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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:36 am

MDGLongBeach wrote:
L1011, Concorde look is overrated.



Actually agree with that
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:23 am

A340-600, 757-300, 747SP, 747-400 & 727 all look pretty good Ito me.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:28 am

For me, subjectively, it's about the sweeps & the deltas....So in descending order:

SR-71
B-2
B-1
Vulcan
Victor

And of course this honorable mention is neither a sweep nor a delta....and it has been called one of the ugliest planes ever, but to my eye the warthog is a stunner
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:30 am

In my opinion, the best looking aeroplanes in no particular order are the A350-1000, Tu-160 and Dassault Rafale.

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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:49 am

Concorde and A340-500
SQ,MI,MH,CX,KA,CA,CZ,MU,KE,OZ,QF,NZ,FD,JQ,3K,5J,IT,AI,IC,QR,SK,LF,KL,AF,LH,LX,OS,SR,BA,SN,FR,WF,1I,5T,VZ,VX,AC,NW,UA,US,
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:09 am

Concorde, the most beautiful.

But I should say it is the least beautiful just because everyone else says it is great looking.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:15 am

adamblang wrote:
Agusta AZ.8L.

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Cute little bird.

We have a connoisseur here. :thumbsup:
You have my respect Sir.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:36 am

Carlos01 wrote:
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..


I have a silver model on a wood stand of the Condor in my china cabinet. What a magnificent design!
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:36 am

I already nominated the Sud Caravelle and Convair CV880 here, but I thought that the Tupolev Tu-104/124 deserve a mention here as well:



Very beautiful aircraft in my eyes, and historically significant too, as the Tu-104 preceded the 707 and DC8 by quite some time, and they were the first twin-engined jetliners too, as far as I know.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:45 am

A few of my all-time favourites:

VC-10
IL-62
Caravelle
Breda BZ-308
Vulcan
Tu-160
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:04 pm

L-1011 in the original Delta color scheme. Then the 757-200 in Delta colors.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Tue May 01, 2018 10:01 am

Hey guys,
CIVILIAN:
For me, #1 above all is the Super VC10 in the last BOAC colour scheme. The most beautiful thing of any kind to grace the skies, in my opinion.
Tied for #2 are Concorde (any colourscheme...) and 757 with winglets (especially Air Niugini's stunning example).
Close behind in #3 position are the 146 and original, not-built shark-finned and drooped-nose 787....
MILITARY:
Tie for #1: BAe Hawk and Hawker Hunter
#2 would be the YF-23, such a shame a use couldn't be found for the design
#3 Valkyrie, oozing futuristic cool
HELICOPTERS:
#1 Lynx, especially the current Wildcat variant
#2 Bell 222 with retractable wheeled undercarriage
#3 tie between the Boeing Comanche and AW101
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Tue May 01, 2018 10:18 am

flipdewaf wrote:
Concorde


Personally I find the Concorde ugly. The wings stretch too far, the nose is too sharp and hangs too low, the engines don't look the way they should. It's just everything a beautiful plane isn't.

The 757-300 comes to my mind as favourite, the longest narrow-body ever built. Too bad there are so little of them. Also after the end of production of the 757 there has never been a real replacement for the 757-300. The A321 is even shorter than the 757-200, let alone the 757-300. The 787 is too big and too wide. A real shame if you ask me.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Tue May 01, 2018 12:12 pm

Constellation for civil. T-38 for military.
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Tue May 01, 2018 12:58 pm

bunumuring wrote:
Hey guys,
#1 above all is the Super VC10 in the last BOAC colour scheme. The most beautiful thing of any kind to grace the skies, in my opinion.

I agree, In deep royal blue with the gold speedbird. It somehow managed to make a beautiful aircraft even more so.

Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Wed May 02, 2018 12:04 pm

For me is is definitely the 777 in all variants or the 748
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Wed May 02, 2018 1:22 pm

Boring to some but 773ER and 757s for me. The a350 is beautiful as well. 747-400 and 800 are up there just the same.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Wed May 02, 2018 1:35 pm

#1 L-1011 TriStar
#2 Tu-160 (the white swan)
#3 Tu-144

For me comparing the Tu-144 and the Concorde is like comparing the first 3 Star Wars movies (episodes 4-6) with the second batch (episodes 1-3).
The Concorde is elegant and sleek so optimised (like Star Wars 1-3 or an Audi R8 car).
But the Tu-144 is the one I like (like Star Wars 4-6 and an American Muscle Car...). It's not elegant and sleek, it's beasty, industrial, cool.
And it has Canards!
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Wed May 02, 2018 5:13 pm

Going to go with an offbeat pick...the MD-88!



Lots of fond memories scooting up and down the East Coast on the Mad Dog. Going to be a sad day when the McD T-Tails are gone for good...
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Wed May 02, 2018 8:11 pm

I've gotta go with either the 747-8i or the A340-600. They're both so long and graceful. Also, the MD-90 is a stunning, well proportioned aircraft. So that's my honorable mention. If you can't tell I really enjoy the stretched variants.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Wed May 02, 2018 9:01 pm

KentB27 wrote:
I've gotta go with either the 747-8i or the A340-600. They're both so long and graceful. Also, the MD-90 is a stunning, well proportioned aircraft. So that's my honorable mention. If you can't tell I really enjoy the stretched variants.

Then the DC8-61 would have been right up your alley :smile:
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Wed May 02, 2018 9:26 pm

I do love me a 744 in BA colors!

But honestly, for me my most favorite/beautiful airliner changes daily. :biggrin:

I do agree with Panzer Powner, the short and stubbies are pretty sweet! I love the A310, 762, 736, and A318!

But definately the A345 and CSeries are always in the upper echelons of my ever-changing list.
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Thu May 03, 2018 2:10 am

Hi guys,
I haven't seen one yet with my own eyes but I agree that the CSeries looks great! Especially the nose.
The A350 is the first Airbus that ranks in my consideration of good-looking aircraft. Generally speaking, I prefer its looks to its nemesis, the 787. The A350-500 did however, have its charms!
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Thu May 03, 2018 3:32 am

The Boeing 767-300.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Fri May 04, 2018 6:41 pm

The Lockheed Constellation. She looks organic...
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Fri May 11, 2018 8:17 pm

Hello,


I believe no one mention the Bristol Britannia or the IL-18 and at my eyes they are very beautiful.

I don´t have a favorite...but this two are on my top ten list!!
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Fri May 11, 2018 11:45 pm

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


Yes! :bigthumbsup:
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sat May 12, 2018 12:32 am

longhauler wrote:
bunumuring wrote:
Hey guys,
#1 above all is the Super VC10 in the last BOAC colour scheme. The most beautiful thing of any kind to grace the skies, in my opinion.

I agree, In deep royal blue with the gold speedbird. It somehow managed to make a beautiful aircraft even more so.


Just a touch better was the BOAC-Cunard livery with the name of the shipping company in gold just next to the cockpit. Those VC10s used on Cunard services were also kept spotless and polished IIRC.

The original Queen of the Skies gets my vote. The Vickers VC10
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Sun May 13, 2018 1:29 pm


757-200. No contest.
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Tue May 15, 2018 6:10 pm

Either the mad dog or the 757.
 
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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Fri May 18, 2018 8:13 am

Only me who likes the looks of the de Havilland Comet? Those integrated engines - impractical but good looking....

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Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Fri May 18, 2018 9:41 am

Lingon wrote:
Only me who likes the looks of the de Havilland Comet? Those integrated engines - impractical but good looking....


No, forgot about the Comet. It really looks amazing.

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