Talking about WWII fighter planes .. I love this board.. those planes are sort of a hobby for me...
I think the Zero was probably one of the most manuverable planes in WW2, but was underpowered and to lightly armored. My favorite plane by far was the F4U-D corsair. That was one hauling butt plane. With that big Pratt&Whitney radial engine.. oh oh.. grunt..
Nobody mentioned the Hurricanes though.. the REAL heros of the Battle of Britain. Not as fast as the spitfires, true. But accounted for over 75% of german planes in the ocean in that theater. The spitfires for some reason get all the good press, which is rather underserved.
It has been written by many WWII scholars that be best plane in WWII period was the P-38 lightning... It has fantastic climb rates.. roll rates.. top speed.. high altidute cruise ability... range... and armor. And the top three or four aces for America that ever flew were in that plane.
The 'forked tailed devil' is the plane that found Admiral Yamamotos plane and sent it to the ocean after wasting the two zero escorts.
I love this topic but since it has nothing to do about cars.. I will shut up.. haha