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  •  Air-cooled Radial vs Water-cooled V (1+ / 0-)
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    In many respects, it all depends on whether one believes that an air-cooled radial engine makes a better power plant for an aircraft which is going to be flying down in the mud and having projectiles of all sorts being thrown at it than a water-cooled engine.  The Tempest was certainly an impressive ground attack aircraft, especially when it was armed with the 5-inch ground attack rockets which could open up the panzers like a can-opener.  The P-47's big radial made it just a little more robust and its capabilities at medium and high altitudes likely made it a slightly more balanced fighter than the Tempest.  Of course, the Tempest did mount those four 20mm cannon compared to the P-47's eight 0.50 cal machine guns, which gave it an inherent advantage in ground attack.

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    by PrahaPartizan on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:06:03 PM PST

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    •  Rocket projectiles (0+ / 0-)

      Actually, the Tempest (and all RAF aircraft) carried 3" R.Ps not the more capable 5" (as used by P-47, P-38). We found that the 60lb high explosive head was less capable than the 25lb armour-piercing head when attacking armour, although the 60lb was much more common.

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:43:15 AM PST

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