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Bo_Nidle
06-30-2008, 05:21 PM
Now for me the title of "most beautiful prop-powered aircraft" would normally go to the Spitfire, closely followed by the Mosquito or Mustang or Hurricane.That was until I found this absolutely stunning creation by , of all people, Bugatti:

http://www.solatechnical.com/daisey-designs/bugatti/bug100-15.jpg

A very brief history from t'internet:

"After World War I and his great successes in automobile racing, Bugatti decided to take the Germans head on in the Deutsche de La Muerthe Cup Race, known as the Coupe Deutsch. This was an aircraft race equivalent to the Thompson Trophy Race held in the United States. With this desire to beat the Germans, he hired Louis D. de Monge to design an airframe. The original concept was for a single-engine aircraft, but later was changed to accommodate two modified Bugatti model 50B engines in an effort to break the world airplane speed record.

Construction of the aircraft was undertaken on the second floor of a furniture factory in Paris. The French government was aware of the advanced design and Bugatti received a contract for a light pursuit plane designated as the Model 110P based on the Model 100P racer. In 1938-1939, while the Model 100 was under construction, the threat of war increased. The aircraft had to be completed by September of 1939 to enter the race. The deadline was not met and the beautiful blue bird never took to the air."

If ever an aircraft needed to be reconstructed for flight today it must be this! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

However from a nation that brings us Ferrari, Lamborghini and Pagani Zonda it should come as no surprise that it is just dripping with style!!!

But the old adage that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is a very true one, so whats your champion for the most aesthetically pleasing prop-powered aeroplane?

b2spirita
06-30-2008, 05:26 PM
That is one astonishing plane.

I personally cant decide on a best looking plane, everytime i decide, another appears!

MB_Avro_UK
06-30-2008, 05:36 PM
Sorry Bo_Nidle, but she does not compare to the elegance of a battle damaged Hurricane that has struggled back to her airfield in the summer of 1940.

In fact, this creation that you have drawn our attention to never flew.

My grandfather sailed with Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and he is still alive today thanks to inputs from this forum and many diverse viable downloads..

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
06-30-2008, 06:17 PM
It's nice looking an' all, but it ain't a Whirlwind is it? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HqhgfdMVwU

Sturmtrooper
06-30-2008, 06:50 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/disagree.gif

RegRag1977
06-30-2008, 07:11 PM
I know this will sound strange but my answer for today ishttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif:

Embraer Tucano

http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll457/RegRag77/610x.jpg

WTE_Galway
06-30-2008, 08:19 PM
There are photo's on the NASA site of an experimental F16 with similar reverse swept wings

PanzerAce
06-30-2008, 08:30 PM
190D-9.

dangerlaef
06-30-2008, 09:03 PM
Originally posted by Bo_Nidle:
However from a nation that brings us Ferrari, Lamborghini and Pagani Zonda it should come as no surprise that it is just dripping with style!!!


Ah, but Bugatti was only BORN Italian, he was a French citizen when this plane was built (in Paris). Doesn't that make it French?

chunkydora
06-30-2008, 10:32 PM
I think that bugatti thing is kinda ugly. As for my fave, it is very hard to decide. I used to think mustang, but not so sure nowadays. Spit and Hurri are absolutely majestic, but, brace yourselves boys...

One of the top contenders in my mind is the zero. It is the plane that looks more like a bird to me than any other. So it's beauty isn't rugged, gorgeous, majestic, stylish or anything like that, it's beauty is somehow natural.

Say "Bonzai!" if you love the zero!

msalama
07-01-2008, 03:51 AM
The most beautiful plane?

IMHO the Red Bull DC-6 is a close contender. Saw the bird at ILA 2008 and wo-hoo, that big baby is a stunner! And what a sound, too - the sound of those 4 R-2800s at full throttle is just unbelievable http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

And oh yeah, their B-25 rocked too BTW http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

cawimmer430
07-01-2008, 08:48 AM
Is it me, or are those slightly forward-swept-wings on that thing!? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

arjisme
07-01-2008, 09:44 AM
I could swear this has been posted before with the same "most beautiful plane" claim at that time.

