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Gerhard Meyer

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  1. The Cheetah fighter....an upgrade of the Dassault Mirage III Local ingenuity when nobody will sell you anything military...
  2. Fav Mil Vehicles

    Kept me safe and alive....Ratel 90
  3. 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.
  4. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    And I did not use Google...lol
  5. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Oops, wrong war...sinking of the lusitania....lol
  6. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    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. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    In 1945 the Germans were in no position to think carriers...lol
  8. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    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. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    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. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    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. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    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. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    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. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    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...
  14. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Hitler made the same mistake as Napoleon in 1812, operational, underestimating the Russian winter, but for much more stupid reasons as well. It was his obsession with the Aryan "master race idea. The Russians were Slavs and impure, about a few millimetres below the Jews, and the Germans hated them, maybe as much as they hated the Jews. This was fully blown racism. The idiot. If he had left them alone, and invaded the UK, (no need to bother with Dunkirk), what would those soldiers have done anyway when the Germans arrived on there shores? There is a high likelihood that we would all be speaking German today, and maybe Russian, and a bit of Japanese too!
  15. Which is your favorite USAAF fighter plane?

    It would have to be the P51 for me, because the question is USAF. The ones I particularly like though is not USAF, but NAVY, and is the Navy aircraft carrier planes, the ones who dominated the Pacific skies. The Grumman F6F Hellcat and the equally beautiful Vought F4U Cosair with its unique shaped wings. It would have been interesting for me to see them match up against a Messerschmitt Bf 109, or a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger, or even the Messerschmitt Bf 110 in the European theatre of WW2. With the underpowered F4F Wildcat at the beginning of the campaign matched to the vastly superior Mitsubishi A6M Zero American pilots were basically defenceless against this very fast Japanese fighter, but the Hellcat changed all of that.
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