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Best Looking Fighter?  
User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4751 posts, RR: 18
Posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 15999 times:

For me it's the F16, from any angle it's combination of curves are stunning.


Followed closely by the beautiful Rafale and almost any Mirage.


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User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 938 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 15931 times:

If we're talking modern fighters I'd have to agree with you that the Rafale is stunning. I can think of nothing sexier flying today.

If you want to go historical too, my all time aerocrush would be a DH Mosquito painted night fighter black.


User currently offlineindia1 From India, joined Aug 2011, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 15860 times:
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Northrop's F23! Although it never went beyond protoyping... what a looker!

User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4061 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15844 times:

For me, the SU-30MKI - nothing comes close.

User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2457 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 15785 times:

Quoting india1 (Reply 2):
Northrop's F23! Although it never went beyond protoyping... what a looker!

Damned straight!!



I know everyone has their opinions but his has to be near the top for most.   



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User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1831 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 15701 times:

I would say F16, it´s just very good looking, saw some in Holland once, very nice. The spitfire and mustang were nice too.

User currently offlineDevilfish From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4937 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 15629 times:

Quoting india1 (Reply 2):
Northrop's F23! Although it never went beyond protoyping... what a looker!

I'd go a generation or two earlier...it seems Northrop's designers had a knack for turning out gorgeous planes...  .

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Sadly, both proposals shared a similar fate.  



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User currently offlineAYVN From Vietnam, joined Jun 2011, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 15585 times:

“Cars are only beautiful when they win” – Enzo Ferrari

I think this is even more true with fighter aircraft.


User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3814 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 15585 times:

Su-27 family for me. Especially the 2 seaters.

The Tomcat was gorgeous as well.

There's the Mirage 2000, the F-104.

And for some reason I loved the F-8 Crusader...



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User currently offlinesprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1855 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15506 times:

Quoting francoflier (Reply 8):
The Tomcat was gorgeous as well.

My vote also


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User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 913 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15459 times:

I would vote for the Raphle. It has the good looks of the F-16 from above, and maybe even the side, but from below it has such a unique look!



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User currently offlinetitanmiller From United States of America, joined May 2006, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15453 times:

Easily the F-22 in my opinion. I've never seen a Rafale in person, but I'd imagine it would be a close second, maybe even surpass it.

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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 15381 times:

F-4 Phantom

Maybe, I'm a hopeless romantic.

Seriously though - I vote for the Avro Arrow.


User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4751 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 15285 times:

Quoting Oroka (Reply 10):

[quote=Oroka,reply=10]I would vote for the Raphle. It has the good looks of the F-16 from above, and maybe even the side, but from below it has such a unique look!


What a great picture Oroka.


Simply stunning lines.



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User currently offline777SIGFAN From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 15283 times:

For me it is easily the F-14. Wether it was because of Top Gun or not I do not know, all I know is that it is a gorgeous plane.

User currently offlineindia1 From India, joined Aug 2011, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 15262 times:
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"I'd go a generation or two earlier...it seems Northrop's designers had a knack for turning out gorgeous planes... . "

@ Devilfish - I agree! The F-5/F-20, the original YF-17....

What about the F-117 from some angles, just like the Rafale (although the in-flight refuelling probe spoils it for me)? The PAK-FA looks pretty good to me, too!  


User currently offlinemig21umd From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 270 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 15197 times:

The 50s and the 60s produced some good looking fighters. I always liked American Vietnam war aircraft like the F-100, the F4, the A4, the F-105 and Delta dart was pretty too.

Oh and of course the Mig-21!


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User currently onlinethunderboltdrgn From Sweden, joined Jan 2012, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 15151 times:

I think The Su-33, the Mig-29 and F-14 are at the top of my list when it comes to "prettiness".
While the Saab Viggen in green camo is at the top of the tough looking fighters.



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User currently offlinesebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 15151 times:

http://www.spacegamejunkie.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/X-wing_SWGTCG.jpg

User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12851 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 15132 times:

Quoting sebolino (Reply 18):
sebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3637 posts, RR: 5

Ok, it's pretty, but it's a design FAIL to have that R2D2 unit exposed like that.

And what's the point of having wings (never mind two sets of them) to fly in outer space?



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User currently offlinesebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 15116 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 19):
And what's the point of having wings (never mind two sets of them) to fly in outer space?

It's just for the look, precisely.  


