What is your favorite aircraft of all time?

Discussion in 'WWII' started by Jerekson, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. Sgt Brown

    Sgt Brown One of the Regulars

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    Turbos? Heretic!:eek:

    One of the rules (jokes) of our group is, should one of us win the lottery, they are NOT to buy a bomber. They are to buy a DC-3 with an executive interior. Paint the thing OD with invasion stripes so it looks right externally. However, who needs bench paratroop seating? Cushy seating. Bar. Poker tables. Galley. Etc., etc. Wanda and Trixi to wait on you while flying to the next airshow in style! Aaaaaahhhhh!lol

    Tom
     
  2. RLM

    RLM Familiar Face

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    Sounds like a good plan to me Sarge. I was thinking along the same lines. To gut a bomber and turn it into a transport would just be so wrong.
     
  3. "Gut"? I'd just load the bomb-bay with a fuel-cell... go for the extra range, y'know?
     
  4. Dixon Cannon

    Dixon Cannon My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Ok then - not to be outdone!

    I'll take the most unique aircraft - the Hughes XF-11

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    There were only two, and we all know what happened to the first one.

    -dixon cannon
     
  5. MPicciotto

    MPicciotto Practically Family

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    Nothing says COOL like twin counter-rotating props.

    Matt
     
  6. Fletch

    Fletch I'll Lock Up

    Gotta be Boeing Model 299, the prototype B-17, that crashed and burned on takeoff in 1935.
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    This replica 299 would tour the country offering rides and flybys. Accompanying it would be:
    • Boeing's contemporary fighters, F4B and P-26
    • an inter-war impression troupe with museum and newsreel theater tents
    • hangar dance setup with a vintage lo-fi public address system and 78rpm turntables
     
  7. storman113

    storman113 Familiar Face

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    Lockheed P-38

    During the war, my dad worked at Lockheed on the P-38 line. Wish I had some pic's. He was exempt from the draft as essential to the manufacture of the planes. In his case a supervisor on the line. He had some great stories about life around the LA area during the war. Some about the false alarms of air attacks (the movie 1941), the huge netting strung over the factory, the protest marches against the war, and the hanky-panky that occurred on the production line with all the "Rosies". He later worked at the Skunk Works on the U-2 and the Blackbird.
     
  8. swaviator

    swaviator New in Town

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    Just don't forget to take the gust-lock of the elevator!
     
  9. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

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    Gotta be the shark mouthed P-40. Not exactly the "best" plane of the war when comparing statistics, but the P-40 and the pilots that flew them against overwhelming odds are legendary.
     
  10. Atterbury Dodd

    Atterbury Dodd One Too Many

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  11. Mr. Godfrey

    Mr. Godfrey Practically Family

    Tante Ju (Ju 52)

    As ever, the one I most desire is Tante Ju. I would have it with no paint, design my own tail design and travel round the world on my own private adventure :)

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    But I do like it in snow cammo!!!

    Not sure about snow though lol

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  12. Warden

    Warden One Too Many

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  13. MikeBravo

    MikeBravo One Too Many

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    One interesting thing about the L4 was that it was the last Allied plane to shoot down a German aircraft in WWII

    "The Storch was also the last German aircraft shot down in air combat on the Western Front, on the morning of V-E Day. Lieutenants Duane Francies and William Martin, flying a Piper L-4 Cub for the 5th US Army Division, spotted a Storch circling below them. They immediately dove on the airplane and opened fire with their Colt .45s, with the result that the Storch made a emergency landing with its engine hit. The Americans landed their Cub and - following a short gun battle - captured the two Germans. Observer Martin won the Air Medal for his role, but pilot Duane Francies had to wait 22 years until the story was told in Cornelius Ryan's book, "The Last Battle," before he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. While it was the last Luftwaffe plane lost on the western front, this Storch was also the only German plane shot down by pistol fire during the Second World War."
     
  14. KingTigerII

    KingTigerII New in Town

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    Bachem Ba 349B-1 Natter

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  15. kampkatz

    kampkatz Practically Family

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    That Natter is a fierce looking beast. Not intended to be graceful. It probably didn't win any beauty contests.
     
  16. KingTigerII

    KingTigerII New in Town

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    That's for sure XD
    Also a fan of the ME-163b Komet
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  17. Not intended to even land, either--you took it up, fired your rocket volley, and hit the silk. The "bird" (if you can call it one; really it's more like a human-guided SAM) had it's own separate chute, which didn't necessarily always work...
     
  18. Subvet642

    Subvet642 A-List Customer

    P-38 Lightning

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  19. Spitfire41

    Spitfire41 New in Town

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    I think I've got go with the Spitfire...It close though with the P-51D. If it wasn't for the Spit's Merlin the P51 would not have been the plane that it was. And, the Spits held the tide and continued into the Korean War (Seafires)

    But its a close one.....P-51's are beautiful!

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  20. sfdistance

    sfdistance New in Town

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    Definitely the F4U Corsair for me. I love that inverted gull wing and the fact that it was made famous by the black sheep. That was a Marine's fighter plane. I also love the classic Wasp radial.
     

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