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Metatron_123
02-19-2008, 02:57 PM
Since not much is happening around here lately, I thought it'd be fun to see what most people find pleasing to the eye. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

I've tried to include the most important types, I've excluded prototypes etc.

I'd like this to be an opportunity for members to check out some less known aircraft.

All aircraft are bunched together in countries, (except the Ki-27 at the end that I had forgotten to add).

Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, so i've included more or less everything.

Remember this is just for fun! No flaming please.

Have fun voting! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

VW-IceFire
02-19-2008, 05:21 PM
I voted Spitfire XIV...has to be the most beautiful of the Spitfires and the Spitfire in my mind is the most beautiful of aircraft ever constructed for any purpose. The Tempest is nice to look at and is rugged in its looks...but doesn't compare to the Spitfire XIV.

SeaFireLIV
02-19-2008, 05:22 PM
Spitfire - any!

JSG72
02-19-2008, 05:33 PM
Think that the De-Haviland Hornet is the nicest looking prop plane designed during WW2.

However I think that the P-51D mustang is probably the most elegant.(In game.).

The Spitfire MKXIV would certainly rank as a favourite request.

Jee's. I Fly blue! So the TA-152H-1, is my favourite Eye Candy. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Bremspropeller
02-19-2008, 05:34 PM
I voted 190, though I gotta admit, it wasn't easy.

P-38 and Spit coming very close. In that particular order. Oh yeah, I'd prefer a PR XIX over a XIV any day http://media.ubi.com/us/forum_images/gf-glomp.gif

gizmo60
02-19-2008, 05:35 PM
spitfire also

its not the most rugged looking but you asked for the lady of the skies and the spit is the most elegant

RepublicofTexas
02-19-2008, 05:42 PM
The P51D Mustang is the most beautiful by far. Sleek, muscular, a war winner. The spit is a little to feminine for my taste. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

BrotherVoodoo
02-19-2008, 05:43 PM
P-51 D for my vote. Though the Spitfire would be my second choice.

Loco-S
02-19-2008, 05:44 PM
for some reason the BF-109 F is a sexy girl for me...just like a Tie fighter...looks like that date with a girl with a devilish smile.....you know you are going to have fun...

jadger
02-19-2008, 05:54 PM
How can you not vote for the FW190A?

Bremspropeller
02-19-2008, 06:00 PM
On the 38 - I'd take an early one with the more streamlined radiators.

Looks smoother and more feminine...

Loco-S
02-19-2008, 06:03 PM
Originally posted by jadger:
How can you not vote for the FW190A?

FW 190 is nice, but not as nice as the 109...he he he

Stiletto-
02-19-2008, 06:14 PM
Voted for the 109-F as well. But to be honest, it depends what I am in the mood for, sometimes I like Blondes, sometimes I like Brunettes, sometimes Redheads.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Loco-S
02-19-2008, 06:20 PM
in my list could have been like this:
for bomber interception: ME-262,
for long range escort: P51
for down and dirty dogfight ME-109
for mud moving: P47
for sneak attack: p38
for high alt dogfight: again the P47
for mindless straffing: the B25 with the nose machine guns
for fast recon: Arado 234
for pure bombing: the B29
for airport defense: the Zero or the Corsair
Im out of ideas...

Bremspropeller
02-19-2008, 06:29 PM
Beauty Contest http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

Worf101
02-19-2008, 06:37 PM
P-40 FTW. Not the fastest, not the most powerfull, but paint her right with gleaming teeth and nothing... NOTHING says American Steel like that baby!!!!

Da Worfster

JadehawkII
02-19-2008, 06:41 PM
Now THIS is a beauty! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Yes it's my art work and yes it's not done I know. But I had to make my point! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/Onyxwing2004USA/Reggiane_RE2005Serie_0_021908a.jpg

DxyFlyr
02-19-2008, 06:43 PM
I'm confident that given enough time, somebody will prove with unquestioned scientific accuracy that the Spitfire is the most beautiful warbird ever.

I like the V because it has just the right amount of interest piquing asymmetry. Then there's the 3 bladed prop. Any art student will tell you an odd number of elements look better than an even number. Four blades just isn't attractive and 5 or more is just over the top. Three is a magic number.

