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JSG72
03-28-2007, 04:41 PM
Just a post to ask if, those that Are/aren't aware of. What in my opinion Was the most beautiful Aircraft ever built.

Agree? (BTW. It hasn't got guns. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif)

http://www.bugattirevue.com/revue3/rev3-2.htm

Spectre1968
03-28-2007, 04:44 PM
No

Bremspropeller
03-28-2007, 04:47 PM
Looks nice, out of question.

But it ain't the most beautiful.

ploughman
03-28-2007, 04:49 PM
Ooooh. Probably. Yes. Now that's the, er, Dragon Ripide? Super nice.

MKk XIV Spitfire (clipped) is also sex on a propeller too if you ask me.

The Super Constellation is just jaw droppingly beautiful, love the Me-262 (but not really a contentender if I was honest) and the lines of the C-47 are immortal.

WWSpinDry
03-28-2007, 04:50 PM
No; nice-looking bird, but it's no 'Stang.

DHC2Pilot
03-28-2007, 04:51 PM
No....No....No.

The most beautiful aircraft ever built, without any question, is the Cessna 195. This Bugatti thing doesn't even make the top 1000. Just my 2 cents worth.

ploughman
03-28-2007, 04:55 PM
Aaaaaaaaaaaaah. You mentioned the Bugati thing.... http://www.daisey-designs.com/nx13688/bugatti/bug100-15.jpg

K_Freddie
03-28-2007, 04:59 PM
You must be italian.. no? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

russ.nl
03-28-2007, 05:00 PM
That Bugati thing shore is beautiful but I like the C-47 the most. The CW-21b is a good second.

JSG72
03-28-2007, 05:02 PM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
Ooooh. Probably. Yes. Now that's the, er, Dragon Ripide? Super nice.

MKk XIV Spitfire (clipped) is also sex on a propeller too if you ask me.

The Super Constellation is just jaw droppingly beautiful, love the Me-262 (but not really a contentender if I was honest) and the lines of the C-47 are immortal.

NOOO http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif Not the Rapide. (Which is the only plane I have ever flown in and I am approaching 50!!! and been an aviation enthusiast since I was 6 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif)

Mk XIV Spit is indeed the IMHO the most beautiful fighter.

And again have to agree on the Constalation being the nicest Multi-engined.

Oh! and Spectre1968. As for Firepower:Well? A couple of Miniguns with 20s and a 105. Certainly satisfies the need. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

luftluuver
03-28-2007, 05:12 PM
Originally posted by K_Freddie:
You must be italian.. no? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Isn't Bugatti French? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

WWSpinDry
03-28-2007, 05:18 PM
Connie pilots can handle three pieces of tail at the same time. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

BillyTheKid_22
03-28-2007, 05:21 PM
http://www.lionheartcreations.com/sitebuilder/images/Scrshot1772-488x360.jpg



Wow!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif



http://www.youngeagles.org/wallpaper/bugatti_wallpaper1024.jpg

JSG72
03-28-2007, 05:22 PM
Originally posted by WWSpinDry:
No; nice-looking bird, but it's no 'Stang.

It ain't No 'stang. Which IMHO. Was/Is indeed Very nice. With an Air of practicality, as well as Form.
Although perhaps taken further, with the MB 5?

Remembering that "This Bird" was designed in 1938 With Twin engines/Butterfly tail and an almost swept forward wing?

K_Freddie
03-28-2007, 05:23 PM
Originally posted by luftluuver:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by K_Freddie:
You must be italian.. no? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Isn't Bugatti French? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Don't have a clue, but I'm assuming the motor car series.. isn't that italian ??... I'll wiki it

EDT: YESSIR.. YOU ARE CORRECT Bugatti is French

leitmotiv
03-28-2007, 05:24 PM
My favorite---the He 119 which actually flew:

http://www.airmodel.de/gallery/simon/He119/images/he119kitu18.jpg

JSG72
03-28-2007, 05:24 PM
Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:
http://www.lionheartcreations.com/sitebuilder/images/Scrshot1772-488x360.jpg



Wow!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Excellent! PIC BillTheKid_22.

