In your opinion what was the best all round fighter aircraft of WWII?
- powhoundLv 71 decade ago
Hard to say...I would say the P-51 Mustang, it was a great fighter, and fulfilled an important role with fighter escort, but I'm not sure you could say it was the absolute best all around. I might actually go with the Spitfire: fast, maneuverable.
The Japs had some really great planes, especially the Zero. Downside: of course - little or no armor. They were not too big on protecting the pilots.
I think my personal favorites were the P-38 Lightning (strange bird - but fast!) and the F-4U Corsair.
Can't really pick an all around best though...each was designed for a purpose. Really, the Mustang helped save the American bomber campaign in Europe though, so that has to be a consideration.
- Jena IsleLv 71 decade ago
The P-51 Mustang was the best American fighter plane of WWII because it dominated the skies and were easier to sneak in and out of the sky. It possessed a wing of great potential and had a great role in allowing the allies to win the war.
- Vagabond5879Lv 71 decade ago
North American P-51 Mustang!!!!!
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- 1 decade ago
109f-4 under emergency power tested at 416mph (670km) @ 20k plus some scorching climb rates (DB601E clearance given in Feb '42).