As a matter of fact, I fly blue more often than not because it affords me the opportunity to see the spit flying about in all it's glory. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif It's the best of both worlds-- I get to fly my favorite handling plane (109F) while looking at the most beautiful plane.

zardozid
02-19-2008, 06:48 PM
For me its the P-38...not my favorite fighter, but it is a real beauty (It has "that" 1930's "future look")...

zardozid
02-19-2008, 07:29 PM
The thing that strikes me about "Military fighter" design at this time is how a little bit of "national self identity" is worked into the form/function of the "air superiority fighters"...

German fighters look dangerous...they seem to take cues from Germany's use of "the visually imposing facade" used in Nazi propaganda...

Russian fighters have the look and feel of "farm machinery" keeping in the spirit of a "peoples army", practical tools for an agrarian population...

can you think of any other examples?? What do you think??

biggs222
02-19-2008, 08:27 PM
mkIX, the pinnacle of Spitfire beauty.

WOLFPLAYER2007
02-19-2008, 11:19 PM
I voted for the Mustang D version, but the ww2 aircraft that is the most beautiful of all time and unfortunally it is not present in IL2 is the Fiat G55 Centauro.

LEBillfish
02-19-2008, 11:32 PM
odd........no one picked the G50.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif



http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

KIMURA
02-19-2008, 11:41 PM
I voted for the FW190(A-8/F-8), because it looks compact in shape and size, like a fighter should be.
Followed by the F4U-1 Birdcage and F8F-2.

na85
02-19-2008, 11:50 PM
Deep down, you all know that Yaks are the most beautiful fighters.

Yakovlev designs are for the most part, simply elegant.

WTE_Ibis
02-20-2008, 12:07 AM
I fly blue but for beauty the Spit is on its own, probably followed a distant 2nd by the Mustang.

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No41Sqn_Banks
02-20-2008, 01:16 AM
Spitfire I period.

Feathered_IV
02-20-2008, 02:09 AM
You forgot both of my favourites.

http://avions.legendaires.free.fr/Images/Gd510-2.jpg

http://www.mkzobor.sk/foto/laco/claude/claude_06.jpg

WN_Barbarossa
02-20-2008, 02:29 AM
Originally posted by zardozid:
The thing that strikes me about "Military fighter" design at this time is how a little bit of "national self identity" is worked into the form/function of the "air superiority fighters"...

German fighters look dangerous...they seem to take cues from Germany's use of "the visually imposing facade" used in Nazi propaganda...

Russian fighters have the look and feel of "farm machinery" keeping in the spirit of a "peoples army", practical tools for an agrarian population...

can you think of any other examples?? What do you think??

Italian planes are the "clowns of the air", just like Mussolini himself http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Xiolablu3
02-20-2008, 02:38 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/history/2004/06/images/spitfire_gallery_01_credit_ofmc_john_dibbs.jpg

I always loved this photo, but if it was a MkVIII that would make it even better.

I love the MkVIII and the 109F4/G2 for looks alone.

Feathered_IV
02-20-2008, 03:11 AM
Originally posted by WN_Barbarossa:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by zardozid:
The thing that strikes me about "Military fighter" design at this time is how a little bit of "national self identity" is worked into the form/function of the "air superiority fighters"...

German fighters look dangerous...they seem to take cues from Germany's use of "the visually imposing facade" used in Nazi propaganda...

Russian fighters have the look and feel of "farm machinery" keeping in the spirit of a "peoples army", practical tools for an agrarian population...

can you think of any other examples?? What do you think??

Italian planes are the "clowns of the air", just like Mussolini himself http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for mentioning this zardozid. It's something I've often thought about too.

The austerity look of many early British bombers is another one that springs to mind. A kind of grudging acknowledgement of the need of aerodynamics, but a nationalistic imperative "not to make a fuss". Probably explains why streamlined designs like the Spifire and Mosquito initially met such stiff resistance too.

Compared to the almost pop-art forms adopted by American manufacturers, many British aircraft look more like second hand furniture. Last time I visited Old Warden, that was the impression I got. In the US they constructed. In Britain they contrapted.

Billy_BigBoy
02-20-2008, 03:24 AM
Hard choice between the Spit and the FW-190 Dora.
But since the Spit is about to win hands down I vote for the Dora. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Whirlin_merlin
02-20-2008, 03:47 AM
Voted P39

Never thought of it as much of a looker until I saw one fly at flying legends last year. It looked tight and right, the lotus elan of WWII warbirds.

