1. North American P-51 Mustang
    15,000+ of the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber were produced after the prototype was rolled out in 1940.
  2. Piper J-3 Cub
    19,888 (U.S. built), although 150 were built in Canada and Piper built 253 TG-8 gliders.
  3. Douglas Aircraft DC 3
    16,000+ of the commercial and military versions were built in 50-plus variants.
  4. Boeing 727
    1,832 were built to address the demand for shorter flight lengths from smaller airports after the 707 quad-jet was introduced in 1958.
  5. Cessna 172 Skyhawk
    44,000+ were produced from 1956-86 and from 1998 to present.
  6. Beech Bonanza
    The V-tail evolved from the 35 through most letters of the alphabet to the V35B, the last one built in 1982. A total of 10,403 were built
  7. Piper PA-28 Series
    44,000+ were produced from 1956-86 and from 1998 to present.
  8. Cessna 172 Skyhawk
    32,788+ were built and sold as Cherokees, Warriors, Pathfinders, Archers, Dakotas, Cadets and Pilots.
  9. Consolidated B-24 Liberator
    18,482 were produced between 1940-45. 962 were built by Douglas, 6,792 by the Ford Motor Company and 966 by North American.were produced between 1940-45. 962 were built by Douglas, 6,792 by the Ford Motor Company and 966 by North American.
  10. ERCO Ercoupe
    5,685 of the first civil aircraft with a nose wheel landing gear. There were several changes in manufacturer.
  11. Chotia Weedhopper
    13,000+ from 1977 to present were built of this most-produced ultralight.


  1. During WW II the Army had two (2) very important pieces of equipment labeled “The P-38” What were they?
    The P-38 Lighting twin engine interceptor and the P-38 can opener used to open c-rations.
  2. Which WWII fighter claimed the most enemy aircraft shot down in the Pacific Theater of Operation?
    The F6F Hellcat with 5168 kills in the Pacific Theater of Operation. The Mustang was second with 4,950 kills in the European Theater of Operation.

  3. What World War II Army Air Corp aircraft, which was never designed to be a fighter, shot down 3,785 enemy aircraft in air to air dog fights.
    The P-38 Lighting which was designed as an interceptor, not a fighter. It was originally designed to intercept bombers.

  4. What was the fastest WW II propeller airplane to see combat service in WWII ?
    The P47M Thunderbolt producing 2,800 hp at 32,500 ft could manage 473 mph. however, the P51H Mustang was clocked at 487 mph at 25,000 but never saw combat.

  5. Kelly Johnson, a member of the Lockheed “Skunk Works”, designed the U-2, the SR-71, and the Lockheed Constellation among his accomplishments. What other two aircraft, one of which the German Luftwaffe nicknamed “the fork-tailed devil”, and the other which broke both the current (at that time) speed and altitude records did he design?
    Clarence Leonard "Kelly" Johnson was an American aeronautical and systems engineer. He is recognized for his contributions to a series of important aircraft designs, most notably the Lockheed U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird. Besides the first production aircraft to exceed Mach 3, he also produced the first fighter to exceed 400 mph, the P-38 Lightning, the first fighter to set (at the time) altitude and speed records, the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, capable of Mach 2, the United States' first operational jet fighter and many other contributions to various aircraft. As a member and first team leader of the Lockheed Skunk Works, Johnson worked for more than four decades and is said to have been an "organizing genius". He played a leading role in the design of over forty aircraft, including several honored with the prestigious Collier Trophy, acquiring a reputation as one of the most talented and prolific aircraft design engineers in the history of aviation. In 2003, as part of its commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' flight, Aviation Week & Space Technology ranked Johnson eighth on its list of the top 100 "most important, most interesting, and most influential people" in the first century of aerospace.


  1. Largest airplane built.
    Six times larger than any aircraft of its time, the Spruce Goose, also known as the Hughes Flying Boat, is made entirely of wood. Originally designated HK-1 for the first aircraft built by Hughes-Kaiser, the giant was re-designated H-4 when Henry Kaiser withdrew from the project in 1944.
  2. Smallest aircraft in the world.
    Bumble Bee Two was the smallest human-operated plane ever made. It came in at under nine feet (2.7 m) from nose to tail, with a miniscule wingspan of five and a half feet (1.7 m). It was destroyed after crashing.

    In 1952, Ray Stits sent the Sky Baby into the air with Robert H. Starr at the wheel, and earned the Guinness World Record for creating the “World’s Smallest Plane,” a record that would stand until 1984 when Starr himself built the Bumble Bee II and usurped Stits.

    Want to be environmentally friendly while you get your flying kicks? Hop into the one-seater Cri-Cri, which happens to be the smallest electric plane in the world.

    Fans of James Bond may recognize an earlier model of the BD-5J from “Octopussy,” in which 007 flew the BD-5 through an airport hanger. The updated model is also one of the world’s smallest planes. In fact, it’s often called a microjet, seating just one person and featuring a wing span of no more than 21 feet.

  3. The fastest aircraft in the world.
    The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" is a long-range, high-altitude, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division.
    Top speed: 2,193 mph

  4. The heaviest aircraft in the world.
    The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian SSR within the Soviet Union during the 1980s. It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the heaviest aircraft ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tons.

  5. When is an airplane not an airplane?
    The Lun-class ekranoplan is a ground effect vehicle (GEV) designed by Rostislav Evgenievich Alexeyev in 1975 and used by the Soviet and Russian navies from 1987 until sometime in the late 1990s. It flew using the lift generated by the ground effect of its large wings when within about four metres (13 ft) above the surface of the water. Although they might look similar to regular aircraft, and have related technical characteristics, ekranoplans like the Lun are not aircraft, seaplanes, hovercraft, nor hydrofoils. Rather, "ground effect" is a distinct technology. The International Maritime Organization classifies these vehicles as maritime ships.