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Your favorite fighter jet or plane
« on: December 02, 2021, 12:36:15 PM »
Mine is the A-10 thunder bolt 2
The warthog
I worked on a mountain top home for a year. A- 10 pilots would land at an airport near by 2 x a month.
They would buzz us while working on the home .
It was awesome.
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2021, 01:30:28 PM »
Those are a cool jet, I like reading the stories about them making it back to base with one wing and crazy stuff like that!
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2021, 01:58:39 PM »
That would be the sr-71 blackbird, never seen one in person, she’s a oldie now, but have they made a aircraft faster yet? And it’s a spy jet not a fight jet !
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2021, 02:07:15 PM »
Mine is the A-10 thunder bolt 2
The warthog
I worked on a mountain top home for a year. A- 10 pilots would land at an airport near by 2 x a month.
They would buzz us while working on the home .
It was awesome.
They are so quiet for a jet.  No wonder they are feared, you can't hear them coming. 
The B2 bomber is a crazy looking plane to see in real life. 
The F15 is the best looking jet.
 
I finally got to see a F35 this summer.  That is one loud jet, reminds me of my McCullough super 250.  It will melt ear drums. 

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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2021, 02:34:29 PM »
A-10s are amazing but there was never one that landed with its wing shot off. In 1991 one was shot with a SAM missile that tore a piece off the back edge of the left-wing near the fuselage. It was ugly but not fatal to a hog like the A10.
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2021, 02:52:28 PM »
HemlockKing,

I know it is a long haul but if you are ever in the middle of Kansas, the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson has a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird on display in the main entrance where you can walk right up to it.  They also have a flown Liberty Bell 7 capsule, the mockup X-1 that was used in "The Right Stuff", a Titan rocket, German, American and Russian space artifacts, a Space Shuttle mockup, etc..  And if you have time in your day, you can tour the salt mine, 650' below ground level.
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2021, 03:03:46 PM »
Mine is the A-10 thunder bolt 2
The warthog
I worked on a mountain top home for a year. A- 10 pilots would land at an airport near by 2 x a month.
They would buzz us while working on the home .
It was awesome.
Yeah, the flying tank. I was working in aircraft hydraulics when that bird was developed and we made the speed brake actuator and several other major valves  and actuators on it. When the plane got into production our VP of Engineering pulled some strings and got copies of all the sales and military promotional films for us to watch. They showed all the limits of that plane as well as the live firepower it could lay down on ground targets and much of the fancy avionics. It was a beast. The first planes were built on Long Island, not far from where I worked. We would see them in the air fairly regularly headed out for test flights or delivery.
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2021, 03:06:25 PM »
It was an F15 that landed with one wing. Put enough thrust behind it and a brick becomes aerodynamic. 

FWIW the pilot later said if he had known he only had one wing he would have punched out but leaking fuel obscured his view of the damage. 
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2021, 03:10:18 PM »
HemlockKing,

I know it is a long haul but if you are ever in the middle of Kansas, the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson has a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird on display in the main entrance where you can walk right up to it.  They also have a flown Liberty Bell 7 capsule, the mockup X-1 that was used in "The Right Stuff", a Titan rocket, German, American and Russian space artifacts, a Space Shuttle mockup, etc..  And if you have time in your day, you can tour the salt mine, 650' below ground level.
Thanks for that info Tom, havenít been to kansas, but if someday I do that will certainly be a destination for me! 
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2021, 03:17:01 PM »
Iíve seen quite a few in my travels to military bases and ranges.  Iíve been on the targeted side of A-10ís for a day, where they would track me and my buddy with the Gatling gun, then roll on one wing and wave.  The pilots would come so close I could count the fasteners in the airframe.  They are exceptionally quiet when youíre in front of them, but will roll your eardrums when you are on their backside.

I thought the F17 stealth fighters were about a cool as Iíd ever seen, we were on the tower with the Fire Department watching them come in, and it looked like they couldnít fly.  We joked with the Fire Chief, he said they were supposed to come in with near empty tanks to relieve pressure on the landing gear, but every now and then they would actually come in deadstick where they were on Empty.  I asked what happens when that happens, he said the pilot gets grounded.  I mentioned that was pretty tough, being told to come in basically empty, but if actually empty then the penalty was severe.  He said ďYeah, so what?  These are the best of the best, they are supposed to be able to manage it.Ē  Nuff said.  

We also have a SR71 Blackbird here in Huntsville on display.  Itís pretty cool, but I think the absolute coolest fighter plane Iíve ever seen was either the P51 Mustang, or the old Corsair prop planes.  We occasionally watched them do mock dogfights, and it is amazing to think about being in that kind of gun dogfight.  

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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2021, 04:16:51 PM »
I read an A-10 Did land with no canopy, front landing gear and not much of a nose left.
The gun malfunctioned and exploded. 
The pilot was ok .
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2021, 04:19:10 PM »
The Green Mountain Boys have F-35's in Burlington Vt 
There was some lawsuits about the noise but they did let them in.
I call it the sound of freedom
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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2021, 04:25:58 PM »
Not a jet but the B17 is my favorite plane of all
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2021, 04:50:47 PM »
The A-10 fleet are getting new wings,new radar system and updated avionics. 
Ones that have been sitting are being overhauled as well.
Also a new kit added to each engine.
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2021, 05:06:33 PM »
When I thought I was gonna go to the Air Force academy, I wanted to fly the A10.  Instead I went to college and then joined the fire dept.  I love the A10.  A few years ago I was at a training at Fort Leonard Wood in MO and kept hearing this distinct sound that sounded like "brrrrrrt".  I knew that was what the canon on the A10 was supposed to sound like, but I was shocked to hear it for myself.  

As much as I like the A10, the F14 was my favorite fighter of all time.  It still makes me sad that they are all gone.  The only operational ones left are in Iran I think.  The US shredded every last one that is not in a museum with all the guts gone and I think they did something to them to make sure they could never be fixed.  As a kid born in 1974 I was just the right age to be in awe of the Tomcat when Topgun came out.
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2021, 05:23:55 PM »
........  As a kid born in 1974 I was just the right age to be in awe of the Tomcat when Topgun came out.
OK, that right there got me. just a year after this I was running a Big Ash NC Jig Borer making flight control manifolds for that plane as well as several other parts. I knew I was old, but I didn't think I was THAT old.
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Re: Your favorite fight jet
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2021, 05:27:36 PM »
We had an A10 pilot who had a place near us on the lake.  He would fly one around here fairly often, until he left for a long stay in South Korea.  He would show off what it could do, which is pretty impressive.

It's a scary thing when one does a tight turn at less than a thousand feet, and comes straight towards you!!!!

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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2021, 06:10:55 PM »
A friend of mine was a command Sgt major at ft drum NY. The a10s would do target practice there and he'd take me out so we could watch. Quite impressive.
My favorite jet is the f-4 phantom seconded by the prop driven A-1 sky raider.

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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2021, 07:06:47 PM »
On the subject of the A-10, I am told that it is the ONLY plane in the Army inventory. And thatís only because of some sort of oversight on the big folks part. I canít remember exactly what I was told but all of the fixed wing stuff is supposed to NOT be in the Army, although choppers are allowed. I always thought that A-10ís were the coolest thing. Takes a lickin and keeps on tickin ;) Other branches are allowed whatever they think that their pilots can handle.
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« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2021, 07:20:07 PM »
Yeah, everybody is a kid to somebody else.

I believe all of the A-10s are flown by the Air Force and not the Army, even though its a flying tank.

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