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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:16 pm

The Breguet 761/763/765 family. What on earth were they thinking of or taking their inspiration from when they designed that?

The Guppies aren't the prettiest flying machines either.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:10 pm

Shorts 360
Dornier 328jet
A380
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:12 pm

I have disliked the A350-900 for quite some time. The nose looks weird, and the plane feels stubby. The A350-1000 on the other hand, looks well proportioned. I also don't really like the 757-300. It looks anorexic.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:53 am

That YAK twin engine piece of garbage from Russia. LOL.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:29 am

AN-148 - It looks like a DO-328JET on steroids.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:54 pm

The 787 to me is extremely ugly.

The nose just has zero personality and the short stubby landing gear makes it look hideous and disproportionate when on the ground.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:44 pm

n729pa wrote:
The Breguet 761/763/765 family. What on earth were they thinking of or taking their inspiration from when they designed that?

The Guppies aren't the prettiest flying machines either.


Neither of them is a Jet and the Guppies are not even Commercial.

What were they thinking? Hauling as much passengers or cargo as possible. Form follows function. A truck will never look as cool as a Ferrari but it will do the job intended for way better than a Ferrari. The same goes for the A380. Just because it is ugly, it is not useless. Those engineers were not morons.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:44 pm

Ugliest: A380

Prettiest: CV990 or DC-9
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:25 am

747, unquestionably. The hump makes what could have been a pretty sleek aircraft, look absurd. And it gets worse the longer the upper deck is.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:38 pm

A380.

But I have to say that the first time I saw a photo of the nose of the A350 I almost threw up a little. It looks like the 787's ugly sister. And you know the people at Airbus had to realize this when they tried to add some mascara to pretty her up. But it ain't working! The A340 was much better looking as far as Airbus goes.

The 707 and 747 are the most beautiful jets IMO (at least as far as sub-sonic jets go).
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:48 pm

I was inclined to say something like A380, A310 or A340-200 but I just saw a trip report video on the Cubana IL96-300 and this one is it, hands down.

Everything about this plane looks so unaesthetic and disproportionate, it seems almost ridiculous.
4 hairdryer engines on a plane as long as a 767-300, an awkward-looking door configuration (similar to the A310 which I also dislike), and the abomination that seals the deal for me: The massive vertical stabilizer that looks like it could fit onto an A380 lol
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:41 am

A380, without a doubt. Looks like a manatee, IMHO.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:55 am

For me it’s a tie. A380 and Shorts 360.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:12 pm

I am no fan of the original, short-top 747, whether the original or the present freighter. It is not at all pleasant to my eye. The extended upper deck “made” the airplane.

The OP asked about JETS, but the Shorts Skyvan had had a lot of mention. Why? it’s a turbo-prop.
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:23 pm

787 that nose with the short stubby gear make the thing look really fat, it has such lovely wings but gets let down by its face. The length of the -8 does it no favours, the -9 is a little better and the 10 better still.

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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:18 am

WesternDC6B wrote:
The DC-10 / MD-11 series of plane. “Hey, guys... it won’t get off the ground; let’s slap another engine on and see what happens!”. Talk about an aeronautical example of “Mickey Mouse”! As for the Airbus A380, it looks like it wants to be longer. As it sits/flys, it looks ungainly.

I agree on DC-10. Overcrowded witl elements and ugly as hell.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:05 pm

FearsomePuppet wrote:
WesternDC6B wrote:
The DC-10 / MD-11 series of plane. “Hey, guys... it won’t get off the ground; let’s slap another engine on and see what happens!”. Talk about an aeronautical example of “Mickey Mouse”! As for the Airbus A380, it looks like it wants to be longer. As it sits/flys, it looks ungainly.

I agree on DC-10. Overcrowded witl elements and ugly as hell.


I think if NATO ever gave it a designated code word, LEGO would be appropriate.

