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The Right Stuff: Top 10 US Military Aircraft in Honor of Memorial Day

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gomnessta
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Re: overlooked aircraft
gomnessta   5/22/2015 1:42:09 PM
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Since this was simply Pat's top ten list of those planes he felt were the most significant in their time - I think it's a fine sampling and a good tribute to those who have designed, built and flown them. To be sure, I might have added (A10) or subtracted (F15), quite a few, but then that would be MY list! Nice job in commemorating Memorial Day, with a different perspective...

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Re: overlooked aircraft
Zippy   5/22/2015 12:23:44 PM
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The criteria apparently also omit any aircraft from WWII, like the P-51.  Even with that, where is the UH-1 Huey?  16,000 of them were built, and 7,000 of them flew in Viet Nam alone.

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other aircraft
patb2009   5/22/2015 11:39:56 AM
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7)  AWACS which let us fight with the overview.

 

8) JSTARS again a force multiplier.

 

 

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overlooked aircraft
patb2009   5/22/2015 11:38:41 AM
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I'm not sure what our criteria was here, wether it's current inventory which is odd because you included the F-4 and F-14  or just fighters because you included the predator 

 

but i'd say you left off a number of very important military aircraft

 

1) A-4D SPAD which flew most of the CAS missions in Vietnam.

 

2)  A-10 Thunderbolt, which took over that role.

 

3) C-130 which did the serious cargo hauling and provided all sorts of roles.

 

4) AC-130

 

5) UH-60 Blackhawk.  pretty much the modern theater chopper.

 

6) KC-135 that gassed em up and let them travel the world

 

 

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