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2 hours ago, TGP said:

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May 3rd: What is your favorite aircraft design from WW2 ?

 

 

Sooooo many.  P51 mustang or F4U Corsair are both contenders, but I have to go with the B17 flying fortress.  I tend to prefer the F variant because who doesn't love Memphis Belle and I always thought the chin turret on the G looked like it was trying too hard.

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2 hours ago, TGP said:

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May 3rd: What is your favorite aircraft design from WW2 ?

 

 

 

Depends on the role: a good interceptor makes a lousy escort fighter; a good bomber makes a lousy close-attack airplane. Carrier aircraft have constraints that ground-based aircraft don't have. I can give you pretty good arguments in any of those categories.

 

But I'll go a different direction: DC-3/C-47/R4D. A pretty airplane that served with stellar results in every theater and without which victory would have been nearly impossible.

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12 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

Depends on the role: a good interceptor makes a lousy escort fighter; a good bomber makes a lousy close-attack airplane. Carrier aircraft have constraints that ground-based aircraft don't have. I can give you pretty good arguments in any of those categories.

 

But I'll go a different direction: DC-3/C-47/R4D. A pretty airplane that served with stellar results in every theater and without which victory would have been nearly impossible.

 

 

Everyone always forgets about the logistics, don't they?

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3 hours ago, Kuroneko said:

 

Without a doubt, the Supermarine Spitfire. I've been lucky enough to see one do a flyby and it was glorious ^_^

 

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What she said. Lot of great planes out there but this is my favourite. Second place would be too hard to choose, P-38, mosquito, mustang. P-47, Lancaster, Sturmovik, maybe others.

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I'm a fan of the P-38, absolutely. It's a beautiful plane. And I really like the specialization and appearance of the Junkers JU-87 Stuka.

 

But let's not forget some lesser-known contenders, since the question said "aircraft" and not "airplane."

 

The late-war rescue/resupply/general-carry-stuff workhorse, the Sikorsky R-4:

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5 hours ago, TGP said:

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May 3rd: What is your favorite aircraft design from WW2 ?

 

 

I've always been partial to the experimental rocket/jet power aircraft they were designing by the end of the war like the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet interceptor.

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Very high speed, very poor range (7.5 minutes worth of fuel). They felt like literal secret weapons.

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 Soo .. from an old fascination with soft-material airplanes, I'm going to name the P-38 Lightning as my favorite.

I'm not even sure you can get those old kits anymore, but I used to love them, and I flew a number of them to their untimely ends. 

 

I have a few honourable mentions (I think those kits did include a Spitfire of some kind), but that's still my fav.

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The ones that flew.

 

My grandfather worked on several ships in and the decade after WW2, including a couple of these newfangled 'aircraft carriers'. He'd tell stories when we were kids about watching the planes launch off the carrier deck. Put the plane in the slingshot, prime the engine, let it go, and wait.

 

Every time the plane sort of fell off the side of the carrier. The deck lost line of sight to every plane on takeoff. Only some of them came back up. The rest... Nobody ever looked over the side when the plane never came back up. There was nothing left to see.

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