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Why Do You Like Warbirds?

Tell us what your favorite warbird is and let everyone know what it is about warbirds that you like so much.


What's So Special About a Warbird

When you hear the word warbird, what's the first thing that pops in your head? For me it's WWII aircraft like the P-51 Mustang and the Spitfire. Generally older planes from that era, taildraggers, grey or green trim schemes with provocative nose art and large 4 blade props. I admit I'm not a giant warbird fan, don't get me wrong, I think they are cool and fun to fly and if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the P-51D Mustang. I just don't look at most warbirds and think "I have to have one."

That got me thinking, what is it about warbirds that people like so much. Is it the performance, the shapes, the history, the fighter pilot feeling you get when flying one? I get those things and agree with all of them, but I wanted to reach out and ask the community here your thoughts on this. Tell us what your favorite warbird is and why you like warbirds in general.

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Sep 06, 2018, 08:48 AM
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I probably like the following warbirds equally.
Spitfire (all but the Bubble marks)
BF-109 (E and F)
P-51 (A and B)
DH-98 Mosquito (FB version).

Why... I guess it was when I was young my mother used to love to watch the World at War TV series and I watched them with her. She also bought me a BIG book, The War in the Air, the story of ww2 in the air. I always had liked airplanes (rather than cars and trucks) when I was young and being able to read the stories from ww2 really stuck with me.

Why those particular models? Not sure, looks and significance to the war I guess.

Now that I fly many of them FPV, the stories I read have even more meaning.

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Sep 06, 2018, 09:03 AM
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Gotta love them Mustangs!

Thereís just something special about a Warbird. Maybe itís the skill needed to fly one ďrealisticallyĒ. Maybe itís that they just look so damn sexy! Iím no expert, but I know I get an extra dose of adrenaline every time I fly one.

My bucket list (Lust List) includes the Mossie and the Black Widow.

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Sep 06, 2018, 09:34 AM
Indoor Free Flight Modeler
For me I grew up going to Oshkosh and Sun N Fun so warbirds were always prevelant. My father designed a plane called the CGS Hawk and his personality is such that everyone knows him at these shows. When I was 14 my dad was talking with the guy who was flying the B25 Briefing Time at the Cleveland Air Show. The pilot opened up the back and let me go in by the waist gunner position. I sat in the tail gun and imagined what it was like on a mission. I then noticed a few others get in the waist position so I got out of the tail gun and thought it meant I had to leave so others can go in. As I got to the ladder the prop started turning and the ground crew guy was folding the ladder up. He looked at me and said have a great ride. I looked over to my dad on the grass he was smiling. It was a setup all the way. The ride was 25 minutes long. Back then probably 10-15 other WWII planes all up at once flying in race car like laps. It was awesome. When we landed and I saw my dad out the window he said I was all teeth from smiling so much. Needless to say I was really hooked on warbirds and especially B-25's
Sep 06, 2018, 09:37 AM
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Sorry double post.
Sep 06, 2018, 10:25 AM
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Don, I remember when our Cub Scout Den took a ride in a C-47 at Kelly Field. I was maybe 7 or 8. We sat in metal jump seats lined up along the sides of the plane. It was Noisy and it was amazing and I was in love.

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Sep 06, 2018, 10:43 AM
Always wanted to be a fighter pilot!

For me it’s a mix of things: the speed, agility, sleek designs (or the pugnacious character of the not so sleek ones), the history. Not to mention the courage and skill required of those that flew them. And then there’s the endless variety!
Sep 06, 2018, 11:08 AM
71% of the world is runway . .
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Dornier Do24k & Fokker G1 Mercury . . .

It is just something about the planes from that era. These planes tell a story and played part in paving the road to the freedom we live in today.
When i make a build thread of a warbird it add's interest to share some of the plane's history as well.

Kind regards,

Sep 06, 2018, 12:05 PM

The most historic period in History

The reason we all like War birds is simple . The most notable period for piston engine development and performance we have seen and the most amazing group of aviators that were forced to perform with the best and lower performing planes available in very diverse conditions . P51 A/ B/ D / P40/ P38/ P47/ P39. f4u1a Corsair/ Hellcat for America , and Germany only had really two BF109/ FW190 A and FW190D , Japan Zero and KI-61 Oskar , . Amazing engineers racing to make the best product possible aircraft in a very short time. and that is just the fighters then it was over and the jets just scratched the surface of development .. And the British spitfires and hurricanes were would America have been with out the rolls Royce Merlin V12
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Sep 06, 2018, 12:19 PM
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When I hear the word Warbirds being mentioned, I think of WWII front line fighters first and foremost .....and the P-51D being my at the top of my list, protecting the heavies and escorting them all the way to there targets....with there sleek fuselage, big four blade prop and the merlin sound along with that high G howl....
Sep 06, 2018, 01:49 PM
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My fav is (off course) the Spitfire. I think I was about 7 years old (44 today) when i first heard about it. I asked my father "what is a Spitfire?" and he showed me a picture, and it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. And it still is today, eventhough I now of course know that there was many other fighters as well. But now I also know that it was (in my opinion) the best of them all. No other WW2 fighter was at the top through the entire war. And no one seem mor ehappy with the plane they flew than the pilots who flew the Spit. But I also have to say that the plane that first comes to mind when I hear the term warbird, is the P-40 Warhawk. I cant think of any oher that looks as beautiful and menacing at the same time, depending on the angle you view it from. I also have a sweetspot for the Machhi MC 202, especially in dessert cigar smokering camuflage. That was just gorgeous.
Sep 06, 2018, 02:07 PM
If you cant find it Build it!
Just looking at a warbird among other planes is like looking at a very muscular pitbull among a bunch of poodles, if it gets ahold of you it will just RIP your head off. I get chills looking at them, this is why I started flying to fly the warbirds got to have at least one each.
They are so tough looking and sounding.

My favs are p51
All the hellcats.
Sep 06, 2018, 02:31 PM
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For me, the DR.1 hooked me at an early age. I think it was an early arcade game that featured shooting down the Red Baron. It progressed from there. The P-40, BF 109, P-38 etc all hold a special kind of charm. Something about the design of a warbird, not meant to be the most benign stable passenger or cargo transport but agile and fierce. Performance all the way!
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Sep 06, 2018, 02:39 PM
D'oro Leone
For me, its the P-39 and P-63 because of their unique engine layout and being some of the first planes to use the tricycle landing gear.
Sep 06, 2018, 02:44 PM
It's a mix of reasons for me. I used to hang out at the local airport growing up, when the WWII vets were still relatively young, and was sometimes treated to the sight and sound of a surplus P-51D--a great blend of power and grace. I'm also a military history buff, so there's that angle too. My favorite WWII birds tend to be the ones with which the Allies "toughed it out" early on, with everything hanging in the balance--Hurricanes, early-model Spitfires, Wildcats and, while not a fighter, SBDs. I love Jennys and most any WWI plane too, though, probably from having seen The Great Waldo Pepper on the big screen as a kid . . . In addition to RC planes I've kept things going with a visit to Old Rhinebeck, and flights in a Standard, a Waco and an AT-6, with many good photos along the way. I'm looking to make it to Duxford in the next few years, too. Awesome stuff!

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