Being able to fly has always been one of the big dreams of mankind. In Greek mythology Icarus was the perfect example of hubris when he to escape from Crete by means of wings from feathers and wax. He fall in to the sea and drowned. The first successful manned flight took place by hot-air balloon in the 18th century. The Zeppelin became the world’s first airline, but doesn’t belong to the top 10 most produced aircraft that’s still being made.
In 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright were responsible for the world’s first recorded controlled, powered, sustained heavier than air flight. During the First World War the military advantages of an airplane took innovation and production to enormous heights and the era of air combat begun. Between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second in 1939 civil aviation became very popular, both private as commercial. The Jet Age started after the war. Jet planes were able to fly higher, faster and farther. Companies such as Douglas, Tupolev and Boeing thrived and produced many aircrafts for the growing number of airliners. These companies showed (and show) great financial results, but are outnumbered by other companies that focused on the production of smaller aircrafts. So what’s the most produced aircraft still in production? When did production start and how many aircrafts were taken in to the sky? Here’s a top 10 list!
Top 10 most produced aircraft still in production
- Boeing 737, USA (1967) – 7,386+ produced
- Cessna 206, USA (1962) – 8,509+ produced
- Chotia Weedhopper, USA (1977) – 13,000+ produced
- Bell UH-1 Iroquois, USA (1959) – 16,000+ produced (most produced Western helicopter)
- Mil Mi-8, USSR/Russia (1961) – 17,000+ produced (most produced helicopter)
- Beechcraft Bonanza, USA (1947) – 17,000+ produced
- Antonov An-2, USSR/Russia, China (1947) – 18,000+ produced
- Cessna 182, USA (1956) – 23,237+ produced
- Piper Cherokee, USA (1960) – 32,778+ produced
- Cessna 172, USA (1956) – 43,000+ produced