Best Naval Fighter

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  1. the lancaster kicks ass

    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    you realise it'd be ilegal to stay overnight in a laybuy or car park...............
     
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    OK, lets retry this topic in a different manner..... Lets list the possible Top 5....

    Whos got a list???

    F6F-5 Hellcat
    F4U-4 Corsair
    A6M5 Zero
    F4F-4 Wildcat
    Seafire MkIII

    Ummmmm.... Any others that deserve mention???

    I still think the F4U-4 Corsair was the Best Naval Fighter....
     
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    Yeah the corsair was damned good.
     
  4. lesofprimus

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    But was it the best???
     
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    I think so. I cant think of a better one right now.
     
  6. lesofprimus

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    Me neither....
     
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    cheddar cheese Active Member

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    Im still thinking...
     
  8. lesofprimus

    lesofprimus Active Member

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    Thinking just gets me into trouble.. i quit doin that 10 years ago....
     
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    Definitely the F6F Hellcat and the Corsair. Alot of pilots that nursed the Hellcats home owe alot to those birds. Eugene Valencia, top Navy ace with 32 kills once said about the Hellcat; "I love this airplane, if it could cook, I'd marry it". I love the old Grumman Iron Works birds.
     
  10. lesofprimus

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    UMMMM..... Valencia only had 23 air to air kills... McCampbell had 34 air to air, making him the highest ranking Navy Ace, and 3rd all time....

    Are u counting ground kills Evan???
     
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    Argh, forgot to engage my brain before I used my fingers! Correct, 23, not 32 kills and he was one of the top Navy aces, not the top. Geez, I think I let my brain wander out and it went walkabout!

    The F6F we have in our museum is painted up as Minsi III, McCampbell's plane. Unfortunately, it is on temporary assignment to the CAF HQ in Texas. :(

    Here is the correct listing of top 6 aces in Hellcats:
    1. David McCampbell- 34 (unit VF-15)
    2. Cecil Harris- 24 (unit VF-18)
    3. Eugene Valencia- 23 (unit VF-9)
    4. Alexander Vraciu- 19 (unit VF-6/16)
    5. Cornelius Nooy- 19 (unit VF-31)
    6. Patrick Fleming- 19 (unit VF-80)

    Am I vindicated now?! ;)
     
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    Man, that's awesome about the Hellcat!

    I saw it in FlyPast a couple weeks ago!
     
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    i think it looks pretty cool...............
     
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    Does anyone have stats on which aircraft shot down more enemy planes, the Hellcat or the Corsair???
     
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    Nope but im guessing th Hellcat. I could find out, but guessing is more fun :lol:
     
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    The ekranoplan is nither ship no plane no ground transpot so what the hell is it ??? it can go over water. ice ,and level ground, a perfect soviet invetion, just like the RD-180,
     

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    Looks like something out of thunderbirds... Hehe!
     
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    Thunder Soviets
    Primary Function: transport
    Length: 348' 2"
    Wingspan: 131' 8"
    Speed: 300 mph
    Ceiling: 10 feet
    Range: 1,850 miles
    Year Deployed: 1966
     

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  20. the lancaster kicks ass

    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    is that a typo??
     
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