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I watched The Battle of Britain for the first time yesterday (good movie - all-star cast; amazing dogfights for 1969), and, while I had always enjoyed the lines of the Heinkel He 111, I realized (as I watched one after another get torn up by the heroic RAF pilots) that it really was my favorite aircraft of the war. It's got all the boxes checked: a medium bomber, weird looking canopy, sleek lines, nifty placement of defensive armament. Yup. *Nods*. That's the one for me.

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What about you guys?

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Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero 
Fun Fact planes of Fames 61-120 pictured is the only Zero in flying condition with an Authentic Nakajima Sakae engine  

I mean to me this is a beautiful fighter it has the sleek gorgeous lines that a fighter should have  

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Two of my faves in formation:

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The Workhorse and the Shark.

<Edit> And then there's this beauty; the Focke Wulf 200 Condor, a four engine bomber that served as airliner after the war:

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Going to have to think about the answer to this one, lol there like a zillion different planes designed in WWII

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Hard choice, there's many to choose from.

I think I'd have to go with the Seafire. I really like the overall design of the Spitfires, and they were well rounded fighter planes(and fun to play with in that other plane game :Smile_hiding:). The Seafire didn't see much action to my knowledge, being implemented so late into the war(or maybe that's the Sea Fury I'm thinking of), but the contra-prop design was pretty wild. Other than that, I'd have to say that my favorites are really any of the naval fighters, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, A6M Zero(mentioned above already). There's just something about the naval fighter planes that I'm drawn to, not quite sure what though.

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This cool air frame for helping end the war quickly and being ahead of her time.

 

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I absolutely adore the B-17, never actually got to ride in one but I've visited plenty and have built plenty of the Revell Monograms 1/48 B-17G with the urge to build more. Been meaning to build a B-17F but I've just got to many other models to build.

My second favorite would be some where between the He-219 Uhu and P-61 Blackwidow, both beautifully designed night fighters.

And third would be the B-29, Boeing bombers hold a spot in my heart, my grandfather used to fly B-52's.

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Honestly, if it is a twin tail design, it's got a spot in my book. :Smile_Default:   But the two I showed are just really high on my list.

 

However, if I were to really pick a favorite...

 

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1: De Havilland Mosquito, The Wooden Wonder. Cheap to build (much of which they did in Canada:Smile_great:), well-armed, and extremely fast (even fast enough to catch V1 Buzz Bombs). The ideal precision bomber and heavy fighter.

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2: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, The Jug. What a beast of a plane in every way possible.

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3: Vickers Wellington. Shoutout goes to the B-17 and the Lancaster for being war-winning aircraft, but the geodesic airframe that allowed the Wellington to be the most hard-to-kill bomber of the war puts it out on top for me.

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4: Chance Vought F4U Corsair. How is that not the most beautiful and bad*ss-looking fighter you've ever seen? Shoutout to the P-51, but it simply doesn't have those sexy gull wings.

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5: Handley Paige Halifax. This one's here simply because it played a major part in a book that I read and loved as a child called B For Buster by Iain Lawrence.

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6-10 are probably the B-17, the P-51D, the Hawker Hurricane, the Gloster Meteor, and the PBY Catalina.

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there's too many to choose from. when it comes to WW2 planes, i'm more of a kid in a candy store. i just want them all.

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2 hours ago, GhostSwordsman said:

The Seafire didn't see much action to my knowledge, being implemented so late into the war(or maybe that's the Sea Fury I'm thinking of), but the contra-prop design was pretty wild.

 

That's indeed the Sea Fury, a prop-driven aircraft so fast she's still a favourite among airplane racers today. She did see action in Korea though, even managing to shoot down a MiG-15.

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1 hour ago, Fallschirmfuchs said:

 

my grandfather used to fly B-52's.

You know, it's a tradition in the USAF that generations serve onboard the same B-52s. It's pretty cool, especially since the B-52 will be around long enough to see 100 years of service.

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Maybe if I think harder I will change my mind, but for now I think my vote goes to the P-38.

It's really cool to see an unconventional design make it to production and do very well for itself.

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EDIT: Ah just noticed @BrushWolf beat me on the P-38. Excellent choice sir :Smile_honoring:

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Because 'Tora-Tora-Tora,' because books at the library and published by Bantam paperbacks about the Flying Tigers when I was growing up; and because mostly unsung workhorse across many theatres, much like the Hurricane was during the BoB

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1 hour ago, 1Sherman said:

You know, it's a tradition in the USAF that generations serve onboard the same B-52s. It's pretty cool, especially since the B-52 will be around long enough to see 100 years of service.

Unfortunately my grandfather never got to fly the H models that we use today, he did recall the G models having a lot more power than they needed, he flew mostly the D model during Vietnam. He flew a lot of them to the Arizona boneyard before his retirement, and says he flew most of his missions in the one on display at the Air Force Academy. He also flew a C-123 during his first tour of Vietnam, he used to take guns they'd fine in the caves and dump in the ocean. He had a pretty neat picture of his plane in the back ground at one of the forward air bases, I assumed it might have been Khe Sanh...

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4 hours ago, Lert said:

 

<Edit> And then there's this beauty; the Focke Wulf 200 Condor, a four engine bomber that served as airliner after the war:

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Technically the Fw200 served as an airliner before the war as well. It was originally designed and built as an airliner, converted to a bomber for wartime use, and then after the war resumed service as an airliner. Several WWII German bombers began life as an airliner, including the He-111 (which is also my favorite aircraft of WWII)

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4 hours ago, BrushWolf said:

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^ That's at the Bong museum in Superior! :Smile_great:

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1 hour ago, 1Sherman said:

 

 

3: Vickers Wellington. Shoutout goes to the B-17 and the Lancaster for being war-winning aircraft, but the geodesic airframe that allowed the Wellington to be the most hard-to-kill bomber of the war puts it out on top for me.

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4: Chance Vought F4U Corsair. How is that not the most beautiful and bad*ss-looking fighter you've ever seen? Shoutout to the P-51, but it simply doesn't have those sexy gull wings.

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Good for survivability, but a nightmare for everything else. The geodesic airframe made maintenance and repairs difficult and also meant that the plane took longer than average to build in the first place. If you want a tanky medium bomber that isn't a nightmare to maintain and is also relatively easy to build... you want an He111.

 

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I actually never did like the way the Corsair looked. The cockpit position and shape for whatever reason rubs me the wrong way and the tail section of the fuselage is way too chubby in comparison to its rather minimalistic nose. But hey, to each his own. ;)

 

 

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