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Which aircraft looks most like a warplane?

Old 28th Nov 2016, 10:24
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Two spring to mind...

The already mentioned BUFF



and this vicious looking beastie

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Old 28th Nov 2016, 12:36
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Originally Posted by ORAC View Post
The opinion seems to be that a "real" warplane has to be ugly
War is ugly.

We weren't asked for the prettiest plane, or the most graceful, or anything like that, which would rightly yield the names you're talking about. The thread asks for warplane, which to me conjures up the image of a gnarled, grizzly, battered, hairy chested plane. The types for which there is beauty in their ugliness.

Happy to yield to the floor if there's a disagreement, but the comments so far seem to follow the same pattern.
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 13:59
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Having experienced an Exercise airfield attack by 2 x Buccaneers, I found the head-on eye-level view from Local rather 'warry'


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Old 28th Nov 2016, 14:00
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Phantom
A-10
F-105
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 15:18
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

This one made for the Serbian Army, vintage 1915, a plane made for war.
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 15:52
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I think the A10 may have most votes here. Can I just add any Mossie with a faceful of cannons?
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 16:15
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Some while ago I found myself wandering around a parked Tornado in a HAS at Marham while scouting locations for a film production. As a cameraman, my reaction was "there is no way to make this thing look like anything other than a bruiser."

Blunt nose, huge tail fin, bulbous fuel tanks, and a general aesthetic of chipped and filthy metal with prominent drip trays underneath. I mean, seriously: soot? On a fighter jet? This thing is supposed to be the zenith of technology, for crying out loud! But it wasn't.

There were the prints of those aircrew boots with the circular patterned soles all over the seats. I didn't want to sit in it, in case it wouldn't wash out, and when I did sit in it, I was reminded immediately of the vintage of the design. Big clunky pushbuttons! Latching toggle switches! CRT displays! It looked like something out of a particularly convincing 1960s sci-fi movie, and it smelled of partially-burned paraffin.

If I hadn't been able to recognise it, I'd have assumed it was something recovered from a hangar in an ex-Soviet client state where it had been sitting since the end of the cold war, and that's without any weapons hanging on it. Pretty it definitely ain't. I assumed the nickname "Tonka" was because it looked like a toy in the Japanese super-deformed style. Which it sort of does.

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PS - Gotta love 'em, my formative memories are of the 1991 gulf war.
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 16:53
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Ju-88G-6. An efficient night killer.


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Old 28th Nov 2016, 17:27
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I always thought the Ilyushin IL-102 looked rather purposeful!


Even has a tail turret!


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Old 28th Nov 2016, 18:57
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It looked like something out of a particularly convincing 1960s sci-fi movie
Lightning F-6 ZF590 cockpit - movie "Wing Commander"

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Old 28th Nov 2016, 19:01
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I'm admittedly biased on this, but the Scooter gets my vote.





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Old 28th Nov 2016, 19:08
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Gotta tell you - with that load on board it would be one hell of a take-off roll....
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 19:16
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Gotta tell you - with that load on board it would be one hell of a take-off roll....
Take-off roll? Very short using a steam catapult.

Even the small WW2 era Essex class carriers had steam catapults.
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 20:30
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Even the small WW2 era Essex class carriers had steam catapults.

Well...

The pic depicts a VMA 214 jet. Old eyes, hard to tell the tail or other markings, if they indicated if it was part of a carrier air group. Otherwise chances are it depicts a shore based Marine aircraft.
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 21:19
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Even the small WW2 era Essex class carriers had steam catapults
Sorry mate, we didn't invent the steam catapult until the earaly 50s and then gave the idea to you Yanks
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 22:06
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They were retro fitted with Steam catapults in the 50's
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Old 29th Nov 2016, 01:32
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I remember as a boy at Farnborough in the mid 50s a Victor doing a slow fly-past. A grizzled adult next to me said in an awed voice, "My God, that thing's evil".
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Old 29th Nov 2016, 02:21
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To be honest.....I have always fancied "Jugs"!



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Old 29th Nov 2016, 03:06
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So many a/c fall into this, but for me: CF-18, A-10, B1-B.
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Old 29th Nov 2016, 03:27
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Well..
If the young lady comes as standard equipment with a Jug, I'll go for one of those, thanks.
Is there room for two inside, but?
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