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Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 5:16 am

To me the nicest looing aircraft are the MD-11, A340, A330 and B747-400. I just love the winglets on these aircraft. The worst looking aircraft must definitely be a boring B737-400. Everything in it is ungracefull. The B767 is another boring aircraft.
This is my view. What is yours?
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 8:39 am

I agree w/ you that 767 is an boring a/c, tho it has pretty proportional dimensions.

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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 8:46 am

You want dull and ugly look at the A32X planes, The A319/18 Look like they were breached birth, in that they were not given enough time to develope into full size planes. The 320 is ok., but again their is nothing special about it..it't just looks like a generic airplane that a 5 year old draws. And the A321 is probably the ugliest of them all, especially the ones with only a singl bogie main wheal. It's wings are too small for the size of airplane, and over all I think they look bad.... The A330 (with RR engines), 777 (all versions), and 747-400 are in my opinion the best looking....Oh yeah and I love the An124/225 those are awsome.
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 9:19 am

The prettiest planes to me are:
747-100/200
707
727
A340 All series
IL-62
Concord
TU-154

The Ugliest:
757 All series
Bring back the Concorde
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 9:33 am

Rhetorically speaking, are there *any* ugly planes?  Wink/being sarcastic

That being said, my two cents....
Prettiest

707
727-200 (A classic)
VC-10 (wish I could have ridden on one)
A-330
A340
Canadair RJ

Prettiest commuter planes
De Havilland Canada Dash-7
ATR-72

Ugliest
737-200
747-SP (looks bizarre with that short body!)
Hawker Siddeley Trident
TU-134

I may be ugly. I may be an American. But don't call me an ugly American.
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 9:43 am

These are mine:
Nice looking

747-400
MD-11
767-400
737-900
Concorde

Bad looking

737-100/200/300/400
767-200
MD-80


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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 9:51 am

Nicest:
1. BAe 146(all series)
2. A330
Ugliest:
767
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 10:11 am

I hope you guys just forgot about this one, it doesn't want to be left out!  Big grin


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Nicest:

L-1011, ANY Series
Boeing 777-200

Ugliest:

Airbus A318/319/320/321
Airbus A300
Airbus A380 - it will be ugly, its too big


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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 10:25 am

Pretty and ugly are in the eye of the beholder. One could argue that the Airbus Super Transporter is - well - aesthetically challenged in the proportions department, but there is no other plane that can accomplish the task for which it was designed. Some of the Russian helicopters, too, are lacking in good looks, but examples are being snapped up by operators worldwide for a huge variety of tasks their Western counterparts are ill suited.

As for the 767, I know others in this thread disagree, but I love the plane, especially the -300.
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 10:47 am

I happen to like the 767 and the 757 especially in American colors.The Md 11's are nice too.
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 11:12 am

Personally I love the sleak 757s and MD80. The 747-400 is great with the winglets. The MD-11 isnt my favorite aircraft but its good looking. 722 is also good

Ugliest would be A300 and A310. The 767 series isn't the pretiest, but its great foir functionality.

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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 11:37 am

The ugliest aircraft is the ATL-98 Carvair. Ewww!


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The nicest is the Concorde, I like it's design!

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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 11:50 am

Nicest:
BY FAR! The Tristar! The name's even pretty!

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Ugliest:
A320
MD-90
Carvair
A380
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 12:10 pm

Nicest
1. A340-200/300
2. A320 family
3. 757-200/300
4. 777-200/300

Ugliest
1. 747-100/200
2. A300
3. L1011-500 (too stubby looking)
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 12:16 pm

Actually, I think the ATR-42 is pretty ugly. The DeHavilland Dash-8 looks much nicer to me (even though it looks like a plane on crutches).

Favorites:
L-1011
Boeing 757 (its nose looks like an eagle to me)
DC-10 (yeah, I know it's the L-1011's rival, but it's still a pretty bird)
DC-8
anything in Southwest Airlines colors

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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 12:51 pm

Beautiful:

L1049 Constellation Super G
747
757
A320
Convair 990
L-1011-500

Disgusting:

A380
Beluga
Boeing 377 Stratocruiser
Guppy
the ugly german plane with the engines on top of the wings
Electra
Yak40
IL-18
TU-104
IL-76



 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 12:58 pm

Nicest:

747-200
DC-10-30
727-200
737-200
737-400
747-400
767-300ER
L1011

Ugliest

A320
A318
A319
A321
A330
A340
A380
Beluga
747SP
Comet
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 1:08 pm

Nicest:
Boeing 777
Boeing 747
Boeing 747SP (It is one of the coolest planes!)
DC-10
L-1011

Ugliest
DC-8

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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 1:28 pm

The ugliest plane as for me is MD 90 80 and all the rest of the family. They look ugly and their look reminds me of this donkey from "Winnie the Pooh" cartoon. The ATL 98 Carvair designer must have had a sick imagination.
DC8 is not nice it looks messy. B747 SP is awkward and unproportional. Once you see the 747-200 or 400 you will hate the SP. 737-200 is ruins your good mood for the trip once you will know that you have to fly in it.
The best looking are:
MD11
A340
747-200-400
GulfsrteamV is excellent
777
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 1:58 pm

Yes Virginia, there are UGLY airplanes...

