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The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Sat Feb 09, 2008 3:19 pm

I got the idea from this thread in mil. av.: Aircraft That Define Military Events (by L-188 Feb 7 2008 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)

Which passenger aircraft do you think of when you think of a certain era:

1920s:
Junkers F13

1930s:
Germany:
Ju 52
USA:
Ford Tri-Motor early 30s/
Dc 3 late 30s

1940s
-don´t asscociate any passenger aircraft with that era, maybe Dc 3-

1950s
Lockheed Super Constellation/ Super Star

1960s
Boeing 707

1970s
Dc10
Concorde (not as typical example)

1980s
767

1990s
A340

2000s
A380
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:33 pm

1920s: Ford Trimotor
1930s: DC-3 (Although one could argue for the Sikorsky S-42 since it ushered in the famous Clippers).
1940s: Lockheed Constellation
1950s: Boeing 707
1960s: Boeing 747 (While it didn't enter service in the 1960s [Missed out by mere weeks], it definitely was a Sixties icon.)
1970s: Concorde
1980s: Boeing 767
1990s: Boeing 777
2000s: Too early to call, but it definitely will be either the A380 or the 787.
 
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:33 am

1920s: Fokker F10 (upon which the Ford Trimoto was based!)
1930s: Shorts S23 flying boat
1940s: DC3
1950s: Constellation/Super Connie
1960s: B707
1970s:}
1980s:} B747/Concorde (Totally and inseperately THE iconic aircraft for THREE
1990s:} decades)
2000s: Juries still out. Main nominees A380/B777/A340. Not B787, has not flown yet.

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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:16 am

1950's DC-8
1960's 747 if 1960's
1970's A300 That little plane manufacturer from France that would never succeed  Silly
1980's 767
1990's 777
2000's 787 hopefully 2000's LOL  Silly  biggrin 

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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:06 am

1930s: DC-2/3
1940s: DC-6
1950s: 707
1960s: 727
1970s: 747-200
1980s: 757/767
1990s: 747-400
2000s: 737-NG
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:41 am

1950s: Boeing 707
1960s: Concorde / TU-144
1970s: Concorde / B747
1980s: Concorde / B744 / Airbus A320
1990s: Concorde - B777
2000s: A380

The Concorde obviously dominates so many decades because it was so iconic, so instantly recognisable by its beautiful and distinctive shape. I think the A380 deserves the 2000's - because it has been in the media so much, and it created its own genre - the Super Jumbo.
 
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:20 am

Hi!

Everyone of us have a different feeling on this matter, but for me, the "Iconic" ones are:

30's - DC-3/C-47
Early 40's - C-54/DC-4
Late 40's - L749
Early 50's - DC-6
Mid 50's - DC-7C
Late 50's - 707
Early 60's - CV990 ( this is for me special affection of the airplane, and because it was marketed has the fastest jet...)
Mid 60's - 727
Late 60's - 747
Early 70's - Concorde
Mid 70's - DC-10
Late 70's - A300
Early 80 - 757
Mid 80's - A320
Late 80's - 747-400
Early 90's - A340
Mid 90's - 777
Late 90's - A330-200
Early 00's - 737NG
Mid 00's - A380
Late 00's - 787
Early 10's - A350

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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:05 pm

1900's - Wright Flyer
1910's - Dunno
1920's - Ford Trimotor
1930's - DC-3
1940's - Constellation
1950's - 707
1960's - DC-9
1970's - Concorde
1980's - 757/767
1990's - 737 Classics
2000's - 787/A380
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:54 am

In the US, I think that the most appropriate icon of modern aviation is the CRJ/ERJ....

The 777, 787, A380 are all nice planes, but they are a far cry from what US aviation has become. Nor are they really a major part of aviation anywhere outside of the Asia/Pacific area.
 
