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!
The most-produced aircraft of all time, the 172/Skyhawk proved itself the perfect first family plane and today is the most popular trainer in the world. Its secret might not be in what it does spectacularly, because it arguably does nothing outrageously well, but in its overall goodness. It flies great, it’s cheap to operate and own, it’s fun to fly and has a great view of the world below, all while being a great trainer.