Oh, so we should treat you like an idiot who can't read English very well, granted the sentence wasn't the best, but any normal person with second-grade education should have no issues? The picture should have helped you out as well, maybe you should slow down and actually read a thread before you jump in acting like your some kind of authority, then your posts might not generate so much disdain. Another thing that would help you out, would be instead of acting like a douchebag and using the G-nazi thing to dodge admitting your error, you could have just said, 'my bad', I misunderstood.
You also like to bounce around and avoid directly addressing peoples questions about what you've posted, and you've not posted much in the way of sources, and your posts have a real arrogant-know-it-all flare to them, that won't fly with some of the questionable opinions you've posted. Your Fanboying an engine that went nowhere and had a pretty limited effect on the war is doing you no favors. Who gives a shit the RAF limped along with some WWII fighters because their nation was to broke to fully upgrade to jets? That doesn't make your Napier Sabre any more relevant to WWII. I really hope the men restoring the Tempests with sabres in them take very seriously how complicated and unreliable the Sabre could be if not maintained properly, and no one restoring these aircraft qualifies as an expert, since the motors how been out of use for decades, before they actually take to the air in one. I'm not overly worried though, most knowledgeable people don't go around trying to beat people up with their knowledge, like people with self-esteem issues do, and are smart enough to not fly an airplane until they are sure the grenade in front still has the pin in...
Your opinion of what a gas hog is, well it seems a little off, this makes you seem like fanboy, and this is another place where you changed your argument from GPH to cruise speed. .. The Corsair could land on Carriers and the Mustang couldn't, so you're wrong, see how that doesn't work? Try actually answering a question. If you look at the GPH ratings and compare the Merlin the R2800 on test stands, they have very similar min and max GPH, and the Corsairs higher GPH consumption at higher power makes sense in it was a lot bigger. If you want to talk about who had the speediest and most fuel-efficient cruise then the Mustang wins, but you still don't because of your argument changing ways.
No one gave a shit about mustang production until the Merlin got put in it. You can harp all you want about how the Brits loved the MK1, but the US wasn't overly concerned about a cheap replacement for the P-40, the P-38 was just fine at the time. Later, when the Merlin woke the design up, and it was more the supercharger than the Merlin since the Merlin was fairly mediocre V12, but still the Merlin in the Mustang was the savior the 8th Needed to save them from their own stupid ideas and incompetence. When the Merlin Mustang went into production, they built a second factory but other than the B to D changes the Mustang didn't need a lot of major upgrades. The reason for this wasn't that the P-51 was some super design, it was it benefited by all the planes made before it, and all the lesson learned on the early model 51s. The P-47 was not as much of an Orphean, but it had to be forced on the 5th Air Force. The 5th, when the got them, were concerned about the range and designed and manufactured drop-tanks locally to make the P-47 more useful in the long-range campaigns in New Guinea. Because it was not in high demand either, production line changes were less of a concern, and the early P-47s had some issues and needed the upgrades.
What really impresses me, is that an aircraft designed in the final years of the 30s, was so technologically cutting edge, and in spite of some serious problems with compressibility, stayed in production, from before the US entered the war, right up to the end, and still remained competitive to anything the Germans produced, with relatively minor upgrades. Sure the intercooler changes were big, but not so big the War Production Board refused to allow it. The P-38 played a major part in figuring out what compressibility was and how to solve it. It also stayed in front-line service to the end of the war and many pilots did not want to trade it in for the Spam Can, mostly in the Pacific, but it still a fact. Had they put the K into production, nothing the Nazi's had could have done anything but run away from it. The War Production Board refused this massive update because the secondary factory was not up and running yet, and the P-38 was deemed too important to the war effort to slow down, and good enough. I guess you think they were wrong too huh?
At this point, I don't really care about your opinions on how the Nazi supermen were the bestest enemy and those subhuman Japs were just clowns and easy kills.
I'll leave it to Coli to cover your first two 'points'
It's funny you cherry picked that out of your own source(the one below for the slow readers) but ignored the reports overall positive nature. It's also amusing you post this report since it blows your silly "but it didn't have a blown canopy" argument out of the sky. Very few P-38s broke up in compressibility dives, it was well known if you throttled back and waited until you got back down into thick air you could use the trim tabs to pull it out. Structural damage from trying to force the controls when locked into a compressibility dive was not a P-38 only problem, a number of Mustangs had their tails rip off due to it. It also amusing the people doing the test and maintenance work struggled with the P-38, since they couldn't get it back together right. It's ok though, all the good P-38 mechanics were int he Pacific and MTO. The real reason the Air Force got rid of the P-38 as quick as they could when the war ended was that they were very expensive and complicated, and required more men and hours to keep in top flying shape. The Army Air Force faced the same budget cuts as the rest of the services and had to settle for the P-51 when the P-47N was a better aircraft. These are the reason the F-14 was killed off as well, not because it was no longer viable. Granted by the end, there were better airframes but no other airframe but the Spitfire was still relevant, and the Spitfire was feeling it's age much more than the P-38 was.
If Tempest was so robust why were the elevators modified to reduce the forces they inflicted on its airframe? It's a good thing they had all those shitty typhoons to work out the bugs out of the airframe on, er never mind...
WARNING WARNING I covered some of the problems with this post on the P-38 above!!!! The REPORT linked in this quote is the one that talks about how great a plane the P-38 was. WARNING WARNING!
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I can't fucking believe you're still going on about the P-38 needing a bubble. For fuck sake dude, learn something, or at least shut the fuck up about it. Your own source proves your stupid opinion on this wrong. How old are you? No one will respect you, not on this forum or in real life if you can't admit you're wrong when the truth is looking you right in the eye and giving you the middle finger.
And of course the P-38 was dropped at the end of the war, the design was 6 years old you twat. That you don't get that the P-38 was competitive to the end when it was a late 30s design makes you look like one of those people who just can't ever get the truth through their heads once they have convinced themselves their ideas are brilliant. Oh and hey, did you know the P-82 dropped the Marlins and put V1710s in, and they put out more horsepower than the Merlin by a large margin? And no, it's not because of Merlin licensing costs or other such bullshit, the Allison V1710 was a better V12.
And yeah exaggerate the report to back you own bullshit while ignoring the shit that proves your other arguments wrong lol
You earned the snark in this post by walking in like an arrogant little prick and picking a fight. You want a civil conversation, try removing the brick from between your ears and stop reading shit to confirm you own retarded opinions and pick an actually relevant airplane to fanboy over, or just actually learn something.