America, joined May 2001, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4833 times:

LAX and Braniff Place, Great photos !!!

Braniff Place, when did you take the shot of BI 747SP at DFW? I worked at the Dobbs Coffee shop right across from gate 22 at DFW 2W from 1979-1981. I got in trouble all the time going over to look at that plane each time it was in. God I miss those days, everything was just a little easier. I always voluntered to run the garbage out just so I could get down closer to the aircraft. Still love Braniff !!!!

Brian  Smile



Keep looking up, that's the secret to life....Snoopy
User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4831 times:

Mighluss,

The extra engine on BA's 747 is the spare engine that can be carried in the B747's wing. The B747 is designed in such way that it can carry an additional engine. It does however increase the drag and fuel consumption of the plane (due to the additional weight).


User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4809 times:

Aw, heck .... my Viscount pic disappeared!

Let's try another one of the Viscount ......




User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1965 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4787 times:

They're all beautiful. I share Lax's passion for older planes. The 707, VC-10, Comet, Caravelle, Constellation, DC-3.... and many, many more. I would like to add the DH91 Albatross and the Boeing 314 Clipper to the gaggle.


The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 4742 times:

Thanks Fanofjets!

This one's for you (and have a Budweiser on me too)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy ...........

The DeHavilland DH-91 "Albatross" (not a very flattering name, eh?) ............




User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 4734 times:

Lax ->

Holy Friggin cow, you go on my extended respected users list effective IMMEDIATELY!!!!

OMG I love those planes, that was when FLYING was FLYING

And look at that AA lounge photo!!! Can you imagine being the pilot of THAT? Those were the golden days of aviation, when flying wasn't just flying, it wasn't just transportation, it was an Experience, something to be remembered and savored. Something to share with family and freinds, cofort, class, and prestige, all in one, that was the way flying was, the way flying should be.

Today airline travel is little more than glorified busing, what an experience it must have been to ride on the wings of the old! To kiss the skies in something that represented the modern, the sleek, the fast, the luxurious, the enjoyable. Ah, those were the goodl old days, if only, for one brief moment, they could return.....I am sure all of us avid aviation lovers woudl die on the spot, and don our wings and fly with the angels of old, eternal bliss among silver wings.....

Aloha 737-200  Love


User currently offlineClassic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 11 hours ago) and read 4705 times:

I think the 707 in the is one of the most elegant airliners of all time.

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User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months ago) and read 4670 times:

How about another......

The good ol' (albeit noisy) BAC 1-11, which first took to the skies in late 1963! ............







User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months ago) and read 4670 times:

Any of you guys have these books on Classic Jets?! I like all of those "Airliner Color History" volumes. .......





User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4663 times:

Some of those 747 upper deck interiors are Austin Powers quality!

Anyway, my favorite old bird is the Lockheed Constellation.

http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=162339



Jet City Aviation Photography
User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4654 times:

I'm not sure .... but I don't think you'll see many of these around anymore! ......



[The stewardesses on these Wright Brothers flights were very friendly indeed! It was hard to hear the in-flight movie though, what with no windows!]  Smile Smile


User currently offline757PF From United States of America, joined May 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

How about this old Boeing? .....



[Boeing "Stearman" PT17 with a 450 hp Pratt & Whitney R-985 engine]


User currently offlineJustplanesmart From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 722 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4618 times:

I have always been a big fan of the 707. Why? I am not sure. It certainly has a sleek appearance overall. Compared to its main competitor, the DC-8, I think it looks better, with more sweep to the wings and tail, more windows, and cleaner-lookin nacelles. Plus those two intakes on the Douglas nose just do not look good. I think another factor is that, as I was beginning to get into plane spotting in the late 70's, the 707 was disappearing more quickly than the DC-8, so I cherished those I got to see even more. I remember a TV ad that United ran to introduce the 767. It began "If you ever had a favorite airplane, this one's going to take its place." Then the lights turned on to reveal the 767. Well, I do like the 767 quite a bit, but it has never supplanted the 707 at the top of my list.


"So many planes; so little time..."
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39854 posts, RR: 74
Reply 20, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4613 times:

Great photos!  Smokin cool

I really like that AA747 upper deck photo Lax!

Let's not forget about the IL-62.



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Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39854 posts, RR: 74
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4614 times:

Justplanesmart:
Oh man you're bringing back memories, I remember that commercial. I was only like 9 years old or something.

I agree, the 707 is a beautiful sleek aircraft.
I remember flying on one, LAX-ORD on American back in 1978. My last 707 experience.  Sad



Bring back the Concorde
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