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2013-10-31 04:59:30 PM
The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.
 
2013-10-31 05:03:20 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.


Without it, daylight precision bombing fails, is what it comes down to. Before the -51, the losses in the Eighth were tremendous.
 
2013-10-31 05:08:34 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.


I always thought it was the F4U, it was so ugly it just scared the enemy away.
 
2013-10-31 05:10:53 PM

change1211: Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.

I always thought it was the F4U, it was so ugly it just scared the enemy away.


Corsairs? Ugly? With the gull wing? Get out of here.
 
2013-10-31 05:12:42 PM
Hard to hear it over the sound from the propeller.  I'd love to hear it out of the plane, though.  I wonder if anyone ever stuck one of those in a ground vehicle...
 
2013-10-31 05:14:53 PM

timujin: Hard to hear it over the sound from the propeller.  I'd love to hear it out of the plane, though.  I wonder if anyone ever stuck one of those in a ground vehicle...


It's been shoe-horned into hot rods before, I believe.
 
2013-10-31 05:15:58 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.


Couple of years ago I saw 10 Spitfires flying in formation, was such a fantastic sight and sound that I don't even care about arguing.
 
2013-10-31 05:21:58 PM

cgraves67: timujin: Hard to hear it over the sound from the propeller.  I'd love to hear it out of the plane, though.  I wonder if anyone ever stuck one of those in a ground vehicle...

It's been shoe-horned into hot rods before, I believe.


Here's one of them
 
2013-10-31 05:22:01 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: /all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.


All you need:

Spitfire Mk.IX and P-51D with basically the exact same engine, one a Rolls built Merlin 63, other a Packard built V1650...

Spit:
Power loading: ~4.7lbs/hp
Range: to the corner druggist
Top speed: 403mph

P-51D:

Power loading: ~7lbs/hp
Range: Berlin and back with a stop in Paris
Top speed: 437mph

Sorry Spit boys, only thing yours could do better was turning circles.
 
2013-10-31 05:23:25 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.


It was certainly a major component.  What really won the war was the Arsenal of Democracy - US companies doing the right thing and offering their factories and capability to the government without gouging and dicking around as is the practice today.  Ford pumping out B-24s at a rate of one per hour, GM producing heavy trucks and airplane engines, Chrysler developing and building tanks as fast as they could, etc.  And sure, those companies made some profit from it, but they knew their job was to put out the best military hardware they could at a fair price, and not try to take advantage of the government in a vulnerable position nor strike backroom deals with the primary goal of stuffing their own coffers.
 
2013-10-31 05:34:36 PM

vossiewulf: Lt. Cheese Weasel: /all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.

All you need:

Spitfire Mk.IX and P-51D with basically the exact same engine, one a Rolls built Merlin 63, other a Packard built V1650...

Spit:
Power loading: ~4.7lbs/hp
Range: to the corner druggist
Top speed: 403mph

P-51D:
Power loading: ~7lbs/hp
Range: Berlin and back with a stop in Paris
Top speed: 437mph

Sorry Spit boys, only thing yours could do better was turning circles.


Nice.  I thought there a few more stats for the 'Stang.  Ceiling?  Climb rate? Better guns for sure. And more armament packages. (tank buster, etc)
 
2013-10-31 05:37:25 PM

Slaxl: Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.

Couple of years ago I saw 10 Spitfires flying in formation, was such a fantastic sight and sound that I don't even care about arguing.


That is really cool.
 
2013-10-31 05:51:36 PM
Here you go, just the engine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et9EtogGJfM
 
2013-10-31 05:53:56 PM
P-51... Cadillac of the Sky!
 
2013-10-31 05:55:57 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Nice.  I thought there a few more stats for the 'Stang.  Ceiling?  Climb rate? Better guns for sure. And more armament packages. (tank buster, etc)


Well actually no on almost all points there. Compared to Spit IX HF, ceiling was about the same, Spit climbed better, and I'd take the 4 20mm Hispano cannons of the Spit (at least with the Universal Wing) over the 51's six .50s. Somewhere I still have a series of tests the Brits did during the war of various air weapons; 20mm cannons put 18" holes in airplane structures, while the .50s made perfect little half inch holes. Yes the standard AP/tracer/incendiary loadout of the Brownings made them more effective than half inch holes would suggest, because the AP rounds wouldn't slow down making holes in both sides of any part of a plane, and the incendiaries were good at setting anything that started leaking as a result on fire. But given a choice I would take the Hispano or the MG-151 over Ma Deuce.

