Most Beautiful Aircraft

Given the distances, and that there were a fair few Sunderlands and Catalinas about in this parish...
A 12000 mile round trip?
I doubt it.
Give it unto the hands of a master of propaganda however..... gold. Regardless of truth.

Kind of like the actual effectiveness of Black Buck .

As a feat of endurance, bravery and flying.... Black Buck is right up there with the best however.

And on that note.....Vulcan in her glorious beauty.

 
Which leads me to two of my all time favourite aircraft.... and in my opinion, two of the best looking


 
One Junkers that seemed memorable from model aircraft and films was the corrugated bus, the JU52. IIRC it was Germany's equivalent to the DC3 as a transport work horse. It isn't pretty but from some angles looks okay but the central engine clearly looks like an afterthought to get enough power.



It did the job though and continued in to civilian transport and passenger service for many years after WW2.
I was waiting at Hamburg airport a few years back when one of these flew in and landed. Compared to the massive fast moving jets it looked tiny and moved at a snail's pace - which I suppose it was and did
 
I was waiting at Hamburg airport a few years back when one of these flew in and landed. Compared to the massive fast moving jets it looked tiny and moved at a snail's pace - which I suppose it was and did
There's a video on YouTube of a Ju52 being shot down in WW2 and it's as slow as glacial drift. it must have been the world's easiest kill.
 
There's a video on YouTube of a Ju52 being shot down in WW2 and it's as slow as glacial drift. it must have been the world's easiest kill.
Seeing a vintage aircraft lightened the mood a bit - we were on the way back from my brother's funeral and the start of a particularly nasty family rift.
 
There's a video on YouTube of a Ju52 being shot down in WW2 and it's as slow as glacial drift. it must have been the world's easiest kill.
You mean this? If so, I suspect the film has been slowed down somewhat.
However, the ‘Tante Ju’ was certainly still easy pickings for fighters...

...as was the Ju290...

...and the Me323.

...[the Ju-52]... isn't pretty but from some angles looks okay but the central engine clearly looks like an afterthought to get enough power...
It was actually the wing engines which were added to the original Ju-52/1m to create the definitive Ju-52/3m of wartime fame.

Regards,
MM
 
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Give it unto the hands of a master of propaganda however..... gold. Regardless of truth.

Kind of like the actual effectiveness of Black Buck .

As a feat of endurance, bravery and flying.... Black Buck is right up there with the best however.

And on that note.....Vulcan in her glorious beauty.

Black Buck couldn't have happened without a lot of these:

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And it's often overlooked that the Victor carried out reconnoissance flights to South Georgia. The aircraft was airborne for 14 hours 45 minutes and covered around 6,500nm. Ir required four tankers to get there and another four on the return.
 
...And it's often overlooked that the Victor carried out reconnoissance flights to South Georgia. The aircraft was airborne for 14 hours 45 minutes and covered around 6,500nm. Ir required four tankers to get there and another four on the return.
The Victor conducted several Maritime Radar Reconnaissance (MRR) sorties of over 14 hrs duration until the first Nimrod MR2P modified for AAR arrived at Ascension on 7 May 82. Thereafter, MR2Ps flew over 100 operational sorties.

Several of these were within sight of the Falklands Islands before flying north within 60nm of the entire Argentine coast, in broad daylight, to confirm Argentine naval activity remained constrained to territorial waters. The longest of these covered almost 8500nm and exceeded 19 hrs in duration! Argentine aircraft were scrambled against some of these Nimrod MR2P sorties and detected on ESM but thankfully never managed to intercept the RAF jets.

Regards,
MM
 
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the ‘Tante Ju’ was certainly still easy pickings for fighters...

...as was the Ju290...

...and the Me323.
I think the Allied Air Forces became more fond of the 323 than the Luftwaffe...



South African pilots at Kairouan North/Temmar, Tunisia, recount the events of 22 April 1943, when Curtiss Kittyhawks of No. 7 South African Wing, and Supermarine Spitfires of No. 1 Squadron SAAF, intercepted and shot down a large formation of Messerschmitt Me 323 transport aircraft and their fighter escorts, which was attempting to reinforce the beleaguered Axis forces in North Africa, off Cap Bon, Tunisia. They are, (left to right): Major J D W Human (Sweep leader of No. 7 Wing), Major J E Parsonson (Officer Commanding No. 5 Squadron SAAF, credited with shooting down two Me 323s), Lieutenant R W Humphrey and Lieutenant F A Weingartz (both No. 5 Squadron SAAF, each of whom was credited with two Me 323s).
 
Talking of Victors, it may not have had the performance but the B1 was the true beauty. No enlarged intakes, no wing root extension, no Küchemann carrots to spoil it's lines

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