History RealLife / CoolPlane

23rd May '18 5:44:48 AM SSJMagus
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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_X-2_Shinshin Mitsubishi X-2]]''' (formerly ATD-X), an experimental aircraft developed by the Japanese loaded as the testbed for their bleeding-edge stealth fighter aircraft technologies[[note]]and by bleeding edge, it was slated to include dimensional thrust vectoring used by X-31, fly-by-optics and self-repairing flight controls[[/note]]. The plane itself looks like a smaller and leaner F-22, and is boasted to have superior maneuverability to the F-35 with functional stealth capabilities. To top out just how cool the plane is, the aircraft itself was painted in classic Gundam color scheme for [[https://youtu.be/Ldw-gbPYleo its maiden flight]].

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_X-2_Shinshin Mitsubishi X-2]]''' (formerly ATD-X), an experimental aircraft developed by the Japanese loaded as the testbed for their bleeding-edge stealth fighter aircraft technologies[[note]]and by bleeding edge, it was slated to include dimensional thrust vectoring used by X-31, fly-by-optics and self-repairing flight controls[[/note]]. The plane itself looks like a smaller and leaner F-22, and is boasted to have superior maneuverability to the F-35 with functional stealth capabilities. With the US [[NoExportForYou unwilling to sell the F-22 to anyone]], Japan opted to buy F-35 in the interim and [[StartMyOwn make their own F-22 (or better)]] in the long run; the X-2 is their testbed for the technologies needed for that goal. To top out just how cool the plane is, the aircraft itself was painted in classic Gundam color scheme for [[https://youtu.be/Ldw-gbPYleo its maiden flight]].
23rd May '18 5:28:24 AM SSJMagus
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* The Russian '''[[http://www.russiablog.org/Tupolev-TU-160.jpg Tu-160]]''' "[[ReportingNames Blackjack]]" is the fastest and shapeliest heavy bomber ever to enter active service. Its silhouette and white anti-flash colour lead to this plane receiving Russian nickname "White Swan". Also, Tu-160 is currently the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft, largest variable-sweep aircraft built and has the heaviest takeoff weight of any military aircraft besides transports. Each of the 35 Tu-160s is [[NamedWeapon individually named after a Russian who made a significant contribution to the nation's bomber force in the past]], either as a pilot or a designer.

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* The Russian '''[[http://www.russiablog.org/Tupolev-TU-160.jpg Tu-160]]''' "[[ReportingNames Blackjack]]" is the fastest and shapeliest heavy bomber ever to enter active service. Its silhouette and white anti-flash colour lead to this plane receiving Russian nickname "White Swan". Also, Tu-160 is currently the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft, largest variable-sweep aircraft built and has the heaviest takeoff weight of any military aircraft besides transports. Each of the 35 Tu-160s is [[NamedWeapon individually named after a Russian who made a significant contribution to the nation's bomber force in the past]], either as a pilot or a designer.[[note]]There was some controversy among the Russian crews that one of the bombers was named "Igor Sikorsky", since he's best known for his contributions to the ''American'' aircraft industry. But what's less known is that he was a native Russian who designed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikorsky_Ilya_Muromets the world's first strategic bomber]] for the Imperial Russian Air Service, so naming one of Russia's current strategic bombers after him is entirely appropriate.[[/note]]
23rd May '18 5:06:56 AM SSJMagus
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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Electric_Lightning English Electric Lightning]]''' is described by a guy working on the tabletop game ''Birds of Prey'' as looking like something out of a Gerry Anderson show. It was capable of Mach 2.2 and very high altitude, and able to just barely exceed Mach 1 without using afterburners, making it the first aircraft capable of supercruise. It could challenge aircraft that were a whole generation ahead (like the F-15) in a climb race, and could catch other craft that operate in extremes almost untouchable by most fighters. It gave the USAF and CIA fits because it was capable to climb above the U-2 in a maneuver called a zoom climb, which consisted in basically trading speed for altitude and which allowed it to climb to 70000 ft, well above it's stated ceiling of 54000 ft. In a ballistic trajectory it could reach as high as 84000 ft. Up to its retirement, it was the most sought after posting in the RAF. Despite being long obsolete (as it was incompatible with modern medium- to long-range missiles), it was [[RuleOfCool just that cool]].

