The best airplane?

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  1. John Baker

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    If you were given your choice of any airplane you wanted, for your own personal use, by some hypothetical foolish benifactor, who would also pay for your insurance and upkeep for as long as you can get a medical, what would be your choice? Why?

    This deal would also include any and all training associated with your pick.

    Oh yea, it would also include all fuel used over ten gallons an hour. ( ya gotta pay something.)

    What fun. :)

    John
     
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  2. Henning

    Henning Ejection Handle Pulled

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    Simple, SR-71, I only need 2 seats, all my worldly possessions would fit in the camera bay, and I like to get places quickly.
     
  3. flyersfan31

    flyersfan31 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Pilatus PC12. I wouldn't waste more than 5 seconds making that call.
     
  4. Dave Krall CFII

    Dave Krall CFII Final Approach

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    I'd like an amphibious V22 Osprey please, thank you.
     
  5. flyersfan31

    flyersfan31 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Oh, puhlease. Current production models only, man.

    (I'm with you on an amphib Osprey -- what more could you want??!!)
     
  6. Dave Krall CFII

    Dave Krall CFII Final Approach

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    Does that mean I won't be getting one soon?
     
  7. Dave Krall CFII

    Dave Krall CFII Final Approach

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    OK OK, I'll spring for the floats on my own.
     
  8. sba55

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    G550. Good thing that I only need to pay for 10 gph :p
     
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    steingar Taxi to Parking

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    Space Shuttle. Then I'll sell it and buy a country.
     
  10. Anthony

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  11. Dean

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  13. Ken Ibold

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    That's really hard.

    It would be hard to say no to an Extra 300, but I guess a Lineage 1000 would be nice.
     
  14. Bob Bement

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    I would settle for a Cessna 180, with all the mods to make it fly slow. Then I would be a real pilot with a tail wheel airplane. :goofy::cheerswine::lol::idea::wink2:

    When do they deliver it? Bob
     
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    DeHaviland DHC-2 Beaver, and all the free 100ll i want :)
     
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    I'm right there with you!
     
  17. Everskyward

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    I think he said the amount over 10 gph which would be... quite a bit. :smilewinkgrin:

    PC-7 for me please.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. pgengler

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    Actually, looks like anything over 10gph is included in the benefator $$, so it's only the first 10 gph that we're on the hook for. I think I'd be happy with a PC-12.
     
  19. tonycondon

    tonycondon Gastons CRO (Chief Dinner Reservation Officer)

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    king air 90. reasonable speed and doesn't require super long runways. turbine reliability.
     
  20. Everskyward

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    Oh you are right. Maybe I couldn't believe the generous offer... or maybe I hadn't had my coffee yet. :blush:
     
  21. KSCessnaDriver

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    L-1049G, in TWA colors. I'd park in it in Kansas City, right next to the Airline History Museum's, and that would be that!
     
  22. Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe

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    Man - screwed even before I can get out of the gate.

    Otherwise I would ask for one of these:
    http://www.stemmewest.com/pages/S10_E.pdf

    Wouldn't even need help with the gas (or the medical to fly it).
     
  23. rottydaddy

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    Assuming the fuel would be on someone else's nut, too, I'd want a Basler-converted C-47 with ski and amphibious float kits.:thumbsup:
     
  24. Teller1900

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    Beech 1900 (preferably a D model). All of the above benefits, but faster, carries A LOT more, and much bigger engines. It ain't pretty, but it knows how to move!
     
  25. tonycondon

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    whats the shortest reasonable runway you can run a 1900 out of matt?
     
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  27. kmead

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    I've always wanted a Meyers 200D. Incredible airplane, just beautiful. The interceptor 400 version could still be a selling airplane today.

    Kevin
     
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    If I was going to pick from the King Air family I'd want a 200. It's still in the 12,500 and under class and I liked the way it flew and performed much better than the 90.
     
  29. alaskaflyer

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    Any single engine turbine-powered STOL, six-seats or more, fixed gear with a service ceiling above FL200 and a TAS cruise of over 200 knots and a range of at least 1000nm. Oh, and a high wing configuration too. Pretty much talking a Caravan, just faster :devil:
     
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  30. deafsound

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    I must be an odd duck, because I don't lust after airplanes like a lot of pilots do. My dream airplane is the one that I happen to be piloting at any given moment.

    I'd probably pick an SR22 tho, just because I can fit tons of music gear in the back, they're relatively fast, and if I have to pay for fuel over 10gph, I could throttle back to 65% and only have to pay for 2.5 gph myself.
     
  31. John Baker

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    You have to pay for the first ten gallons, Mr. Moneybags pays for anything over that.

    John
     
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    It's a toss up between a CE185 and Super Cub. Both have their advantages for my needs.

    Either way: Tundra tires, floats, skis, stol kit.

    If I wasn't given time to think about it, I'd go for the Super Cub.
     
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    Our planes don't have anti-skid and we were certified to use runways as short as 4,000feet, which still left us plenty of room to spare. I've heard that 1900s with anti-skid can use 33R at KBOS, which is 2,550ish feet. We routinely operate off a 4,900 foot runway without a problem so long as we're not really really heavy; even with a contaminated runway or a light tailwind we can comfortably use 4 to 5,000 feet.

    If you're not worried about passenger comfort, our spagetti charts show that we can get off (over 50' obsticle) in about 1700feet and down in about 1200feet. If you've ever seen the videos of 1900s flying off the grass and dirt strips in Africa and the mid-east, these things (and really the whole King Air line) can really perform amazingly well.
     
  34. mikea

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    There's a reason I have a two-seat covertible, a van, and sedan. Each has a mission.

    I'd want at least two planes - Aerobatic, open cockpit bi-plane and a hauler.

    Bi-plane? Waco, Pitts or Stearman, I guess.

    For hauler I'd settle for a Saratoga or Cherokee Six but I guess the Pilatus is as good any if I can't have a Gulfstream.
     
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    I've always heard great things about the 200. I sat in one once, definitely looked nice (and very similar to what I'm used to)! I'm just partial to the 1900. I really like its cockpit layout; it seems a little more intuitive to me than some of the King Airs I've seen, though that's probably just a matter of having sat in it for 1500 hours. I think I could find my way to being happy with any King Air :yesnod:
     
  36. John J

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    A nice Spartan Executive would be nice. lots of room and great sweet sounds.

    John J
     
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    Oops. In that case, a 747. I'd install a recording studio in the back and fly all over the world and make records with my zany musical friends. I'd charge them for the fuel that Mr Moneybags doesn't cover.
     
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    Ted The pilot formerly known as Twin Engine Ted

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    Since Mr. Moneybags is paying for maintenance and everything else, my pick is a B-17. Four round engines, all in a tail dragger. I'll get an O2 system for altitude. Oh, and it needs to be outfitted with a nice interior and a good heater.

    Alternate choice would be a King Air 90.