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:35 pm

Prewar: de Havilland Dragon Rapide
Postwar: DC3
Mid century: 747 / Concorde
Late century: A340
2000s: A380

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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:16 pm



Quoting CV990 (Reply 6):
Everyone of us have a different feeling on this matter, but for me, the "Iconic" ones are:

30's - DC-3/C-47
Early 40's - C-54/DC-4
Late 40's - L749
Early 50's - DC-6
Mid 50's - DC-7C
Late 50's - 707
Early 60's - CV990 ( this is for me special affection of the airplane, and because it was marketed has the fastest jet...)
Mid 60's - 727
Late 60's - 747
Early 70's - Concorde
Mid 70's - DC-10
Late 70's - A300
Early 80 - 757
Mid 80's - A320
Late 80's - 747-400
Early 90's - A340
Mid 90's - 777
Late 90's - A330-200
Early 00's - 737NG
Mid 00's - A380
Late 00's - 787
Early 10's - A350

Good list !! I would agree

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 7):
1950's - 707



Quoting CV990 (Reply 6):
Late 50's - 707



Quoting Cpd (Reply 5):
1950s: Boeing 707



Quoting 57AZ (Reply 4):
1950s: 707



Quoting Srbmod (Reply 1):
1950s: Boeing 707

Funny that so many consider the 707 as an icon from the 1950s. Sure it was developed in the 1950s but I think of it more of an 1960s aircraft. With the 1950s I think more pf piston engines like the Dc 7 and L1649s etc maybe the Comet .
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
 
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:08 pm

Great idea for a thread. I can't narrow it down to one type so I'll go in order starting with most iconic.


1930's - DC-3, B-247
1940's - DC- 6, DC-4
1950's - L-1049 Super Connie, Comet I, DC-7
1960's - 707, 727, DC-8, DC-9
1970's - 747, DC-10 (perhaps for the wrong reasons), L-1011

Now to really break it down CV990 style.  Wink

1980's:
early- 762/752, Tristar 500
mid- MD-82/83, 762ER, 763
late- 763ER, 737 Classic, A-306R, F-100

1990's:
early- 744, MD-11, A320-200
mid- A343, 772
late- 772ER, 737NG

2000's:
early- A346/345, 737-900ER
mid- 773ER, A333, 772LR
late- A380, 787

2010's: A350, 748, A389? 787-10? Y3?
There's nothing quite like a trijet.
 
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Sat Feb 23, 2008 1:10 am

Hi Columba,
I can' t beleive you've not listed the B747!Along with concorde,probably the most iconic bird to take to the skies!
Anyway,here goes.
1930's DC3
1940's DC6
1950's Super Constellation
1960's B707 and Caravelle.HS Trident 1/2/3.DC-9.De Havilland Comet.BAC 1/11
1970's B747 and Concorde.L1011..DC10..B737.
1980's B757/767
1990'S A340/B777
2000'S The obvious A380,and winglets!!
That's how I remember it anyway!
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Sat Feb 23, 2008 8:48 am



Quoting Bill1036 (Reply 12):
Hi Columba,
I can' t beleive you've not listed the B747!Along with concorde,probably the most iconic bird to take to the skies!
Anyway,here goes.

The 747, Concorde definitely belong in the list !!
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Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:16 pm

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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:10 pm



Quoting Columba (Reply 10):
Funny that so many consider the 707 as an icon from the 1950s.

I don't think so. It was the cutting edge technology of the day and the first successful commercial jetliner. The original Jet Set was defined by the 707 and DC-8.
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:41 am



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 14):
1985 - 1995 :

Not to argue with opinions, but shouldn't an aircraft be in service more than two years to be considered the icon for the whole decade?
There's nothing quite like a trijet.
 
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:52 am



Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 16):
shouldn't an aircraft be in service more than two years to be considered the icon for the whole decade

What do you mean by "more than two years" ?

The A320 operated its first commercial flight with Air France on April 18th 1988 (F-GFKA, CDG-DUS-TXL)
 
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Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:01 am



Quoting Columba (Reply 10):
Funny that so many consider the 707 as an icon from the 1950s.

The first production 707 (a 707-120 for Pan Am) flew on December 20 1957, and entered service later in 1958.
Same thing for the beautiful "Caravelle", the first rear mounted medium haul twin jet : First commercial flight on May 12th 1959, Air France, on Paris-Rome-Istanbul.

