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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.

Plane & Pilot named the Concorde a Top 10 Plane of All-Time
See where the Concorde lands on Plane & Pilot’s list of Top 10 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! 

Piper Super Cub

Piper Super Cub

Piper Super Cub

With the inclusion of the J-3, is the Super Cub repetitive? Hardly. The Piper PA-18 Super Cub is a “version” of the J-3 Cub in the same way that the Cessna 210 Centurion is a “version” of the Cessna 170. Compared to the non-Super Cub, the PA-18 is more powerful, carries a bigger load, is stronger, seats the pilot in the front seat and can be shoehorned into and back out of the roughest runways, or things barely resembling runways. A perennial favorite, the Super Cub has spawned an entire industry of copycats, some of them even better than the original.

Photo by Bill Brine – from PNP web gallery


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