Broadsword. you could fight the good fight with fighters as well as nuke many cap ships in one run. If I must pick a fighter its the morningstar. A tacnuke and two torps ( if I recall) 3 particle cannons, yeah...... maniacs wet dream our plaything!
biggest buzz - promoted to Scimitar for the first time in WC1
fond affections - Gothri, Hellcat
coolest design - Rapier II
satisafying gun loadout - Raptor
Nicest missiles - Longbow again
enthralling cockpit art - Epee, Hellcat
Best fighter: Dragon (unlimited cloak, unlimited afterburners, slide capable, carries flashpak's or torps).
Best Bomber: Dragon.. Being able to cloak while you approach your target.. the enemy never knew what hit them. It may have been short lived, but I think it was the best fighter/bomber of all in its respective heyday.
Best Fighter - Excalibur.
Beeing a superfighter, it still had a soul, unlike the Dragon. Having the choice i'll take Excalibur if only I dont have to put down lots of capships.
Best bomber - Vindicator: ugly but really fast and manouverble
To answer this, you really have to take it by game:
WC1: Best Fighter - Rapier (hands down) Best Bomber/Strike: Raptor
WC2: Best Fighter - Rapier G (tough with the awe-inspiring Ferret ) Bomber: Sabre (hands down)
WC3: Best Fighter - Excalibur Best Bomber - Longbow (I HATE Thunderbuckets)
WC4: Best Fighter - Bearcat!!! Best Bomber - Flashpack Dragon
WCP: Best Fighter - Vampire Best Bomber - Devastator
WCSO: Best Fighter - Black Panther Best Bomber - Black Devastator