The most beautiful jet fighter ever made

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  1. Dec 19, 2018 #211

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    If the intakes are glowing like that, they got the engine in backwards...
     
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    Haven't you ever heard of reverse thrust;)
     
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    Still my favourite aircraft :cool:.
     
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    Just segzy 15894939064_631d6c3aaf_o.jpg
     
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    The Lightning was indeed a nice fighter, but for beauty, the Hunter was the one to watch. Especially when it's painted like this:
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    The owner named it Miss Demeanour because "it's not a crime to paint it like that, just a misdemeanour".
     
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    The World's first operational jet fighter to be flown in combat.
    This one has my vote for most beautiful jet fighter made
     
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    This jet is my day job, and has been for many years. Area where the two intakes meet and the single engine begins is massive. Like you could bring your McDonalds lunch bag and eat it comfortably room wise. The motor is absolutely gargantuan diameter wise as compared to other fighters, just a mammoth engine, which helps create all that space. Trick to getting there is this sideways, Superman dive you have to do to get down the intake. About gave myself a concussion the first time I tried.

    So, sorry, no reverse thrust. No speedbrakes per se either. Norway reports that the drag chute option on their jets works very well for short and/or icy runways, however!
     
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    My old squadron... Guess what I'm partial to?
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    When my Dad was stationed at Minot way, way back in '74-'78, we had a squadron of those on base. They had two Canadian Lynx as mascots. They were the sweetest of cats.
     
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    I like the Grumman F11
    Lockheed XF104 Starfighter
    Lockheed XP90
    Just about anything Lockheed put out in the 50's
    And of course The Blackbird.
    1950's era jets are just so sexy
     
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    Scott,
    You might enjoy this link. At the bottom, in the narrative about the 5th FIS, is some information about the squadron mascots.
    https://www.f-106deltadart.com/5fis.htm
     
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    I like the 6
     
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    SUKHOI SU-27 . . .

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    I still think the Sukhoi SU-27KUB (aka SU-33UB) is pretty damned sexy...



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    That brings back some memories. I mentioned the 106's to my Dad at dinner last evening and he recounted how when he became the XO for the 906th ARS, it was tradition for new CO's and XO's of the Bomb Wing to go visit the Lynx's. He says he has a picture of the event somewhere. We're going to look for it this weekend between rocket launches and car shows.
     
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    I thought the F-104 Starfighter held the speed record...
     
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    No sarcasm tag needed. If you've seen one of these go through its paces you'll know true beauty is always about more than just looks...
     
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    OK, I can see that. Lots of people think the A-10 is ugly, but I think it's beautiful.
     
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    A-10's are the second bestest. Right after the KC-135A.
     
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    I understand that currently the US Army, and any of its allies on the ground find the A-10 the most beautiful sight. However, during Vietnam, that would have go to that time period's ground pounders choice: the Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AKA The Sandy)(though it's not a jet).

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    For a Jet, the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk would fit the bill.

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    A-6E aircraft are simply put ‘da bomb’ ;)

    A-6 aircrew are the smartest aircrew ever. Remember back to early flight training when the mantra was, “get in the pointy end of the aircraft.” A-6 aircrew are smarter than that.

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    Note the business end is the blunt end!

    Retired A-6 driver
     
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    No, no sarcasm. I always liked the 1950's and 60's aircraft. Always intrigued by the Lightning.

    I see a few bombers listed in here, and for me, the B-47 is the jet bomber.
     
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    Okay, not a fighter, but pretty cool for a Mach 2 bomber that came out in 1956.
    Has a special place in my heart as my dad was a Navbombardier on this aircraft during the test program
     
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    To repeat my reply to Tim51 who I thought was the OP: OK, I can see that. Lots of people think the A-10 is ugly, but I think it's beautiful.
     

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