The coolest plane of all time is of course the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. The Germans called it a "fork-tailed devil," not surprising considering the armament it could carry and how fast it could go.
Charles Lindbergh flew one and was even able to improve it performance.
I had a model once but have no idea what happened to it. I probably blew it up with firecrackers.
Posted by Bob Wallace, who is still trying to build one in his garage.