All-around fighter planes in WWII

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  1. shiro_amada_jp

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    During WWII, were there any Allied/Axis fighter planes that performed effectively using both turn burn and boom zoom tactics?
     
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    Spitfire Mk IX. Perhaps the most capable air superiority fighter of the war. If you don't mind the short range and high price tag.
     
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    P-38 with boosted ailerons could do both tricks.
     
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    Corsair could work. High dive speed and a very capable dog fighter with the engine to pull away if needed.
     
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    I guess it depends on who I have to turn and burn with.

    Obviously most allied fighters could boom and zoom vs the Japanese aircraft, history proves that. If I wanted something to TRY and turn and burn with the Japanese fighters, it would have to be a Spitfire. I think with any of the top U.S. fighters, turn and burn would not be a good idea.

    Europe, I would feel good in a P-38J/L, P-51, or a F4U Corsair.
     
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    I don't think so. The F4U was a great aircraft. But it was not a dog fighter.

    The Me-109 was pretty maneuverable in addition to being a great boom zoom fighter. Especially the Me-109F.
     
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    Actually the F4U pilot in a fight with an FW190 was advised to close and dogfight as the F4U1 could follow any maneuver the FW made and the FW could not follow the F4U.
     
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    It would be fatal for a F4U to attempt dogfighting the more numerous Me-109G.
     
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    What???
     
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    I think the Corsair vs 109G would be altitude dependant. Up high, 25 thousand plus, the Messerschmitt would be a big problem. Lower than that and I think the Corsair would have every advantage except climb, but it would be only a little behind.

    Now I know someone will post a graph showing I'm wrong, but thats what I think just looking at the scenario.
     
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