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  •  (whistles gently through teeth) (6+ / 0-)

    (ahem...494 mph ..ahem) the only reason they were not any more was that the big contract was cancelled as the jet were just coming in!

    :)

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 10:21:28 PM PDT

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    •  :~) Waves hand vigorously in air (4+ / 0-)

      Nope.

      But hey the Spitfire was a great dog fighter, although the range was a limiting factor. I'll throw you a USA bone for that.

      Seriously, too bad Mustangs tended to lose skin and other important parts at speed - especially in a dive. We Americans tend to forget that issue, and the P-38 didnt have that issue.

      A good fighter needs to be fast, have effective guns, maneuver, and bring its pilot back home.

      The Wildcat did some of these things well, and I think is underrated to some degree, considering it went up against the Zero.

      .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 09:14:12 AM PDT

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