OK, then what's the PRETTIEST military aircraft (non-Viper)

Military aircraft - Post cold war aircraft, including for example B-2, Gripen, F-18E/F Super Hornet, Rafale, and Typhoon.
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Unread post16 Oct 2005, 21:49

Those two warbirds I agree with. The Viper is :offtopic: . We're talking Non-Viper here, buddy... How about the Good Ol' Phabulous Phantom..?
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Unread post16 Oct 2005, 22:06

Sorry..:oops: you're right, Peter... I went off topic... :oops:

I like the Phantom too, is a beautiful fighter. It has served in many countries successfully... It's really great! :)
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Unread post16 Oct 2005, 22:10

A classic. Even on the ground it looks brute, like a bulldog when you stand in front of it...
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Unread post16 Oct 2005, 22:18

Well... what about this???
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Unread post16 Oct 2005, 22:29

Yep, somewhere earlier in this thread I mentioned the Flying Tennis Court... Another classic that is about to finish up its third career is theis one. A tribute to Sir Sydney Camm...
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Unread post16 Oct 2005, 22:36

That's a good one, but I like this desing of Sir Sydney Camm... the Supermarine Spitfire.
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Unread post16 Oct 2005, 22:59

Yeah the Spit. We keep one flying in the Netherlands. But I hate to correct you on his one: Sydney Camm of Hawkers did not design the Spit, Reginald Mitchell did and he never saw it flying, he died of cancer shortly before the Spit proto making its maiden flight.
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Unread post17 Oct 2005, 15:56

Sydney Camm came up with some of the best fighters ever....

Hawker Hart

Hawker Hurricane
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Hawker Typhoon
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Hawker Tempest
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Hawker Fury/Sea Fure - the most powerful and deadly piston engined fighter EVER made anywhere
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Hawker Hunter
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Hawker Sea Hawk
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Hawker Harrier - Not chief designer but had an input
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MRCA - Now known more infamously as the Tornado... like the harrier he had an input
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Just to name a few :)
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Unread post17 Oct 2005, 19:38

Hi Andy

You forgot the Hawk trainer. But Camm's influence ended with the first Harrier version, the P.1127. MRCA was from the outset a tri-national (at first even five-national) project, evolving after Camm's death... But all the other Camm designs, I totally agree with you...
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Unread post17 Oct 2005, 20:54

i did say just a few :)

Actually its little known but the MRCA (before it was officially called that) was deeply related to a UK project that began in 1965... Camm was involved in the Initial designs before he died in 1966 which the other countries entering the project and it became the MRCA in 1968 .

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Unread post17 Oct 2005, 21:52

OK... :oops:
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Unread post18 Oct 2005, 19:55

PetervanStigt wrote:Yeah the Spit. We keep one flying in the Netherlands. But I hate to correct you on his one: Sydney Camm of Hawkers did not design the Spit, Reginald Mitchell did and he never saw it flying, he died of cancer shortly before the Spit proto making its maiden flight.


:oops: Sorry, I was mistaken when thinking that the "Spitfire" was a design of Sir Sydney Camm. The problem was that I confused the "Hurricane" with the "Spitfire" :oops:

Anyway, the Hurricane and the Spitfire are great fighters , and I like both of them... :D
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Unread post18 Oct 2005, 20:04

And the Hurry bore the brunt of the Battle of Britain. There were more Hurries than Spits. The latter was publicity wise more sexy...
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Unread post18 Oct 2005, 20:05

Why's the Eagle called the Tennis court? I'm guessing cuz of it's huge flat surface on the wing and fuselage. My fave planes are Super hornet, Tomcat and Eagle. All are very sexy planes lol
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Unread post18 Oct 2005, 20:17

Yeap, the huge wing surface of the F/15 is responible for the nickname Flying Tennis Court.
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