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Post pictures of your favorite aircraft and why you like them -

I'll start with the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 "Butcherbird"

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This bird pushed the limits for prop driven speed and had excellent handling characteristics and maneuverability - combined with a formidable amount of firepower, it was a terror for allied pilots through the end of WWII.

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[th]General characteristics[/th]

[th]Performance[/th]

[th]Armament[/th]

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[td]Crew: 1

Length: 9.00 m (29 ft 5 in)

Wingspan: 10.51 m (34 ft 5 in)

Height: 3.95 m (12 ft 12 in)

Wing area: 18.30 m² (196.99 ft²)

Empty weight: 3,200 kg (7,060 lb)

Loaded weight: 4,417 kg (9,735 lb)

Max. takeoff weight: 4,900 kg (10,800 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × BMW 801 D-2 radial engine, 1,250 kW (1,700 PS)[/td]

[td]Maximum speed: 656 km/h (408 mph) at 19,420 ft (5,920 m)

Range: 800 km (500 mi)

Service ceiling: 11,410 m (37,430 ft)

Rate of climb: 15 m/s (2,953 ft/min)

Wing loading: 241 kg/m² (49.4 lb/ft²)

Power/mass: 0.29-0.33 kW/kg (0.18-0.21 hp/lb)[/td]

[td]Guns: * 2 × 13 mm (.51 in) synchronized MG 131 machine guns with 475 rpg

4 × 20 mm MG 151/20 E cannon with 250 rpg, synchronized in the wing roots and 140 rpg free-firing outboard in mid-wing mounts.[/td]

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The f-22 Raptor. Love it, love everything about it. I'm a sucker for the shape & how smooth it is. I really like the f-35 too

The F-35 seems like a simplified, cheaper version of the F-22 to me, that's why they ended F-22 production in favor of the F-35. Cost aside, the F-22 is clearly a superior machine in every way.

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The F-35 seems like a simplified, cheaper version of the F-22 to me, that's why they ended F-22 production in favor of the F-35. Cost aside, the F-22 is clearly a superior machine in every way.

Yeah the F-35's wingspan/surface area is too small, so It will never be able to do this.

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I can't find it right now but there's a video of a aircraft designer verbally ripping the F-35 apart. I do think it looks cool though.

Northrop "black bullet".

http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/URG/images/xp56-4.jpg

Because it looks badass.

This is the winner

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I have two aircraft:

P61 Black Widow Night Fighter

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Why? ...., bombs, guns. And fun fact, it was the first aircraft ever designed to use radar.

Second is the A-10. Someone said "we have this awesome gun... let's make it fly." So they literally built a plane around a gun.

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I know I'm going to raise eyebrows with this one but I'm partial to the good old "Diesel 10". I've always been partial to airliners rather than military aircraft. The 747 is an impressive beast that I would have told you was my favorite when I was a kid, but the DC-10 has since won me over. I like the utility of it. There's a good reason you see so many of them being converted to MD-10 freighters. They are the proverbial "brick szithouse" of modern airliners. Their extensive use of titanium structure wards off fatigue and allows them to continue to safely operate with high cycles. They got a bad rap in the early days but a lot of that was the result of poor maintenance rather than poor design. The MD-10 conversion rejuvenates the systems and avionics. You're going to see them flying long after aircraft of similar vintage are beercanned.

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B-17

Thunderbird

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Texas Raiders

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I can't say why I like it. It's such a classic, though. I'm lucky enough that both these aircraft are located in my area, so I occasionally get to see them.

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My favorite airplane has already been mentioned, so I'll move on to my 2nd:

The Convair B-36 Peacemaker.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruE8yhkHke8

The thing was so freakin' big it should've had it's own area code!

Back when nukes weighed more than most bombers and WWII technology was state- of-the-art, small communities of flight crew would inhabit these flying apartment complexes and fly missions measured in days.

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