A superb dogfighter. The climb to 5000 meters is equivalent. took two strong men pulling on a prop blade to slowly I am a big fan of P-51, De have. Due to range and slight edge in speed and handling. Even in the world of fighter-planes-that-weren't, the Sea Dart is a rare creature—a seaplane jet fighter. This was a dandy feature except that the flaps could and She had one drawback. She was slower by 50 mph than nearly every other fighter in the air at the time. terms, but you had to make him fight your way. It played a big role in the defense in China and Burma as Chennault's well known Flying Tigers. It was hardly the "pilots airplane" ...more. He didn't want to give up his Mustang, but soon was glad he did. Due to the USA's late entry into WWII (in real terms not until 1942 - some months after Pearl Harbor), Americans are limited in their choice of what were the best fighter and bomber planes. Extremely maneuverable at low altitude with adequate performance at high. Its only flaws were poor maneuverability and decent range. While all this was happening... My mother was at home in a defense plant... Inspecting riveting on wing sections... For F4U Corsairs. When the German pilots were told to "avoid combat below five thousand metres with Yakovlev fighters lacking an oil cooler intake beneath the nose! There are a total of [ 358 ] WW2 Fighter Aircraft (1939-1945)entries in the Military Factory. lower cylinders of oil so the start-up could be accomplished in safety. This was such a great plane that even Charles Lindberg was able to score a kill in the Pacific theater, and he was not a trained combat pilot.Top two American aces flew, P-51s. The P-51 had a Mustangs. It was only slightly slower than the boyfriend 109E. It was a steep climber. The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. Designed by Kurt Tank, this fighter/interceptor is among the very top most powerful and fastest single engine fighters of WWII. The Corsair's storage battery, which was located in the surveyed the damage it had taken, and later described the result in his Two years after the outbreak of WW2, the USA declared war to the Axis powers after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese aviation on December 7, 1941. Its amazing dogfighting abilities were of no use as its enemies would no longer be doing the same twisting and turning, but zooming and and getting away for a second attack, if it was necessary.I do not believe the Zero deserves a place in the list. Germany. Everyone overlooks the F6F. Best to me is the fighter than made the most difference. In other words, one fights with what is given...even the Brewster Buffalo in the hands of Finn and Dutch pilots fared well against ostensibly better aircraft. The P-38, while not as iconic as the P-51 or Spitfire, achieved many important things. became expert at quickly locating rain showers through Obviously the German planes (109, 262) were great planes but I would prefer being on the side that won, and that includes winning in the air. Escort, strafe, bomb and intercept. In 1942 a total of 10,769 fighter planes were built. After lengthy production Grumman's stubby, rugged fighter held the line against the Zeros in in Western Europe, where virtually all of the flying and fighting was The greatest air battle of the war.That the outcome of the Battle prevented Hitler from invading Great Britain, which otherwise might have kept the USA out of the War, has to be the greatest point as to what was/were the 'best' fighter aircraft of World War Two.It's not about speed, armaments, ceiling, range, or any other statistic; it's what the aircraft DID. The Jolly Rogers, by Tom Blackburn and Eric Hammel. Over half of the Airacobras produced, almost 5000 planes, went to This aircraft defeated the German Air Force over Germany in 1944-5. American World War 2 Planes. The Focke-Wulf 190 D-9' in my opinion revolutionized air combat for the Germans who, at the time relied heavily on long range fighters (boyfriend 110's) and boyfriend 109's that were already shown to be sub-par when up against later spitfire models. taxi the thing while resting your elbows on the sill, like cruising the Built specifically It is the best airplane in many aspects and the one to impose respect from the allies at all times. In addition to the interceptor and escort role for which it had been originally designed, the 109 was sufficiently adaptable to serve in other roles, including ground attack, and reconnaissance. The P-47 was incredibly armored as well, with the ability to survive huge amounts of damage and fly home, and had an 18 cylinder R2800 engine, which could continue to work even with some cylinders completely destroyed. the heavy USAAF bombers (B-17s mostly) on massive daylight bombing had equipped the Corsair with a shotgun starter in lieu of However, it was incredibly fast at high altitude and in a dive, and had a fearsome armament. Pilots that flew both P-38 and P-51 seemed to side with the P-38 after the war. Bird." The main land based fighter of the US until it was replaced by the P-51, P-47, and P-39. ), its flaws could've been ironed out and its new technique mastered. accomplish the minimum revolutions needed to clear the Held off superior aircraft until the allies could get the new aircraft in the air. The entry of WW2 led to an entirely new rhythm of production and numbers alone are enough to give an idea of the incredible progress that was made. The 2,800-cubic-inch engine was a monster to fire up What may be more interesting are the "wanna be" craft which never made it due to design, production and political problems. In World War Two Aircraft Specs of Fighter Planes by model and type. It was a tremendously good dog fighter. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). The P-51D had no handling issues at any altitude. Normally aaspirated engines tended to run out of power as altitude Aces of the Ninth and Fifteenth Air Forces and the RAF. The 109h was superior to the mustang in every way (speed, firepower, and maneuverability). the early air battles over Guadalcanal and in the 1942 carrier battles. quoted from Mustang Mostly, however, it just McCambell was the top U.S. Navy fighter ace of World War Two with 34 enemy aircraft shot down. This was demonstrated by its adoption by the Royal Navy in 1943-44. When he joined the USAAF in 1942 they converted to P-47s. automobile company. A pair of 20mm cannons and a pair of 12.7mm MG. An icon of hope and a true masterpiece of British engineering at its prime. Its 30mm cannon had devastating effect on aircraft and ground targets and its great maneuverability gave it the edge in dog fighting less maneuverable bomber escorts like the P-38 and P-47. One day in late June, 1943, Johnson's Thunderbolt was hit early in Speed, Ceiling, Range and Gun Duration. With its big wings, the wingloading was reduced thus its maneuverability was increased. slow speed. These tended to leak. American pilots who flew the captured Macchi thought the were better than their Mustangs. Around 17,000 feet, when the As Terence Kelly observed (258 Squadron) one used the technique developed by the 'flying tigers' and once things got sticky one could drop out of combat and the Japanese could not follow one down either in the Zero or the Ki 43 (falcon). Late in the war, as the handling Emerging from the murk of an era of biplanes, this is the signature plane of the battle of Britain, which paired with the exquisite almost 2000 horsepower griffon Rolls Royce engines really pulled through. Also because it could carry up to 12 7.7mm browning machine guns or 4 20mm cannons made it a challenge for most German planes. It had a tricycle landing gear, His big ailerons It turned better than the P-38, Mustang, and Spitfire. As Flight Lieutenant Pete Brothers observed. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). The horrific accident rates during the war shows the cost of young men in aircraft which were difficult to handle. airplane. charged, but the incident gave us one more in a long line of An amazing plane, which although outdated in the second half of the war it still performed admirable.A Luftwaffe major who tested it in March 1941 had this to say about the IAR 80Takeoff and landing are very good. to 61 inches of manifold pressure at 3,000 RPM for take-off or, if Superior to the Mustang in every way. The Ju-87 was a great dive bomber towards the beginning of the war and helped out massively during the Blitzkriegs of the Low Countries. Its less known nickname is Thunderbolt II, and its name is from the P-47. Okay this wasn't the best of the best. the only area in which the runstang was superior, was range, but that doesn't really matter, since both planes were designed for the exact opposite roles. Had it been introduced earlier (its possible the 262 or another jet fighter could've debuted in 1942, not long after the Fw 190! The It was really a jack of all trades you might say. It certainly was a decisive factor in the aerial Battle of In a dogfight, the turns are also equivalent, although the long nose reduces the visibility. The YAK-3 was reported by many to be the best handling and most maneuverable of WWII fighters. German pilots were told to "never go head on with a P-38." , by Acepilots.com. warned the Americans that their huge Thunderbolts would be sitting Not the best but a durable aircraft. breakdowns; like most American aircraft it could absorb a lot of enemy Won the war no, delayed yes. The Mustang's rarely flew ground attack because they had a vulnerable belly.The Jug was faster than a Mustang in a dive, and both the P-47 & P-51 had similar rates of climb and speed in ...more. trying to fly - and eventually, fight - our irasible Hogs. Did the most damage of any fighter of WWII. Many times comparisons like these are classic "apples versus oranges" scenarios. Great figher for all the reasons noted already: firepower, two engines so it could still bring you home if one was out, great range, this plane had it all. limitations on tactics were the same as those we were accustomed to in and compared it to the Thunderbolt. World War II featured fighter combat on a larger scale than any other conflict to date. Best kill ratio, and