• Thanks for stopping by. Logging in to a registered account will remove all generic ads. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Are the Harrier and Jaguar "beautiful"?

MarkOttawa

Army.ca Fixture
Reaction score
136
Points
710
British art gallery exhibit:

The terrible beauty of machines built to kill
Charles Moore reviews Harrier and Jaguar at the Tate Britain and is not at all surprised to find beauty in the corpses of two jet fighters.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/charlesmoore/7871762/The-terrible-beauty-of-machines-built-to-kill.html

jag_1672471c.jpg

The Sepecat Jaguar lying belly up in the Tate Britain  Photo: David Rose...
 

Harrier:

7C885DBE_03CF_9B1D_81AFDB416FC4418B.jpg


If you think about, the looks of the Harrier and Jaguar actually have quite a bit in common (role, speed...).  Really beautiful military aircraft from that era (60s)?  Can`t think of many:

f-111-00000006.jpg


Maybe:

MirageF1M_C1490.jpg


Mark
Ottawa
 

wannabe SF member

Full Member
Reaction score
0
Points
210
While there is no doubting the Harrier's illustrious history and effectiveness,  I just can't bring myself to find it pretty.
It looks like the Phantom's uglier cousin.
 

DexOlesa

Member
Reaction score
0
Points
210
Maybe not so much the Harrier, but I've always been a fan of the Jaguar.
 

Danjanou

Army.ca Fixture
Reaction score
0
Points
410
I always thought the F-106 Delta Dart was nice looking very crisp lines

f106inflb.jpg
 

Journeyman

Army.ca Legend
Subscriber
Reaction score
1,110
Points
940
Danjanou said:
I always thought the F-106 Delta Dart was nice looking very crisp lines
Much nicer than the completely different F-102 Delta Dagger.  ;) 

F-102-001c.jpg
 

MarkOttawa

Army.ca Fixture
Reaction score
136
Points
710
But the Convairs are 1950s, earlier era than Harrier et al.

Mark
Ottawa
 

Journeyman

Army.ca Legend
Subscriber
Reaction score
1,110
Points
940
MarkOttawa said:
But the Convairs are 1950s, earlier era than Harrier et al.
No argument. I was merely furthering Danjanou's lawn-dart theory of aviation  ;D

If you're talking beautiful aircraft design......

JSJ_PC_Supermarine_Spitfire_4.jpg
 

SeanNewman

Banned
Banned
Reaction score
0
Points
410
I don't think the Harrier is supposed to be beautiful any more than the A10 is (?)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I think planes being beautiful really took a long lunchbreak between WW2 and stealth designs like the SR71 and B2.

Due to the graceful shape I think the Spitfire will likely be seen as the most beautiful combat aircraft ever made, and for the next few decades after that it was just a collection of air-intake-pig-faces or missiles like the pics above.
 

dangerboy

Army.ca Veteran
Subscriber
Mentor
Reaction score
708
Points
1,160
Any aircraft that shows up to provide air support is a beautiful sight.
 

TheHead

Full Member
Reaction score
38
Points
280
Hands down the most beautiful thing to see circling over-top you.  Well if it's on yourside :)

a-10_1.jpg
 

PuckChaser

Moderator
Staff member
Directing Staff
Mentor
Reaction score
1,751
Points
1,060
TheHead said:
Hands down the most beautiful thing to see circling over-top you.  Well if it's on yourside :)

If its not on your side, you don't see it or hear it until its too late.  >:D
 

cameron

Full Member
Reaction score
0
Points
210
I've always considered the Harrier and Jaguar to be two of the most beautiful aircraft ever made. [mountie]
 

HItorMiss

Army.ca Veteran
Reaction score
1
Points
430
TheHead said:


I know a few guys who cringe when they hear or see them. I might owe my life to them but I still look skyward and have a hard time trusting the guys who fly them....
 

Loachman

Former Army Pilot in Drag
Staff member
Directing Staff
Reaction score
452
Points
980
Thptptpt.....

The wings don't turn on a single one of them. It's just not natural.
 

HItorMiss

Army.ca Veteran
Reaction score
1
Points
430
Loach

Yeah I have to admit nothing better then the sound of air and gravity being beaten into submission. That sounds hearlds the end of a long job....

xd5nw8.jpg
 

larry Strong

Army.ca Veteran
Reaction score
1
Points
430
The plane I find the "easiest on the eyes" from that period would be the "Hawker Hunter".

"The total number of Hunters produced was just less than 2000 between 1951 and the early 1960's. It was an aircraft
which enjoyed long service in 21 nations, from the Omani deserts, to the jungles of Malaya, to the high Andean
plateaus of the Atacama in Chile and the icy Swedish winters of Northern Europe. Wars in Pakistan and India have truly
bloodied her history, as have her flights over Somalia and Zimbabwe and surrounding African Nations."
 
Top