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Gerhard Meyer

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  1. Personally I think the word "award or awarded" is fine. It has little to do in suggesting that the recipient was actively and purposefully seeking such an award. It is also not likely. To qualify for any medal of honour requires the kind of bravery that few would actively and purposefully seek. Very unlikely.
  2. In the end of the day this has to do with timing, and technological ability, and maybe foresight? The B19 came in 1946. The war was over. Timing is everything. It was about B17, (and holy moly did young Americans crews die in them until the P51 could provide escort) and B25, mostly. Those were the ones the factories were spitting out at the time. The bombing of Germany in daytime is something I personally never understood, but of course placing your bombs exactly where you wanted them might have had something to do with that.
  3. The Cheetah fighter....an upgrade of the Dassault Mirage III Local ingenuity when nobody will sell you anything military...
  4. There are the massive overruns of the budget, the huge problems with the Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) B version and also the aircraft carrier model, the C version. Can one really design an aircraft as a full blown fighter, a ground attacker, and flying from an aircraft carrier? I read the article just now with interest, but somehow I am just not convinced. I get the thinking behind the multirole version F15E, also the full blown fighter F22. I get the idea behind the F16 and 18. I don't understand the thinking with the F35. How will the A model perform against a fifth generation Sukhoi Su-57? How will it perform against a the 4th Generation Sukhoi Su-35, the Chinese J11, and dare i say the much smaller JAS Gripen 39? The guys at Lockheed Martin are very smart, I believe that. I don't get this plane. Not a pilot, but if you placed the F35 and a F15 in front of me I know which one I'd choose. I saw what the IDF can do with a F15.
  5. Oops, wrong war...sinking of the lusitania....lol
  6. I dont think Germany declared war on the US. They made a mistake. A u-boat sank a US ship and the US declared war...
  7. In 1945 the Germans were in no position to think carriers...lol
  8. Dont think it happened. Apparantly a Royal Navy Sea Fury did flown by a lieutenant Peter Carmichael...some say it was just a story....
  9. This Russian designer revolutionised jet fighters, and I think the Mig 15 was the very first real 1st generation jet. Todays 5th generation Fseries aircraft with adjustable delta wings were inspired by this tiny jet fighter, but, this is another story, another war. What it shows is how, just like the man born for the occasion, you also get a plane born for the occasion, and WW2 had many of those.
  10. Technically correct, but its wings were the first at an acute angle, not closed delta like the Mirage, but open delta then if you like...
  11. The Messerscmidt 262, altough an aircraft still needing lots of development was nevertheless the first very fast jet in the skies and many B17 and B25 bombers did not see them coming, despite P51 escorts. So how would history have looked at this plane if they had several thousand of them, and still the capability to fly them? They made little impact. It was too late, but potentially might have forced development much earlier of what replaced the P51, the legendary Sabre F86...rather than the Mig 15. Timing is everything in history, so which one was the best? I would ask you which months of the war you talking about. Even in Korea there had to be a P51, and then the F80 before the "hero" F86 arrived that took on another very special plane, the Mig 15, the first delta wing in the sky over the Mekong Delta...
  12. You still have a problem with timeframe. The P 51 was a late comer to the war and only became a player when they adopted the British Merlin Griffen engine. To choose a plane only based on the mechanical characterisrics is the engineering approach, but is it valid?
  13. This question is not possible to answer because flight development was so rapid. You have to, as a minimum break it down into the war years, i.e. 1939 to 1945. Then you need to break it down between the war in Europe and North Africa and the Pacific. In each theather of war there were different "best" fighters. For every fight their was a plane. 1940 over the skies of Britain it was predominantly the Hawker Hurricane and the very few Spitfires, but the Messerscmidt 109 was a formidable plane too. This war produced some amazing fighters, and possibly the very best multirole fighter bombers of the time, the De Haviland Mosquito. Something not achieved again, unless somebody thinks the F35 is one...
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