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Best airplanes ever made?
July 2, 2005 | self / vanity

Posted on 07/02/2005 1:07:16 PM PDT by The Other Harry

My personal favorites are the DC3 and the J3 Cub. Aeroncas weren't bad either.

I seem to like tail-draggers.

I have never piloted a DC3, but I have flown in one. That was down from Miami into Key West in the setting sun. They should still make them. There was an airplane.

I have piloted a J3. It was a bitch to taxi, but it was great fun to fly. If I could get one for a reaonable price (which is not possible these days), I would. I sometimes go out to the local airport just to look at the one they have. It's really nice.

An Aeronca would be fine also. Low and slow.

I suppose an F14 or a Warthog would be okay also. Those are a little over my head.


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To: Larry Lucido


51 posted on 07/03/2005 11:31:44 AM PDT by Central Scrutiniser (I've always had the 'gift' to see the truth.)
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To: Larry Lucido


52 posted on 07/03/2005 11:32:35 AM PDT by Central Scrutiniser (I've always had the 'gift' to see the truth.)
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To: cripplecreek
I don't think I could be a pilot because I'm nearly blind in my right eye.

I think you can get a waiver for that. Two eye depth perception only works out to about 30 feet so is useless for flying an airplane. Distance depth perception for landing is sensed by the relative motions of objects. Only one eye is needed for perfect landings.

53 posted on 07/03/2005 11:43:36 AM PDT by Reeses
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54 posted on 07/03/2005 11:46:36 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: The Other Harry
Lately I've been looking over this classic design in a twin engine. There are still thousands of Beech 18s available and flying. This one (about 8000 hours TTAF) can be purchased for just a little over $70,000.

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55 posted on 07/03/2005 11:49:25 AM PDT by JCEccles
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To: The Other Harry
I have piloted a J3. It was a bitch to taxi, but it was great fun to fly. If I could get one for a reaonable price (which is not possible these days), I would.

A brand new 2005 J-3 made by American Legend Aircraft Company starts at $67,000 for a basic airplane. With radios and more horsepower I think $85,000 might be more realistic.

56 posted on 07/03/2005 12:03:41 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: The Other Harry

If I ever won the lottery I would spend a chunk of it on a B-17.


57 posted on 07/03/2005 12:17:39 PM PDT by billnaz (What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?)
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To: Reeses

> A brand new 2005 J-3 made by American Legend Aircraft
> Company starts at $67,000 for a basic airplane. With
> radios and more horsepower I think $85,000 might be more > realistic.

I can remember the days when a nice used J3 could be had for under $10,000. By my clock, that wasn't so long ago.


58 posted on 07/03/2005 1:07:37 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: JCEccles

Those do nice!


59 posted on 07/03/2005 1:08:16 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: cripplecreek

> There isn't much I wouldn't give for a ride in a Warthog.

If you ask around, you might just be able to get one. It wouldn't be legal, but they might do it.


60 posted on 07/03/2005 1:12:56 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: AntiBurr

> The J-3 was actually designed by William Taylor of
> Taylorcraft fame who sold it to Piper. I once had an
> instructor prove that the Cub will fly backward if you
> have a headwind of 40 plus MPH. With a stall speed of
> 35, you can have an negative ground speed.

I bet you an Aeronca can fly faster backwards than a J3.

Lance Armstrong could beat an Aeronca. They aren't much good for getting places. Only for punching holes in the sky.


61 posted on 07/03/2005 1:24:23 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: Dashing Dasher

What is that, anyway? I do want one.


62 posted on 07/03/2005 1:25:27 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: billnaz

> If I ever won the lottery I would spend a chunk of it on
> a B-17.

I can think of a place or two where you might be able to use it. ;)

Getting the appropriate munitions could be a bit of a trick.


63 posted on 07/03/2005 1:29:10 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: ex-Texan

I've always like P-51s, too. Something about that cool belly scoop.


64 posted on 07/03/2005 1:31:19 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: The Other Harry

The best planes ever made in my book are the ones that RTB safely.


65 posted on 07/03/2005 1:32:17 PM PDT by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: Gazoo

I see people have been spying on my house again...


