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Best Looking Fighter?  
User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4779 posts, RR: 19
Posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 16130 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 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 16062 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, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 15991 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, 4089 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 15975 times:

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

User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2466 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 15916 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 11 months 4 days ago) and read 15832 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, 4952 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 15760 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, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 15716 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, 3845 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 15716 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 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 15637 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 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 15590 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 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15584 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 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 15512 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, 4779 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15416 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 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15414 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, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 15393 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 11 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15328 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 offlinethunderboltdrgn From Sweden, joined Jan 2012, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 15282 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 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 15282 times:

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

User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12951 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 15263 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 11 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 15247 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, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 15176 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, 4952 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days ago) and read 15076 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, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 15068 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 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14856 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.


User currently offlineafterburner33 From New Zealand, joined Aug 2012, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 15200 times:

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 recently the Eurofighter Typhoon.

For sheer visual impact, I also always liked the top down view of the Saab Viggen. Maybe I have a thing for delta wings and canards!


User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 649 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 15162 times:

YF-12A

And the XB-70 for bombers.



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 27, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 15513 times:

Quoting TGIF (Reply 24):
Couldn't agree more! Exhibit A:

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 to get a decent photo of it; for some reason, it seems to look different from every POV.....

Charley



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User currently offlineAreopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1373 posts, RR: 1
Reply 28, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 15447 times:

No collection of beautiful jet fighters is complete without the Draken!

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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3845 posts, RR: 11
Reply 29, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 15419 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 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 several times the speed of light and navigate across the Galaxy, but it doesn't have a GPWS? Come on...

 



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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5783 posts, RR: 10
Reply 30, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 15351 times:

Come on guys, how can no one have put forth the:
F-104 Starfighter!
http://www.avonds.com/F-104-HVD-1.JPG


It was so simple and elegant in what it was. It is my favorite.

Tugg
(Ooops, sorry Francoflier, I missed your honorable mention of the F104 above.)

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User currently offlineflybulldog From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 369 posts, RR: 0
Reply 31, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 15290 times:

I know many will think it's the ugliest, but I love the A-10.

User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 32, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 15277 times:

Quoting tugger (Reply 30):
Come on guys, how can no one have put forth the: F-104 Starfighter!
Quoting tugger (Reply 30):
(Ooops, sorry Francoflier, I missed your honorable mention of the F104 above.)

I mentioned it in my post too, in Reply 21  



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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5783 posts, RR: 10
Reply 33, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 15221 times:

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 32):
I mentioned it in my post too, in Reply 21

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 (even though the word "fighter" is in its name    ), it is actually an interceptor (yeah, those wings wouldn't help much in a dogfight).

Though I do agree with:

Quoting flybulldog (Reply 31):
I know many will think it's the ugliest, but I love the A-10.
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o80/cbscharlotte012/A-10ThunderboltII16x24Print800-1.jpg
(Yes, I know the pic is 'shopped.)
I love that sexy beast, but that bitch will f**k you up when needed and that generally isn't good when considering someone/thing as "pretty". And then there is the fact that it too is not a fighter.  

Tugg



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 34, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 15177 times:

Quoting tugger (Reply 33):
But seriously how can people not think the F-104 is the best looking

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... similiar in my mind to what the Fighter Mafia got when they pared down requirements to make a supreme fighter like the F-15/16. Obviously the F-104 isn't a dogfighter, but Kelly Johnson got to the nitty gritty of making something fast and furious with no frills to achieve blazing speed missile carrying jet borne grace.

Quoting tugger (Reply 33):
Though I do agree with:

The A-10 is not good looking or pretty, but it does exemplify being attractive for being the very best at what it does. If you need CAS or tank/armor busting on the battlefield, it is the penultimate result of achieving that goal.



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User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 649 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day ago) and read 15019 times:

Quoting Areopagus (Reply 28):
I mean, it can travel at several times the speed of light and navigate across the Galaxy

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 through normal space.



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User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3156 posts, RR: 6
Reply 36, posted (1 year 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 15013 times:

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 fighterbomber styled after the Star Wars x-wing fighter. It sort of resembled a mating of a Beech Staggerwing and Tu-22 Backfire bomber. Cool!

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

S-foils, as they are called, are "stability" foils deployed in close combat during high maneuvers. While there isn't much written about how it works, I would imagine there is some manipulation of gravity fields or some other space fabric that befuddles our simple 21st technology. There is also mention, and I didn't know this until refering to Wookipedia, that the S-foils also function as heat dispersal, more effective when the foils are deployed. B-wing fighters have S-foils, too.  
Quoting neutrino (Reply 35):
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 through normal space.

