Britain’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Aircraft

Britain’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Aircraft | World War Wings Videos

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In this post, we’ll be exploring some of the best-looking aircraft ever made by Britain: 

10. Sopwith Snipe

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One of the prettiest biplane fighters from WWI, yhe Snipe was designed to give better performance at high altitudes, improved pilot visibility, and greater physical endurance.

It’s highly maneuverable, fought excellently at high altitudes, and showed a remarkable ability to absorb punishment. It also became the newly formed RAF’s main fighter. 

9. Vickers VC10 

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Developed during the late 1950s, this jet was designed to operate from airports along old Empire air routes. It has the distinction of being one of the two passenger planes to utilize four rear-mounted engines. Despite its advanced design, it wasn’t considered a commercial success. 

The VC10 had a longer military career, serving as a transport and aerial fuel tanker in the RAF until its retirement in 2013. 

8. Airspeed Ambassador

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Made for short and medium-haul air routes in the early 50s, the Airspeed Ambassador was part of the last generation of piston-powered airliners. Its pointed nose, high-mounted wing, and triple-fin tail give it an elegant look. 

7. Majestic Short Empire 

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The Short Empire was the best-looking flying boat to come off British slipways during the inter-war period.

It was intended for long-distance and transcontinental routes, it served as the backbone of Imperial Airways operations. It’s most notable for its regular service between Britain and Australia. 

6. Hawker Hart

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The Hart was one of Britain’s best interwar jets and happened to be one of the few bi-plane designs of this era that had the beauty to match its performance. The sleek, silver-nosed Hart was specifically designed as a light bomber and even became the RAF’s fastest aircraft when it first entered service in 1930. 

5. BAE Hawk

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Developed in the 1970s, the Hawk has since been used by RAF and other air forces all around the world as a pilot trainer and a low-cost combat plane.

During its career, it earned a reputation for its reliability, ease of maintenance, and low operating costs, making it one of the most successful jet trainer aircraft ever made. 

4. Supermarine Spitfire

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The Spitfire was considered one of the most successful and beautiful aircraft of the piston-engine era.

It would also be the only British fighter to see constant production throughout WWII, with over 20,000 of these machines eventually built. 

3. De Havilland Hornet

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The Hornet was a twin-engine fighter with a range of 1500 miles and a blistering top speed of 475 mph. 

Not only was it an excellent fighter that never really got the credit it deserved, but it looked absolutely stunning as well. 

2. Hawker Hunter 

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Entering service in 1954, the Hunter was distinctive for its agility, speed, and sleek design. It featured a swept wing , a single-seat cockpit, four potent 30 mm cannons, and was powered by a Rolls-Royce Avon turbojet which allowed it to reach speeds of over 700 mph.

Its great performance characteristics made it a favorite among pilots. 

1. Avro Vulcan 

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This jet is as beautiful as it is imposing. When it first flew in the early 1950s, its large delta wing profile made it look like it came from the pages of science fiction.

It was Britain’s most advanced, strategic bomber ever developed and formed the backbone of the country’s nuclear deterrent force in the early years of the Cold War. The Vulcan became the ultimate display of air power and beauty. 

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