Every time I look upon a jet-fighter, I'm reminded of a Doonesbury from 1971 (I think). B.D. is in the jungles of Vietnam with Phred when an F-4 flys
overhead. He asks if there is anything so beautiful as an F-4 Phantom.
I don't know what it is, and none of my friends understand it, but when I see a fighter, I am in total awe. They are, in my mind, high art. True
beauty. Looking at the sillouette of an F-16 as it passes under the sun over Chicago, and I react the way many people do when they see the Sistine
Chapel the first time, except I react the same way every time. Aircraft, specifically fighter craft, are my porn. I can't take my eyes off of them,
they are sheer majesty created by man. The EAA in Oshkosh Wisconsin is one of my favorite things in the world. I could sit and stare at a Raptor in
flight for the rest of my life. I don't know what it is, I just find them, all military fighter craft, absloutly beautiful, worthy of my undivided
attention. So far as I know, when I play Ace Combat 5, I'm the only one who watches the into every time.
Does anyone else feel this way, and do you have any idea as to why? I mean, it's functional art, in my opinion. They're not machines built to
destroy and kill -- they're art that happens to have a secondary function. I had a picture of an F/A-18 on my desktop at work, but had to take it
off because I would just stare at it when I hit that windows key and "D" every time. Does anyone
feel this way as well?
The end of that Doonesbury comes with a butterfly fluttering its way onto B.D.'s nose, where Phred comments on Irony (It may not have been Phred but
B.D.'s drafted buddy). Iront? I didn't see any, that aircraft, in my opinion, beats the pollen off of that butterfly in beauty.
So, hey, let's do two things with this thread. Name the aircraft you find most beautiful among the beauties, and lemme know if you think I'm crazy,
or if you feel the same way. My fav is the F-22. The lines, profile, wings, etc. of that craft is incredible. Though the YF looks very similar, for
whatever reason it doesn't hold a candle to the Raptor in my mind.
Oh yeah, and Junglejake, I agree, I see jets the same way