Anyhow, nice looking: yes. Most beautiful, not IMO. I don't know what is, but this doesn't stand out above the rest to me.

JarheadEd
07-01-2008, 09:52 AM
QUACK!


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v37/JarheadEd/GrummanDuck0830.jpg

ilmavoimat
07-01-2008, 09:53 AM
It has to be the de Havilland Albatross. Pure poetry in motion!

leitmotiv
07-01-2008, 09:54 AM
http://warandgame.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/leo451b4.jpg

http://warandgame.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/leo451plan.jpg

Urufu_Shinjiro
07-01-2008, 10:01 AM
Wow, I like it, I want to see it fly!

Kettenhunde
07-01-2008, 11:06 AM
http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/3246/spartansg0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/3246/spartansg0.952cfa4161.jpg (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=160&i=spartansg0.jpg)


http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/4051L-1.jpg

Uufflakke
07-01-2008, 11:38 AM
And what to think of this "beauty": a Blohm und Voss Ha141.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh195/Uufflakke/BlohmundVossHa141.jpg

chunkydora
07-01-2008, 01:11 PM
Originally posted by Uufflakke:
And what to think of this "beauty": a Blohm und Voss Ha141.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh195/Uufflakke/BlohmundVossHa141.jpg

There are some sick, sick people on this forum.

JSG72
07-01-2008, 01:35 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Spotted this thread. Earlier on today. But couldn't post.

I had asked the same question earlier on in IL2 Forums.

And as truth be told. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Considering, when this plane was designed? I have to say that the Bugatti. Has to be achingly beautiful.

Just paint it, how you like.

You will see what I mean?

All other designs posted. I have witnessed. But for pure clarity of line and aerodynamic efficiency within it's purported envelope. It's a "No Brainer" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Kettenhunde
07-01-2008, 02:26 PM
And what to think of this "beauty": a Blohm und Voss Ha141.



http://www.sweetridesblog.com/media/66175443_57a63d75ae_m.jpg

JSG72
07-01-2008, 02:39 PM
Originally posted by Kettenhunde:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> And what to think of this "beauty": a Blohm und Voss Ha141.



http://www.sweetridesblog.com/media/66175443_57a63d75ae_m.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Where the Hell, did you get my pic?

You Troll?

Funny thing is? I thought the White 1 foundation.
Was a legitimate and serious sight.

However you have lost me there! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

Friendly_flyer
07-01-2008, 02:42 PM
I think the Hawker Hind would be a serious contender if just looks where in consideration:

http://www.ukskies.co.uk/H/images/Hawker%20Aircraft%20Ltd%20-%20Hind.jpg

The Bugatti isn't bad either. It and the Hind has a certain aesthetical style in common.

Uufflakke
07-01-2008, 02:46 PM
Originally posted by JSG72:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kettenhunde:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> And what to think of this "beauty": a Blohm und Voss Ha141.



http://www.sweetridesblog.com/media/66175443_57a63d75ae_m.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Where the Hell, did you get my pic?

You Troll?

Funny thing is? I thought the White 1 foundation.
Was a legitimate and serious sight.

However you have lost me there! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It is just like Chunkydora said at 12:11:

<span class="ev_code_RED">There are some sick, sick people on this forum.</span> http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

chunkydora
07-01-2008, 03:32 PM
Originally posted by Uufflakke:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JSG72:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kettenhunde:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> And what to think of this "beauty": a Blohm und Voss Ha141.



http://www.sweetridesblog.com/media/66175443_57a63d75ae_m.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Where the Hell, did you get my pic?

You Troll?

Funny thing is? I thought the White 1 foundation.
Was a legitimate and serious sight.

However you have lost me there! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It is just like Chunkydora said at 12:11:

<span class="ev_code_RED">There are some sick, sick people on this forum.</span> http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Showing indecent pictures like that monstrosity of an aeroplane is nothing less than perverted.

