What car to go with your flight jackets?

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  1. Big J

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    I'm posting this because I can't buy anymore jackets until November and I'm bored (mods may decide to move or delete, I understand).

    What car do you think a fighter pilot should drive? Not what they actually drive, coz we know they mostly drive normal cars like normal people. But in my reading about pilots in the Vietnam era, some drove MGB's, some drove Porsches or Fiat sports cars, Alfa Spyders, Robin Olds had an MG, a Jaguar and a Mini Cooper, and Apollo astronauts got free Corvettes. That's all good image stuff. And let's not forget that the world's most 'popular' fighter pilot, Maverick, rides hyper sports bikes.
    So what do you feel a fighter polit 'should' drive, coz back in the day there were some good choices even if they all do drive station wagons these days (unlike Ethan Hawke's Good Kill '67 Firebird).
    Getting into my wife's Nissan 4x4 is an anticlimax in a high end repro.
     
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  3. Big J

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    Holy cr*p! I'm loving that!
     
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  4. beckster

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    you see Morgan Three Wheelers with guys with aviation themed clothing and of course goggles!

    sometime there is a long suffering wife in there too.
     
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    haha, never has a perfect answer been supplied so quickly! hahahahahaaaaaa
     
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  6. Dav

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    For me it'd be something like this
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    Although anything is better than the two door hatchback I used to climb out of.
     
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  7. bn1966

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    D-1 shearling on, Stetson flat cap pulled down tight..Raybans at the ready..off I go Big J :)

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    Oh those Italians.....595 Abarth
     
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  8. GHT

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    You rarely see a WW2 movie without seeing an RAF pilot in a ubiquitous MG. Recently I saw a program about the MG T series, I was amazed at how many US servicemen had bought a little MG and had it shipped home, there was even a 90 year old veteran still driving his right hand drive car in the crowded streets of LA.
    As a teenager, i really loved the MGTC but in my ignorance of the model, as in MG TA, TB, TC, I thought that the TC meant twin carbs, or twin cam. Most people do associate MG with small sports cars, but if you have a moment just google, "Images of MG VA, WA, & SA. Those three pre-war models were meant to give Jaguar and Daimler a run for their money. One of the VA's is in the following pictures. There's also a painting depicting Douglas Bader, the RAF pilot who, despite loosing both legs before the war, flew his fighter plane wearing prosthetic legs.
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  9. David Conwill

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    Jack Richards here wasn't a pilot, but he worked in the aviation industry and I think he'd look right at home in an A-1 in this photo taken at Muroc in 1939. He's driving a '29 Ford roadster with a '36 Ford V-8 installed, plus that swanky Auburn instrument cluster.

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  11. Big J

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    All MG convertibles make me think of dashing RAF pilots (or Austin Powers style 'fashion' photographers). Great cars. No aircon is the only reason I could never buy one.

    The Fiat is a great little car! Inside is very stylish too.

    I saw a 2005(?) red mustang with white bonnet stripes, power bulge, side exhausts, like a Shelby repro for sale today for a couple of grand, and for a moment I was deeply tempted.
     
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  13. dudewuttheheck

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    My only flight jacket is my A2 and if I could have any car, it would be a 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner... not sure if that fits, but that's what I would wear the jacket with. I'd also like a 1956 Bel Air.
     

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    Back around 1990, I had a '79 900S. Love it, but when the 5-speed went south, my finances at that time were not enough to get it fixed. Saabs were notorious for having transmissions that failed and being very expensive to have fixed or replaced.
     
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  16. AbbaDatDeHat

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  18. GHT

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    Of course they have aircon, here's a picture of my MG, the two knobs on either side operate the wipers, the aircon is the handle in the centre, you crank it clockwise and the windscreen opens, the wind is so strong you have to nail your hat on.
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    I'd still be happy with a Scirocco MK1. This color is fine too.

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