RegRag1977
02-20-2008, 04:10 AM
Originally posted by zardozid:
The thing that strikes me about "Military fighter" design at this time is how a little bit of "national self identity" is worked into the form/function of the "air superiority fighters"...

German fighters look dangerous...they seem to take cues from Germany's use of "the visually imposing facade" used in Nazi propaganda...

Russian fighters have the look and feel of "farm machinery" keeping in the spirit of a "peoples army", practical tools for an agrarian population...

can you think of any other examples?? What do you think??

Oh that's true! very true!

Further examples are:

Hurricane= Old fashioned colonial style: tonic water anyone?;

Spitfire= Upper class definitely prude and victorian (in the good and bad): http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif "one must not frighten the princess with war stories: build a butterfly instead, my dear!"

Typhoon= tough and proud working class attitude: "the job will be done";

Tempest= emerging british middle class in the concept: typical hesitation between Typhie and Spit (better find a shrink because you won't have many friends)!

Zero= Old fashioned Samurai style ("why wearing armour or shield when you've got a katana blade")

J2M3/5= "Throw those little shuriken against the B29 and see the result";

Hayabusa= Ninja spirit + ninja poisonned weapons...

Hayate= pure japanese art design: you can say it's japanese just by looking at it. Lot af tradition in it. 2600 years of tradition in art and technique gives you the Ki84.

Morane= whining tone "Planes are not women, why bother having a top fighter when there are so many free women? Anyway the factory is on strike..."
These are the reasons why the french did not have spitfires.

FW190A= "You liked our BMW cars, no?"
Herr Tank we're on finals with Americans for the best prop fighter!

ME262= Again, what is wrong with us germans having the fastest cars? (Swept wing are in order to fix CoG probs Herr Professor)

P47/p51= traditionnal american chrome finish cf chevrolet, harley davidson stuff...Definitely cool.Don't forget the .50 caliber far west Colt style

F4U= same as above less the chrome finishing. Bad guy attitude, "no matter how much whiskey this war will cost you japanese guys will bleed"
with Texas accent.

4 engine bombers: same as two above + lorry driver attitude= "we deliver anywhere, anywhen...just give us the address"

P39/P38= We american are on final with germany for the most original designs...Cool as hell designs.

Tipo_Man
02-20-2008, 04:42 AM
MiG-3

Looks so neat, with that long nose, implies the power it hides beneath...
like some 30s sports car.

http://www.madle.org/og06ak2.jpg

http://www.avia-mig.ru/images/mig3am38/mig3am38-1.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/97/TOYOTA_2000GT.jpg/800px-TOYOTA_2000GT.jpg

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b128/TipoMan/mig_3_j2770.jpg

cawimmer430
02-20-2008, 05:00 AM
I voted for the BF-110 Nightfighter because I think BADASS = BEAUTIFUL. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Spitfire a close second, especially the early models with the elliptical wings and curvacious tail.

GBrutus
02-20-2008, 06:12 AM
Definitely the Spitfire. It's one of the few aircraft that is beautiful viewed from any angle. Tough to pick a particular variant and seeing as the PR.XI isn't listed I'll go with the Mk.IX.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tCewxq2TQA

Viper2005_
02-20-2008, 06:21 AM
Spitfire XIV just pips the VIII to the post IMO...

thefruitbat
02-20-2008, 06:21 AM
I went for the spit mk1, because it has less of the bumps asscoiated with the later models, it just looks so nice and streamlined.

P51 is my second choice, followed by the mig3

While i love what the 190 looks like, i don't think its a thing a beauty, it looks like a true weapon of war.

fruitbat

HotelBushranger
02-20-2008, 06:23 AM
Noobs you all be...

P-40 or bust
http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/201/kittyhawk76sqnbu5.jpg

TgD Thunderbolt56
02-20-2008, 07:07 AM
These are all in the same league IMO:

SpitfireV, P-51D, Yak-3/9

With honorable mention going to:

A6M2 and 190D

Klemm.co
02-20-2008, 07:11 AM
I voted 190D, since it just beats everything with its long, slender and deadly look. Add a nice skin and the thing is unbeatable.
The 51 would be a close second, if it wasn't so ugly from behind. Just look at it from the rear. No beauty there.

aceofspades_755
02-20-2008, 07:29 AM
It's got to be the Spitfire, not a straight line on it.