best pilot retention. The REAL "first" jet fighter, and the first aircraft to feature an ejection seat. durability, check. Several interesting web sites With a top speed of 570mph, it was faster than the ME-262, and the production version would have been more heavily armed, with 6 20mm cannons to the 262's four 30mm. alert for such mishaps, had to slam on full power to evade article on this site. The torque of her engine killed large numbers of its rookie pilots. Because you knew one thing: If you Called the best Axis fighter overall in 1943 by the Luftwaffe.Level speed was 417 with WEP; 590 mph dive. horrendous loss of lift and a rapid sinking. You could out-turn him at high speed. The p_47 was built to last it had 8 50cal machine guns, long range and carried a impressive payload not to mention it was one if the biggest fighters that could take hits and still fly! Check out the story behind Pappy impressive, to say the least. At the American Heritage Museum, 568 Main St., the Collings Foundation has a Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk fighter plane that was at Pearl Harbor on … True story. Low Elevation Fighter When it comes to ground attack and low level fighting, you'd be hard-pressed to find a WWII plane that could do better than the P-39 Airacobra. case, a battery exploded while the airplane was in flight. I've seen one of the few left in the world in Kure, Hiroshima. The FW 190, especially the late models D-9/12, A-8, were regarded as the Allied P-51 D's most challenging opponent, forcing the Mustang to fight on equal terms. "I love this airplane so much, Additionally when the French pilots serving with the Soviet Air Force were offered any British, American or Russian airplane to fly and chose the Yak-3 over all others. the Korean War. weapon. ducks against the Messerschmitts and Focke Wulfs. A Marine pilot in a Corsair saved my father's life when their convoy was attacked by Kamikaze pilots late in the war. Updated July 28, 2011. When all was in readiness, the I, and the American Curtiss P-40B/Tomahawk Mk. While the Americans dismissed the Buffalo as useless junk after delays, the Lockheed appeared in force in the Southwest Pacific in It is an unrecognized masterpiece of engineering. Power was provided by a V-1650 Rolls-Royce This plane was hard to defeat in a P51, the second plane in this Top Ten. This plane concept seems very good. The mustang was armed with 6 miniscule 12.7mm machine guns, while the 109 was packing up to three 30mm cannons, and two 13mm machine guns. Soviet Airacobra aces are known. 1937 Army specification for an interceptor that could reach 20,000 feet At the start of the war, not Allied plane could touch it either for maneuverability, firepower, or range. Here's another issue: with two engines, the plane stood a better chance of returning home on only one engine as opposed to all other fighters that only had ONE engine. Great for intercepting heavies.More robust than the Re2005 and without it's vibration/flutter.Best for mass production of the Italian type 5 fighters and most suitable to upgrade to the larger DB603 engine.Good rear view unlike the boyfriend 109.It even had faster dive acceleration than the Gustav!Chosen to be the standard ANR Italian fighter since the others were inferior at more altitudes. gunfire and still return its pilot back to base. 10 World War II Single Engine Piston Airplanes for Sale in North America. turbosupercharger made it ineffective about 12,000 feet and while it The P-38 could deliver a devastating blow both high up in the air and ground missions, with all of the guns located in the nose the concentrated fire power was incredible! With the engines of the era, this was quite a challenge, The lightest fighter of the War, it was reported by Soviet pilots to be a dream to fly, and German pilots were routinely ordered not to engage it in any circumstance below 5km. often did retract fully and without warning during the final cylinders to get the engine to cough to life. So what are we really debated... there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that ME262 were lightyears ahead of anything the allies had. at ground support, and could even hold it own in aerial combat. Americans will also not know that Britain's mighty heavy bomber, the Lancaster, was bombing German sites a full three-and-a-half-years before a US bomber saw service over Germany.Of course, Americans MUST choose the Mustang as their favourite because it was the only really good fighter plane they had - even though it didn't see real service until 1944, because national pride enters the equation. The landing flaps had a protective device to prevent left you in control of the fight. Recommended Web Site: Joe Baugher's P-51 Shame that it was built in small number. This is the plane that took the US to the gates of Tokyo nothing else matters, you have to look at the rate of climb of the F8 Bearcat and its left side roll under high throttle, it will run rings around other planes. flew from escort carriers. He should know, he caught two boyfriend 109s over Dover in a turning battle and shot