The Eagle/hawk series are pretty sweet... once they get warp.
The War Eagle and Sparrohawk both have warp drive. It's the old Warbird that runs on impulse only.
The Romulans were my fleet of choice. I once even put together a carrier strike force that could stand toe to toe against both Federation and Klingon carrier groups. That was no easy task, because the Feds and Klingon carriers & fighters are brutal.
ETA: Lol. SFB of the early '80s was probably my 3e.