Not designed as a fighter, but made a pretty good one... It actually did everything pretty well....
Hi BearBiologist! In early June a friend and I drove to Reading, Pennsylvania for the "World War II Days" event that they hold there every summer. The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum that is based there at the Reading Airport is restoring a P-61. They hope to have it in flying condition in a couple of years. If they succeed it will be the only flying P-61 in the world.Curtiss P-40 because my dad worked on them in Burma. Personally, I like the looks of the P-61 Black Widow. It just looks like its namesake!
or both, LOL we had numerous aircraft that worked well and founf-d their niche formDifficult to choose an aircraft from any era as there were some because of their overwhelming records or some because they looked so good.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Snake,or both, LOL we had numerous aircraft that worked well and founf-d their niche form
p-40- low level fighter
p-47 (Jug)- fighter bomber, ground attack
F4U Corsair, naval fighter and ground attack
F6 Hellcat, Naval fighter
P-51 ,long range fighter
P-38 Long range fighter , high altitude
I am crtainly no expert when it comes to WWII aircraft. I yield to your obvious knowledge of these craft!AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Snake,
You might want to do a weeeeee bit more research on the capabilities of your listed Fighters..
Just a hint. The 38 was not that great at high COLD altitude 30,000 or so. Oil to the turbos would congeal and you became a glider until you reached warmer temps it also had a crappy heater,. That is one of the reason it did better in the Pacific at 15-25,000 where most of the fights took place than Europe at 28-35,000 where the Bombers flew.
Later P-47s could out perform all at above 30,000+ including the 51 due to it having a Turbo Supercharger rather than a geared Supercharger. The N model also had the range for B-29 escort. Highest scoring European Aces flew 47 against the best that Germany had. The problem in the Western Pacific was waiting for the P&W R2800 to warm up fast enough to intercept the Japs on short notice of incoming attacks along with the early models short range. With the liquid cooled engines of the 38 the warm-up was much faster. Start it go fight.
P-40 and P-39 is all we had and could hold their own IF flown to their advantage.
The F4U was the best of the best. It could out haul and out fight anything. Must be why it was built into the early 50s
BOTTOM LINE as to the best fighter depends on who is sitting in the seat and where the fight is taking place.
The F4U Corsair "Whistling Death" is one of the most iconic Warbirds ever made. It retained a kill ratio of 11:1 and was sited by the Japanese as being the best fighter in the USA arsenal. Certainly it qualifies as the best fighter/bomber in the fleet. While the -4 has a more powerful engine, it also weighs more than the F4U-1. This marked increase in climb rate can be attributed to the more efficient 4 blade propeller as well as the higher power of the up-rated power plant. The increase moves the Corsair into stellar company with fighters such as the P-38L and the F7F Tigercat. The F4U-4 climbs at a rate 20% better than the P-51D.
There is little doubt that the Corsair was likely the greatest load carrying fighter of its era. There is little to compare to it except perhaps late-war models of the P-47, which still fall somewhat short in maximum load.
Probably my favorite.
A FG-1D in the foreground is painted as Ira Kempford's F4U-1A in Form. with a F4U-4
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