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    I am going to go with the 727-200 or the A330-300..... I love the 330. Turn off all the automation and it will fly just like any other airplane and if the 330 sim in CLT holds true, it is hard to make a bad landing short of dropping a wing at 20 feet and driving the gear into the ground.
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    You ask me, DC-3 takes the cake- simple design, stunningly beautiful, very elegant lines

    and that's cool you actually remember witnessing the engine overheat on the inaugural Clipper flight, I've only ever read about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by megatop412 View Post

    and that's cool you actually remember witnessing the engine overheat on the inaugural Clipper flight, I've only ever read about it
    I was 13 at the time, and was lucky that my mom was fairly tolerant of my plane spotting addiction. We lived in Westchester, and normally I would take the New Haven (in its pre-MTA days) to GCT, subway to Jamaica, and the Q-41(?) to the airport. But that didn't work too well at night. In those days, there was a balcony restaurant in the terminal which gave you a birds-eye view of the gate. My mom sat up there while I cruised the terminal. Funny how you just remember some things. Once the clipper had pushed back, we headed back to the parking lot (this was before the roof top parking was available at the World Port) which was directly in front of the terminal. I looked back and saw the 747 coming back. I hate no idea what was happening. So I rushed back in and started asking a million questions in rapid fire succession - as a 13 year old is want to do. We did not stay for the delayed departure with the new aircraft (Mom had her limits), but it was an adventure.

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    The rarely spoken of French Bloch MB.161 along with the Connie for props. Gulstream V and Tri-star for jets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MORS-AB-ALTO View Post
    The rarely spoken of French Bloch MB.161 along with the Connie for props. Gulstream V and Tri-star for jets.
    I've gotta agree with the Gulfstreams for sure, anything from the IV, V, 450, 550 and now 650 class are very elegant aircraft. Beautiful curves, massive wings and engines and those famous oval windows. I'd have to add the Piaggio Avanti to the list as well, maybe not the most well liked look out there, but there's no denying the beauty of that fuselage shape.

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    My personal favorites also include Concorde and 747 (with shorter upper deck). Also a fan of the Blackbird as well.
    But I'd like to add a different candidate to the list: the Beechcraft Starship!
    And let's not forget one of my other all-time favorites: Airwolf

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    For me, the Fairchild 24 with the Ranger engine (Ranger was located at Republic airport) was the prettiest aircraft:

    http://www.abpic.co.uk/images/images/1143625M.jpg

    For the jets, i think the most elegant lines were on the Gulfstream II.
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    If I had to pick just 1, I would go with the Super Constellation. It is not only the most elegant, but I think one of the most beautiful airplanes ever built. It would in my estimation be followed by Concorde, but the Connie is just a bit more elegant.
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    The Connie for sure.

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    While Concorde really wasn't elegant inside the passenger cabins except for the leather seats, her design and shapely delta wings was the most elegant design outside. Due to supersonic design, there was no room for elegant except for the china and food served. As for elegance inside an aircraft, the B747 original is the winner. When starting service, First Class passengers actually were treated to live entertainment on some flights. If memory serves me, Frank Sinatra,Jr. performed and a piano was provided. Don't forget the Spiral Staircase ! I am still uncertain if the A380 qualifies as elegant; I heard some offer showers and even a small casino. So the A380 gets a question mark for elegance?

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    Hmm, this is a difficult one. But...

    Military >> Lockheed SR-71; Messerschmidt Bf 109; Supermarine Spitfire
    Civilian >> Lockheed L-188 Electra; Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde; Boeing 787 (those wings are just AMAZING!)

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    Shorts SKYVAN. LOL

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