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opquickie
03-03-2006, 02:51 AM
sorry don't have time to put up pictures right now buuuuut....

What are the best looking AIRCRAFT ever?

P-51 Mustang, even a youngin like me can respect the beauty of this plane
F-22 Raptor, smooth and sleek
SR-71, looks VERY fast even when still
Edge 540
S-37
Learjet
Cobra heli
Me-109
A-10
Slow Stick (nahh only kidding)

whatya guys got?

Don Sims
03-03-2006, 03:20 AM
I like the golden age of avaition planes. The Staggerwing is one of my favorites.

Turbojoe
03-03-2006, 03:34 AM
C-121 Super Constellation!


Joe

Jason T
03-03-2006, 04:10 AM
SR-71 if my favorite. Here is some dark pics of it from the Air and Space museum near DC.

Johan Beyers
03-03-2006, 08:18 AM
I vote for the SR-71 too. It just oozes aerodynamics and speed. Looks like it's doing mach 2 just standing there. No wonder you see echoes of it everywhere in the newest Star Wars movies. All the craft they wanted to look sleek and fast, they modeled on the blackbird.

Second choice would be the A-10 Thunderbolt/Warthog/Tankbuster. This one punches right through the ugly end of the scale by pure force and comes out the other end as functional poetry in motion.

tim hooper
03-03-2006, 01:05 PM
Farman Jabiru.

Surely this sublime aeroplane truly epitomises the grace and elegance of a bygone era?

tim

vax6335
03-03-2006, 01:51 PM
There's sooo many planes I find really beautiful, but for sleekness my vote would go for the B-2 Spirit or F-22 Raptor. However there's something really beautiful about WW1 era planes, maybe it's nostalgia?

flyranger
03-03-2006, 05:12 PM
My favorite would be the Hughes Racer! Have the 3-views. Will model it someday.:D

EpoweredRc
03-03-2006, 06:07 PM
sorry don't have time to put up pictures right now buuuuut....

What are the best looking AIRCRAFT ever?

P-51 Mustang, even a youngin like me can respect the beauty of this plane
F-22 Raptor, smooth and sleek
SR-71, looks VERY fast even when still
Edge 540
S-37
Learjet
Cobra heli
Me-109
A-10
Slow Stick (nahh only kidding)

whatya guys got?


Wow, to many ones ones out there, I myself like the Edge 540 cause of the acrobatic view point, the F-22 is sleek and fast (I like fast)
The Cobra Heli is also a cool looking heli. But there are so many more.

crast test dummie
03-03-2006, 06:12 PM
There are soooo many cool planes that have been made over the years, It's almost impossible for me to choose. I love em all.:)

CTD

MikeMc
03-03-2006, 06:40 PM
C-121 Super Constellation!
I'll 2nd that.

Also:
A5 Vigilante
P-61B Blackwidow
XB-70
many, many others

tim hooper
03-04-2006, 07:43 AM
If its sleek and streamlined you're after, then there's a site just for you here;

(PM me for the link - it has pop-ups)

tim

slipstick
03-04-2006, 10:04 AM
I don't see how you can include WWII planes and ignore the prettiest planes ever made :
Supermarine Spitfire
De Havilland Mosquito

And my personal favourite the Vickers Wellesley ;).

Steve

Turbojoe
03-04-2006, 02:39 PM
Tim,

That site is pop up HELL! I just recovered from a virus this week and had to do a complete format and re-install. I hadn't yet gotten the pop up blocker installed though. This site inundated me with pop ups. I just checked with SpyBot and found 27 ad cookies along with two registry entries to disable my firewall and antivirus! I had just checked last night and the system was totally clean. Please edit the site from your post so no one gets hit with problems. Anyone that went there should install and run SpyBot and Ad-Aware software. They're free and work.


Joe

tim hooper
03-04-2006, 06:04 PM
Tim,

That site is pop up HELL!
Joe

My apologies Joe - I only get a single pop-up.

tim

TLyttle
03-05-2006, 05:56 AM
Super Connie, actually ANY Connie. There are a bunch of them at Pima (Tucson), including a presidential aircraft, polished to a point where you can hardly look at it. "Most beautiful" suggests to me purity of line, regardless of era, and the Connie is just plain sensuous. The Rainbow, the Comet4, the Fury, lots of others fit the description... There is an SR71 at Pima along with an X15 mockup, on and on the list goes...

