From open cockpits and flying boats to jets and Concorde: Stunning images chart the most influential aircraft that have changed aviation
- A new book 50 Airlines That Changed Flying shows the history of passenger planes over the last 100 years
- It details the early days of commercial aircraft with open cockpits to today’s ultra modern luxury airlines
- The book has been written by aviation author and enthusiast Matt Falcus, who is himself a qualified pilot
Since the first passenger planes were developed over 100 years ago, travellers have always wanted to go further, faster and in greater comfort.
And a new book has charted the 50 airliners that have each been pivotal in changing aviation since 1914.
The book, called 50 Airliners That Changed Flying, has been written by aviation author Matt Falcus, who is himself a qualified pilot.
It details how aircraft moved from early piston planes with open cockpits to luxury airliners with sleeping berths, pressurised cabins and faster engines.
And it features stunning nostaligic images of vintage aircraft as well as modern liners such as Concorde, the Dreamliner and the A380.
Scroll down to see some of the iconic aircraft that are featured in the book.
One of the vintage images in the book 50 Airliners That Changed Flying. Pictured is the Benoist Type XIV, which was likely the first aircraft to fly a scheduled passenger service
Boarding takes place at an airfield in Croydon on an Imperial Airways Type W aircraft. This was the first aircraft to feature a lavatory for passenger use
A famous Fokker F VII tri-motor, which was known as the Southern Cross and undertook the first crossing of the Pacific by air
German operator Lufthansa flew many all-metal JU52s,pictured, that were in use from the 1930s right up until the 1980s
An Imperial Airways Short S.23s boat plane, which offered a saloon, cabin, toilets and galley, promenade deck and space for freight, mail and crew. Imperial Airways was one of the companies that eventually merged to form British Airways
The luxurious cabin of an early Imperial Airways aircraft which featured just one rather spacious seat on either side of the aisle
British Midland began operations with DC-3s before going on to jet airliners. The DC-3 was formerly a military plane that had been converted
A BOAC Constellation Balmoral landing at London’s Heathrow airport in the late 1940s. BOAC was another pre-cursor to British Airways
The prototype of the De Havilland Comet 1, which was the world’s first pressurised jet airliner available to fare-paying passengers in 1952
A BEA Viscount 800 receiving its passengers. The Viscount is the most successful British airliner ever to have been developed and it was in service from 1948 to 1964
A Boeing 707 at Prestwick Airport. Although not the first jet airliner, it somehow managed to catapult airlines into the jet age by selling more than any jet airliner had at the time
A Concorde, which allowed supersonic transatlantic times of just three-and-a-half hours but was only ever affordable for Business and First-class passengers. It was flown by both Air France and British Airways
The book, called 50 Airliners That Changed Flying, which has been written by aviation author Matt Falcus, who is himself a qualified pilot