By 1944 maneuverability was important to the slower fighters - but only if the opposing and much faster fighters like the P-51 and P-38 chose to give up dominant speed and zoom advantage.they tested an IAR 80 with a DB 601 and it blew the normal IAR out of the park. It was almost as fast as the 109E yet still retained the manouverability of the IAR. For some reason, it was not proceeded with.
With superior tactics and with less maneuverable aircraft, the AVG amassed an impressive kill ratio.By 1944 maneuverability was important to the slower fighters - but only if the opposing and much faster fighters like the P-51 and P-38 chose to give up dominant speed and zoom advantage.
Not a romantic pick, but my dream warbird is an O-1/L-19 Bird Dog. In fact a light sport version is my dream airplane.
Yep! If you make that with a steel tube fuselage, angle the windows out a little more and make sure I have enough headroom, you have winner!
My father's first victory credit was on his first mission on D-Day. The 354FS/355th FG caught 15 Ju-8s trying to sneak to the beachhead at dusk. They shot every one down - SG 103 near Janville. A training squadron with very experienced instructors called to duty when the invasion started.
Your uncle was luck to have survived. Question, did you mean 17 years experience in Ju 87? How was that possible? Did Spain acquire some and retain post WWII?
I could say a lot, but will not, I remember WW-2 very well. I lived about 1.5 miles from a plant that made large gun barrels for ships, etc, and tanks, trucks and haft-tracks. Remember laying in bed at night doing the black outs with the air-raid sirens going off and wondering if any bombs would hit.
What is the SP half-track at 1:34? Is it based upon a captured French chassis?Yes all fronts had heroes on both sides.
Certainly D-Day was a major offensive...as was the one that knocked Finland out of the war. Thank God.....had we fought a year more there would be only ruins....possibly soviets would still control the east....including Finland.
Allied had very good intel and able to strike: