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- May 16, 2011
For both the Allies and the Axis material and labor requirements for production of aircraft was not the primary problem. The Germans had far more Fighters than pilots and fuel to enable their use. The same is true of the Japanese. If given a choice do you think Goering, if he knew what we know today, would have preferred 30K Bf-109s or 20K P-47s? Remember you are going to lose 10K of those Bf-109s to landing gear induced accidents. With the expensive P-47 he would have better pilot protection meaning more returning to battle, much easier armament logistics, and greater ability to evade P-51s and destroy bombers.I disagree.
Weapon cost is a reflection of material requirements and labor requirements. Low cost means you use less of these scarce resources.
For its time, summer 1940, yes. But 8 .303s were never a good idea if you had even as few as 3 .50s. The weight of fire per second for 8 .303s is about the same as 2 .50s. Only bad decisions prevented Hurricanes and Spitfires from being far better at destroying the Luftwaffe during the summer of 1940. I don't think many pilots would chose a Hurricane for fighting over Germany in 1943-45.Really, the Hurricane? Of the criteria listed it is equal or superior to a Spitfire, Mustang, FW190, Lagg, Macchi, etc., etc. Why?
1. It must be possible to produce in sufficient numbers. It was
2. Its flight characteristics must be benevolent enough to allow inexperienced pilots to gain experience without frequently making fatal mistakes. It was
3. Its flight characteristics must be benevolent enough to allow experienced pilots who are disabled from fatigue or wounds to fly without making fatal mistakes. It was
4. It must have average or better than average ease of maintenance. It was
5. It must have average or better than average comfort to reduce pilot fatigue. It was
6. It must have average or better than average ability to continue to fight and fly after receiving battle damage. It was equal to the fighters of its time.
7. It must have average or better than average primary armament. 8x.303
8. It must have average or better than average ability to be modified to use secondary armaments.It was
9. It must have average or better than average ability to be modified to fight at night.It was
10. It must have the speed, maneuverability, armament, and resistance to catastrophic damage to allow a pilot with skill equal to his opponents to have an equal or superior chance to survive in a one on one fight by victory or retreat. I believe it was.
Not a quick choice.
To answer your thread the Hurricane ticks all your boxes for the early part of WW2. Obviously it won't compare to much later fighters. But, as power and weight increased so the ease of flying decreased. There is probabily an exponential graph to show this.
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