Jets & Planes
Jet aircraft were first developed in the late 1930s. This development meant that planes could fly faster and higher than ever before. These days, most commercial aircraft are jet planes, though some of the older-style propeller aircraft still fly on certain routes. More information about the history of jets & planes can be found at jetscene.co.uk.
Jets & planes generally use one of three engine types; the turbofan engine is used in most commercial aircraft. However, supersonic aircraft, such as Concorde, might use a turbojet. This supersonic icon retired from service in 2003 and nowadays, a turbojet engine is rarely used. The third type of engine is a rocket engine; mainly used on spacecraft.
Jets & planes have undergone significant improvements since the early prototypes were developed. The first jet aircraft were regarded as too noisy and wasted too much fuel. Modern aircraft are much quieter and less wasteful with regards to fuel consumption.
The jetscene.co.uk website details some of the most famous jets & planes, such as jumbo jets. The Boeing 747 is the most well-known jumbo; it’s easy to spot due to the aircraft’s distinctive upper and lower levels. Nowadays, the 747 has a competitor, the Airbus 380, which has been in operation since 2005.
At the other end of the scale, ‘microjets’ offer flights for eight passengers or less. These days they are more commonly known as Very Light Jets (VLJ’s) and are flown by a sole pilot. They have the advantage of being able to land on shorter runways and fly to even the smallest airports.