Correct. And the s-foils are joined, flush, during hypespace travel. Though there is also mention of s-foils being useful for atmospheric flight.

-Rampart


User currently offline757gb From Uruguay, joined Feb 2009, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 37, posted (1 year 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 14714 times:

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 21):
My all time favorite plane!

  
Absolutely: Tomcat hands down... then we can talk about second best, third, etc...



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User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 649 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (1 year 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 14663 times:

Quoting rampart (Reply 36):
I once designed a modern fighterbomber styled after the Star Wars x-wing fighter. It sort of resembled a mating of a Beech Staggerwing and Tu-22 Backfire bomber. Cool!

Any visuals to share?



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User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 39, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14100 times:
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Quoting india1 (Reply 2):
Northrop's F23! Although it never went beyond protoyping... what a looker!

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.

Quoting 777SIGFAN (Reply 14):
For me it is easily the F-14. ......all I know is that it is a gorgeous plane.

I wouldn't say gorgeous.....to me the F-14 is a hulking bruiser of an aircraft. Love it.


To me the Rafale and Flanker are the best looking aircraft around today. The Rafale looks sexy and quite unique,while the Flanker profile gives me the impression of a snake.

They both have a beauty that goes beyond the functional attraction of say the F-15. And sorry guys I have never liked the F-16, I think it is that huge intake, I have similar feelings on the Typhoon.

Historically the Spitire, Mustang and Tomcat are glorious.


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12180 posts, RR: 51
Reply 40, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14073 times:

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


User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1669 posts, RR: 4
Reply 41, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14017 times:

I gotta go with the F-15 as best looking, although my all time favorite fighter is the F-14.

Marc


User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4779 posts, RR: 19
Reply 42, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13976 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 40):
osted Sat Jan 26 2013 18:54:42 your local time (5 hours 6 minutes 35 secs ago) and read 72 times:

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

Great taste TB, but where's the F104 ?



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User currently offlineCaryjack From United States of America, joined May 2007, 336 posts, RR: 0
Reply 43, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 13953 times:

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

This is my favorite "modern" fighter aircraft to see. A powerful, all weather, carrier launched, attack and fighter aircraft, but I've never actually seen it at work.

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 12):
F-4 Phantom

Has to be the most universally recognizable jet fighter in the world. Excellent in the attack and my favorite when it comes to nape & snake, plus that 20 mm gun. The A 6 comes at night but the're ugly and you don't see them anyway.   

Quoting neutrino (Reply 35):
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 through normal space.

Wow...screw the F-4, next time I'm in deep $hit send one of these!   

Quoting rampart (Reply 36):
I would imagine there is some manipulation of gravity fields or some other space fabric that befuddles our simple 21st technology. There is also mention, and I didn't know this until refering to Wookipedia, that the S-foils also function as heat dispersal, more effective when the foils are deployed. B-wing fighters have S-foils, too.

Sounds like Wookipedia...it's got to be true. On a personal note rampart, you didn't really "refer to Wookipedia" to learn about the S-foils,did you? It was a movie, fake, right?   

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 39):
Historically the Spitire, Mustang and Tomcat are glorious.

Many people consider the P-51 Mustang to be the best fighter ever. Timeliness and impact were 2 of the criteria, as I recall.
Thanks,   
Cary


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12180 posts, RR: 51
Reply 44, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 13898 times:

Quoting Max Q (Reply 42):
Great taste TB, but where's the F104 ?

11. F-106
12. F-104
13. Tornado
14. F/FB-111
15. Fw-190


User currently offlineIRISH251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 982 posts, RR: 4
Reply 45, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 13866 times:

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Hawker Hunter:


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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12951 posts, RR: 25
Reply 46, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 13874 times:

Hmm, 45 posts and nary a mention of the F-22's porky sister, the F-35?

http://www.wallpapersdb.org/wallpapers/planes/f-35_in_the_clouds_1920x1080.jpg



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User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1831 posts, RR: 0
Reply 47, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 13791 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 46):

The ugly stepchild from hell..  


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12180 posts, RR: 51
Reply 48, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 13758 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 46):
Revelation

Yeah, the "I can do everything for everyone" airplane.   


User currently offlineDrStrange From Germany, joined Jul 2007, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 49, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13723 times:

ummm guys??