Where can I fly?



http://www.youngeagles.org/wallpaper/bugatti_wallpaper1024.jpg

JSG72
03-28-2007, 05:28 PM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:
My favorite---the He 119 which actually flew:

http://www.airmodel.de/gallery/simon/He119/images/he119kitu18.jpg

Ahemm!! Until the propshaft shook itself to bits? However Again a nice design. Nice to think the "Nazis" weren't just thinking about WAR!?

Snodrvr
03-28-2007, 05:30 PM
Personally, I've always thought the Geebee Model Z was the most beautiful Piston Engined Plane ever. Something about that bullet shaped body, the short stubby wings, and that gorgeous sounding radial engine make it stand apart from the other piston planes.

The AT-6 would come in a close second for similar reasons.

ploughman
03-28-2007, 05:40 PM
I always love the way when an AT-6 passes you that resonance or whatever the effect is from the prop makes your ear wax vibrate. Only other plane I've gotten that from is the Corsair (f4u-4).

JSG72
03-28-2007, 05:50 PM
Originally posted by Snodrvr:
Personally, I've always thought the Geebee Model Z was the most beautiful Piston Engined Plane ever. Something about that bullet shaped body, the short stubby wings, and that gorgeous sounding radial engine make it stand apart from the other piston planes.

The AT-6 would come in a close second for similar reasons.

Hmmm. Have a couple of 48th scale models of the GEEBEE racers.
Again They certainly look purposeful with their Airframes built around an engine.
However I Stress PURPOSEFUL.

As far as engine sound goes? Merlin 60's Do it for me. (And I'm a Luft fan! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif).

Anyways nice to hear from aesthetic Fans as opposed to FM/DM Whiners http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

BillyTheKid_22
03-28-2007, 06:06 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 BillyTheKid_22:
http://www.lionheartcreations.com/sitebuilder/images/Scrshot1772-488x360.jpg



Wow!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Excellent! PIC BillTheKid_22.

Where can I fly?



http://www.youngeagles.org/wallpaper/bugatti_wallpaper1024.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>



What about "Where can I fly?" t http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif ell me.

JSG72
03-28-2007, 06:07 PM
Just as a matter of interest(To cover all fields).

Think that the Macdonnel/Douglas XP67. was the nicest Twin. I mean. In each wing. Ermm.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

http://www.daveswarbirds.com/usplanes/aircraft/xp-67.htm

"Firepower and performance?"

BillyTheKid_22
03-28-2007, 06:15 PM
Originally posted by JSG72:
Just as a matter of interest(To cover all fields).

Think that the Macdonnel/Douglas XP67. was the nicest Twin. I mean. In each wing. Ermm.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

http://www.daveswarbirds.com/usplanes/aircraft/xp-67.htm

"Firepower and performance?"



COOL! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif



http://www.daveswarbirds.com/usplanes/photos/xp67model.jpg

GBrutus
03-28-2007, 06:31 PM
It's certainly a pretty aeroplane and a nice design too. As for being THE most beautiful? I'd say Ploughman nailed it with the Spit 14.

Never seen this aircraft before though, thanks for posting. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Sergio_101
03-28-2007, 06:49 PM
granville Brothers planes, notably the Z senior Sportsters
are in my eyes the most beautiful aircraft ever built.
They ooze of art decco excess and masculinity.
As to multi engine planes two more art decco master pieces
come to mind. The Boeing 247 and 299. The 299
was to be the B-17.

The Bugatti is neat but alas was not remotely airworthy.
Weight and balance issues along with other
problems would have made the first flight
a VERY short one.

I remember an article many years ago saying it
was so tail heavy, and with poor stabilizer
design,
that it would have simply climbed up sharply
into the vertical, stalled and crashed.

Neat idea. If you like the laminar flow curve
design idea, look to the McDonnel XP-67 Bat.
Though extremely under powered it still
managed over 400mph in level flight.

I also love the look of the Bf-108.

Sergiohttp://www.airminded.net/geebee/geebee_zb.jpg http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/060706-F-1234S-002.jpg http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/060706-F-1234S-001.jpg

JSG72
03-28-2007, 07:03 PM
Hi1 Segio_101

Perhaps it is not only I/ Who would think that the Bugatti deserves "The most Beautiful" mention.

