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We've done the cars, and more than a few of us are "plane guys" as well... so here are a few starters for 10:

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...and if I had to pick one, for so many reasons, it would have to be the last one...

best,

M.

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I would choose a DH Comet over the Connie for my airliner pick, but I can't argue with most of your choices. Until I looked at your top pic, I never considered a Bugsmasher as being beautiful...

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These are for myself the two greatest looking ,even though they were made for war.

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Here are mine. Again, just my humble opinion B)

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Martin JRM Mars water bomber

 

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North American P-51 Mustang

 

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Beechcraft 58 Baron

 

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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

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A few from the jet age that I really like.   I especially like the "engine with a few decorative fins" look for the Starfighter, and the spaceship look of the Blackbird.

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While many do not like the looks of the F-22 Raptor, it is a thing of beauty when you see it fly.

 

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Here are some more of my favorites.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

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Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

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Although on the wrong side I have to go with this:
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I will add a nod for the B-17 Flying Fortress too.

There is a Bipe I like, need to find a pic. I'm not a big plane guy and I don't know the name of the Bipe. Kinda makes it a lot harder to search for a pic. I do know it when I see it though:lol:.

 

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I would also go with the Connie but for sheer looks it would have to be this:

 

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Very biased on my picks.  The C-130 Hercules is the first aircraft I worked on in the USAF and the F-4 (different variations  F-4D, F-4E, RF-4C) was the one I worked on the most.  Love those two warbirds. And I did work on this particular F-4D when I was in Thailand.

 

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Apparently, "beautiful" means different things in other parts of the the country and the world....:unsure:

That said, anyone who thinks the Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat isn't beautiful just ain't hooked up right. B)

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My two picks.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

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Convair B-58 Hustler

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Almost forgot this one.  Just plumb nasty, the AC-130 Spectre.

 

 

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16 hours ago, Xingu said:

While many do not like the looks of the F-22 Raptor, it is a thing of beauty when you see it fly.

 

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Far better proportions that the F-35.  Top profile is a thing of beauty! Image result for f 22

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You really have to pick your era.  

Pre WWII- The Bugatti P100.  An aircraft not many know about 

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WW II- Messerschmitt Me-262

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Early Jet era- F-86 Saber especially if the aluminum is polished!

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Jet age airliner- Boeing 707 especially in Pan Am livery-

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Badass best design of all time Ox Cart- SR-71

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Personal favorite- The predecessor of the 707 and the longest serving airframe currently in the Air force inventory 63 years and counting.

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On this last one, I admit to a personal bias!  I have a little over 1,000 hours driving these beasts, but I still love the look especially in ghost gray.  

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16 hours ago, SfanGoch said:

My two picks.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

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Convair B-58 Hustler

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I agree on the Hustler, but have to respectfully disagree on the B-52.  We didn't refer to them as BUFF's for nothing!:lol:  For that genre of aircraft the B-47 looked much better because of the tandem bubble canopy. 

 

 

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For those of us aircraft ignorant, could you guys please identify these?   Especially that red twin engine?

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1 hour ago, Pete J. said:

I have a little over 1,000 hours driving these beasts,

Did you ever pull a Tex Johnson? :D

 

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 The XB-70 World's largest and fastest strategic bomber going Mach 3.02 on October14,1965 @ 70,000 feet

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Top three for me.

 

The U2. There a certain elegance about this plane that I like.

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Speaking of elegance...the Corcorde.

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But for me, hands down, it has to be the Avro Arrow. So much potential that never came to be because of politics and kowtowing to other governments. 

 

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1 hour ago, Vince Nemanic said:

For those of us aircraft ignorant, could you guys please identify these?   Especially that red twin engine?

I think that's the DeHavilland Comet. 

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