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    Favorite Airplane

    Iíve only owned 2 airplanes, a Skyhawk and the Wag Aero 2+2 I have now. Like the versatility and side by side seating in the Super Cub class plane. The Cessna 180 class also looks desirable. I know there are different planes for different missions but would be interested in hearing what some favorites are and why. The iconic Beaver is certainly my favorite but not practical or affordable.

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    The 185 has a good balance of power, performance, payload and is a nice flying airplane.
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    My 90hp 11 and my pa15 Vag, so far

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    If I were paid to fly: Beaver, C-185, PA-18, Scout
    If I could afford to fly and maintain: C-185
    If I were a Private Pilot: PA-18, Scout, Pacer
    If I look at my airport lot: Taylorcraft

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    Mine. Skywagon and modernized Cub. No coincidence. They aren’t favorites because I have them, I have them because they’re favorites.
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    If I had money - Bonanza, Pitts, and -18. But I don't, so my -12 is my absolute favorite. Banter aside, I am SO GRATEFUL!
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    The Cub is cool and all.....but the plane I flew in my younger days is still my baby. After itís restoration only 20 original rivets remain and still flies hands off.
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    3 favorites, all best in class it seems to me.. L-19, U206G, DHC-3. I also have a much modified J3 Cub and it is a favorite for sentimental reasons but for the purpose of each, the aforementioned are my favorite airplanes.
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    Not the plane for what I do now, but if I was a lower 48 weekend runway flyer I would have to look hard at a Cessna 195. With no money I would look for a Pacer.
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    After a long time and being lucky to fly many types, drum roll...the venerable PA18!

    The Pitts is a contender but am happier in the Super Cub, although a good many years would be required to be a decent pilot in the Pitts.


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    I have not flown all the airplanes YET so it is hard to have a favorite...

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    For the most part it is whatever I'm flying at the time. After giving it some thought I would have to say the one from which I learned the most, the one which led to opening the most doors, the one which gave me the opportunity to be able to fly the most different types, the one in which I taught the Worlds highest authority in the type to fly would be the 150 HP Colonial C-1 "Skimmer". Had I not had the experiences which this plane provided to me would I have been in a position to be in the right place at the right time, so many times, to be able to now look back and say
    "Wow, What a Ride I have had!". .......When do we start growing up?
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    A tailwheel airplane! But im not too picky. Only hopes are it has more power than the Wright flyer and preferably doesn't sound like a weed eater.
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    My favorites have been Pitts, L19(O1D) and Bonanza although I don't know what the old Bird Dog is good for except spotting and other airplanes can do that cheaper. That said the most fun we had was flying the O1D in a military flying club. At $11/hour wet it was the best deal I ever had. Then I messed it up by buying an airplane, C120. I guess Marcia and I got a lot of bang for the buck with the C120 too. Then I ruined that by buying a S1C Pitts. The The old 35G Bonanza at $12/hour in the flying club was a trip too.

    If money were no object I guess a DC3 or a Antonov AN2

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    Widgeon is my favorite.
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    Pete: Never!

    Whatever I can fly on someone else's nickel is usually a great bird to fly!! If I am getting paid, so much the better. Mostly anymore, a plane is a tool for me. I use it to access where I want to go. Having one plane is a compromise, hence the middle ground having the Maule. Great bird to hunt with- STOL, fast and will carry a load for much less than the Cessna Counterparts, but handling in the air and ground is not the same. I look at planes a bit differently I guess, a guy really needs two or three actually.

    While everyone loves the Beaver, it sucks to unload and load a half ton every 20 minutes- gets tiring. Worse on Wheels!

    Some of the most fun flying I have had has been in cubs and my old champ. Light controls and no electric is a kick. Not having to feel responsible to listen and just having ear plugs!!! J-3 is fun also.

    Bill Tracy checking me out in the Chipmunk was a hoot! Would not count out that bird or that flight.

    The old Stinson Gullwing was like taking an old Buick through the sky... and the Bonanza is quite a stable ride.

    So many great planes- but if you wanted to focus more:

    Travel: (if not turbine) for me was the Bonanza- fast and stable

    Light Controls: Any DeHavilland, Otter was fantastic

    Cheap just in the air: Champ/Cub- Cub if windy at all for power

    Hunting: -18 hands down

    Want to make a statement: Gullwing!

    Floats: 180 hp Cub, unless you are working hard then a 185 w/550 and extended wing, sportsman stop; Aerocett Floats!!!!
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!
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    George, don't look down your nose at it. It was a great teaching airplane. Under powered, retractable gear, constant speed prop, touchy seaplane characteristics, taught me flight testing also as it was my first wing extension project. Bought it as a wreck for $2100 when I was only earning $75 a week before taxes.