The other place the 51 rocked over Spits was roll rate. Spits had torsionally weak wings with a comparatively low aileron reversal speed, so get a Spit going fast and you'd better be pointed in the right direction because changing the lift vector is going to be a slow process. The 51 on the other hand had the most torsionally stiff wing of WWW2 fighters, they couldn't even find the reversal speed. The FW-190 rolled much better than the 51 at lower speeds, but again hit reversal in the upper 400s mph, whereas the roll rate curve for the 51 just kept going up with speed.

But the single weirdest thing about the 51 is its low drag, which was so low it was almost off the charts compared to other WW2 fighters. That's why it was much faster with lower power loading than the Spit, and why it had such amazing range. And the thing is no one still really understands why. Yes there are various ideas... Meredith effect used in the radiator design which turned the radiator assembly into zero drag, laminar flow wing, flush riveting, etc. But the numbers are so crazy even those all totaled up don't fully explain it. I read an article recently where a guy was suggesting that area ruling came into play with the 51's fuselage shape, but that doesn't make much sense. Bottom line, drag wise the 51 remains kind of spooky.
 
2013-10-31 05:58:02 PM
timujin

Hard to hear it over the sound from the propeller.

Yep.
 
2013-10-31 06:00:40 PM

cameroncrazy1984: change1211: Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.

I always thought it was the F4U, it was so ugly it just scared the enemy away.

Corsairs? Ugly? With the gull wing? Get out of here.


Hah, just a joke. The Corsair is one of my favourite aircraft.
 
2013-10-31 06:00:57 PM

vossiewulf: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Nice.  I thought there a few more stats for the 'Stang.  Ceiling?  Climb rate? Better guns for sure. And more armament packages. (tank buster, etc)

Well actually no on almost all points there. Compared to Spit IX HF, ceiling was about the same, Spit climbed better, and I'd take the 4 20mm Hispano cannons of the Spit (at least with the Universal Wing) over the 51's six .50s. Somewhere I still have a series of tests the Brits did during the war of various air weapons; 20mm cannons put 18" holes in airplane structures, while the .50s made perfect little half inch holes. Yes the standard AP/tracer/incendiary loadout of the Brownings made them more effective than half inch holes would suggest, because the AP rounds wouldn't slow down making holes in both sides of any part of a plane, and the incendiaries were good at setting anything that started leaking as a result on fire. But given a choice I would take the Hispano or the MG-151 over Ma Deuce.

The other place the 51 rocked over Spits was roll rate. Spits had torsionally weak wings with a comparatively low aileron reversal speed, so get a Spit going fast and you'd better be pointed in the right direction because changing the lift vector is going to be a slow process. The 51 on the other hand had the most torsionally stiff wing of WWW2 fighters, they couldn't even find the reversal speed. The FW-190 rolled much better than the 51 at lower speeds, but again hit reversal in the upper 400s mph, whereas the roll rate curve for the 51 just kept going up with speed.

But the single weirdest thing about the 51 is its low drag, which was so low it was almost off the charts compared to other WW2 fighters. That's why it was much faster with lower power loading than the Spit, and why it had such amazing range. And the thing is no one still really understands why. Yes there are various ideas... Meredith effect used in the radiator design which turned the radiator assembly into zero drag, laminar flow wing, flus ...


Thank you for the education.  Much appreciated.
 
2013-10-31 06:09:19 PM
That's my all time favorite sound at any airshow I've attended.  A Merlin V-12 in a P-51or a Spitfire is sublime.
 
2013-10-31 06:10:36 PM
If sex were an aircraft, it would be a P-51.
 
2013-10-31 06:11:53 PM

cameroncrazy1984: cgraves67: timujin: Hard to hear it over the sound from the propeller.  I'd love to hear it out of the plane, though.  I wonder if anyone ever stuck one of those in a ground vehicle...

It's been shoe-horned into hot rods before, I believe.

Here's one of them


My understanding is the Unlimited Hydroplanes used to use old airplane engines back when they were called Thunderboats.  Then they all switched to turbine engines and the nickname Whinyboats didn't catch on.
 
2013-10-31 06:12:06 PM

vossiewulf: Bottom line, drag wise the 51 remains kind of spooky.


And she's a sexy spook at that.
 
2013-10-31 06:14:15 PM

RocketRod: P-51... Cadillac of the Sky!


