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The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:22 pm

Ladies, gentlemen, what is the most beautiful airplane ever built? I would like to hear your opinion, just the question as such. The reasoning is yours, it can be about form, technology, performance, cost vs. output, efficiency, anything you adore!

I’ll start. The thing in the air that gets me every time.. is... torn between the form of the B-17 and the cool-factor of the MD-11.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:29 pm

Carlos01 wrote:
Ladies, gentlemen, what is the most beautiful airplane ever built? I would like to hear your opinion, just the question as such. The reasoning is yours, it can be about form, technology, performance, cost vs. output, efficiency, anything you adore!

I’ll start. The thing in the air that gets me every time.. is... torn between the form of the B-17 and the cool-factor of the MD-11.

Concorde


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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:33 pm

Agree - Concorde. Should be a very short thread.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:33 pm

Agusta AZ.8L.

For something less obscure, the 787-9.
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:33 pm

Lockheed Constellation
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:36 pm

Surely Concorde...
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:45 pm

Because it isn't fair on the others, I'm going to separate the beautiful Concorde into a category of her own: SST.

In terms of sub-sonic passenger aircraft; for me it has to be the MD-11. What a stunning aircraft that is. Especially in KLM Blue.

In terms of military aircraft: The Tupolev TU-95 is my favorite.
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:47 pm

Hard to choose one, but my top three list (in no particular order) would be Concorde, Saab Draken and the Spitfire.

 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:47 pm

B 747
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:50 pm

CairnterriAIR wrote:
Lockheed Constellation


Now we’re getting somewhere. My pre-teen son said FW200 Condor. He has been playing with the model-planes I’ve built, but I don’t have THAT! But he does have a device with wi-fi... maybe that does the trick..
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:50 pm

Pan Am 707-320.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:51 pm

Easy, Saab Draken.

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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:57 pm

I like the short fuselage to long wingspan look.

L1011-500
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A380 (particularly BA and Etihad liveries)
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:58 pm

Yes, Draken is cool, beautiful, but no match to the A/F-18, which for me voids it. Which in turn is not the most beautiful. The most capable maybe. And can I mention 747-8i? What could possibly beat that?
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:03 pm

Super VC10 followed by L1011
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:19 pm

Shouldn't this thread be in Travel, Polls & Preferences?
http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=4
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:21 pm

Concorde, then Super VC10 followed by Caravelle Super 12......
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:29 pm

Dassault Rafale, Dassault Falcon 7X, Airbus A340-500/600

What can I say, when it comes time to put something with wings in the air the French just have it going for them... Unless those wings happen to be rotary, of course, in which case the Italians have them beat.
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:31 pm

Connie, followed very closely by its sister the Tristar!
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:31 pm

Most beautiful:

Concorde
Airbus 340
Airbus 330

Honorable mentions:

Boeing 747-400
Boeing 727-200
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:33 pm

Convair 880, especially in the original DL livery, followed by NE Airlines 727-100/200 "Yellowbird".
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:35 pm

Super Connie, Caravelle.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:35 pm

What a cock-eyed thread - it is entirely subjective.

I think its in the wrong forum, but each to their own.

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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:45 pm

Difficult question for me. I've already seen very beautiful and impressive aircraft mentioned, like the Concorde, SAAB Draken, 747-8i and MD-11.

I love the flowing lines and swept wings of the 747, the brutal nose of the DC10 and MD11, the sleek lines of the Concorde, but for me, it's gotta be the Caravelle:



Or perhaps the Convair CV880:

 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:45 pm

Boeing 707
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:45 pm

I can't believe y'all talking about twin-jet subsonic airliners when there are things like this out there...

 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:52 pm

Undoubtedly the L1011 followed by the B 757 .tevhnology for the L1011 and the svelte appeRance of the B757. Just an opinion but both great aircraft.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:59 pm

I've always loved the L1011 and Boeing 727, especially in Delta colors. There's something beautiful about both designs combined with Delta's classic livery.


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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:17 pm

For any airplane?:

https://www.google.com/search?q=cory+bi ... 80&bih=668

For airliners?: Concorde, Constellation, B757-200.

For fighters?: F-86

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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:20 pm

SR-71
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:21 pm

Xb-70a Valkyrie or the b1
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:23 pm

The Boeing 747-400.
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Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:30 pm

Super VC10, BOAC era
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:34 pm

Boeing 747-8i
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:43 pm

It gladdens my heart to see a thread bedecked with actual aircraft photos for illustration. :bigthumbsup:

I'm liking the Draaken, D-ABYT (literally), Concorde, SR-71, and others.

For my own submission, I'm going to take y'all on a little journey.

DH.88 Comet, DH.91 Albatross

DH.98 Mosquito (flown by BOAC), L-1649A

DC-8-63, A340-600


And I'll also award an honourable mention for the FW.200 Condor, an airliner that looked even better when it got nasty. :twisted:
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:46 pm

My vote will always go to the 757-200, specifically Rolls Royce powered
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:02 pm

beauty is in the eye of the beholder
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:08 pm

Entirely subjective as someone stated upthread, but here's my list

Concorde - it is in a category by itself - unfair to put it in the same discussion with any other commercial aircraft

as for "regular" commercial aircraft, I have to say this after just getting back from doing some spotting at SEA today
Top of the list - 747-400, watched LH on departure today and the words "Long live The Queen" echoed in my mind
honorable mention
Lockheed Constellation
B787-10

Military
B-58 Hustler
F/A-18
 
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Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:15 am

Concorde!
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:31 am

It’s just not possible to pick only one

A few that I like, not necessarily in order


B747 Classic

B707

B727

B732 (the only good and ‘right looking 737)

B764


L1011-250


Concorde


VC10



So many others but an unusual favorite of mine is the B1 Bomber


The graceful flowing lines of that aircraft are stunning, better looking than Concorde
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:45 am

The Lockheed L-1011.
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:50 am

For jets, the Concorde.

For propliners, the Lockheed Constellation or Super Constellation.

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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:10 am

L1011, Concorde look is overrated.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:56 am

Don't forget the Boeing 720B and its take-off performance. Very aerodynamic indeed! it made me feel I was really airborne.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:59 am

B767-200 or A300/310. I like my short fat widebodies

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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:08 am

PanzerPowner wrote:
B767-200 or A300/310. I like my short fat widebodies

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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:51 am

For me the most beautiful aircraft ever buildt is the A340-500
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:17 am

Concorde followed by B727.

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