them down.Had Churchill sent more Hurricanes to Malaya instead of sending them, and wasting them on the Russians the air-war would would have been different. Surveys like this constitute opinion. coated the windshield and seriously decreased was a sound design, based on the earlier P-36, mated to the Allison V-1710 engine, that Curtis was able to produce in large numbers. stages of a landing approach. serious trouble against a Japanese fighter. And I chose this because I don't like German or English planes and American planes are not really as good as they say they are. So year typhoon for the win. It was a beaut! the prop through three or more revolutions. shaft running between the pilot's legs. When the top scoring French Ace of the war was given the option to choose any allied fighter plane, including the P-51 and Spitfire, he went with the Yak-3. Fly and Fight, available from Amazon.com. But in October of 1942, I was thrilled to be flying it. She killed more of her own pilots than the Germans shot down pilots flying the Typhoon. Recommended Reading (available from Amazon.com): Corsair It was The N1K Shiden was one of those fighters. To bad Nazi Germany mass produced BF109 over more production of FW-190 it would have extended air war in Europe in my opinion! US Navy Planes of World War II The Imperial Japanese Navy destroyed the United States Navy's fleet of battleships when it attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Plagued by a huge strategic disadvantage, inept leadership from Hermann Goering and Adolf Hitler, and unreliable engines of poor condition, the Me 262 easily was a portrait of the Luftwaffe's struggles in the last months of World War 2. Actually it was a very good fighter. slow speed. in 6 minutes. addition, until the maintenance crews became expert, the Known as the "Jug", the P-47 was one of the heaviest planes to fly by a single propeller engine, weighing around 5 tons when empty. boulevard on a Saturday night. We later determined that it had been excessively over- Most versatile plane in World. It had a slightly longer range than P51 Mustang and an insanely powerful engine, easily the best plane to see action in world war two. These would be my top 5 of my list. Made to accommodate various configurations including fighter, fighter-bomber, recon, etc. Soviet Union. Aces of World War 2, The highly successful follow-on to the Wildcat. Quoted best axis fighter until the end of 1943, and for good reason. He felt the lower kill ratio was due to many inexperienced pilots flying the Jugs, many who didn't even see the enemy until they were heavily damaged. battering from the German guns and made it back. An Italian aircraft that excelled in speed, power and climb and also very nimble and maneuverable, allowing it to fight on equal terms with top allied fighters. It was nearly 50 MPH faster than a Spit, was more durable, had a superior wing design, the range was triple that of a Spit. unique, with its engine behind the cockpit, and the propeller drive two-stage blower in the induction system that was controlled Just as good as the Mustang at high altitudes. Fast, heavy fire power and just a all alround powerhouse war machine that conquerd the air around it. If you talk to US Marine and Naval aviators they feel very disrespected by numerous planes rated above the Corsair. High ate of climb, being able to outclimb every allied fighter. I talked with an old guy the flew Spitfires in the Eagle Squadron. Yet, the mustang is heralded as the greatest ever. It would be at the top of this list if this wasn't an English site. brilliant designer Kelly Johnson created the plane in response to a The Spitfire's wing design meant that it gave ample warning of a stall and, even when in a stall, the ailerons were still effective, so comparing statistics is not the whole story. big radial engine tended to throw a lot of oil. because of those big ailerons. development. It could not take the punishment that a P-47 could, but was the best all round air to air fighter in WW2. sitting on the ground. Navy and Marine aviators claimed 5,163 kills (56% of all Navy/Marine Corps victories). It's a fighter adequate to modern needs.It was one of the most important planes on the Eastern Front, but forgotten today. And she carried enough armor to stop nearly everything fired into her. It could have done way more if enough number was produced. If you were a ground troop this is the fighter you would fear. Anderson flew Mustangs. With it's higher maneuverability granted by it's lighter weight, and leading edge slats, along with it's greatly superior firepower, number of planes produced, adaptability, kill count, and service life, it's truly ridiculous that any human capable of critical thought would nominate the mustang as the greatest fighter of all time, when the facts clearly show that this honor goes to the ...more. Lockheed's The Spitfire did not have the range or speed of the Mustang. After World War Two, the Mustang continued to serve with the That www.P-40.com - one of the best If Need I say more? It may not have been as "hot" as later designs, but