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Fighter Planes of WWII

Messerschmitt BF-109
This German Fighter built in greater numbers than any other fighter plane in history, is also responsible for more aircraft kills than any other plane in World War II.    

Armament:  2213 mm MG 131 machine guns Rheinmetall-Borsig
                     2120 mm
MG 151/20 cannon,   2Wfr. Gr.21 rockets,   230 mm MK 108 underwing cannon pods.
Engines:       1 Daimler-Benz DB 605A-1 liquid-cooled inverted V-12
Speed:          640 km/h (398 mph) at 6,300 m
Ceiling:         39,370 feet

  Messerschmitt BF-109




The British built spitfire boasted a powerful Rolls Royce engine,  Two 20mm cannons and four .303 machine guns.  A legendary WWII fighter plane and chief adversary of the venerable German BF-109 for most of the war. 

Armament:  2 x 20mm Hispano Cannons.  4 x .303 browning machine guns.
Engines:       1 1470 HP Rolls Royce Merlin V12.   
Speed:         378 mph / 605 Km/h
Ceiling:       35,000 feet

Fighter Planes WWII- Supermarine Spitfire


Entered combat in 1941, equipped with a BMW engine.  Carried out bombing missions in addition to its fighter role.

Armament:  2 x 13mm MG131 machine guns.  4 x 20 mm cannons
Engines:       BMW 801D-2 Radial engine.  2000hp.     
Speed:         408 mph / 656 Km/h
Ceiling:        37,430 feet

Fighter Planes WWII - Focke Wolf 190



Long Range Allied fighter, generally considered to be the best fighter plane of all time.

Armament:  2 x .50 cal machine guns.  up to 2000lbs of bombs + 10 x 5in. rockets. 
Engines:       1 x Packard Merlin Supercharged V-12.  1695hp.     
Speed:         437mph / 703 Km/h
Ceiling:        41,600 feet

P51 Mustang



Japanese dogfighter known for its maneuverability.   Nomally the zero was a carrier based fighter plane.   Early during WWII the zero was widely feared among allied pilots.   As the war drew to a close however, many allied aircraft out-performed the zero.

Armament:  2 x 7.7 mm machine guns.  2 x 20mm cannon in the wings.
Engines:       1 Nakajima Sakae12 radial engine, 950hp.     
Speed:         316mph / 533 Km/h
Ceiling:        33,000 feet

Fighter Planes WWII - Mitsubishi Zero

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