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    Only one? then would have to be the Wright Flyer two seater of 1907. Showed what was possible and the grandaddy of all that followed.

    For greatest impact C-47. All the other P- this and B- of WWII (and since) were/are marginally relevant fluff.

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    SR-71, U2, TR-1.

    For all the stuff we don't know about that these planes photographed and helped end the cold war without a nuke attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajg6989
    how about this there are only 3 aircraft that I know of that after 50 years are still flying and in there orginal role for governments. the b-52, the c-47, and the c-130
    Don't forget about the KC135 and it's civilian twin the Boeing 707 that revolutionised comercial avaition.

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    Hi Dilvoy,

    You wrote "Don't forget about the KC135" . Look back 3 posts. I agree, It has allowed us to project our power for over 50 years. All the "KC's" are unsung workhorses.


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    Easy - 4 engine WWII bombers.

    B17 - Flying Fortress
    B24 - Liberator
    B29 - Superfortress
    Avro Lancaster
    Short Sterling
    Handley Page Halifax
    Arado AR 234 C(prototype)
    others?

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    More importantly - They took the war there instead of waiting for it to come here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilvoy
    Quote Originally Posted by ajg6989
    how about this there are only 3 aircraft that I know of that after 50 years are still flying and in there orginal role for governments. the b-52, the c-47, and the c-130
    Don't forget about the KC135 and it's civilian twin the Boeing 707 that revolutionised comercial avaition.
    Not twins. Significant differences between the two. But the same daddy so closely related (engineering manager for the 1991 rtl model kit project of the 135 series).

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    military channel ran the top ten of aircraft
    1. F-15 eagle
    2.Spad
    3. F-4 Phantom
    Very interesting, spitfire and c-47 came in below these three

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    Desert Deuce, I was in such a rush to let everyone hear my "wisdom" that I must have missed your earlier post.
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    this almost becomes a "my favorite aircraft" exercise pretty quickly....

    I'm thinking C-17 especially after watching them depart Charleston's AFB all day last week....willing to bet these fat boys hold lots of crackers, cheese, and Humvees for the sand box.....
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    I like or "liked" The UH-1 Huey. It could do lots of things and get into some pretty tight places but I very rarely see them in service anymore

    Chad

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