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What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:47 am
by acjbbj
So most people know that Ford's Edsel was supposed to the the "car of the future" and had a bunch of hype, but once revealed it failed badly.

What commercial airplane would be the Edsel of commercial aviation?

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:05 am
by strfyr51
acjbbj wrote:
So most people know that Ford's Edsel was supposed to the the "car of the future" and had a bunch of hype, but once revealed it failed badly.

What commercial airplane would be the Edsel of commercial aviation?

the Lockheed L1011 Because there was no follow-up..

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:19 pm
by acjbbj
Or the MD-11. Succeeded in the cargo market, but failed in the pax market. Not a failure overall though, but still not a success.

Might be up there because it didn't meet its passenger-carrying promises by falling short on range and payload.

Another candidate I see would be the Dassault Mercure. Epic failure, only 12 built over 4 years, lived for only 24 years. Aggressive marketing and great short-field performance but only Air Inter bought it.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:30 pm
by TheFlyingDisk
strfyr51 wrote:
acjbbj wrote:
So most people know that Ford's Edsel was supposed to the the "car of the future" and had a bunch of hype, but once revealed it failed badly.

What commercial airplane would be the Edsel of commercial aviation?

the Lockheed L1011 Because there was no follow-up..


The L-1011 was screwed by its dependence on the RB211. If they had gone ahead and offered the CF6 as an option, I would think they could have beaten MDC & the DC-10, especially in light of all the crashes.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:18 pm
by PatrickZ80
I agree on the Dassault Mercure. Very promising, but it didn't work out.

Another example would be the DeHavilland Comet. It was very futuristic for it's time, but it had it's design flaws. Those were fixed in later versions of the aircraft, but by then the damage had already been done. It never became a success.

On the Russian side of the world, you could say the TU-124. It was supposed to be a smaller, regional version of the TU-104 which was quite a success. It didn't work out as planned. Later on, the TU-134 was able to do what the TU-124 was designed for.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:03 am
by PSAatSAN4Ever


The ridiculously short range killed this beauty. But in my mind, everything that went wrong was engineered OUT of the Airbus A320 family. They look a whole lot alike...



I have only read about this one. No idea how many were ever built. Smart idea, huh? Putting the engine CLOSER to the windows!

Those are my two votes.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:52 am
by Airstud
The Edsel was a total failure; the L1011 wasn't.

I nominate the A380.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:38 am
by Phosphorus
Fully agree with VFW-614
Plenty of interesting ideas, out-of-the-box thinking in design and aesthetics, absolute flop commercially.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:44 pm
by alggag
Mercure and VFW-614.

Also, I think Concorde has to be in the running here also.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:01 pm
by wave46
acjbbj wrote:
So most people know that Ford's Edsel was supposed to the the "car of the future" and had a bunch of hype, but once revealed it failed badly.

What commercial airplane would be the Edsel of commercial aviation?


The Edsel - despite the hype - was just another ordinary Detroit car by the standards of the era. It did nothing new, attempted no new technological feats. It was based on both Ford and Mercury chassis of the time.

So, I nominate the MD-11. Based on the DC-10, it didn't advance the art of airplane manufacturing much. It underperformed relative to its competition, both in sales and fuel economy. It lost a pile of money for McDonnell Douglas. The tri-jet era was coming to a close - not unlike the end of the excesses of the '50s Detroit which the Edsel was symbolic of.

The future lay with the 777 and A330.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:30 pm
by acjbbj
How much did MD lose between 1967-1997? Probably $100 billion or more.

But yes, the MD-11 is the Edsel of pax planes. Not for cargo, though.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:56 pm
by 1989worstyear
757 and 767. Became obsolete after 1998 when its competitors (A321 and A330) are still in extremely high demand, despite being early '90s aircraft.

They also caused Boeing to lose its market share, as came out before 1987 when modern aircraft technology was developed (A320).

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:38 pm
by Runway28L
Slightly surprised no one has mentioned the Convair 990 yet.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:34 pm
by Devilfish
Not pleased that my favorite aircraft might belong here..... :sigh: .....



