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Looking back to that day on an isolated dune at Kitty Hawk, one can only marvel at the humble beginnings to such an explosion in technology and an industry that it would feed.

Over the last hundred years, such leaps forward have been made in new aviation technology, fueled by the ever increasing demand for mobility around the planet for leisure and for business. Various wars throughout the twentieth century helped to push forward with progress as governments made funds available to find ways to fly faster and higher than the enemy.

The latter part of the 1900s and the beginning of the 2000s has been affected by the 1970 oil crisis and its legacy and seen a move toward more economic and eco-friendly airplanes.

Airlines are now demanding more from plane makers. They need to reduce their kilometre/seat costs, they need to observe more stringent noise reduction laws enforced by airport authorities as their airfields are being surrounded by creeping urban expansion.  Aircraft construction materials need to be lighter and more impervious to corrosion.

In short, aircraft manufacturers are being pushed very hard to come up with new technologies that will reduce operating costs for airlines as well as keeping the aircraft in the air longer, thus earning airfare dollars.

This site will provide some insight into the more popular airliners in the skies today. We will continue to add more aircraft, so please bookmark and come back to visit us.

Featured Aircraft.
The Airbus A300 was the aircraft that brought Airbus into being and was a great leap forward in aircraft manufacturing and design. Airbus A300
The Airbus A300 was the aircraft that brought Airbus into being and was a great leap forward in aircraft manufacturing and design.
Airbus A220-300 first landing. So where did Airbus suddenly produce a new aircraft from and why the change to the numbering system? Airbus A220
Airbus A220-300 first landing. So where did Airbus suddenly produce a new aircraft from and why the change to the numbering system?
Airbus-A320 Airbus A320
The Airbus A320 was the first narrow body airliner to use an appreciable amount of composite materials. The tail is in fact made up mostly of such materials.
Airbus_A330-203_-_KLM Airbus A330
The A330 is one of the more graceful airliners, with it’s generous wingspan which almost equals that of the Boeing 747.
TAM_A340-500 Airbus A340
The Airbus A340 aircraft is a wide body four jet engined airliner that was manufactured by Airbus Industrie. The first A340 flew in 1991 and 20 years later ….
A350 Maiden Flight 14June13 Airbus A350
The new Airbus A350 is Airbus’ latest offering which will be their tool in competing in the Giant Twin market.
Lufthansa A380 Airbus A380 Super Jumbo
The Airbus A380-800 also known as the Super Jumbo is an Airbus answer to the Boeing 747. Carrying 555 passengers in a 3 class configuration, was it too late to market?
Air_New_Zealand ATR 73 ZK-MCO at Dunedin Airport. The ATR is another example of European aircraft makers collaborating to produce outstanding aircraft. ATR 42 and ATR 72
The ATR is a twin-engine, turbo-propeller, high wing, regional aircraft which is developed as the result of a joint venture specifically for the purpose of delivering this aircraft.
Designed for the regional and short-haul markets, the BAe 146 was manufactured from 1983 until 2002.  It is arguably Britain's most successful jet program. BAe 146 / Avro RJ
Designed for the regional and short-haul markets, the BAe 146 was manufactured from 1983 until 2002. It is arguably Britain’s most successful jet program.
The Boeing 717 started life on the drawing board as the McDonnell Douglas MD-95 until MD was merged with Boeing. 156 of the type were produced. Boeing 717
Boeing 717 started life on the drawing board as the McDonnell Douglas MD-95 until MD was merged with Boeing. 156 of the type were produced.
Boeing 727 200 Boeing 727
The Boeing 727 was Boeing’s only ever tri-jet and was manufactured for 21 years from 1963 to 1984.
Fly Dubai Boeing 737 800 Boeing 737
The Boeing 737 concept was first mooted in 1964 to be a low cost solution derived from the Boeing 727 and Boeing 707. The first aircraft was produced in 1967.
Pan_American_Boeing_747-100 Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet
The Boeing 747 has been the Queen of Skies now for over 40 years and is only now being retired as the days of the 4 engined jetliner comes to an end.
lufthansa_boeing_747-8_takeoff Boeing 747-8
The Boeing 747-8 is a newer stretched version of the popular Boeing 747. However, like Airbus A380, it seems that, it has come at a time when the age of the giant twins has signed the death warrant of large 4 engine airliners.
Eastern Airlines Boeing 757 Boeing 757
The Boeing 757 is a narrow body single aisle airliner that was produced from 1981 to 2004.
Royal.brunei.Boeing767-300ER Boeing 767
The Boeing 767 was Boeing’s second wide-body jet and was aimed at the middle of the market. Two stretches later and it has proven to be a formidable work horse.
777_300ER_Emirates Boeing 777
An Emirates Boeing 777 300ER taxiing. The 777 pioneered many new technologies in manufacturing and remains the mainstay of many airlines.
Boeing 777X Boeing 777X or Boeing 777-8 and 777-9
The Boeing 777X as it has been known through the planning stage is Boeing’s flagship of the future. Now having been renamed the 777-8 and the 777-9 for the two variants which should start service in the early 2020s.
Boeing 787-8 Ethiopian Boeing 787
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an example of the plane maker’s art and where technology has brought us to today. Composite materials and modern design make the 787 a real stand out.
The Boeing 797 is a design proposed by Boeing in 2015 to fill the gap between the Boeing 737 and 787. This is known as the Middle of Market (MoM). Boeing 797
The Boeing 797 is a design proposed by Boeing in 2015 to fill the gap between the Boeing 737 and 787. This is known as the Middle of Market (MoM).
In North America, the CRJ family of airliners accounted for 20% of all jet airliner departures. Globally they accounted for around 200,000 departures a month. Bombardier CRJ 700, CRJ 900 and CRJ 1000.
In North America, the CRJ family of airliners accounted for 20% of all jet airliner departures. Globally they accounted for around 200,000 departures a month.
The Bombardier Dash 8 is a high wing twin engined turbo-propeller airliner, developed by de Havilland Canada as a replacement for their Dash 7 airliner. Bombardier Dash 8.
The Bombardier Dash 8 is a high wing twin engined turbo-propeller airliner, developed by de Havilland Canada as a replacement for their Dash 7 airliner.
COMAC C919 Chinas Airliner COMAC C919
The COMAC C919, Chinas’ own airliner, was scheduled to fly in 2014 and enter service in 2016.
Concorde 216 (G-BOAF) last flight Concorde
Concorde was a remarkable leap forward for commercial aviation, the first viable Supersonic transport (SST)
Fuji_Dream_Airlines_Embraer_170 Embraer E Jet
Embraer E Jet Family of airliners including ERJ 170, ERJ 175, ERJ 190 and the ERJ 195.
Frigate Ecojet in flight Frigate Ecojet
Russia is working on a radical new design for the short to medium haul market. The Frigate Ecojet.
The Douglas DC-9 was aimed at the short to medium haul market and was the last aircraft to be fully designed and built by the Douglas Aircraft Corporation. Douglas DC-9
The Douglas DC-9, was the last aircraft to be fully produced by Douglas.
A McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 of Condor, a German leisure airline based in Frankfurt. McDonnell Douglas DC-10
A McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 of Condor, a German leisure airline based in Frankfurt.
A Lockheed L1011 Tristar of TWA. TWA was an early supporter of this high tech airliner. Lockheed L1011 Tristar
A Lockheed L1011 Tristar of TWA. TWA was an early supporter of this high tech airliner.