That's why I chose a "1955 - 1965" classification.
 
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:04 pm



Quoting 57AZ (Reply 15):
I don't think so. It was the cutting edge technology of the day and the first successful commercial jetliner. The original Jet Set was defined by the 707 and DC-8.



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 18):
The first production 707 (a 707-120 for Pan Am) flew on December 20 1957, and entered service later in 1958.
Same thing for the beautiful "Caravelle", the first rear mounted medium haul twin jet : First commercial flight on May 12th 1959, Air France, on Paris-Rome-Istanbul.

That's why I chose a "1955 - 1965" classification.

Still if I think of a aircraft from the 1950s I think of the Super Constellation and the 707 is more of a 1960s aircraft for me.
I think this has mainly to do with movies from that time, in 1950s movies you will mostly see piston engined aircraft like the Super Constellation, Dc 7 etc...while movies in the 1960s mostly show 707s.
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
 
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:06 pm

After the movie "Airport '75", which used actual air-to-air photography instead of ridiculous stock footage, the 747 became the ONLY aircraft for me. To this day, I'd still pay extra for a plane ticket if a 747 was the plane.

For the 1970's, I have to say that while the L-1011 and DC-10 were fine aircraft, the ultimate symbol of the wide-body was and will always be the 747.

The A380 is bigger, but the 747 was first, and will ALWAYS be the Queen of the Skies!!
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:06 am



Quoting Columba (Reply 19):
Still if I think of a aircraft from the 1950s I think of the Super Constellation and the 707 is more of a 1960s aircraft for me.

Well, I think there is no "good answer" ...
The Constellation is definately for me an icon of the 40s, and especially the post WWII era and the "rebirth" of Europe (and European airlines) between 1945 and 1950.

Quoting Columba (Reply 19):
in 1950s movies you will mostly see piston engined aircraft like the Super Constellation, Dc 7 etc...while movies in the 1960s mostly show 707s.

If you take the movies and Cinema as a scale, or reference, you are probably right ...

If you take the date in Aviation History, the B707, D.H Comet and Caravelle are definately aircraft of the 50s in their conception, even if they became better known and popular during the 60s.

Same thing for the A320 : It is definately an aircraft of the 80s (first commercial flight in 1988) but became largely successful during the 90s ... an still now !

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 20):
The A380 is bigger, but the 747 was first, and will ALWAYS be the Queen of the Skies!!

Each Queen must have a King at its side ... Long live the King A380 !  Wink
 
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:52 pm

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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:03 pm

Early 70's B747- DC-10- L-1011
late 70's Concorde
early 80's B757-767
Late 80's early 90's B744
Mid 90's B777-A340
late 90's A330 A319 B737 NG
Early 00's A345-6 B773ER
late 00's B772LR and A380

Overall B747 been a icon for close to 40 yrs... on long flight...B767 closing on 30 yrs history B737 family been there for ever... Airbus 320 family is becoming an icon

Next 40 will probably see another icon A380??? B787???

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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:22 pm

B707
DC-8
B747
Concorde
B767
A340
B777
A332
B772LR
A380

In that Order
 
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:55 pm

1930s - Short C Class Empire Flying Boat
1940s - Lockheed Constellation
1950s - deHavilland Comet
1960s - Boeing 747
1970s - Concorde

Not a lot has been iconic since then.
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Sat Mar 01, 2008 1:06 am



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 17):
What do you mean by "more than two years" ?

Um, take another look at your post. For your widebody you have the A340, it entered service in 1993.
There's nothing quite like a trijet.
 
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:42 am



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 21):
If you take the movies and Cinema as a scale, or reference, you are probably right ...

I took movies as a refernce because they are the best way to look at a certain time period.
The 707 had its first flight in the 1950s but for most part of the 1950s you would see piston engined aircraft. The influence a Super Conny had on the 1950s is much bigger than the 2 years of the 707.
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RE: The Most Iconic Aircraft Of Its Era

Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:26 pm



Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 25):
1960s - Boeing 747

I would place the Boeing 747 in the 1970s, since it didn't enter commercial service until January 21, 1970 with PanAm.
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