If you had a gorillion dollars and could buy yourself one warplane, regardless of availability or laws, what would you choose?
The only right answer
You only have the money required to buy the plane regardless of how little or much it costs. You don't get to keep a gorillion dollars. Someone simply gave you an unlimited budget for any plane for free to you.
First flight is 2003.
Something with legs and maneuverability. Since combat isn't involved, I'm going with the Su-35. Range and agility would be even better once you strip out unnecessary military gear. Could even convert the radar domes to fuel tanks.
Swept wing masterrace
Obviously a Tu-160 so I can cruise across the country at supersonic speeds while still being able to land on short runways.
Seconding this. Any other response is absurd compared to riding the Sled.
Cesna 172. I don't think I could fly anything more complicated, and I don't think I'd bother with flight school for more advanced aircraft for no reason.
>24 hour prep time
>You need to wear a fucking space suit to ride it
No, not a good pick if you just want to fuck around in an expensive plane.
What about proposed? Nuclear powered bomber would have been bitchin'.
Faggots don't even know about my permanent air capabilities
This mother fucker right here!. Sure it was glitchy as fuck, id dump more money to make it work porperly.
A B-36 so I could be comfy around the world.
This or this, both sexy planes
An f-16 block d without a doubt. It's not the most powerful, expensive or rarest jet ever made but it's by far the most fun to pilot. Nothing beat it.
A f15 feals already like a big Mercedes to drive, the f16 like an expensive sport car.
There is a reason with there are so many of them.
Excellent choice, stranger.
>not being /k/ as fuck and flying this beast
can I get something that never got off the drawing board? and you never said anything against drones...
Ekranoplan, or however those comies said it. I want my fucking cruise missile launching, beach landing, exceeding metal gear weapon in production right fucking now.
Achtung, OG jet fighter coming through
A skyly from Sky Crawlers. I don't care if its not real, it's sexy as fuck.
you double nigger
civil aviator here; what in the fuck are you doing?
At the very least fly a king air 200 because dat payload capacity and speed.
>I don't wanna bother going through flight school to fly my favorite warbird
You are a fucking faggot. I got my pilots license three months after I got my drivers license. And a year after that I had my multi-engine; and I worked my fucking dick off to get the money to do that.
In addition to this;
I want a fucking MiG-25 FOXBAT
if I can arm it; I'd retrofit it with NATO computers so I can fire AIM-9X from the sucker.
>you will never remove skinny with two of your buddies and four 20mms
Might buy a few, including this one.
A gorillian dollars.... That's a big sum of money
>In WW2 my grandfather's company came across an airfield with a few ME262, needless to say they had no fucking clue what it was.
I always imagined the guys who found the Ho 229 prototypes to go: "Those Nazis got fuckin' ufos!"
This anon got it right but to save the answer i'll post the hd pic, also:
>I'd paint "DANGER ZONE" with the arrow pointing to the intake entrance"
Also >>27778383 is right.
I'd love to have my own B1, that is if i'd have unlimited maintenance and fuel.
Just give me this, and I'll be happy.
I don't have a runway near me, but there's a stretch of road with a suitably large rest area for maintenance work. Thus, a Hornet.
Almost all modern fighters can do that m8. You should pick the hornet for high alpha flying.
>convert inside to utilitarian or victorian decor
>add solar cells on wings, build from ultralight materials
>travel the tropics Porco Rosso style
>even carry pontoon/light boats n shit
Want. So much want.
Only correct choice
>ywn soar above the cliffs of Dover shooting down German bombers
....Ok, so I choose this one.
virtually any figther in the bottom paint job, so i guess an F16 will do
I prefer it because the maintenance requirements are easy to meet. I want to fly, not wait for a bitchy crew chief to call me and tell me the fickety stealth coating is gonna need another six hours to cure.
>no Short Sunderland
It's the comfiest military aircraft ever made.
Comes with a galley, bunk beds, mess hall, porcelain toilet, workshop, 18 machine guns and wing bomb racks that can be reloaded mid flight.
