Airplane pr0n


#61

No B-2 love yet?

That’s a B-2B, from the Air Force site. Supposedly they’re gonna retire soon, but first we’d need to see the replacements.


#62

B-58 Hustler

The Black Widow is the winner of this thread though.


#63

The first time I saw the Blue Angels perform they were flying the F11F Tiger, a classically beautiful jet:


#64

One of my friends was showing old pictures of her dad and it turned out he flew the twin-bodied Mustang post-war, which was an awesome rarity.


#65

Don’t be silly. They’ll be invisible.


#66

A late family friend was a Polish RAF officer who flew one of these beasts: A Spitfire Mark XIV with clipped wings for improved mid-altitude performance, a Rolls-Royce Griffon engine and a 5-bladed prop. His job was to hunt down V-1 flying bombs.


#67

I’m not a Nazi, I just… like their planes.

Me 163 Komet

I wonder if that Munchausen on the nose is original? Appropriate, since the Nazis made a Munchausen film (it’s rather good, too).


#68

I’m old-school:

oh… did it actually have to leave the ground?


#69

Best topic EVER.

You guys are in for it when I get home to my PC. Lots of local air shows + 400mm lens = Denny with tons of geeky airplane photos. This is the Flying Heritage Collection’s B-25 (owned by Paul Allen), which is supposed to be the most authentic restoration around, down to the WW2 emergency kits, etc.


#70

I confess I find some of them very appealing too.
A Focke-Wulf 190-D9’s side view is one the most refined display of lines (I’m trying hard to avoid any word containing the letters p, u and r here).

It’s like a flying feline.

As far as helo goes, I think the Sea King is magnificient.


#71

More please!


#72

That’s some steady panning there sir.


#73

You really have to admire the MASTERy with which they tRACEd that silhouette.


#74

I got to fly on one of those several times as a kid. Fastest way to get from the island we lived on to the one with the actual airport on it.

Also, this thread needs more civil aviation love.


#75

My Dad built this Falco F8l over the course of about 7 years and probably 10,000 hours, out of aircraft grade spruce plywood, and fabric control surfaces, from plans.

It flew as it good as looked.


#76

That is awesome, @Strollen. Folks who get kits/plans and build their own planes just amaze me.


#77

Here’s me in the JP-19 Advanced Fighter Prototype I flew after college. It was very fast, but due to unresolved cockpit issues it never made it to production.


#78

I used to be a commercial pilot, but got sidetracked by going to college and then grad school…

Started as a flight engineer (in 2007!) on these (DC-6):

Then got to fly airplanes with nose art …

I also flew EMB-120s for a while, but the C-46s were the coolest.


#79

If one can assign such a moniker, I think the Dassault Rafale is (maybe) the sexiest fighter ever made. The French know how to do curves.


#80

I grew up believing the Harrier was the bee’s knees.