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David Ashby - Moderator23/08/2010 08:11:42
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I used to play computer games a bit going back a few years ago. One such was called Crimson Skies, a flight sim set in an alternative 1930s. The planes were straight out of the imagination and looked great with no concessions to practical aerodynamics, great fun. Anyone remember this?


Edited By David Ashby - RCME Administrator on 23/08/2010 08:12:46

ken anderson.23/08/2010 08:43:03
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there can be only one the ' spitfire'....admired it since i was a lad........and everytime i see the set's my pulse going..........
 ken anderson ne..1.
birdy23/08/2010 11:13:45
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Another "vote" for the DH Dragon Rapide here. But then I have always loved the Gloster
Ed Darter23/08/2010 12:59:06
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its a cliche, but you cannot beat a spitfire or seafire ! any any mark.... A photo I took at Kemble this year, chuffed to bits with it and it just shows how elegant and 'right' they are, witht he exception of the clipped wings - just plain wrong !!! 


Edited By Ed Darter on 23/08/2010 12:59:48

Kevin Fairgrieve24/08/2010 07:04:11
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Really supprised no one has mentioned this one yet.
For my moderen choice it has got to be.

Edited By Kevin Fairgrieve on 24/08/2010 07:06:24

Solid Snake07/09/2010 19:33:16
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Has to be the English Electric Lightning
 And the TSR2

I tend to find that British planes are usually the best looking 


Edited By James E on 07/09/2010 19:37:56

Concorde Speedbird31/08/2012 18:07:50
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I've just found this thread from a few years back... AND NO CONCORDE!angry


G-BOAF up high


4 Concordes in formation

This for me is the most beautiful aeroplane ever... by miles and miles and miles. Vulcan is nice, of course the Spitfire, the Lightning, but I would have thought someone would have put Concorde! Suppose I'm that guy!angel


Chris Bott - Moderator31/08/2012 18:19:11
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Hi CS, somehow we already knew what you would put

My other two favourites are the one and only Spitfire and the Hawk in Red Arrows colours

Bob H31/08/2012 18:24:51
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Alan Cantwell31/08/2012 19:07:26
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fieseler storche, Nothing else compares,

Edited By Alan Cantwell on 31/08/2012 19:08:13

Broken Prop31/08/2012 19:29:00
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Solid Snake, you have it! thumbs up

Difficult to choose between the EE Lightning and TSR2 though......

I was fortunate to be at the Biggin Hill air display in the late 50's when a Lightning did the 'stand on its tail' routine. Quite apart from the sound of the re-heat which beat your ears into numbness, you could also feel it inside your body. It made you shake. Awesome does not describe it adequately!

They patched the tannoy into the pilot's radio and he read off the altimeter settings as, 'One thousand, two thousand, etc.' as fast as he could say it, all the way up to 17000 feet when he disappeared into the clouds.

They used to actually pay these guys to do this!  Me? I would have paid them!


Edited By Peter Ward on 31/08/2012 19:38:14

Ernie31/08/2012 19:34:46
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Re the Storch, what about the Morane Saulnier Criquet, the French version, with a great big Pratt and Whitley radial up front. Even more bizarre.

It's has to be that, or the Etrich Taube


Daithi O Buitigh31/08/2012 20:02:40
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To beat AA Barry to the punch here - the Westland Whirlwind

Bob Cotsford31/08/2012 20:34:51
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there's only one two sleek, sexy jets, and they're the Hunter and the 262.

Mark Agate31/08/2012 20:59:37
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If it's beauty we're after, surely sleek modern gliders are the best! My favourite is the H101 Salto (by a lady designer!).
I'm always a bit disappointed that scale gliding articles in the modelling press on the whole seem to favour vintage stringbags - give me acres of curvy fibreglass any day!
malcolm woodcock 131/08/2012 21:40:45
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I don't think it's there any more but I always liked the Flying Princess that was cocooned outside the factory at Cowes, Isle of Wight. I remember my Uncle taking us kids to see one landing in the Solent, a very memorable sight and majestic to look at.

Mark Powell 231/08/2012 22:10:42
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In order:

Comet DH88 racer

ME262 The most elegant of jets. Similar configuration to the DH88.

Douglas D-558 Skyrocket

Spitfire  But a bit common.

Hawker Tempest - the inline engine one that looks like a Typhoon

Focke-Wulf 190

Made them all. The Skyrocket was a 'Jetex' Tailored kit.

Edited By Mark Powell 2 on 31/08/2012 22:15:26

Edited By Mark Powell 2 on 31/08/2012 22:18:00

Phil Brooks31/08/2012 23:32:46
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Where to start? Airliners:- Concorde, of course, but also Constellation, Comet 4, VC10, Viscount and DH Dove.

WWII:- Spitfire and Mossie yes, also like the Typhoon, Hurricane, Lockheed Lightning. And the Lancaster just looked right.

Post war military I'd go for the Hunter, Scimitar, DH110, Canberra, Victor and the Buccaneer.

Might have beens include TSR2 and it's near cousin, the Avro Arrow, the Fairey Delta II and the Saunders Roe SR71. Not forgetting the Martin Baker MB5.

Others:- Tiger Moth, Dragon Rapide, Sunderland and the wonderful Handley Page HP42.

Now all I have to do is pick the one I like best. sad

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator31/08/2012 23:37:20
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Phil, don't you think it would have been easier to just say "I like aeroplanes"!wink 2


Edited By Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 31/08/2012 23:37:40

Phil Brooks31/08/2012 23:42:05
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Maybe, but I don't want to be considered an anorak.cheeky

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