This is a discussion on 5 Favorite Aircraft? within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by Sig P239 1. B-17 (any model) 2. P-51 3. F-14 Tomcat 4. A-10 5. F-107 "Thud" Make # 5 the F-105 Thud.....I ...
Make # 5 the F-105 Thud.....I feel dumb now...
And by the way SIXTO, my brother was in the Air Force and he tells me that the F16 was affectionately referred to as the "lawn dart" for two reasons. One, because it kind of looks like one and Two, it only has one engine so if you suck in a good sized bird, it turns into a lawn dart.
Being a Navy guy, I always found that funny.
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nn - you left out the F4G Wild Weasel.
.Originally Posted by SigP229
Rumor had it that the "Thud" was called that not as an abbreviation for "ThunderChief", but due to it's single engine. If you lost the engine, the next sound you heard was "Thud".
Being a Navy guy doesn't give you much room to laugh. Next to the F-117 Stealth fighter, the ugliest plane deployed had to be this Navy bow-wow....
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buckeye07 The problem with the XB-70 was that by the time it was rolled out, missle technology had caught up and could hit high-altitude bombers. This is why the B-52H was fitted with terrain-following guidance while the B1B was developed for the low-level mission.
The XB-70 is a beauty, however, and it's a shame it was only a flying testbed, though a lot was learned about high speed aerodynamics with it.
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Gasp! No mention of the F-111 or the A6 Intruder? (I did a scan of the thread, I spose someone could have mentioned them)
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The last 4 aircraft can operate out of a parking lot / clearing in the woods.
1) P-51 Mustang
2) SR-71 Blackbird
4) F-4 Phantom
5) AH-64 Apache
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I live up the street from Wright Patterson Air Force Museum, makes the Smithsonian look like a parking lot, so I would have to say my favs are...
3. Fokker Dr.1 triplane
4. Messerscmitt Me-262
5. F-4 Phantom
Hard to keep it to 5!!
I don't know much about aircraft, but there are 3 that I fell in love with. I learned about them in Desert Storm.
A-10 Warthog. Nothing like building a plane around a gun. When those fellas came in behind us, dropped down low, and shot up everything down the road in front of us, made a person feel a little safer. Those guns sounded like a 10 second fart, and when the dust settled, nothing moved where they shot at.
AC-130 Call them Puff, Spooky, Spectre, whatever. They would come in, circle the battlefield for hours if needed. Looked like lazer beams coming out the doors of those planes. Also had the howitzer on board to make things interesting to those shot at on the ground.
B-52 Never did get to see one in person, just heard them dumping their loads in the distance. Sounds like thunder, only longer. Sometimes, they were closer, we could feel the concussions moving our smaller trucks and tents. They took care of most of our problems long before we got there. Some places looked like the surface of the moon, craters everywhere. No wonder they surrendered by the thousands when we drove up.
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Then figure that it saved thousands and thousands of American lives in how many conflicts? Yeah, the B52 is on my list now.
Growing up in the shadows of MacDill AFB, my elementry school playground was often shadowed by a passing B52. It was an awesome sight in the 4th grade, they are still an awesome sight years later.
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A-10 Thunderbolt II:
I recall a post from someone saying that they are responsible for more frat kills than any other aircraft. I've also heard they were responsible for 80% of the USAF's tank kills during Desert Storm. Not trying to start an argument... just curious if anyone has any frat ratios. Anyhow.. it made everyone's Top Five: Here's some more shots:
Starred in Top Gun, yadda yadda yadda. Grumman sure did build 'em pretty. Their radar was way ahead of it's time when it came out and it provided itself as one ******* fleet defense asset.
I mean.. wow.. no one?! It wasn't pretty. But MAN!!!! Would take a beating and keep on ticking. The payload was just impressive... It is a damned shame they've been retired. There are currently over 200 sitting in mothballs. Just in case...
The workhorse that is still in service today with Air Forces all over the world.
Another no-mention?! You guys are killin' me!! GREAT aircraft. The cockpit was tiny and it was sometimes difficult to fly... But hell.. The World's All-Time Leading Ace (Eric "Bubi" Hartmann) flew one. I think he nabbed over 350 kills in one. Hartmann will probably be the world's leading ace for all time.
Note: The A-10 picture, the F-14 shot, and the F-4 Phantom one aren't actual pictures. There's from an air combat sim I sometimes play: Lock-On: Modern Air Combat.
I used to work on the F4H when the Navy at Oceana at Virginia Beach. Boy have we come a long way. I was a Phantom fixer.
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P-38 (My Dad flew one in Europe during WWII) they are just an all around cool plain
ME262 (come on just a great plain)
The Buff B 52 Something has to be said for an aircraft that is 50+ years old and still dropping bombs.
The B2 (you think your eyes are playing tricks on you when you watch it fly)
The 5th one I just can’t choose.
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