The world's first all-metal transport aircraft was the Junkers F. The Dutch Fokker company produced the Fokker F. II and then the F. These aircraft were used by the Dutch airline KLM when it reopened [ further explanation needed ] an Amsterdam-London service in They proved to be very reliable aircraft.
It housed two crew in an open cockpit and 15 passengers in an enclosed cabin. It was the world's first airliner to be designed with an on-board lavatory [ citation needed ].
The enclosed cabin could carry four passengers with an extra seat in the cockpit. By , aircraft capacity needed to be larger for the economics to remain favourable. The English company de Havilland , therefore built the passenger DH. Owing to the urgent need for more capacity, however, work on the DH. The Fokker trimotor was an important and popular transport, manufactured under license in Europe and America.
Throughout the s, companies in Britain and France were at the forefront of the civil airliner industry,  often considerably aided by government subsidies. In America, the Ford Trimotor was an important early airliner. With two engines mounted on the wings and one in the nose, and a slabsided body, it carried eight passengers and was produced from to It was used by the predecessor to Trans World Airlines , and by other airlines long after production ceased.
Pan Am opened up transoceanic service in the late s and early '30s, based on a series of large seaplanes — the Sikorsky S through Sikorsky S By the s, the airliner industry had matured and large consolidated national airlines were established with regular international services that spanned the globe, including Imperial Airways in Britain, Lufthansa in Germany, KLM in the Netherlands, and United Airlines in America.
Multi-engined aircraft were now capable of transporting dozens of passengers in comfort. In Britain, the de Havilland Dragon was a successful aircraft during the s. Its simple design used a plywood box fuselage. The wing panels outboard of the engines could be folded for storage. The type was attractive as a short-haul, low-capacity airliner and was soon in service worldwide. British production of the DH. The first modern-looking, sleek metal airliners also came into service in the s.
The Douglas DC-3 was a particularly important airplane, because it was the first airliner to be profitable without a government subsidy. Long-haul flights were expanded during the s as both Pan American Airways and Imperial Airways competed in the provision of transatlantic travel using flying boats such as the British Short Empire and the American Boeing This prefigured the dramatic growth of transatlantic travel in the postwar period.
The study was an attempt at defining in broad overview, the impact of projected advances in aviation technology, and to forecast the global needs of the postwar British Empire in South Asia, Africa, and the Near and Far East and Commonwealth Australia , Canada , New Zealand in the area of air transport, for passengers, mail, and cargo. The crucial problem that the planners faced was that an agreement had been reached between the United States and the United Kingdom in to split responsibility for building multi-engine aircraft types for British use: the US would concentrate on transport aircraft , while the UK would concentrate on their heavy bombers.
This decision meant that the United Kingdom would be left at the close of the war with little experience in the design, manufacture, and final assembly of transport aircraft. The first three designs were piston-powered aircraft of varying sizes for different markets, while the Type IV design, at the urging of Geoffrey de Havilland , whose company was involved in development the first jet fighters, was for a jet-powered seat design.
The Type I design, after a brief contest, was given to the Bristol Aeroplane Company , building on submissions they had made during the war for a " ton bomber ".
This evolved into the creation of the Bristol Brabazon. The Type II process was complicated by the proposition of Vickers that a move to the newly developed turboprop power should be made.
The specification was, therefore, split in two, with the conventional piston design going to the eventual de Havilland Dove and Airspeed Ambassador. The revolutionary VC. The Type IV for the jet-powered aircraft went to de Havilland and became, in , the world's first jet airliner, the Comet.
It featured an aerodynamically clean design with four de Havilland Ghost turbojet engines buried in the wings, a pressurised fuselage, and large, square windows. For the era, it offered a relatively quiet, comfortable passenger cabin and showed signs of being a commercial success at its debut.
However, a year after entering commercial service, the Comets began suffering problems, with three of them breaking up during mid-flight in well-publicised accidents. This was later found to be due to catastrophic metal fatigue , not well understood at the time, in the airframes.
The Comet was withdrawn from service and extensively tested to discover the cause. Rival manufacturers, meanwhile, heeded the lessons learned from the Comet while developing their own aircraft. The series of crashes gave time for the Boeing to enter service in and this came to dominate the market for civilian airliners. The underslung engines were found to be advantageous in the event of a propellant leak, and so the looked rather different from the Comet: the has a shape that is effectively the same as that of contemporary aircraft, with marked commonality still evident today for example with the fuselage and A single deck, swept wing, four below-wing engines.
Turbofan aircraft began entering service in the s and s, bringing far greater fuel efficiency , and this is the type of jet in widespread use today. The Tu supersonic transport was the fastest commercial jet plane at Mach 2. It went into service in , but soon stopped flying. The Mach 2 Concorde aircraft entered service in and flew for 27 years.
The fastest military jet plane was the SR Blackbird at Mach 3. Most people use the term 'jet aircraft' to denote gas turbine based airbreathing jet engines , but rockets and scramjets are both also propelled by jet propulsion. Cruise missiles are single-use unmanned jet aircraft, powered predominately by ramjets or turbojets or sometimes turbofans, but they will often have a rocket propulsion system for initial propulsion.
The fastest airbreathing jet aircraft is the unmanned X scramjet at around Mach 9— The fastest manned rocket aircraft is the X at Mach 6. The Space Shuttle , while far faster than the X or X, was not regarded as an aircraft during ascent as it was carried ballistically by rocket thrust, rather than the air. During re-entry it was classed like a glider as an unpowered aircraft. The first flight was in The Bell , Lockheed XH , and Sikorsky S are examples of compound helicopter designs where jet exhaust added to forward thrust.
However, its flight attendants still wore conservative military style uniforms. The Advantages of Jets Jet engines have far fewer moving parts than piston engines, so they are more reliable, safer, and less costly to operate.
They burn kerosene, which is less expensive than gasoline, and produce tremendous thrust for their weight. Therefore jet aircraft can be made larger and can fly faster than piston-engine aircraft. Copyright The Boeing Company Boeing's was designed for transcontinental or one-stop transatlantic range.
Boeing became the most successful of the early manufacturers. The KC Stratotanker and military versions of the remain operational, mostly as tankers or freighters.
The basic configuration of the Boeing, Convair and Douglas aircraft jet airliner designs, with widely spaced podded engines underslung on pylons beneath a swept wing, proved to be the most common arrangement and was most easily compatible with the large-diameter high-bypass turbofan engines that subsequently prevailed for reasons of quietness and fuel efficiency.
The de Havilland and Tupolev designs had engines incorporated within the wings next to the fuselage , a concept that endured only within military designs while the Caravelle pioneered engines mounted either side of the rear fuselage. The s jet airliners were known for the advancement of turbofan technology, as well as the advent of the trijet design. The rear-engined T-tail arrangement is still used for jetliners with a maximum takeoff weight of less than 50 tons. Other s developments, such as rocket assisted takeoff RATO , water-injection , and afterburners also known as reheat used on supersonic jetliners SSTs such as Concorde and the Tupolev Tu , have been superseded.
The s jet airliners introduced wide-body twin-aisle craft and high-bypass turbofan engines. Other wide-body designs included the McDonnell Douglas DC and Lockheed L TriStar trijets , smaller than the Boeing but capable of flying similar long-range routes from airports with shorter runways.
There was also the market debut of the European consortium Airbus , whose first aircraft was the twinjet Airbus A In , Boeing unveiled the twin-engine Boeing to replace its , and the twin-engine to challenge the Airbus A Military aircraft.
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