I remember in a very old book to have read that the A7M Reppu should have been superior to all US fighters...well. It had a size about that of the Hellcat and about the same wing area. While the Americans, at least Grumman downsized their fighter airframes to get a real hot rod with the F8F the Japanese seem to have gone the other way around, why? Can't imagine how it could take on with a Bearcat other than outturning it. Anybody know more?