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Who Is The Best Fighter Pilot Ever?  
User currently offlineFireblade From Portugal, joined Feb 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6804 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 (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6738 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 (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6724 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 (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6713 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, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6701 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."



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User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6688 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 (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6674 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, 3353 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6664 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 (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6653 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 (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6648 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 (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6648 times:

Pete Mitchell.

 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6635 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 (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6626 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 (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6621 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 (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6607 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 (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6607 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, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6603 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 (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6587 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 (12 years 11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6567 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 (12 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 6550 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 (12 years 11 months 9 hours ago) and read 6545 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 (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6517 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 (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6516 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 (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6502 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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