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A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:34 pm

I think so, what about you ?!
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:51 pm

What's the matter, trying to get beaten up in the parking lot tonight?   

While the A380 isn't going to win any beauty contest I'm a judge of, it does at least have an angle or two where the goofy parts are not emphasized. I'd say the ugliest jet transport ever made would be the Airbus Beluga...


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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:25 am

I don't know if it is the ugliest, but it is very high on that list 

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:55 am

She may not be the prettiest aircraft ever built, but by no means is she the ugliest. I think there are enough soviet jets to take that title, or this thing:


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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:19 am

I'm going to have to go with the Piper Jet. Not that I wouldn't want one though.
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:23 am

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 3):
or this thing:

DC10 ugly?!   

A perfect example how different we see things. 

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:29 am

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 1):
What's the matter, trying to get beaten up in the parking lot tonight?

   That was exactly what I thought when I saw the title.

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 3):
or this thing
Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
DC10 ugly?!

DC-10 has its own unique charm. You're probably the first to say that it's ugly, but I have the same reaction as Wilco. I respect your opinion though.

I do not think that the Airbus A380 is ugly at all. It's beautiful and elegant in my books. Of course, people compare it with the Boeing 747. Both have their own unique charm. In fact, each plane has their own way of beauty and I have never seen an ugly Airbus or Boeing commercial jet (can't say for Russian jets! :P). Even though I may not like Russian jets, I find the Tu-204 and Tu 134/154 beautiful too. Oh, add the Air Koryo livery on it for the icing.  

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:40 am

The uggliest must be without a doubt

747 Dreamlifter

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:08 am

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 7):
The uggliest must be without a doubt

747 Dreamlifter

As far as large cargo freighters are concerned, the Beluga looks way worse than the Dreamlifter. Nose section in particular looks very unresolved, as if an actual Beluga sat on top of the cockpit, pushing the nose downwards.

As for passenger jets, I'd agree that the A380 the ugliest. I collect 1:400 model planes, but I don't have a single A380 in my collection, nor do I want one. I just don't like the look of them.
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:44 am

This thread is useless. Just A vs B. There will never be an objective view of this.

In my opinion, the A380 is a great looking plane (I honestly don't think it is any worse than the 747).

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:45 am

The Dreamlifter and Beluga are so specialised they don't count in this 'poll'



I was referring to commercial jet passenger transports.
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:09 am

Although I agree with most people the A380-forehead is not a looker. But I think almost any one would agree with me that every airplane has her beauty and qualities.

Also I would challenge anyone who calls the A380 the ugliest plane ever after watching this video;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdhEc07mB9Q


Also head-on she has the most beatifull wings on the planet;


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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:26 am

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 9):
There will never be an objective view of this

This is the Preferences forum, though. Preferences by its very definition is not objective, but subjective.

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 12):
Also I would challenge anyone who calls the A380 the ugliest plane ever after watching this video;

Sorry, but I just don't see it. From front on, its overtly large forehead dominates the profile. From side view, it is proportionally too short. Likewise from top view, because its wingspan is significantly larger than its overall length. An 80m A389 (if it ever gets built) would balance out the proportions and look a lot better. Side view from an 80m A389 might even look half decent.
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:31 am

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 13):
Sorry, but I just don't see it.



No need to be sorry, to each his own. Although I agree a -900 version will definitely look a LOT better!
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:13 pm

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 3):
The A380 is like a Rolls Royce Phantom. It's appearance will take a longer time to fully digest.

Never looked at it in that light before. Well said.

IMO though, the Shorts 360 has to be near the top when it comes to eye strain.   
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:33 pm

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
DC10 ugly?!

Yeah, when I look at the DC-10 it makes me feel as if the engineers at Douglas randomly picked parts, put them together, and *PUFF* came the DC-10. The MD-11 for example, looks much better. Even so, the 1011 reigns supreme in the realm of large three hollers.

Quoting initious (Reply 6):
Even though I may not like Russian jets, I find the Tu-204 and Tu 134/154 beautiful too.

In my opinion the Soviets designed very beautiful aircraft just as quickly as they designed nasty ones.

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:56 pm

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 16):
Yeah, when I look at the DC-10 it makes me feel as if the engineers at Douglas randomly picked parts, put them together, and *PUFF* came the DC-10.

Somehow you are right. I guess that's what they did in the first place  But that somehow gave her a special look.
But taste is different.

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:39 pm

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 2):
I don't know if it is the ugliest, but it is very high on that list

Agreed 

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:29 pm

MCD had an artists impression of a planned double decker years ago that looked pretty good.



A lot better looking than the A380.



