One of the most important pilot jobs in the world is that of the commercial airline pilot. Although air travel was once reserved for the elite and was an “event,” complete with real china and silverware, fine dining, and prompt, courteous service, today, much of commercial air travel has become one of simply getting from point A to point B, as quickly as possible.

Nonetheless, there are several airplanes that have stood the test of time, providing passengers both comfort and safety as they have taken people to various locales around the world. Some of these include: russian Sikorsky Ilya Muromets: This was the first official passenger aircraft, first flying in 1913 and with its first passengers in 1914. Unfortunately, World War I was soon underway, according any attempts to make this the first true passenger airplane.

This aircraft was luxurious and had a bedroom, lounge, bathroom, with their chairs, and a passenger “saloon,” complete with electrical lighting and heat — quite a feat, in 1913.

The Farman F60 Goliath: This plane was first built in 1919, and could seat up to 14 passengers.

The Ford Trimotor: This plane carried up to eight passengers, and was in production from 1925 to 1933. It was the plane of choice for TWA’s predecessor.

Douglas DC-2 and DC-3: The Douglas DC-2 held 14 passengers, first flying in 1932. It was taken over by the more powerful DC-3 in 1935, which held 21 to 32 passengers.

Viking: The Viking became the first passenger aircraft with a jet engine (replacing piston engines) in 1948. Even though this was the first jet engine, he did not entirely replace turboprop or turbo fan engines for quite sometime.

Douglas DC-4: The Douglas DC-4 was first used by the U.S. Army and Air Force; later, some of these were converted to passenger planes for the airline industry, after World War II was over.

Douglas DC-6: The Douglas DC-6 was different from its DC-4 predecessor in that it was 5 feet longer than the cabin was pressurized.

The Lockheed Constellation: The Lockheed Constellation was the first airliner to have pressurization. This method planes could fly higher, further and faster than others, and it was wider, by 127 inches, than the DC-4. As with its predecessors, this plane was first used during the war and then was converted for the airline industry.

The Boeing 377 Stratocruiser: With this plane, pilot jobs for the airline industry truly came into vogue, simply because it was known for luxury and passenger flight, with its double deck and pressurized fuselage. It could hold 100 passengers, and was based on the C-97 military transport plane.

The Convair 240: The Convair 240 and its successor, the 340, were meant to replace the aging fleet of DC-3 planes used by the commercial industry. Improvements included a fully pressurized cabin with the ability to carry between 44 and 52 passengers.

Today, Boeing planes are often the planes of choice for the airline industry, but these previous models also helped to launch the airline industry, and the demand for pilot jobs, as it exists today.


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