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Key Planes in Modern Aviation

Whether luxury business jets or commercial airliners, some planes have a special place in aviation history. We've picked 12 aircraft whose design and construction make them key players in almost a century of innovation.

Click ahead to see an early runway success, modern flyers that have gained worldwide recognition and new models likely to make their mark in the years and decades ahead, as well as their production history.

By Andrea Ludtke
Posted 11 November 2011

Photo: Getty Images