Whats your favorite aircraft from WWI??

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  1. DaveB.inVa

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    For me I have always liked the Spads. Recently Ive really started to like the Spad XII. Its sort of an oddity. It has a single .303 Vickers machine gun firing through the propeller plus a single 37mm Puteaux cannon firing through the propeller shaft. The Puteaux was a tank cannon shortened and adapted to the Spad. It was a single shot gun that had to be hand loaded. Since the breach of the cannon was sitting between the pilots legs its obvious that a regular "stick" control couldnt be used. So the Spad XII used Deperdussin controls. These were similar in layout to the controls used on the P-38 or most bombers where a wheel controls the ailerons and moving the yoke controls the elevator. It had a Hispano-Suiza 8Cb, liquid cooled V8 engine producing 220 hp driving the propeller through a reduction gear. This had an advantage to other designs using rotary engines in that the pilot didn't have to deal with the large gyroscopic forces resulting from spinning the entire engine.

    Other favorites of mine however are the Sopwith Camel and Pup for their rotaries! The rotary is unique and almost unknown and unheard of these days. Noone ever imagines that you could solidly attach the propeller to the engine and then spin the engine and prop together! This allowed for some wild handling and quick turns... in one direction however. The rotaries of the time had a high power to weight ratio plus were very intriguing (at least to me) with their poppet valves located in the piston, no throttle to speak of (using a blip switch) plus all the castor oil!! Pretty cool stuff!!
     
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    I like the Sopwith camel - a bitch to fly but once mastered a deadly machine.
     
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    My favprites are the Fokker Dr.1, Fokker DV, Fokker DVII, Gotha GIV and Albatros DVa
     
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    My favourite is -without doubt- the sopwith triplane. Manouverable like the camel but much more forgiving. The zeppelin/Dornier Rs IV would be fine , too (but in another way...)
     
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    I like the Sopwith Camel and the Fokker Triplane both good aircraft with different specialities but deadly in the hands of a good pilot.
     
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    Hi,

    My favourites are the Fokker D.VII and the Fokker Dr.I .

    Douglas.
     
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    even though it didn't see any service i don't think, i'm saying Handly Page 0/400..........
     
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    I don't think it did but the Handley-Page 0/100 was good aswell
     
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    Fokker DVII bitte ! how about a few DVIII's ........... Flying Razor
     
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    Gotta go with the Pup!

    "We saw at once that the enemy airplane was superior to ours." Manfred von Richthofen, after encountering the Sopwith Pup in combat
    :snipersmile:
     
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    Those are some great pictures, GT!
     
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    Very Cool! 8)
     
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    Yeah nice pics! 8) Gotta love the DR.1
     
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    The P-51 is one of the best fighters of the war.
     
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    First class pictures.
    The HP 0400 did see action in the war and must be the best heavy bomber.
    Normal Bomber would be the DH4 fastest thing in the air
    Fighter Sopwith Snipe
     
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