Wellesley!!! Haw haw haw haw...

50+AirYears
03-05-2006, 06:04 AM
This is one of those things that just reinforces the concept of beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
There are a couple of jets from Supermarine and Hawker that are pretty good looking.

JimClark
03-05-2006, 06:24 AM
Here is mine
http://jimclark.smugmug.com/photos/49712020-M.jpg

TLyttle
03-05-2006, 06:33 AM
Oh, yeah, early jets had to have purity of line, 'cuz they just didn't have the power to tow around a load of Ugly; I have been a Panther fan from the first time I saw a pic. I agree with the Hunter etc. as choices, gorgeous. Same with the P39; not a line wasted, nothing out of place...

Heyford, now there's something that Tim should have a hack at!

nova801428
03-05-2006, 07:45 AM
personally, I think the best looking is the Mistubishi A6M5 Zero: great agility, sleek, fast, and sporty looking!!!

tim hooper
03-05-2006, 08:45 AM
Heyford, now there's something that Tim should have a hack at!

You know me too well Terry! :D

By pure coincidence the Heyford is on my mental shortlist. I've just bought a pair of those little 'bell' outrunners, and I'm casting about for a 48"-ish scale twin with some character. The heyford looks quite interesting, doesn't it?

tim

http://jnpassieux.chez-alice.fr/images/Heyford.jpg

FinnFlyer
03-06-2006, 06:05 PM
I've always favored this as one of the prettiest birds.

EUT
03-06-2006, 06:17 PM
Republic Rainbow, best looking multi engine. Twister, best looking single engine, even better that the Spitfire, which inspired it.

TLyttle
03-07-2006, 02:35 AM
C'mon Tim, coincidence? I've been waiting patiently while you get diverted by models that actually LOOK like real airplanes! I KNEW the Heyford had to be on your list!

crxmanpat
03-15-2006, 08:17 PM
For some reason I have always liked the General Dynamics F-16XL that was built as a prototype in competition with what became the F-15E Strike Eagle. I seem to like deltas for some reason, especially that "cranked arrow" wing.

And for those that said SR-71, the third picture is for you.

Pat

Don Sims
03-15-2006, 08:45 PM
I can remember hearing SR-71's taking off from Kadina airfield on Okinawa when I was a kid back in the late 60's. I don't recall ever seeing them, just hearing the critters at night. They were louder than most of the planes that took off from there.

The Blackbird was some kind of plane....

opquickie
03-16-2006, 12:56 AM
yeah, even now the blackbird and nighthawk only really practice at night.

do you know that it is completely normal for the blackbird to leak all sorts of fluids after landing due to the expansion/contraction caused by high speed therefore high friction flights?

oh yeah:
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/criticalops/planes/x36_309.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/criticalops/planes/Typhoon.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/criticalops/planes/TornadoClimbingSharply.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/criticalops/planes/Spitfire.gif
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/criticalops/planes/f22-050.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/criticalops/planes/F22.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/criticalops/planes/berkut_408.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/criticalops/planes/airpower1_5.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/criticalops/planes/540_3.jpg

Jason T
03-16-2006, 02:04 AM
Nice pics.

I have heard that the black bird leaks.

Don Sims
03-16-2006, 02:37 AM
Didn't they have to literlly fuel them until the startup because of leaks? Weren't the fuel tanks built to expand in flight??

crast test dummie
03-16-2006, 02:40 AM
These planes were fueled at take off and then they had to re-fuel in flight after take off. I have seen them on the tarmac dripping fuel from its seams.

CTD

Jason T
03-16-2006, 11:46 AM
That is a scary thought.

opquickie
03-16-2006, 07:11 PM
That is a scary thought.

agreed, but is jet fuel flammable under normal pressure?

i mean i know you can put out a match in a tub of diesel fuel because it must be compressed, what about jet fuel? i'd imagine extremely combustible fuel leaking everywhere would be a problem...

Jason T
03-16-2006, 11:58 PM
I'm not sure, regardless the SR71 is still my favorite. :)

BillM
04-10-2006, 05:44 AM
When it comes to beautiful airplanes it is hard to beat the WACO SRE biplane and the Beech Staggerwing biplane. The Supermarine Spitfire has to be among the most beautiful fighter planes--the P-51 being a close competitor.