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Electric_Lightning English Electric Lightning]]''' is described by a guy working on the tabletop game ''Birds of Prey'' as looking like something out of a Gerry Anderson show. It was capable of Mach 2.2 and very high altitude, and able to just barely exceed Mach 1 without using afterburners, making it the first aircraft capable of supercruise. It could challenge aircraft that were a whole generation ahead (like the F-15) in a climb race, and could catch other craft that operate in extremes almost untouchable by most fighters. It gave the USAF and CIA fits because it was capable to climb above the U-2 in a maneuver called a zoom climb, which consisted in basically trading speed for altitude and which allowed it to climb to 70000 ft, well above it's stated ceiling of 54000 ft. In a ballistic trajectory it could reach as high as 84000 ft. The Lightning had so much space taken up by the engines that it had a low fuel capacity and its distinctive wings[[note]]They look rather like a delta wing, except with most of the rear cut out to make it technically a conventional swept wing design.[[/note]] were too thin for fuel tanks. While these were eventually redesigned with a thicker leading edge that could carry some fuel, there was no room for any additional drop tanks without them interfering with the missiles mounted on the fuselage sides. So rather uniquely, the Lighting carried a drop tank on the '''top''' of each wing.[[note]]It's extremely rare for any plane to have hardpoints of any sort on the topside of the wings. Having drop tanks up there was unheard of.[[/note]] Up to its retirement, it was the most sought after posting in the RAF. Despite being long obsolete (as it was incompatible with modern medium- to long-range missiles), it was [[RuleOfCool just that cool]].
15th May '18 3:44:38 AM Killerweinerdog
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* Not to be completely outdone, the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-86_Sabre F-86 Sabre]]''' was the star of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, and the first jet fighter that could truly be called an air superiority fighter. It was capable of transonic speeds and thanks to an ingenious system of wing surface extension flaps very maneuverable. Its integrated targeting radar gave it an accuracy edge over its nemesis, the more maneuverable [=MiG=]-15, allowing it to dominate the skies over the Korean peninsula. Its success led to an extended production run of over 7,800 aircraft between 1949 and 1956. It was by far the most-produced Western jet fighter, with total production of all variants at 9,860 units.



* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-86_Sabre F-86 Sabre]]''' was the star of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, and the first jet fighter that could truly be called an air superiority fighter. It was capable of transonic speeds and thanks to an ingenious system of wing surface extension flaps very maneuverable. Its integrated targeting radar gave it an accuracy edge over its nemesis, the [=MiG=]-15 (which was equal or even superior in other areas performance wise), allowing it to dominate the skies over the Korean peninsula. Its success led to an extended production run of over 7,800 aircraft between 1949 and 1956. It was by far the most-produced Western jet fighter, with total production of all variants at 9,860 units.
8th May '18 5:08:50 PM Malady
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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Mosquito De Havilland Mosquito]]''' is perhaps a surprising entry as a Cool Plane, but the [[FanNickname Mossie]] was one of the most versatile British aircraft of WWII. Came in multiple variants ranging from fighter-bombers to reconnaissance planes and night fighters to ground attack aircraft, some variants armed with ''[[MoreDakka a 57mm autocannon]]'', which was used to bust up vehicles and small ships (and which would vaporise enemy aircraft with one shot). Across all of its variants the Mosquito suffered the lowest casualties throughout the war due to its sheer speed. It was also called "The Wooden Wonder" and, for AddedAlliterativeAppeal, "The Timber Terror" since it was made out of ''laminated plywood'', which could take a surprising amount of punishment and allowed it to be built in Canada, the world's largest producer of forest products and far beyond the range of German bombers. This wound Hermann Göring up to no end, as it meant that the Canadians could churn out Mosquitos at a rapid pace using very few strategic materials which, to add insult to injury, the British had more of than the Germans did. To rub salt into the wound, the Mosquito (in its bomber configuration) was probably the closest realisation of the German concept of the ''Schnellbomber'' ("fast bomber", i.e. a bomber that relied on speed rather than armour or armament to survive fighter attack) of anything in the war. It was much closer to that concept than anything the Germans could manage--and the Brits had hit upon it almost by accident (the Mosquito was designed with a bomber configuration in mind, but there was no specific British aim for a "fast bomber").