SeaFireLIV
02-20-2008, 07:35 AM
Originally posted by RegRag1977:


Zero= Old fashioned Samurai style ("why wearing armour or shield when you've got a katana blade")



That`s exactly how I`ve always seen japanese war planes!

Daiichidoku
02-20-2008, 07:45 AM
this poll is invalid without an option for DH albatross, arsenal VG 33 or ki46 dinah recce (even if 2 of em aint fighters)

Vanderstok
02-20-2008, 08:06 AM
I picked the He-100, very clean design...

I noticed you can choose a lot of Spitfire marks. I would group them together to no more than say 3: early merlin spits, later type merlin spits and griffon powered spits. As it is now, the votes are scattered among the various types. Put together, the Spitfire would definitely be the winner!

Schwarz.13
02-20-2008, 12:36 PM
Originally posted by Billy_BigBoy:
Hard choice between the Spit and the FW-190 Dora.
But since the Spit is about to win hands down I vote for the Dora. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

That goes for me too.

I'd like to have voted for the Spit Mk.VII:

http://www.rafharrowbeer.co.uk/picts/AF%203%20lge.jpg

but it wasn't there hehe. I personally find the larger, droopy snout of the Griffon-engined Spits a bit ugly - much prefer the earlier ones!

But the Dora wins it for me:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f0/Focke-Wulf_Fw_190D-9_USAF.jpg/800px-Focke-Wulf_Fw_190D-9_USAF.jpg

woofiedog
02-20-2008, 12:54 PM
P-40... it was almost made to have a shark face and a set of Teeth added to it nose. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

A few shots from last years Pease's Air Show...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/P-40a.jpg

Second place would have to go to the P-47.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/P-47.jpg

PhantomKira
02-20-2008, 01:37 PM
Spitfire Mk Vb.

http://www.odyssey.dircon.co.uk/Spitfire9.jpg

For beauty, it's gotta be a Spitfire, just a question of which one. I like the tail on the Mk Vb the best, as for the rest of the aircraft, it's classic Spitfire... eliptical wings, the works. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

Combat performance was good but I'd prefer others, if I were taking something up to fight in. British fighters tend to have short legs. I like more reach.

Metatron_123
02-20-2008, 01:57 PM
Originally posted by zardozid:
The thing that strikes me about "Military fighter" design at this time is how a little bit of "national self identity" is worked into the form/function of the "air superiority fighters"...

German fighters look dangerous...they seem to take cues from Germany's use of "the visually imposing facade" used in Nazi propaganda...

Russian fighters have the look and feel of "farm machinery" keeping in the spirit of a "peoples army", practical tools for an agrarian population...

can you think of any other examples?? What do you think??

I agree. I'd say American fighters show the luxury of a nation with unhindered industrial might, lots of flashy equipment, big cockpits, safety etc.

Italian planes have the look of pre-war racing, as if to say
''we are lovers and designers but not soldiers!''
(also note the lack of significant armament)

French planes are just ''We are lovers.Period.''
But the Dewoitine is nice.

Metatron_123
02-20-2008, 02:02 PM
Originally posted by Feathered_IV:
You forgot both of my favourites.

Well feathered, I at least have the Nakajima! Scroll down to the bottom.

I apologize for not including the Dinah, not really used as a fighter much though was it? Probably more important than the He-100 I included, oh well.

And Jadehawk, nice profile. I like your stuff in general so looking forward to that one.

I voted for the Bf-109 K myself, really evil beauty. If I didn't, i'd vote for the Spitfire XIV.

Looks like the Spitfire will be the winner overall. Can't say that's not reasonable.

Schwarz.13
02-20-2008, 02:03 PM
Originally posted by Metatron_123:
But the Dewoitine is nice.

Indeed! (http://forum.1cpublishing.eu/showthread.php?t=2777&page=2)

I missed that on the list (probably wouldn't affect my vote though)!

WTE_Ibis
02-20-2008, 02:13 PM
Guys we were asked to pick the most beautiful.
While I usually fly the Dora I wouldn't go out with a girl that resembled that bird be sure.
Now the Spit, well she's just so damn sexy I cry every time I shoot one down.


