Hunt for WWII Spitfire “fighter jets” fails.
Well give them this much: both planes do carry real machine guns.
Propeller driven “jet fighter”
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The Krauts (as Walt would call them) had developed a pretty effective fighter jet toward the end of WWII. Had it been introduced earlier the matter might have gotten really interesting over there.
Germans had an amazing array of hi-tech aircraft http://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/secret-weapons-of-the-luftwaffe.asp
Fortunately we were able to grab many scientists before the commies could get them and they made huge contributions to our aircraft & rocket technology. Dr. Anselm Franz, the lead engineer on the Jumo 004 used in the ME-262 worked at Lycoming in Stratford CT. He developed the first turboshaft engine used in a helicopter, most famously used in the Huey.
Tom Lehrer, of course, has the last word on the subject:
They all carry guns except for the f-4 phantom that was used in Vietnam, and had no guns — typical government stupidity — but was armed with missiles — the latest and the greatest — which quite often turned out to be duds. I’m no expert, but I believe the guns on fighter planes are referred to as cannons, but that may have something to do with caliber size and not automatic fire.
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