Anyone have that pic, the 'MD12' I think it was ?
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:04 pm

The A380 as an engineering feat is simply amazing, I don't think anyone will deny it. It just seems like there was a lack of imagination when it came to it's visual appeal. In a world with rising costs for airlines, maybe it was the most aerodynamic shape for reduced fuel burn. The Plane just seems bland to me. I'm hoping that if the -900 comes along that it will win me over.
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:37 am

Quoting Max Q (Reply 19):
Anyone have that pic, the 'MD12' I think it was ?
Quoting Max Q (Reply 11):
I was referring to commercial jet passenger transports.

Alrighty then...   

Here's another candidate for the list:

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In the end, though, I can't think of a jet airliner (yet) that just makes me vomit when viewed from any angle...
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:43 am

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
I think so, what about you ?!

I think so too, it's hideous!! Although I will say that the Korean Airlines A380 livery gives a certain "je ne sais quoi" to the beast, maybe it's something to do with the silver cheatline that seems to break up the stubbyness somewhat.

I am of course referring to the external appearance of the "Whale", I'm still looking forward to the day when I get to experience the interior at first hand. Not sure when that will be though, I was hoping for the short hop aboard AF's brief forray into the LHR-CDG market, but for various reasons that sadly that wasn't to be.

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:05 am

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 3):
She may not be the prettiest aircraft ever built, but by no means is she the ugliest. I think there are enough soviet jets to take that title, or this thing:



A DC10 is not ugly. Have ever seen one as they fly over you? Their wing are pretty well swept, a DC10 is actualy a good looking jet.
 
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:30 am

I nominate the Beech Fan Jet 400 as the ugliest jet passenger aircraft, closely followed by the Learjet 23.
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:06 am

I have to agree, it is the ugliest bird out there at the moment. But cant see if they could have made it any better looking if they tried

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:53 am

Quoting Max Q (Reply 11):
I was referring to commercial jet passenger transports.

No you were not...



Your tread title says



" A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made? "



Strictly speaking Jet transport can also be aircraft transporting aircraft sections ....  
 
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:19 pm

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Not , she ain't exactly the prettiest out there but ugliest jet transport ever...? No! - because that title is already held by the A32x narrowbody family - and in the case of the latter you could even add, "dull and boring looking" to the title...

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:06 am

I have to agree that the A380 is not very easy on my eyes. Especially head on it just looks so "odd" to me however I will say I the interior looks very comfortable and airy. I think LH's A380 looks best followed by CZ. Regardless, I would love to fly on it one day in the future.
 
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:57 am

Quoting bpat777 (Reply 28):
I have to agree that the A380 is not very easy on my eyes. Especially head on it just looks so "odd" to me

The head-on view of the A380 with its high "forehead" always reminds me of a slightly smaler airliner, the Beech 1900D, which also doesn't win any prizes for its looks.


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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:17 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 29):
The head-on view of the A380 with its high "forehead" always reminds me of a slightly smaler airliner, the Beech 1900D, which also doesn't win any prizes for its looks.

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At least the "forehead" you pointed out is only 1.5 times the height of the cockpit windows on the Beech 1900D, unlike the A380 which is 5 times!



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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:04 am

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 21):

Alrighty then...

Here's another candidate for the list:

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In the end, though, I can't think of a jet airliner (yet) that just makes me vomit when viewed from any angle...

Thanks for the MD12 pic Tigerguy.



That looks so much better, I think because the nose section tapers more gradually and the cockpit is half way between the top and bottom decks.

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 26):

No you were not...



Your tread title says



" A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made? "



Strictly speaking Jet transport can also be aircraft transporting aircraft sections ....

You have me there !
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:07 am

In a way, an A380 look like a 747 size DC-8 to me.
 
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:19 am

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):

About a year and a half ago I called the A380 the A3Ugly and got deleted by the moderator.
Lets see how long your thread lasts.
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:16 am

Quoting isitsafenow (Reply 33):
fun to fly and a neat little freighter but ugly to the eye.
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I'm sure the A3ugly is the same way 

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:53 pm

A3Ugly, I like that, better than the Whalejet which I find stupid.

Unlike many, I can see many pleasing lines in must things carrying the Illyshin or Antonov badge, with a few blunders thrown in, so that's not where I'm looking. Nor will the A3Ugly qualify in my book, and that's only because of those magnificent wings.

I'm actually struggling to nail the ugliest, but the Fokker 28 must be there. On reflection, top honours goes to the HansaJet, which is in scope for this thread, as it was once inflicted on the flying public by an airline (who's name elude me now).
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:11 pm

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 7):
The uggliest must be without a doubt

747 Dreamlifter

Few people would argue with that.....however, QUADIMODO has its redeeming qualities.  
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Quoting UltimateDelta (Reply 18):
But then there was also the 767X...

