Post by Steve M. Tisdale on Feb 7, 2012 0:51:30 GMT -5
In the book JAAF Fighters Part 1 it is said that these particular dogfights were determined more by pilot skill and numbers than any discrepancy between these two fighters. I take this to mean that in other words the Mustang won more often than not. Otherwise the Ki-100 was one of the few planes that could challenge the Mustang.
Post by Nathan Milarta on Feb 7, 2012 10:04:46 GMT -5
From what I have read the Ki-100 was comparable to the P-51D and P-47N. Pilot skill will always outmatch the performance of a fighter. But aircraft performance IS important. The ki-100 came out late. It would be interesting to know what the results would have been had it come out in 1943 for example. Too little too late.
Post by Steve M. Tisdale on Feb 9, 2012 23:25:41 GMT -5
The Ki-100 vs P-51D fights would have been asymmetrical to a degree. Each had their own strengths. Above 20,000 ft the P-51D would have been getting much better while Ki-100 performance would have fallen off.
Post by Lightning38 on Mar 25, 2012 17:10:34 GMT -5
So the P-51D and the P-47N were the only 2 U.S. fighters in the PTO that were worth anything that could match these 2 Japanese fighters, is that right and I know your Subject is P-51D & Ki-100 Dogfights but then you added the P-47N?
Post by Deniz Karacay on Mar 31, 2012 23:05:16 GMT -5
IMHO, there was nothing special about Ki100 other than its ingenious design alteration from inline to radial. mph max speed, a lot wing for tight turning circle (which makes rolls much slower though). It could be matched by anything in Allied arsenal especially at med to high altitude. I think the legend of Ki100 was because a few remaining old timers did well against amazing odds which obscured its shortcomings.
Ki84 was one better. It perhaps was superior or a good match to any Allied fighter at low to med altitude. Neat clean design that was never really produced in good numbers or with good quality control.
North American delivered 300+ P51H mustangs to USAAF, RAF got MkXIV Spitfires and 21s and XVIIIs already in production. They were to be used in the invasion of Japan. Japan had nothing to counter eally.
Post by Lightning38 on Apr 18, 2012 13:20:13 GMT -5
I was told by a P-38 Historian who met a General who said he had seen the plans for the Invasion of Japan and maybe took part in writting them I don't know but he said that they were bringing over P-38's from Europe after the war in Europe was over, to the Pacific, probably the later P-38 J's and L-s for sure and they were also equipping P-38 Groups in the Pacific with new P-38 L's so they could gather them too and send them all into Japan for the Invasion before the troop landings and they would be sent in in, in waves, far enough apart, to bomb and strafe the enemy. The P-38 could fly further, carry a heavier bomb load, it had an excellent gun platform for strafing and if they had an engine shot up they still had another engine to get them back to their home base to get repaired so they could fly another mission another day.
*B-29 sms*: Very cool stuff. Good find
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loic: Hello, on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_SBD_Dauntless), it is stated that 174 SBD-3 were ordered by France before june 40. This batch then went to the US Navy. Indeed, the first group (serial numbers 4518-4691) counts 174 planes! Ideas ?
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