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    To those who have posted in this thread....

    Do you think it should be in 'Hobbies and Crafts', or stay here in general 'The Lounge'?

    I consider my 'planespotting' and museum attendance to be hobby fodder. Others may not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whollygoats View Post
    Heh...

    My nomination for fugly is the Spook, aka F-4 Phantom II:



    shown here with the F-22 Raptor, which has a tenous resemblence to the lifting bodies above.

    The F-5 had the reputation of being a "triumph of thrust over aerodynamics" and was lovingly known by its pilots and mechanics as the "Iron Sled". I've always thought of it as a brick with wings. Still, despite a contretemps over self-defence, it distinguished itself sufficiently to claim being "the world's leading distributor of MiG parts," and was retired with honors after a long career.
    I recall the testing which preceded the selection of the F-22. I was more a fan of the looks of the YF-23. To me, it was the better choice, but I'd kind of forgotten about it until I stumbled across that article.

    Another shot:


    Now that's sexy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shake View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whollygoats View Post
    Heh...

    My nomination for fugly is the Spook, aka F-4 Phantom II:



    shown here with the F-22 Raptor, which has a tenous resemblence to the lifting bodies above.

    The F-5 had the reputation of being a "triumph of thrust over aerodynamics" and was lovingly known by its pilots and mechanics as the "Iron Sled". I've always thought of it as a brick with wings. Still, despite a contretemps over self-defence, it distinguished itself sufficiently to claim being "the world's leading distributor of MiG parts," and was retired with honors after a long career.
    I recall the testing which preceded the selection of the F-22. I was more a fan of the looks of the YF-23. To me, it was the better choice, but I'd kind of forgotten about it until I stumbled across that article.

    Another shot:


    Now that's sexy!
    Of course, there is always the possibility that they went all 'Blackbird' with it....

    Like, the F-16 won the LWF, but the 'loser' YF-17 came back as the F/A-18 Hornet.

    The 'Black Widow' may be lurking in the dark wings.

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    If we are talking about beautiful aircraft that didn't make it, then there's a painting on ebay I've been trying not to buy for weeks now:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Subsymbolic View Post
    If we are talking about beautiful aircraft that didn't make it, then there's a painting on ebay I've been trying not to buy for weeks now:

    Nice.

    BAC TSR-2.

    How many did they make?

    About the same time as the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow, with its similar fate.

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    Kinda reminiscent of the North American A-5 Vigilante, too.


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    I know some Canadians who get positively weepy whenever the subject of the Avro Arrow comes up.

    Some highlight shots of my trip to the Naval Aviation Museum:

    https://postimg.org/gallery/24kzqs7hi/

    I need to get the rest of the pics off my phone still.

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    I know this can't compare to the high-powered deadly aircraft in the skies, but this is the plane that's captured my heart.



    This is a Zenith CH-650, a kitplane that can be amateur-built and flown.

    The top two items on my bucket list are to earn my pilot's license and to build my own personal airplane.

    If I ever do strike the mother lode, then I'll probably go toward the Van's R14, which has about a 50% higher cruising speed, along with a comparable increase in price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whollygoats View Post
    Kinda reminiscent of the North American A-5 Vigilante, too.

    Which is highly reminiscent of the F-111.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Brown View Post
    I know this can't compare to the high-powered deadly aircraft in the skies, but this is the plane that's captured my heart.



    This is a Zenith CH-650, a kitplane that can be amateur-built and flown.

    The top two items on my bucket list are to earn my pilot's license and to build my own personal airplane.

    If I ever do strike the mother lode, then I'll probably go toward the Van's R14, which has about a 50% higher cruising speed, along with a comparable increase in price.
    As an aircraft engineer, I'd stay away from the Vans. At least the ones I've seen. The 'hinges' on the aileron is just a thin piece of metal that flexes. That's a failure waiting to happen. Some guys who built their own have put real piano hinge type hinges on theirs, but the stock design is sketchy. Other than that, I've heard they fly well and are a fun little plane. I've flown/in several aircraft in that size range, and nothing beats for the pure joy of flying.

    Have you done any of the ground school or flight lessons yet? I'd started it, but then when I moved to WA, I took up motorcycle racing, and I can only afford so many expensive hobbies at a time.

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