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Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:37 am

These recent Top 5 threads have been interesting-why not do a Top 5 Best Aircraft? Of course this has probably been done before, but there is always room for a fresh perspective. The criteria for inclusion here should be in terms of sales, passenger comfort, quality of design, performance and reliability.

For my own entry, I would have to say that these 5 aircraft have stood the test of time and become aviation legends:

1. The Douglas DC-3
2. The Boeing 747
3. The Boeing 707
4. The Boeing 737
5. The Lockheed L1049 Constellation

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:46 am

This is almost 100% subjective and with the criteria you mention very difficult. Everyone will be mad. Nothing will be accomplished by this.
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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:03 pm

It is my belief that members who do not like a specific thread should refrain from posting in it. The other two Top 5 topics have contributed quite a bit to the forum without starting any flamage-I fail to see how this thread is any different. It's highly unlikely given the nature of the thread that there is anything here that could incite, for instance, an A vs. B flamewar.

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:30 pm

"Nothing will be accomplished by this"
Thanks, Acidradio, for being forum police. Why don't you just ignore this post and get back to whatever important things you are "accomplishing."
What's wrong with posting for fun anyway? I pay my $5 a month so I'll reply to or start any posts I damn well want to as long as they conform to the rules I agreed to when I signed up.

Back to the topic, here are my opinions(mainly from a historical perspective):

1. Boeing 707 for being the first successful jet airliner and maybe even for accelerating globalization (for better or worse)
2. Douglas DC3 for its huge role in ushering in the era of air travel
3. Boeing 747 for being the first jumbo and creating a mass market for air travel
4. Concorde for being the only supersonic airliner with any service life and possibly for being the first of many supersonic airliners?????????
5. (dont torch me too hard for this one) Airbus A300 for being the first wide-bodied twin and launching Airbus
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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:47 pm

727, 737, 747, 757, 767, DC-9, DC-10, L-1011

(more than five, and no particular order)

Aircraft which are robust, and built with a good combination of passenger comfort and amenities, durability and technology. Basically like with just about anything else on the market, technology is always improving, but cost cutting and corner cutting is ever-increasing with bean counters running companies instead of technical engineering departments. The era from late 1960s to late 1980s brought us the aircraft which have all the conveniences we expect today, in a package which was built to be the best, not to undercut competitors.

Of course in today's business all that matters is cheap planes, low fuel burn, low air fares. But the question was which A/C do I consider best and why.
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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:52 pm

Just my opinion.

1) Lockheed TriStar L1011 (all series) (is this a surprise???...lol)
2) Boeing 747 (all series)
3) McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (all series)
4) Boeing 777 (all series)
5) Boeing 727 (all series)

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:53 pm

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:55 pm

OF course it is totally subjective

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:57 pm

As far as importance goes, this is what I'd say:

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:00 pm

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:06 pm

DC3, 737, 747, Concorde, B1-B

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:23 pm

I'm going to make my Top 5 based on early aviation firsts. Obviously the Wright Brothers Flyer is #1, but I'm gonna leave it out since it's so obvious.

First Multi-engined aircraft - Igor Sikorsky's Le Grande - 1913

First Jet Aircraft - Heinkel HE 178 - 1939

Started a new era of commercial aviation - Douglas DC-3 - 1935

First Pressurized Airliner - Boeing 307 Stratoliner - 1940

First Turboprop Airliner - Vickers Viscount 630 (prototype) 700 (production) - 1948

I could go way above 5............

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:25 pm

Id rather not post regarding reliability, comfort and all that since many factors influence the criteria, but in terms of looks.. my top 5 would be:

1) MD-11
2) 747-400
3) 737-200
4) A318
5) 767-400

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:29 pm


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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:41 pm

5. The Wright Flyer - for Starting it All
4. Boeing Stratocruiser/L1049 Constellation - For Making Air Travel Luxurious
3. Douglas DC-3 - For bringing Air Travel to the "masses"
T2. Boeing 707 - For getting the jet age off the tarmac
T2. Boeing 747 - For being a project a company so believed in they bet everything on it and it has paid off graciously
T1. Airbus A320 - For Making it a very competitive business as well as making huge strides in jet-age technology
T1. Boeing 737 - For emerging as the best of all times.

