July 19, 2004

Aircraft Aesthetics Revisited

In his comments to this post, Robert the Llamabutcher reveals himself as a P-51 man, over the, to me, far sexier P-38.

But we can find common ground in our admiration of the B-25 Mitchell. I especially like the B-25 "G" and "H" variants, with the nose-mounted 75mm cannon (a predecessor of the AC-47 and AC-130 gunships).

Aviation historian Martin Caidin wrote an entertaining, if fictionalized, history of the B-25 gunship in Whip, which I read many times in my teen years.

Another of my favorites -- developed but not flown in WWII -- is the B-36 Peacemaker.

(For earlier posts on aircraft aesthetics, check here and here).

Posted by JohnL at July 19, 2004 10:35 PM

No need to have a WWII Fighter Cage Match on this one! I agree about the later versions of the B-25 and need to check out your book recommendation. I'd also have said how much I like the later B-17's. '29's are okay. '24's butt-ugly. 26's kinda cool.

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