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Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:33 am

For me, it is the Extra 200. Simple biss mixed with occasional terror!
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:59 am



Quoting 9VSIO (Thread starter):

Good question. I think I had the most fun on the 737. LIke a sportscar, flying fast, tight turns, powerful... Just fun.

The MD11F now is just powerful with nice climbouts.

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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:38 pm

Most fun? A three-way tie, all for different reasons: T-37, MD-80, L-1011.

Biggest chore: B-737. Sorry Wilco...  Wink
 
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:09 pm

Most fun, hands down the T-38. Easy aircraft to fly, very responsive (720degrees/second roll rate), great for formation flying, 900NM x-country legs, simple systems. Second would be F-15, lots of power, can beat just about anything.

Biggest chore, B-727, hard work, tough to land consistently.
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:30 pm

Grumman AA-5B tiger.

The only gripe I have with it is the grocery cart steering, but alas, airplanes are meant to fly, and fly the Tiger does  Smile Gotta love a bird that you can crack the canopy open in flight on and steer with your hands  Wink It handles like a sports car, and it makes a Cessna seem like grandpa's Ford Crown Victoria wagon in comparison.
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:09 pm

I did some right seat stuff in Piper Navajo Cheiftans. They would turn a 5 hour drive into just over a 1 hour flight. You could haul 6 people or 1800 pounds of freight and get there in a hurry. They are just a good workhorse.
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:18 pm

I'm not a pilot but a few years back, I was in the cockpit of a Shorts 360 on a ground delay, jawing with the guys and the pilot told me that the 360 was the most fun plane he ever flew. He acknowledged it wasn't the airplane for looks but it was a real buzz to jockey around.

thought I would share with ya....
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:50 pm



Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 3):
Biggest chore, B-727, hard work, tough to land consistently.

Yes; I hold no fond memories of the 727 either. Like you said, lots of work, virtually no automation, noisy, cramped, and very difficult to land consistently. Lots of guys were anguished when it left the fleet; I was ecstatic.

I agree also about the T-38, but as sporty of a plane as it is, I thought the acro and air work in the T-37 was more fun (and certainly took less room).
 
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:36 pm

The Dash-8. I suppose the 767, which I fly today, is cooler and more impressive overall, but there the Dash was the first "real" plane that I ever flew. Plus, having been a captain on the thing at age 26....

Anyway, here is a true story about my *least* favorite plane...

A true story of Danger and Hilarity, Part 1
http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2008/06/06/askthepilot280/

A true story of Danger and Hilarity, Part 2
http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2008/06/13/askthepilot281/

PS
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:47 am

Instructor 1: F-18, hands down.

Instructor 2: Tie between the Extra 200 and the Hawker Hunter.
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:15 am

I've flown a DA-42. There's a plane you can have fun in  Wink Very responsive and fast. I didn't really like the stick (Being a piper man, it was hard to get used to) and the fact you moved the rudder pedals and not the seat made no sense either.

Especially as my brother flew it before i did and he's 4 foot 11 and i'm 5 foot 9 Big grin
 
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:15 pm

Piper J3 Cub in the summer, flew it with the window open about 1000 feet above the ground at 65 mph waving to people on the ground, real seat of the pants flying.

Another fun airplane I flew was a Piper J4 on floats, I don’t have a seaplane rating so the owner was with me, J4’s are side by side seating unlike the J3’s which are tandem seating. We flew up and down the Hudson River at 100 or so feet checking out the boats (legal in a seaplane)

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Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:43 pm

Schleicher ASK 18 sailplane hands down. Its stylish, elegant, thermals like a ballerena, and has good penetration when you put the speed on.

Even nicer to fly something so rare (only 56 built of all variants), and this airframe had previously survived its pilot bailing out at 2000 feet.
 
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Sat Sep 27, 2008 4:27 am

Mine is a tie between these two:


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Extra 300 - so nimble and responsive, it's as though the controls are hard-wired into your brain. One cold morning, on the way out to the acro box, I was so cold I was shivering. My shivers resonated through the controls and caused the airplane to shiver with me.


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Mooney Ovation - fast, comfortable, stable, very well-balanced, and immensely satisfying to fly.


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Cirrus SR-20 - the most disconnected, numb-feeling airplane I've flown. I hate having to steer with differential braking (castoring nosewheel), and I hate the lack of responsiveness I felt through the sidestick.

Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 3):
Most fun, hands down the T-38.



Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 3):
Second would be F-15

You touched on maneuverability and simple systems, but in what ways did you find the F-15 to be less fun than the T-38? Is it because the 15 was less nimble/maneuverable and more complex to manage, or are their other factors at play?

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Sat Sep 27, 2008 5:44 am

The most fun for me, having only a humble PPL would have been doing a couple of circuits in a a Citation 525. Other then that, I just loved the PA-34-200T when I did my multi-engine rating. As much as I enjoyed the C172, it was nothing like the performance offered by a twin.
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:21 pm

I once spent 20min in the captain's seat of a Nimrod MR2 - in the Air Cadets.  Smile

That was one hell of a trip!
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:02 am

The L-19 was probably the most fun aircraft I have flown. It REALLY makes you work for it on landing. If you do not really work on it, it will bite! I spend around 100 hours flying it towing gliders (so LOTS of take off and landings)
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:19 pm

Does anyone have any opinions on the DC-8? Especially the -70 series?
 
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:32 pm



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 13):
Cirrus SR-20 - the most disconnected, numb-feeling airplane I've flown. I hate having to steer with differential braking (castoring nosewheel), and I hate the lack of responsiveness I felt through the sidestick.

Have you flown their later offerings, and if yes, is the same true?

Totally agree with you about the Extra. Anything from that company is mindblowing.
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:31 am



Quoting 9VSIO (Reply 18):
Have you flown their later offerings, and if yes, is the same true?

No, I haven't. Just the one. The landing characteristics summed up the general feel of the aircraft, in my opinion. I felt as though my job was simply to aim at the touchdown point, level out, and let the airplane settle onto the runway when it was ready. It didn't seem very precise or involving.

After flying it, I hopped back into a 172. The 172, in comparison, felt as though it's an airplane you strap on and wrestle right down onto the precise touchdown point you desire. It seemed much more sensitive to control inputs than the Cirrus.

I think Mooneys feel a lot more precise and involving, too. Though, that probably has a lot to do with the pushrod controls.

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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:57 pm

I really enjoyed flying a new Cessna 182T with a G1000 glass cockpit. There's was something quite cool about flying around listening to 90's retro dance tunes on the XM radio whilst flying over the appalachian mountains. Fantastic short field take off capabilities. Best in its class I believe.

All that being said, most of you other guys have flown aircraft that I can only dream of having a go in. And good on ya' too!
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Sat Oct 04, 2008 2:27 am

Quoting Aviateur (Reply 8):
A true story of Danger and Hilarity, Part 1
http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2008/06/06/askthepilot280/

A true story of Danger and Hilarity, Part 2
http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2008/06/13/askthepilot281/

PS

Your a damned good writer...I was very disappointed when part 2 came to an end! You should consider writing as a secondary career!

You made quite a boring story VERY interesting & very entertaining... I mean, it was a hot electrical switch, not exactly headline news....

Cheers for the good story! I really enjoyed it!

I have a PPL, so not to much fun... I have only flown the C 152 and 172... So mu fun was landing a 152 with a crosswind component well over the posted recommendation. My instructor thought it would be a good lesson, indeed, looking out of your side window crabbing like there is no tomorrow during all of final is a good lesson, and quite a blast.... Now if I could only get my hands on an F-15 I am sure it would redefine my definition of fun  Smile


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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:52 pm



Quoting HapppyLandings (Reply 21):
Your a damned good writer...I was very disappointed when part 2 came to an end! You should consider writing as a secondary career!

Mr Smith did just that:

http://www.askthepilot.com/book.html

Great stuff!!
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:16 pm



Quoting Tjwgrr (Reply 22):
Mr Smith did just that:

http://www.askthepilot.com/book.html

I've got that book! Now I know why Patrick Smith sounded familiar! Dang, I should have put two and two together earlier lol
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RE: Pilots - The Most Fun Aircraft You've Flown?

Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:54 pm



Quoting PGNCS (Reply 7):
Yes; I hold no fond memories of the 727 either. Like you said, lots of work, virtually no automation, noisy, cramped, and very difficult to land consistently.

You have to be one of the few who disliked that bird. Every 727 pilot i've ever talked to from EA, AA to LH and JU loved that aircraft. I've read so many articles about pilot's loving to fly that bird.
Automation? LOL. You've never piloted a DC-8 then.

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