What is your all-time favorite aircraft?

Aviation History Reader Poll  

Our picks for the top-12 most beautiful airplanes listed below are bound to elicit opinions, both pro and con. What airborne beauties did we overlook? What’s your all-time favorite beautiful aircraft?


1. Supermarine Spitfire

2. Lockheed Constellation

3. Hughes H-1

4. Northrop T-38

5. Beech 17 Staggerwing

6. De Havilland DH.88 Comet

7. Concorde

8. North American F-86 Sabre

9. Learjet 23

10. Douglas DC-3

11. Republic XF-12

12. Vickers VC-10


Give us your thoughts in the comment box below.

18 Responses

  1. Michael Furtado

    What about the North American P-51 Mustang? The Bell P-39 Airacobra?

  2. Michael Furtado

    What about the North American P-51 Mustang? The Bell P-39 Airacobra?
    Although the DC-3 is certainly a classic, I’m not sure I would consider it (or the XF-12 or VC-10) “beautiful” – but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?

  3. TL Rouhier

    Try the P-61 Black Widow. Truly beautiful lines.

  4. Dalt

    It wouldn’t be a list without the DeHavilland Mosquito.

  5. Thom

    The ONLY choice I can agree with is the Spitfire.
    You completely ignored the most awesome, piston-powered, prop driven aircraft ever built which was responsible for 1/2 the Allied aerial victories in the ETO!!!
    Of course, I am speaking of none other than the North American P-51 Mustang!
    You also ignored one the greatest aircraft designers ever, Kelly Johnson!
    His P-38 Lighting surely belongs on this list as does the SR-71 Blackbird.
    There is no other description for the SR-71 but BAD A$$!!!
    It’s BIG & BEAUTIFUL (did I mention it’s the FASTEST plane ever built?)!
    I don’t know what criteria you used to come up with this list, but you only got 1 right!!!

  6. santa

    NO P-51?!

    who made this? I see better lists made in crayon and sent to the north pole.

  7. Tactical

    Nothing will take you there and bring you back more faithfully than the old C130 “Herky”, and you can hang some heavy artillery on it too.

    • Robert

      C130, hell ya! The DC3 is kool,but, c’mon what other plane could ya stuff a FREEKING HOWITZER.

  8. Robert Lee

    Gotta love the HerkBird, cause the Herk is da’ word:-) plus ya gotta love the fact it slings a “HOWITZER to port” man-oh-man.

  9. Robert Noffsinger

    Yes, P51 should be listed, F22, Mig21, Mosquito(for sure), F104 Starfighter, B58,B47and B1 Lancer. And the Lancaster and finaly 747.
    And I’ll even add 707 now those were some lines especially in AirForce One livery. Picking out a favorite airplane for me is like trying to pick my favorite oxygen molecule! Awsome magazine, all of your writers are just great, love the information, history and photos! PLEASE KEEP IT COMING! And I’ll be sure to keep re-newing, GodBless All of YOU! With best regards, Rob N.

  10. Dale Waller

    Ah, Connie was certainly a beauty; she might also be called the oiliest. It was said that it took a special pilot to handle her three tails at once.

  11. Robert Noffsinger

    The ugliest flying machine award…. goes to the “HOKUM/HAVOK” family of russian attack helicopters. I know we’re talkin about pretty ones, but I thought to keep a balance sorta’ :-) ok, swithing gears a bit…….
    Would any of you fellow plane freeks agree that the XB-70 should be on list of the “lookers”? Like I said in my earlier post, its hard to pick out my favorite oxygen molecule, their all so good!

  12. Bobondacob

    What about the freaking Corsair, the P-51, P-38, SR-71, F-22, the B-29, the D3A, the Hellcat and the Hurricane! These are all better than most of the ones on your list!

  13. Barrie

    There are many, the Spitfire is one of the prettiest but also deadly, it served in many roles right through the war. and the DH Mosquito was very versatile, what about first world war or since, there were some very good planes, British French and German, I like the Sopwith Triplane which was very successful but only in service for a short time. It inspired Fokker to make his triplane.
    There were also many planes between the wars and since. The Concorde which was a very advanced plane, The only Nato fighter that could catch it, the English Electric Lightning. I may seem to favour British planes but then the F 15, the best American fighter should also count. Some of the Mirage aircraft.
    When it comes to just one the choice is easy, The Spitfire.


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