Whats more velnerable P-38 or P-47 in ground attack

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  1. Jank

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    In a ground attack role, which would be safer to be in whenm there's incoming flak, 20mm and small arms fire.?
     
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    P47 was probably the safest.
     
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    P-47D i would say. I like the radial engine, even though the P-38 has the dual-engine layout. The P-47 seems like it has a safe cockpit to me, with the more width between the pilot and the bottom of the airframe, offering more protection. Also the P-47 has better side/down view, so you can better avoid a threat because you can see it.
     
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    tough question twin engines with liquid cooled engines with a smaller profile or radial with with larger profile i like the 38 because of smaller frontal profile
     
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    P-47 without a doubt...
     
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    I personally dont think it is much of a difficutl decision. The P-47 was designed for it, the P-38 was not. The P-47 was a better ground attack aircraft and I think history has proven this.
     
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    The P47 was designed as a high altitude fighter. The ground attack role was not a consideration when it was still on the drawing board.

    The P38 was designed as a bomber interceptor. Again, the ground attack role wasnt even a consideration.
     
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    That may be so but we have the luxury of looking back in time at what the P-47 did. I would go with the jug as well for ground attack..
     
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    I would rather be in something without a radiator. But, air cooled radial engines do have oil coolers, and a hit in the oil cooler is just as bad.
     
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    P-47 for me hands down.
     
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    P-38. But im biased like that :evil4: Besides a P-38 can fly perfectly well on one engine.
     
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    So can the P-47... ;)
     
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    I really dont think there is much of an argument to this one. History speaks for itself and its the P-47.
     
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    also if the plane is shit down i'd rather be in the -47, built like a shit brick house and has a skid for just such an emergency........
     
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    I was wondering the same thing, syscom...
     
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    That is why I have not responded yet.
     
  19. Jank

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    The internal frame of her belly was reinforced and constructed specificaly for wheels up crash landings.
     
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    That explains that then...
     
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