The jet age has seen aviation take some major steps forward, with each generation bringing something new, be it in the form of technology or speed or serving new markets. I have a few aircraft in mind, but maybe you'd like to share a few too:-
1) The 707. The first real jet. Enough said.
2) The Caravelle. The first short haul jet. Another trendsetter. It was another four years before Boeing followed with the 727.
3) The 747. The first widebody. The first twin aisle aircraft, the first aircraft to use high bypass (big fan) engines. Still the greatest.
4) Concorde. First super . . oh, you know.
5) 737. The Toyota Corolla of the air. Reliable. The model for successful short low cost operations. Still very much alive. The fact that two major carriers - American and SAS - first ordered the aircraft thirty years after it was launched must say something. How many DC3s were ordered in 1965?
6) A300. The first twin aisle twin. The start of a line which includes the 767 (see below), the A310, A330 and 777.
7) The 767. First long haul twin - opened up many new smaller markets to long haul flights. New Zealand to Asia and North Carolina to Europe, to name two.
8) Canadair RJ. The first small commuter jet - another trendsetter in what seems to be the fastest growing market. (Okay, I'm talking 50 seats here).
Well, any more? Corrections, additions?