BM

50+AirYears
04-10-2006, 02:39 PM
P-51, B-47, B-58, F-86, P-80, Spitfire, Bell X-2, Spartan Executive, Hawker Hunter. Just a few. B-47 looked like it was going fast just sitting on the ground. The RB-47D I got to see 3 years after they were officially retired was impressive, even when the 20 mm tail stinger was tracking your vehicle as you aproached it.

In an Air Progress description, the SR-71 took off under JP-4, Climbed to altitude, got refueled with JP-9, a fuel that actually required a catalyst to be able to burn. To accomodate the frictional heat generated, the plane had to be built with many sliding joints that didn't fully seal until the plane had warmed up.

Several segments on Discovery, History, and TLC channels showing the SR-71 did show the plane leaking what was probably fuel. Not just dripping, visible streams of fuel, especially from the rear underbody.

tim hooper
04-11-2006, 09:11 PM
.... it is hard to beat the WACO SRE biplane...

Bill,

I have to agree about the SRE! I've been smitten with this aeroplane ever since I saw pics of the Charlie Bice-built prototype of the 40" Peter Rake design.

So smitten that I built one as well. Less than 20oz, 4 channels. A Typhoon6 outrunner on 2S1P 1600 li-po cells gives easy ROG capability and smooth aerobatics. See attached pics.

I'm so pleased with the performance of this little model that I've drawn up plans for a 68", 16 cell version which I hope to complete in the next couple of months.

tim :cool:

firemanbill
04-11-2006, 09:52 PM
opquickie, any of the Jet fuels, JP-4 JP-8, JP-8+100 are all real high grades of kerosene, just like diesel fuel. Not too big of a dael when they leak other than environmental...

Now AvGas on the other hand... kablooie:eek:

Back before the EPA we used to do our training fires, (see USAF Firefighter) with JP-4. it would take 2 guys with road flares to set that stuff off after we poured it onto the ground. BUT once it got going it really got going.

Don Sims
04-12-2006, 02:33 AM
WOW Tim! Another beautiful plane!

BillM
04-12-2006, 03:24 AM
Mr. Hooper, sir--
I can't hardly wait fot the unveiling.

BM

redneckflyer
04-12-2006, 07:19 PM
big big big fan of the p51-d mustang

opquickie
04-12-2006, 11:33 PM
pictures!!! someone show me pictures of the best looking WWI planes. or at least something that i as a teenager have probably never seen.

astondb9
06-18-2008, 03:40 AM
Cool question.:rolleyes: I gotta go with the P51...:$ You've got to also love the F22, F14, of course SR71...:silly: Surprised no-one has mentioned my all time favourite jet...North American F-86 Sabre...:tc::$

TLyttle
06-18-2008, 04:40 AM
Aw, c'mon, Tim, go for the Heyford.......

dk_aero
06-18-2008, 06:16 AM
Mooney 252...

C140
06-18-2008, 04:27 PM
Luscombe 8E. Built in the fourties and fifties, it was general aviation at its best.

The 8E in the second picture is heavily modified, so it kind of detracts from the look, but you get the idea.

50+AirYears
06-18-2008, 04:33 PM
How about from WW-I the Fokker D-VII or the Brittish SE-5, the French Spad 13 or the Nieuport 27?

ganst949
08-14-2008, 05:32 PM
Globe Swift
http://i.pbase.com/o4/43/578243/1/57908157.IMGP1979AP.jpg

TLyttle
08-14-2008, 05:47 PM
Any of the DGAs fit here, as does the Cessna 195...

50+AirYears
08-14-2008, 07:42 PM
Surprised nobody has mentioned the Beechcraft Starship. One has made long, low approaches to our county airport passing over our club flying field a number of times over the last 6 or 7 years. It is a beautiful ship.

GANJAR
08-19-2008, 03:21 AM
The SR-71 by far, I can hear the X-Men tune playing in my head everytime i see it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6KPt-QKDFU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6KPt-QKDFU

Oh man, what happend to the quality cartoons of the early 90's compared to this crap we got now : (

griffindor
08-21-2008, 07:19 PM
My god. So many to choose from
Please hold.
(Elevator Music)
Thank you for holding I think it's a tie between the F-22 and the Mustang.

