- Oct 13, 2020
Speaks for itself how?Are you saying you wouldn't want the most performance when your ass is on the line? The smallest, lightest airframe fitted to the biggest engine you can stuff into it is more likely to give you that, needless to say. Like a Spitfire or 109 and their kill/loss ratio speaks for itself, especially the 109's.
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, especially when you consider that most of the 109's kills happened against hapless Soviet pilots.
Fighter pilots make horrible design decisions; look at how each and every US fighter pilot led designs have had to be redesigned just to be useful on the modern battlefield.
Killing aircraft on the ground in interdiction > killing aircraft dogfighting.