I read that in his Batman voice.
 
2013-10-31 06:14:37 PM

change1211: Hah, just a joke. The Corsair is one of my favourite aircraft.


The interesting thing there is three US fighters all using essentially the same engine, the Pratt & Whitney R-2800: The F6F Hellcat, the P-47, and the F4U. The Corsair was the best of the bunch. Yes the 47 was faster at altitude with the huge supercharger, but it couldn't turn or climb worth a damn and hit compressibility easily which locked up the controls. The Hellcat could turn and climb pretty well but was pretty slow for its HP. The Corsair rolled very well, turned extremely well for an aircraft its size, ditto climb, and was very reasonably fast. It and the 51 were the best US designs of the war that saw extensive service.
 
2013-10-31 06:20:19 PM
I've always been partial to the P-47 from a general engineering standpoint. Big, heavy, stupidly powerful (2800hp on the water injected models), heavy, and with an air cooled radial engine that would get you home with cannon shells rattling around in half the cylinders. Eight wing mounted .50 cals would bring the hurt, and if you ran out of ammo you could just ram sh*t and probably win.

The P-51 was definitely more nimble, a far sight prettier, and maaaaaybe better in the sound department though.
 
2013-10-31 06:22:51 PM

hardinparamedic: And she's a sexy spook at that.


Yes it's like comparing Victoria's Secret models, but I've decided the one I think is sexiest is the Allison engined prototype, the NA-73. Shallower rear fuselage than the P-51A/B/C (particularly B/C), and just sleek as hell. Everyone writes off the Allison engined Mustangs since the single stage supercharger made them crap over 15k feet, but they forget that below that alt and especially down in the 5k range there was nothing that could touch them, they were bat out of hell fast at low altitude. Brits continued to use them all the way through the war for low altitude reconnaissance and hell raising and the loss rate was very low.

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2013-10-31 06:23:27 PM

vossiewulf: It and the 51 were the best US designs of the war that saw extensive service


The Hellcat and Corsair and the P-47 could also absorb a metric crapload of 20mm cannon shells and not only keep the pilot safe, but keep on flying too.  If I was guaranteed to get shot at from behind, put me in a Hellcat, please.
 
2013-10-31 06:26:24 PM

vossiewulf: hardinparamedic: And she's a sexy spook at that.

Yes it's like comparing Victoria's Secret models, but I've decided the one I think is sexiest is the Allison engined prototype, the NA-73.


But this girl's canopy bubble is a size "H", and it's so sexy, don't you think?
mustangsmustangs.com
 
2013-10-31 06:40:04 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war.


If a single aircraft won the war, it'd be the Ilyushin Il-2. They destroyed panzers like no-one's business.

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Flying over Berlin.
 
2013-10-31 06:51:38 PM

I'm just asking questions: Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war.

If a single aircraft won the war, it'd be the Ilyushin Il-2. They destroyed panzers like no-one's business.

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Flying over Berlin.


looking at that, all I can think of is Indiana Jones' dad shooting up the tail of their plane. Get that commie shiat outta here with that vertical windshield
 
2013-10-31 06:54:37 PM

I'm just asking questions: If a single aircraft won the war, it'd be the Ilyushin Il-2. They destroyed panzers like no-one's business


I'd heard of it, but 36,000 built?  Crazy.  And a 600 RPM 900 m/s 23mm cannon?

Crazy.
 
2013-10-31 07:11:01 PM
Love that roar, then the supercharger whine. My new ringtone. Thanks, subby!
 
2013-10-31 07:17:10 PM

Hot Carl To Go: Get that commie shiat outta here with that vertical windshield


You have let down our country and our Red Army. You have the nerve not to manufacture IL-2s until now. Our Red Army now needs IL-2 aircraft like the air it breathes, like the bread it eats. Shenkman produces one IL-2 a day and Tretyakov builds one or two

No wonder they built 36,000 of them.

And check out the specs before you poobah:

The Il-2 is a single-engine, propeller-driven, low-wing monoplane of mixed construction with a crew of two (one in early versions), specially designed for assault operations. Its most notable feature was the inclusion of armor in an airframe load-bearing scheme. Armor plates replaced the frame and paneling throughout the nacelle and middle part of the fuselage, and an armored hull made of riveted homogeneous armor steel AB-1 (AB-2) secured the aircraft's engine, cockpit, water and oil radiators, and fuel tanks
 
2013-10-31 07:21:20 PM

Marcus Aurelius: You have let down our country and our Red Army. You have the nerve not to manufacture IL-2s until now. Our Red Army now needs IL-2 aircraft like the air it breathes, like the bread it eats. Shenkman produces one IL-2 a day and Tretyakov builds one or two


Damn you, HTML!  That quote is from Josef Stalin.

