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Old 09-24-2011, 02:22 AM
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A posting over at the RoF forum (http://riseofflight.com/Forum/viewto...p?f=74&t=23950) had the temerity to describe the Spitfire as 'ugly'. Clearly deluded, but nevertheless requiring a response - and given the suggestion that a leading British WWI fighter was more beautiful, I pointed out that, to the contrary, if you cross one of these...

...with one of these...

...this is the most probable offspring:


Now, I'm all in favour of variety, and there is a certain charm to flying in RoF (apart from the Gotha bomber, which has no sense of direction, a rate of climb measured in feet per week, and an instrument panel evidently made from bits salvaged from an old tramp steamer, along with the rejects from an alarm-clock factory), but I'll never accept that anything made out of wood, wire, and old bedsheets can be as beautiful as something sculpted out of aluminium alloys. But am I right? Can anyone nominate a WW2 aircraft as ugly as a SE5a? I suppose one could cite Blohm & Voss's asymmetric efforts - but then what do you expect from an aircraft designed by shipbuilders, but otherwise, I'd say that the case is closed. I'd like to see the opinion of others though. Can you name a symmetrical WW2 aircraft as ugly as a SE5A?
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:48 AM
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This one is hard to beat

Westland Lysander P.12



For even more: http://www.fortunecity.com/tattooine/farmer/120/ (ugly aircraft of all eras)
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:58 AM
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What about this?

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Old 09-24-2011, 03:29 AM
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IamNotDavid, I'll not deny that Geoffrey de Havilland managed to make the 'recycled bedsheets' style of aircraft aesthetically pleasing eventually - that wasn't the question though: did anyone (other than German shipbuilders) ever make an aircraft out of aluminium that was as ugly as a SE5a?
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:44 AM
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Mustang.
Spitfire.
No, I'm serious.
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:53 AM
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I have obviously stumbled into a thread populated by people with no taste whatsoever.

The SE5a is a beautiful aircraft. A blend of simple lines, brute power (We're talking 1917 here remember!) and plain functionality.

The De Havilland DH-89A Dragon Rapide (or similar) is a work of art!

I'm not into windmills or trains but as far as they go they look functional and not out of place in their period.

The Spitfire is also a beautiful aircaft so is the 109!

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Old 09-24-2011, 04:22 AM
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lol... wtf?



another wtf?

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Many of above examples are typically of British taste, like:









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Old 09-24-2011, 11:09 AM
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Hands of off the Dragone Rapide! Had a fly around with her at the Hahnweide Oltimer meet. Wonderful, elegant airplane perfectly fitting to the grandeur of the vaning Empire days.

But if you want something ugly, take this:

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Old 09-25-2011, 09:32 AM
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Turbo driven P51 with tiptanks is "maximum penalty"...
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