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GENAlphawolf #1 Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:11 AM

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What is the best WW2 fighter in your opinion?
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lordelamin #2 Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:31 AM

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That is a very tricky question. You'd have to compaire what was serving were at a given time. Aircombat revolved very much around tactics as well as types.

 

Having said that, I kind of have always leaned towards the P-47 "Jug"' because it could take a lot of damage and had a very powerfull armorment. It could mix it up in the air, or it could be used as a ground attack aircraft. Not as fast as a P-51, but in a dive it was deadly.



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In my opinion, and I will take crap from the Mustang fans, the P-47D. It was fast, was rock solid at high altitude, and could absorb hundreds of rounds and still bring it's pilot home alive to fight another day. Not to mention it's pretty hard to beat the raw firepower of 8 .50cal machine guns. During the war it escorted bombers, ripped the heart out of the Luftwaffe, and helped support ground troops with devastating air to mud runs. Gabreski, Johnson, and Zemke all owed thier lives to this plane. It's just a brute. True, it can't dance with a Spitfire, or just walk away from all opponents like the Runstang err...Mustang :trollface:, but it did most things well, and excelled at diving on it's prey, blowing it to bits in one pass, and climbing back to altitude to find another.



GENAlphawolf #4 Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:43 AM

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Id have to say the German ME262
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_Lindy_ #5 Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:57 AM

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Id say its a loaded question, how are you going to define "best"?

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Argon3 #6 Posted 14 November 2013 - 02:22 AM

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Dog Fight

Spit

Long range Escort

P 51

 

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P-47

Was a good GA

OK in escort since range sucked

Not the manuverability of the other two but if it hits you

Your going down


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iron_horse_thunderbolt #7 Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:06 AM

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Need I say more? :veryhappy::trollface:

 

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I mean, the P-51D Mustang was good, but it's reliability was SOOOOO bad that it was ridiculous. I mean, it's engine would just quit mid-flight for no reason, not to mention a few other problems. Don't believe me? Just read Bud Fortier's "An Ace of the Eighth". 

 

But then again...............

 

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For me, it's a tie between the Jug and the Tempest.
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JarethG #9 Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:23 PM

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You really have to give more than just the best.

 

My personal favorite is the F4U Corsair.  The thing was a beast!  It was a great multi-role craft, and from everything I have read, the only complaint its had was forward visibility in the early models (made carrier landing difficult).



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ScrewySqrl #10 Posted 15 November 2013 - 12:19 AM

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While everyone else has their points, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest the P-38.  Only warplane in production on Sept 1, 1939 that was still in production on Aug 15, 1945.

 

Long range, great firepower, decent maneuverability, and still looks good even today,



Highlord #11 Posted 18 November 2013 - 03:36 AM

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In my opinion, it's the P-40 Warhawk. Despite debuting in 1938, it was a monster brawler of an aircraft that, when in the right hands, gave even Japan's best Zeros and their pilots a run for their money and fought on the frontline until the end of the war. What they lacked in speed or maneuverability, they had in absurd toughness and horrendouns diving capability. Also firepower to make their enemies cringe.

 

It was a true multirole fighter, doing very well in ground support/attack, while still being more than capable in a low to mid altitude air superiority role.  Never saw much use in Europe, which was the arena of high-altitude engagments, but in Africa and the Pacific, it made it's name as a tough and dependbale fighter.


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krazydude4 #12 Posted 18 November 2013 - 08:01 AM

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i think the american mustang is a second to me. (first is spitfire! spitfires all the way ;3)

 

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View PostHighlord, on 18 November 2013 - 03:36 AM, said:

In my opinion, it's the P-40 Warhawk. Despite debuting in 1938, it was a monster brawler of an aircraft that, when in the right hands, gave even Japan's best Zeros and their pilots a run for their money and fought on the frontline until the end of the war. What they lacked in speed or maneuverability, they had in absurd toughness and horrendouns diving capability. Also firepower to make their enemies cringe.

 

It was a true multirole fighter, doing very well in ground support/attack, while still being more than capable in a low to mid altitude air superiority role.  Never saw much use in Europe, which was the arena of high-altitude engagments, but in Africa and the Pacific, it made it's name as a tough and dependbale fighter.


I find the fact that P-40s are slow kinda misleading. They're faster than Zekes overall and are bred to cruise at 300 mph with full control over the plane. The Zeke couldn't roll at said speed and ~70 mph more, it would hit its Vne and sooner or later, it will snap its wings off.

 

But yes, the P-40 and the Wildcat were both the first US planes to really make use of zoomclimbing.


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The_Dutch_Oven #14 Posted 19 November 2013 - 04:09 AM

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I'm gonna come stompin' in and say it was the P-38. Both the USA's best aces flew 'em exclusively.

 


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View PostThe_Dutch_Oven, on 19 November 2013 - 04:09 AM, said:

I'm gonna come stompin' in and say it was the P-38. Both the USA's best aces flew 'em exclusively.

 


You have a very good case in the P-38. It was the superplane of it's era.  It was fast, it was tough, and it carried a hellish amount of firepower.  The only thing that takes it from #1 in my mind is it's deadly compressability problems. In a dive it approached the speed of sound, which would lock up it's controls and lead to the deaths of many pilots young and old. It wasn't until it was modified, and those midifications added, that it overcame that problem, but it lingered like a cloud over the entire aircraft's line.

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View PostHighlord, on 20 November 2013 - 05:50 PM, said:

You have a very good case in the P-38. It was the superplane of it's era.  It was fast, it was tough, and it carried a hellish amount of firepower.  The only thing that takes it from #1 in my mind is it's deadly compressability problems. In a dive it approached the speed of sound, which would lock up it's controls and lead to the deaths of many pilots young and old. It wasn't until it was modified, and those midifications added, that it overcame that problem, but it lingered like a cloud over the entire aircraft's line.

 

Yep, the P-38 was the US's best boom and zoom plane bar none. The only big disadvantages would be the mobility aside from stall speed.
 


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Bogie_with_Stu #17 Posted 20 November 2013 - 06:50 PM

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Grumman F6F Hellcat....and I wont even bother trying to defend my decision. The plane's record speaks for itself.

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lawdog24 #19 Posted 20 November 2013 - 07:18 PM

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P51D was a superebe machine that was the best pistion engince (Rolls Royce Merlin) fighter of all time.

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View Postlawdog24, on 20 November 2013 - 07:18 PM, said:

P51D was a superebe machine that was the best pistion engince (Rolls Royce Merlin) escort fighter of all time.

Just so that people won't bring up short range fighters that do manage to beat the P-51D, such as the Tempest.
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