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Best carrier fighter of the War?


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Poll: What was the best carrier fighter of WW2 (20 member(s) have cast votes)

What was the best carrier fighter of WW2

  1. F4U Corsair (US variants) (6 votes [28.57%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 28.57%

  2. Mk IV Corsair (RN variant) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. F4F Wildcat (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. F6F Hellcat (14 votes [66.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  5. Seafire (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Tempest (1 votes [4.76%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  7. P-51 Mustang (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. P-38 Lightning (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. Me 109T (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. Me 155 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#51 CORSNING

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 05:18 PM

     In 1943 when it was introduced, it was the best candidate because of its overall performance and its handling qualities. That made it a very easy aircraft to master comparatively speaking. 


Edited by CORSNING, 05 January 2016 - 09:38 PM.


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 09:35 PM

What was the finest plane to launch from a flat top in WW2 and why? Or what should have been navalised instead?

 

     You know, sometimes I really should use my right to remain silent. I just do not have that ability. So with that in mind I took a closer look at Flo's original question. Then my mind started to wander (I just want to let those that do not know me know, that is never a good thing). I know for a fact that at least one P-51D was launched off a carrier for trial purposes. It was a total dud for carrier use but the fact remains that it might just have been the finest plane to launch from a flat top in WW2. Well to answer the second question I would have to say, FM-2, F6F, F4U, F7F, F8F. Now that is the American stuff. So think about it folks. Was the Sea Fury launched from a flat top in WW2? How about a Sea Hornet? I'm just saying if someone were to get a wild bur up there 'something' and launched a De Havilland Vampire off a carrier at anytime during WW2, that is where my vote goes.

 

I had an epiphany, Jeff :)


Edited by CORSNING, 05 January 2016 - 09:42 PM.

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#53 Armand

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 03:02 AM

How was it with ferrying flattops: Did the ferried aircrafts leave by own wings ore craned off-board?
In case of the last could any freighter do the same job likely effectively, hence I imagine the first is the fact. And If so, many interresting aircrafts have launched from a flattop ;-)

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 09:55 AM

I'm not sure if it happened all the time, but Warhawks flew off for Operation Torch.

 

http://www.worldwarp...mber-10th-1942/

 

Spitfires also flew off to restock Malta.

 

http://ww2today.com/...tion-picket.jpg


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Posted 06 January 2016 - 02:40 PM

It is funny that you should mention the restocking of Spitfires on Malta. I just finished Spitfire V vs C.202 Folgore, Malta 1942 by Donald Nijboer. A very interesting read of how the Axis had a chance to own the Mediterranean sea but chose to diversify instead.



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Posted 08 January 2016 - 11:09 AM

Eric Brown flew a Vampire onto, and off, HMS Ocean 3 December 1945.

 

Best WWII: F4U, F4F, F6F and the F4F was there when it was most needed


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Posted 09 January 2016 - 09:29 PM

     I am going to have to agree with curmudgeon. The F4F was the most important Allied carrier fighter of the war. It was there at the beginning of the Pacific war when it was needed. I believe if the P&W 2800 had not become available as soon as it had the F4F would have been forced into evolving into the FM-2 or something like it sooner.

     I believe the F6F was the second most important Allied carrier fighter of the war. The ability of the FM-2 and F6F to carry bombs and rockets was a huge step in the direction of eliminating carrier dive bombers and torpedo aircraft that couldn't protect themselves against enemy fighters.

     The F4U's superior performance to the F6F in 1943 and early 1944 was nullified by its wilder handling characteristics.


Edited by CORSNING, 27 January 2016 - 01:39 PM.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 08:47 PM

The F6F for me ,it was rugged and reliable,my second choice would be the F4U,again very adaptable in my opinion ,I believe it struggled passing carrier trials,however along with the F6F it was a very good counter measure against the Zero,in the Pacific theatre...
Best regards Keith...




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