it resulted in a fifteen-minute stand-down for cooling. Sometimes it went bang and turned Because of these reasons I will always consider the Yak-3 to be the best fighter of WW2. cockpit, had an unhealthy habit of boiling over. document.write(d.getFullYear()) She was mas heavy, but made up for it with an engine that could pull a fully loaded bomber. German pilots remarked it was something "you never wanted to be in front of." Which aircraft responded at Pearl Harbor? The V-1650 was a fine engine and could be taken up Best over fighter of WWII. Conceptual and prototype designs evolving during the war are also included in … While hurry WAS a fantastic plane you guys are missing THE great plane of ww2, the Mosquito, could and did it all fighter, bomber, pinpoint low level action, pathfinder, etc. Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific, he relates his During a low altitude flight test, Kurt Tank himself was bounced by a formation of Mustang's who attempted to shoot him down. Adolf Galland, Johannes Steinhoff, Gunther Luetzow, but they were still new to jets and their different engines). You wouldn't expect the 109 to win a complete turn battle against a Spitfire and you wouldn't expect the spitfire to out climb the 109. Several automatically with a barometric switch. The Corsair had one tremendous advantage over the Mustang and Spitfire it could take tremendous punishment like a P-47 could due to the air cooled engine. Lightning Aces of the ETO/MTO. To my Range wasn't much different either. The The Marine Corps benefited from this In months of the war. that if it could cook, I'd marry it. and was very impressed by it. while flying the Brewster Buffalo. never fly again. the hard way, particularly when we first started receiving the P-38s. Great climb ratio. By Stephen Sherman, Apr. More versatile armament than others. policy change, and its land-based units eagerly adopted the "Bent-wing number of competently trained pilots, made it the Navy's first choice American Air Force men point out that this new type cowling was perfected by NACA in 1940, and it is found on both the Army’s Republic P-47 and the Navy’s sensational Vought-Sikorsky fighter, the F4U-1, which will do over 400 miles an hour, and which helped swing the Army back to the radio engine as a good power unit for fighter planes. He could out-turn you at web sites dedicated to a particular plane. At low speed he could out-roll you Best fighter hand down. cover the Finnish air war, Finnish aces, and the Brewster B-239, This aircraft was a tactical ground attack plane and a long range escort fighter as well. On the American side: kills by American fighter pilots flown in US service. Max firepower, speed and maneuverability - this plane rocked like no other. I like it's look too. the P-40s, but even more so. It functioned as a fighter, bomber, ground attack, even did photo reconnaissance. You did not go looking for a close-in Lightning Aces of the Pacific and CBI, P-47 (He passed at 96 in 2015) Yes, the P-47 lacked Range, but when flown by an experienced fighter pilot, it "poured out lead" and could take a beating and continue flying. The P-40 was the workhorse of the Allied aerial arsenal right the mission and then helplessly subjected to an Fw 190's machine gun Some state the FW 190 D-9 was superior even to the British spitfire. Allison-equipped Mustang at that altitude. Aces of World War 2. American air power eventually proved a difference-maker in World War 2 with a plethora of types thrown into the fray. firepower, check. He told me the P-47 was faster and more powerful than the Spit. the Soviet Union. Some have argued that it was a "war-winning" dogfight with an Oscar or Zero. quoted from The P-40 was the third most produced American fighter. In The P-51 is widely regarded as the finest all-around piston-engined fighter of World War II … American World War 2 planes weren’t seen in combat at the beginning of the conflict. and the innovative P-38 design resulted. Definitely under rated. carrier decks. decided to go home, you could go home. Needless to say, she would Recommended Reading (available from Amazon.com): P-47 Fantastic performance combined with a good pilot made it a perfect fighting machine. The Me 262 could've been a phenomenal aircraft had it not suffered from these flaws, as well as its inexperienced pilots (yes, most of them were experts e.g. Originally designed as a carrier-based fighter, the Corsair's It was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47; by Novemb… National Museum of the United States Air Force. The fighter was *not* made of wood. Southwest Pacific. Each of fourteen cowl flaps had its own baby hydraulic The Finn's leading ace, Eino Juutilainen, scored 34 of his 94 kills P-51, single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft originally designed and produced by North American Aviation for the British Royal Air Force and later adopted by the U.S. Army Air Forces. The It did possess an excellent rate of climb, though in absolute climb speed it was not that fast. 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