If I had my gorillion dollars, I'd skip the bombing capability and instead furnish the inside to victorian perfection, with oak wood paneling and furniture, silver dining ware and a smoking room with comfy wing chairs and a small fireplace.
The seaplane to rule them all
>internal bomb bay for high-speed, low-drag
I have dreams at night about converting one of these for CAS
>tfw you won't be able to ever see one
An F-15. I've always been in love with it. Just the perfect aircraft.
I think a helicopter would be funner. I love the new AH1-Z Vipers. I could park it in my backyard and do nap of the earth flying around all the hills here, land at my camping/hunting land etc.
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I'll buy one of these and a couple BMPs and then I'm set to invade Madagascar
There is only one in the world still flying.
I read a memoir written by a German soldier, went like this
>be on leave sitting with a girl by an airfield outside of Berlin
>hear a siren and watch as dozens and dozens of 109s and 190s take off and soar into the distance
>girl says 'our planes will stop them'
>then we hear a low rumbling roar that is getting louder by the minute
>we see what looks like a dark cloud in the distance
>its bombers. thousands of bombers
>we are sitting there astounded by the sheer number of 4 engine bombers now flying overhead
>we know nothing can stop such a foe
>hear the explosions in the city
>spend rest of leave cleaning up debris and bodies (mostly women and children)
The level of technological achievement the Germans were able to accomplish on such strict wartime restrictions is amazing. I'm sure many allied soldier looked at German technology and thought, "How the fuck did they do that?"
Wasn't it fast, but not particularly maneuverable? Then again, if its airframe were to have been constructed primarily out of titanium, rather than aluminium and nickel-steel, the problem might've been remedied.
Owning a P-51 is like saying
"Hello, my testicles are massive, I'm sorry about constantly inseminating your daughters"
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blue shifting through the Bosphorus
just need some backup for this un
I don't have any desire to fly planes buddy, I take interests in other things. Now if we were talking boats, then yeah I might have a different tone. Planes? Nah, Cessna or another single engine aircraft is perfectly fine.
They were, and are still an example of what happens when you give an all white society lots of motivation and pride.
Also their society actually sucked balls and people were not happy, but god damn they got shit done
its not a warbird but I want a Spruce Goose, give her modern engines and avionics then turn the inside into a luxury home.
Yes. With Lockheed's apparent specialty for things that go fast, they'd probably be the best current contractor for upgrading it to cutting-edge specs. Of course, bringing on Northrup, Boeing, etc is possible as well, but if I had to chose one, Lockheed gets the pick.
So then why not get an F-35C or B?
>dat mad high-alpha
>dat sensor suite
MG-19 (MГ-19 in cyrillic), a concept spaceplane of the russian ministry of defense, designed by a team led by Oleg Gurko, SRI-4 (then CRI-50) design bureau.
Apparently the propulsion was as follow, according to some source:
- Hydrogen-oxygen rockets (or detachable turbojets) for liftoff and acceleration to Mach1.
- Nuclear-powered closed-cycle ramjet, for acceleration to Mach3 to 5 and climbing to the stratosphere
- Nuclear-powered open-cycle hydrogen rocket, for the orbital velocity, space maneuvering and re-entry deceleration.
And that sums up pretty much pretty much everything about the planes you can find on internet if you don't read slavrunes.
Well, if we stretched things a bit, you could fund the development of the aforementioned Valkyrie derivative, and then purchase the first functional prototype for an exorbitantly high price using the gorillion-or-so dollars you've been given. The profits generated by the purchase should sufficient to retroactively finance what would have otherwise put you into crippling debt.
Because I like to go places and take my things with me
>all of my things
Not the Lockheed YF12 its like you faggots don't even want to SR 71 bomber interceptor variant.
The caspian sea nigger. I would tear around the bay in this thing while libtards shat themselves in terror. Maybe they could defend themselves with their double whipped cream half calf vegan frapimochas.
