As the Me 262 primarily relied on its speed, it's difficult to imagine what it would do against a faster opponent. As it has two engines, I think the P-80 would have the advantage in terms of manoeuvrability. The heavier armament of the Me 262 is also a non issue. The 6 MGs of the P-80 would be more than sufficient.
That's why I think the P-80 held the advantage (once the air inlet problem was resolved).
But ... and this is a big BUT if the P-80 would take on the Me 262 in sufficient numbers it would have been mid 1945. By that time the Me 262 would have been powered by the Jumo 004D or even Jumo 004E. In THAT case, the Me 262 is once again in the lead. Just my 2 cents...
Never heard of any Ta183 ready for test flights. It still had a lot of work to be done to it to make it flyable as the Puqui and MiG15 showed.
There were six P-80A's stationed in Northern Italy prior to the war's end
krieghund said:but poor serviceability the lack of German Jets airborne at that time made the question academic.
krieghund said:A 262 would have a hard time of it with unreliable engines......however ifyou had a factory fresh 262 with Ju004A's instead of "B"s it would be a close battle.
- YP-80As 44-83026 and 44-83027 were shipped to England in mid-December 1944Let me toss a fact grenade on the fire............
There were six P-80A's stationed in Northern Italy prior to the war's end but poor serviceability the lack of German Jets airborne at that time made the question academic.