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10 most powerful fighters of World War Two


By Sakhal

The ratings given in this article are based in a rough estimation of the effectiveness of the guns installed on these ten superb fighter aircraft from the Second World war. The calculation was effectuated by taking into account the most fundamental aspects of an artillery piece created with the purpose of destroying or damaging an aircraft; in this case I have used the caliber, the rate of fire, the muzzle speed and the number of guns. These ratings are meant to represent instant firepower, which accounts for how destructive the artillery installed in a certain aircraft can be in a given moment. Caliber represents the capability to cause damage, rate of fire represents the capability to saturate the space with projectiles, which increases the chances of hitting the target, and muzzle speed helps to estimate the effective range and piercing power.

10 most powerful fighters of World War Two


10 - Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 Dora

2 x 20 mm at 675 rpm

2 x 13 mm at 900 rpm

Rating: 24.7



10 most powerful fighters of World War Two


9 - Vought F4U Corsair (machine guns)

6 x 12.7 mm at 800 rpm

Rating: 27.1



10 most powerful fighters of World War Two


8 - North American P51D Mustang

6 x 12.7 mm at 800 rpm

Rating: 27.1



10 most powerful fighters of World War Two


7 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV

2 x 20 mm at 750 rpm

2 x 12.7 at 890 rpm

Rating: 27.6



10 most powerful fighters of World War Two


6 - Focke-Wulf Ta 152H

1 x 30 mm at 650 rpm

2 x 20 at 675 rpm

Rating: 28.1



10 most powerful fighters of World War Two


5 - Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario

3 x 20 mm at 675 rpm

2 x 12.7 at 575 rpm

Rating: 29.2



10 most powerful fighters of World War Two


4 - Vought F4U Corsair (cannons)

4 x 20 mm at 650 rpm

Rating: 35.5



10 most powerful fighters of World War Two


3 - Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

8 x 12.7 mm at 800 rpm

Rating: 36.1



10 most powerful fighters of World War Two


2 - Supermarine Spiteful Mk XIV

4 x 20 mm at 750 rpm

Rating: 39.6



10 most powerful fighters of World War Two


1 - Messerschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe

4 x 30 mm at 650 rpm

Rating: 49.6



Article updated: 2018-11-21

Categories: Aviation - World War Two - 20th Century - [General] - [General]

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Website: Military History

Article submitted: 2014-10-28


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