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’s big eight-engine B-52 became the heavy bomber that the United States used to present its nuclear Cold War face to the world. The engines, two coupled pairs per side, were the best Boeing could do in the early 1950s, though as engine technology has improved, so, too, has the B-52’s useful life. It has been in continuous service since 1955, and the approximately 750 units that Boeing built between 1952 and 1962 proved enough to keep the big bird flying high for 65 years.