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Which American WWII Fighter Would You Fly?

American WWII fighter planes are showing up in full force this year at EAA's Oshkosh 2014. Which would you love to fly? Check out these 6 legendary fighters, then vote below.

1) P-38 Lightning

With twin booms and a central nacelle for the cockpit and firepower, it's hard to not recognize this fighter. A few of its roles included dive bombing, level bombing, ground-attack, night fighting, photo reconnaissance missions, and long-range escorting.

p-38 Tony Hisgett


2) P-40 Warhawk

First flown in 1938, this fighter and ground-attack aircraft was produced all the way until 1944. In total, 13,738 P-40s were produced.

p-40 Nick Foss


3) P-47 Thunderbolt

The Thunderbolt was one of the largest and heaviest aircraft ever to be powered by a single piston-engine. Fully loaded, this tank could weigh up to 8 tons! It had great effectiveness as a fighter-bomber, ground-attack aircraft.

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4) P-51 Mustang

The Mustang gained fame for its speed, range, and best of all, looks. It served in all theaters of WWII, claiming 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down. It was used by air forces around the world until the last military operator (The Dominican Air Force) ceased the P-51's operations in 1984.

p-51 Frank


5) F4U Corsair

Some Japanese pilots regarded the Corsair as the most formidable aircraft in the US Navy's arsenal. It was heavy and powerful, amassing 2,140 victories against enemy forces, with only 189 losses.

f4u Rob Weir


6) F6F Hellcat

The Grumman F6F Hellcat was the US Navy's most effective carrier-based fighter aircraft. It debuted in 1943 to counter the deadly Japanese A6M Zero. It accomplished exactly that with a 13:1 kill ratio over the Zero.

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Which would you fly?

These fighters were some of the coolest aircraft ever produced. So the real question is - which would you fly?

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P-38 - Excellent Choice!

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P-40 - Excellent Choice!

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P-47 - Excellent Choice!

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P-51 - Excellent Choice!

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F4U - Excellent Choice!

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F6F - Excellent Choice!

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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and commercial pilot for Mokulele Airlines. In addition to multi-engine and instrument ratings, he holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525). He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018. He's the author of the articles, quizzes and lists you love to read every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures at http://www.swaynemartin.com.

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