5 Best Aircrafts You Can Own


Corporal Mike Jones

A IX(B) Tornado GR4 training for deployment to Afghanistan…..Pictured here on 12 October 2012 is a Tornado GR4 aircraft as it undertakes a training sortie over the North West of England. The Tornado from IX(B) Squardon is preparing for deployed operations over Afghanistan in the near future…..The Tornado GR4 is a variable geometry, two-seat, day or night, all-weather attack aircraft capable of delivering a wide variety of weapons. Powered by two Rolls-Royce RB 199 Mk 103 turbofan engines, the GR4 is capable of low-level supersonic flight and can sustain a high subsonic cruise speed. ….The GR4 typically carries up to a maximum of 5 Paveway IV smart weapons or 2 Stormshadow cruise missiles but can be configured with various weapons, targeting pods and reconnaissance pods simultaneously including the Dual Mode Seeker (DMS) Brimstone, ALARM Mk2 missile, Litening III and the Reconnaissance Airborne Pod TORnado (RAPTOR)…..The Tornado GR4 is a world leader in the specialised field of all-weather, day and night tactical reconnaissance. The RAPTOR pod is one of the most advanced reconnaissance sensors in the world and greatly increases the effectiveness of the aircraft in the reconnaissance role. Its introduction into service gave the GR4 the ability to transmit real-time, Long Range Oblique Photography (LOROP) to commanders or to view this in cockpit during a mission. The stand-off range of the sensors also allows the aircraft to remain outside heavily defended areas, thus minimising the aircraft’s exposure to enemy air-defence systems. Additional capability in the Non-Traditional Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (NTISR) role is provided by the Litening III RD and the use of the ROVER data link for providing tactical operators with real time Full Motion Video (FMV) in the battle space…..The Tornado GR4 is now equipped with the Storm Shadow missile and 2 variants of the Brimstone missile, including the most advanced DMS variant. ..

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King Air 260 debuts - AOPA

5: Beechcraft King Air 260

The Beechcraft King Air 260 is the smallest of the King Air family of aircraft. It can take off in 2,111 feet, the shortest takeoff distance of any King Air. It holds 9 people, 2 of them being the pilot and copilot. It has a range of 1720 nm. (1979 miles) and a top speed of  310 knots (269 mph). 1720 nm is about the same as flying to Alaska. It can carrier 3760 lbs. This plane has one of the BEST interiors. This is one of the cheaper planes on the list at 7.05 million.

Citation XLS Gen2

4:Cessna Citation XLS Gen2

Thsi plane is THE fastest plane available to the civilian market (The Panavia Super Tornado doesn’t count because it is a retired military aircraft.) It has a top speed of 441 knots (507.94 mph). It has a maximum range of 21,00 nm (2416.6 miles). it can carry 12 passengers and has an impressive interior.  The interior controls are completely wireless. You control everything from a touchpad. The seats have built-in phone chargers, not USB ports, and a couch! This is one of the best civilian aircraft you can buy.

Northrop P-61 Black Widow - Specifications - Technical Data / Description

3: P-61B Black Widow

My opinion on this plane is possibly a little biased Because this is my 2nd favorite plane of all time. This is one of the most maneuverable planes of the time. This was caused because the airelons could move almost twice as much as most planes. The P-61 has a climb speed of 2090 feet per minute! It’s armed with four 20mm Hispano cannons and four 2.7mm browning machine guns. it isn’t legal to have functional weaponry on the plane but you can still own the plane.

Spanish Stork | HistoryNet

2: Fieseler Fi 156 Storch

The Fieseler Storch is a WW2 era German reconnaissance plane. It has a top speed of 94.7 Kt. That is incredibly fast for the time and still holds up today. For comparison, A Cessna 172 (a common light plane) has a top speed of 50Kt. The main reason I like the Storch is because of its short takeoff and landing capabilities (STOL). (If you’re reading this article, come see Mrs. Regier for a green slip. The first 5 get a green slip!) The Storch can take off in 150ft and land in 60ft. This is a good plane for those who only have a small runway (or are history nerds).

First revamped Luftwaffe Tornado takes off for maiden flight

1: Pannavia Super Tornado

The Pannavuia super tornado is a British fighter plane. It has a top speed of 1261 kt. (1452 mph) And a range of 800 Nm (920 miles.) The Gr1 has 17 mounts for hardpoints and can carry 9000 lbs of external munitions. It has up to 2 WKA-Mauser 27mm cannons (You have to plug them with cement or it isn’t legal) This is my favorite modern plane and balances speed, range, and weaponry. It was retired in 2019. If you want one of these yourself it will cost you upwards of 40 million dollars.