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    Classic Airliners

    The recent spate of Tristar pics has had me thinking. At what point does an airliner, or any other aircraft for that matter, become a 'classic'?
    And does a relatively low production run ensure 'classic' status. both the Tristar and DC10 didn't really sell, compared to Boeing.
    The B747 is still in productoin, yet we call the early series classic. Same goes for the 737-200.
    Or does it become a classic when it ceases its production run?
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    To me a 'classic' is one that brings back memories of a certain bygone era, one that is no longer in production, one that is hard to find and most importantly, one that looks fantastic.

    My classics would be original Boeings like 707,727, 737 and 747 probably not beyond 200 series...

    DC8, DC-9, DC-10

    Tristar

    Airbus is still a bit new but maybe the original A300 would count.

    Also things like Tridents, Bac 1-11's Viscounts, HS748's, certain Soviet types from the 60's and 70's too...

    Did I mention Concorde ?
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    IL 62s, TU 154s... pinacle of classics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KabirT View Post
    IL 62s, TU 154s... pinacle of classics!
    Absolutely! I passed through Moscow Sheremetyevo and Murmansk airposts over the weekend and it's such an amazing sight to see lines of TU-154's, then lines of IL-86's in a row behind them... Then lots of TU-134's and IL-62's dotted around the place. Truely awesome aircraft!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KabirT View Post
    IL 62s, TU 154s... pinacle of classics!
    Weren´t Tu-154-s delivered last year? Like Boeing 717-s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMN View Post
    Absolutely! I passed through Moscow Sheremetyevo and Murmansk airposts over the weekend and it's such an amazing sight to see lines of TU-154's, then lines of IL-86's in a row behind them... Then lots of TU-134's and IL-62's dotted around the place. Truely awesome aircraft!

    Paul
    is there a picture thread i missed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren Frew View Post
    To me a 'classic' is one that brings back memories of a certain bygone era, one that is no longer in production, one that is hard to find and most importantly, one that looks fantastic...
    Yes, I'd go along with that too.
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    I'd say these are classics.














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    Last edited by PMN; 30th July 2008 at 22:52.
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    Excellent shots of those Soviet types Paul..they're types we never get to see on this side of the planet
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    brilliant shots!

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    Hey chaps are we not forgetting the "worlds" first commercial Jet Airliner.......................................... ...........The DH Comet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMN View Post
    I'd say these are classics.
    With the exception of the IL-86, which actually falls within the category of 'Shed'. :diablo:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Area View Post
    With the exception of the IL-86, which actually falls within the category of 'Shed'. :diablo:
    I'd happily have one in my back garden... If I actually had a back garden!

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    A nice shed

    A rather nice shed:
    http://www.airliners.net/photo/Aerof...-86/0994295/L/
    This staircase goes to wardrobe:
    http://www.airliners.net/photo/Siber...-86/0688528/L/

    Does anyone have any pictures inside wardrobe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chornedsnorkack View Post
    ...Does anyone have any pictures inside wardrobe?
    Have you tried asking Air Narnia?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chornedsnorkack View Post
    Weren´t Tu-154-s delivered last year? Like Boeing 717-s?
    Quite right, I believe that three or four new 154Ms were delivered to Govt agencies within Russia. Funny, but when I first got into aviation in 1979 no one had a good word to say about Soviet types.....how times change
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Area View Post
    With the exception of the IL-86, which actually falls within the category of 'Shed'. :diablo:
    Oi! if you don't mind, our Shorts 330s all in blue were the original sheds!
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    I would say that the 757's are on the verge of becoming classics. Beuatiful aircraft that are loved by all (if not, most) and are going to be slowly brought out of service and broken up in the years to come.
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