Even with all those frailties, it was the heavy bomber that was the most produced during WW II, and had a distinguished record, due primarily to the skill of the crews.
In the medium and heavy groups, the most popular aircraft (among the crews) was the B-25, B-17, and B-29 (not necessarily in that order), all were relatively stable, and good overall performers, with few "bad habits".
Not to wander too far off topic.......my father flew these in the Pacific during WW II..........
The Corsair also had a rather sketchy reputation among its pilots........
And then came the F6F Hellcat. We could call it a game ender for Japanese Zero's. Finally, we had a plane that could routinely outfly Zeros.
I got to reading about all this stuff and came across this comment about the Zero:
They are talking about a flyable Zero that was captured and then flown by Americans to find weaknesses.Quote:
....These flights covered performance tests such as we do on planes undergoing Navy tests. The very first flight exposed weaknesses of the Zero which our pilots could exploit with proper tactics... immediately apparent was the fact that the ailerons froze up at speeds above 200 knots so that rolling maneuvers at those speeds were slow and required much force on the control stick. It rolled to the left much easier than to the right. Also, its engine cut out under negative acceleration due to its float-type carburetor. We now had the answer for our pilots who were being outmaneuvered and unable to escape a pursuing Zero: Go into a vertical power dive, using negative acceleration if possible to open the range while the Zero's engine was stopped by the acceleration. At about 200 knots, roll hard right before the Zero pilot could get his sights lined up........
yes it did. designed for the Navy a lot of carrier landing problem. cockpit sat back to far. numerous technical problems had to be solved before the Corsair would enter service. Carrier suitability was a major development issue, prompting changes to the main landing gear, tail wheel and tailhook. Early F4U-1s had difficulty recovering from developed spins, since the inverted gull wing's shape interfered with elevator authority. It was also found that the Corsair's starboard wing could stall and drop rapidly and without warning during slow carrier landings. In addition, if the throttle were suddenly advanced (for example, during an aborted landing) the port wing could stall and drop so quickly that the fighter could flip over with the rapid increase in power. These potentially lethal characteristics were later solved through the addition of a small, 6 in (150 mm)-long stall strip to the leading edge of the outer starboard wing, just inboard of the gun ports. This allowed the starboard wing to stall at the same time as the port.
it was really made famous by the Marines since they had landing fields
He always told me that the biggest problem was seeing forward out of the damned cockpit, as you mentioned, unless you were in a dive or level flight, you couldn't see anything in front of you........as illustrated in the first (sorta) landing in the video above, it's obvious that the pilot had no idea of where he was in relation to the deck......
If I remember correctly, Stromberg was the inventor, they called it the "dry-bowl" carb........the "float" was not a float at all, simply a lever attached at the center to a pivot, with one end attached to the needle valve, and the other end attached to the center of the membrane.......as fuel demand increased, the membrane deflected downward, causing the lever to open the needle valve accordingly...therefore, regardless of the position of the carb, induced by the attitude of the aircraft, the fuel always remained in place..