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Who Is The Best Fighter Pilot Ever?  
User currently offlineFireblade From Portugal, joined Feb 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6920 times:

my opinion is hiroshi nishizava "devil"japanese pilot who shot down 103 enemy aircrafts ?


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User currently offlineMIG54 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 39 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6854 times:

If this topic doesn't spark endless debate what will? On reflection my vote goes to Oswald Boelcke. He wrote the book for fighter pilots and the lessons still hold true today.

User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6840 times:

Didn't Erich "Bubi" Hartman of the Luftwaffe shoot down something like 352 planes during WWII?

He's probably got the quality of sheer quantity - ironically, a Stalin quote - but there have to be people who have more skill.


User currently offlineSpectre From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6829 times:

What qualifies as 'best' fighter pilot?
Is it the number of kills recorded, even if against poor opposition or unarmed aircraft, or could it be the best tactition?
My belief is that the best fighter pilot is the one who lives to tell his grandkids tall tales of battles won.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6817 times:

Ohhh....this should be a good one.

Just to throw some names out there, Tuck, Galland, Foss, Boyington, Peake, Chanault, Richtofen, Rickenbacker, Immelman, and Foss to name a few in no particular order.

As one of the preceding individuals said, "It isn't the crate that matters, It is the person in it."



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6804 times:

A few others...Rall, Knoke, Johnson, "Gabby" Gabreski, Bong, Zemke, Sakai, Tuck, Deere. I doubt either of these men would have the temerity to state they were the best...but they, and others, were.

User currently offlineFireblade From Portugal, joined Feb 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6790 times:

well devil shot down 6 hellcats in a single battle with his zero and the hellcats were far better than zero

User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6780 times:

The good old Red Baron, baron Von Richthofen.


Attamottamotta!
User currently offlineB747ca From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6769 times:

Billy Bishop WWI


ma va funk ulo
User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6764 times:

I think his name is Joesph Walker, he was the test pilot that took flight of an X-15 on it's record speed and altitude trails.

I wish I was in his place!  Big thumbs up



The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
User currently offlineBoeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6764 times:

Pete Mitchell.

 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 15 hours ago) and read 6751 times:

After surfing the Web for a bit, I came across these pages. To me, these guys were the s**t in their day! Even though Hartmann got many of his kills against inexperienced Russian pilots in obsolete aircraft, they were kills none the less. I would say he is the all-time greatest fighter pilot.

http://www.luftwaffe.cz/eastern.html - Eastern Front
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/western.html - Western Front


User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 15 hours ago) and read 6742 times:

One more note....

Unlike American pilots, German pilots flew constantly for the duration of the war. Had Gabby Gabreski and Douglas Bader and Richard Bong flown constantly for 6 years, I think their totals would have been pretty high as well.


User currently offlineP&M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 6737 times:

The allied pilots had better backup during the last years of WW2.

User currently offlineOldelwood From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 6723 times:

How about Chuck Yeager? I believe he was an ace WW2 AND Korea plus the greatest test pilot of all! By the way he flew the X-15 and broke the sound barrier.

User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6723 times:

Chuck Yeager was a great test pilot, he was also an ace (with only 5 or 6 kills I believe). However, he was really famous for one thing, taking the X-1 (not X-15) past Mach 1 in 1947. There have been many other pilots out there much better at their trade than Yeager was. Yeager just happened to be in the right place at the right time and got a lot of notoriety for his accomplishments.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6719 times:

Besides Bob Hoover was a much more accomplished test pilot then Yeager.

The only reason why Hoover did not break the sound barrier was because he was being punished for an incident that occured a couple of months earlier.

Sorry I don't have the specifics off the top of my head. I can look them up if you wish.





OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineCarioca Canuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6703 times:

Erich Hartmann gets the title..........there's no question here.

Not all of his kills were Soviet aircraft either. A chapter of his autobiography details how he fought USAF P-51's from 1943 onward.

Anyways.....to shoot down over 350 enemy aircraft.....whether they be bombers, recce planes or fighters is a feat that is unequaled to this day.

 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineExtra300L From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6683 times:

Douglas Bader, possibly the most famous RAF ace of WWII

User currently offlineUA752 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 142 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6666 times:

He may not have the most kills ever but Scott O'Grady was certainly a remarkable airman.

User currently offlineFireblade From Portugal, joined Feb 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6661 times:

did you have a chance to watch the movie "battle for britain " filmed by the peter thousends' book samenamed ?
slobodan


User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6633 times:

How about Roland Beaumont - started with BEF (British Expeditionery Force) in France 1939 on Hurricanes, survived the Battle of Britain and the rest of the war to become a well known test pilot. He was test pilot on Canberra but is probably best known for his work on the (sadly cancelled) TSR2


English First, British Second, european Never!
User currently offlineGdarm From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6632 times:

Definetely Jagger the first man who broke the wall.

User currently offlineFireblade From Portugal, joined Feb 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (13 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6618 times:

if he use to be so great raf would give him a speedfire to fly  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.
i'm kidding hurricane is my favourire ww2 uk plane even if he was slower than speedfire


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