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That's a no brainer.

It's a tie between the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and the North American P51 Mustang.

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Of those, my favorite models of the B-17 are the B and G, and for the Mustang the A and D.

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The B-17 is high on my list for sheer robustness, but my favorite is the SR-71. It looks sinister. Its loud. Its rare. It requires lots of maintenance. It runs hot. It is good at one thing... going fast in a straight line. It leaks. It's truly the musclecar of the skys.

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I really can't pick just one. :huh: Narrowing it down to a top-5 is hard enough!

I've long awaited the development & deployment of the (Y)F-22 Raptor and have been

fascinated by the outrageous rumors & claims of the Aurora. But just like with cars, it

always turns me off when the human element is almost eliminated.

No matter how awesome & near-perfect the skills of a modern jet (fighter/bomber etc.)

pilot are, I can't even begin to respect warfare through computers, drones & remote

control on the same level as I respect & obsess over "flying-by-the-seat-of-the-pants",

"no guts no glory" Aces of the first two World Wars. Open cockpit, rudimentary "guns"

mounted within the wing or on a propeller operated camshaft so as to shoot "through"

propeller, all the controls being either mechanical or hydraulic, not "fly by wire" this

and smart-bomb that...

I do respect modern weapons that save our soldier's lives while minimizing the civilian

casualties but it's not what fascinates me the most.

Anyway, without further delay, in random order... my top 5:

1. Messerschmitt Bf109

2. Supermarine Spitfire

3. B-17 Flying Fortress

4. SR-71 BlackBird

5. J7W1 Shinden

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Some other aircraft I really like:

P-38 lightning

A-6 Intruder

B-25 Mitchell

B-26 Marauder

B-29 Super Fortress

XB-38

XB-15

F-16 Falcon

F-16 Fighting Falcon

A-10 Thunderbolt II

P-39 Airacobra

P-63 Kingcobra

PBY Catalina

Fw 200 Concdor

I'm not really a fan of WWI aircraft...too primitive and the design is just too lacking for my tastes, though naturally I appreciate them.

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F-14 Tomcat - how could a Long Island native not like the best Grumman product, ever

YF-22 Raptor - prood that applying Art & Science to an airplane works pretty well

B-52 bomber - just for its sheer size, and the fact that it's been around forever

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B26 Maurauder for me followed by the B-29.

Anyone ever been to the air force Museeum in Dayton, Ohio? That's my fav. place on this planet...

Also like the P-47 Thunderbolt, very tough plane...

Chris

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B26 Maurauder for me followed by the B-29.

Anyone ever been to the air force Museeum in Dayton, Ohio? That's my fav. place on this planet...

Also like the P-47 Thunderbolt, very tough plane...

Chris

I've been down there a couple of times and I love it there. Seeing the XB-70 in person is humbling.

I think I'd have to give the F-16 my vote for the sexiest military plane. It looks curvy and athletic from every angle. It would take far too much time for me to pick a favorite of all time, but I think that, the F-22, and the C-130 and its variants would be near the top of the list.

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F102 Delta Dagger

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That's an odd-looking F-102.

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I pick the Convair UC-880. The military version of the 880 airliner built in my hometown, San Diego. Its still the fastest subsonic airliner ever built.

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The fixed gear assembly almost looks like pontoons.

Apparently only on of these ever flew and it crashed after suffering structural failure of one of the booms.

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The B-17 is high on my list for sheer robustness, but my favorite is the SR-71. It looks sinister. Its loud. Its rare. It requires lots of maintenance. It runs hot. It is good at one thing... going fast in a straight line. It leaks. It's truly the musclecar of the skys.

+1

I love the SR-71 but my favorite would be theYF-12A BLACK BIRD INTERCEPTOR.

The BLACK BIRD with TEETH.

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sopwith camel

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focker DR1

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p40 warhawk in various models.

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personally i think it stupid for the government to be satisfied with less than 150 of these but whatever. they are made aout 2-3 hours from where i live woot.

i like other aircraft from other countries too but hey, gotta support the home team first.

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for bombers--I love the Avro Vulcan. Very sleek for her day

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New fighters

Eurofigher Typhoon is very capable

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Saab Gripen is very good too-albeit lower cost

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However--the best looking--never put into service :( was the Avro CF 105 ARROW. Would have been easily Mach 2+ plane

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I was always a sucker for the mig 29. Its a beast in person to walk up to.

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