Michael P. Leese
April 18, 2011
Fighters of World War II
This paper will be about fighters of World War II. There were many types of fighters from both sides of World War II. I will tell about their statistics, their build, what the colors meant, and the
weapons on or in them. The names also tell a lot about them. Fighters were planes that were usually used in wars but they were sometimes used for spying.
The Boeing P-26A was a fighter of the Americas. The wingspan was 8.5 meters or 27 feet and 11 inches long. Its weight while empty was 996 kilograms, but its gross weight was 1,334 kilograms. It was
the first all-metal fighter design for the United States. Its top speed was 377 kilometers. It had 2 .30 caliber M2 Browning machine guns.
This was a Japanese fighter that was used quite frequently in World War II. The original weapons for the Nakajima Ki-43 were either two 7.7 mm machine guns or two 12.7 mm machine cannons. They used
the type 897.7 mm guns, which went into service after the imperial year 2589 (1929 by the western calendar). It was derived from the .303 caliber British Vickers gun. In 1941 the Japanese army
adopted its type one 13 mm machine gun.
The Yak 1-9 was designed in November, 1938 by Aleksandr S. Yakovelv. For the wings he used a wooden wing, welded steel fuselage and fabric covered dural control surfaces. He had used the latter’s
M-106-1 engine. For the armament he used a 20 mm cannon. The Yak 3RD had a rocket test bed with an extended rear fuselage housing a Rd-1 rocket engine.
There were many types of fighters in the time of World War II, but I only told you about three of them. Fighters are wondrous tools and deadly weapons all at the same time. Fighters should only be
used for peace and to help people though I doubt that day will ever come. War should never happen and the fighters should have never been used for what they were used for.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: http://www.nasm.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?id=A19730273000
Donald, David. Fighters of World War II. New York:Metro Books, 1990.
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