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 15044 times:

My all time favorite plane! Especially when Dale Snodgrass was flying it...


http://imageshack.us/a/img204/1719/f14shockwavestunning.jpg

Also I like the , F-4 Phantom, F-23, F-104, Rafale and Su-33.



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User currently offlineDevilfish From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4937 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 14945 times:

Quoting AYVN (Reply 7):
%u201CCars are only beautiful when they win%u201D %u2013 Enzo Ferrari

Perhaps Signor Enzo's view was clouded by their balance sheets on not so favorable occasions? Fortunately, Ferraris remain beautiful even when they lose (except if it crashed).   

Quoting AYVN (Reply 7):
I think this is even more true with fighter aircraft.

It's certainly a big letdown when you lose a potential multi-billion dollar contract.    And definitely smashing when you're blown away!   .

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 21):
My all time favorite plane! Especially when Dale Snodgrass was flying it...

Oh...I thought the Hopeless Diamond was your favorite...  .

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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 14937 times:

Quoting Devilfish (Reply 22):
Oh...I thought the Hopeless Diamond was your favorite...

Nice catch lol! No, I picked my screenname because I wanted something aviation related, but all my favorite aircraft names don't sound too great on their own (Tomcat, Blackbird, Valkyrie) and the project Have Blue seemed like a good fit.  



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User currently offlineTGIF From Sweden, joined Apr 2008, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14725 times:

Quoting titanmiller (Reply 11):
Easily the F-22 in my opinion.

Couldn't agree more! Exhibit A:

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090725000523/tfumux/images/9/9b/Freefall2.jpg

Many have mentioned the F-16 and the Rafale.

The F-16 is a real looker in all angles where the air intake is not too prominent. I'm no fan of underbelly intakes like the ones on F-16, EF and so on.

The Rafale is disqualified by the simple fact that it hasn't got a retractable probe. IMO it looks ridiculous with that think pointing out of its nose. Otherwise, great looking.