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Mosquito De Havilland Mosquito]]''' is perhaps a surprising entry as a Cool Plane, but the [[FanNickname Mossie]] was one of the most versatile British aircraft of WWII. Came in multiple variants ranging from fighter-bombers to reconnaissance planes and night fighters to ground attack aircraft, some variants armed with ''[[MoreDakka a 57mm autocannon]]'', which was used to bust up vehicles and small ships (and which would vaporise enemy aircraft with one shot). Across all of its variants the Mosquito suffered the lowest casualties throughout the war due to its sheer speed. It was also called "The Wooden Wonder" and, for AddedAlliterativeAppeal, another AlliterativeName, "The Timber Terror" since it was made out of ''laminated plywood'', which could take a surprising amount of punishment and allowed it to be built in Canada, the world's largest producer of forest products and far beyond the range of German bombers. This wound Hermann Göring up to no end, as it meant that the Canadians could churn out Mosquitos at a rapid pace using very few strategic materials which, to add insult to injury, the British had more of than the Germans did. To rub salt into the wound, the Mosquito (in its bomber configuration) was probably the closest realisation of the German concept of the ''Schnellbomber'' ("fast bomber", i.e. a bomber that relied on speed rather than armour or armament to survive fighter attack) of anything in the war. It was much closer to that concept than anything the Germans could manage--and the Brits had hit upon it almost by accident (the Mosquito was designed with a bomber configuration in mind, but there was no specific British aim for a "fast bomber").
6th May '18 8:02:54 PM YoshimitsuMaster
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* The ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dornier_Do_217 Dornier Do 217]]'' medium/heavy bomber [[note]] [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No, that's not a typo]]- while the Do 217's bombload was much less than the gigantic Lancaster and B-17 bombers the Allied Forces used,was faster, could carry a bigger bombload, and had better range than the two other contemporary German medium bombers (the Ju 88 and the He 111)[[/note]] was used on all fronts in all roles imaginable [[note]] night/heavy fighter, torpedo bomber, dive bomber, strategic bomber, and reconnaissance, to name a few [[/note]] despite being dismissed by both legendary Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot Eric Brown and the crew that flew them during the war. It was, however, the first aircraft in history to use precision-guided munitions in combat, when Do 217s armed with Fritz-X anti-shipping glidebombs (precursors to modern day guided missiles) attacked the Italian fleet en route to Tunisia to surrender to the Allies, sinking the battleship ''Roma'' after a bomb blew her forward magazine (taking down the lives of 1393 men including Admiral Carlo Bergamini with her) and seriously damaging her sister ship ''Italia'' (although she was spared her sister's fate and managed to reach Tunisia safely). They would later score another success with the Fritz-X with the legendary British battleship ''HMS Warspite'', hitting her once directly (blowing out her double bottom) and near-missing with another bomb (holing her below the waterline, causing 5000 tons of water to enter the ship and cutting off all power to the ship and her systems).