    Now a Gull winged Stinson V-77 and an SR, those too are fine airplanes.
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    I take back everything I said in my previous post. My favorite airplane is one that pays the bills and supports my kids, hobbies and ex.LOL
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    Many times I’ve been asked my favorite airplane. For years my standard answer was “the one they’re paying me to fly”. But really, I’ve enjoyed every airplane and helicopter I’ve flown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    "Wow, What a Ride I have had!". .......When do we start growing up?
    It was to this question I answered: NEVER!!

    The older I get, the more I appreciate ALL aircraft. Cessna 150, Cheorkee 140 (with hand brake), Piper Traumahawk... beats driving my pickup anyway!
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!
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    Cessna 180 overall. Now 0360 Bushmaster for hunting and fishing small lakes. Experimental removed torment. Affordable, sort of a mini 185.

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    MD-11, PA-18, early C-180, BE-18, B727, B747, DC-8, DC-10, LR-JET in that order.
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    Widgeon for me too!!
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    Carbon cub, T38, C130H3, A319 (loved the F4 but I was a WSO and never flew it in the front seat)


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    Quote Originally Posted by FdxLou View Post
    MD-11, PA-18, early C-180, BE-18, B727, B747, DC-8, DC-10, LR-JET in that order.
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    Lou, I don't share your admiration of the MD-11, I did not care for it at al. I loved the DC-10 and the 787 is incredible! 727 was fun too, just not across the gulf of Mexico on a summer day at max weight trying to dodge thunderstorms. Still, Widgeon is my favorite.

    Kurt
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    Quote Originally Posted by john schwamm View Post
    Widgeon for me too!!
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    Geeez John, since we are the only 2 guys so far who picked the Widgeon maybe someone should write a magazine article on each of us and our love for Widgeons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FdxLou View Post
    MD-11, PA-18, early C-180, BE-18, B727, B747, DC-8, DC-10, LR-JET in that order.
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    Kurt,
    If they only knew what fun a Widgeon is all would be voting for them.
    After owning 3 of them over at least a 25 year timeframe, I still want one more!!!
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    Me too John, I sure miss mine.

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    Lots of reasons. Not an easy airplane to handfly up high, hardest to check out on, flew to my favorite layovers ( HNL, SYD, HKG, ANC, etc). Ended my career on the 11 with my son in the right seat. 8000+ hrs.
    Whats not to love! Lots of great memories.
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    Maybe if you gentlemen would take us for a few laps in a Widgeon, we would agree!

    I have never had the opportunity, though I have drooled over a few.
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!
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    Widgeons look a bit like a cross between a Beech 18, a battleship, and a tank. I assume they do not handle like that?

    My favorite is the lowly J-3. I have had mine for 55 years.

    I have owned Stinsons and Mooneys - privileged to fly Stearmans, Wacos, Gullwings, Boeings, and Airbusi. Still like the Cub best.

    We wanted to own one last airplane - choice: early 180, maybe 180hp taildragger 172, or possibly a Decathlon.

    Found the Dec - half the price of a 180, ten times the aircraft of a converted 172, and an all around superior choice for me.

    If I could afford a Widgeon, I would instead get a type rating in a PBY, and a checkout in a P-51 and an F-86E.
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    I had the privilege of riding a couple times in Pete Haggland's Widgeon. Lots to learn by watching and listening to Pete. https://www.adn.com/special-sections...pete-haggland/

    Amazing airplane and pilot.

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    Well I am going to put in my 2cents at the risk of being accused of heresy and say my new favorite is the Cherokee 235. I still love my J-3 and much modified J-5 (more of a fat 18 now really) and I have been enjoying a Focke-Wulf Piaggio 149D for the last several years which is a really fine flying aeroplane and aerobatic to boot, but the humble Cherokee is a revelation and if I had to have just one aircraft in the future (perish the thought) well, um, it might be the 235!


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    I have flown a lot of cool planes, but I had the first Pilatus PC12 on a charter certificate in Montana, and that is a fantastic machine. Flew it into Schafer Meadows, and lots of other grass strips, but also went nonstop from Bozeman to the east coast many times. Don't know of any other plane that can do that.
    I still love my '56 C182 a lot, but if I had the money...
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    DHC-6 Twin Otter I really miss flying it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FdxLou View Post
    Lots of reasons. Not an easy airplane to handfly up high, hardest to check out on, flew to my favorite layovers ( HNL, SYD, HKG, ANC, etc). Ended my career on the 11 with my son in the right seat. 8000+ hrs.
    Whats not to love! Lots of great memories.
    Lou

    Lou, that is awesome flying with your son!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Longley View Post
    DHC-6 Twin Otter I really miss flying it!
    I do to Charlie, Twin Otter is right behind Widgeon for me.

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