ArniePie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3062 times:
relative to it's max takeoff weight,... ? I'll take a wild guess but it seems to me that the A4 Skyhawk must be up there with the best.
Also the SU25 , Pucara and A10 come to mind as do the F16 and Rafale.
And let's not forget about the A7 corsair
EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2756 times:
Quoting JakeOrion (Reply 11): The Republic F-105 Thunderchief is up there with 14,000 lbs. of external ordinance (for a single engine aircraft! ) The F-18 Hornet is pretty close too at 13,500 lbs.
Let's not forget the F-111. I recall seeing a photo of one with all six wing stations loaded with a mulitiple ejector rack and 6 bombs on each rack. Believe they were 750 lb type. Total of 48 bombs. Admittedly, that wouldn't have been an operational load, but it made a great publicity photo.