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Hughes Aircraft TH-55A Osage, only because I learned to fly helicopters in one while in the Army a long time ago. Its ugly but it has a place in my heart and I agree with Habu2 on the T-38.

 

Steve Sliger

Greenwell Springs, LA

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My three would be;

1. CT-134 (Beech Sundowner) have 3 solo trips

 

2. CT-114 yes the Snowbirds a/c, never got to solo but have a lot of trips in them!!

 

3. CH-136 the Bell Jetranger, my boss in Cool Pool got bored and decided to teach me (Navigator) to hover; only took 3 trips!!

 

I would have too say the F-5/T-38 are close in 4 and 5 spots!

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I always loved the Harvard. Our Air Force (SAAF) used them as trainers until 1995. Just before their retirement, they did a 55 aircraft fly-past - something you won't easily forget.

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Photo credit to John Miller: http://www.theharvard.co.za/the-saaf

 

I have had the pleasure of flying along for aerobatics in the Pilatus PC-7 MkII a few times - the aircraft that replaced the Harvard in the SAAF - great modern aircraft but not quite the classic that the Harvard was.

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Easy - BAe Hawk....

....after all, these guys have flown it for 40 years now:

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And there's also the version especially adapted and adopted for use your side of the pond:

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T-38?  No way.  No gas and its always trying to kill you.  T-6 all the way! Maneuverable. Spins like a champ, good cockpit visibility, and lots of Ps!

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I didn't think about the C172 Skyhawk and the Cessna 150! I have flown both several times although I never went for my pilots license. They where easy a lots of fun to fly.

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A bit large for a trainer, it was used to train navigators.

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Although basically a fighter, these were contracted to pull dart tows at Kadena.  This was cheaper and also released the F-4s from South Korea from that job.

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