Best carrier fighter of the War?
Posted 29 May 2015 - 01:48 PM
Kind regards keith.
Posted 31 May 2015 - 04:49 PM
Hope it's of some help.thanks for listening.
Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:32 PM
Hi, the F6F,was ideally suited to combatting the Zero, although larger than its adversary,it hand an excellent rate of climb and could keep pace with the Zero in any dogfight. (quote]
Actually it had a mediocre to good rate of climb. It used its speed in a shallow climb to gain distance not altitude on the A6M. AND, IF the Hellcat pilot decided to drop his speed under 250 mph in order to try to outturn the Zero, he would be in for a rude awakening. One of (and possibly THE) the Hellcats main advantage over the Zero was speed. Over 250 mph it could roll into a turn faster and stay ahead of the A6M for the first 1/4 of a turn.
Posted 31 May 2015 - 06:21 PM
Best Carrier Fighter of the War?
This is how I see it (the condensed version):
1 September 1939: Sea Gladiator
8 December 1939: F2A-1
August 1940: A6M2 model 11
December 1940: F4F-3
Mid-1941: It becomes a tie. Or a choice of preference. Performance-wise the A6M2 model 21. Ruggedness and firepower: F4F-3.
September 1942: A6M3 model 32 (with the F4F-3 being a very close 2nd).
16 January 1943: F6F-3
Note: April 1943 the Seafire III entered service and perhaps shared the title with the F6F-3 for the next 12 months. The Seafire III had sparkling performance down low but the F6F-3 was the more rugged shipboard A/C.
April 1944: F6F-3 with water-alcohol injection. The Hellcat's speed was now close to 410 mph clean at altitude. The early shipboard Corsairs now coming into the Fleet Air Arm speeds were about equal. The Corsairs main advantage: roll rate. Hellcats main advantage: a more docile aircraft.
3 July 1944: F6F-5 for its docile flight and fighter-bomber ability.
3 January 1945: F6F-5 & F4U-1D share the title for the same reasons of April 1944.
May 1945 to V-J day: F4U-4
The last few weeks of the war: F4U-4 shared the title with the F7F-3P.
There, that is how I see it at this time., Jeff
Edited by CORSNING, 02 June 2015 - 07:23 PM.
Posted 31 May 2015 - 09:11 PM
All the best Keith.
Posted 31 May 2015 - 09:17 PM
All the best Keith.
thanks Jeff for letting me regarding the hellcat,much appreciated ,it shall be noted.once again many thanks.regards Keith.
Posted 01 June 2015 - 08:15 AM
Jeff, love the list!
What about pre-August '40? There had been a year of war up until that point, though I guess that the choice of carrier fighter is between the Gladiator and the Skua
And have you no love for the Seafire?
Posted 01 June 2015 - 08:20 PM
Thank you Ricky.
What about pre-August '40? I am presently researching this. I have put information together on the Gladiator and Buffalo. Skua?...I don't quite think so. Roc?...NO!
And have you no love for the Seafire?...You definitely have me researching at this time.
OK, I added the Seafire III in April 1943.
Edited by CORSNING, 01 June 2015 - 08:30 PM.
Posted 03 June 2015 - 08:40 AM
I think the F6F-5 could climb at like 3600 FPM on WEP, not great but certainly not shabby.
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