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Sure do, they were my "gateway drug" when I was a kid, countless hours of fun winding up the rubber band for a short flight.

From there I went to Balsa and tissue models then on to the tethered planes that had little Cox glow plug engines and flew in circles around you.

Finally I moved on to remote control planes, my last one was a Stuka with a 60" wing span, I gave it to a friend for his little boy.

Similar childhood, then. Mine was a Bf-110 with about a 48 inch wingspan. It broke into a thousand pieces...

Funny last bit, I agree.

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Very accurate dive bomber and excellent tank buster with 37mm cannon but helpless in the face of real fighter opposition. The Germans withdrew them almost immediately after the start of the Battle of Britain because they were getting slaughtered by fighters. The JU88 was hands down the best all round German aircraft of WW2. Their Mosquito in some respects.

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Very accurate dive bomber and excellent tank buster with 37mm cannon but helpless in the face of real fighter opposition. The Germans withdrew them almost immediately after the start of the Battle of Britain because they were getting slaughtered by fighters. The JU88 was hands down the best all round German aircraft of WW2. Their Mosquito in some respects.

As mentioned, the Stuka enjoyed an extended life on the Russian Front. In 1939, however, there was nuthin' else like it. A Blitzkrieg essential. The top dog in ground attack aircraft of WW2 would still be the IL-2 in my opinion. Flying tanks...thousands of 'em.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilyushin_Il-2

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They are as essential to the Red Army as air and bread (The IL-2 Sturmovik).

---Stalin

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The top dog in ground attack aircraft of WW2 would still be the IL-2 in my opinion. Flying tanks...thousands of 'em.

No doubt at all.

But...when the fighters came in they did still go down in large numbers.

Thats why I have to mention once again one of my all time favourite aircraft, the Dehavilland Mosquito. This plane was without dispute the most verstile mass produced aircraft of WWII. Not only could they serve as thier own fighter escort but on return from a bombing mission they could also become fighter interceptors.

It served as a bomber, a ground attack aircraft, a fighter, a night fighter, a bomber escort/light bomber, a naval attack bomber,naval torpedo attack plane and several other variants.

All from a plane built from Plywood. It also gained a reputation as a plane that was hard to shoot down, a reputation rightly earned. Mosquitos delivered the Dam Busters, they were the only aircraft that could carry those bombs and still be deadly enough to deliver their cargo.

She's very nice

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I have to agree re: the Mosquito. A very potent aircraft. They used it on that one raid where POWs were sprung from an SS prison by skip bombing (on the ground!) high explosives right into the prison walls and SS guardhouses.

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B-2 stealth bomber, cuz it just looks so badass.

You're right, in a way.

It still has to prove itself thought.

Many of the planes previously mentioned here have done so time and time again already.

The B-2's utillity is still basically unproven and as such it remains a highly specialized and very very expensive weapons delivery system.

Having said that, the B-2 is in a new class all of its own, fly very high with very low signature and drop a large and lethal load undetected.

What you have to ask at that point is the question...is it worth the cost for the benefits it grants?

Would not 20 or so fighter bombers with advanced stealth/avionics technology be more usefull?

Compared to one B-2 for the same price?

The eternal question.

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The Mosquito has to be one of the greatest designs ever. Unarmed bomber, pathfinder, courier and photo reconnaissance aircraft, night fighter, intruder, anti shipping, ground attack, tank buster, you name it. It was even flown off carriers. Beautiful to look at, a perfect example of form following function. The Wooden Wonder. Not just the Amiens prison raid but pinpoint low level raids on Gestapo buildings in the center of Copenhagen, Oslo, Aarhus and The Hague. The only place it came unstuck was in South East Asia where the humidity and fungus attacked the animal based glues in use at the time. Not bad for a privately conceived aircraft first drawn on the floor of a shop next to DeHavilland's house, the same building where the first two prototypes were built.

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I have to agree re: the Mosquito. A very potent aircraft. They used it on that one raid where POWs were sprung from an SS prison by skip bombing (on the ground!) high explosives right into the prison walls and SS guardhouses.

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My father flew one in WW2 so I am bias and would agree with you. Honourable mention to the Arrow, Spitfire, Kfir Jet Fighter, F-14, and the good old Sea Otter-all for the same reasons-excellent design.

The most bad ass looking one is the tank busting wart hog from Desert Storm. You want ugly its ugly.

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My father flew one in WW2 so I am bias and would agree with you. Honourable mention to the Arrow, Spitfire, Kfir Jet Fighter, F-14, and the good old Sea Otter-all for the same reasons-excellent design.

The most bad ass looking one is the tank busting wart hog from Desert Storm. You want ugly its ugly.

Your Dad was in Bomber Command, too? Cool. My Dad and his brothers all were. Halifaxes and Lancasters. Dad was too young to see any combat (the war ended during training) but the rest did the night-time raids into Germany.

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mine would have to be Willie Nelson's bio-diesel plane. It may be a pos for all i know, but it's ecologically more friendly and the smoking section would make the flight a lot quicker:)

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Here's an oddball. The Pzl-11 (Polish). It did pretty well vs the Luftwaffe mainly due to the skill of the Polish pilots. Many of Poland's fighter pilots escaped to form squadrons in England just in time for the BoB.

http://aircraftwalkaround.hobbyvista.com/pzl11/pzl11.htm

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Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding: It's vital, but it won't shoot down aircraft.

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Excellent and rare footage of B-36 Peacemaker operations in Alaska as well as a test bed for the B-58 Hustler.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIKVBPVmeHo

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Great vid. Awesome aircraft in spite of itself. Quite an operation keeping those six piston engines warm enough to start in a Fairbanks winter. Believe it or not the original B-36's had a single wheel main landing gear. One great honkin wheel on each side. They thought better of it when it came to the production models. Sure looks like a B-58 underneath. Too big to be anything else and you can see the attach points for the four engine pylons.

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Great vid. Awesome aircraft in spite of itself. Quite an operation keeping those six piston engines warm enough to start in a Fairbanks winter. Believe it or not the original B-36's had a single wheel main landing gear. One great honkin wheel on each side. They thought better of it when it came to the production models. Sure looks like a B-58 underneath. Too big to be anything else and you can see the attach points for the four engine pylons.

I'm a bit of a Cold War bomber fan. Yes re: the early B-36A models. The Big Wheels. The issue was only a few specially built runways could handle the ground pressure from these mammoth tires and the machine would, in theory, sink right through the tarmac at most airports. Thus the bogie wheels on later models. They were horribly underpowered for their mission with only the six-pusher props...but with the 4 GE J47s added it was quite the flying machine. A small railway connected the forward and aft compartments through the bomb bay which I thought was cool.

These shots always impressed me. A B-36 Peacemaker next to a B-29 Superfortress.

http://www.geocities.com/b31640/b36-3.jpg

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/usa/bomber/b-36-1949.jpg

Like many Cold War bombers, it never fired a shot in anger.

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I am no expert on Aircraft but I can comment on what I have read and limited experience on flying. The Mosquito I think was amazing along with hurricanes and Spits. The hurricane never got it`s recognition because the spit was so cool. The hurricane could take more abuse because of it`s fabric body. A patch and some glue and away it went back into action.

For commercial aircraft I agree that the Super Connie was brilliant looking and I had the pleasure in flying on one belonging to KLM. Great service and comfort. The worst aircraft I flew in was a RCAF North Star. Left Calgary and landed in Germany five days later. Scarey ,noisy and rough.

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