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Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?  
User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 725 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 13795 times:
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For me, it is the Extra 200. Simple biss mixed with occasional terror!


Me: (Lining up on final) I shall now select an aiming point. || Instructor: Well, I hope it's the runway...
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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9097 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 13797 times:
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Quoting 9VSIO (Thread starter):

Good question. I think I had the most fun on the 737. LIke a sportscar, flying fast, tight turns, powerful... Just fun.

The MD11F now is just powerful with nice climbouts.

WILCO737 (MD11F)
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User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2837 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 13759 times:

Most fun? A three-way tie, all for different reasons: T-37, MD-80, L-1011.

Biggest chore: B-737. Sorry Wilco...  Wink


User currently offlinePhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 13747 times:

Most fun, hands down the T-38. Easy aircraft to fly, very responsive (720degrees/second roll rate), great for formation flying, 900NM x-country legs, simple systems. Second would be F-15, lots of power, can beat just about anything.

Biggest chore, B-727, hard work, tough to land consistently.


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 13742 times:

Grumman AA-5B tiger.

The only gripe I have with it is the grocery cart steering, but alas, airplanes are meant to fly, and fly the Tiger does  Smile Gotta love a bird that you can crack the canopy open in flight on and steer with your hands  Wink It handles like a sports car, and it makes a Cessna seem like grandpa's Ford Crown Victoria wagon in comparison.



Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineWESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 13737 times:

I did some right seat stuff in Piper Navajo Cheiftans. They would turn a 5 hour drive into just over a 1 hour flight. You could haul 6 people or 1800 pounds of freight and get there in a hurry. They are just a good workhorse.


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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 13731 times:

I'm not a pilot but a few years back, I was in the cockpit of a Shorts 360 on a ground delay, jawing with the guys and the pilot told me that the 360 was the most fun plane he ever flew. He acknowledged it wasn't the airplane for looks but it was a real buzz to jockey around.

thought I would share with ya....
safe



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User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2837 posts, RR: 45
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 13727 times:



Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 3):
Biggest chore, B-727, hard work, tough to land consistently.

Yes; I hold no fond memories of the 727 either. Like you said, lots of work, virtually no automation, noisy, cramped, and very difficult to land consistently. Lots of guys were anguished when it left the fleet; I was ecstatic.

I agree also about the T-38, but as sporty of a plane as it is, I thought the acro and air work in the T-37 was more fun (and certainly took less room).


User currently offlineAviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1360 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 13703 times:

The Dash-8. I suppose the 767, which I fly today, is cooler and more impressive overall, but there the Dash was the first "real" plane that I ever flew. Plus, having been a captain on the thing at age 26....

Anyway, here is a true story about my *least* favorite plane...

A true story of Danger and Hilarity, Part 1
http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2008/06/06/askthepilot280/

A true story of Danger and Hilarity, Part 2
http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2008/06/13/askthepilot281/

PS



Patrick Smith is an airline pilot, air travel columnist and author
User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 725 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 13675 times:
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Instructor 1: F-18, hands down.

Instructor 2: Tie between the Extra 200 and the Hawker Hunter.



Me: (Lining up on final) I shall now select an aiming point. || Instructor: Well, I hope it's the runway...
User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 13667 times:

I've flown a DA-42. There's a plane you can have fun in  Wink Very responsive and fast. I didn't really like the stick (Being a piper man, it was hard to get used to) and the fact you moved the rudder pedals and not the seat made no sense either.

Especially as my brother flew it before i did and he's 4 foot 11 and i'm 5 foot 9 Big grin


User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1658 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 13625 times:
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Piper J3 Cub in the summer, flew it with the window open about 1000 feet above the ground at 65 mph waving to people on the ground, real seat of the pants flying.

Another fun airplane I flew was a Piper J4 on floats, I don’t have a seaplane rating so the owner was with me, J4’s are side by side seating unlike the J3’s which are tandem seating. We flew up and down the Hudson River at 100 or so feet checking out the boats (legal in a seaplane)

JetStar


User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 938 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 4 hours ago) and read 13547 times:

Schleicher ASK 18 sailplane hands down. Its stylish, elegant, thermals like a ballerena, and has good penetration when you put the speed on.

Even nicer to fly something so rare (only 56 built of all variants), and this airframe had previously survived its pilot bailing out at 2000 feet.


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 13513 times:
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Mine is a tie between these two:


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Extra 300 - so nimble and responsive, it's as though the controls are hard-wired into your brain. One cold morning, on the way out to the acro box, I was so cold I was shivering. My shivers resonated through the controls and caused the airplane to shiver with me.


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Mooney Ovation - fast, comfortable, stable, very well-balanced, and immensely satisfying to fly.


Least favorite, hands-down:


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Cirrus SR-20 - the most disconnected, numb-feeling airplane I've flown. I hate having to steer with differential braking (castoring nosewheel), and I hate the lack of responsiveness I felt through the sidestick.

Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 3):
Most fun, hands down the T-38.



Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 3):
Second would be F-15

You touched on maneuverability and simple systems, but in what ways did you find the F-15 to be less fun than the T-38? Is it because the 15 was less nimble/maneuverable and more complex to manage, or are their other factors at play?

2H4



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 13502 times:

The most fun for me, having only a humble PPL would have been doing a couple of circuits in a a Citation 525. Other then that, I just loved the PA-34-200T when I did my multi-engine rating. As much as I enjoyed the C172, it was nothing like the performance offered by a twin.


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User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 13420 times:

I once spent 20min in the captain's seat of a Nimrod MR2 - in the Air Cadets.  Smile

That was one hell of a trip!



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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1991 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 13404 times:

The L-19 was probably the most fun aircraft I have flown. It REALLY makes you work for it on landing. If you do not really work on it, it will bite! I spend around 100 hours flying it towing gliders (so LOTS of take off and landings)


Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineIrobertson From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 601 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 13296 times:

Does anyone have any opinions on the DC-8? Especially the -70 series?

User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 725 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13291 times:
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Quoting 2H4 (Reply 13):
Cirrus SR-20 - the most disconnected, numb-feeling airplane I've flown. I hate having to steer with differential braking (castoring nosewheel), and I hate the lack of responsiveness I felt through the sidestick.

Have you flown their later offerings, and if yes, is the same true?

Totally agree with you about the Extra. Anything from that company is mindblowing.



Me: (Lining up on final) I shall now select an aiming point. || Instructor: Well, I hope it's the runway...
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 13270 times:
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Quoting 9VSIO (Reply 18):
Have you flown their later offerings, and if yes, is the same true?

No, I haven't. Just the one. The landing characteristics summed up the general feel of the aircraft, in my opinion. I felt as though my job was simply to aim at the touchdown point, level out, and let the airplane settle onto the runway when it was ready. It didn't seem very precise or involving.

After flying it, I hopped back into a 172. The 172, in comparison, felt as though it's an airplane you strap on and wrestle right down onto the precise touchdown point you desire. It seemed much more sensitive to control inputs than the Cirrus.

I think Mooneys feel a lot more precise and involving, too. Though, that probably has a lot to do with the pushrod controls.

2H4



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User currently offlineGulfstream650 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13187 times:

I really enjoyed flying a new Cessna 182T with a G1000 glass cockpit. There's was something quite cool about flying around listening to 90's retro dance tunes on the XM radio whilst flying over the appalachian mountains. Fantastic short field take off capabilities. Best in its class I believe.

All that being said, most of you other guys have flown aircraft that I can only dream of having a go in. And good on ya' too!



I don't proclaim to be the best pilot in the world but I'm safe
User currently offlineHapppyLandings From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 13115 times:

Quoting Aviateur (Reply 8):
A true story of Danger and Hilarity, Part 1
http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2008/06/06/askthepilot280/

A true story of Danger and Hilarity, Part 2
http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2008/06/13/askthepilot281/

PS

Your a damned good writer...I was very disappointed when part 2 came to an end! You should consider writing as a secondary career!

You made quite a boring story VERY interesting & very entertaining... I mean, it was a hot electrical switch, not exactly headline news....

Cheers for the good story! I really enjoyed it!

I have a PPL, so not to much fun... I have only flown the C 152 and 172... So mu fun was landing a 152 with a crosswind component well over the posted recommendation. My instructor thought it would be a good lesson, indeed, looking out of your side window crabbing like there is no tomorrow during all of final is a good lesson, and quite a blast.... Now if I could only get my hands on an F-15 I am sure it would redefine my definition of fun  Smile


[Edited 2008-10-03 19:40:03]

[Edited 2008-10-03 19:47:46]

User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 12976 times:



Quoting HapppyLandings (Reply 21):
Your a damned good writer...I was very disappointed when part 2 came to an end! You should consider writing as a secondary career!

Mr Smith did just that:

http://www.askthepilot.com/book.html

Great stuff!!



Direct KNOBS, maintain 2700' until established on the localizer, cleared ILS runway 26 left approach.
User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 725 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12902 times:
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Quoting Tjwgrr (Reply 22):
Mr Smith did just that:

http://www.askthepilot.com/book.html

I've got that book! Now I know why Patrick Smith sounded familiar! Dang, I should have put two and two together earlier lol



Me: (Lining up on final) I shall now select an aiming point. || Instructor: Well, I hope it's the runway...
User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12833 times:



Quoting PGNCS (Reply 7):
Yes; I hold no fond memories of the 727 either. Like you said, lots of work, virtually no automation, noisy, cramped, and very difficult to land consistently.

You have to be one of the few who disliked that bird. Every 727 pilot i've ever talked to from EA, AA to LH and JU loved that aircraft. I've read so many articles about pilot's loving to fly that bird.
Automation? LOL. You've never piloted a DC-8 then.


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