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4 Airplanes On Our Christmas List

If you could wake up on Christmas morning to an airplane from your dreams sitting outside, what would it be? Here are 4 aircraft that just about any pilot would love having for the holidays...

1) CubCrafters XCub

With an 800 mile range, 180 horsepower, 145 mph cruise speed, and useful load of over 1,000 pounds, this is an incredible back-country airplane. Put some bush tires on it, and you're well on your way to exploring some of the most remote places imaginable. But don't do it without sitting in total comfort. With the XCub, both occupants are seated in leather chairs, and there's even a Garmin's G3X 10.6-inch touchscreen flight display.

CubCrafters

2) Beech 18 On Floats

The sleek, timeless 70-year-old Beech 18 with two 450-horsepower radial engines will get any pilot's attention. Continuously produced from 1937 to 1969, over 9,000 were built, making it one of the world's most widely used light aircraft. It was produced for private owners, airlines, and even the military. There are only a handful of Beech 18's on floats, and we can't imagine a cooler way to explore North American.

Pierre de Fermor

3) Vought F4U Corsair

The Corsair was designed and operated as a carrier-based aircraft and entered service in large numbers with the U.S. Navy in late 1944 and early 1945. It quickly became one of the most capable carrier-based fighter-bombers of World War II. Later flown in the Korean War, its 1942-1953 production run was the longest of any U.S. piston-engined fighter.

If you ever stand next to a Corsair you'll never forget the sheer size of this massive single-engine piston, weighing in at nearly 15,000 pounds.

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4) Gulfstream G700

In October 2019, Gulfstream announced its new flagship, the G700. It will fly around 7,500 nm at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm at Mach 0.90. Its longer cabin can accommodate up to five seating/lounge areas and the aircraft has 20 windows. Plus, its maximum cruise altitude is published at 51,000 feet.

Gulfstream

What's On Your List?

Leave us a comment with an airplane or two from your Christmas dream list!

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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