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15 thoughts on “Modern Airliners and Civil Aviation Aircraft.”

  1. Greetings Peter.
    Well, you really seem to know your stuff!
    Surely, I will revisit your site for all my aviation inquiries. Nice niche!

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  2. I remember the 727 from the 1960s. My first thought when I saw its photo was, “Oh yeah, the noisy one if you sit in the back!” Still a beautiful airplane, and a heck of a lot faster than the 707.
    Agree that you know your stuff. Also loved the video of pilot landing 737 in extreme turbulence. Woohoo!

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    • Thanks for stopping by Nina. Yes the 727 was noisy in the back with three pure jets screaming around your head. Further forward it was a dream as all the engine noise was left behind. The only one I ever got to fly on belonged to Yemenia from London to Athens and back.

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    • The 727 was not faster than the 707. The 707 was one of the fastest sub-sonic airliners ever. The early pure turbojet versions typically could go as fast as .90 mach. The later version 707-320B got the low-bypass P&W engines and that slowed it down to .87 to .88 mach. In contrast, the 727 usually cruised at .78 to .82 mach.

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  3. The Advanced 727 with the JT8D-17R engines had 16,400 pounds of thrust, not 17,400 as shown on your 727 page. This is frequently misquoted. I think because there is a typo in the Boeing manual “Airplane Characteristics, Airport Planning”, which is a highly disseminated .pdf file that can be downloaded by anyone from the Boeing website. And many people get information from that document.
    On page five it lists the 17R as having 17,400 lbs. takeoff thrust but in the paragraph underneath that listing it correctly indicates 16,400 lbs thrust for the very same engine. It was simply a typographical error and Boeing documents usually have a few. Many other sources, such as Pratt & Whitney, the engine’s builder, also quote 16,4000 pounds. And they should know!!

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    • Correction!
      Actually, my previous statement regarding maximum thrust for the JT8D-17R is only partly right. The 17R equipped 727-200 Advanced had the APR system which would kick in two remaining engines at 17,400 pounds of thrust if one of the other two engines quit during takeoff or climb out. But normally the thrust rating for takeoff is 16,400 pounds if everything was fine. So the 17,400 is only for emergency engine out situations. And this APR was only offered for the 17R engine, not the plain 17 or 15.

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  4. As usual a wealth of info on everything airliner related. Always curious what your take on the topics of the day are. Keep it up!!

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  5. I love the detail that this site goes into. I will definitely be using this site as my go to for aviation knowledge!

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