66 posted on 07/03/2005 2:21:14 PM PDT by My2Cents ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: The Other Harry

> If I ever won the lottery I would spend a chunk of it on
> a B-17.

"I can think of a place or two where you might be able to use it. ;)

Getting the appropriate munitions could be a bit of a trick. "

I wouldn't want to fly it. I'd put it in a climate-controlled environment and let it age like a vintage wine.


67 posted on 07/03/2005 3:00:03 PM PDT by billnaz (What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?)
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To: Central Scrutiniser

Never realized they had Concorde service. I flew Braniff several times between 1985 and 1989, out of Dallas. Never had a bad flight. It was sad to see them go.

Found an interesting site on Braniff history. Apparently the Concorde was the only non-US-made equipment they used. Here's a link to their first bankruptcy in 1982. Closing down an airline isn't an easy thing to do:

http://www.braniffinternational.org/history/finalhours.htm


68 posted on 07/03/2005 3:13:47 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

They did, but they never had a Concorde in Braniff livery, that is a mockup picture. BN had their crews that flew from DFW to IAD, then they handed the plane back, to AF, IIRC.

John Nance has a great book about Brannif, Flying Colors, all about the bankruptcy and all that. It came in handy when my airline went Ch 11, but we came out of it.


69 posted on 07/03/2005 3:54:28 PM PDT by Central Scrutiniser (I've always had the 'gift' to see the truth.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

anything with a radial engine and balloon tires...come to think of it....that sounds like my wife (rim shot)


70 posted on 07/03/2005 6:36:31 PM PDT by llevrok (Semper Conservatatis)
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To: Central Scrutiniser

Why was the Concorde scraped? It was wasn't it? I love flyin in 747's.


71 posted on 07/03/2005 8:34:51 PM PDT by Gazoo
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To: Gazoo

None are scrapped, all are in museums. Cost too much to operate, planes got old.

In the US, there are 3 in museums, at the new Air & Space annex in DC, one in Seattle and in Manhattan on the Intrepid.


72 posted on 07/03/2005 9:13:39 PM PDT by Central Scrutiniser (I've always had the 'gift' to see the truth.)
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To: The Other Harry

Because I own and fly one - and I've never had more fun in my life!

That's why I chose it as the best plane ever made! Ask anyone who has had one.
;-)

Dasher


73 posted on 07/05/2005 2:34:55 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (Confucius say: Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising everytime we fall.)
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To: The Other Harry
I got to fly this last week. That was pretty cool, too!


74 posted on 07/05/2005 2:38:25 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (Confucius say: Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising everytime we fall.)
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To: The Other Harry
I've got a soft spot for heavies...

>

But they have to have that beautiful SC flag on them

Thats my baby


75 posted on 07/05/2005 3:05:14 PM PDT by Blue Scourge (Team Charleston...second to none...)
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To: Dashing Dasher

You still haven't told me what it is.

(Maybe I can get that off the jpg link.)


76 posted on 07/06/2005 7:41:44 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: The Other Harry

Pitts Special.


77 posted on 07/06/2005 8:10:54 AM PDT by Dashing Dasher (I can resist everything except temptation. --Oscar Wilde.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

> Pitts Special.

What do those go for? It looks like at least $70,000 to me.


78 posted on 07/06/2005 8:08:53 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: The Other Harry

New - probably $175K - used - I've seen them as low as $30k - but they are "rough".

They are a dream to fly - but not an easy skill to master.


79 posted on 07/06/2005 8:11:25 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (I can resist everything except temptation. --Oscar Wilde.)
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To: The Other Harry

My favorite, the B-58 Hustler. Saw it once and fell in love with it.

http://uploadyourimages.com/view/040314b58_hustler.jpg


80 posted on 07/28/2005 5:25:21 PM PDT by joem15
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B 58 Hustler< img src="http://uploadyourimages.com/view/552657b58_hustler.jpg
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81 posted on 07/28/2005 5:47:24 PM PDT by joem15
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B- 58 Hustler
82 posted on 07/29/2005 1:01:22 PM PDT by joem15
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