I've got trick or treater invasion here I have to repel.
 
2013-10-31 07:22:52 PM

cameroncrazy1984: bombing fails


Bombing?  You're so cute.
 
2013-10-31 08:19:34 PM

cameroncrazy1984: change1211: Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.

I always thought it was the F4U, it was so ugly it just scared the enemy away.

Corsairs? Ugly? With the gull wing? Get out of here.


I knew a guy who owned both a P-51 and a Corsair.

Just thought I'd put that out there, so you too can share the burden of my envy.
 
2013-10-31 08:25:44 PM
Saw one of these in person just a week or two ago. No video can do it justice. It's just something you have to witness in person. I was filming and finally just put the damn camera down so I could experience it myself without any distractions.

And while we're on the subject of engine porn: V12 Brutus
 
2013-10-31 08:37:03 PM

change1211: Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.

I always thought it was the F4U, it was so ugly it just scared the enemy away.


F6F did all the real work. Highest kill-to-loss ratio of any aircraft in the Pacific theater. F4U just mopped up the leftovers.
 
2013-10-31 08:46:02 PM
I came... Lord I love WWII planes, especially the Mustang. I wish there was a soundtrack of their engine and flight noise. I'd listen to it while I worked.
 
2013-10-31 08:50:59 PM
www.aviation-history.com

Willy Messerschmitt laughs at your propeller driven aircrates.
 
2013-10-31 08:52:44 PM

kim jong-un: cameroncrazy1984: change1211: Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.

I always thought it was the F4U, it was so ugly it just scared the enemy away.

Corsairs? Ugly? With the gull wing? Get out of here.

I knew a guy who owned both a P-51 and a Corsair.

Just thought I'd put that out there, so you too can share the burden of my envy.


I hate you for making me hate him. You bastard friend of a bastard.
 
2013-10-31 08:53:11 PM
It may not sound the sexiest, but the P-38 was one of the prettiest planes out of WWII:

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2013-10-31 08:53:43 PM

Marcus Aurelius: Marcus Aurelius: You have let down our country and our Red Army. You have the nerve not to manufacture IL-2s until now. Our Red Army now needs IL-2 aircraft like the air it breathes, like the bread it eats. Shenkman produces one IL-2 a day and Tretyakov builds one or two

Damn you, HTML!  That quote is from Josef Stalin.

I've got trick or treater invasion here I have to repel.


The Halloweenies!!!!
 
2013-10-31 08:54:05 PM

Marcus Aurelius: vossiewulf: hardinparamedic: And she's a sexy spook at that.

Yes it's like comparing Victoria's Secret models, but I've decided the one I think is sexiest is the Allison engined prototype, the NA-73.

But this girl's canopy bubble is a size "H", and it's so sexy, don't you think?
[mustangsmustangs.com image 500x333]


I think I need to spend another half hour listening to various engine soundtracks while my wife rolls her eyes at my permanent state of immaturity. And then I will decide which is sexier.
 
2013-10-31 09:00:10 PM
Goddamn that was nice - thanks, subbie. The P-51 was an amazing aircraft for it's time, and I've been lucky enough to see one flyby in person more than once.

But I'll take a P-38 Lightning any day. Imagine two (almost as awesome) engines screaming by at an equivalent speed. I've only seen one flyby of a P-38 and it was indescribable. It had to be the most bad-ass aircraft of WWII.
 
2013-10-31 09:00:32 PM
What a beautiful plane. I've read they were a biatch to fly, though.
 
2013-10-31 09:54:23 PM

Dinki: [www.aviation-history.com image 600x400]

Willy Messerschmitt laughs at your propeller driven aircrates.


If only Adolf had given him another 10 years to design an intercontinental bomber.  The Luftwaffe always suffered from short range thinking in any case, and the Swallow was no exception.  Talk about terrible gas mileage.
 
2013-10-31 10:00:51 PM

Lsherm: It may not sound the sexiest, but the P-38 was one of the prettiest planes out of WWII:

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It also shot down Admiral Yamamoto.  The worst part was the P-38s had to follow up with daily raids for the next month, lest the Japanese realize it wasn't just a weird coincidence.

