Aircraft Designs That Are More than 50 Years Old, Part 2


Lockheed L-188 Electra

Photos by Ken Kula

Every one of these aircraft types were designed over half a century ago, but many are still found flying today. How many do you recognize?

DeHavilland DH-114 Heron

Fokker 27

Lockheed Constellation

Percival E.P.9 Prospector

Piper Commanche PA-24

Antonov AN-12

Cessna 210

Beech Queen Air BE-80

McDonnell Douglas DC-8

Dornier DO-28

Pilatus PC-6

Piper PA-28R Arrow

Found FBA

Maule M4

Piper Cherokee 140

Cessna C-206 Stationair

Beech A-23 Musketeer 

Boeing B-727

Beech BE-95 Travel Air

Lear LR-23

Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six

Short Brothers SC-7 Skyvan

Champion &EAC Citabria

Bushmaster 2000

Piper PA-31 Navajo

Britten Norman BN-2 Islander

McDonnell Douglas DC-9

DeHavilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter

Beech BE-99 Airliner

Cessna C-401

Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream II

Boeing B-737

Ted Smith/Piper PA-60 Aerostar

Mooney M20 


Boeing B-747

Cessna C-500 Citation

Piper PA-31T Cheyenne

Rockwell Commander AC-112/114

McDonnell Douglas DC-10

Falcon 10

Lockheed L-1011 Tristat

Government Aircraft Factory N-22/24 Nomad

Lake LA-4 

Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer

DeHavilland Canada DHC-3 Otter

Piper PA-23 Apache

Cessna 180

Temco D-16 Twin Navion

Cessna C-310

Myers 200

Boeing B-707


Ken Kula

Assignment and Content Editor, writer and photographer A New Englander all of my life, I've lived in New Hampshire since 1981. My passion for all things aviation began at a very early age, and I coupled this with my interest of photography during college in the late 1970s. I spent 35 years in the air traffic control industry, and concurrently, enjoyed my aviation photography and writing adventures, which continue today. I've been quite fortunate to have been mentored by some generous and gifted individuals. I enjoy contributing to this great site and working with some very knowledgeable and equally passionate aviation followers.

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