These threads remind me of a story my grandfather would tell us.
During WWII he flew a De Havilland Mosquito for the RAF. On one particular sortie he was attacking a German bomber from behind and got too close to a tail-gunner that knew his business. To cut a long story short, the tail-gunner fired a burst at the cockpit and one of the bullets hit the valve on the life raft that was stowed under the bombardier's seat. The raft started to inflate in the cockpit leaving he and my grandfather in rather a tight spot. My grandfather pulled-out his survival knife and plunged it into the rapidly expanding raft, inadvertently stabbing his bombardier squarely in the thigh. All's fair in love and war though, eh?
Fighter? Well, it has to be the latest piece out of the RAF's toybox, which is currently being blooded over Libya. Yup, you got it, the aptly nicknamed 'homesick angel'. Boys and gentlemen, would you please rise and give a resounding round of applause for the Eurofighter
. Aviation porn at its most decadent.
Bomber? Well assuming we're talking WW2-era, it has to be the Lancaster.