If you read the Link. You would realise that a
Robert Nelson in 1978 Actually built and flew a Replica of this design.
How it got on? I know Nought.

Certainly the BF108 was a cornerstone of modern light utility aircraft. At the time. Nice and proving the concept.

However Would it be so beautiful, If said it was designed Today!

I am talking Aesthetics. Not inovation.

Cheers.

jolly_magpie
03-28-2007, 07:22 PM
Too bad it never flew.

If someone buys the gas, I'll take 'er up...

EctoGamma
03-28-2007, 07:47 PM
For me its this, just so elegant looking:

http://images.google.ie/imgres?imgurl=http://www.airpag...UShttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.giffficial%26sa%3DN (http://images.google.ie/imgres?imgurl=http://www.airpages.ru/draw/ki46.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.airpages.ru/cgi-bin/pg2.pl%3Fpage%3Ddrawki46&h=1054&w=774&sz=38&hl=en&start=22&tbnid=xjzyfBI-RzliZM:&tbnh=150&tbnw=110&prev=/images%3Fq%3DKi46%26start%3D20%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D 20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26channel%3Ds%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-UShttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.giffficial%26sa%3DN)

http://instore.balilla.it/images/29012003125405.jpg

96th_Nightshifter
03-28-2007, 07:54 PM
Originally posted by GBrutus:
It's certainly a pretty aeroplane and a nice design too. As for being THE most beautiful? I'd say Ploughman nailed it with the Spit 14.


Agreed http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

LEXX_Luthor
03-28-2007, 10:18 PM
1930s Hawker Hart and Hind lite bombers, and Hawker Fury fighter, are the best looking prop planes ever made. They look like they were made for rocket propulsion, they are so slick.

Bewolf
03-28-2007, 11:05 PM
http://www.stinsonflyer.com/prop/l1049-05.jpg

http://aviajpg2.chat.ru/images/fw200/fw200-13.jpg

Those two. No contest =)

Sergio_101
03-29-2007, 02:55 AM
Originally posted by JSG72:
I am talking Aesthetics. Not inovation.

Cheers.

So am I. I don't see the Bugatti as beautiful.
It's not about inovation.

The GeeBee's were not inovative.
They were a dead end in design.

Sergio

Bo_Nidle
03-29-2007, 11:07 AM
Its certainly a looker. But then I like the Macchi 202 and 205 too.

Bugatti,Ferrari,Lambourgini,Maseratti,Beretta,Moni ca Belluci and Sophia Loren! What is it with the Italians and style?

Daiichidoku
03-29-2007, 11:43 AM
this one aint bad, especialy for a 4 engine job (and highest P/W ratio for a piston powered a/c)

republic XF-12 rainbow
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/Daiichidoku/rainbow.jpg

probably the most beautiful biplane
Fairey Fantome
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/Daiichidoku/JSJ_Fairey_Fantomne.jpg

msalama
03-29-2007, 12:39 PM
Most beautiful? She's gorgeous, definitely, but the most beautiful in her own homely way is of course this grand old lady:

http://koti.welho.com/msalama/Douglas_C-47.JPG

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

ultraHun
03-29-2007, 12:55 PM
Originally posted by GBrutus:
It's certainly a pretty aeroplane and a nice design too. As for being THE most beautiful? I'd say Ploughman nailed it with the Spit 14.

Never seen this aircraft before though, thanks for posting. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

It's close, but not on the spot. I'd go for late Griffon powered model, with teardrop canopy and full elliptical wings:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/98/Spitfire_F_XVIII_SM845.jpg/800px-Spitfire_F_XVIII_SM845.jpg

Daiichidoku
03-29-2007, 01:22 PM
for too many, these are THE most beautiful aircraft EVER produced

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/Daiichidoku/1918_JN4_Ambulance_Ellington_1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/Daiichidoku/casevac-plane.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/Daiichidoku/ambulance.jpg


even nicer still, when one of them is equipped with one (or more) of these...



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/Daiichidoku/ambulancecrew.jpg

BaronUnderpants
03-29-2007, 03:28 PM
DeHavilland DH-88 Comet anyone?

