The Bottom 3 safest Airliners (of 20):

We see various shots of the passenger air liner R-36 on the ground and in flight.

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  • Other aircraft that may fall into this category are the , , and . The and are single-engine turboprops, sometimes used as small airliners, although many countries stipulate a minimum requirement of two engines for aircraft to be used as airliners.[]

    The lightest (, ) of short haul regional feeder airliner type aircraft that carry 19 or fewer passenger seats are called and , depending on their size, engines, how they are marketed, region of the world, and seating configurations. The , for example, has only 19 seats. Depending on local and national regulations, a commuter aircraft may not qualify as an airliner and may not be subject to the regulations applied to larger aircraft. Members of this class of aircraft normally lack such amenities as and and typically do not carry a as an .

  • Because these aircraft are frequently operated by smaller airlines that are contracted to provide ("feed") passengers from smaller cities to hub airports (and reverse) for a "major" or "flag" carrier, regional airliners may be painted in the liveries of the major airline for whom they provide this "feeder" service so the regional airlines may offer and market a seamless transition between the larger airline to smaller airline.

    Until the beginning of the , were common on like the . Nearly all modern airliners are now powered by engines, either or . Gas turbine engines operate efficiently at much higher altitudes, are more reliable than piston engines, and produce less vibration and noise. The use of a common fuel type - kerosene-based jet fuel - is another advantage. Prior to the Jet Age, it was common for the same or very similar engines to be used in civilian airliners as in . In recent years, divergence has occurred so that it is now unusual for the same engine to be used on a military type and a civilian type. Those military aircraft which do share engine technology with airliners are typically or types.

    Bel Geddes Airliner No. 4 - Original Box Art



    Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) was one of the most influential designers of the early 20th Century.  Trained as a theatrical designer, he was the first to apply the principals of aerodynamics to industrial design, creating the style we now know was "Streamline Moderne."

    Having designed everything from household appliances to transcontinental trains, Bel Geddes turned his sights to the skies, creating in 1929 one of the most ambitious commercial airliner concepts ever put to paper: A nine-story flying amphibious behemoth dubbed simply "Airliner #4." Inspired by the Dornier DO-X flying boat, the aircraft -- designed in partnership with Dr. Otto Koller -- would sleep 606 passengers in cruise liner-like comfort.  With a wingspan of 525 feet, the plane would have been twice the size of a modern-day Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet.

    Bel Geddes' plans were the fly his plane between Chicago and London via the St. Lawrence Seaway with refueling done in flight over Canada.  Although he was purportedly in negotiations in a syndicate of Chicago businessmen to fund the project, it never materialized.

    Although he never saw this dream take flight, Bel Geddes went on to gain fame of the designer of General Motors' celebrated "Highways & Horizons" exhibit -- better known as "Futurama" -- at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

    With a wingspan of 22 inches, this is by far the largest kit produced by Fantastic Plastic Models when it was released in May 2009.  Mastered by Marc King and cast by Acme Design, Inc., the kit featured a rotocast main body, wings and pontoons.  Markings were for the ficticious "Bel Geddes Airlines."

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    typically seat fewer than 100 passengers and may be powered by or . These airliners are the non- counterparts to the larger aircraft operated by the major carriers, legacy carriers, and flag carriers and are used to feed traffic into the large or . These particular routes may need the size of a smaller aircraft to meet the frequency needs and service levels customers expect in the marketed product that is offered by larger airlines and their modern narrow and widebody aircraft. Therefore, these short-haul airliners are usually equipped with , stand up cabins, , overhead storage bins, reclining seats, and have a to look after the in-flight needs of the passengers during or routes.

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In today's special edition of DNews, speaks with designers at Boeing to get the straight dope on how, exactly, airline interiors are crafted to appear larger than they really are. The short list includes carefully shaped fuselages, specific spatial designs, and ingenious lighting strategies. At least the designers have lots of surfaces to work with - the inside of an airliner is around 31,000 cubic feet, about the size of a six-bedroom house. Of course, they have to get 250 people in there. Tune in for the details.