The World War II proved to be a stepping stone for the supremacy of airplanes over that of tanks and battleship. Airplanes during this period were responsible for providing support to war tactics and ground combat support.
During this era, we have seen airplanes ranging from jet planes to the heavy bombers emerge in the war scene. Described below are some of the best World War II aircraft that created an impact in the war through their supreme role.
The P-51 Mustang was one of the fastest piston engines fighters that could fly higher than any other airplane. Infact, it is said that nearly 5 pilots earned the name "Aces" after killing enemies flying this plane.
The Focke Wulf or fw-190 was considered to be one of the best fighter-bomber and anti-tank aircraft. This fighter is apparently inflated a lot of damage to the Allied bombers that flew over Europe. The acclaimed pilot Oberleutnant Otto Kittel had most of his 267 kills in a fw-190, which commemorated him as one of the best "Ace" in the war.
The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the finest fighter jets of all time. This fighter was famous for its battles with the German Messerschmitt Bf-109 which forced the later to fly low in the dogfight which is a disadvantage to a bf-109. This plane also had the capability to provide services as a fighter bomber and carrier based fighter.
The Messerschmitt Bf-109 was an excellent fighter jet that governed the skies at a high altitude. Although in the same group as the Spitfire, this fighter had a tough time against its rival and was forced to fly at a low altitude- something that it struggled to do. Inspite of this, the Bf-109 goes down in history as one of the greatest fighters in the history of warfare.
The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was considered to be one of the most inferior fighters during its initiative. However, the agility, firepower and maneuverability of this aircraft made it one of the leading jets until the arrival of the F6F Helllicat.
The Ilyushin-2 Shturmovik was again an amazing anti-tank aircraft having the distinction of destroying over more enemy tanks than any other fighter. The best of this fighter was that it was heavily armored and was the fastest ground attack aircraft. The airplane was very popular among enemies as well and proof of this was that over 36,000 fighters were produced during this period which in itself is a record.
These fighter aircraft have a special place in the history of aviation history through their superb performance in proportional roles.