.

sgt.dumpster
02-20-2008, 03:09 PM
the bf109 f turns me on it is bavarian sexy shapes and slender curves like a fine woman.I wantto shed a tear everytime any one gets shot down of any of it's variants -astrogoth

SeaFireLIV
02-20-2008, 03:24 PM
Originally posted by woofiedog:
P-40... it was almost made to have a shark face and a set of Teeth added to it nose. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

A few shots from last years Pease's Air Show...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/P-40a.jpg

Second place would have to go to the P-47.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/P-47.jpg

wow. Nice shots. I could do good stuff with that p40. saved.

R_Target
02-20-2008, 04:02 PM
They say love is blind....

http://i25.tinypic.com/auy51k.jpg

WOLFPLAYER2007
02-20-2008, 05:04 PM
The Hellcat is ok, but the Wild is the uglyest thing i ever seen in my life.

Jaws2002
02-20-2008, 05:09 PM
Originally posted by WOLFPLAYER2007:
The Hellcat is ok, but the Wild is the uglyest thing i ever seen in my life.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v258/<FA>Jaws/whatever.gif

HayateAce
02-20-2008, 05:20 PM
Originally posted by Klemm.co:
190D, since it so ugly. No beauty there.

Fixed.

zardozid
02-20-2008, 08:30 PM
Originally posted by Feathered_IV:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WN_Barbarossa:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by zardozid:
The thing that strikes me about "Military fighter" design at this time is how a little bit of "national self identity" is worked into the form/function of the "air superiority fighters"...

German fighters look dangerous...they seem to take cues from Germany's use of "the visually imposing facade" used in Nazi propaganda...

Russian fighters have the look and feel of "farm machinery" keeping in the spirit of a "peoples army", practical tools for an agrarian population...

can you think of any other examples?? What do you think??

Italian planes are the "clowns of the air", just like Mussolini himself http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for mentioning this zardozid. It's something I've often thought about too.

The austerity look of many early British bombers is another one that springs to mind. A kind of grudging acknowledgement of the need of aerodynamics, but a nationalistic imperative "not to make a fuss". Probably explains why streamlined designs like the Spifire and Mosquito initially met such stiff resistance too.

Compared to the almost pop-art forms adopted by American manufacturers, many British aircraft look more like second hand furniture. Last time I visited Old Warden, that was the impression I got. In the US they constructed. In Britain they contrapted. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


I was having trouble putting my feelings together on the English warbirds, but you have done a good job their..."not to make a fuss", brilliant. English understated restrained "charm (?)"...

Your thought on American warbirds is "spot-on" all though I might add a bit about them "looking the business" (dangerous military machines, modern, flashy) as a "selling point", like an advertisement...Pop art (advertisements), flash, big, "Cadillac cars", America...


The Japanese warbirds also have an understated elegance to them, but (maybe) coming from a "Zen" perspective...don't "over engineer", simple is better, not "too flash"...Zen simplicity".

Badsight-
02-20-2008, 08:48 PM
http://aycu32.webshots.com/image/44311/2005758008149269688_rs.jpg

PhantomKira
02-21-2008, 01:44 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

Wish that was my hanger/garage!

*drool*

ultraHun
02-21-2008, 01:44 AM
If it was only there, I would have voted for the <span class="ev_code_BLUE">true</span> beauty:

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/photos/0/2/0/0939020.jpg

Griffon, bubble canopy, no clipped-wings. But the menu seems to be the Sturmovik plane set, so I was left with the <span class="ev_code_RED">wicked</span> beauty:

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/photos/1/9/1/1077191.jpg

JG53_Valantine
02-21-2008, 02:33 AM
BF109G2 - Slobber!!!!!!!

cygfrain
02-21-2008, 02:43 AM
I vote Lockheed Lightning P38 series first.

Closely followed by all variants of the Supermarine Spitfire.

Best axis a/c would be all Focke Wulf 190 A and D series along with the TA152.

Finally the Japanese Mitsubishi Zero A6M series.

woofiedog
02-21-2008, 03:48 AM
Badsight- & ultraHun... Great photos... real Beauty's! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

R_Target... Quite the sight too see these birds in the air.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/PeaseAirShowa.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/PICT0049.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/PeaseAirShow.jpg

Billy_BigBoy
02-21-2008, 04:15 AM
Originally posted by ultraHun:
If it was only there, I would have voted for the <span class="ev_code_BLUE">true</span> beauty:

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/photos/0/2/0/0939020.jpg

Griffon, bubble canopy, no clipped-wings. But the menu seems to be the Sturmovik plane set, so I was left with the <span class="ev_code_RED">wicked</span> beauty:

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/photos/1/9/1/1077191.jpg

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif http://media.ubi.com/us/forum_images/gf-glomp.gif

Rickustyit
02-21-2008, 05:21 AM
http://www.elknet.pl/acestory/foto1/luccini3.jpg

http://www.giacomocaruso.it/mc202/immagine%20018.jpg


Macchi C. 202 "Folgore"

Design = Italy.