There was this prior to that.....  .
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Quoting Max Q (Reply 19):
Anyone have that pic, the 'MD12' I think it was ?

The stretched version looked much better.....

http://www.rosboch.net/aviationmedia/Proposed_MD-XX_MD-12_trijet.jpg
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:38 pm

For me the ugliest have to be either all Gulfstream CJs or the Dassault Falcon. The cockpit on the latter looks like a maximum security prison in my mind.

But the A380 has a certain class about it, and I agree the wings are magnificent!
 
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:31 am

Quoting MichaelEI (Reply 37):
For me the ugliest have to be either all Gulfstream CJs or the Dassault Falcon
Quoting Larshjort (Reply 24):
closely followed by the Learjet 23.

Those are shocking nominations - all beautiful aircraft.

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 35):
Fokker 28 must be there

The VFW614 tops it.

I nominate the Eclipse EA500, looks like something Paris Hilton would fly if she was smart enough.
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:49 am

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 3):
or this thing

I do respect everyone's opinion, but may I kindly ask, when was the last time you had your eyes checked?  
Quoting Max Q (Reply 19):

MCD had an artists impression of a planned double decker years ago that looked pretty good.



A lot better looking than the A380.

Oh my, the MD-12.. The A380 is not a beauty queen, that is for sure. But I wouldn't be able to honestly say that it tops this thing. Probably the worst looking idea for an aircraft I have ever laid eyes on.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 29):
The head-on view of the A380 with its high "forehead" always reminds me of a slightly smaler airliner, the Beech 1900D, which also doesn't win any prizes for its looks.

So, I am not the only one who has noticed this! I've long thought that the A380 and the 1900D had the same "face."



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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:23 am

I take it the OP has never seen an MD-11?
 
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:28 am

Quoting HorizonGirl (Reply 39):

I do respect everyone's opinion, but may I kindly ask, when was the last time you had your eyes checked?
Quoting Max Q (Reply 19):

I was referring to the double decker MD 12 Picture on reply 21 !
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:34 am

The A380 is undoubtedly an ugly airplane, but it's not the ugliest. The VFW-614 comes to mind as far more gangly and unwieldy looking, for example.
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:17 am

Quoting HorizonGirl (Reply 39):
I do respect everyone's opinion, but may I kindly ask, when was the last time you had your eyes checked?

I hear most of the times I share that particular distaste, but I just don't like the damn airplane. Ah well, I must conclude I am a minority in this respect.

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 40):
I take it the OP has never seen an MD-11?

Now hold on there Sir Andrew, lets not take it that far.

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:05 am

Quoting N766UA (Reply 42):
The A380 is undoubtedly an ugly airplane, but it's not the ugliest. The VFW-614 comes to mind as far more gangly and unwieldy looking, for example.

I kind of like the way it looks, it is certainly unique, a characteristic sadly lacking in most Aircraft these days !
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:22 pm

My vote for the ugliest jet transport aircraft ever made goes to the TU 144 - the failed soviet copy of Concorde

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Aerof...d=f887598d64d37180f5d39126117df0bf

The nose was wrong, the canards were wrong, the "winglets" were weird and the engines were wrong.
I went inside the aircraft at leisure that Saturday morning at the Paris Air Show the day before the fatal flying display.

The pilot banked way too steep with the sharp turn and pitch down maneuver followed by the terrible crash over the Ermenonville forest.. Beside the fact that I thought she was ugly I had the feeling there was something wrong with that aircraft. Saw the take off on the Sunday and the flying display until the fatal moment.

Concorde and TU144 at the 1973 Paris Air Show

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:59 pm

The "Scud" is not an ugly aircraft - quite the opposite, I think its beautiful aircraft.

The A380 is one fugly aircraft though, although the -900 could be quite a looker:

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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:19 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 45):
My vote for the ugliest jet transport aircraft ever made goes to the TU 144 - the failed soviet copy of Concorde

Ugly? I wouldn't say that personally.. But terrifying? I'd go with that.   


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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:23 am

Quoting MichaelEI (Reply 37):
For me the ugliest have to be either all Gulfstream CJs or the Dassault Falcon. The cockpit on the latter looks like a maximum security prison in my mind.

Well then lock me up and throw away the key!

I'm in shock, I've never heard someone think a Falcon was ugly! Now if someone mentions my '72 I'm gonna rescind my a.net membership!  
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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:33 am

Agree completely,




and don't even mention the B727




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RE: A380, Ugliest Jet Transport Ever Made?

Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:39 am

You guys don't have any memory ....   

Hands down butt ugliest jetliner: Baade 152 from East Germany (1958-61)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baade_152

Runner up would be the Fokker-VFW 614: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VFW-Fokker_614
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