FlyWheel
08-23-2008, 10:00 PM
Good lord, there have been so many over the years. This will probably be an ongoing reply, I can't remember them all at the moment. http://mescal.pixelized.ch/smilies/scratch.gif

Well, here goes. For a start...

The SR-71 Blackbird, of course.
XB-70 Valkyrie.
YB-39/45 Flying Wing (as well as most of it's test prototypes, like the NM-9).
Avro Vulcan.
T-38/F-5 Talon.
T-37 "Tweet"
The P-51 Mustang (very classic looks).
X-29
Just about any rapier (long and thin) winged plane.


I also seem to remember an AF jet trainer that had a cockpit bubble that looked strikingly like a pair of bug eyes, the student and teacher sat side by side, I think. This made the whole plane look eerily like a dragonfly. But I have never been able to find it since.

Anybody?

griffindor
08-23-2008, 10:36 PM
I like the F-35 too. I love VTOL. Don't forget the Su-30 with those canards and the thrust Vectoring.

crxmanpat
08-23-2008, 10:47 PM
I also seem to remember an AF jet trainer that had a cockpit bubble that looked strikingly like a pair of bug eyes, the student and teacher sat side by side, I think. This made the whole plane look eerily like a dragonfly. But I have never been able to find it since.

Anybody?Are you talking about the T-37 Tweet? This is the only side-by-side USAF trainer I can think of.

FlyWheel
08-23-2008, 11:27 PM
Are you talking about the T-37 Tweet? This is the only side-by-side USAF trainer I can think of.


Yes, I do believe that is my "Dragonfly" trainer!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7b/T-37_AP.JPG/800px-T-37_AP.JPG

Thanks :D

FlyingMonkey
08-24-2008, 01:07 AM
The SR-71 by far, I can hear the X-Men tune playing in my head everytime i see it.

s6KPt-QKDFU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6KPt-QKDFU

Oh man, what happend to the quality cartoons of the early 90's compared to this crap we got now : (


it was quality back then?


:D

50+AirYears
08-25-2008, 02:23 PM
At least the motion was fairly continuous instead of the stop action they seem to do now that makes it look like they are just occasionally putting up a still drawing.

TLyttle
08-25-2008, 04:36 PM
Cartooning... I was raised on 40s cartoons, my favourite being Chuck Jones's stuff, Bugs Bunny, Road Runner etc. Then came the Dark Ages of Hanna-Barbera and their 2-dimensional crap based on dialogue rather than art. Along came Pixar and a couple of others and made cartooning art again, even if it is digital, with Shrek etc. If that X-men sample is "High Quality", I hate to see what the "Low Quality" is like...

Pretty airplanes: ran across a picture of the Boeing 314, now that is graceful!

Lieutenant Loughead
08-25-2008, 04:49 PM
I'm really surprised nobody has yet said the Lockheed P-38 Lightning... It is by FAR my favorite airplane!

The Northrop F-5 Talon is a close second...

Where's the thread on our LEAST favorite airplane? :rolleyes:

50+AirYears
08-25-2008, 05:01 PM
Friend of mine loves the P-38. He was a crew chief for an A-20 flying out of England for part of WW-2, before switching to B-24s. Friend of his offered to take him for a ride on a routine photo mission. Just a couple hours along the coast. My friend sprained his back that night, so he couldn't go. The P-38 never got back. Missing in action.

Lieutenant Loughead
08-25-2008, 05:19 PM
Wow! Great story! What a lucky sprained back! :eek:

Eplane65
08-25-2008, 10:08 PM
All great nominees, but my favorite is the F4U Corsair. It's just mean and gritty looking!

pd1
08-25-2008, 10:22 PM
Tried but I couldn't settle for just one.

Biplane... .......................... .Curtis Hawk P6E

30's Racer............................Brown Miss Los Angeles

WW II fighter...single engine Bell P 63 King Cobra
Twin Fighter......................Lockheed P 38 Lightning
Twin bomber.........................deHavelland Mosquito
Bomber................................Boeing B 17

Jet fighter...........................Grumman F9F Cougar
Jet bomber..........................Consolidated B 58 Hustler
Airliner................................deHavillan d Comet (jet)

FlyWheel
08-26-2008, 01:51 AM
oh yeah:

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/criticalops/planes/berkut_408.jpg

Hmm. Looks like the Rooskies have been looking over the shoulders of our military aircraft designers again, I could swear that was an X-29. Probably lifted the plans from MySpace http://mescal.pixelized.ch/smilies/windows.gif)

You can add the X-29 to my list as well.

