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The design was hopelessly dated even when I was on active duty but it was clean and graceful in flight, and it is still the champion of (jet) air combat with its record from Korea.
F-104 had the most beautiful lines, and wonderful sheet metal work.
F-4 looked like what it was - a weapon. It reminded me of the Thompson submachine gun, all purpose and no pretty.
P-51 has to be on anyone's list.
Hellcat, wings, seat, engine, guns. What else do you need?
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.