All New Aircraft Are Looking Alike?

Wed Jan 24, 2001 11:51 pm

Greetings fellow airliner enthusiasts! Does anyone else feel as I do, that the "new-generation" of airliners are all looking alike? The A320 resembles the 737 and 757s which are smaller versions of the 767 which resembles the 777..etc..etc. And to take that issue a few steps further, most airlines seem to be adopting the all-white fuselage, large block, bill-board style letters leaving only the tail art to amuse and amaze the public. I don't mean to come off negative but I sure miss the 707,DC8,DC9..etc.. the differences in design, sounds, colors... and I miss the brightly decorated interiors of the past as well. Let me know your views on this subject.
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RE: All New Aircraft Are Looking Alike?

Thu Jan 25, 2001 12:03 am

With regards to exterior structure, aircraft design is becoming a mature field. Presumably, there are a relatively few number of ideal shapes from a cost-efficiency point of view. Over a century of trial and error, aircraft designers have honed in on what those ideal designs are. It's like evolution. Think about the variation seen in the body structure of fish.

Barring a quantum technological leap to blended wings or something similarly bizarre, airliner design will become increasingly homogenous. It's a shame, but that's where the money is.
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RE: All New Aircraft Are Looking Alike?

Thu Jan 25, 2001 7:22 am

The A320 resembles the 737 as much as the DC-8 resembles the 707...

The 737 is NOT a smaller version of the 767, nor to a large extent is the 757.

As for paint schemes, I think there are quite a few nice ones out there. It is also reflective of modern culture and art.

I see you are new to, so welcome! I am sure that as you dig deeper into the world of aviation, you will come to see how different individual aircraft are (heck if they were the same, we wouldnt have these damned A vs B wars all the time now would we!)
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RE: All New Aircraft Are Looking Alike?

Thu Jan 25, 2001 12:59 pm

I agree...that is why we all like the dc10, L1011, 727 and anything with 4 engines!!
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RE: All New Aircraft Are Looking Alike?

Thu Jan 25, 2001 1:19 pm

Hello, my name is the Boeing 717.

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I was originally named the MD-95 and that's my rightful name, as I'm closely related to the DC9/MD80/MD90 family, the best planes IMHO, wink wink. However one of those monopolizing seattle based companies took me over and renamed me! Anyway, I have engines mounted in the rear and a 'T-tail'! Some RJs kind of look like me too. I share your sentiments, but us twin jets are very economic. Remember about A340s, 747s, MD11s, Avros and some Russian planes though.

(boy I feel silly for writing that).

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RE: All New Aircraft Are Looking Alike?

Thu Jan 25, 2001 7:18 pm

Yes, right...
I mean, talk about faces. This aircraft has a face that somehow looks like a pilot had to look like in old movies. It looks like being a really tough guy, having seen the world and some less comfortable parts of it, yet being a gentleman, knowing how to wear a tie and a uniform and being well-shaved:

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This aircraft looks like people waiting for the tram in an old movie: They are there, but you almost don't notice them as they are nameless people, a grey mass without individuality:

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RE: All New Aircraft Are Looking Alike?

Fri Jan 26, 2001 12:30 am

Welcome to the forum! Yes, almost all the airliners that are currently in production have the same configuration (as far as I understand, that is what you mean, so I'm not trying to explain you they are not the same  Smile...). Actually, everything bigger than 717 is either 737/320/204/757/767/330/777 or 340/96/747/380. Less types and much less manufacturers than in, say, 60-s, and no more big props! Remember,

DC3/4/6/7, Constellation
Viscount, Il18, Vanguard, L188, Britannia, Tu114

Then, in 70-s, when many of those were still in service, plus

But I hope to see something really NEW in the skies again...
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RE: All New Aircraft Are Looking Alike?

Fri Jan 26, 2001 3:17 am


I had this same thought years ago when all the Airbus planes were being announced. I grew up in the 80's when we still had the wide variety of planes that had the t-tail, the four engines on the wings, and the trijets. I almost forgot the Convair 580's and many commuter props. I always liked to be able to see this type of variety. It is a shame that all the manufacturers are designing planes with an engine on each wing. Unfortunately, from a business standpoint I imagine there are reasons for this. Take as many pictures of the older planes as you can before it is too late.

Long live the 80's.

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RE: All New Aircraft Are Looking Alike?

Fri Jan 26, 2001 6:26 am

I don't know about that (aircraft looking the same).
If any Boeing/Airbus aircrafts resemble one another it would be these pairs:

B757 - A321
B767 - A300

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