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Favourite 3 Aircraft Of Wwii  
User currently offlineBiggles20 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5829 times:

Hello All,

Mine, in no particular order, are the Spitfire, Lancaster and Mosquito.

On a side note, I also love the B-17 Flying Fortress - an amazingly rugged and reliable aircraft!

Apart from these, all others come second, though the Stirling bombers also look pretty hefty (if under-powered)!

What about your choices, whatever the reason.

cheers,
biggles

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User currently offlinePU151 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5785 times:

OK, here I go, but this is only based on looks, not in performance or historical significance...

1. Corsair.
2. Stuka.
3. Lightning.


User currently offline727200er From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5752 times:

1. P51 Mustang
2. F4U Corsair
3. Spitfire

Honourable mention
B29 Superfortress



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User currently offlineBA97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5742 times:

Oh so many to chose.....
1. Spitfire
2. Mosquito
3. Hurricane with the tank buster cannons

ME262 is the alternate.



there is economy class, business class, first class...then Concorde..pure class
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29812 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5734 times:

Depends what you are looking for, favortie looks or you top combat picks.

For looks

Spitfire (Earlier versions)
Mosquito
Corsair.

Honorable mentions
P-51
Dauntless
Helldiver
Me-262
Fiat C.42 (The Italians took biplanes to new levels)
P-40

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)
Curtis C-46

Honorable mentions

FW-190
Ju-88
Lancaster
B-25
Superfort
Mosquito
P-51
P-47
Hellcat
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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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5420 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5699 times:

1) P-38 Lightning
2) P-47 Thunderbolt
3) B-17 Flying Fortress



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User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5620 times:

1. F4U Corsair
2. B-29 Superfortess
3. P-38 Lightning



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User currently offlinePlanespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5589 times:

1 Spitfire (for its superb agility)
2 Corsair (for its beauty)
3 Zero (again for its beauty)

There are many "favourites" I have, but I just narrowed it down to these 3.


User currently offlineBiggles20 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5575 times:

Hello Again,

L-188,
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!

biggles


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29812 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5570 times:

Thanks.

Typhon on the mind.

I think the main difference between the two was engine choice, with the Tempest having the higher performance on the top end.

Not really something needed for tank busting.



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5534 times:

I have many favorite warbirds of WWII. So here's my personal top three I'd strapped myself into as a pilot if I could go back in time.

1. Vought F4U Corsair
2. Douglas C-47 Dakota
3. North American B-25 Mitchell

I chose one each from fighters, transports & bombers. Regards.



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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5522 times:

I'll make sure I chose an international representation, with pictures!

1) Focke-Wulf TA-152

2) Hawker Tempest

3) Martin B-26 Marauder



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5408 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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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29812 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5382 times:

Spacepope, Isn't that a Typhoon, not a Tempest?


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User currently offlineBA97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5374 times:

I thought the Typhoon and Tempest came out after the desert campaign and made their appearance in NW Europe.
The tank buster I am thinking of is a Hurricane with twin 40mm (I think).




there is economy class, business class, first class...then Concorde..pure class
User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5369 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)

Here is a comparison of the Tempest and Typhoon



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User currently offlineS.p.a.s. From Liechtenstein, joined Mar 2001, 967 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5323 times:

1.Spitfire
2.Stuka
3.B-17



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29812 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5318 times:

Well you learn somethign different every day.

I always though the tempests where Typhoons with the radial.



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User currently offlineDl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5295 times:

The airplanes that won the war....C-47, Hurricane, and Mustang


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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6326 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5285 times:

Does "all of them" count? I thought not.

Being limited to only 3 though,

1) B-17
2) P-38
3) Spitfire
4-767) all the rest.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2843 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

This is a tough post:
1) F4U Corsair
2) Spitfire
3) PBY Catalina

Honorable mention to:
German 4 engine Condor
US Kingfisher
P-51
ME-262

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.