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* The ''[[https://en.'''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dornier_Do_217 Dornier Do 217]]'' 217]]''' medium/heavy bomber [[note]] [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No, that's not a typo]]- while the Do 217's bombload was much less than the gigantic Lancaster and B-17 bombers the Allied Forces used,was faster, could carry a bigger bombload, and had better range than the two other contemporary German medium bombers (the Ju 88 and the He 111)[[/note]] was used on all fronts in all roles imaginable [[note]] night/heavy fighter, torpedo bomber, dive bomber, strategic bomber, and reconnaissance, to name a few [[/note]] despite being dismissed by both legendary Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot Eric Brown and the crew that flew them during the war. It was, however, the first aircraft in history to use precision-guided munitions in combat, when Do 217s armed with Fritz-X anti-shipping glidebombs (precursors to modern day guided missiles) attacked the Italian fleet en route to Tunisia to surrender to the Allies, sinking the battleship ''Roma'' after a bomb blew her forward magazine (taking down the lives of 1393 men including Admiral Carlo Bergamini with her) and seriously damaging her sister ship ''Italia'' (although she was spared her sister's fate and managed to reach Tunisia safely). They would later score another success with the Fritz-X with the legendary British battleship ''HMS Warspite'', hitting her once directly (blowing out her double bottom) and near-missing with another bomb (holing her below the waterline, causing 5000 tons of water to enter the ship and cutting off all power to the ship and her systems).
6th May '18 7:58:33 PM YoshimitsuMaster
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* The [[* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dornier_Do_217 Dornier Do 217]] medium/heavy bomber [[note]] [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No, that's not a typo]]- while the Do 217's bombload was much less than the gigantic Lancaster and B-17 bombers the Allied Forces used,was faster, could carry a bigger bombload, and had better range than the two other contemporary German medium bombers (the Ju 88 and the He 111)[[/note]] was used on all fronts in all roles imaginable [[note]] night/heavy fighter, torpedo bomber, dive bomber, strategic bomber, and reconnaissance, to name a few [[/note]] despite being dismissed by both legendary Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot Eric Brown and the crew that flew them during the war. It was, however, the first aircraft in history to use precision-guided munitions in combat, when Do 217s armed with Fritz-X anti-shipping glidebombs (precursors to modern day guided missiles) attacked the Italian fleet en route to Tunisia to surrender to the Allies, sinking the battleship ''Roma'' after a bomb blew her forward magazine (taking down the lives of 1393 men including Admiral Carlo Bergamini with her) and seriously damaging her sister ship ''Italia'' (although she was spared her sister's fate and managed to reach Tunisia safely). They would later score another success with the Fritz-X with the legendary British battleship ''HMS Warspite'', hitting her once directly (blowing out her double bottom) and near-missing with another bomb (holing her below the waterline, causing 5000 tons of water to enter the ship and cutting off all power to the ship and her systems).

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* The [[* The [[https://en.''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dornier_Do_217 Dornier Do 217]] 217]]'' medium/heavy bomber [[note]] [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No, that's not a typo]]- while the Do 217's bombload was much less than the gigantic Lancaster and B-17 bombers the Allied Forces used,was faster, could carry a bigger bombload, and had better range than the two other contemporary German medium bombers (the Ju 88 and the He 111)[[/note]] was used on all fronts in all roles imaginable [[note]] night/heavy fighter, torpedo bomber, dive bomber, strategic bomber, and reconnaissance, to name a few [[/note]] despite being dismissed by both legendary Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot Eric Brown and the crew that flew them during the war. It was, however, the first aircraft in history to use precision-guided munitions in combat, when Do 217s armed with Fritz-X anti-shipping glidebombs (precursors to modern day guided missiles) attacked the Italian fleet en route to Tunisia to surrender to the Allies, sinking the battleship ''Roma'' after a bomb blew her forward magazine (taking down the lives of 1393 men including Admiral Carlo Bergamini with her) and seriously damaging her sister ship ''Italia'' (although she was spared her sister's fate and managed to reach Tunisia safely). They would later score another success with the Fritz-X with the legendary British battleship ''HMS Warspite'', hitting her once directly (blowing out her double bottom) and near-missing with another bomb (holing her below the waterline, causing 5000 tons of water to enter the ship and cutting off all power to the ship and her systems).
6th May '18 7:58:00 PM YoshimitsuMaster
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* The [[* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dornier_Do_217 Dornier Do 217]] medium/heavy bomber [[note]] [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No, that's not a typo]]- while the Do 217's bombload was much less than the gigantic Lancaster and B-17 bombers the Allied Forces used,was faster, could carry a bigger bombload, and had better range than the two other contemporary German medium bombers (the Ju 88 and the He 111)[[/note]] was used on all fronts in all roles imaginable [[note]] night/heavy fighter, torpedo bomber, dive bomber, strategic bomber, and reconnaissance, to name a few [[/note]] despite being dismissed by both legendary Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot Eric Brown and the crew that flew them during the war. It was, however, the first aircraft in history to use precision-guided munitions in combat, when Do 217s armed with Fritz-X anti-shipping glidebombs (precursors to modern day guided missiles) attacked the Italian fleet en route to Tunisia to surrender to the Allies, sinking the battleship ''Roma'' after a bomb blew her forward magazine (taking down the lives of 1393 men including Admiral Carlo Bergamini with her) and seriously damaging her sister ship ''Italia'' (although she was spared her sister's fate and managed to reach Tunisia safely). They would later score another success with the Fritz-X with the legendary British battleship ''HMS Warspite'', hitting her once directly (blowing out her double bottom) and near-missing with another bomb (holing her below the waterline, causing 5000 tons of water to enter the ship and cutting off all power to the ship and her systems).



* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_Me_262 Messerschmitt Me 262]]''' ''Schwalbe''[[note]]"swallow"[[/note]] was the world's first operational jet fighter. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarII stories, frequently appears as the sudden never-before-seen [[ThoseWackyNazis bad guy]] superplane that the daring AcePilot must shoot down in a one-on-one dogfight late in the story arc. In reality, it was a menace to Allied bombers, with its four 30mm cannons[[note]]one prototype variant of the Me 262 was even armed with a 50mm autocannon adapted from a tank gun[[/note]] and a load of 24 anti-aircraft [=R4M=] rockets, but it came too little and far too late to have a serious impact on the war. It was rarely able to fly missions due to the lack of fuel Germany was facing at the time, though it did use lower octane fuel than piston engine aircraft. Its development was slowed by a lack of reliable engines. An Me 262 can go 532mph at sea level. No allied escort fighter could come within 100mph of that without an altitude advantage to allow a diving attack[[note]] Some prop-driven fighters, such as the Tempest and the Mustang would actually accelerate faster in a dive than the Schwalbe, but the easiest way to shoot one down was to [[SittingDuck catch it trying to land at or take off from it's home base]][[/note]]. Given the iconic status of the original, flyable replicas using more modern engines are available, although the engines require special modifications to work with an airframe design whose original powerplants were heavier, larger, less reliable, less powerful, and painfully slow when reacting to throttle changes. While the original had some significant disadvantages as a combat aircraft [[note]] Advancing the throttles from idle to full power took a full fifteen seconds and once the pilot was committed to a landing the aircraft could not accelerate back to flying speed. So much as touching the throttles in flight invited a flameout and losing an engine made it a sitting duck so the pilot had little choice but to run it at or near full power all the time. The high speed combined with the short 200 meter range of the low velocity 30mm guns meant the pilot was always at risk of colliding with his target and usually had only one or two seconds to engage because he couldn't slow down. Successful pilots developed a tactic of diving through the escorts then climbing steeply under the target to scrub off speed and give them more time to aim, but some form of speed brake would have helped. Finally since the engines had a ''maximum'' lifespan of twenty hours and were liable to blow up at any time every takeoff was a white knuckle affair since an engine failure on takeoff was not recoverable.[[/note]] it was the first effective combat jet. The fact that it looks really cool doesn't hurt its appeal either.

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_Me_262 Messerschmitt Me 262]]''' ''Schwalbe''[[note]]"swallow"[[/note]] was the world's first operational jet fighter. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarII stories, frequently appears as the sudden never-before-seen [[ThoseWackyNazis bad guy]] superplane that the daring AcePilot must shoot down in a one-on-one dogfight late in the story arc. In reality, it was a menace to Allied bombers, with its four 30mm cannons[[note]]one prototype variant of the Me 262 was even armed with a 50mm autocannon adapted from a tank gun[[/note]] and a load of 24 anti-aircraft [=R4M=] rockets, but it came too little and far too late to have a serious impact on the war. It was rarely able to fly missions due to the lack of fuel Germany was facing at the time, though it did use lower octane fuel than piston engine aircraft. Its development was slowed by a lack of reliable engines. An Me 262 can go 532mph at sea level. No allied escort fighter could come within 100mph of that without an altitude advantage to allow a diving attack[[note]] Some prop-driven fighters, such as the Tempest and the Mustang would actually accelerate faster in a dive than the Schwalbe, but the easiest way to shoot one down was to [[SittingDuck catch it trying to land at or take off from it's home base]][[/note]]. Given the iconic status of the original, flyable replicas using more modern engines are available, although the engines require special modifications to work with an airframe design whose original powerplants were heavier, larger, less reliable, less powerful, and painfully slow when reacting to throttle changes. While the original had some significant disadvantages as a combat aircraft [[note]] Advancing the throttles from idle to full power took a full fifteen seconds and once the pilot was committed to a landing the aircraft could not accelerate back to flying speed. So speed- so much as touching the throttles in flight invited a flameout flame-out and losing an engine made it a sitting duck so the pilot had little choice but to run it at or near full power all the time. The high speed combined with the short 200 meter range of the low velocity 30mm guns meant the pilot was always at risk of colliding with his target and usually had only one or two seconds to engage because he couldn't slow down. Successful pilots developed a tactic of diving through the escorts then climbing steeply under the target to scrub off speed and give them more time to aim, but some form of speed brake would have helped. Finally since the engines had a ''maximum'' lifespan of twenty hours and were liable to blow up at any time every takeoff was a white knuckle affair since an engine failure on takeoff was not recoverable.[[/note]] it was the first effective combat jet. The fact that it looks really cool doesn't hurt its appeal either.