Notable Consideration:
CRJ/ERJ - For creating a new dynamic to Regional Travel
Concorde - For breaking boundaries nobody was willing to cross
DC-8, L-1011 - for toughing it out and thriving as the
no. 2 guys
727, DC-9 - Workhorses of the fleets
A380, 7E7 - For providing the industry with a future
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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:41 pm

4.XB-70--let's not forget this one!!!!!
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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:51 pm

Agreed that this thread is totally subjective. But here is my list of 5 aircraft i think have become Aviation Legends:

Douglas DC-3
Boeing 727
Boeing 707
Boeing 747
Douglas DC-9

And if i had to name a few more i'd add the DC-10, L1011,MD-11,Convair 990,DC-8
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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:54 pm

not so much the top 5, but more the aircraft that made some if the bigger dints in the commercial aviation industry...

Wright Bro's flyer (first powered and controlled flt)
Flying Boats (sparked up trans oceanic flying)
DC-3 (it did its part)
Viscount (first turboprop)
Comet (first full Jetliner)
B707 (first successful jetliner by Boeing)
DC-8 (helped increase international travel even more)
B727 (brought jet service to more everyday people)
B737 ("Simply the Best.")
B747 (first widebody, first 2 decker jetliner, set new standards, brought mass transit, most reconiseable)
B777 (so much new technology, safetly and efficiency advancements)
A300 (first widebody twin, start of one of the few companys capable of taking on Boeing)
A320 (FBW technology)
A345 (first ultra long ranger seen in a while)

my top few:
Wright Bro's flyer

my fav:

Boeing 737. Simply the Best.


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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:56 pm

I see a lot of people including military aircraft so I'll make a top 5 of them too, just for shits n giggles.

1. P-51 Mustang/B-17 Flying Fortress(the two planes that turned the tide in the European theatre of WWII). Also, B-29 and Corsair for the Pacific theatre.
2. Fokker triplane (the first successful fighter aircraft?)
3. MIG15(one of the best military aircraft ever, it gave the allies hell in Korea. Was selling the engine to MIG the first of RR's many blunders?)
4. The stealths: F117/B2
5. F14 Tomcat w/Phoenix missiles. It was already a dumb idea to f**ck with the US in the air but after this it was completely pointless.
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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:04 pm

Just my opinion (just aircrafts where I have been on)

1. Boeing 747-400

2. Airbus 330-200

3. Airbus 330-300

4. Boeing 737 - 800

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:30 pm


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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:32 pm

DC-3 It was the first airplane capable of turning a profit.

707 Cut trans-continental and trans-Atlantic flight times in half.

727 Brought jet service to smaller cities.

737 Still being built 36 years after entering commercial service.

L-1011 Twenty years after entering service, it's auto-land system was considered superior to systems found in newer Airbus, Boeing, and Douglas aircraft.
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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 5:14 pm

Here is my list. Mostly based on milestones in Aviation.
#1 Wright Flyer ( if it wasnt for this bird this website wouldnt exist)
#2 DC-3 ( Began commercial passenger operations as we know it, some of which still fly commercial operations today)
#3 Bell X1 ( piloted by chuck yeager first official aircraft to break sound barrier)
#4 Boeing 737 (The 2nd most succesful family of aircraft apart from the DC-3)
#5 Learjet business jets. People see anything without an Airline logo on it with Jet Engines it is immediately a learjet. I guess that speaks for itself.

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RE: Top 5 Best Aircraft

Thu Dec 11, 2003 5:45 pm

1/ Concorde

2/ Boeing 747

3/ Airbus A340

4/ Airbus A330

5/ Boeing 777

Special Mention

Airbus A380

Boeing 767

Boeing 757

Boeing 737

Boeing 727

Boeing 707

Lockheed L1011

McDonnel Douglas MD-11

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