In a bizarre repeat of history, reports have it that the Royal Air Force is once again seeking to take over the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy - a sure sign that the economy really is in desperate trouble. Just as it has meant more than once in the past, a successful RAF bid to grab a greater share of the taxes in tough …
"That'll be the Fairey Fulmar that had the best kill ratio of any RN fighter of World War two then? No seriously it did, out-turned the Me-109 and had about twice as much ammo per gun of any other WW2 Fighter...." The Fulmar was mainly used for CAM ships and escorts where it was unlikely to meet modern fighters, excpet in the Med where there was little choice. The majority of Fulmar kills were the long-range patrol bombers like the FW200 Condor (a comverted airliner teh Fulamr could barely catch) and flyingboats, not other fighters. Yes, it could out-turn an ME109 at low speed and low level, but the ME could out-climb, out-dive and out-roll it, which meant the Fulmar could do little except go defensive and hope the ME buggered off through low fuel levels. A simple measure of it's usefullness would be to give the same FAA pilot facing the ME a choice of a Fulmar or the Sea Hurricane or Martlet. The pilots' accounts I have read all state how happy they were to get the Sea Hurri and leave the Fulmar. The figures I have read also put the Martlet as the most succesful FAA fighter, but then that might be because they compared it to other singleseaters rather than the Fulmar.
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