* The questionably most uncool airplane used for cool achievements must be the humble '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yokosuka_E14Y Yokosuka E14Y]]''', which was the only Axis aircraft to attack the American west coast. This light-weight recon seaplane was designed to be catapulted from a Type [=B1=] cruiser submarine in order to gather intel on enemy fleets. Submarine I-25 launched one plane on a mission to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lookout_Air_Raids set forest fires in Oregon.]] The incendiary bombs failed to do much damage in the City of Brookings, but the [[Atoner pilot who planned and carried out the attack was so gripped with regret]] after the war that he contemplated committing Seppuku after being invited to the country he had bombed. Thankfully, the locals convinced him not to kill himself. To this day, the pilot's family sword is housed in the Brookings Public Library as a ''guilt offering'' to the victims of the air raids.

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* The questionably most uncool Japanese airplane used for cool achievements must be the humble '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yokosuka_E14Y Yokosuka E14Y]]''', which was the only Axis aircraft to attack the American west coast.West Coast. This light-weight recon seaplane was designed to be catapulted from a Type [=B1=] cruiser submarine in order to gather intel on enemy fleets. Submarine I-25 launched one plane on a mission to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lookout_Air_Raids set forest fires in Oregon.]] The incendiary bombs failed to do much damage in the City of Brookings, but the [[Atoner [[TheAtoner pilot who planned and carried out the attack was so gripped with regret]] after the war that he contemplated committing Seppuku after being invited to the country he had bombed. Thankfully, the locals convinced him not to kill himself. To this day, the pilot's family sword is housed in the Brookings Public Library as a ''guilt offering'' to the victims of the air raids.



* The '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_CR.42 Fiat CR.42]]'''. The last biplane fighter, and the fastest (top speed of 434 kph, or 270 mph) and more advanced of them all, and that, coupled with its awesome manouverability, allowed it to hold its own against early monoplanes, and [[WorthyOpponent praised for it by the RAF]]. Sadly, it came too late, when tougher, better armed and increasingly faster monoplanes were becoming the norm, and, after a few attempts at keeping it competitive by installing heavier weapons and the Daimler-Benz DB 601A engine (resulting in a top speed of 525 kph (326 mph), making it the fastest biplane to have ever flown, it was admitted to be outmatched and phased out. It still managed to get kills as late as 1945, with their last victory being claimed on February 8 against a P-38.

