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It’s got to be the Sopwith Camel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sopwith_Camel
But also mad props to the Spruce Goose: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_H-4_Hercules
What’s your favourite aeroplane?
It had that massive engine so it turned very quickly one way and stuff.
However, I don't think anything really beats the Spitfire for true amazingness.
Fokker get a special mention for their name.
I once saw two of them flying over a dam in Scotland.
They were unbelievably loud.
the Army Air Corps tried to buy a load of these a while back, but the RAF had a strop about it and it didn't happen.
Are the A-10s in a grey area?
They wanted the A10 for it's ground attack/anti armour potential
and were hoping that by having it 'in house' they could avoid differences between army/RAF doctrine and be a little more self reliant. Similar to how the US Marines have their own Harriers.
The RAF tried to take Apache when the MOD bought them too.
Thought presumably the Marines call them AVHB-64s or whatever that game was called back in the day...
They've got F/18s too which I was unaware of.
but their gun is amazing:
Its primary built-in weapon is the 30 mm GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling gun. One of the most powerful aircraft cannons ever flown, it fires large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells. In the original design, the pilot could switch between two rates of fire: 2,100 or 4,200 rounds per minute; this was changed to a fixed rate of 3,900 rounds per minute. The cannon takes about half a second to come up to speed, so 50 rounds are fired during the first second, 65 or 70 rounds per second thereafter. The gun is precise; it can place 80% of its shots within a 40-foot (12.4 m) circle from 4,000 feet (1,220 m) while in flight.
They are imposing to examine and handle, measuring 11.4 inches (290 mm) in length and weighing 1.53 lb (694 g) or more.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulton_Paul_Defiant - a fighter that couldn't fire forwards
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Mosquito - Shame they made such a shit film about a squadron of them. Really need to get my arse to the Mosquito museum in Potters Bar though.
I'd also add the F-18 Hornet, just for looking cool!
because it looked well futuristic and was fast as fuck!
A defensive feature of the aircraft was its high speed and operating altitude, whereby, if a surface-to-air missile launch were detected, standard evasive action was simply to accelerate.
The SR-71 line was in service from 1964 to 1998, with 12 of the 32 aircraft being destroyed in accidents, though none were lost to enemy action.
i like the cockpit dashboard from flight sim 1998
Been there for years. I'm going that way this weekend.
Twin tail fins always look badass.
Also props to the Su37 for mad thrust vectoring skillz:
but I think the F-15 beats the MiG for looks:
Especially from underneath:
The F-18 has those nice slanted tail fins, which rocks! :D
Used to watch these land most days when I was a littl'un, sssssyywwwwhhhhhhhhhooooompphhhssshhhhhhh!
i'm going to go with the f14 TOMCAT
mainly cause i like the name, although as already established - twin tailfins are badass
also it's the topgun plane!
It's also the only plane that can carry the AIM-54 Phoenix missile, which is an amazing missile! :)