- Jun 5, 2005
FLYBOYJ said:Don't eve begin bringing in sims to make these types of comparisons - no PC sim will ever get you remotely close to the really flying, let alone determining aircraft performance.
The Zero was an over-rated propaganda machine, although deadly in the right hands it never achieved more than a 2 to 1 kill ratio over inferior Western aircraft and that was only for a very short period!!!
Hey there FlyboyJ,
Firstly I thought I was very clear in my post, I was NOT trying to compare the flight sim (IL2 Forgotten Battles) to real world flight characteristics.
Secondly although Ive been told by some reliable sources that the flight simm does its best to "simulate" the real world flight characteristics of the fighters in question.
It is obvious that you did not understand fully my post..in that if the Japanese designers would have kept pace with the rest of the warring parties and there constant upgrades to their perspective front line fighters IE: Spitfire,BF 109, etc. the A6m series would have been a deadly foe in any theater, You are correct in that it was relatively slow,and yes it was an inferior fighter just in its non armored configuration. but it ,even at its slow speed could out turn anything comming against it. and yes in the right hands the A6M was certain death to any rookie pilot that got in its way . For example the only way that the U.S. fighters could beat the A6M in the early 40's was to Sassy Sandwich the Zero.in other words split off and wait to see which fighter the zero would go after ,and god help the poor Bas***rd in front of the Zero. Hopefully the wingman got behind the A6M and took him out immediately
This was the only way to beat the Zero until the F6F, P38 and P51 came into play buy this time the IJN had lost there best pilots and the Zero was far surpassed in performance because of the paralysis of the Japanese bureaucracy.