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* The '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_CR.42 Fiat CR.42]]'''. The last biplane fighter, and the fastest (top speed of 434 kph, or 270 mph) and more advanced of them all, and that, coupled with its awesome manouverability, allowed it to hold its own against early monoplanes, and [[WorthyOpponent praised for it by the RAF]]. Sadly, it came too late, when tougher, better armed and increasingly faster monoplanes were becoming the norm, and, after a few attempts at keeping it competitive by installing heavier weapons and the Daimler-Benz DB 601A engine (resulting in a top speed of 525 kph (326 mph), making it the fastest biplane to have ever flown, flown) it was admitted to be outmatched and phased out. It still managed to get kills as late as 1945, with their last victory being claimed on February 8 against a P-38.
7th Apr '18 9:17:18 PM nombretomado
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Another of the Harrier's capabilities is ''vectored thrust'', allowing "Vectoring In Forward Flight" or "[=VIFFing=]" - essentially redirecting thrust from the engines on the fly to allow some truly spectacular dogfighting moves. This is on a plane deployed in ''1969'' - and there has yet to be another plane with this capability (Vectored Thrust [[IThoughtItMeant is distinct from]] thrust-vectoring, which only changes the angle of the rear jet-nozzle through which all the exhaust emerges, while Vectored Thrust diverts the engine's thrust through four louvered grilles, the front two are fed bypass air from the turbofan's...fan, and the rear two are fed hot exhaust after it's spun the turbine). The upcoming F-35B Lightning employs a different kind of thrust vectoring to achieve the same results, though it can only take off vertically when lightly loaded, and due to the more complicated design of the F-35B's vertical-thrust, it's not capable of [=VIFFing=].\\

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Another of the Harrier's capabilities is ''vectored thrust'', allowing "Vectoring In Forward Flight" or "[=VIFFing=]" - essentially redirecting thrust from the engines on the fly to allow some truly spectacular dogfighting moves. This is on a plane deployed in ''1969'' - and there has yet to be another plane with this capability (Vectored Thrust [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant is distinct from]] thrust-vectoring, which only changes the angle of the rear jet-nozzle through which all the exhaust emerges, while Vectored Thrust diverts the engine's thrust through four louvered grilles, the front two are fed bypass air from the turbofan's...fan, and the rear two are fed hot exhaust after it's spun the turbine). The upcoming F-35B Lightning employs a different kind of thrust vectoring to achieve the same results, though it can only take off vertically when lightly loaded, and due to the more complicated design of the F-35B's vertical-thrust, it's not capable of [=VIFFing=].\\
6th Apr '18 4:04:01 PM axc387
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* The German '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dornier_Do_335 Do 335 Pfeil]]''' is a unique aircraft whose "Push/Pull" tandem-twin engine arrangement necessitated it having the first functional ejection seat. It matched speed with early jet fighters and easily out-manoeuvered them. Unfortunately, it was ''more'' complex than even a contemporary jet fighter, plus while it was without a doubt a capable aircraft, a Do-335 with no fuel or weapons was over 1,000lbs heavier than a fully loaded Me-262 at maximum take-off weight, and like the ''Schwalbe'' the ''Pfeil'' was limited by Germany's declining fortunes late in the war. The history of the Do-335 is debated in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, because while there are no definitive reports of US pilots meeting them, it's probably because the German pilots simply opened the throttles and left P-51s and the like in the dust.

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* The questionably most uncool airplane used for cool achievements must be the humble '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yokosuka_E14Y Yokosuka E14Y]]''', which was the only Axis aircraft to attack the American west coast. This light-weight recon seaplane was designed to be catapulted from a Type [=B1=] cruiser submarine in order to gather intel on enemy fleets. Submarine I-25 launched one plane on a mission to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lookout_Air_Raids set forest fires in Oregon.]] The incendiary bombs failed to do much damage in the City of Brookings, but the [[Atoner pilot who planned and carried out the attack was so gripped with regret]] after the war that he contemplated committing Seppuku after being invited to the country he had bombed. Thankfully, the locals convinced him not to kill himself. To this day, the pilot's family sword is housed in the Brookings Public Library as a ''guilt offering'' to the victims of the air raids.
* The German '''[[http://en.'''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dornier_Do_335 Do 335 Pfeil]]''' is a unique aircraft whose "Push/Pull" tandem-twin engine arrangement necessitated it having the first functional ejection seat. It matched speed with early jet fighters and easily out-manoeuvered them. Unfortunately, it was ''more'' complex than even a contemporary jet fighter, plus while it was without a doubt a capable aircraft, a Do-335 with no fuel or weapons was over 1,000lbs heavier than a fully loaded Me-262 at maximum take-off weight, and like the ''Schwalbe'' the ''Pfeil'' was limited by Germany's declining fortunes late in the war. The history of the Do-335 is debated in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, because while there are no definitive reports of US pilots meeting them, it's probably because the German pilots simply opened the throttles and left P-51s and the like in the dust.
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