Soren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2111 times:
Ok first of all this is not meant to be a "this plane" vs "that plane" topic.
This topic is about what plane is your favorite airshow performer, and why. It can be any plane from a Cesna 172 to a B-2 and any reason. If you have a favorite bomber, transport and fighter lets hear them all.
Mine are: Fighter: Su-27 Flanker (and the other Su-XX based on it).
Reason: Lovely designed aircraft, fast, highly manuverble (sp?) and have a great engine sound. It is also large enough so that you can get good shots of it during its display.
Bomber: B-1B Lancer
Reason: Even though it is a very large aircraft it look sleek and fast. It is very photogenic both in the air and on the ground.
Reason: It puts on one hell of a display!!!
Steman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1275 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1817 times:
I agree with you on fighters and I would add that I like also Tornado and F-104: never seen something faster at such a low level!!!
Unfortunately I have never seen a bomber in my life but I'd die to see a B-1B or a B-52 (a G with turbojets....LLLOUDY!!)
transports: the G-222 (and hopefully the C-27J) is by far the most manouveravble tactical transport and it won severla prizes at the RIAT.
Soren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1797 times:
Stefano if you ever get the chance to got to RIAT you should really do it. I know its a long way and quite expenceive but it is really worth it. This year one of the themes are bombers and they are trying to get some Russian bombers over, so hopefully there will be lots of bombers there next summer, along with the 350+ other aircrafts.
Rene From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 55 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1767 times:
If you have the chance to see a flying display of a Hungarian MiG-29, take it. I've seen it at this years RIAT in Cottesmore. Fantastic. The pilot, Major Vari, made the most of the Fulcrum and the show included a lot of flares
Other good performer, in my opinion, are the Viggen (only a few years of flying to come), the Gripen, the B-1, the G222, the F-16, the F-18 and the Flanker.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12706 posts, RR: 80 Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1737 times:
So many to list, so a few standouts for me;
Gone for a few years, but the Vulcan was unforgettable.
The hottest fighter I ever saw was the BAC Lightning.
In the 1980's, SR-71's put on fantastic displays at Mildenhall here in the UK, belching flames from the engines.
Something similar was also part of the RAAF F-111C's displays too.
The RAF Red Arrows are the best display team, but in 1987 the Italian team flying MB339's were awesome, but shortly after I saw them at IAT 87 at Fairford, they had a terrible accident at Ramstein in Germany which curtailed subsequent displays, but they are still great.
The Dutch AF did amazing things with an F-27.
Even after all these years, watching Harriers accelerate from the hover is still amazing.
Peterba69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 70 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1690 times:
Shawn Tucker in his RAVEN. Flying in a 90 deg. bank from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge with his nose pointed upward about 45deg. He was only doing about 45kts. into an approx. 20Kt. wind. This was Fleet Week in SFO, 1998, where a Blue Angel went in the opposite direction at about 750kts. Literally pulled the water into the air. Way cool! Go to http://steehouwer.com and scroll down to the Fleet Week pics to see. Also some awesome pic's by this guy.
USAir1489 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 363 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1685 times:
Sean Tucker never flew the Raven or Turbo Raven. You're thinking of Wayne Handley, who flew those two aircraft. Unfortunately at Salinas a few years ago, he was involved in a crash that totaled the Turbo Raven and injured him pretty badly. However, Wayne made a remarkable recovery and is retired from the airshow industry.
Sean Tucker flies the Oracle Challenger, essentially a one-of-a-kind highly modified Pitts. I'm not sure what his sponsor was in 1998...either 1-800-COLLECT or 10-10-220. The plane back then was painted black and yellow (yellow sponsor name) and today it's all bright red with ORACLE painted in white.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 21 Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1666 times:
Frecce Tricolore! The best demo team in the world bar none.
The RNtAF F.27 demo team was also great, but was disbanded when their arcraft was taken out of service (GRRRR, they should have gotten an F.60 to replace it).
Helicopter demo from the German Luftwaffe with a Bo105 was also magnificent. Don't know if they still do it.
I wish I were flying
25 TEDSKI: F-14D SUPER TOMCAT F-15C EAGLE F-16C FIGHTING FALCON F/A-18C HORNET AV-8B HARRIER WW2 WARBIRDS P-40N WARHAWK OR KITTYHAWK P-51D MUSTANG B-17G FLYING F
26 Contact_tower: I have to say the F-16, the beautiful thing that serves my holmeland so well The Gripen is cool too, but I see it everyday at work, it gets very "old"
27 Spectre: Israeli F-15 Vulcan...Awesome F-4..so noisy G-222...amazing C-130...in good hands F-4..so beautifully ugly!! Frecci Ticolori....continuous excitment B