What do you think is the best looking aircraft ever made?


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Jan 2008
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The North American F-86 Sabre, sometimes called the Sabrejet, is a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as the United States' first swept wing fighter that could counter the swept-wing Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights in the skies of the Korean War (1950–1953), fighting some of the earliest jet-to-jet battles in history. Considered one of the best and most important fighter aircraft in that war, the F-86 is also rated highly in comparison with fighters of other eras.[3]Although it was developed in the late 1940s and was outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved versatile and adaptable and continued as a front-line fighter in numerous air forces until the last active operational examples were retired by the Bolivian Air Forcein 1994.

Its success led to an extended production run of more than 7,800 aircraft between 1949 and 1956, in the United States, Japan, and Italy. Variants were built in Canada and Australia. The Canadair Sabre added another 1,815 airframes, and the significantly redesigned CAC Sabre (sometimes known as the Avon Sabre or CAC CA-27), had a production run of 112. The Sabre is by far the most-produced Western jet fighter, with total production of all variants at 9,860 units.[1]


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Feb 2010
Sunny Bournemouth, Dorset
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The first thing that struck one about the Mosquito
was the beauty of line of the fuselage, tailplane, fin and engine cowlings.
They all went together and made a lovely aeroplane.
The cockpit cover also had a sweet line
and the simplicity of the undercarriage and the treaded tyres set the whole thing off.
The aircraft set on the ground looking pert and eager and it was easy to become fond of
-which was no means true of all aeroplanes.

-F/O Frank Ruskell, No. 109 Sqd.

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