What is your favorite weapon system used to maintain air power, /k/?
>Best fighter of WWII
>I would make love to this plane
oi,you talking shit about the mossie fighterbombers?
Need any job ever done? Give it to a Mossie.
Got a new role that has never been done before? Use a Mossie.
Need a cheap aircraft that doesn't get in the way of metal production? Make a Mossie.
Germans have radar! Send a Mossie.
need to take out german shipping? send in the rocket Mossies and tsetse fly 6 pounder molins gun Mossies.
Want one of (arguably the) lowest aircraft casualty rate around? Fly in a Mossie.
Goring, who went on record hating Mossies to the core, making a 10th Anniversary Speech via radio to the entire Reich? Troll his broadcast with a Mossie knocking out the broadcast.
Mossie is love.
Mossie is life.
>Equal or superiour manuverbillaty to the SU-27.
>Excellant turnaround rate.
>400m take off and landing distance.
>Soon to be fitted with both Meteor, Brimstone and Tarus cruise missle.
>Cheap as a mofo.
I wish we had more of them.
My boner is rock solid.
>mfw the Hues might commision a Sea Gripen for their carrier.
>mfw my dick cuts diamond.
Too bad we need a war with Russia to justify an increased defense budget. We could use a LHD i think.
>What is your favorite weapon system used to maintain air power, /k/?
Good old air defense diesel
>Best fighter of WWII
>Without self-sealing tanks
Choose one good sir. Pic is best early plane.
>pretty much no service during WWII
>not as good looking as the sabre powered variant
>mostly obsolete just a few years after introduction
but hell, i dont think many props have much to put up agingst a tempest Mk II
>Good Job everybody, this will be the 15's 15th Birthday almost!
>Hey, the Israelies says it has issues turning compared to the ruskies.
>well thats an issue
>how can we fix it?
AND SO THEY DID
I've had a soft spot for the F-16 since I was 5 and first played Falcon 3.0. I had no idea what the fuck I was doing, but I'll be damned if I didn't feel like a flying ace.
always and forever
I know it's shit but it's still so beautiful
Obviously its not how it happened, but if it had replaced the F-15C..
>dat thrust vectoring
I dig the little gaps in the back of the cockpit.
>not even posting a pic of an actual Zero
Shit nigger get it together.
It's greatest achievement was being the longest range single-engine fighter of the war.
In the early stages, the issue was poor training, poor tactics, poor organization, and bad aircraft. At the start of the war, their "modern" fighters consisted of
>MiG-3 - High altitude fighter that was terrible at the low altitudes that fighting took place
>LaGG-3 - horrifically underpowered to the point that pilots preferred the I-16 to it
>Yak-1 - Best fighter available, but still largely outperformed by the Bf 109.
They managed to attain air superiority in the winter of 1941-42, but only because the record cold grounded the Luftwaffe. They spent all of 1942 rapidly modernizing and reorganizing the VVS, so that by 1943, they managed to seriously challenge the Luftwaffe. The Kuban campaign was the first time the VVS managed to seriously challenge Luftwaffe air superiority without the help of outstanding circumstances.
They still had issues that occasionally led to disaster, like the dual 500-plane sorties at the start of Kursk that lost ~100 planes each, but by the end of 1943, the Luftwaffe's supremacy was lost. While the Luftwaffe still had some of the greatest pilots and incredibly successful units like JG 51 and JG 52, they could no longer seriously challenge the VVS.
By the end of the war, the VVS had manged to make up for what little they lacked in quality in men and aircraft with excellent operational flexibility and sheer numbers. At Operation Bagration, the VVS managed to field more aircraft than the entire Luftwaffe's inventory, outnumbering the local aircraft almost eight times over.
The whole notion of the Soviet Air Force being terrible was leftover from the start of the war. By the end, what they could manage was amazing.
Yeah. Really, the issue was that the engine it mounted was much weaker than the aircraft was designed for. The LaGG-3 ended up performing so poorly that Lavochkin lost their factories, and fell out of favor with the government.
However, Lavochkin managed to fix the design by grafting the nose of an Su-2 onto a LaGG-3. With a few more modifications, they had the La-5, which was on par in performance with the Bf 109G.
Probably my favorite part of the war in the east is the Kuban campaign
The Lend-Lease aircraft started making it to the front, so you had a huge varied inventory full of (mostly) effective aircraft going up against the best pilots the Luftwaffe had to offer, in some of the most brutal fighting of the war.
>40+ engagements per day over a 19 mile sector with hundreds of aircraft per side
>Alternating waves of Stukas and Pe-2s
>Battling over the mountains of the Caucasus and lagoons of the Sea of Azov
A shame that it was overshadowed by Kursk due to it being so undecisive.
>Using WT as a base for aircraft knowledge
Local airfield does mock dogfights with P-51s and Jap Zero every other weekend during the summer.
>mfw I work 100 yards from the airfield and get to see and hear their glorious roar during the week before the show.
it's like you don't like flatspins.
It worked great with the Soviets. Great performance at lower altitudes and it could hold its own against the Bf 109.
>mfw everytime I see a picture of Glacier Girl
>mfw I have no face because i'm posting Glacier Girl