Favourite Biplane of WWII

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  1. Ascent

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    As the title says really, what biplanes do you like and why?

    Being a Brit I have a soft spot for the Gladiator. I know it's been romantacized with 'Faith, Hope and Charity' and all that and wasn't really all that succesful but I still like it.

    I think the CR32 was a lovely looking thing as well, something about that under chin radiator, and for some reason the I-153 with it's uper gull wing just appeals to me.

    Come to think of it the Stringbag is a lovely thing as well even if not the best looking of things.

    Mmm..... Is there a biplane I don't like?
     
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    The Gloster Gladiator. They Held Malta for a long time and the Finns were mildly successful with them.
     
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    #3 oldcrowcv63, Jul 12, 2012
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    Gloster Gladiator for me. too.. especially the Sea Gladiator. Talk about stepping up to a challenge!
     
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    I have to go wtih the Swordfish, IMO it was the biplane that impacted the war the most.
     
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    Gladiator for me
     
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    N3N-3 on floats. Designed and built by the US Navy, served through WWII, very pretty in its yellow paint. There is a fellow owns one locally.
     
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    As others have said, the Swordfish was the biplane that impacted the war the most, but for looks, I have to go with the Beech C-43 as my favorite. Even in Olive Drab, it's beautiful.

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    I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the Henschel Hs 123.

    The Beech staggerwing is a lovely aircraft.
     
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    I’ve always been impressed by the Mitsubishi F1M “Pete”
    The Japanese built over 1100 of these versatile and aerodynamically clean floatplanes and used them in a huge variety of roles throughout the Pacific.
    Mitsubishi F1M PETE - reconnaissance float-plane
    There are numerous end of war photos of Petes pulled up, often shot up and abandoned on Pacific beaches,
    I wish some of these attractive and efficient planes had been saved, there haven’t been many 200mph plus float biplanes.
     
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    I have to go with the Stringbag. Great impact, and ugly enough to be pretty.
     
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    Oh where to start with this one? Gladiator, Swordfish, CR-42, Hs123, Fury, Audax, Hart, Shark and last, but by no means least, Vildebeest. Love 'em all, I'm afraid. And that's before we consider the Tiger Moth, Staggerwing, PT-17 etc.
     
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    If I had to make a top 3 it would be:

    1. Stringbag
    2. PT-17
    3. Hs 123

    Stringbag for the reasons I stated in my other post. I also really like the Stearman. A very elegant aircraft. I would love to own one.
     
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    CR.32. It looks like an Italian Fighter!

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    Avia B534, simply on looks alone:
     

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    I lobbed the Vildebeest in there simply because of the Endau Raid - real "Charge of the Light Brigade" stuff. If you've never heard of this event, read about it in "Bloody Shambles Vol 2" - incredible bravery by the crews!
     
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    I've always liked the Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull
     
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    Henschel Hs 123, De Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth and DH 89 Dominie.
    Some other beauties aswell, but these are my favourites.
     
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    No surprises...Stringbag for me.

    As far as fighters, i like the CR42.
     
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    Fokker C.X. Did a great job against all odds. And most of them survived.
     
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    Fairey Swordfish here, too. In a kind of perverse way, I also like the Supermarine Walrus.
     
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