On this site, I am trying try to establish an inventory of aircraft which played a significant or iconic role in the history of aviation.
These aircraft revolutionized the air transportation industry, or proved crucial to implementing war tactics and strategy. Many set notable records, raged wars, but above all: increased our mobility. All of these airplanes, in one way or another, changed our world.
In the proces of this study, I've been trying to establish four criterions.
Age & Era
The main menu of this site contains tabs on the era's of aviation.
The production number of a type - especially those from the period before 1920, compared with the number of survivors.
Authenticity & Integrity
Replicas are not taken into account, but many so called "survivors" are more or less rebuilds around an ID-plate - especially within the World War 2 warbird-scene. Wrecks found in the Russian taiga or rainforest of Papua New Guinea - sometimes no more than a cross section - are often completely reconstructed and have to be considered as "original"- be it to fly them again in the air show circuit or for display in a museum. Trying to establish the authenticity and integrity is not an easy task. The following criterions can be taken into account: