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Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator13/08/2010 23:22:21
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In another thread we were discussing the GeeBee racer. Some thought it was "cute", some thought it beautiful, yet others thought it ugly. Now we all know that beauty is subjective - one mans beautiful aeroplane is another's monstrosity!
So what's your personal favourite? What aeroplane have you always admired the lines of and thought "Wow, that's one beautiful aeroplane".
To start the ball rolling here's my nomination - the F15

Doug Ireland13/08/2010 23:38:42
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The F4K Phantom. i worked on them for four years and had the chance to go up in one twice!

John Privett14/08/2010 00:22:49
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Interesting choices!  Personally I wouldn't consider either the F15 or F4 as "beautiful" aircraft - both are very functional,  any elegance there may be is possibly more noticeable with the 15 than the 4.
But it's very much a personal thing as BEB said.  My choice(s) are probably boringly conventional.  For the modern era it's got to be the Concorde.  For WWII the Spitfire and Mosquito and between times the Hawker Hunter.  And on the subject of the Hunter,  something that people often seem to disagree about,  I do like the Miss Demeanour colour scheme.

Big Bandit14/08/2010 05:45:05
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Has to be the Vulcan

Tim Mackey14/08/2010 07:41:37
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Fits perfectly into the predictable and "boring" category I know - but undeniably a most beautiful aircraft.   It can only be the graceful Spitfire.
Number two and 3 etc get harder ( like naming your favourite 5 films etc ) but certainly on my list would be the F16, Concorde, and perhaps oddly the Browne monoplane.
Peter Miller14/08/2010 08:47:07
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The Hunter has to be the most beautiful jet fighter ever. Just perfection.
The Spitfire as the most beautiful piston engines fighter. With the Mustang and Fw 190 as close seconds.
I would put the Monocoupe 90 very high on the list of beautiful aircraft from the 30s
winchweight14/08/2010 09:40:28
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Nah, Hawker Sea Hawk, Hunter and another vote for the F4. The Spitfire and Mosquito also get votes of course, but so does the de Havilland Rapide / Dragon
Myron Beaumont14/08/2010 09:57:00
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I think that the Lockheed Constellation was one of the most lovely aeroplanes of its day . It just looks right -very aerodynamic .
OK  Call me old fashioned
Pete B - Moderator14/08/2010 09:57:01
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Many of the above - and the Buccaneer was a very curvy lady too!
Myron Beaumont14/08/2010 10:01:14
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Pete B
So was the Victor -I saw one last year at Ellington museum . Well worth a visit by the way -There are even beautiful flying models hanging from the ceiling in the cafe
ericrw14/08/2010 10:13:29
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How about the Brabazon?
Eck14/08/2010 10:29:36
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Arado Ar 234 Blitz - a vey clean design.
Fanyak14/08/2010 10:41:47
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North American XB-70 Valkyrie
Carl Muff14/08/2010 11:10:58
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its got to be bae lightning

DH 82A14/08/2010 11:49:29
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Princess  flying boat.     Constellation ,   Starfighter  ,   Folland  Gnat.
Eric Bray14/08/2010 16:57:16
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DH Mossie, BAE Hawk, Avro Vulcan, for 'powered' a/c
Fox, Discus, and 'cannot decide' for pure flight.
Fournier RF5, Grob 105 for 'in-betweeners'!
(edit to correct from Grob 115, that's the plastic two-seat trainer  which is almost a Fourner).

Edited By Eric Bray on 14/08/2010 16:58:29

Josip Vrandecic -Mes14/08/2010 19:56:31
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The first time I saw one the most beautifull fighter-bomber DH Mosquito,I was 10 years old.

flytilbroke14/08/2010 20:07:08
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DH Mosquito ar the Hawker Hunter. Especially with the Miss Demeanour's colour paint job. The Victor easily beats the Vulcan and most others for looks.
Josip Vrandecic -Mes14/08/2010 20:32:58
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Hi Flytibroke!" The tastes of debate"
Myron Beaumont14/08/2010 20:38:02
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Best looking biplane ?
The Hawker Hind . So streamlined

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