  


User currently offlineLarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1524 posts, RR: 0
Reply 50, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13724 times:

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 Saab 21, the 32 Lansen and of course the 35 Draken are very good looking.

/Lars



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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5783 posts, RR: 10
Reply 51, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 13634 times:

Another one that I just remembered that I always liked for its simplicity.... but such a simple design done so beautifully:
http://www.jaffapix.com/alain/uae1m2000.jpg
Dassault Mirage 2000

Another one that I think is beautiful, but not "pretty-beautiful", rather more brutally beautiful, is the:
http://www.airpowerworld.info/ww2-fighter-planes/lockheed-p-38-lightning.jpg
P-38 Lightning

Tugg

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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15831 posts, RR: 27
Reply 52, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 13590 times:

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 at least two car companies in their styling and of course the P-38 inspired Harley Earl to add tailfins to his designs which eventually defined an era of cars.

Quoting AYVN (Reply 7):
“Cars are only beautiful when they win” – Enzo Ferrari

People say "what looks right flies right" but I'd say that whatever flies right looks right.

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

Some sort or radiant cooling maybe?

It's funny to note how much stuff in Star Wars seems based on actual stuff. The X-Wing looks like a F-17 with four wings and there were those things in one of the prequel movies that were basically Mi-24s without rotors.



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User currently offlineepten From Macedonia, joined Sep 2007, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 53, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 13597 times:

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-35 is nice too


User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3156 posts, RR: 6
Reply 54, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 13367 times:

Quoting neutrino (Reply 38):
Any visuals to share?

I wish. If I had it at all, it's stored somewhere deep in my vaults (e.g. the boxes in the crawlspace).

Quoting Caryjack (Reply 43):
Sounds like Wookipedia...it's got to be true. On a personal note rampart, you didn't really "refer to Wookipedia" to learn about the S-foils,did you? It was a movie, fake, right?

I retain a lot of Star Wars information absorbed during my teen years. In other words, I could be a contributor to Wookipedia. On the other hand, I have a difficult time remembering dates of my children's birthdays. The heat dissipation escaped me, however, hence the referal to Wookipedia.

Quoting IRISH251 (Reply 45):
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Hawker Hunter:

  

Quoting DrStrange (Reply 49):
ummm guys??

  

Quoting tugger (Reply 51):
Another one that I think is beautiful, but not "pretty-beautiful", rather more brutally beautiful, is the:

P-38 Lightning

   My favorite WWII era aircraft.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 52):
Some sort or radiant cooling maybe?

Yes. See my comments above. #36

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 52):
The X-Wing looks like a F-17 with four wings and there were those things in one of the prequel movies that were basically Mi-24s without rotors.

The recent prequels have trended more retrofuturistic, what with the chrome and streamlined shapes that hearken more to Buck Rodgers.

-Rampart


User currently offlineWESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 55, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 13093 times:

P-51, Corsair, F-86, F-4, F-15, F-16, F/FB-111, F-14 is my all time favorite.


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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 56, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13074 times:

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 era to "cold war era", then today's "modern era" planes.


If the question would have been "best fighter of WW2", it would be a big fight between the Spitfire and the Mustang; The P-51 was clearly the "best" at providing escort cover for the bombing raids because of it's great range; but the biggest hero of the Battle Of Britain was certainly the Spitfire; then again, it's hard to compare the two types, as the Spitfire was nearing it's end of usefulness as the Mustang was just achieving dominance. I can tell you this about ALL military planes that were in WW2; the guys that flew them were only interested in ONE thing; getting the job done, and getting back alive; considering the odds that were stacked against it, I seriously doubt if there ever has been, or ever will be, a combat plane that will ever surpass the B-17 Flying Fortress in "doing the job, and getting the crew back alive". (and from talking to a few who flew them, they all had great fondness for the B-17)

On the other hand, if the topic was best all around combat A/C ever, (and you were willing to forget all about "looks")......how could ANYTHING ever surpass the Big Ugly Fat "Fellow", (that is STILL "soldiering on", after what ? 60 years of service now ?)

BTW.......I still think the Raptor wins the all-time "beauty contest", even though it's never had a chance to prove it's self yet.

Charley



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User currently offlinecalvo747 From Australia, joined Dec 2012, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 57, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 13056 times:

F22 for me love the lines, especially up close

User currently offlineZKEYE From New Zealand, joined May 2005, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 58, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13063 times:


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Enough said.