Pininfarina, Bertone, Ital, Giugiaro... etc etc etc http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

HotelBushranger
02-21-2008, 07:09 AM
You have good taste my friend http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Mr_Zooly
02-21-2008, 11:22 AM
imo the Spitfire lost its elegance with the advent of the Griffon engine (the nose looks too long).

zardozid
02-21-2008, 11:25 AM
I voted for the P-38 (a sentimental favorite...loved it sense I was a kid), but I have to say I have a fondness for the styling of ALL the "DB engine brothers"...from the KI-61 to the Macchi 202 (and lets not forget the ME109). I don't know if its the shape of the engine or the inspiration it gave the engineers who designed the fuselage that was mated to her, but all of the fighters that used her as a powerplant have a "sexy modern look"...

http://www.ilsagittario.net/rc-combat/progetti/macchi202/macchi205.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/30/Kawasaki_Ki-61-14.jpg

http://lynx.uio.no/jon/gif/aircraft/me109-2.jpg

RedToo
02-21-2008, 03:17 PM
Spitfire, period. Though I love the plane in my sig pic you could never call it beautiful!

RedToo.

RepublicofTexas
02-21-2008, 05:43 PM
http://www.warbirddepot.com/images/gallery/Fighters/OSHdf_5433x.jpg



Here is your winner boys!

DustyBarrels77
02-21-2008, 07:05 PM
I had to pick the Anton fw190a, beautiful lines yet has a mean streak, I like the ki44 as well which has a similiar look.

I dunno the spits 109s p51 macchi yaks inlines remind me of a vespa scooter compaired to a mean looking yet beautiful machine like a chromed out harley. beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess.

zxwings
02-21-2008, 10:10 PM
Originally posted by WOLFPLAYER2007:
The Hellcat is ok, but the Wild is the uglyest thing i ever seen in my life.
I agree. LOL

BWaltteri
02-22-2008, 03:10 AM
Since I didn't find Kylie Minogue I voted De Havilland Mosquito.

Phil_K
02-22-2008, 06:37 AM
There are definately 3 schools of British aeronautical design:

1. The elegant school - Spitfire, Mosquito, Firefly
2. The businesslike school - Typhoon, Beaufighter, Meteor
3. The fugging ugly school - Skua, Barracuda

Most beautiful aircraft of WW2 is obviously the Firefly. Most beautiful in this poll is the P-51D.

Metatron_123
02-22-2008, 05:01 PM
I apologize for leaving that one out... This was supposed to be a definitive list, but alas... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

96th_Nightshifter
02-22-2008, 08:06 PM
Love the original Mk.I but for me the MK.XIV is the clear winner.

http://pagesperso-orange.fr/asmc7234/images/SpitMK14.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/96th_Nightshifter/RN2013.jpg

Airmail109
02-22-2008, 08:41 PM
Originally posted by Mr_Zooly:
imo the Spitfire lost its elegance with the advent of the Griffon engine (the nose looks too long).

Weirdo.

The Spitfire lost its elegance with the MkV and regained it with the Griffon.

Mark 18
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/Spitfire_F_XVIII_SM845.jpg
Although I love the Griffon with the Malcom Hood, very racer like.

Tater-SW-
02-22-2008, 10:35 PM
Yes, I'm the freak who voted for this:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c1/F4F_Wildcat.jpg

I'll admit, objectively the spit (early, not the bubble, sorry) is the prettiest, bar nothing, but there is something about the pure functionality of this bird I love.

cpt-rusty
02-23-2008, 08:35 AM
is'nt she cool ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc54/weatherman003/He162-Ihlefeld.jpg

HunterZer0
02-25-2008, 12:39 AM
Spitfire all the way. IX and XIV are just beauty to behold.

The Me-262 is another beautiful plane. P-38 and Corsair are up there, as are P-51D and Sea Fury. B-26 Marauder and Black Widow too. So many!

Bf-109G10 is my favourite of the 109 type.