Couldnt upload a pic but sure think thats one of the top 10.

If i ever build a flying replica that would be the one. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

JSG72
03-29-2007, 03:44 PM
Hi Back again and Sober http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

Sergio

I was referring to the BF108.

Daiichdoku

That XF-12 looks nice. Wasn't aware of that one http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif

And What about the Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk:

http://avia.russian.ee/helicopters_eng/sik_s-67.php

ultraHun

I think your Pic is of a Spit MK14 Although I prefer the Non Bubble variety http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

JSG72
03-29-2007, 03:55 PM
Darn! forgot about the DH 103 Hornet?

I lusted after this when I was a Lad.

Keep them coming.

ploughman
03-29-2007, 04:04 PM
Originally posted by JSG72:

I think your Pic is of a Spit MK14 Although I prefer the Non Bubble variety http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Mk 18, virtually the same plane, same engine etc, but more fuel and strengthened wing. Mk XIVs also came in the tear drop canopy flavour but I prefer the asthetics of a razor back Spit too.

Phwoar.

JSG72
03-29-2007, 04:15 PM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JSG72:

I think your Pic is of a Spit MK14 Although I prefer the Non Bubble variety http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Mk 18, virtually the same plane, same engine etc, but more fuel and strengthened wing. Mk XIVs also came in the tear drop canopy flavour but I prefer the asthetics of a razor back Spit too.

Phwoar. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for that Ploughman.
And to think I have even seen this plane, at displays!
And didn't even know there was a MKxviii http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif

Forgive me. I am a Luft'Fan

AKA_TAGERT
03-29-2007, 04:19 PM
http://www.lionheartcreations.com/sitebuilder/images/Scrshot1772-488x360.jpg

Well I don't know if it is the most beautiful.. but it is defiantly the most sexual.. In an anal probe kind of way.

JSG72
03-29-2007, 04:50 PM
Originally posted by AKA_TAGERT:
http://www.lionheartcreations.com/sitebuilder/images/Scrshot1772-488x360.jpg

Well I don't know if it is the most beautiful.. but it is defiantly the most sexual.. In an anal probe kind of way.

Notso Poor Nancy! If you could afford one of these?

Sergio_101
03-29-2007, 05:32 PM
Republic XF-12 was an amazing machine, but to late.

Capable of "4 square" cruise. 4 engines, 40,000', 400+ mph!
Easily the most advanced piston plane ever built.
No cowl flaps were needed and as a result, very low drag.
Power was provided by 4 P&W R-4360's of 3,500hp.

One crashed, the last one was destroyed as a target at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland.

Sergio

Friendly_flyer
03-30-2007, 02:11 AM
Like LEXX_Luthor, I quite like the Hawker biplanes. They have a very elegant 30'ies feel to them:

http://www.nouki.ch/Avions/Img/hawker-hart.jpg

BaronUnderpants
03-30-2007, 08:07 AM
Found a link

http://www.glue-it.co.uk/aircraft/de%20havilland/dh88/comet-001.jpg


No contest. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ploughman
03-30-2007, 10:00 AM
Crikey, that looks so good it almost looks made up.

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

MrBlueSky1960
03-30-2007, 10:26 AM
Hmmm...

http://www.air-and-space.com/Republic%20XF-12/Clipping%20l%20color%20in%20flight%20l.jpg

Closter.
03-30-2007, 12:28 PM
Just love this one.
http://home.earthlink.net/~charlesfelton/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/webhe100.jpg

http://www.parkerinfo.com/plans/he1001.jpg

That one too! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif
http://www.luft46.com/kwart/kw170-3.jpg

luftluuver
03-30-2007, 12:38 PM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
Crikey, that looks so good it almost looks made up. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif Some history on the DH88, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_DH.88

Badsight-
03-30-2007, 02:44 PM
http://img106.imageshack.us/img106/3381/p6723ix.jpg

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/9859/xp67inflrr8.jpg

http://img129.imagevenue.com/aAfkjfp01fo1i-19126/loc481/87232_p67_8_122_481lo.jpg

http://img156.imagevenue.com/aAfkjfp01fo1i-30384/loc397/87395_p67_7_122_397lo.jpg