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User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 59, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 12907 times:
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Quoting Geezer (Reply 56):
The P-51 was clearly the "best" at providing escort cover for the bombing raids because of it's great range;

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, does the P-51 have more range. The introduction of the P-51 and removal of the P-38 from the ETO largely coincided with a change in policy to *allow* the use of drop tanks. Had that policy been changed earlier, P-38's could have escorted bombers all the way to Berlin long before the Mustang arrived on the scene.


User currently offlinesprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1855 posts, RR: 2
Reply 60, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12906 times:

I'll say it again the F-14:


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Like a pro female beach volleyball player, beautiful but able to snap your di*k off in a heartbeat if you piss her off.

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User currently offlineTheSultanOfWing From El Salvador, joined Dec 2012, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 61, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12871 times:

WWII Era, the Messerschmidt BF 110.


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Modern Era: sorry, still the F-16, even when it's in a mess:


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The above pics still highlights her beautiful lines!


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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12951 posts, RR: 25
Reply 62, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12755 times:

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Reply 61):
WWII Era, the Messerschmidt BF 110.
Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Reply 61):
Modern Era: sorry, still the F-16, even when it's in a mess:

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.



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User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 63, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12664 times:
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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 followed on from this graceful design philosophy (I'm not claimed a design evolution)
....the SAAB Tunnan anyone?

Some-one above mentioned criteria for 'best fighter' I think this is from a NatGeo/Discovery documentary. They rate the 'Top 10' of something. These ratings are quite arbitrary. EG. In "Top 10 Tanks" the Challenger Mk.2 rates badly for its 'low production rate' This figure doesn't take into account the current era and the actual capabilities of the vehicle.


User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4779 posts, RR: 19
Reply 64, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 12628 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 56):
It's a good thing the OP asked for the "best looking" fighter, rather than the "best" fighter;

That's an entirely different Topic !



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User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 65, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 12209 times:

Put me in for the Tomcat too  . Such a sad day when they were retired  .

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The Me-262 is simply a classic, but I am also rather attached to the Typhoon and can't see why it wasn't mentioned before.

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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 66, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 12183 times:

Quoting rwessel (Reply 59):
The introduction of the P-51 and removal of the P-38 from the ETO largely coincided with a change in policy to *allow* the use of drop tanks. Had that policy been changed earlier, P-38's could have escorted bombers all the way to Berlin long before the Mustang arrived on the scene.

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 can't think of a good reason not to allow them, espicially since the range of P-51s is largely touted as swaying the pendulum of bomber survival over Europe. Why wouldn't they just allow the P-38's to use drop tanks and solve the problem earlier? Truly curious as to the answers.



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User currently offlineSCAT15F From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 67, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 12125 times:

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 Super Sabre

-YF-23

-Grumman F-111B (I like the first prototypes with the short nose... has a beautiful side profile and the nice white/grey color scheme.


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Reply 68, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 12058 times:

So many choices....


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User currently offlineSCAT15F From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 69, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 12067 times:

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...





User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 70, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11998 times:
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Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 66):
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 can't think of a good reason not to allow them, espicially since the range of P-51s is largely touted as swaying the pendulum of bomber survival over Europe. Why wouldn't they just allow the P-38's to use drop tanks and solve the problem earlier? Truly curious as to the answers.

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 in the AAC. They weren't allowed on medium bombers either, FWIW. Not even development was allowed, although some of the manufacturers did tinker with them on their own.

After that, it became apparent that long ranger bombers were *not* adequately self defending, at least to some of the command, and then policy changed too slowly (it wasn't until late 43/early 44 that drop tanks were actually considered "normal" for fighter ops). Those changes happened to roughly coincide with the P-51's introduction to the ETO in large numbers, and the P-38's movement elsewhere (like to the Pacific where their lack of range was no longer an issue*), and then the Mustangs started doing the deep escorts that the Lightnings never did, so people put the obvious two and two together and got five...

It retrospect, it was utterly absurd.

There's a summary with some links to references halfway through the history section of:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_tank

Also in that time frame a significant shift in fighter tactics occurred (my memory is a bit fuzzy, but IIRC, the old tactic had flights of four with a very vulnerable tail-end-Charlie, the switch was to the still-current flights of two), which significantly reduced losses. Then many of the engine reliability problems of the P-38 in the early years were fuel related (what the Brits were supplying was of seriously poor quality, and the Allison's** were not at all happy with that), and again, those got cleaned up in roughly that same time frame (and again, the same exact fighters got moved to the PTO, got fed good gas and engine reliability suddenly became a non-issue). Finally, the P-38 turned in a 3:1 kill ratio in the ETO, mostly while the Luftwaffe was in its ascendency. For much of the P-51's time over Europe, the Luftwaffe was a much reduced thing.

