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Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2022 1:28 p.m. PST

Continuing a decade a day, we move on the early Inter War Years. If you want to chime in on the 1910's, that discussion is here: TMP link

This is a tough period to judge, as a lot of the aircraft used in combat were left overs from the First World War. Still, there were strides and developments during this period and a lot of experimentation that would lead to later decade craft.

What is your favorite fighter aircraft of the decade 1920-1929? Can be from any theater or country. There is no wrong or right answer. This is purely an excuse to talk up the greatest fighters of the 20th Century one decade at a time.

The aircraft should be operational within the time span, so an aircraft designed during WWI that is still flying in combat is an acceptable answer.

This decade is a real toss up to me. Many countries were experimenting and there are some really interesting designs during this period that were never put to the test. The British and French were really prolific in the 20s and I almost went with a British fighter, but have to go with what I know since this is the period where I admit my knowledge is the lowest. I was torn between a couple of aircraft but ultimately went with the Curtis P6 Hawk. It just squeaks out the decade having gone operational in 1929 and is both a very lovely aircraft (with those beautiful spats) and a great performer. To me one of the ultimate expressions of the classic biplane fighter with twin .30 machine guns, it was rugged, maneuverable and a great aircraft. (I really did give Gloster and Fairey a strong look, but they might make a come back in the next decade).

What is your favorite fighter of this decade and why?

khanscom26 May 2022 10:49 p.m. PST

Bristol Bulldog tops my list; but the Curtiss P6 IS a beautiful airplane.

BW195927 May 2022 1:34 a.m. PST

I've always been a fan of the P-6 Hawk. Growing up in Dayton near the Air Force Museum she was always my favorite plane to see

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Bismarck27 May 2022 4:07 p.m. PST

I know it falls in both the 1910s and the '20s, but the
Airco DH4 did a workmans job for the Marines during the
Banana Wars. Second fave would be the Vought 02, another
USMC workhorse during the same period. Fan of both planes, couldn't decide on just one. Neither are strictly fighter
aircraft, but they both filled a variety of needs.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2022 6:23 p.m. PST

I would say the P-6 Hawk – Bristol Bulldog for second

skedaddle Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2022 12:21 p.m. PST

P-6 Hawk here as well.

Timbo W31 May 2022 4:41 p.m. PST

1920s, Curtis P6A Hawk 50.1 points

Anton Ryzbak03 Jun 2022 8:45 p.m. PST

I'm in the Curtiss P-6 Hawk camp as well, great looking bird and, due to its ability to accept constant engine upgrades rather long-lived for the era

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