I am hoping to start a series of posts placing various Warplanes and warships in a head to head comparison with their most common competitors or opponenents.
One can consider, up to recent years, that any war plane produced for WWII use in the united States Had a domestic competitor and an enemy competitor, usually more than one, during its development and deployment.
The Japanese Mitsubishi AM69G2 aka "Zeke" of most commonly known as the Zero of Zero sen had a large number of "Alied" opponents,.
Regardless of its flaws, shich were not inconsiderable, its clear strenghts were its great range one it;s internal tanks and the commonly carried centerline external tank, which does not appear to have been "disposable" as Allied aircrafts "drop tanks" commonly were.
Throughout the war it remained a threat to any allied aircraft because of its menuerability wihich was most closely approximated by the P-51D Mustand. The Mustang appeared in many guises. It was originally known in it original marks as the "Apache". However the British dubbed it the "Mustang".
In the next post I hope to post pictures of these aircraft and their performance specs.
Although thses two type did not face each other early in the war, some remarks on basic differences might be appropriate.
The "Zeke" was, for its time and weight fairly heavil
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