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Concorde Speedbird31/08/2012 23:52:34
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Got a favourite Phil? You have a list of very pretty planes there!

BEB, back at the first post, you said an F15, which is NOT A BIPLANE!surprise Very nice plane though!



Turbycat01/09/2012 07:22:10
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Got to be the Mew Gull for the civvy side. Always liked it and used to live next door but one to Alex Henshaw when I was a kid. For my military side it has to be the Lightning closely followed by the Spitfire (later bubble canopy marks).

Phil Brooks01/09/2012 09:56:36
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Like others on this thread I think Britain has produced more good looking aircraft than any other country, but I have to admit that the Fiat G55 and G91 are very pretty aeroplanes. I'd best stop now before my list gets even longer.

David Davis01/09/2012 15:07:37
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Just love those square-rigged angular lines!

Sorry not clever enough to provide a link. blush

Prop Nut01/09/2012 15:28:41
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Beauty is, indeed, very subjective. A curvy actress can be beautiful, but so can a more toned and athletic woman, or an assertive one - depends on what floats your boat. I've always thought the Hawker Hunter was the epitome of grace, but the sheer pugnaciousness of the Lancaster and the English Electric Lightning also make them very attractive. I would, however, have to vote for the Grumman F6F Hellcat as my personal 'beauty'.

Mark Powell 201/09/2012 15:56:33
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These WW2 warbirds are funny. I've got a Topflite Spitfire. Very curvy and 'pretty'. Then you put the two big cannons on the wing. Its whole demeanour changes. Aggressive and threatening, not pretty at all. My wife doesn't like it. (She is having counselling.)

Erfolg01/09/2012 21:15:13
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Ther are to many

The Douglas X3

DH Albatross

Heinkel 100

Ohhh! and the Gee Bee

Needs deleting, images failed, please

Edited By Erfolg on 01/09/2012 21:16:06

Dave Bran01/09/2012 21:26:08
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Concorde Speedbird01/09/2012 21:37:46
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Is that that Jet biplane, the slowest jet ever Dave?

Ohh, look at that!

MikeS01/09/2012 21:51:31
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So far I could love them all. At the moment it has to be the P40 B version.

Richard Harris01/09/2012 22:18:55
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Ken Wallis's WA-116, aka 'Little Nellie' from the James Bond film 'You only Live Twice'. Under estimated aviator, designer and engineer of modern times.


Favourite 'fixed wing' is the Heinkel 111, I do like most of the WWII German machines though, they were way ahead of the times.



Stephen Grigg02/09/2012 07:58:52
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Like cars many aircraft have an appeal be it a Spifire or a Vulcan ,you cant choose one.When I had money in another life I had a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow,a Porsche 911 Turbo and a Talbot Sambe convertible.People used to ask which I preferred and there was no answer.I now drive a Toyotsa Surf,because it gets into the flying field all year round and carries plenty of models with ease and is easy to load and unload,its my perfect model but to fly Harmon Rocket.Love to see the Spitfire fly and the Vulcan but yesterday saw me scrabbling for my camera to photograph a biplane.

Dean02/09/2012 09:47:10
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54 photos

The B-17 is one that appeals to me Will build the Tony Nijhuis model one day!


and I love the brute uglyness of the Stuka!!


Olly P02/09/2012 09:57:11
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some of the russian shapes are much under appericaited - the TB3, IL16 and so many others:

SVENO-SPBPolikarpov I-16s

Nev02/09/2012 10:39:10
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It’s very hard not to say the Spitfire.

From being a lad my all time favourite was/is the Lightening and I can still remember the last lightning show at Binbrook, but I wouldn't call it beautiful.

There have been some excellent suggestions and I think of the piston engine types, although I do like the Mustang, I will go for the Mosquito and for the jets the hunter.

I may change my mind tomorrow and it’s still very hard not to say the Spitfire.

Radge02/09/2012 11:16:39
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I really struggle with warbirds of any age, shape or size(too many years in the RAF I suppose) but I do have a definite thing for the interwar 'golden age' aircraft. There are so many to choose from, but if I had to narrow it down I'd opt for the Schneider Trophy racers, especially the Gloster Mk VI

gloster 6.jpg

bouncebounce crunch02/09/2012 11:33:55
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My flavour changes over the years I remember my first airfix spitfire and that was the plane for me but as i read interesting stories and see colour schemes i start getting a liking for that aircraft for a while, so then i cant decide on which model to build but German bombers and Piper aircraft are the flavour right now.

And G'day to Radge, what a short but great time of the Schneider trophy, now you will have me digging through my books and magazines again just to refresh the memory.


Edited By bouncebouncecrunch on 02/09/2012 11:35:49

twinstar02/09/2012 13:39:27
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I like the M346 and alpha jet

the a10 for its ugly mean-ness

the tucano

and the vulcan

PS. MJA aviation photography have some amazing low level photos taken in the welsh valleys

Ady Hayward08/09/2012 13:00:30
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Unfortunately each class of aircraft has its swans and ugly ducklings. Warbirds it has to be the Spitfire and mosquito, jets....undoubtedly the Hunter will always shine brighter than the others. Biplanes.... so many. This one stole my heart. The Fairey Fantome.



Edited By Ady Hayward on 08/09/2012 13:04:20

buster prop08/09/2012 17:26:48
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I like many American planes, from WW2 - P51D, B17, Lockheed Lightning. Post war, Grumman Panther early jet and that really fast twin piston engined one, possibly the Grumman cougar. I think the P51D has a purposeful look, short coupled and long nose. It just looks right somehow and was highly successful which counts. More recently I think the A-10 tankbuster has strong appeal.

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