Ah this my kind of conversation, ooo let’s see . . .
North American P51- B,C,D,K
Gumman TBF Avenger
. . and SBD Dauntless, and SB2C Helldiver, and P39
Fast Movers . .
The entire Century series
Okay I didn’t play by the rules but you get started talkin’ combat aircraft and I get stoopid, anything Grumman builds is just badass, how can you possibly narrow the list down to five favs, there’s A5’s, A4’s, S2’s, A6’s and the big birds like the B47 (great movie by the way), and the B25 and the A26K, and the B36 . . man I can’t do it! I love 'em all, Birddogs, Mohawks, Harriers, Jaguars, Tomahawks, Kingfishers.
I’m sorry my bad, too much coffee I guess. Oh no wait, I got so excited I almost forgot the P38 and the F7F now that’s a sexy darn airplane. And then there’s that oddball turbo prop jet plane I can’t even remember his name, too late for WWII. Whew, oh my, is it warm in here to you? I need to step into the other room for a minute, excuse me.
Propeller driven. Hard choices to make as there are a lot I like.
1 P-47 D. Both the razorback and bubbletop, but I won’t turn anything with the R2800 down.
2. P-40. First model and stuck in my mind as what a fighter is supposed to look like.
3. B-24 D .Story of Ploesti is stuck with me.
4. B-25 C/D Another early model kit. I like the look of the strafers.
5. Ki-84 Elegant and functional, and better than the Japanese knew.
F-16C Used to watch them fly over the house all day long.
F-4 Phantom Remember seeing these perform at airshows when I was little.
A-4 Skyhawk Another early model. Can’t ever seem to find one in stock.
EA-6B Everybody loves tadpoles!
A-10. Probably because of the Thunderbolt name.
And since it was already brought up, Rotorcraft
CH-47 I must have been about 5 when several flew over the house. Another that stuck in my head.
Ju 88 because it was the first a/c I was able to crawl all over (1960 U.S.A.F museum, the Junkers and others were parked outside with access scaffolding and ladders, I was a kid with my dad and the staff was pretty accommodating.
I don’t really have 5 favorite jets. I like the phantom a lot, but beyond that, don’t think too much about them.
For props, picking 5 is very hard. The top 3 spots are easy - held by the BoB Fighters (the 109e, the Spit, and the Hurricane) but I don’t think I could rank them. I like those planes because they were involved in the Battle of Britain, which is a landmark air battle. I also like them because I think each of them are elegant in a way. After that, I’d have to put the Albatros, but not sure whether it would be the DV or the DIII. The 5th is so hard as I like the Nieuports and the SE5 a lot, but there is also the F4U Corsair and the P-38. I guess everything except the Corsair and the P-38 are on the list mostly because of their looks. I won’t say the Albatros is elegant but it has a certain look that is really cool. The Corsair and the P-38 largely because of the uniqueness of their designs. I guess I do like the way the Corsair looks also.
Years ago, while the Iron Curtain just lifted and information about airplanes from the Other Side was still scarce, I received a gift from my then GF.
She graduated Archeology and went to Germany to do her Ph.D.
At her first coming home for Christmas, she brought me a present- a 450 pages full colour Encyclopedia of Aircraft, covering all periods, branches and producers.
From the several thousand airplanes in this book, I fell in love with the Hawker Sea Fury(prop):