Not pretty.  But the Japanese had some very special names for the P-38.  It was one of the only US strike fighters that did not have convergent guns - it had a quad 20mm in the nose aimed at infinity.
 
2013-10-31 10:22:49 PM
dad.incomingwormhole.com
 
2013-10-31 10:22:55 PM

John Buck 41: What a beautiful plane. I've read they were a biatch to fly, though.


No fighter aircraft that's designed to be the smallest and lightest structure possible behind a 1500hp engine is going to be easy to fly, but actually the 51s were comparatively docile except when the fuel tank they added behind the pilot for Berlin range was full. With that full the CG was a lot farther aft than you'd prefer, as they say CG too far forward the plane doesn't fly well, too far aft and it may never fly again- makes the plane really unstable in the pitch axis. It also had some nasty departure characteristics, but again all WW2 fighters did... get them too slow, hanging on prop at high throttle and they're going to depart into some kind of snap roll into a spin ugliness.
 
2013-10-31 10:29:54 PM

Marcus Aurelius: [dad.incomingwormhole.com image 696x510]


My favorite P-51 pilot, Col. Bruce Carr, I was lucky enough to meet him and hear him tell his story in person before he passed away. Was still flying 51s into his 80s.

Only man to ever take off on a mission in a P-51 and land in a stolen FW-190.

www.aviationartstore.com
 
2013-10-31 10:34:27 PM

vossiewulf: John Buck 41: What a beautiful plane. I've read they were a biatch to fly, though.

No fighter aircraft that's designed to be the smallest and lightest structure possible behind a 1500hp engine is going to be easy to fly, but actually the 51s were comparatively docile except when the fuel tank they added behind the pilot for Berlin range was full. With that full the CG was a lot farther aft than you'd prefer, as they say CG too far forward the plane doesn't fly well, too far aft and it may never fly again- makes the plane really unstable in the pitch axis. It also had some nasty departure characteristics, but again all WW2 fighters did... get them too slow, hanging on prop at high throttle and they're going to depart into some kind of snap roll into a spin ugliness.


Thanks for the info/feedback.
 
2013-10-31 10:35:34 PM
At the end of WWII, the United States was no longer painting their P-51 Mustangs.  Instead they were polished to a highly reflective shine, that would reflect light from any angle.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Then duck.
 
2013-10-31 10:38:01 PM

vossiewulf: Lt. Cheese Weasel: /all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.

All you need:

Spitfire Mk.IX and P-51D with basically the exact same engine, one a Rolls built Merlin 63, other a Packard built V1650...

Spit:
Power loading: ~4.7lbs/hp
Range: to the corner druggist
Top speed: 403mph

P-51D:
Power loading: ~7lbs/hp
Range: Berlin and back with a stop in Paris
Top speed: 437mph

Sorry Spit boys, only thing yours could do better was turning circles.


And Climbing, kind of important when you are a short range interceptor rather than a escort.
Speaking of which where would the Mustangs fly from if the Spits hadn't won the Battle of Britain? :)
 
2013-10-31 10:39:53 PM

vossiewulf: Marcus Aurelius: [dad.incomingwormhole.com image 696x510]

My favorite P-51 pilot, Col. Bruce Carr, I was lucky enough to meet him and hear him tell his story in person before he passed away. Was still flying 51s into his 80s.

Only man to ever take off on a mission in a P-51 and land in a stolen FW-190.

[www.aviationartstore.com image 850x574]


I'd never heard that story.  Thanks.

My father was a navigator in B-17s out of Italy, and he never talked about the war, but whenever we got close to a P-51 he went all teary eyed.
 
2013-10-31 11:03:18 PM

Lava Lamp Repairman: Goddamn that was nice - thanks, subbie. The P-51 was an amazing aircraft for it's time, and I've been lucky enough to see one flyby in person more than once.

But I'll take a P-38 Lightning any day. Imagine two (almost as awesome) engines screaming by at an equivalent speed. I've only seen one flyby of a P-38 and it was indescribable. It had to be the most bad-ass aircraft of WWII.


This may be of interest to you (but I certainly can't fault the P-38 in any way.)

cdn-www.airliners.net
 
2013-10-31 11:10:57 PM
This won WWII more than anything else.

