Back in 2006 I participated in an Aircraft Size Comparison thread on the Keypublishing forums, in which users posted photographs of planes next to each other to give an idea of scale. As such I decided to scale drawings of aircraft profiles found online to the correct lengths and formulate a chart for those who were interested in all the different shapes and sizes of aircraft designs. I started off compiling one for fighters and then made a helicopter chart, making adjustments based on the feedback I got from those in the forum.
A Decade Passes
Ten years later I saw people sharing my charts on Reddit and was inspired to update the fighters to include top speeds as an experiment into including other data visually on the chart, as well as adding in some newly developed aircraft which were not on earlier versions.
I went ahead and fulfilled requests for other kinds of military aircraft on comparisons, and in 2016 made comparisons for Attack/Trainers, Bombers, Maritime Patrol, Electronic/Early Warning, X-Planes and Transport aircraft. The vertical format was shifted to a landscape one in order to be easier to compare with less scrolling required.
One thing that always received a lot of feedback was the man used for scale who was impaled on the pitot tube of the YF-107 Ultra Saber.
The poor little guy was in the wrong place at the wrong time and would show up time and time again as an easter egg in the comparisons, usually in a better condition than his debut!
The comparisons were received with a lot of positive reaction and I made a lot of effort to include popular requests and even made some one off comparisons for folks wanting to see a few specific aircraft from particular nations or forces. To this day the comparisons (usually the very first fighter comparison) get shared regularly on social media.
It’s great to see all the appreciation for the charts as there is nowhere else you that can see all the aircraft together to appreciate the differences in design, scale and the sheer quantity of aircraft types that have been built.
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