I am interested in escaping some of the hostility of some these threads so I will ask a simple question.
What do you think has been the most dominant aircraft in history?
Interestingly, the United States has produced some super challengers.
Of course the formidable P-51 comes to mind with a 6:1 kill to loss ratio against some very good pilots in some pretty good planes.
Another candidate that comes to mind is the Hellcat with a 19:1 kill ratio against the Japanese. One suspects it would not have fared so well against the Germans. Maybe Andre can give a deeper analysis.
There is the dangerous ME-262 which also had a about a 6:1 kill ratio against some pretty wicked allied air superiority. Made more compelling by the fact that the majority of the 262's being downed on landing. But it was such a radical departure in technology, one wonders whether the comparison is fair. Anyway, legit contender.
To me, one I am not sure about is the HE-219. It is a different bird. But I am unsure of the kill ratio. The pilot anecdotes on either side of the fence indicate that this was a dangerous machine. It's chief rival the Mosquito was clearly outclassed. But the numbers are uncertain for me.
But to me, the real winner in this "dogfight" (excuse the pun) is hands down, the F-15. 104-0. Unmatched. The real deal is that although its speed and dogfight abilities are tough to beat (and there are some Soviet birds that can do it) the avionics suite is absolutely unmatched. They only play it at full strength in the real deal. In the mock combats it still does pretty well. Plus they have modified this baby to do god knows what. Then there is the experimental versions that can do ... Not bad for a mid-70's design.
Lets keep all the next gen aircraft out (F-22 etc.) because no one really knows what they can do.
So my vote is the F-15.
Other contenders, ME-109, FW-190, Spitfire, Fokker D.VII, P-47, Su-27 ...
Let's hear more opinions. This one oughta' be fun.
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