Look at this ♥♥♥♥♥. Single engine, two-winged, with only a pair of machine guns as armament, it managed to beat more advanced German triplanes in most dogfights.
Look at it.
1,294 enemy planes were shot down by Camels during World War I. In an era when sky combat was extremely new, that meant a lot.
It was one of the most maneuverable planes ever, despite its poor handling and shoddy engine.
It could go over 110 miles per hour in an era when cars could rarely go over 60, was manned by one brave, lonely pilot who did the work of ten, and was so compact and small that it could pass unnoticed during a storm.
Compare it to a modern plane, for example, the F-22 Raptor. One of those clunkers is huge, even though it's a one-seater. There's no way one of those can be missed, so stealth missions are impossible.
Seriously, the Sopwith Camel is totally the best plane ever. It beats a Raptor any day.
Also, Snoopy flew one.
What are your favorite airplanes?
PS: The Tacit Blue experimental plane is also pretty cool, mainly because of this song.
The radar cross-section of an F-22 is ridiculously small. They also have something called "super cruise," allowing them to cruise at supersonic speeds, so you won't hear them. Also, due to their paint job, also very hard to spot in the sky.
Long story short, F-22s are deadly, and they're built for stealth and air superiority.
Pretty much anybody who I talk with every day on skype knows that I have a special place in my heart for bombers. Specifically the B-1B Lancer
Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1 is the backbone of America's long-range bomber force. It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.
During the first six months of Operation Enduring Freedom, eight B-1s dropped nearly 40 percent of the total tonnage delivered by coalition air forces. This included nearly 3,900 JDAMs, or 67 percent of the total. In Operation Iraqi Freedom, the aircraft has flown less 1 percent of the combat missions while delivering 43 percent of the JDAMs used. The B-1 continues to be deployed today, flying missions daily in suppport of continuing oerations.
As far as passenger flights go, I haven't been on one in years. I always enjoyed the flights, though. I was fine with a book or a gamebody or whatever, and I loved the peanuts and drinks that you could get. In fact, it was waiting for the planes to come in and take off that I hated more than anything. If I wasn't exploring all of the shops that an airport has to offer, that is.
I remember doing a report on the Wright Brothers in the second grade. It was so lame, and I believe the one bit of writing I did was: "The Wright Brothers first built the biplane in 1903, which flew in the air for 12 seconds". It was that writing in sharpie, with three pictures of airplanes, posted on dark blue poster board.
I'm a licensed commercial pilot and when we're doing trans-Atlantic flights we almost always drink and onetime I blacked out not only the take off in Cleveland but I even don't remember having to stopdown in Reykjavik because of stormy weather.
Don't even get me started about that one time we were doing whippits while landing in Nepal.