Saturday, September 1, 2007
10 Sexiest Airplanes
…in the eye of the beholder
|Beech Starship |
|Cirrus/Labelle Standard-Class Sailplanes|
|Lockheed Model 12A, Electra Jr.|
It’s hard to pick from the ’70s/’80s military birds. The Tomcat, however, not only seems to have it all, but also has a great soundtrack with Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone.”
An attempt to do something better that wasn’t only different but beautiful, this airplane shows that neither the corporate world nor the market necessarily appreciate creativity.
Cirrus/Labelle Standard-Class Sailplanes
Standard-class sailplanes have to be the very definition of aerodynamic efficiency just to do what they do, which also says that their lines have to be nearly perfect to work. Any of them could fit on this list.
The Spartan was streamlined before the word was in common use, and fast when that meant 140 mph. 450 hp round motor, 200 mph, great lines—what else could a 1938 corporate executive want?
Lockheed Model 12A, Electra Jr.
A twin-engine companion to the Spartan, the Model 12A was the first serious step that general aviation took into the realm of multi-engine performance. Although the slightly later D-18 Twin Beech greatly overshadowed it, the Beech just didn’t have the lithe lines of the Model 12A.
A mostly composite, hyperkinetic, aerobatic machine, the Oklahoma-built Zivko Edge 540 views gravity as a minor, and temporary, inconvenience. It’s the favored mount of a good percentage of the top aerobatic champions.
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