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Despite their uses, battleships can be seen as grand and beautiful in their design. Dating back to the 1400s, battleships were once made out of wood. Discuss the individual histories of these legendary ships here.

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2512 days ago

The harrier (Sea included) was a versatile airplane that fitted the needs of the time! People can say this or that about this plane but anyone who served with them; will say they were their best friend!! Pilots have said that it was initially a hard plane to fly, but given time they surprised themselves by what it could do and how it could aide ground forces with strength, impact and sheer dominance! It has had it’s time and in my opinion out performed its abilities! You could say that the Euro fighter is a good sister plane but if you know anything about this plane, your know it’s not the replacement! Look I loved this air boat, I’m proud of that plane; it’s British. But I’m also aware this was not jet fighter; but then again it really was not utilized as a jet per say!! I do knock it 1 star because it did have areas that it just could not do well under! But I will say that I’m proud that I served with this plane!

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2513 days ago

Before anyone goes around dissing this fine aircraft, consider the possibility that you may have to answer to this man, Captain Harry "Hirsute" Harrington, the inventor of the Harrier Jet. Stealth was not his main objective.


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2513 days ago

I was really hoping to see Barbara Eden and the actress who played Ellie Mae Clampet on this list - with photos.

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2513 days ago

I'm taking a star off because they took off above my head for a few months when I was on ship. Try sleeping through that... other than that, its superb for the niche it fills. It picked up a number of air-to-air kills with the AIM-9 Sidewinder in the Falklands in 1982 during its combat debut with the British Royal Navy and has been a valued attack asset for Marine Expeditionary Units in the USMC. It has also added the AIM-120 to its arsenal in recent years, making it a potent defensive asset for these units by gaining the capability to make long range air-to-air engagements. Some might criticize the almost unused vertical takeoff ability, but you can carry much higher payloads with a short roll off an assault carrier as any Marine SHOULD be able to tell you.

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2513 days ago

Gentlemen, I propose pistols at dawn.

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2513 days ago

This article http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/6722 shows the Harrier is the most dangerous aircraft flying. One-third of them have been destroyed in accidents. It has killed 45 pilots in non-combat crashes. Why? So the Marine Corps could have vertical takeoff capability. But in the 41 years it has been in service, vertical takeoff has never once been used in combat.

The Harrier is designated A-8 because it is an Attack plane, not a fighter. The A-10 does the same job with 1/4 as many accidents and 1/2 the operating cost. The Harrier is a magnet for heat-seeking missiles. In the first Gulf War, five Harriers were shot down versus zero A-10s.

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3259 days ago

My Father served on this ship during Operation Desert Storm and Desert Sheild 1990-1991 and was on the ship from 1985-1992.

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3435 days ago

Although I thought the F8 was a better dog fighter the Phantom was a great plane. It was tough and fast. We used them on board the USS Midway. But they took a lot of effort to keep them up and at times could be real pigs. Their landings were little more than controlled crashes and as soon as they were down they had a tendency to pee out of every pore. That being said it was a damn tough plane and had a lot of class. It remains as one of my favorites of all time. A true classic.

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3435 days ago

What a wonderful plane. I wish they had just just remodeled and upgraded it and kept it in service. The navy really needs a fighter....

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3435 days ago

It does what it does. It is a duel role aircraft not an air superiority fighter which the Navy desperately needs.

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