Prettiest Airplane

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Lead Lobber, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. And the number one winner is .... yes, for pure beauty of line, like the curves on a woman, the ... what do you call this? I walked around the corner of a hanger one day circa 1995, an came face to face with a beauty just like this one, just posing there - in red! She is a lot bigger than she looks, but just as pretty. Just right click and save as in your "My Pictures" folder to add to your desktop scenery. I lifted this from airliners.net; another picture is shown in the April 2007 AOPA PILOT, where she won the award!

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  2. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    That thing has sexy written all over it.
     

  3. As a kid....over 1/2 a century ago.......:eek:

    For some reason I fell in love with the P-40 Warhawk......

    Look at the tail art.....:D



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  4. White Hawk

    White Hawk New Member

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    Apr 14, 2006
    I don't know about y'all, but I call it a Beechcraft Staggerwing.

    Mmmm... purty!
     
  5. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
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  6. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    I especially like this one because you can have one made for you.
    Supercharged fuel injected V-6

    Rated 6G and -4G
    Two seater it you want!!!!!!:D yeeee ha

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  7. My vote for the prettiest goes to an aircraft we never put into production: the B-70 Valkyrie.

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  8. Pat Hurley

    Pat Hurley Former Guest

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    Sep 30, 2006
    Naples, Florida

    Pistol, you have an eye for beauty. My vote is a tie between the B-70 Valkyrie and the B-58 Hustler. Any chance that it's the delta wing configurations that we find so attractive?

    Can't be coincidence!
     
  9. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    I like the Mach 3+ B-58 Hustler.....
     

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  10. Pat Hurley

    Pat Hurley Former Guest

    987
    Sep 30, 2006
    Naples, Florida
    Yeah, baby!! Leave it to Convair to build the most beautiful aircraft. I always thought the Convair 880 was the most beautiful civilian aircraft ever, and it seemed to take some design cues from the B-58. Or maybe, it was the other way around!

    Now I'm wondering.. which DID come first, the B-58 or the 880?
     
  11. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Unless my memory has gone bad, I believe the Hustler preceded the 880.

    The 880 holds some civilian airliner speed records during the early sixties in the 600mph to 625mph range, which I was advised were due to their having nearly the SAME power plants as the B-58 when first on line. I may be wrong but they were the first of the Turbofan class of power plant.

    Looks as though you and I are of one mind on this, Pat. When I was living in Mobile and Montgomery, I specially used to fly from ATL to EWR, as my family was living in retirement then on the coast of PDRNJ, on Delta just to be able to ride the 880s. It was faster and a smoother ride than the United Caravelle or the 720s.

    However, it was a pleasure to ride the Caravelles from MOB to EWR non-stop.....
     
  12. Pat Hurley

    Pat Hurley Former Guest

    987
    Sep 30, 2006
    Naples, Florida


    My dad was a Delta Captain for 31 years and had a choice to go from the DC-7 (the last passenger carrying prop plane in Delta's inventory), and into the DC-8 or the 880. He was senior enough to go to the larger jet (DC-8) and never got to fly the 880... except his best friend was an 880 pilot and, when dead heading to a flight he had to catch, flew jump seat in an 880 with his friend in command. Halfway throught the flight my dad took the controls and flew it for about 1 hour. He told me that it was as close to a jet fighter as you could come in a commercial airliner. In his words, "it was hot. Just touch the yoke and you were into a serious maneuver. And dear heavens was it fast."

    Sadly there are only about three 880's still intact. One is the famous Lisa Marie, Elvis' plane that now sits at Graceland (former Delta 880). The other is a TWA model - said to be under reconditioning by aviation enthusiasts - in the Mojave desert. And the third is in Columbia rusting away in an avaiation graveyard. Only 65 were made, and we're down to three. Darn shame.

    Glad to know there is another 880 fan in this world, Marlin!
     
  13. Marlin and Pat, I would not argue with either of you on the B-58 for the top slot. In many ways, the Hustler is an even more apposite choice than the Valkyrie since it actually served as a nuclear bomber for SAC. Pat, come to think of it, maybe it is the full delta wing that makes it so attractive. "Fast, sleek, and deadly" is an apt description for both bombers IMHO.
     
  14. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    B1B is an awsome peice of machinery, no doubt about it.

    I was trying to stick to civilian aircraft, or I might have beat monkey to the voting for the B1.

    What a shame about the valkyire program and the pilots that were flying that one during the photo shoot! Awsome looking, awsome speeds, and the fuel tanks would make the global warming people cry. You could stand in em!!!!!!!
     
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