It would be easier to try to find a "fighter mafia" aircraft that wasn't extensively redesigned to become effective, or wasn't redesignated out of its intended role.
The F-18 mentioned above is a prime example. A light fighter that was redesigned to such an extent that it isn't even remotely...
Speaks for itself how?
109s were incredibly inefficient use of resources for the Luftwaffe, especially as the war went on. They were hideously expensive to build, hard to fly well, useless in anything but short range interception, and fragile.
Kill/loss ratios are relatively meaningless...
Control IS stability.
They rejected radical dihedral as a stability producing design feature, because it was only initially stable.
In moving air, the inherent initial stability of dihedral becomes unstable.
Which is the genius of their design.
I love this subject; and there are several factors most "infotainment" fail to address.
The Bf109 and Spitfire were both built from the "sport fighter" school of thinking, and suffered from the limitations imposed by that philosophy. Both were terminally limited by their small size, which was...
The Wright Brothers also imitated birds, but were the first to understand where birds' stability and control came from, and realized that stability and control were the Hokey Pokey of aviation.
This book does a good job of describing the process:
I get that, but like the pictured car, replacement parts are available or remanufacturable.
In the end it comes down to cost effectiveness.
Personally, I can shape metal, so if I already owned a C150 all it would cost me is time, alloy and rivets.
This is too good of a subject to let it turn into a "those were the days" fest.
As I'm thinking about my own future project, I'm going through some of the decisions needed to be made.
I'm restricting myself to LSA standards, so tradeoffs must be made.
The point is, you have to think...
I don't understand the point. Machines can be rebuilt nearly infinitely. That's how they last. As long as failures happen predictably, they continue to serve the purpose they were made for.
BTW, that's original paint, interior and top on that car.