Hejja From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 7 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1649 times:
Showing my age but if anyone has ever seen an RAF English Electric Lightning take off and climb vertically becoming invisible in a matter of seconds while the insides of those on the ground vibrate unhealthily must love the aircraft. The Starfighter is magnificent as well. After that it becomes very difficult. The Mirage III is stunning but the Hawker Hunter must be the most graceful jet fighter ever.
The design was hopelessly dated even when I was on active duty but it was clean and graceful in flight, and it is still the champion of (jet) air combat with its record from Korea.
F-104 had the most beautiful lines, and wonderful sheet metal work.
F-4 looked like what it was - a weapon. It reminded me of the Thompson submachine gun, all purpose and no pretty.
P-51 has to be on anyone's list.
F-6F Hellcat, wings, seat, engine, guns. What else do you need?
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.