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Reply #15 on: December 07, 2018, 06:39:46 AM
The Buffalo was actually the USN's first choice for a monoplane fighter over the early model Wildcats. It was a much more maneuverable aircraft, but the Wildcat had greater potential for improvement. Once they started adding equipment and armor to the Buffalo, it couldn't keep pace with the Wildcat.

And don't forget that the some of Finns who kicked the VVS's ass were flying in Buffaloes.

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Reply #16 on: December 07, 2018, 08:16:26 AM
The Buffalo was actually the USN's first choice for a monoplane fighter over the early model Wildcats. It was a much more maneuverable aircraft, but the Wildcat had greater potential for improvement. Once they started adding equipment and armor to the Buffalo, it couldn't keep pace with the Wildcat.

And don't forget that the some of Finns who kicked the VVS's ass were flying in Buffaloes.

Which they apparently loved. I think they threw out all of the armor to make them more agile.

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Reply #17 on: December 07, 2018, 08:31:26 AM
The Buffalo was actually the USN's first choice for a monoplane fighter over the early model Wildcats. It was a much more maneuverable aircraft, but the Wildcat had greater potential for improvement. Once they started adding equipment and armor to the Buffalo, it couldn't keep pace with the Wildcat.

And don't forget that the some of Finns who kicked the VVS's ass were flying in Buffaloes.

Which they apparently loved. I think they threw out all of the armor to make them more agile.


That would be the key. The Buffalo was remarkably agile before the weight got added. Unloaded Buffaloes vs a Zeroes might be interesting to game out.

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Reply #18 on: December 10, 2018, 07:32:26 AM
In the book, Fifteen Stars, Weintraub records that pilots complained about the maneuverability of the P40 versus zeroes.
Hap Arnold, or maybe George Marshal, replied that they could improve the P40s maneuverability by removing armor.  If they wanted this fix, he'd give the order.
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Reply #19 on: December 10, 2018, 02:25:06 PM
That's because he asked Americans, who hadn't consumed as much vodka as the Finns.

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