There are at least three:
1. The Shorts Skyvan - the maintenance crew accidently put the wings on the shipping crate that it came in.

2. The Beech 1900D - What were the engineers smoking? They couldn't hang any more appendages on the tail if they tried.

3. The Hansa Jet - Thank goodness they've been out of production for a long, long time.
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 2:11 pm

Nicest:

A340
A330
A320
A319
Saab340
B777

Ugliest:

B727
B737
L1011
DC9
DC10
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 2:12 pm

Definetly 747s look extremely graceful, A340s are gorgeous. 757s especially the -300, MD11s/dc10s look really good, BAe 146s/RJ 85s look good too, and I kinda like the A330s. I really dont think you can call any airplanes ugly, except for the old Russian jets.
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 2:38 pm

Gorgeous: A340-300, A330-200
Thumbs up: MD-11, DC-10, L1011, 747, IL-86, A320
OK: 777, 737, A300
Ugly: A310, 767, 757
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 3:02 pm

Right on Timbo! Smile

Ahhhhh..... ok:

Nicest:
747-400
747-SP
747-200
777-200
727-200
767-400
A330 (Qantas will look awesome!)

Bad:
A340
A320
A310

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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 10:22 pm

Nicest:
B737-400/500
B757-200
SAAB-340
BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde

Ugliest:
Shorts 360
Dornier 228
A330

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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 11:42 pm

Currently there is no aircraft in production that I would call really ugly. The truly ugly aircraft types all belong to the past.
But there are differences for me, of course.

Real beauties are:
B747 (all)
B707
A340
VC-10
C-17 (ok, thats a military transporter, but hopefully soon available as a civil cargo plane rather than a 777 Freighter)
Concorde

Also nice but no favorite of mine:
A330
IL-96/86
DC-8
B777-200
DC-10 and MD-11
Tristar
B727
TU-154
B767
Convair Coronado
IL-62
TU-144

Still okay but a boring:
B757-200
B737
A320
A300/310
TU-134

Not so good (I wouldn´t be sad not to see them anymore):
B777-300
B757-300
MD-80
737-100
Airbus Beluga (oh yes, I forgot, thats the last really ugly aircraft of our time)
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 11:54 pm

Nice

747
L1011
A330/A340
A321
Comet
VC-10

Ugliest

Beluga
737
Trislander
767
Falcon....like a limo but with wings
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 12:25 am



Anna Kournikova - B747-400, B777, A330, Concorde


Lindsey Davenport - DC10, A340, Tristar, B757
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 12:46 am

 Love
B727-200 series
B707
Convair 880 (the 990 looked a little too Buck Rogers)
DC7-C
VC-10 (I DID get to ride in one...in the cockpit!)

 Yawn
B767

 Crying Only a mother could love the -
EMB110 "Bandit"
BAC111
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 12:52 am

I agree with you in the MD-11 and 747-400, and I think all the 737's are ugly and disgraceful except the -800. I disaree with you in 767's behalf. The 777 is also a pretty ugly plane  Angry  Angry  Angry
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 1:24 am

I love the Tristar...very nice. The 777-200 and the MD11 are nice too.

Ugly planes? How about the German made regional jet with the engines on top of the wings? That's pretty bad. The MD80 is pretty awful as well.
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 1:31 am

anything with winglets will do......always love the slick and slender looking winglets, make the plane look more modern, sophisticated and not forgetting, SEXY
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 1:47 am

I do not find any plane particularly ugly at all. My favourites, though, are the TriStar, 727, DC-9, 757 and 777-200. The elongated fuselage of the MD80 redues the grace of the DC-9 design but it is still OK.

It seems as though the VFW-614 is the plane that some of you are finding agonizingly ugly - it was OK but just a bit weird looking.