It saddens me that a company that gave the world handsome but straightforward - looking aircraft like the DCs 4, 6 and 7; the quirky but still handsome DC5, and the DC8s and 9s, both in stretch and original, could come up with a turkey like the -10. Maybe one explanation is that the -10 came into being with a lot of McDonnell involvement, I don’t know.
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:11 pm

Wednesdayite wrote:
The A318 just looks too short and plump for me.


Yes, I’d nominate this one too. Maybe the A310 too. Possibly 757.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:25 am

The ugliest Aircraft by far :

A-380



Prettiest ( in order )

L-1011
B-757
C-Series aka A-220
I still miss Trans World Airlines and the L-1011
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:37 pm

A380 is ugly, and it is ugly in a spectacularly "American" way even though it is European. What do I mean by that? Think of the elegant lines of a 747, also a big jet. Now think fo the A380 which looks like a fat person trying to fit into clothes to small for him or her.
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:41 pm

I never liked the A300 and A310 -- too short and therefore looked too fat. (Rather like the C-17, if we wish to stray into military planes: compare it with the much more graceful C-141.)

The original A340 looked daft with its tiny motors, but that aspect was put right with the 500 and 600 series. There's something not quite right in general about the A330 and A340 (and indeed the A350) which I can't explain. Boeing's equivalent designs -- the 767, 777 and 787 -- do look right, they're the most aesthetically pleasing of all the two-engine wide-body planes, especially the ones with raked wing-tips, and I'm looking forward to seeing the 787-10 and 777-9

I never took to the DC-10 and MD-11 with its third motor stuck up in the tail; on the other hand, I think that the air intake ahead of the tail on the L-1101 looked worse. One can get away with that with a T-tail (Trident, 727, Tu-154) but not with a conventional tail.

I never liked the longer upper deck on the 747, as it made the plane look front-heavy, and the extra-long one on the 8i is worse. Having said that, the 8 series freighter is for me the best-looking 747 of all. The stubby SP was neat, except the rear fuselage, which looked like a bad 'cut and shut' job (which I suppose it basically was).

As for the A380, it's too short and the nose is definitely wrong: it's a pity the flight deck wasn't halfway up, but putting it on a mezzanine would have been impractical.

Old ones: the 707 and DC-8 were for me the classic jet airliners and never really surpassed in appearance, except perhaps by the VC-10 and Il-62.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:13 am

Preparing to get stoned here... :duck:

The L1011. It's just... :ill: :crazy:
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:50 pm

Best: Tu-154, L-1011, 787, MC-21

Worst: DC-8, A310, Tu-334
 
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Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:41 pm

seat1a wrote:
That YAK twin engine piece of garbage from Russia. LOL.


No offence, but all Yakovlev commercial jets were trijets... (I don't find them particularly attractive either)
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:56 pm

vatveng wrote:
Preparing to get stoned here... :duck:

The L1011. It's just... :ill: :crazy:


I always thought the 1011 needed a stretch. It's such an aft heavy looking aircraft, from the wing back. Perhaps a little more fuselage would split things up.

Also the nose is a little abrupt.

For me the 787 got it right, but only mid flight. When the wings are flexed, the nose is up...it's a sight. On the ground it reminds me (by design purposes, not in similarity) of the f15 in that the landing gear look to be an absolute after thought. As if they designed it mid air, then realized it would have to land eventually so they just stuck on some landing gear.
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:39 pm

VSMUT wrote:
seat1a wrote:
That YAK twin engine piece of garbage from Russia. LOL.


No offence, but all Yakovlev commercial jets were trijets... (I don't find them particularly attractive either)


Good point, thanks!
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:27 am

Love: 747 and A330

Hate: A350...the tail looks too thin and the curvature of the fuselage at the tail end just looks off. I've always thought Boeing jets generally won the aesthetics contest. Airbus planes to me always just looked very utilitarian (except for the A330, always thought it a very handsome plane).
 
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Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:47 pm

A380, by some margin. It just looks stubby and ungainly. If it had another 10m of length added to the fuselage it might be slightly better proportioned, but it still wouldn't account for that ugly front end.
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