posted on Jun, 5 2013 @ 06:56 PM
Originally posted by nake13
Originally posted by LABTECH767
reply to post by Aloysius the Gaul
technically except for the engine's the US had better plane's
Depends what you mean by "better planes"the obvious example is the P 51 airframe mated with the Rolls Royce Merlin,but apart from that(in the European
theatre) Britain did have a number of aircraft types that could certainly out perform their USAAF counterparts,for example the Avro Lancaster could
ultimately carry a 22,000 pound bomb load,not even the B-29 could match that
Actually it could - it was slated to carry 2 10 tonners in experiments after the war - externally of course!!
In fact the Lancaster was slated to carry the fat man and little boy nuclear weapons in the event that the B-29 was not ready for these
Aircraft lifting capability is a fairly simple function of lift - which in turn depends upon wing design and horsepower - there is little or no
"magic" in it at all. Even the Spitfire's elliptical wing was known as the optimal design before the war - but being made of curves it was harder to
build than the more common straight-edged approximations.
And of course you have many other considerations into what makes a "good aircraft" - FAA aircraft pre-war were expected to operated far from land,
hence the Firefly and Fulmar emphasized range and had a navigator - they only expected to fight long range patrol a/c - USN a/c were always expected
to have to fight against land-based fighters, so were appropriately designed.
As discussed above, the Spitfire COULD have had the same range as the Mustang - but why bother with the hassles of redesigning and the disruption it
would cause to production when it is not required?
A/c such as the Wellington, Hampden, Blenheim, even the Firefly were all as advanced as anything the US was producing at the same time - the US was
fortunate that it did not have to go to war with the types it had in service in 1939 - the P-35, B-18, A-18 and the P-26 - of which there were still
28 in service in the Philippines on Dec 7 1941!!
They would have been shot out of the sky as were similar aircraft in various airforces around Europe in 1939-41.
Various allied aircraft were superb - the Mosquito has been mentioned - but less known in het west is the Yak-3 - arguably THE most maneuverable (and
certainly the smallest!) allied fighter of the late war, the La-5FN and La-7. the Il-2 Sturmovik and Pe-2 are better known, and the P-39 and P-63
were apparently able to be flown by eth Soviets more competently than they could be by the western allies (a little tongue in check - it was a
different type of air war!)
There were lots of very very good a/c in WW2 - jingoistic nationalism about them is just pathetic.
And let's not forget that the Mustang was actually designed to a BRITISH requirement!!
edit on 5-6-2013 by Aloysius the Gaul because: spelling...and a final dig