Most iconic U.S. military weapon

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  1. Thorlifter

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    What do you think is the most iconic military weapon in the U.S. arsenal? The top three that come to my mind are:

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey)
    F-4 Phantom

    I know arguments can be made for many others like the P-51, F-86, F-14/15/16. What do you think?
     
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    The Sherman tank
     
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    The only problem I see with the Sherman is so many other tanks are visually mistaken to be Sherman. When you see a B-17 or Huey, IMO you know exactly what it is.
     
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    B52 without a doubt
     
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    #6 drgondog, May 26, 2013
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    WWII - The M-1 Garand...and the Jeep- after a great fall below that, maybe:

    Browning M2 .50 caliber heavy machine gun, AVG P-40, B-17, P-51, C-47

    Korea - F-86, Skyraider and the M-1 Garand

    Vietnam- the Bell UH-1 Huey and the M-16, then maybe
    Skyraider and the F-105D

    Today - the M1A Abrams and the A-10

    Tomorrow? - Zombie repellant and then bags of feathers, tar bucket and brush and maybe hemp rope for hanging crooked politicians and media talking heads.
     
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    Jeep for sure

    Iconic shape. American know how at its best.

    Wins on all levels.
     
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    I said MOST ICONIC, not ALL ICONIC. :lol: All great nominations though!

    Most will have different opinions but I'm going with the B-17. I also like the nomination of the Jeep.
     
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    The A-bomb.
     
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    browning 50 cal, thompson machine gun, jeep, american helmet, and the b17
     
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    #12 meatloaf109, May 26, 2013
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    I dunno, tall triangular hull with a cheese box turret. Kind of singular in my mind. But, to each his own.
    Although, now that I think on it, the jeep is a pretty good one.
     
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    If it's of all time, then either the Minute Man or the B-52.
     
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    In service for 80 years and still a favorite of the American armed forces.
     
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    The Marines

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    I know, not the original flag rising...

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    Easy...the steel pot helmet...

    Not nessecarily a weapon (has been used, though) but was a mainstay of U.S. forces for over 40 years
     
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    Back in 20th century, people here were calling all American soldiers 'marines'. Guess they really qualify.
     
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    The military is no good if it only has sharpened sticks.
     
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    WW II: Willys jeep
    Post war: UH-1 Iroquois
     
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    Tough call, but the P-51 Mustang is probably one of the most iconic of WWII, but the P-40 is also noteworthy, especially with the shark mouth.

    For me though, I would have to say the C-130, today's equivalent of the C-47. They were first delivered in December of 1956, and are STILL flying for militaries all over the world.
     
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