Conceived out of the stillborn ARJ for China and built to fend off the ambitions of Bombardier and Embraer to encroach at the lower end of the airliner market...the Babybus was done in by the PW6000's teething troubles, its own "shortcomings" and poor economics.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:41 pm
by trauha
Undeservedly unsuccesful? The VC10. Feminine in beauty, like the Edsel was marketed as.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:38 pm
by bunumuring
Hey guys,
I nominate the VFW-614.... New ideas, new look, total commercial failure.
I really hope to see one some day in a museum in Europe.
I guess the Convair 880/990 siblings could be classed as well as Edsels.
Cheers
Bunumuring

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:08 am
by MON
In the corporate world the Beechcraft Starship has got to be a contender.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:07 am
by bunumuring
MON wrote:
In the corporate world the Beechcraft Starship has got to be a contender.


I totally agree!
What an amazing plane. Such a shame it failed so dismally. I believe that Beech even had to buy back the surviving examples and destroy them : is that true or just a myth?
Cheers,
Bunumuring

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:22 pm
by Devilfish
PatrickZ80 wrote:
On the Russian side of the world, you could say the TU-124.

A more modern Russian example that's challenged to find firmer footing..... :airplane: .....

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MON wrote:
In the corporate world the Beechcraft Starship has got to be a contender.

Speaking of 'pusher' prop aircraft, here's one that's currently making the news for its limited success.....




And where the A318 is, can Boeing's 736 be far behind?..... :airplane: .....





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Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:06 pm
by Lingon
I nominate the Saab 90 Scandia.

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:50 am
by Max Q
1989worstyear wrote:
757 and 767. Became obsolete after 1998 when its competitors (A321 and A330) are still in extremely high demand, despite being early '90s aircraft.

They also caused Boeing to lose its market share, as came out before 1987 when modern aircraft technology was developed (A320).



With over 1000 sold of each variant your
contention makes no sense


The 757 and 767 have been extremely successful aircraft with a healthy market share and proven technology making them
passenger and airline favorites worldwide

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:07 pm
by B777LRF
Quite a few.

MD-90: Basically a tarted up DC-9 with new engines, marketed as a giant leap forward in technology. Sold about as well as sand in Sahara.
A318 & 737-600: Built to compete in market where they were heavier, burned more fuel and was much more expensive than the alternatives. The alternatives won the day.
BAC 1-11: BAC listened too much to BOAC, throwing away what could have been a very attractive 727 competitor to please them. Ended up being nixed by the very people who demanded it looked and worked the way it did.
B767-400: Eclipsed in every way by the A330. The model which might have saved a bit of the day, the -400ER, was cancelled when the sole customer was made an offer for 777s they couldn't resist.
MD-11: Failed spectacularly to meet contracted obligations, subsequently rather quickly dropped by most of those who did end up taking deliveries, whilst many others chose to cancel outright. Saved a bit of grace as a freighter, but a total of around 200 built is far from impressive.
SSJ: The epitome of how poor aftermarket support can ruin an otherwise promising offering

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:27 pm
by Max Q
B777LRF wrote:
Quite a few.

MD-90: Basically a tarted up DC-9 with new engines, marketed as a giant leap forward in technology. Sold about as well as sand in Sahara.
A318 & 737-600: Built to compete in market where they were heavier, burned more fuel and was much more expensive than the alternatives. The alternatives won the day.
BAC 1-11: BAC listened too much to BOAC, throwing away what could have been a very attractive 727 competitor to please them. Ended up being nixed by the very people who demanded it looked and worked the way it did.
B767-400: Eclipsed in every way by the A330. The model which might have saved a bit of the day, the -400ER, was cancelled when the sole customer was made an offer for 777s they couldn't resist.
MD-11: Failed spectacularly to meet contracted obligations, subsequently rather quickly dropped by most of those who did end up taking deliveries, whilst many others chose to cancel outright. Saved a bit of grace as a freighter, but a total of around 200 built is far from impressive.
SSJ: The epitome of how poor aftermarket support can ruin an otherwise promising offering




The BAC 1-11 didn’t go up against the 727
perhaps you’re thinking about the Trident ?

I
The 1-11 was much smaller, in the same size range as the original DC-9 -10 and 737-100

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:56 pm
by PennPal
The Trident, for sure. Even its off-set nose wheel competes with the Edsel's horse collar grill in the awkwardness award category...

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:10 pm
by acjbbj
Yeah. Trying to keep up with British European Airways Corporation's constantly-changing specifications killed it (only 117 built and no aftermarket freighter conversion to save it). Heck, British Airways threw out its tridents in 1985. Lived for only 33 years, compared to (for example) DC-10 still flown by FedEx that are almost 50 years old.