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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 2:36 am

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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 9:02 am

The nicest must be a draw between the B-1 and F-16. These aircraft are just plain sleek. The worst looking must be Mil Mi-4.
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 9:38 am

I think the MD-11 and 767 are ugly. I saw this one pic of an MD-11 turning right. It was from the front, but the plane was at a 45 degree angle. It just looked bad. The fuselage was bloated and the engines looked puny. I think the 767 (any) looks confused. It's not very graceful. I think the most beautiful planes are the Airbus A330 and A340. I also like the 777, but it can look weird from some angles. I like the 747, 757, MD 80/90/717, and L1011, too. I think the -500 is the most beautiful.
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 1:31 pm

My username says it all....
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 1:50 pm

Best:

1) 757 (excluding 300 series)
2) A330/340 (gotta love those proportions, winglets and rakish nose)
3) DC-10/MD-11 (well proportioned aircraft with interesting bulgy 3rd engine at rear that looks rakish)

Worst:

1) A300/310 and 767 (very bland looking. 767 has ugly Boeing nose on a fattish body. yech)
2) 777 (Has same problems of 767, but to a lesser extent)
3) A320 (Stubby looking little airplane)
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 1:59 pm

I think the best looking aircraft are:

Boeing 777
Airbus A320
BAe/Aerospatiale Concorde
McDonnell Douglas DC10
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 4:11 pm

Prettiest -
An-225
An-124
Concorde
Tu-144
Il-62
Tu-114 (just a gorgeous aircraft)
An-22
Any 747
DC-10/MD-11/L1011
777

Tu-134 is rather ugly, I might agree.
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 5:54 pm

Best looking = A340, A330, B744, M11

Worst looking = B737 (all series) and F50
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 7:14 pm

Prettiest:

- 747 (all series)
- Concorde
- Tu-154
- Il-62
- Vickers VC-10

Ugliest:
- All 737s. Good airplane, but Ewww!!!
- The VFW-Fokker 614. As someone mentioned above, thank God it's been out of production for a long time. Unfortunately some people had the terrible idea taking pictures of it, so we have to suffer until the film disintigrates, and all digital photos become corrupted.

Charles
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 7:17 pm

THE MD-80s of course.

MD JET Pratt power RULES! Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I also like the Tupolev 154 and IL-86, awsome aircraft.
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Wed Feb 07, 2001 9:21 pm

We must remember who created the Carvair.............

Hint: Remember the "Skytrain" ????
N/A
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Thu Feb 08, 2001 1:24 am

Prettiest (in my personal order of preference):
747 (ALL series but especially the 400  Big thumbs up )
DC-10 (that #2 engine on the tail is just  Love )
767 (200 and 300)
L-1011
737 (all versions but especially the 200)
727 (I miss that plane  Crying)
757-200
A310-300
A300-600
A320
DC-9
MD-80

Ugliest (in my personal order from UGLIEST):
A330 -just a refurbrished A310 with winglets, I don't see what the big fuss over this aircraft is. Too regular looking  Yawn - I especially despise the A330's with the sausage-like engines
A340- just a cheap plasticky like immitation of the 747-400 but nowhere near as big in size or spirit.
777 (200 and 300)- just too big  Wow! for a twin engine
A321- too long
A319- too short
717- what IS that impish little thing?
MD-11- they took a beautiful plane (DC-10), bloated it, elongated it and put winglets on it (aaaaarrrgh!)
767-400- why bother?!
and finally:
A380- unless it is categorized as a Space Cruizer, just a waste of time, money, energy and infrastructure.
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Thu Feb 08, 2001 1:38 am

N312RC,

Sir Freddy Laker himself
Falcon....like a limo but with wings
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Thu Feb 08, 2001 4:23 am

Though I find something beautiful in almost every airplane a few ones manage to make my heart beat like a drum;these are:

The B747(of course),especially from this angle:

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It's ssssssooooo.........classic and graceful.....!!!!!!

The DC-8(whateva the version):I love it's slender lines,it looks like a cheetah!

-Caravelle (classic and timeless french beauty)

-Tristar (gorgeous californian Trijet)

- DC-10/MD-11(DITO)

-The VC-10 (Very majestic plane)

-Il-62(DITO,although far more than just a copy of the former)

Also B767,Il-86,Tu-154,B707,B727 and A300/310

Cheers,

Marco
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Thu Feb 08, 2001 6:10 am

Ganymed - Could there have been a better picture instead of B747 N473EV with an engine ripped off? That really makes the plane look gorgeous...

But...I agree with you 100% on your view of the Tristar as a "gorgeous Californian Trijet." It was, and so much more.

L-1011-500
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Thu Feb 08, 2001 7:45 am

Best looking
B737-Next Generation, B757, B767-400, B777
Worst Looking
Anything Douglas other than the DC10 series.

Airbus A319 looks decent.

I love Boeing and I especially love the 737, but I agree that the B737-400 looks nasty. Long fuselage with small tail...no good. Now the B737-800 more than makes up for the B737-400s shortcomings
 
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RE: Nicest And Ugliest Aircraft?

Thu Feb 08, 2001 10:16 am

The A333 are the prettiest with those winglets and big engines and long fuselages. 757-200's are sharp sleak looking planes as well. A321's are god awful