De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter – Here are 20 iconic planes from the past 50 years that every aviation fan should try to experience first-hand. The DHC-6, pictured, is a small, solid aircraft capable of landing on short runways.
Boeing 737 – The Boeing 737 is the best-selling airliner ever. 9,000 of them, in their many variants, have been built since 1967.
Boeing 747-8 – Despite the fact that its latest iteration, the Boeing 747-8, hasn't exactly been a commercial success -- many airlines have started to pull earlier versions of it from service -- there are still many Jumbos around. This means there will be opportunities to fly on a Boeing 747 for decades to come.
Ilyushin Il-76 – The Il-76 is a reliable, solid, four-engined aircraft, able to operate from unpaved, short runways or to drop paratroopers and supplies in war zones.
Antonov An-74 – The Antonov An-74 and its predecessor, the An-72, are nicknamed Cheburashka because the engine configuration -- two jet engines mounted on top of the fuselage -- makes it look like a popular Soviet cartoon character of the same name.
BAe-146 / Avro RJ – Pictured in 2009, a BAe 146-200, given by President Evo Morales to the Bolivian Air Force, flies over a military airport in La Paz, escorted by military aircraft.
ATR 42 – Pictured in Lagos in 2014, this Nigerian Airforce ATR 42-500 Maritime Patrol Aircraft was acquired to fight maritime crime.
Airbus A320 – "The A320 was Airbus' response to the Boeing 737 and, with its fly-by-wire and side stick controls, pioneered a new approach to commercial aircraft," says Andy Foster, senior lecturer in Air Transport Management at Cranfield University.
Ilyushin Il-96 – The Ilyushin Il-96 (top) first flew in 1988. Although technically still in production, only 29 have ever been built.
Airbus A340 – The A340 is a four-engined long-haul airliner that was designed by Airbus in the 1980s to compete with the American-made models that dominated the market at the time.
Bombardier CRJ – This aircraft family, which first took to the skies in 1991, made a big contribution to the popularization of the regional jet concept.
Boeing 777 – The Boeing 777 first flew in 1994 and has been a favorite with many airlines, including British Airways, Emirates and Air France.
Boeing 777X – Boeing is already working on the Boeing 777X, which is meant to enter service in 2020 and will be the world's largest twin-engine jetliner.
Embraer E-Jet – Robert W. Mann, a consultant and former airline planning executive, credits the E-Jet with bringing a "mainline look and feel" to the regional airline space at attractive unit costs.
Antonov An-148/158 – The first Antonov-158 takes off from the plant's aerodrome in Kiev during its first test-flight in April 2010.
Airbus A380 – This huge double-decker airliner has become an icon in its own right. Despite its size, the A380 is a quiet and amazingly maneuverable aircraft.
Sukhoi Superjet 100 – Manufactured in partnership with Alenia of Italy and several other foreign aerospace firms, the Superjet is a clean-sheet design that took its maiden flight in 2008.
Airbus A350 XWB – Launched in response to the success of the Boeing 787, the A350 is a wide-body long-haul airliner that holds between 280 and 400 passengers. Its maiden flight took place in 2013.
Bombardier CSeries – This family of aircraft, which includes the CS100 (pictured) and CS300 models, is Bombardier's attempt to break into the medium-sized airliner market and compete head-on with Boeing and Airbus.