FW-190A looks evil, I wouldn't say it's a beautiful plane. Purpose-built, yes.

- Jim

Sama51
02-25-2008, 01:00 AM
http://www.dir.ct.gov/kids/picturepuzzles/originals/ChanceVoughtF4U_1.jpg

Who could deny this face? The Corsair emits an aura of both power and grace like none other in my eyes.

http://www.richard-seaman.com/Aircraft/AirShows/Oceana2005/Highlights/CatalinaDeparting.jpg

And of course this dazzler. What really gets me is the tail, looks like something right off of a fish.

JtD
02-25-2008, 01:15 AM
Oh, this seems to be a boring place. Popular=Beautiful. Make up your own mind, for once. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

woofiedog
02-25-2008, 03:01 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

http://www.aafo.com/gallery/week/070802-160-2.jpg

Metatron_123
02-26-2008, 05:33 AM
Is that an 'H' model? Don't see those too often!

PapaLazarou.LoG
02-26-2008, 01:14 PM
http://www.aeroslides.com/portfolio/galleries/MUSEUM/G551.JPG

fiat g-55 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Bearcat99
02-26-2008, 07:04 PM
P-51D gets my vote.... but the Spit is right up there AFAIC as far as sexy props go..

Badsight-
02-26-2008, 10:04 PM
Originally posted by Metatron_123:
Is that an 'H' model? Don't see those too often!
only one flying

there are 5 of them left

the domestic american Air National Guard , A.N.G , were given all of them eventually & they thrashed them all in the early jet era . unlike the F8F Bearcats which were commissioned off early & sold away

Crash_Moses
02-27-2008, 10:43 AM
No SBD? Harumph! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

Metatron_123
02-27-2008, 01:31 PM
It's not a fighter. Wouldn't the fighter eguivalent be the Hellcat or Wildcat? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

R_Target
02-27-2008, 01:40 PM
P-51A's a pretty sharp looking bird. Merlin Mustangs look boxy and homely to me.

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r52/photografik/reno/Unlimited-06.jpg

ImMoreBetter
02-27-2008, 02:51 PM
http://www.aviation-history.com/messerschmitt/bf109.jpg

Ugly. In a bad-*** sort of way.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

Crash_Moses
02-27-2008, 07:00 PM
Originally posted by Metatron_123:
It's not a fighter. Wouldn't the fighter eguivalent be the Hellcat or Wildcat? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Ha! I expected that response. Fool! You've fallen into my trap! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

Now you have to watch this..

Dogfights: Long Odds - "Swede" Vejtasa - Part 1 of 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEnDjwXnj3Y&mode=related&search=)

JSG72
02-27-2008, 07:13 PM
Hornet! Hornet ! Hornet!

Have yous seen one?

Nothing comes close.

Lean Mean Fighting Machine....

If only they were available in 1942?

Jeez! We could have WON !

Metatron_123
02-28-2008, 03:38 PM
Crash Moses, I've seen it.

I'm sure the Stuka shot down planes too.

...Oh, evil one.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

DIRTY-MAC
02-28-2008, 04:12 PM
This is a very beautiful fighter
The Re 2005
http://www.aldini.it/re2005/1copiash.jpg

http://www.skyunlimited.net/re2005/re2005_17.jpg

http://www.skyunlimited.net/re2005/re2005_5.jpg

http://www.skyunlimited.net/re2005_images_1/re2005_5.jpg

Crash_Moses
02-28-2008, 07:01 PM
Originally posted by Metatron_123:
Crash Moses, I've seen it.

I'm sure the Stuka shot down planes too.

...Oh, evil one.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

Equal rights for Bombers! We will not be ignored!

Please...vote yes on proposition B...


The PBJ obviously lacked the glamour of the Corsair, and some of the more exotic breeds such as the "Black Widow," the "Jug," and the "Hellcat." Perhaps that's why aviation chroniclers have shunned her. But her story must be told. Since pilots tend to categorize their birds as women, using such terminology as "sweet," "sleek," "unforgiving," etc., I can only characterize her as a "mother-in-law." Dumpy, dependable, and loud.

1st Lt. Bob Jardes, VMB-611 USMC




http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y125/Crash_Moses/pbj_northamerican_mitchell_pcola110.jpg

Metatron_123
02-29-2008, 01:44 PM
Is there a good combat sim where you can fly the Regianne ?