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Vox populi...

The readers of Flight International have been polled on the greatest aircraft, engines, people etc of the preceding century and the votes are in.

And, discerning and wise people that they are, they have voted this one number one military aircraft:
Had to be, didn't it? The remainder of the military top five is a bit less predictable, with the SR-71 Blackbird, C130 Hercules, P51 Mustang and F16 Falcon rounding things off. After that, the Sukhoi SU-27, the Messerschmitt 262, the F4 Phantom, B17 Flying Fortress and the Lancaster.

Other highlights include the Hurricane, the Mig 21, Mirage 2000, Mig 25 Foxbat, B2 Stealth bomber, Lockheed U2, Northrop F5 and the Mitsubishi Zero.

Off the top of my head, the poll seems to have got most of the standouts I would have included - if not in my order - apart from the omission of the Fokker Triplane and the ever lovely B52. I am shocked, shocked.

So here's a picture of the B.U.F.F:


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