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2013-10-31 11:36:44 PM

relaxitsjustme: cameroncrazy1984: cgraves67: timujin: Hard to hear it over the sound from the propeller.  I'd love to hear it out of the plane, though.  I wonder if anyone ever stuck one of those in a ground vehicle...

It's been shoe-horned into hot rods before, I believe.

Here's one of them

My understanding is the Unlimited Hydroplanes used to use old airplane engines back when they were called Thunderboats.  Then they all switched to turbine engines and the nickname Whinyboats didn't catch on.


Nitrous too, for the straightaways. When they goosed the pedal to pull away from the dock, the gravel on the concrete plaza would hover about 6" off the concrete. It was like 500rpm CPR on your chest, you could feel the sound like a Shuttle launch.

/gave pit tours in '79-80 on Thunder on the Ohio, Evansville IN unlimited hydro races
 
2013-10-31 11:38:17 PM

Jammybee: Speaking of which where would the Mustangs fly from if the Spits hadn't won the Battle of Britain?


The Spit was a great plane. The 51 is just a weird anomaly that's even better. When the British engineer who first did the projections on performance of a P-51 re-engined with a Merlin 60 series produced his results, he was laughed at- 1500 mile range?? 440mph at 35k feet? 60 mph faster than a Spit V? It almost didn't happen because the projections were so absurd, and people as USAF Material Command which controlled procurement really hated the 51 since it wasn't an "American" plane, it was designed at the behest of the British Purchasing Commission. As I said, even to this day there is no fully compelling and complete explanation for why the 51's drag numbers are so insanely low.
 
2013-11-01 02:05:03 AM

timujin: Hard to hear it over the sound from the propeller.  I'd love to hear it out of the plane, though.  I wonder if anyone ever stuck one of those in a ground vehicle...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4XTZcfEKr4  will answer that. The Meteor was the tank version of the merlin, sans supercharger.
 
2013-11-01 02:20:15 AM

nonstopcrunchy: timujin: Hard to hear it over the sound from the propeller.  I'd love to hear it out of the plane, though.  I wonder if anyone ever stuck one of those in a ground vehicle...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4XTZcfEKr4  will answer that. The Meteor was the tank version of the merlin, sans supercharger.


Here's a Merlin on a boat so you can have the supercharger noise as well. It sounds wonderful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=d0-AHHoluog #t =293
 
2013-11-01 03:08:53 AM
I don't know about Europe in WWII but the B-29 won the war in the Pacific theatre.
 
2013-11-01 03:11:57 AM
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P-39 was the best figher at the out break of war for the US but since the USAAC decided that no fighter but the P-38 should have a turbocharger ment that the P-39 was next useless over 15,000 feet. The P-39 had bad rap and only did well in the Pacific for the US while the Soviets loved them. 5 out of the 10 highest scoring Soviets aces got most of their kills in P-39s.
 
2013-11-01 04:25:40 AM

Allen262: the Soviets loved them


Yeah they handled well, had a big-ass gun, all of them had radios, and the air war in the east was all tactical and low altitude.

But the Yak-3 was the best thing the Russians flew. The French Normandie squadron were allowed to take them home after the war and as I recall they weren't retired from French service until the early '50s. Totally kick-butt low altitude kurvenkampfers.

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2013-11-01 06:20:53 AM

Lsherm: It may not sound the sexiest, but the P-38 was one of the prettiest planes out of WWII:


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I gotta go with this, don't forget the Hyde to this Jekyll

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Both were beautiful aircraft.

But for sound I gotta go with the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBMsdXGOm5A   R4360
If you've got a good sub you'll understand.  You can FEEL that it is just sitting there doing nothing.
 
2013-11-01 06:27:50 AM

change1211: I always thought it was the F4U, it was so ugly it just scared the enemy away.


To be fair, the F4U and P51 were in entirely different theaters of operation. The P51 was in Europe with the Army Air Corps and the F4U was in the Pacific with the Navy.
 
2013-11-01 08:01:17 AM
Interesting - video says Rolls Royce Merlin, subby says Packard Merlin - I'm pretty sure subby got it right.
 
2013-11-01 09:42:11 AM

prjindigo: Lsherm: It may not sound the sexiest, but the P-38 was one of the prettiest planes out of WWII:

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I gotta go with this, don't forget the Hyde to this Jekyll

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Both were beautiful aircraft.

But for sound I gotta go with the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBMsdXGOm5A   R4360
If you've got a good sub you'll understand.  You can FEEL that it is just sitting there doing nothing.


