L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29618 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5300 times:
Depends what you are looking for, favortie looks or you top combat picks.
Spitfire (Earlier versions)
Fiat C.42 (The Italians took biplanes to new levels)
For some reason, the British, while designing overengineered aircraft did have some with beautiful lines.
If I was equipping the defense forces of Alaska in the war.
F4U-4 version of the Corsair.
Douglas A-26 Invader (not to be confused with the Havoc)
Spitfire (Later versions)
And that big British tankbuster, with the big Napier engine. I can't remember the name, One of them if memory serves is the one that is credited with strafing Rommel in France.
[Edited 2004-05-31 05:54:35]
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Biggles20 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5141 times:
I think the aircraft you are referring to as the one that strafed Rommel's car is the Hawker Typhoon (or maybe the Tempest). I always get confused between these two aircraft, but I think the Typhoon was conceived earlier as a fighter, but found its forte as a Tank Buster, etc due to its excellent low-level performance and rugged build for sustaining damage. Correct me if I'm wrong, its been a long time since I've read a book on stuff like this!
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4974 times:
Spacepope, hope you don't mind, but I looked up that B-26 on Joe Braugher's database & found out that 41-17747 was hit by AA fire & belly-landed in 1943. That photo you've posted looks like that particular last flight, to say the least! Do you know anything about it? Just curious. Regards.
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Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4935 times:
The tempest was based off of the typhoon. There were 2 versions of tempest, which fixed the typhoon's nasty habit of having its tail snap off in flight. One had a 24 cylinder Napier Sabre inline engine as shown, another had a Bristol Centaurus (radial) engine. This latter version was also the base for the Sea Fury as well.
If you look at the above photo, you can tell it is not a Typhoon because 1) it has a much larger vertical tail, 2) no cannon fairings in front of the wing, 3) no rocket rails, 4) different airscoop, and 5) no side doors on the cockpit (likr on the P-39, this was later changed on late model typhoons)
Canoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2760 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4804 times:
This is a tough post:
1) F4U Corsair
3) PBY Catalina
Honorable mention to:
German 4 engine Condor
Since it only has to be my favorite, and not the most notable, I had to include the Condor and Kingfisher. The Catalina because I thought it was the most elegant plane of the time, and sighted the Japanese fleet off Midway. The Corsair because it was the most dominant plane of the Pacific and the Spitfire because it won the Battle of Britain.