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What Is Your Favorite Airlifter  
User currently offlineKiwiNanday From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

Everyone should have one, so what is your favorite airlifter? Anything from the C-47 to the An-225.

BTW - Mine is the C-141B Starlifter. Beautiful plane

[Edited 2004-08-11 20:25:33]

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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

I've been on the C-141, did a 2.5 hour orientation flight where crews from McChord AFB did practice drops out the back with parachutes over Snoqualamie Pass and Moses Lake, WA. Not a bad plane at all.. but I'm gonna have to go with the C-17. That is one bad-ass piece of military might right there baby!

Steve

P.S. Kiwi, I hope there's no hard feelings about the other night in the chat.. I was just cranky and took it out on you. My apologies.


User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2966 times:

For years their was an intact C-133 cargomaster parked on the back 40 here in Tucson. We would go and have lunch sitting in the shade of its mighty wings. I do not know much about the aircraft but always wished I could have seen one take off! You can see it @ the Pima air museum on your next visit to Tucson. But as for my favorite it has to be the C-5 Galaxy , great lines for a huge aircraft.


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User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2957 times:

The venerable C-5 Galaxy is my favorite airlifter.


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User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2944 times:

The C-5 is nice and it barely looks like it's moving at all, but I love the C-47, the DC-3 is one of the most beautiful cargo planes there ever was.


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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5385 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2934 times:

Seeing as how there's a good many of them based right here in South Carolina, my fave would have to be



Running a close second would be that most venerable of aircraft, the Hercules



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User currently offlineLurch From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

Hi my fave Big lifter is the CHARLIE FIVE followed by the C-17.

User currently offlineChdmcmanus From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 374 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2920 times:

I'm partial to the '141 because I flew them, but I'd have to say hands down the C-121, with a close second either the C-124C or C-97G. Long live Curvy Connie; and the C-124, a recip that could haul 75,000 lbs of trash, now that's amazing; not to mention the C-97, a forgotten cornerstone of modern aircraft development.

ChD



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User currently offlineAFHokie From United States of America, joined May 2004, 224 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2916 times:

without a doubt......


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User currently offlineDuce50boom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2914 times:

The C-119. Just a rad looking airplane. Throw some wings on a railroad car and see if she'll fly.....sounds good to me

User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

Love the Herkasaurus!


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Anything with a round engine is a close second.
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User currently offlineKiwiNanday From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2874 times:

Since you guys are all including images;



User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2248 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2839 times:

Il 76 Candid

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Put me down for the C-123 Provider.

The only aircraft to have flown as a glider, piston, Turboprop and as a jet.



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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2831 times:


Hi!

Because I always loved the Constellation/Super Constellation family my vote goes to anything from the C69 to the C-121, has long they have 3 tails I'm in!!!
Regards


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

I appreciate the sentiment CV990.

But three tails doesn't always make something as graceful as a connie.


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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2816 times:


Hi L-188!

I always enjoy your words!!!! Yes you're right, the example of the tripple-tails you've showed ( nice picture and nice plane too... ) is not exactly the one I expected, I would say that in the picture I'm using there is some "soul" on that right?
Regards


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User currently offlineContact_tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

2 tails is the way to go!

The most beautiful transport has to be the Blackburn Beverly!!!!


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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2812 times:


Hi!

Not bad... not bad at all!!! The Belvedere is a great huge beast and it's a nice looking plane too! I've seen one close by and I tell you.... it is a beast! But you must agree 3 is the trilogy, the triangle, the perfection.....
Regards


User currently offlineLurch From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2783 times:

Well my 3rd fave would have to be the HERCULES AC-130 version that is! The trash hauler with teeth.

User currently offlineKiwiNanday From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2776 times:

Well my 3rd fave would have to be the HERCULES AC-130 version that is! The trash hauler with teeth.

Technically, its not a airlifter... but I'll let it slip for two reasons. Reason one: the Spectre is a gunship. Reason two: it carries a 105-mm punch. OUCH!


User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2776 times:

Gotta be the C17...

Arrives when it's supposed to..
Leaves when it's supposed to...
No kneeling landing gear to break...
Easy to load and offload...
Manueverable on the ground...
Quiet, It'll sneak up on you if you're not paying attention...

And you don't need a fleet of buses to take the crew to billeting...

SATL382G


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13184 posts, RR: 77
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2745 times:

Shorts Belfast.

Interesting to see that a Twin Pioneer was still flying as of last year, they were used along with the single engine Pioneer, in STOL operations supporting counter insurgency efforts in Malaya and Borneo in the 1950's and 60's.


User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

Mine's not been built (yet)

The Boeing C-17K with the RB211 engines that Boeing offered the RAF


User currently offlineREFUELER1974 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

My favorite airlifter is split between the C-5 Galaxy and the C-17A Globemaster III.
The C-5 can haul damn near anything, but the C-17 (being a BEAUTIFUL aircraft with EXCELLENT short field capability) can bring almost anything anywhere!!!


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25 Post contains links and images L-188 : To our mutual shame, I just realized that none of us brought up the C-47, except for the original poster View Large View MediumPhoto © Willem Hon
26 Post contains links and images L-188 : Speaking of favorite airlifters......how about the DH-91 Albatross? http://www.jaapteeuwen.com/ww2aircraft/html%20pages/DE%20HAVILLAND%20DH91%20ALBATR
27 GDB : DH-91 was really an airliner, never a military aircraft, until the few built before WW2 were pressed into service like all other airliners. If war had
28 L-188 : I think you are forgetting about companies such as Miles, Bristol, Dehavilland Hawker and Siddney when they where seperate companies, and the like tha
29 GDB : That's true, if not for inter-government department feuds, the Miles M.52 might well have been the first supersonic aircraft, after taking off under i
30 Post contains images PPGMD : Ahem, L-188, see Post # 5.
31 Post contains links and images GDB : Of all the aircraft so far mentioned in this thread, I've only flown in a DC-3 (C-47) of Air Atlantique in June 1984. To illustrate my choice; View La
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