The Top 10 Planes Of All Time: WARNING: This List Goes To 11.

No holds barred. If it flies in the air with a pilot at the controls, it qualifies. This list plays no favorites, takes no nostalgia into account. And we guarantee that you’ll hate some of these. Nevertheless, we proudly present our list of the most outrageously great planes ever.

See Plane & Pilot's list of Top Ten Planes Of All Time
See Plane & Pilot’s list of Top Ten Planes Of All Time

Two of the most popular questions, at least for pilots and other students of aviation history, are: What are the top 10 planes of all time, and which one’s the greatest of them all? 

Seems impossible, but we think we did it. Here’s how. 

We started with a group of really great airplanes, which automatically turned into cross section of airplane types.   

Then we narrowed things down even more by asking if there was a top dog among them. Usually, surprisingly, there was. That one made the list.

We think you’ll agree with at least two-thirds of our picks. 

After our Top 10 Planes Of All Time, we present 25 others that a lot of you will argue belong on the main list. In many cases, you’d have a strong argument. Enjoy! 

Boeing 707

Boeing 707

Boeing 707

The big four-engine Boeing jet wasn’t the first turbojet airliner, but it might as well have been. It defined what air travel would be in the modern age, up to present day, in fact, and was the benchmark against which all competing designs were gauged.

Photo by Boeing_707-138B_Qantas_Jett_Clipper_Johnny_N707JT.jpg: Phinalanjiderivative work: Altair78 / CC BY-SA (


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