The oldest plains are not always considered historical relics. Many of the oldest aircraft is still making scenic flights throughout the world. From the sturdiest aircraft to old-school aviation aircraft are still running. Here is a brief guide about them.
The first owner of Canadian operator Air Intuit’s Boeing 737 model plane was Air Gabon. This aircraft has flown for four different airlines in its 42 years of service and continues to fly today. It was delivered to the Boeing factory in Gabon at Libreville International Airport in Central Africa. The French province transported the craft to various airlines before it is known as Air Intuit.
Conviasa flagship carrier of Venezuela with headquarter at Simon Bolivar International Airport. It has an old first-generation Boeing 737 model plane still active and its registration number is YV3434. It has carried hundreds of passengers since its services started in 1976 and have continuously been operated publicly in Venezuela through various airlines.
Out of various old aircraft plane models, this aircraft is still operating in Canadian airline operator, Nolinor Airlines. It has been flying since 1974 and had a dozen owners beginning flying for Transavia. This plane is still operating with a low bypass turbofan engine and gravel kit which makes it a hardy bush plane for landing and takeoffs. Its gravel kit creates high pressure in front of the engine to prevent it sucking up sand and gravel on takeoff. It also has a nose ski the nose for similar purposes.
Iran Air Force
The fifth oldest aircraft is considered active as a government plane in Iran as a part of the Iranian air force. This plane used to be an Iraqi airways machine before being taken by Iran as war reparations in the 1980s. In 2020, the plane got out of a 6-year aircraft D-check that faces an engine breakdown at Mehrab Airport in Tehran. This plane is still working with the Iran Air 747SP-86 engine. This plane has gone through a maintenance check and going to fly soon.
Lockheed Super Constellation
The Lockheed Super constellation was given the nickname ‘Super Connie” and was breathtaking when it debut in 1943. Their tripled-finned tails were post-war treasures that lasted until the 60s when Boeing 747 took the reins. The last of the Super Connie served as civilian transports before it retired in the 1990s. However, the two super constellations are still running and one is running in Australia both of them can be seen at airshows around the world with the same crowd as they did in 1943.
Douglas DC-3 is one of the most classic planes in the aviation industry. It was the backbone of the Allied armies during WWII Serving for several years as the go-to passenger airliner, the first to offer coast-to-coast flights. After 80 years of service, this plane is still worthy. Air Chathams in New Zealand and Springbok classic air in South Africa offer scenic flights on Douglas DC-3.
De Havilland Dragon Rapide
This wooden aircraft has its plane in the aviation industry and was flown by General Francisco Franco during the military rebellion Spanish civil war in 1936. It is the plane that evacuated General De Gaulle from France to England in the 1940s and it is still flying in the air. This plane’s several flights offer a pleasurable experience to the passengers. One such plane can be seen at Classic Wings at Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England. One other is at Membury airfield in Berkshire.
This aircraft was nicknamed Auntie Ju and was a civilian airliner in the 1930s in Germany. This plane was in a long line of goodies flying out of junkers’ workshops and was so good that it was used for military services during WWII. The junkers flew for various airlines and air forces as transport aircraft for Luftwaffe. The German airline Lufthansa has maintained a Ju52 in its fleet of aircraft and keeps its flight worthy for special occasions. The plane can be charted from Dubendorf, Switzerland for pleasurable flights.
This is the oldest plane flying in the world and no one is even close to it. Where various generation aircraft came and gone, Bleriot is one of the best aircraft built in 1909, it is still flying from Hudson Valley, New York. This aircraft is not made of forged steel and aluminum but slats of wood tied by fabric and tightened by wire cables. The pilot feels lucky to gauge gas, airspeed, elevation, and oil pressure that’s all they have. To fly this aircraft, the pilot sits on a wicker stool. Bleriot set records for flying across the English Channel. Bought by Louis John Bergdoll which is a beer brewery mogul, the plane was stored in his barn for decades and it was refurbished in the 1950s and is still flying today.