The Zero vs the Hellcat
In aerial duels the American F4F Wildcat found itself completely outmatched by the Zero. The Zero was nimble, fast, and well-armed, the Wildcat was sluggish and maneuvered like a tin can. The poor performance of the Wildcat meant that U.S. Navy pilots had to leverage their aircraft’s better survivability against the Zero’s maneuverability.
In 1943, the game changed when the American F6F Hellcat entered the war.
The Hellcat outclassed the Zero as soon as it rolled off the production line. Faster, better armed, and with superior armor, the Hellcat dominated the Zero on paper and proved its worth in the skies of the Pacific Theater. The tables were flipped.
However, the Zero had one advantage left: It’s pilots. With years of combat experience, from the Pacific Theater to China and Burma, Zero pilots were grizzled veterans fully able to exploit their aircraft’s capabilities against the formidable new American fighter. Hellcat pilots would soon find out that, in spite of their aircraft’s superiority, Japan’s aces could still put up a tough fight.
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