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Favourite Combat Aircraft?

Postby Nerva on Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:43 pm

Salvete Omnes!

This question is inspired by duchess, who say's the SR-71 is her favourite aircraft. If I had to pick just one, just in terms of visual aesthetics, it would have to be the North American Aircraft Corporation RA-5C Vigilante.

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My favourite all round would have to be the F-4 Phantom - all versions but especially the F-4J.

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And yours?
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Re: Favourite Combat Aircraft?

Postby RecycledViking on Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:02 am

Thanks to my dad's WW2 interest and my personal enjoyment of Catch-22, I've always loved the B-25.
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So chunky yet so useful :)
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Re: Favourite Combat Aircraft?

Postby Zip on Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:33 pm

Hey, this is quite a good topic to get involved in. I had a rummage around the net, and I couldn't get or find any good pics.
But I have to say the best aircraft or should I say fighter jet lol for me has to be the f 16 eagle. I'll sit in the cockpit of one sometime in my life time I hope :lol: .
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Re: Favourite Combat Aircraft?

Postby lordedward on Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:04 pm

Its got to be the Mk. IX Spitefire or its derivitive the Mk. I Seafire (Esp in No. 1 Fighter Sqn. livery)

But there are others like the Boulton Paul fighter with the Roll-Royce power egg and the Martin-Baker Sabre engined fighters which never made it to production despite being marginall better than other aircraft.
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Re: Favourite Combat Aircraft?

Postby Nerva on Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:08 pm

What about this though...

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Or for prop driven...

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But my favorite cold war bird...

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Re: Favourite Combat Aircraft?

Postby Cathal on Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:26 pm

@Nerva
Thank you for lifting the three most unknown secrets of the Roman Empire. So the Circus Maximus was a runway for these birds?? :o :shock: :lol:
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Re: Favourite Combat Aircraft?

Postby Nerva on Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:54 pm

Cathal wrote:@Nerva
Thank you for lifting the three most unknown secrets of the Roman Empire. So the Circus Maximus was a runway for these birds?? :o :shock: :lol:


Dam, the secrets out :evil:
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Re: Favourite Combat Aircraft?

Postby duchess on Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:11 am

While I still stand by my love of the SR-71, it is hard not to admire the design of so many others, particularly the Electric Lightning, to tie in with one of your other posts "If I had a magic wand" I would in Thunder City, Cape Town going for a little sortie in an Electric Lightning, 50,000ft in 1 minute hitting Mach 2.2, now that's magic. If I were to pick an Aircraft for its beauty in flight, then it would now have to be without a doubt the F22-Raptor, while the jury is still out on the overall look of the aircraft, watching it fly is amazing.

This shot was taken at RAF Fairford the day before R.I.A.T was due to start this July, the aircraft were training.

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Re: Favourite Combat Aircraft?

Postby Nerva on Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:25 am

duchess wrote: If I were to pick an Aircraft for its beauty in flight, then it would now have to be without a doubt the F22-Raptor, while the jury is still out on the overall look of the aircraft, watching it fly is amazing.


I still can't make up my mind about it's looks but I do agree, it's bloody marvelous looking in the air.
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Re: Favourite Combat Aircraft?

Postby padre101 on Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:09 pm

I watched the Vulcan fly over Farnborough in July and what an experience that was but I will always have to choose the Lancaster as my favourite combat aircraft.
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