DrHerb
07-01-2008, 03:35 PM
http://www.oleyeller.com/StaggerWing_FL01.JPG

FoolTrottel
07-01-2008, 03:36 PM
Originally posted by Friendly_flyer:
I think the Hawker Hind would be a serious contender if just looks where in consideration:

http://www.ukskies.co.uk/H/images/Hawker%20Aircraft%20Ltd%20-%20Hind.jpg

The Bugatti isn't bad either. It and the Hind has a certain aesthetical style in common. +1
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1243/1022145644_1be37606cb.jpg

chunkydora
07-01-2008, 03:36 PM
One more thing. I also think that the Bristol F.2b is ruggedly beautiful, while the Fokker DR (red baron plane) is like a flying queen to me. People often forget about those ol ww1 planes.

Wish there was a good ww1 flight sim.

JSG72
07-01-2008, 03:43 PM
FFS guys.

Yet again yous are falling into the "Whatever I can Google" Scene.

The Bugatti was born Long before those "Stringbag" Monstrocities. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Only kidding. If that is your "Bag" Well...

Guide Dogs for Sale! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/1072.gif

Uufflakke
07-01-2008, 03:47 PM
Well Chunkydora,

Beauty is just a matter of taste and in the eye of the beholder...
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh195/Uufflakke/phalcon.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh195/Uufflakke/caproni-60.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh195/Uufflakke/airbus2.jpg

Friendly_flyer
07-02-2008, 01:10 AM
Originally posted by JSG72:
The Bugatti was born Long before those "Stringbag" Monstrocities.

They're bout 1930'ies planes, aren't they?

chunkydora
07-02-2008, 01:12 AM
Originally posted by Uufflakke:
Well Chunkydora,

Beauty is just a matter of taste and in the eye of the beholder...
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh195/Uufflakke/phalcon.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh195/Uufflakke/caproni-60.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh195/Uufflakke/airbus2.jpg

I'm CHUNKYdora, I of course LOVE those planes! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Bo_Nidle
07-02-2008, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by dangerlaef:
Ah, but Bugatti was only BORN Italian, he was a French citizen when this plane was built (in Paris). Doesn't that make it French?

Now I did NOT know that! Just demonstrates the educational value of this forum!

As for the SuperGuppy above, I used to see one of these over my neck of the woods flying out of Manchester Airport on a regular basis, however not for several years now, pity.

Jaggy.
07-02-2008, 12:51 PM
http://travelnooks.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/765px-lockheed_sr-71_blackbird1.jpg

Ok fine it's not prop driven, but damn the SR-71 Blackbird is a sweet looking aircraft. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

ARCHIE_CALVERT
07-02-2008, 04:31 PM
Sigh... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

http://www.hydroretro.net/images/avions/macchi_m33_01.jpg

http://www.hydroretro.net/images/avions/macchi_m33_02.jpg

http://www003.upp.so-net.ne.jp/hirano/images/m33/640jpg/risui2.jpg

woofiedog
07-03-2008, 01:39 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Bee Gee is sort of a Short and Stubby Beauty.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/Picture017-7.jpg

harryklein66
07-03-2008, 02:33 AM
Originally posted by Bo_Nidle:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by dangerlaef:
Ah, but Bugatti was only BORN Italian, he was a French citizen when this plane was built (in Paris). Doesn't that make it French?

Now I did NOT know that! Just demonstrates the educational value of this forum!
. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The aircraft was drawn by Pierre Louis de Monge, a Belgian engeneer.

RegRag1977
07-03-2008, 05:47 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by leitmotiv:

IMHO, Leo 451 is one of the "ignored" bomber of WW2, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif maybe because it didn't see much action.
Well, it's surprising to me to see a pic of it posted in a "most beautiful AC ever built" topic... But maybe i didn't get the joke, for i find this aircraft beautiful. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll457/RegRag77/leo45_pr.jpg

http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll457/RegRag77/intro-24.jpg

AWL_Spinner
07-03-2008, 08:32 AM
That seaplane pictured a couple of posts back... how did that ever get airborne with all that drag? Especially as I can only see three weedy engines!