25 afterburner33 : The F-16 has been my favourite for many years. Shame the XL model was never produced! Also had a bit of a soft spot for the MiG-29 as well, and more r
26 neutrino : YF-12A And the XB-70 for bombers.
27 Geezer : It's definitely the Raptor ! (and #24s photo is about the best one yet!) It's funny about the F-22 though.......it's about the hardest plane there is
28 Post contains images Areopagus : No collection of beautiful jet fighters is complete without the Draken!
29 Post contains images francoflier : It has atmospheric capabilities as well. Though given how Luke crash landed on Dagobah, it seems they were rather limited. I mean, it can travel at s
30 Post contains links and images tugger : Come on guys, how can no one have put forth the: F-104 Starfighter! It was so simple and elegant in what it was. It is my favorite. Tugg (Ooops, sorry
31 flybulldog : I know many will think it's the ugliest, but I love the A-10.
32 Post contains images HaveBlue : I mentioned it in my post too, in Reply 21
33 Post contains links and images tugger : My bad, sorry again! But seriously how can people not think the F-104 is the best looking? Of course we could nitpick that the F-104 is not a fighter
34 HaveBlue : The F-104 is simplistic fighter elegance, getting rid of all extraneous stuff that made so many of the Century Series fighters big and bulky... simil
35 neutrino : Uh, to nitpick, the X-wing in itself is sub-lightspeed. It jumps through hyperspace to go from point A to point B faster than light would have throug
36 Post contains images rampart : The Su-27 or -30 would be my favorite. I agree, the F-16 and Saab Viggen are also snazzy, close runners up for me. I once designed a modern fighterbom
37 Post contains images 757gb : Absolutely: Tomcat hands down... then we can talk about second best, third, etc...
38 neutrino : Any visuals to share?
39 EagleBoy : I think the F-23 looked more cutting edge tech than the F-22. The F-22 is (IMHO) just a stealth upgrade on the F-15 look. I wouldn't say gorgeous....
40 KC135TopBoom : 1. P-38 2. P-51 3. F-86 4. F-105 5. F-4 6. F-15 7. P-40 8. Bf-109 9. Hurricane 10. F6F
41 Cadet985 : I gotta go with the F-15 as best looking, although my all time favorite fighter is the F-14. Marc
42 Max Q : Great taste TB, but where's the F104 ?
43 Post contains images Caryjack : This is my favorite "modern" fighter aircraft to see. A powerful, all weather, carrier launched, attack and fighter aircraft, but I've never actually
44 KC135TopBoom : 11. F-106 12. F-104 13. Tornado 14. F/FB-111 15. Fw-190
45 Post contains links and images IRISH251 : I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Hawker Hunter: View Large View MediumPhoto © Michael Vaeremans
46 Post contains links and images Revelation : Hmm, 45 posts and nary a mention of the F-22's porky sister, the F-35?
47 Post contains images sweair : The ugly stepchild from hell..
48 Post contains images KC135TopBoom : Yeah, the "I can do everything for everyone" airplane.
49 Post contains images DrStrange : ummm guys??
50 Larshjort : I believe the Lockheed CL-1200 is one of the most beautiful fighters out there. Also the He 219 is a looker. Also the aircraft "från hinsidan" the Sa
51 Post contains links and images tugger : Another one that I just remembered that I always liked for its simplicity.... but such a simple design done so beautifully: Dassault Mirage 2000 Anoth
52 BMI727 : I'm going to have to go with the F-22 and P-38 for this reason: those two influenced popular design. The F-22 look has been independently emulated by
53 epten : Tornado F-3 (love the long nose) Mirage F-1 Mirage 2000 F-14 F-15 Mig-29 single seater EF2000 single seater Su-27 two seater Rafale perhaps F-16 MiG-3
54 Post contains images rampart : I wish. If I had it at all, it's stored somewhere deep in my vaults (e.g. the boxes in the crawlspace). I retain a lot of Star Wars information absor
55 WESTERN737800 : P-51, Corsair, F-86, F-4, F-15, F-16, F/FB-111, F-14 is my all time favorite.
56 Geezer : It's a good thing the OP asked for the "best looking" fighter, rather than the "best" fighter; I think it's impossible to compare airplanes from WW2 e
57 calvo747 : F22 for me love the lines, especially up close
58 Post contains links and images ZKEYE : View Large View MediumPhoto © John Myers Enough said.
59 rwessel : Phooey. The P-38 always had more range than the P-51. Only if you compare the P-38's range *without* drop tanks to the P-51's range *with* drop tanks
60 Post contains links and images sprout5199 : I'll say it again the F-14: View Large View MediumPhoto © John Higgins-Global Aviation Resource Like a pro female beach volleyball player, beautiful
61 Post contains links and images TheSultanOfWing : WWII Era, the Messerschmidt BF 110. View Large View MediumPhoto © GABRIEL BEDO Modern Era: sorry, still the F-16, even when it's in a mess: View Larg
62 Revelation : Reasonable choices, but I personally prefer the ones tugger made in #51 above. I'm not much a fan of the Bf110, much more a fan of the Me262.
63 EagleBoy : DrStrange from Germany does make a good point.....the Me-262 was a beautiful design, well deserving of the name Schwalbe. And the Hawker Hunter follow
64 Max Q : That's an entirely different Topic !
65 Post contains images AustrianZRH : Put me in for the Tomcat too . Such a sad day when they were retired . The Me-262 is simply a classic, but I am also rather attached to the Typhoon an
66 HaveBlue : I'm at a loss here... I never heard of a prohibition of drop tanks before. I believe what you are saying but can you shed some more light on this? I
