Texan, its a classic and sounds cool....and its the most "Military like” the others are too Civilianized or TOO acrobatic!! Acrobatic is cool for maneuvering, but in the Texan you can actually picture it with guns and it fly’s like combat aircraft of that generation, the others don’t!!!
Just so I can say that I have been in an aircraft that is used for light strike work in some air arms. Of course, for me, it would be one of those pay to play places where you have an experienced pilot sitting next to you. Kind of a "mommy don't hurt me" ROE.
That's one of the most intelligent questions on this board I have seen from a non-mil driver. Sierra Hotel!
What are you looking to accomplish, the most realistic, hardest to fly, most fun, or...?? I've flown every a/c except the Extra, and it would be my top choice if all I was interested in was, doing what you want to do in ACM, smoking the other pud knocker!
If I remember correctly the Super Decathlon is a 180 hp aircraft, anemic as all get out! IT TAKES A LOT OF FREAKING POUNDS TO ROLL A DECATHLON!!! It's a heavy 'blanking' stick a/c. And your visibility out of it is about zero, don't even think about flying this a/c except for basic, I say again, basic acro training. Next option?.
Pitts S2B, 260 hp, and a great a/c to learn lumchavoks, unsure of spelling, in. Stick pressure is light, unlike the Decathlon, but the visibility is even worse!!! IT BITES, all you have are wires, wings, and struts in front of you. You can't see squat. But it's still a fun, and very super a/c compared to the Decathlon. You can abuse this a/c without hurting her, you?ll just hurt yourself.
Texan, the T-6 is a hog' Big, heavy, underpowered, and no inverted fuel system. But fun to fly and a challenge to fight in. If you wanted the most realism for the old days of prop fighters I'd fly the Texan or the SF-260. The Texan is heavier on the stick than everything except the 'oh my god this is heavy' Decathlon, but it's not too heavy by any means. The a/c has a lot of character, but has sent more than a few aviators home in boxes as when she departs, brother, she departs! But all the civilian ACM schools stay high with her for that reason.
The SF-260 is a dream to fly, but with her 260 hp engine she runs out of smash very quickly in the vertical. Controls are light and well harmonized, it flies more like a jet than another prop a/c I've flown, but I've never flown an Extra. Vis is good with the canopy and side by side seating. This airplane will not disappoint you and it has some decent feedback before she departs.
The Extra, with the power to weight, the maneuverability, the big canopy, I'd pic her first, but again, that's my opinion.
JR, responding to your question "what are you looking to accomplish?" What I'm looking to accomplish is to experience as close as possible what it feels like to be a fighter pilot. I'm looking at a few of those "be a fighter pilot for a day" courses that fly in either the Marchetti or Extra. Or, there are various places offering 45 minute thrill rides in any of the aircraft mentioned above.
heck if ya got the bucks, go to Russia and fly a mig!! or if your in the US become a mayor of a local City next to an Airbase... VIPs get rides all the time..So do movie stars, and famus sports figures..
IMHO I'd take the SF260, but again, I haven’t flown the Extra.
Hey, anyone out there got Extra and SF260 time that can give this future Warrior some advice?
Tell me a school that has T-34Cs... I've been to enough funerals for friends flying T-34As in ACM programs that have lost wings. FYI, the current allowed g's in the T-34A is under 3 g's, and the "B" ain’t even acro certified.
I’d fly the SF260 before the Mustang to go train for ACM, even if there was such a program, I just don’t like sluggish heavy sticked aircraft for ACM…
Thanks for the link. Ii'm 36 so I'm way past the age requirement. In my 20's I tried to get in but to no avail (eyesight). Now I'm trying to determine if flying one of the planes I mentioned above can quench some of my thirst of being a fighter pilot.