Tempest V vs. Me.109G
44. The Tempest V is 40-50 mph faster up to 20,000 feet when the difference in speed rapidly diminishes.
45. The Tempest is behind the Me.106G at all heights, but being almost similar below 5,000 feet. The Tempest is only slightly better in a zoom climb if the two aircraft start at the same speed, but if the Tempest has an initial advantage, it will hold this advantage easily providing the speed is kept over 250 mph.
46. Initial acceleration of the Tempest is not marked, but a prolonged dive brings the Tempest well ahead.
47. The Tempest is slightly better, the Me.109G being embarrassed by its slots opening near the stall.
CORSNING Personal Note: My opinion does not agree with the author of this report (at this time) on comparative turning circles. I am not a first hand authority on either of these aircraft (at this time), however I have put many hours of research into both. From the many papers and books I have read to date, they all seem to lean toward the Bf 109G (without wing gondolas) being able to out turn the Tempest at speeds up to around 350 mph. The advantage is even greater at low speeds where the slots of the 109 give it a very pronounced advantage.
Rate of Roll
48. At normal speeds there is nothing in it, but at speeds over 350 mph the Tempest could get away from the Me.109G by making a quick change of bank and direction.
49. In the attack, the Tempest can always follow the Me.109 except slow, steep climb. In the combat area the Tempest should maintain a high speed, and in defense may do anything except a climb at slow speed.
Edited by CORSNING, 10 November 2015 - 08:38 PM.