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User currently offlineSpeedbird747 From Switzerland, joined May 2004, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5161 times:

These are my favorites:

1) P-51 Mustang
2) B-17 Flying Fortress
3) Spitfire


User currently offlineSterne82 From Belgium, joined May 2000, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5161 times:

1) He-111H
2) Me-294
3) Fw-200C


User currently offlineFedExHeavy From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 226 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5067 times:


1. P-38 Lightning
2. B-17 Flying Fortress
3. F4U Corsair



So far this is the oldest I've been.
User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4988 times:

1) Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

2) Focke-Wulf Fw-190 A series ( radial engine )

3) MiG-3ud


25 AndersNilsson : Spitfire, P-51 Mustang and P-38 Lightning.
26 FTOHIST : 1) Douglas SBD-3 2) Grumman TBF/TBM Series 3) Douglas TBD-1
27 Post contains images Biggles20 : Hello All, Canoecarrier - If im not mistaken, the Battle of Britain was largely dominated by Hawker Hurricanes, as there weren't too many active Spitf
28 NKP S2 : If im not mistaken, the Battle of Britain was largely dominated by Hawker Hurricanes, as there weren't too many active Spitfire Squadrons at the time
29 Post contains links GDB : Here is the RAF Fighter Command order of battle in August 1940, 11 and 12 groups were in the thick of it, sqns with some 500 and all 600 series number
30 Post contains images Biggles20 : Hello, NKP S2 - Thanks mate, I did mean BF 109s! Weren't the FW 190s used more heavily by the Germans in the defence of the Reich from US daylight bom
31 BA97 : GDB The table is confusing for me. It seems that at the beginning Hurricane and Spitfire numbers were close and as time increased more Hurricanes were
32 RayChuang : We should also ask this question: what about planes that could have been great if they had just got them in service earlier? I can mention three plane
33 Agill : Hmmm tough question. #1 B-17G Flying Fortress, easy pick. #2 and 3 Spitfire, P51D Mustang Could be a dussin different planes in the two runner up posi
34 GDB : BA97, the Hurricane was much easier to produce as well as having been in service longer, more production dispersal too, Hawkers were a bigger company
35 Post contains images MxCtrlr : In order.... Chance-Vought F4U Corsair (just a God-blessedly BEAUTIFUL flyin' machine!) Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Lockheed P-38 Lightning MxCtrlr F
36 Post contains images L-188 : Saying it was easier to build is a relative term with regards to British aircraft Most people don't really that the WWI Fokker Triplane was based on a
37 AGM100 : Great thread guys/ Gals 1. FW-190 2. B-29 3. PBY-5 Catalina 4. Beaufighter 5. Stuka JU-87 D3 (TANK CRACKER) Have a good one !!
38 Sayem55 : Here's mine 1) P-51 2) Spitfire 3) Me-262 BTW "Sterne82", which one was Me-294 ?????
39 AGM100 : Voting again with my 9yr old son he is also a plane nut Greg Jr. picks 1.Hawker Hurricane 2.P40 Warhawk 3.Spitfire 4.Mosquito 5.Tempest ( thanks for t
40 Post contains images TWAMD-80 : 1. P-51 Mustang 2. Spitfire 3. BF-109 I recall awhile back seeing a picture of an airplane that resembled a P-51, but it was a dive bomber. It had div
41 L-188 : The first version of the P-51 to enter service with the USAAF was the A-36 Apache, which was basicly an Allison powered P-51A set up for divebombing.
42 CruzinAltitude : B-17 - Just cant picture WWII with out its image popping up in my mind. C-47 - The DC-3/C-47 is just plain one of the most monumental aircraft ever. S
43 Douglas7Seas : Douglas C54 DH Mosquito AVRO Lancaster (he my dad was a flight engineer so...) See ya, John
44 Hejja : I am surprised no one has mentioned any of the truly beautiful Italian third generation designs: Fiat G55; Macchi 202/205. The Fiat CR42 is a very att
45 L-188 : Hey I did put the C.42 in my honorable mentions catagory back in post 4
46 Tango-Bravo : 1) Vought F4U Corsair 2) Focke-Wulf Ta-152 3) Boeing B-29
47 Alessandro : My favorite would be the Fiesler Fi 156 Storch, amazing STOL plane...
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