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Old 12-06-2012, 07:49 PM
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Hey, Thomas..

as far as Homebuilt favorite, for me its the GP-4.. Sweet..

Sorry, can't figure out how to U/L the photo, but here is a link..

http://www.ospreyaircraft.com/gp4.htm

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Well this is a beauty as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:08 AM
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Yea it was called "old shaky" I remember taking a load of ROTC guys to Las Vegas in one of ours from Pittsburgh ( I was in the AF reserves there) and it took us 10 hours to get to Vegas with them. We would send them to Viet Nam with supplies They would stop at the Azores for refueling and then go on to Nam. When they got back we would have to varsol them down to get all of the oil off of them. We actually had a small tank truck with varrsol in it to get all of the oil off of them.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:06 AM
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The big old P-47 and the P-51
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:20 AM
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My picks would be Hall Bulldog Racer and Goshawk.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:29 AM
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Gotta remember that beauty is more than skin deep. When I was working for NASA back in the 60's and 70's, we had a big variety of types. F-104's, F-15's, F-18, F-16, Aero Commander, SR-71, B-52, etc. But after a short time, if I was walking across the ramp and one started up or flew over, I never even bothered to watch. Unless, UNLESS it was our C-47. That's the only airplane that always held my attention. The sound of those engines starting up and belching smoke is a thrill that never went away. And the smell is even better !

One other thing that was worth hearing: The starter for the SR-71. The start cart was powered by two hopped up Buick engines. The SR was just another loud, stinky jet plane. But, oh, those start carts ! Those twin Buicks sounded like Indianapolis when they came up to power to crank the plane. And you could still hear the Buicks once the jet was running at idle. When the cart was powered down the Buicks rapped and snapped something beautiful.

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:48 PM
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I like Bell's beauties.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:59 PM
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How can you beat the F4U?  The B-17 is high on my list followed by Douglas Dauntless and Connie.

Beechcrafts staggerwing is very highly over rated.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:29 PM
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As the well known saying goes "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" . So I would nominate the Ju87 D3.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:06 PM
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My all time favorite is the Cessna 182.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:43 PM
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I know it's been said, but Supermarine Spitfire, Razorback P-47, B-17. And just about eveything else that fly's.

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Old 12-17-2012, 06:53 PM
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I know, you know what they look like, but I'm stubborn. Lets try the photos again.


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ORIGINAL: Big Red 1

How can you beat the F4U? The B-17 is high on my list followed by Douglas Dauntless and Connie.

Beechcrafts staggerwing is very highly over rated.
You really think this is "highly overrated"? (Pics of another favorite also included....)
Merry Christmas and happy New Year, everyone!
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I spent best part of 25 years helping to maintain this beauty, so it's top of my list!
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:42 AM
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J-3 Cub, Stinson SR-8, Beaver, Citabria...high wing civilian planes do it for me.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:50 AM
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I like a wide variety of planes, I don't have any one plane I think is "the most beautiful". Who doesn't think a 182, Bonanza, Corsair, Spitfire, P-51, F-15, F-14 ,F-16 , etc,etc,etc. are beautiful planes?
I think they all are beautiful with very few exceptions.

But if you were to tell me you were going to give me any full scale plane of my choice as well asthe $ to operate and maintain it, these are the ones that I would be considering and believe I could probably fly competently with minimal training.....

Vintage warbird prop - P-38

Vintage warbird jet - F-86

Modern warbid jet - A-10

Vintage civilian prop Super Cub or J-3

Modern civilian prop plane - Corvalus

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For a warbird , I love the looks of the P 47 razorback, For the vintage, I love the Mr. Mulligan or the Beech 17 Staggerwing. Thats just my opinion. Actualy, if it has some sort of wings, I love it.
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