Fighter Aircraft Performance of WW2
A scientific examination of the fighter aircraft of the Second World War. All aspects of performance and aircraft details are reviewed in detail. Various designs are compared to each other in theoretical single combat to emphasise each respective machine's strengths and weaknesses. Historical context is provided for each theatre of operation, and by date and campaign. A full-page data card is provided for each aircraft giving many detail specifications for the type.
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The Basics of Military Aircraft Design and Parameters
Aircraft Testing Acceptance and Industry
Comparative Combat Performance
The Western Front and the Bomber Offensive
Other Theatres and Fronts
United States 211
Hypothetical Combat MatchUps
Aerodynamic Turn Airfoil Shape Airframe Wing Profile All-metal stressed skin Anecdotal Handling Anticipated Acceleration kmh/sec Armament Basic Performance Engine Best Anticipated Acceleration Breda-SAFAT Browning M2 Combat Turn Control Harmony controls with dural Design Role Destructive Power dural framing Effective Area Empty Excess Power maximum Extrapolated Performance Power-to-Weight Fabric covered controls fighter aircraft Fighter Airframe Wing Fire kg/s Flight Characteristics Frise Flap Type Handling & Flight Height Gain Intitial Climb km/h Introduction to Service Key Performance Attributes Lift Devices m/min Maximum Speed Mean Thrust Realization Motor Engine NACA Observed Results Performance Engine Horsepower Performance Power-to-Weight Ratio Polikarpov I-16 Power-to-Weight Ratio Average Predicted Turn Radius Propeller Published Figure Ratio Average Best Sea Level ShVAK skin monocoque construction Specific Excess Power Specification Introduction Split Other Lift stressed skin monocoque Take-Off Thrust Realization maximum TsAGI Turn Performance Reynolds Weight of Fire Weights kg Wing Area mē Wing Loading kg/mē