I'm trying to be serious here (although, I must confess, it is a bit difficult), I think that, in today's equalitarian society, that statement is a bit, well, bang out of order. However, I understand where he's coming from.
From my experience of airshows with one's 'better half', those of us who are either actively involved in designing/operating/flying or with an interest in these beasts (oops, there I go again... sorry!), are more interested in the technical details (e.g., that Cessna 152 can pull 17.3 G during rotation, whereas the Piper Cherokee can only pull 16.8g!), the 'better half' is usually interested in something different - the 'head turner'. This is something that looks different, sounds different and, in the case of something that can make your chest wall vibrate from 200 yards away (and I rejoice in the fact that I have seen/heard/felt one of these take off). So, the Vulcan fits the bill.
I would also include in the list:
Spitfire (any mark)
B-52 (low-level fly-past)
Any aircraft that can perform the Sarajevo Landing without crashing...
SR-71 (I wish I had seen that flying... you don't know how much...)
AH-64 (being thrown around properly - "But it looks so UGLY!")
Super Lynx (low-level, max speed fly-past - "Ooh, it's so cute but it's so fast!" I'm not kidding, here!)
Any other suggestions?
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