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    Quote Originally Posted by snydersnapshots View Post
    Military--KC-135--I think it's a good-looking airplane, but I'm also biased because Dad flew them.
    Finally, someone who gets it! Where and when did your Dad fly them?
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    I sort of have a few "favorites" when it comes to particular aircraft:

    Fighter:
    F-15/F-14

    Single Engined:
    Beaver

    Twin engined:
    Dash 8 Q200

    Passenger liner inservice:
    757-200, 767-300,-400ER, and MD-11/DC-10

    Passenger liner out of service:
    737-200

    Heavy lifter:
    AN-225 or AN-124
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    Of all time:
    Too hard to choose all time favorite..

    Warbird:
    Lockheed P-40 Warhawk

    Single eng (general):
    Pilatus PC-12

    Twin eng:
    Dash-8 Q400 (sorry Sherpa, but you were definitely in the top 5)

    Commercial (In service):
    MD-11
    Commercial (Retired):
    Boeing 707

    Fighter:
    F-35 Lightning II (yes I know its not in service yet)

    Ground support/attack:
    A-10
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    B727, F14, BE200, 742 and A320
    Southwest Airlines-"Once it pop's it's time to stop" Southwest Airlines-"Our Shamu's are almost real" Southwest Airlines -"We blow our top real easy" Southwest Airlines- "You can't top us..... really"

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose135 View Post
    Finally, someone who gets it! Where and when did your Dad fly them?
    Dad flew KC-97's at Malmstrom in Great Falls, MT when I was born (1962). He went to the KC-135 with the 7th Air Refueling Squadron at Carswell AFB in Fort Worth in 1964. He flew in Southeast Asia in '65 and '66 (in fact, he took part in the first Arc Light mission in 1965 and saw the explosion from the B-52 collision, if you're familiar with it). Dad left the Air Force in 68 and went to Western Airlines.

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    Of All Time: F-14D Tomcat

    Warbird: P-51 Mustang

    Single Engine GA: Cessna 172 (Yeah I'm biased)

    Twin GA: Beech Duke

    Commercial (In Service): 757-200 or 777-200

    Commercial (Retired): 727-200

    Current Military Fighter: F/A-18F Superbug

    Current Military Attack: A-10C Warthog

    Current Military Bomber: B-1B

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    KC-97! Despite what some around here may tell you, I don't go back that far! I flew KC-135As (and other variants - we had a mixed bag of -135s) with the 70th Air Refueling Squadron (305th ARW) out of Grissom AFB back in the 1980s. Always a great bird to fly.

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    Of all time:
    Grumman F-14 Tomcat...WELL DUH!

    Warbird prop:
    Douglas AD-1 Skyraider

    Warbird jet:
    Saab JA-37 Viggen

    Single eng (general):
    Pilatus PC-12

    Twin eng:
    Piaggio P.180 Avanti

    Commercial (In service):
    Boeing 777

    Commercial (Retired):
    Lockheed L-1011 "Whisperliner"

    Military foreign:
    Panavia Tornado

    Milkitary US:
    Rockwell International B-1B
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    Tomcats Forever, Baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose135 View Post
    KC-97! Despite what some around here may tell you, I don't go back that far! I flew KC-135As (and other variants - we had a mixed bag of -135s) with the 70th Air Refueling Squadron (305th ARW) out of Grissom AFB back in the 1980s. Always a great bird to fly.
    I looked at your profile information after I sent the message and I see you're just a couple of years older than I am...which makes you still just a kid (I remember when people who were 50 were OLD!)

    Was it a post of yours here or elsewhere that talked about Grissom having some of the old Looking Glass -135's that had air refueling capabiity?

    Where and when did you go through UPT?

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    Yes, we had 8 tankers that had been EC-135s of one type or another. When their mission ended, they were returned to tanker configuration (the boom had never been removed) and the receive equipment stayed in place. Our wing flew them on some interesting operations - the Libya raid in 1986, being one. They called (somewhat officially) KC-135A/RT but we usually refered to them as RT-135s or just RTs. Receiver refueling in the -135 was a blast!

    We also had 4 or 6 D-models. They had been C-135s, used for some kind of aerial mapping program in the 1960s. When that was done, they turned back into tankers, but had enough systems differences - 5-rotor brakes vs. 4-rotor on the As, and some other things that I don't recall offhand - that they got the designation KC-135D. We had two different versions of EC-135, the G and L model. I always said Grissom led the league in odd-ball -135s.

    I went to Columbus for UPT, started in class 85-02, but washed back to 85-03 in the middle of T-38 phase due to an extended DNIF.

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    DC3,B727,747,Aeronca7AC Champ,CV340,Lockheed L1649,DC7C,Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, its all good !!!
    The beehive hummm of the JT9D and GE CF680C2,the thunder of the JT8D-17,the rumble of the PW1830 and the high ,thin whine of the PW 545A are all music to my ears!

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    I am not a big fan of military aircraft, but I do have to post the B-17 because my Dad flew left seat in WW II; shot down over Schweinfurt.
    Without a doubt, of all commercial aircraft is the B707-321 (Pan American A320 variant)
    Currently flying, the B747 and the A340 - I have a real soft spot for four engine jets.
    Other historic variants - Comet 4C perhaps the most elegant plane ever built, and honorable mention to Concorde.

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    Boeing 747. Also known as Her Royal Highness

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    Commercial (in service) Boeing 747 all series, Boeing 777 all series, Boeing 767s.
    Commercial (retired) DC-10s, L-1011s Boeing 727s Boeing 707s.

    Military C-17s, F-14, C5 Galaxy.
    Sergio has been a huge Delta Air Lines fan since 1992!!

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    Current military: F/A 18-F
    I hated it for replacing the tomcat, but it's growing on me
    I'd say Raptor but I can't say my favorite plane is one with no real mission but training and deterrent.

    Vietnam/Korea era: F-5 Tiger/ Freedom Fighter, F-8 Crusader

    Warbirds: P-40 Warhawk, P-38

    Commercial: 747, DC-10

    Favorite of all time: F-14 Tomcat, none better. Ever.

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