>knew the book from my shitty recollection
My nigga. You read any other German memoirs? I'm kinda addicted to them being a reenactor and a history buff.
So basically their version of the Silvervogel? Why didn't the try to make one?
There was some dude who bought one in the 60's, tricked it out with a bar until it got shot down over Egypt.
There is something about twin booms that make me go into full primitive "muh dick" mode.
Patrician choice my friend, very pretty aircraft.
Pretty sure these are Tei's though.
No, the other anon is wrong it was not an antipodal bomber, it was a SSTO shuttle (well, with boosters, but that's more a RATO than a two stages spaceplane). They dropped it in favor of the Buran when the US unveiled their shuttle and the soviet needed something easier to achieve than a nuclear open core spaceship.
True patricians right here.
>ywn cruise around in a PBY with a bunch of 60's qt 3.14s
I kind of just want a wildcat
Looks like a fun little plane to fly
>this is what naziboos actually believe
Invasion stripes > everything else.
The only correct answer.
>Plane gets hit by missile, missile tears massive hole through plane
>Plane now has a draft, continues to destination
Yes. Flak, heat seeking, dumb fire, HEAT rounds, HE, etc. The B-17 doesn't care. As long as you don't hit anything vital, it still works perfectly fine.
Pic related, an enemy plane made a direct collision with a B-17, and tore through most of it, leaving about a foot of metal connecting the tail and the rest of the plane. They completed the bombing run and made a slow turn for friendly territory. They had tried to get the tail gunner out of the strip of tail, but couldn't, as the tail gunner was effectively weighing the tail down and keeping it attached to the rest of the plane. They crash-landed in a designated field, and everyone survived.
If it can survive a falling plane, it can survive a flimsy missile.
Some died by plain hypothermia in the planes. It wasn't pressurized, which is also why pilots wore such heavy coats back then.
Does it have to be a warplane? Because seriously, I can't think a single thing I want more to do than to fly the X-15. And I will never be able to.
Unless someone gives me a gorillion dollars, that is...
As many else have said, a F-14 Tomcat. It's just so iconic for me, plus I have room to bring a buddy if I want. Though >>27778253
Is a very good option #2.
These guys knows.
Ekranoplan is the shit.
Mixing style, firepower and comfyness.
Flying house with garage and antiship capabilities.
Well anon isn't wrong.
Post WWII B-17s were converted into target drones, and were used testing the first AIM-4 Falcon & AIM-7 Sparrow missiles.
And many of them landed again after being hit.
>inferior non-fiction aircraft
Just going to travel to the other side of the world in 10 seconds. Before I do that, let me just fly up to space real quick.
Why the fuck has this not been posted yet?
desu I haven't even finished forgotten soldier. I got to the part where he's describing russian tanks getting stuck trying to overrun their defensive positions because the piles of russian corpses are popping under the treads and turning everything into snot-slick mud/blood/organ goo.
I put the book down at that point. I'll pick it up again eventually.
Why not just go for the Original American build instead of a cheap knockoff?
I'd want a pimped out An-2 with modern avionics, a turboprop, and neon lights in the cabin. Then I could fulfill my dream of becoming a bush pilot in Alaska in style. Plus I want something that has excellent lift capability and maneuverability over a go fast jet so I leisurely cruise along mountainsides and canyons while being able to take in the view.
It would be pretty boring. Same with an Sr-71 or MiG-25/31 because you aren't really going to feel that speed at such high altitudes. You're basically going to be going in a straight line and it's going to end up feeling like any other flight on an airliner.
It's not just the speed. For one, the launch is so amazingly cool - you get dropped by a B-52... and then you ignite a fucking rocket. Then, you can fly into actual space. You actually feel weightlessness and get to see the black void of space for what it really is. And, yes, I know that SpaceShipTwo exists, and so do other aircraft, but the pilot in me wants nothing more to control my aircraft the whole way, no fly-by-wire. I am the pilot in command, I make the calls, not the computer.
And none of the pilots ever described flying to over Mach 5 and over 50 miles up as "boring".