67 SCAT15F : In no particular order -Rockwell HiMAT (looks badass and can outmaneuver even today's best 5th gen aircraft) -F4D Skyray/F5D Skylancer -F-107 Super Su
68 Post contains links and images rc135x : So many choices.... View Large View MediumPhoto © Lindsay Peacock - Global Aviation Resource
69 Post contains images SCAT15F : My favorite F-14 paint scheme by far... Rockwell International HiMAT in all her glory! This is what we'd have today if not for stealth...
70 Post contains links rwessel : Prior to the US entry to WW2 the notion of long range fighter being relevant (bombers were supposed to be self defending) or practical was dismissed
71 AF1624 : My vote would be Dassault Rafale & the F-22, with a slight preference for the Rafale, it's a sexy machine.
72 WhiteWasp : F104 Starfighter or MiG 17 are my favorites
73 ptrjong : Tastes differ, that's for certain. Of the mentioned aircraft, I'd call the F-23, Avro Arrow, YF-12, CL-1200, Eurofighter and HiMAT downright ugly. The
74 Areopagus : There was no need. The Lightning had turbosuperchargers, which produced good high-altitude performance. The wonder is why the Brits refused the turbo
75 ptrjong : I think I read that they didn't get them.
76 Post contains images spudh : For me, one of the best looking prop fighters was the deHavilland Hornet Its a close call between the Spitfire and Mustang. The P-51 practically defin
77 Post contains images kanban : Why is the Qehar -313 missing from the list????
78 Post contains links and images RussianJet : Although it's very similar, obviously being based on the F-16, I'm going to have to put a shout out for the Mitsubishi F-2. It has the looks of the F
79 Post contains images Devilfish : A classic illustration of the "form follows function" tenet. I'm partial to Shafaq...its predecessor .
80 moo : The story that I heard was that turbo and super chargers were deemed "secret" technology by the DoD, and were not supplied to the UK as a result.
81 Post contains links and images flyingturtle : To me, nothing beats the Yak-130 View Large View MediumPhoto © Pavel Zhuravkov ...and the B-66 ain't a fighter? David
82 RussianJet : I love that aircraft too, love its compact form and proportions. But, can it really be called a fighter? It's a close support/light attack aircraft.
83 Post contains images flyingturtle : Point taken. There is even a Yak-130 variant - the 4-seat VIP transport... (Any pictures of that thing?) Would it make sense to have a slow fighter j
84 rwessel : Isn't that basically an A-10?
85 Spacepope : I was always partial to the F-108 Rapier. Wish one could have flown.
86 flyingturtle : Aaaaahhh! I've to give back my a.nut membership... David
87 Post contains images neutronstar73 : I can't believe this hasn't made an appearance: Awesome bird! For modern fighters, that's a tough one. I'm really partial to the F-15, F-16, F-8 Crusa
88 kanban : thanks for mentioning it.. I agree with you.
89 rfields5421 : I've been lucky enough to see the Vigilante fly a few times. Sweet aircraft.
90 RussianJet : On a side note - what are the actual perceived advantages of that 'crooked' wing shape?
91 rwessel : Ground clearance for the really big propeller. With the folding outboard wing, it was difficult to fit a long enough retracting gear. So the bend in
92 Post contains images DrStrange : Ok, I have to say the F14 is also one of my favorite jets of all time, but it's been mentioned before in this thread... I also like the design of this
93 Post contains links and images speedygonzales : Su-47, too bad there only was one prototype.
94 RussianJet : Thanks for that - makes sense. That plane does look badass, but I can't say that I consider it very beautiful.
95 EagleBoy : Personally I love the S-47 Berkut....but I agree with the above post, its not really beautiful is it?
96 Post contains images glideslope : No Doubt. YF-23.
97 rwy04lga : Dad got back alive....but only after 3 years in a German POW camp. DR1 P-51 Spitfire Me-109 Me-262 F4U P-38 F-86 F4D A-4 YF-12A F-4 F-104 F-16 F-22 F
98 Post contains links and images HaveBlue : Call it an F-5F.. looks identical to a T-38.
99 Post contains links and images TepidHalibut : Some impressive suggestions, and worthy contenders, but does no-one remember this beast? View Large View MediumPhoto © Gerard Griessel I also appreci
100 rwy04lga : As a child in 1967, I used to live on the extended centerline of runway 31 at EDI. I remember the English Electric Lightning being VERY LOUD. The F-4
101 RussianJet : Now, I love the lightning, it's an awesome machine. BUT - I really can't dig the shape of those wings. It really looks like a schoolboy's drawing of
102 Post contains images ANZUS340 : I am surprised nobody has chosen the F16 XL. This IMO takes an already beautiful plane and makes it stunning. I would follow the XL up with the Mirage
103 SCAT15F : Yeah, the XL would be near the top of my list too.
104 Post contains images sebolino : This one !
105 RussianJet : Sorry chum, I don't think fake planes count!
106 Max Q : Great choice ANZ, the F16XL was one of the best looking Fighters ever made. It should have been put into production just for it's looks !
107 Post contains links and images autothrust : Agree, what a gorgeus bird. It beats easily the F-22. But nothing comes close to this one: With its mind boggling weapons load:
108 cjg225 : Old School: The P-51 Mustang New(er) School: The F-14 Tomcat
109 Post contains images sonic67 : Beauty only a mother can love!!! Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III
110 Post contains links and images flyingturtle : Does the stepchild also count? View Large View MediumPhoto © Max Bryansky - Russian AviaPhoto Team David
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