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De plane! De plane! The planes are coming.

De plane! De plane! The planes are coming.

Christopher Arndt |

Depending on your age, you may remember when Tottoo would proclaim the iconic phrase "De Plane! De Plane!" from the TV series Fantasy Island (1977-1984).

Well, "de plane" postcards are coming! But first, we need to zero in on which historic airplanes to showcase.

Here's what we're currently considering:

  • Wright Flyer (1903) - First successful powered flight marking the beginning of aviation.
  • Ford Trimotor (1925) - One of the first successful airliners to transport passengers, cargo, and mail.
  • Spirit of St. Louis (1927) - Flown by Charles Lindbergh in his solo flight from New York to Paris.
  • Lockheed Model 10E Electra (1934) - Famously flown by Amelia Earhart in her solo flight across the Atlantic.
  • Douglas DC-3 (1935) - First commercial airliner to make air travel a viable means of transportation for the masses.
  • Piper J-3 Cub (1937) - Affordable and easy to fly, the Cub's simplicity and reliability made it a popular choice for bush flying and other rugged operations.
  • Lockheed Constellation (1943) - An iconic symbol of aviation's Golden Age, this four-engine propeller-driven airliner set new standards for speed, range, and passenger comfort.
  • De Havilland Comet (1949) - First commercial jet airliner to reduce travel times and increase passenger comfort.
  • Cessna 172 (1956) - Known for its versatility, reliability, and low operating costs, making it a popular choice for flight training and personal flying.
  • Boeing 707 (1957) - First commercially successful jet airliner setting new standards for speed, comfort, and reliability.
  • Boeing 737 (1968) - Most successful commercial airplane in history known for its reliability, versatility, and fuel efficiency.
  • Concorde (1969) - Supersonic passenger jet capable of flying at twice the speed of sound and reducing travel time across the Atlantic.
  • Airbus A320 (1984) - First airliner to use digital fly-by-wire technology.
  • Boeing 747 (1970) - The iconic jumbo jet that revolutionized long-haul air travel with its capacity to carry a large number of passengers over great distances.
  • Airbus A380 (2005) - The largest passenger airliner in the world.

Stay tuned to see the final selection.