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Favorite (Post-WW2) Aircraft?

Discussion in 'Military History' started by Joe, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. TA152

    TA152 Ace

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    What a great aircraft ! It seems a shame it got shelved and you had to settle for some used F-101's .

    I wish I knew more about the politics that went on about this plane. I saw the movie but it let me believe that there was more going on behind the scenes.
    I also read the Russians had spies in the program.

    My own personal feelings is someone got payed off to not produce the aircraft.
    During this period Lockheed bribed alot of Europeans to use the F-104.
     
  2. Hawkerace

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    Augh makes me mad how politics some how sneaks into the Military. I bet if those were apart of the Canadian Airforce our reputation as aviators, and aviation builders would of been great. Public support (this is all perhaps) would maybe increased and the Canadian Armed Forces would perhaps think of designing more home blueprints and we could be more innovative in the field of aviation.
     
  3. Lippert

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    Supersonic interceptor eh?
     
  4. Stefan

    Stefan Cavalry Rupert

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    See I'm quite glad politics gets involved in British aircraft construction, look what happens when it doesn't:

    Fairy Rotodyne:
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    Halton Meteor
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    The Skyship:
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    To be honest the TSR 2 had more than a few issues as well, even if it was pretty.

    We did get this though

    YouTube - English Electric Lightning

    Just watch the take off on this bad boy:
    YouTube - English Electric Lightning -Supersonic Interceptor
    Bet even your beauty couldn't do that Lippert ;)

    You can't fly them over here because of some problems with the electrics. Frankly if I was the pilot on that 'fast taxi' I would say 'hang it' and get her into the air!
    YouTube - Cold War Jets Day 2008 Lightning

    That's a new desk-top background for you:
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  5. Lippert

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    The Lightning is no doubt a beautiful aircraft.

    In response to your question, no I can't go that high and that fast :)

    But, the Harrier happens to be the fastest accelerating aircraft in our inventory (even when compared to the birds with burners). On a short takeoff with a low transition you can reach 400 knots by the end of the 6000 foot runway. High altitude performance isn't quite what one would wish for, but we're primarily a ground attack asset, so we don't complain too much :)

    Nice background.
     
  6. Stefan

    Stefan Cavalry Rupert

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    Don't worry mate, I'm still jealous ;)
     
  7. 4th wilts

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    i like concorde,supercruise in the 70s for 3000miles if you please.cheers
     
  8. Fallschirmjaeger

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    I happen to like the F-117 Nighthawk. The odd shape is perfect, and the black color is amazing.
     
  9. Phantom of the Ruhr

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    AC-130 Spectre gunship: The best way to make your enemy lose bowel control.
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  10. Kruska

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    Ach. theeese Amerikans, copy everything fromm thee Germans.

    Spectre 1943 :D

    up to ten MG 15's, two 20-mm-MG 151/20 or two 13-mm-MG 131

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  11. wilconqr

    wilconqr Dishonorably Discharged

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  12. PhotoDesigner

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    "Attack with a camera" ..... The SR71 Blackbird. Higher and faster than ANYTHING else.
     
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    Korea/Vietnam era: Douglas A-1 Skyraider
    Cold War era: Panavia Tornado and Sepecat Jaguar
    Present Day: the VTOL version of the F35
     
  14. lwd

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    My favorite as well although the Voodoo and Puff in all it's variants are close.
     
  15. Overkilll

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    I like the F-22, because the F-22 has a feminine look. Like a Ferrari.

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    The B-52 is also cool, but for other reasons (it isn't cute) and that aircraft will be in service for the next 50 years.

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  16. ColHessler

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    For me, it's that Avro Vulcan. I remember as a kid watching "Thuderball" multiple times on ABC, and in comparison to the B-52, that the Vulcan was more beautiful. Much more beautiful. I was actually jealous of the British for having that sexy beast compared to the Big Ugly Fella.
     
  17. Hufflepuff

    Hufflepuff Semi-Frightening Mountain Goat

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    Oohhhh,,, tough question.

    MiG-29 "Fulcrum"
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    Su-27 "Flanker"
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    I know I know I know... I am prejudiced towards our Russian comrades.

    Plus the Su-27 I found is a great example of the Ukrainian Air Force's flying colors!
     

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  18. urqh

    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

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    GRW Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Saw an article in one of the papers yesterday where a guy has a reconstructed DH Vampire cockpit in his front garden, but can't I find it now.:(
     
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    PzJgr Drill Instructor

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