Hedging bets

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  1. gjs238

    gjs238 Well-Known Member

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    In some ways it seems the US Army ended up hedging it's bets well.
    For high altitude, they ended up with the P-38 P-47 (two different engines, another good hedge.)
    For low altitude they ended up with the P-39 P-40.

    On the other hand, they seemed to put all their eggs in one basket with turbochargers, almost an obsession.
    Perhaps it would have been better to hedge their bets and support a 2nd parallel program such as 2-stage supercharging?

    I suppose it could be argued that this would drain resources from turbocharger projects, but then one could argue that the P-47 drained resources from the P-38 project, etc.
     
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    The navy was paying for 2 stage P&W engines already. For the Army to fiance a project might be duplicating efforts.
     
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    .50cal MGs too. And arming all level bombers with large numbers of defensive MGs (pus gunners) rather then relying on high speed or bombing at night.
     
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    Ask all the dead of 6 Group (and the rest of Bomber Command) how 'safe' it was to bomb at night.
     
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    German night bomber losses over Britain during 1939 to 1941 averaged less then 1% per mission. But that's a different cup of tea from bombing Germany at night during 1943 to 1945. My point is the USAAC put all their European bombing eggs in the daytime basket.
     
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