5 Favorite Aircraft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig P239 View Post
    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 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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    Quote Originally Posted by BillCA View Post
    Guns and Planes... toys boys love.

    My favorites;

    B-17G "Nine o' Nine" at Moffett NAS, Ca. 2002


    P-38 Lightning - Feared by the Japanese, Hated by the Germans.
    Shown in D-Day invasion stripes paint scheme.


    P-51 - Nothing sounds as nice as a Merlin-powered Mustang!


    Aluminum Overcast: B-36 Peacemaker - Six turnin' & four burnin'

    Only in Texas - Size comparison B29 vs. B36A

    The B36 - a.k.a. the box the B-52 came in.


    B-58 Hustler - SAC's Mach 2 Bomber circa 1957

    Honorable Mentions:

    XB-70 Valkyrie - Always a bridesmaid...


    SR-71 - Faster, higher, longer than anyone else. This (sonic) boom's for you!


    F-4 Phantom II - McDonell-Douglas' proof that given enough thrust, even a brick will go Mach 2.

    F-86 Sabre Jet - Clean, nimble and a pilot's plane.

    P-47 Thunderbolt - The Brooklyn tough guy of fighters.

    Supermarine Spitfire - Britian's savior


    Bill, ya brought up the Valkyrie, I was thinking about adding that. But seeing as one sucked an escort fighter into its engine so it never saw production, I didn't. I always liked looking at the one they have up at WPAFB though. That thing is absolutely massive.
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    1. F8U- 2NE (F8G Crusader,) 2. F8G Photo-Crusader, 3. A7E Corsair, 4. T1A Seastar, 5. A4 Skyhawk, 6. F9F-8 Cougar, 7. F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. I have lot's of experience on all of them and they were all great birds.
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    nn - you left out the F4G Wild Weasel.

    Quote Originally Posted by SigP229
    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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    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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    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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    AC-130



    HH-47



    AV-8



    AH-64



    X-35 JSF

    The last 4 aircraft can operate out of a parking lot / clearing in the woods.

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    1) P-51 Mustang

    2) SR-71 Blackbird

    3)F-14 Tomcat

    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...

    1. B-29

    2. X-15

    3. Fokker Dr.1 triplane

    4. Messerscmitt Me-262

    5. F-4 Phantom

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    Avro Arrow
    Buccaner
    Canberra
    Vulcan
    Mosquito

    Hard to keep it to 5!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    F-4B
    RF-4B
    F-4B
    RF-4B
    Oh, did I list RF-4B?
    EA-6A
    EA-6B
    But do not forget the RF-4B

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mech1369dlw View Post
    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.
    Your post has pointed out my error... I didnt put the B52 on my list. I didnt take into consideration the service life of these bombers, how many years was it? 50+ wasnt it?
    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:


    F-14 Tomcat:
    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.


    A-6 Intruder:
    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...


    F-4 Phantom:
    The workhorse that is still in service today with Air Forces all over the world.


    Bf-109:
    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.
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    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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