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Best Airplane Of All Time

Sat Dec 30, 2006 1:46 am

Would like as a News Years topic to discuss the best airplane of all time, would like your thoughts on this. I have my favourite and I nominate the DC8 short version and the707.W start with the DC3 and come forward to todays aircraft. When you are comparing do not think of all things modern, think of what may the aircraft great, such as firsts. I would hope that we could have a dicussion that will help all of us to understand where we came from and where we are going
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RE: Best Airplane Of All Time

Sat Dec 30, 2006 8:59 am

Have to agree on the old DC8! My first flight on a jet was AMS-YVR on Canadian Pacific, I believe DC8-50 series in 1962, just as the Britannia was being phased out. That was the original seats, with the reading light built in the seatback, on the left. Also, there was an actual bulkhead with a door separating Y and F Classes. I flew on that type many times, still remember the large windows and the comfortable seats, at least until the 70's when the configuration changed and new seats were installed, and of course more rows. One of the things I liked most was hearing the sound of each of the four engines being started before pushback, always such an excitement for me. Always had to have a window seat on those flights, preferably behind the wing. I remember on the International flights, they had a dessert served from the trolley even in Y-class!
Also rode on UA when they upgraded their coach cabin to 5-abreast seating.
Had quite a few flights on the stretch DC8's but the short one will always be my favourite.
The DC8-62 series, a slight stretch and new engines, was in use with AY when I worked for them in the 70's. There were cargo pallets at the front, and usually 12F and 104Y, after 3 pallets. Sometimes all Y config, if I remember about 13 different possible configurations.
My next favourite aircraft is the Super Caravelle, which I flew on many times withing Europe while with Finnair. It was always super comfortable, smooth, quiet and reliable.
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ps would love a ride in an old DC8 again!
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RE: Best Airplane Of All Time

Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:48 am

The best plane ever is hands down the 747-400 in a BA livery. It is aesthetically extremely pleasing, ver comfortable, large enough to explore, very comfortable.

Am I the only one who might think that a 744 or 748I would look great in EK colours?

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RE: Best Airplane Of All Time

Sun Dec 31, 2006 4:03 am

For me it would be a tie between the DC8 and L1011, the DC8 for the simple fact that it's the first airplane I ever flew on, and the L1011 since it was the most modern jetliner (tech wise)of it's time and is by far one of the most beautiful designs ever.
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RE: Best Airplane Of All Time

Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:38 pm

The question seems a little vague, but here goes:

Best bushplane: Pilatus PC-6 Turbo-Porter
runner-up: Antonov An-2
Best fighter (for its time): Sopwith Camel (WW I)
runner-up: SAAB JA37 Viggen (early-1980s)
Best long-range airliner: Boeing 747SP
runner-up: there really are none
Best trainer: Focke-Wulf Fw44 Stieglitz
runner-up: SAAB 105
Best freightplane: Lockheed Hercules
runner-up: Antonov An-225

This is just my opinion, feel free to make yours known.
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