I don’t mean to bash the P-51, it was, after all a superb aircraft, nor was the P-38 without flaws, but the comparison is complicated by the considerable changes in circumstance.


*please note sarcasm

**Merlins were rather more tolerant, so this did not impact the Spitfires nearly as much. One of the great mysteries of the P-38 is why the War Production Board never authorized fitting Merlins to it. There appears to have been no particularly technical issue...


User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 665 posts, RR: 0
Reply 71, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11958 times:

My vote would be Dassault Rafale & the F-22, with a slight preference for the Rafale, it's a sexy machine.


Cheers
User currently offlineWhiteWasp From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 72, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 11953 times:

F104 Starfighter or MiG 17 are my favorites

User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 4004 posts, RR: 18
Reply 73, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 11947 times:

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 best-looking modern fighters I'd say are the Su-27 series, Mirage 2000 and Rafale.



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User currently offlineAreopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1373 posts, RR: 1
Reply 74, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 11807 times:

Quoting rwessel (Reply 70):
One of the great mysteries of the P-38 is why the War Production Board never authorized fitting Merlins to it.

There was no need. The Lightning had turbosuperchargers, which produced good high-altitude performance. The wonder is why the Brits refused the turbos in their evaluation examples. The USAAF similarly hobbled the P-39 by insisting that its turbo be replaced by the less effective mechanically-coupled supercharger.


User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 4004 posts, RR: 18
Reply 75, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 11757 times:

Quoting Areopagus (Reply 74):
The wonder is why the Brits refused the turbos in their evaluation examples.

I think I read that they didn't get them.



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User currently offlinespudh From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 301 posts, RR: 1
Reply 76, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 11559 times:

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 defines 'cool' whereas the Spitfire for me is one of the most graceful machines ever.

Of the older jets for me, its a throw up between the Hawker Hunter and Mirage III

My all time favorite is the F-14 so obviously I'm biased into thinking it is also the best looking but I've got to admit the F-22 is a great looking fighter too


User currently onlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3857 posts, RR: 27
Reply 77, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11574 times:
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Why is the Qehar -313 missing from the list????         

User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 78, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11569 times:

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
For me it's the F16

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-16 but is somehow slightly nicer in my view.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_F-2

http://sky.geocities.jp/rock4292002/IMG_F-2-2.jpg

Am loving all the Sukhoi suggestions too - they are gorgeous.



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User currently offlineDevilfish From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4952 posts, RR: 1
Reply 79, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 11517 times:

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 34):
The A-10 is not good looking or pretty, but it does exemplify being attractive for being the very best at what it does.

A classic illustration of the "form follows function" tenet.

Quoting kanban (Reply 77):
Why is the Qehar -313 missing from the list????

I'm partial to Shafaq...its predecessor    .




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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4089 posts, RR: 4
Reply 80, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11414 times:

Quoting Areopagus (Reply 74):
The wonder is why the Brits refused the turbos in their evaluation examples.

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.


User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2545 posts, RR: 14
Reply 81, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 11387 times:

To me, nothing beats the Yak-130


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...and the B-66 ain't a fighter?  


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 82, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11256 times:

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 81):
To me, nothing beats the Yak-130

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.



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2545 posts, RR: 14
Reply 83, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 11242 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 82):

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 jet with long loitering times? Perhaps in the anti-helicopter role? Or is that too specialized?


David



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User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 84, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 11095 times:
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Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 83):
Would it make sense to have a slow fighter jet with long loitering times? Perhaps in the anti-helicopter role? Or is that too specialized?

Isn't that basically an A-10?


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2980 posts, RR: 1
Reply 85, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 11038 times:

I was always partial to the F-108 Rapier. Wish one could have flown.


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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2545 posts, RR: 14
Reply 86, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 10861 times:

Quoting rwessel (Reply 84):
Isn't that basically an A-10?

Aaaaahhh! I've to give back my a.nut membership...