FlyWheel
08-26-2008, 01:56 AM
it was quality back then?


:D


Compared to the thirty/sixty minute commercials for the latest "boys dolls"? Yes.

SCOREMAN
09-17-2008, 12:43 AM
Sleek, well proportioned, interesting from virtually every angle ..

Douglas A/B26 Invader.

Firestem4
09-17-2008, 02:16 AM
Well my favorite Airplane is the A-10 Thunderbolt II, but best looking would have to go to F-15E Strike Eagle. I love it because it exuberates aggressiveness. It Looks like a figure of Air-Superiority, but it also is very sleek and cutting edge. A-10 comes in second because its a flying tank and I love that thing =)

Slowjohn
09-19-2008, 09:07 PM
Sleek, well proportioned, interesting from virtually every angle ..

Douglas A/B26 Invader.

I hafta agree, I too like the A/B-26 Invader quite a lot. So much so that I have 2 balsa builds & a foamy sorta Invader scratch build. Can hardly wait to finish them & get them flying. I'm also Partial to the Mustangs & the so called "Twin Mustangs" the F-82 along with the Corsair. I'm hard pressed to pick just one as ya'll can see.

Scoreman,
Did you finish your Wing Mfg. based Invader build? I have the Wing Mfg. short kit built to about 90% completion. Sorry to say I bought it that way but only paid $80 for it. I also have a Flight Dynamics Inc. A-26C kit to build from back in the early 70's. If you'd like to discuss this further please PM me.

Standing By,
SJ

constantCrash
09-19-2008, 09:18 PM
I'd have to vote for some of the golden age of flight planes. Like the WACO's etc. Back when the engine's were still big, raw, round and went chug chug chug. but had developed flowing elegant lines that said "the future is flight." the GeeBee R1, R2 are my all time favorite planes. Followed by the Hall Bulldog and the Monocoupe.

Modern aircraft like the F-22 (although I prefer the F-23) are sleek and gorgeous, but they don't have the personality or elegance of the old planes.

casor
10-01-2008, 08:41 AM
What? Are you guys kidding me? Spitfire MkI
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8b/Spitfire_mk2a_p7350_arp.jpg/571px-Spitfire_mk2a_p7350_arp.jpg (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/Spitfire_mk2a_p7350_arp.jpg)

r4pt0r
01-23-2009, 02:43 PM
I have a vote for the T-6 Texan from wwII. Also the Mig-29 and F-86.

FlyingMonkey
01-23-2009, 02:55 PM
you're all wrong!

the best looking aircraft ever...





























http://selmaleung.files.wordpress.com/2006/09/round-parachute.jpg

WingingIt74
01-23-2009, 02:58 PM
In no particular order:

Beechcraft Staggerwing
DC-3
Super Connie
Gee Bee R-1, R-2 & R-1/2

MaxAdventure
01-23-2009, 03:15 PM
took way too long in this thread to mention the P-38!!!
also took too long to post a photo of the spitfire!
I love that someone mentioned the A-10, because it's beautiful in that it's purposeful, you can just tell it can do it's job well!

speaking of missed TOP planes:
http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/middle/7/4/1/0959147.jpg

Sparky Paul
01-23-2009, 05:21 PM
"Grosvenor House" replica at Fox Field, CA, 10 years ago..
Only full-scale I've seen almost tip-stall when landing..

max-nix
01-24-2009, 01:49 AM
The Gee Bee R-3 is the design of Italian aircraft designer Mirco Pecorari. It is a "Fantasy Scale" aircraft and it has never been built as a full size airplane. There has been talk that a full size version may be built by Jim Kimball Enterprise.:$

Kiwikid
07-02-2009, 11:45 PM
There is but one

Modifier
07-03-2009, 05:37 AM
ALL HAIL RED BARON!! the baddest of the bad. I was there for the crash.
http://www.planesoffame.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=1587

With the counter rotators, it looked like a plate of steel at rpm.

guthook
10-12-2009, 07:49 PM
I myself have always been partial to the P-47.

casor
10-13-2009, 08:01 AM
You mean like this one?

Jim Ryan 32" balsa kit.....flies like it's on rails

sam94
10-13-2009, 11:03 AM
My favorite has to be the P51d mustang..I love them