United States Flying Tigers 40-45 40#7#（250） 41#8#（260)42#8.5#(265)43#9.5#（275）44#10#（280）45#11#（285）26
United States Flying Tigers 40-45 40#7#（250） 41#8#（260)42#8.5#(265)43#9.5#（275）44#10#（280）45#11#（285）
After the withdrawal of Soviet aid to China Air Force, Japan advanced into the Zero fighter in the war of aggression against China. In the Pacific when the war began, almost entirely on the Japanese Zero fighter to win air superiority. Japanese naval and ground forces of the military strategy is based on a concept that will clear all the Zero fighter stop the Japanese resistance.
In May 1937, Chennault went to China, and soon became technical adviser to the Chinese Air Force. He revised the training program to teach new pilots the new tactics, and the establishment of a large radio and telephone networks to predict the arrival of Japanese bombers. 1938 Chennault first came to Kunming, the proposed Wujiaba Airport renovation and expansion, making it China's most important future war against Japan and flight training bases.
Flying Tigers Chennault's success was mainly due to the shackles of dogma is not taught in the tactics. Chennault taught his subordinates: "Use your speed and ability to conduct a dive assault, shooting, off." In order to explain his views clear, Chennault as a football coach as a blackboard with chalk diagrams on his tactics; flight training When he binoculars mounted on a bamboo swing on take the child to observe the pilot's flying skills.
Chennault After years of observation and analysis: the books of Japanese pilots on flight theory know a lot of extraordinary courage, but lack of initiative and common sense, small changes in air tactics. Their disadvantage is that in battle, always strictly adhere to established tactics, their bombers flying in formation is always compiled thorough, even if the other machine's powerful attack the expulsion, not scattered formation, like in Tokyo like flying in formation over the performance of their expulsion plane formation as well.
December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. On 18 December the same year, the Chinese Air Force United States Air volunteer team (commonly known as the Flying Tigers), II squadron stationed Wujiaba Airport. US-made P-40 fighter jets began with the Japanese Zero fighter real fight. From a performance point of view, P-40 fighter aircraft is not a zero-rival, but Chennault Air Force fighter base for the Japanese fleet, attack, block and other characteristics and patterns of skilled trained Flying Tigers players, as well as early warning network along the country's original , especially the use of flexible air combat technique, the Japanese air force large suffer a loss of a large number of aircraft.
December 20, 1941 morning, 10 twin-engine Mitsubishi bomber took off from Hanoi, without fighter escort to attack 300 miles outside of Kunming. Reach over the Dianchi Lake, the Japanese pilots unexpectedly saw four fighters to attack them, Japanese planes dropped bombs, turn around and fly to Hanoi. Soon, there have been 10 local head of the canine teeth of a shark painted aircraft, Mitsubishi received a bomber shot down by one, ultimately only a safe return to Hanoi. Since then, there is no fighter escort on bombing machine will not dare go to Kunming.
Since then many times on machine grips with the Flying Tigers, ended in defeat, so angry, abusive in their big radio in "lawless bandits", "wafer tactics," while Chinese soldiers and civilians are clapping and cheering.
At that time the main airport in Kunming Wujiaba model is P-40 "Tomahawk" fighter. P-40 fighter has a very thick layer of armor to protect the pilot, and thus body weight, relatively fast straight flight time, dive time can reach very high speeds. But too heavy, and lightweight and flexible compared to the Japanese fighter, P-40 fighter relatively slow climb, the operation is not flexible. Therefore, the Flying Tigers had to develop new tactics, as the main use of the P-40 fighters to play for other purposes, such as aerial photography reconnaissance plane, night fighter or dive bomber. Ground crew also give full play to creativity, to improve P-40 fighter combat. These converted aircraft is very diverse, so that a Flying Tigers players joked: "If we have a periscope, then we can turn the P-40 fighter jets when the submarine use."
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Flying Tigers changing the number of the body, the front-end P-40 fighter jets painted a different color, and frequent replacement of these colors. They do so is to make the enemy have a misconception that the Flying Tigers have more aircraft and their operations. These practices are very effective, so that the fall of 1942, in Tokyo, Japan, vowed that the radio broadcast, will destroy the Flying Tigers of all 200 aircraft. In fact, the Flying Tigers were only 29 aircraft in service. Air, the Flying Tigers in radio contact when players change their voice, to non-existent "squadron" orders to the Japanese created a false impression that the Japanese believe that the Flying Tigers in the strength of absolute advantage, This fool those monitoring the Flying Tigers of the Japanese radio frequency.
To fight for air supremacy, the United States to be outdone industrial development. The end of 1942, as big and fast and there are heavy armored Sid Knox P-38 Lightning fighter emergence of Zero fighter doom. P-38 fighter pilot can choose to play at what time when playing in, Zero fighters destroyed the records more and more. In 1943, the U.S. Navy to be able to deal with the Grumman F6F fighter Zero fighter used in the Pacific War, then, the Republican's development and production of large P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft has become a Japanese rival, the Sea of Japan, land Air Force gradual loss of air superiority. North America manufacturing superior P-51 Mustang fighter appeared late, then, Wujiaba stationed hundreds of aircraft on the airport's P-51 fighter, always watching over the Dianchi Lake, both from Vietnam, Myanmar to take off Japanese planes bombed to Kunming, or intercept the Japanese aircraft transport Hump, most P-51 Mustang became the target aircraft.
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