David



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User currently offlineneutronstar73 From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 87, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 10800 times:

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 Crusader, A-4 (not a fighter, per se)


User currently onlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3857 posts, RR: 27
Reply 88, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10716 times:
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Quoting Spacepope (Reply 85):

I was always partial to the F-108 Rapier.

thanks for mentioning it.. I agree with you.


User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 89, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10716 times:

Quoting Spacepope (Reply 85):
I was always partial to the F-108 Rapier. Wish one could have flown.

I've been lucky enough to see the Vigilante fly a few times.

Sweet aircraft.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 90, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10689 times:

Quoting neutronstar73 (Reply 87):
I can't believe this hasn't made an appearance:


On a side note - what are the actual perceived advantages of that 'crooked' wing shape?



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User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 91, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 10674 times:
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Quoting RussianJet (Reply 90):
On a side note - what are the actual perceived advantages of that 'crooked' wing shape?

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 the wing shortens the required length of the gear.


User currently offlineDrStrange From Germany, joined Jul 2007, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 92, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 10592 times:

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 series of planes:



It looks so much nicer compared to the other boxes with wings of that era.


User currently offlinespeedygonzales From Norway, joined Sep 2007, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 93, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 10547 times:

Su-47, too bad there only was one prototype.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b4/Sukhoi_Su-47_Berkut_%28S-37%29_in_2001.jpg/800px-Sukhoi_Su-47_Berkut_%28S-37%29_in_2001.jpg



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 94, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 10511 times:

Quoting rwessel (Reply 91):
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 the wing shortens the required length of the gear.

Thanks for that - makes sense.

Quoting speedygonzales (Reply 93):
Su-47, too bad there only was one prototype.

That plane does look badass, but I can't say that I consider it very beautiful.



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User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 95, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 10497 times:
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Personally I love the S-47 Berkut....but I agree with the above post, its not really beautiful is it?

User currently offlineglideslope From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 0
Reply 96, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 10449 times:

No Doubt. YF-23.   


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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 97, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10050 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 56):
I seriously doubt if there ever has been, or ever will be, a combat plane that will ever surpass the B-17 Flying Fortress in "doing the job, and getting the crew back alive"

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-35

Best of ALL......T-38 (OK, so it's not a fighter. Call it an F-5)



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 98, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 9943 times:

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 97):
Best of ALL......T-38 (OK, so it's not a fighter. Call it an F-5)

Call it an F-5F.. looks identical to a T-38.  http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/6964/f5fvz.jpg



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User currently offlineTepidHalibut From Iceland, joined Dec 2004, 210 posts, RR: 6
Reply 99, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9906 times:

Some impressive suggestions, and worthy contenders, but does no-one remember this beast?


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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 100, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9840 times:

Quoting TepidHalibut (Reply 99):

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-4s out of MacDill were pretty loud as well, as heard from my permanent home in Tampa.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 101, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9810 times:

Quoting TepidHalibut (Reply 99):
but does no-one remember this beast?

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 how he thinks a fighter jet should look at age 8. On the other hand, that's sort of also what makes it cool,



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User currently offlineANZUS340 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 102, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9715 times:

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 2000. IMO the Rafale is absolutely hideous.
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User currently offlineSCAT15F From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 103, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9586 times:

Quoting ANZUS340 (Reply 102):

Yeah, the XL would be near the top of my list too.


User currently offlinesebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 104, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9539 times:

This one !  

User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 105, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9439 times:

Quoting sebolino (Reply 104):
This one !

Sorry chum, I don't think fake planes count!



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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4779 posts, RR: 19
Reply 106, posted (1 year 10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 9262 times:

Quoting ANZUS340 (Reply 102):


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 2000. IMO the Rafale is absolutely hideous.

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 !



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User currently offlineautothrust From Switzerland, joined Jun 2006, 1609 posts, RR: 9
Reply 107, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8823 times:

Quoting india1 (Reply 2):

Northrop's F23

Agree, what a gorgeus bird. It beats easily the F-22.

But nothing comes close to this one:

http://static.nextwallpapers.com/1920x1200/sukhoi_su_34_back-1920x1200.jpg

With its mind boggling weapons load:

http://www.beepworld.de/memberdateien/members85/acroairwolf/su34.jpg



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Reply 108, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8794 times:

Old School: The P-51 Mustang

New(er) School: The F-14 Tomcat



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Reply 109, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8347 times:

Beauty only a mother can love!!!


Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III



User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2545 posts, RR: 14
Reply 110, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8293 times:

Quoting sonic67 (Reply 109):

Does the stepchild also count?


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