Or was it just a floating gin palace?

Friendly_flyer
07-03-2008, 09:42 AM
Originally posted by ARCHIE_CALVERT:
http://www.hydroretro.net/images/avions/macchi_m33_01.jpg


That's an absolutely gorgeous plane, Arcie!

leitmotiv
07-03-2008, 10:32 AM
http://www.altfrankfurt.com/Spezial/Zeppelin/GrafZeppelin/pic/GrafZeppelin2.jpg

http://www.fairmile.fsbusiness.co.uk/imageszepp/zepl48photo.jpg

http://brickmuppet.mee.nu/images/ZeppelinNT.jpg

http://www.fairmile.fsbusiness.co.uk/imageszepp/grafzepphang.jpg

DuxCorvan
07-03-2008, 12:11 PM
Originally posted by FoolTrottel:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Friendly_flyer:
I think the Hawker Hind would be a serious contender if just looks where in consideration:

http://www.ukskies.co.uk/H/images/Hawker%20Aircraft%20Ltd%20-%20Hind.jpg

The Bugatti isn't bad either. It and the Hind has a certain aesthetical style in common. +1
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1243/1022145644_1be37606cb.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

To me, single-seat, straight-winged Hawker Fury was even prettier.
http://www.aviation-history.com/hawker/fury-8a.jpg

ARCHIE_CALVERT
07-03-2008, 04:30 PM
Originally posted by Friendly_flyer:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ARCHIE_CALVERT:
http://www.hydroretro.net/images/avions/macchi_m33_01.jpg


That's an absolutely gorgeous plane, Archie! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

She's that alright, nice to see there's someone else here with taste LL... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

WTE_Galway
07-03-2008, 10:02 PM
OK .. just to demonstrate that the forward swept Bugatti design is not unique ...

http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Photo/X-29/Small/EC85-33297-23.jpg

http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Photo/X-29/Small/EC90-039-4.jpg

Badsight-
07-04-2008, 03:31 AM
the Bugatti = Very unique

http://xs329.xs.to/xs329/08275/14-02-im360.gif

yes , this is a war-time P-39

http://xs329.xs.to/xs329/08275/bell_l-39_sweep_cobra_2699.jpg

Badsight-
07-04-2008, 03:33 AM
my Favourite american prop fighter is in the running for all-time sexiest plane ever made

the Moonbat

http://xs329.xs.to/xs329/08275/moonbat_20p-67807.jpg

RegRag1977
07-04-2008, 02:55 PM
Well for me today the most beautiful propeller powered aircraft would be this cute little one :


http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll457/RegRag77/621477.jpg

http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll457/RegRag77/621468.jpg

http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll457/RegRag77/621486.jpg

http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll457/RegRag77/621495.jpg


Junkers F13, first all-metal liner, first flight 1919.

Aaron_GT
07-04-2008, 05:47 PM
The Bugatti looks very similar to some very recent (1990s) light sports designs!

Aaron_GT
07-04-2008, 05:57 PM
yes , this is a war-time P-39

The L-39-1 and -2 were actually from P-63 airframes (it would have been more logical for them to have been called the L-63 I know!), first flight April 1946.

Here's a good little summary:

http://home.att.net/~jbaugher1/p63_11.html (http://home.att.net/%7Ejbaugher1/p63_11.html)

Aaron_GT
07-04-2008, 06:00 PM
the Moonbat

Fast and well armed - what is there not to like! And the blended wing/fuselage was ahead of its time.

Odin_Part_2
07-04-2008, 06:20 PM
This Thread Ends Here, As There Can Be Only ONE Champion, For Beauty Truly is Found Here:

The Beechcraft Starship 2000/2001:
http://www.mach-flyg.com/artiklar/Starship/bilder/starship1.jpg