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I've been interested in aviation for a long time. I've seen some interesting, quirky, plain, and bewildering aircraft. Mine is the TB-3, a Soviet bomber that is so ridiculous, it's majestic. Here's an image and a link to a Kerbal Space Program replica.

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https://kerbalx.com/pandoraskitten/TB-3-AM-34FRN-for-nuFAR

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The b-17 was my childhood aircraft

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Either the F-22 or the F-35, even though its troubled.

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For aircrafts, the Aérospatiale Alouette II hands down. That thing is sheer class.

For airplanes, then it's either the Sopwith Camel, the DeHavilland Mosquito or the Douglas DC-3 Dakota. Probably the Camel but it's a tough choice.

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I've a few...

The B-17, because of an uncle (mom's side) who was a tail gunner in one over Germany during WWII.

The P-47 Thunderbolt, because of an uncle (dad's side) who was a fighter pilot in one over Germany during WWII... he was shot down, captured, and was held a prisoner of war until the war ended. He said he was treated very well, because he was a pilot. I have his memoirs... a fascinating read.

My favorite though, is the F-16 Fighting Falcon. :cool:

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An-2.

An all-purpose swiss knife of Soviet/Russian aviation with 1.5 t of payload.
(Originally designed as recon/cargo/bomber in 1946.)

It's partially implemented in KSP as Kerbonov Kn-2 mod.

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My favorite airplane is the KC-390, although an all time oldie favorite of mine is the Beufighter.

 

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Sukhoi Su-27 (and various derivatives) & the B-1 Lancer.

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(Grandfather flew as a Navigator in Lancasters during WWII, so there's always a soft spot for the Lanc :) )

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I was gonna list every single American and British bomber ever made but I'll say my ABSOLUTE favorite, which would be the 747, which is, I think, the first or second plane I've ever flew in. 

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Concorde gets my vote. The airliner that brought supersonic flight to the masses. (Well, ish - Concorde tickets weren't cheap). Technically it was innovative, its performance was so far beyond anything else - not just airliners, it outran most of the jet fighters of its day in its trials and I believe it still has a longer supersonic range than anything else. And while the then-classified SR-71 was even faster it was diabolical operationally, whereas Concorde managed to make supersonic flight something for routine airliner operation. And like any great aircraft it looks brilliant.

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XB-70 Valkyrie - protoype of mach 3 strategic bomber, one of the fastest and most beautiful aircraft ever created:

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Su-47 - my favorite among jet fighters and prototype jet fighters:

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Lancaster - assuming that we can choose only between WWII aircrafts:

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The P-38 has always been one of my favorites.

The other is the B-17.  We're lucky to have two of the airworthy survivors based in the area, so we get to see them flying occasionally.

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My faves are the ones I've flown; either as a fully-qualified pilot or as a student or PIC with a qualified friend in the other seat. :wink:

So: fave airliner: Boeing 737-2L9. Not flown except in simulator and cockpit checklists. Still; an incredibly responsive and easy-to-fly aircraft; a real pilot's plane.

fave glider: Schweizer 2-33 trainer; for the fact that in around 20 years I trained close to 500 Air Cadets on that thing. Slow, ugly and the penetration of a brick but a fantastic trainer.

Fave light single: Bellanca (OK; American Champion but we always call it Bellanca) Citabria. Fun, simple little taildragger that can go bloody anywhere. Easy to fly, fun to play with and a brilliant towplane.

Fave twin: Piper Twin Aztec (PA-23). Just plain flat-out perfect airplane. Fast, comfy; she has that lovely push into the seats when you push the throttles forward.

Fave helicopter: Bell 206B Jetranger. Fun to fly, tough, reliable and looks great too. Sweetest control balance I've ever flown.

Fave warbird: (flown): North American Harvard. I like trainers and this is the closest I've ever gotten to flying a fighter. I'm lucky that the Royal Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association is just a couple hours away from me. :wink: (Not flown): Avro Lancaster. The Canadian Warplane Heritage's Lanc flies regularly across the country; and nothing can match the roar of those four huge Merlins as she powers down the runway.

Cheers!

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4 hours ago, NorthernDevo said:

Schweizer

German?

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4 hours ago, munlander1 said:

German?

Schweizer was an American company. :)

 

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Who doesn't love a classic Sopwith Camel?

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30 minutes ago, ThaZeus said:

Who doesn't love a classic Sopwith Camel?

The Red Baron? :wink:

 

15 hours ago, cantab said:

Concorde gets my vote. The airliner that brought supersonic flight to the masses. (Well, ish - Concorde tickets weren't cheap). Technically it was innovative, its performance was so far beyond anything else - not just airliners, it outran most of the jet fighters of its day in its trials and I believe it still has a longer supersonic range than anything else. And while the then-classified SR-71 was even faster it was diabolical operationally, whereas Concorde managed to make supersonic flight something for routine airliner operation. And like any great aircraft it looks brilliant.

Concorde_on_Bristol.jpg

 

I had opportunity to watch one take off once, JFK airport NY. Majestic, and L O U D.

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17 hours ago, cantab said:

Concorde gets my vote. The airliner that brought supersonic flight to the masses. (Well, ish - Concorde tickets weren't cheap). Technically it was innovative, its performance was so far beyond anything else - not just airliners, it outran most of the jet fighters of its day in its trials and I believe it still has a longer supersonic range than anything else. And while the then-classified SR-71 was even faster it was diabolical operationally, whereas Concorde managed to make supersonic flight something for routine airliner operation. And like any great aircraft it looks brilliant.

 

1 hour ago, LordFerret said:

I had opportunity to watch one take off once, JFK airport NY. Majestic, and L O U D.

 

Fun FactTM:

"During British Airways trials in April 1985, Concorde was offered as a target to NATO fighters including F-15 Eagles, F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-14 Tomcats, Mirages, and F-104 Starfighters – but only Lightning XR749, flown by Mike Hale and described by him as "a very hot ship, even for a Lightning", managed to overtake Concorde on a stern conversion intercept."

Britain - our aircraft are so hot that our airliners make excellent supersonic penetrators. And our fighters are so hot that they can catch them :wink:

 

1 hour ago, LordFerret said:

The Red Baron? :wink:

LOOL!

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The Boeing 747.

The only plane i know the name of.

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They're just pretty. 

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The Rafale gets my vote, this thing is majestic.

Of course the SU-27 familly is also one I love, along with the MiG-31.

As for civilian aircrafts, I must say I like the Airbus A-380, I got to see one fly at the Bourget in 2009 and this thing is so quiet!

 

french bias you say?

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For rotary-wing aircraft I would have to say the RAH-66 Comanche, probably the most beautiful helicopter ever made.

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For fixed-wing aircraft the spitfire wins it for me, especially among the later marks. They've got a certain elegance that you just don't see in most other WWII aircraft.

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On ‎30‎/‎01‎/‎2017 at 0:14 AM, LN400 said:

For aircrafts, the Aérospatiale Alouette II hands down. That thing is sheer class.

We have one of those in the museum where I work. I find it a bit scary... but I find all helicopters a bit scary. :sticktongue:

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Ours belonged to the French Navy, hence the wheels. The team that restored it found it in a barn in 2005 in this condition:

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I must confess that I'm a big fan of the Piaggio Avanti. It looks super awesome and it is much cheaper than a buisiness jet.

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SR-71 Blackbird. It flies through the stratosphere at Mach 3, it looks like it came out of a sci-fi action movie, and not one was ever shot down.

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