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What would you choose to have a flight in, and why?

What would you choose to have a flight in, and why?

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SVX

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1,798 posts

116 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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I don't often start threads, but after watching that truly brilliant documentary (Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies, on BBC 4); I thought I'd pose this question to the aviation aficionados here on BP&T:

If you could have a flight in any type either as PAX or pilot, which would you choose?

Because there are so many wonderful aircraft out there, I think that we can choose a Military and Commercial type, feel free to post pics as well smile

Military:

English Electric Lightning T.5 - PAX obviously, but until recently it was my nearly achievable dream. I also think that the Lightning is one of the most brutally beautiful aircraft ever built.


Commercial:

I've thought long and hard, but I think I would've liked to have had a flight in the Tupolev Tu-144, probably over Concorde, as it would've been something that not many people from the West could ever have experienced.



Over to you smile

King Herald

20,252 posts

121 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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Boeing 777-200LR

Mainly because I'm booked to fly in one in two weeks to take me home after five offshore. biggrin

But other than that, a Spitfire, Lancaster, Vulcan, Shackleton. I think that is the top part of the list.

They were all planes I was crazy about, as a young kid with a dad in the RAF.

fid

2,420 posts

145 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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Spitfire. Top of my lottery buy list too!

Eric Mc

86,292 posts

170 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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Has to be a Spitfire - at least there are some two seaters about.

CTjockey

47 posts

67 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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VC10.
I'd sell a body part, or a relative, to get a ride in one before they cease to be. frown
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Simpo Two

65,307 posts

170 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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For a more relaxed POV, it would be a Boeing Clipper or possibly a Catalina on the Nile route through Africa back in the days of Empire.

http://socks-studio.com/2010/11/07/flying-boats/

CAPP0

10,110 posts

108 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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Spitfire would be great but I have a quiet, and probably unreachable, ambition to fly a DC-3.

mrmaggit

10,123 posts

153 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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Mossie.

Loved 'em since I first saw 633 Squadron at the pictures.

maggit

Quote

3,014 posts

183 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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Space Shuttle
ME 262
HondaJet

King Herald

20,252 posts

121 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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CTjockey said:
VC10.
I'd sell a body part, or a relative, to get a ride in one before they cease to be. frown
I once flew from Singapore to Brize Norton in a VC10. biggrin

Unfortunately I was only 10 years old so didn't fully appreciate the moment.

fatboy69

6,836 posts

92 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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XH558, Spitfire, Phantom, Harrier, SR71 Blackbird.

Reasons? None other than they are just aircraft i have always wanted to fly in.

Eric Mc

86,292 posts

170 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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Quote said:
Space Shuttle
ME 262
HondaJet
Agree with the Space Shutle - but a decidedly dodgy proposition - and now completely impossible.

jjones

2,622 posts

98 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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wingsuit base jump, p1 obviously biggrin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWfph3iNC-k

i have dependents and this is approaching mid life crisis territory so not possible frown

toxgobbler

2,841 posts

96 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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Vulcan.


SVX

Original Poster:

1,798 posts

116 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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Eric Mc said:
Quote said:
Space Shuttle
ME 262
HondaJet
Agree with the Space Shutle - but a decidedly dodgy proposition - and now completely impossible.
I also wonder what would've happened if the Buran programme had come to fruition.

kiteless

7,680 posts

109 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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Apart from the fact that they are impossibly beautiful, I've always wanted a flight in a VC-10.

Military? I'd love a passenger flight in a MIG-25. As a youngster, they just seemed like they designed the biggest fk-off engines they could, then fitted an airframe around them. Russky TVR-think, if you will.

On the subs bench:

Commercial: Bristol Britannia
Military: Harrier


SVX

Original Poster:

1,798 posts

116 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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kiteless said:
Apart from the fact that they are impossibly beautiful, I've always wanted a flight in a VC-10.
The VC-10 flypast at RIAT this year was wonderful - the sound of 4 Conways is truly lovely.




Sorry for the crappy shot smile

LHRFlightman

1,018 posts

75 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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Saturn V.

SVX

Original Poster:

1,798 posts

116 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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LHRFlightman said:
Saturn V.
PAX or pilot hehe ?

Simpo Two

65,307 posts

170 months

Friday 24th August 2012
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[quote=jjones]wingsuit base jump, p1 obviously biggrin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWfph3iNC-k[/quote

1'40" !!