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Even the Canadians got on board.

The Jet Age is commonly defined as that era that followed the commonplace usage of piston-engined airliners, with the rise of jet turbine-engined liners, but before the introduction of the supersonic transports. The significantly greater speeds and capacities that these liners were capable of resulted in a whole societal change. Suddenly, ticket prices started to drop dramatically, and the world discovered what it was like to spend a single day in travel, and find yourself on the other side of the planet. Suddenly you could board a plane in the morning in Vancouver, and find yourself going to bed in London — and even better, it was London, England, not London, Ontario.

But as terribly fascinating as this whole societal change nonsense might be, the really interesting part of it all was the gorgeous new stewardesses jetliners that suddenly started to appear in airports and aerodromes around the world. The first generation of jetliners were these sleek, visually streamlined, exotic looking interpretations of a high-speed future. With air inlets creatively hidden inside wings and fuselage panels, they almost looked like they took to the air using nothing more than magic and happy thoughts. It was a time where beauty and style was a major consideration in the design of an aircraft. A time before they became modular, compartmentalized, energy-efficient and stylistically-inoffensive semi-automated population transportation appliances. A time when flying was sexy.

What was the best-looking airliner of the Jet Age?