Ah.... P-61 black widow, I still have a model of that one.
 
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2013-11-01 11:35:44 AM
Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?
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2013-11-01 11:55:52 AM

Lsherm: It may not sound the sexiest, but the P-38 was one of the prettiest planes out of WWII:

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Agreed. I have a small die-cast model of one on my computer desk.
 
2013-11-01 12:00:07 PM
The P-51 was one of the last things a Jap or Nazi pilot saw before the dirt......
 
2013-11-01 12:00:27 PM

vossiewulf: Lt. Cheese Weasel: /all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.

All you need:

Spitfire Mk.IX and P-51D with basically the exact same engine, one a Rolls built Merlin 63, other a Packard built V1650...

Spit:
Power loading: ~4.7lbs/hp
Range: to the corner druggist
Top speed: 403mph

P-51D:
Power loading: ~7lbs/hp
Range: Berlin and back with a stop in Paris
Top speed: 437mph

Sorry Spit boys, only thing yours could do better was turning circles.


US tactics, and design followed this, was BnZ. Boom and Zoom.

Heavy, (relative to much of their competition) heavily armored planes, with lots of ammo, big self-sealing gas tanks, and a completely well documented ability to go fast while level and dive faster.

The F4U Corsair was the Zero's antithesis. The Zero was light, maneuverable, no self-sealing tanks, and a tad underpowered. Sonifabiatch could turn a trick tighter than an experienced hooker.

Of course when you have 6 .50 cal machine guns lighting up your petrol tanks, and they start leaking, and your best pilots burn to death, your training is going to suffer.
 
2013-11-01 12:13:43 PM

RocketRod: P-51... Cadillac of the Sky!


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Christian Bale salutes you...

/I love that movie... so very much.
 
2013-11-01 12:57:39 PM

fatbear: Interesting - video says Rolls Royce Merlin, subby says Packard Merlin - I'm pretty sure subby got it right.


Rolls Royce designed the Merlin as the successor to the Kestrel, and the successor to the Merlin was the Rolls Royce Griffon... see the pattern? It goes all the way back to the Falcon engine built for the Bristol F.2B in WWI.

Rolls Royce couldn't make Merlins fast enough in WW2, so they were license-produced by Packard in the US. Packard made a few improvements of their own such that Rolls Royce built engines and Packard engines are not identical.
 
2013-11-01 01:12:41 PM

change1211: Lt. Cheese Weasel: The P-51 Mustang won the war. Let's argue about that.  Because it did.

/all you dodgy Spitfire and Hurricaners, come at me bro.

I always thought it was the F4U, it was so ugly it just scared the enemy away.


Thats my favorite plane you're badmouthing there buddy LOL. p51 is a close second

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2013-11-01 04:02:37 PM

BEER_ME_in_CT: Thats my favorite plane you're badmouthing there buddy LOL. p51 is a close second


the Corsair is a great, great plane.

I have always been partial to the planes that look like someone nailed wings, a rudder and a chair to a monster engine (like the Hellcat).
 
2013-11-01 06:17:07 PM

Marcus Aurelius: At the end of WWII, the United States was no longer painting their P-51 Mustangs.  Instead they were polished to a highly reflective shine, that would reflect light from any angle.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Then duck.


Towards the end of the war, a german soldier's observation was "the american planes are silver, the british planes are green, and our planes are invisible"
 
2013-11-01 08:25:33 PM

vossiewulf: Allen262: the Soviets loved them

Yeah they handled well, had a big-ass gun, all of them had radios, and the air war in the east was all tactical and low altitude.

But the Yak-3 was the best thing the Russians flew. The French Normandie squadron were allowed to take them home after the war and as I recall they weren't retired from French service until the early '50s. Totally kick-butt low altitude kurvenkampfers.

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The P-39 was 3 year older aircraf in design than the Yak-3 and the Yak-3 benefited from what was learned from 1941 to 1944 when it entered service mid 1944. The P-39 on the other hand had little change during it run from 1941 to 1944. Engine from 1,125HP to at most a 1,325HP and wing guns from 4 .30 cals to 2 .50 cals but the Soviets removed the wing guns from the P-39 reguadless of model.
 
2013-11-01 09:47:15 PM
I like the one "bullet hole" among all the swastikas.

..got him, got him, got him, D'oh!, got him, go him....
 
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