Sub­ject: Two More for the Top Ten

Flight Journal - - AIRDROP - James Lef­fler

I know this is late, but I had to men­tion the ex­clu­sion of the Hawker Hurricane and Grum­man F4F Wild­cat in your ar­ti­cle on the top 10 fighters (April 2017). Both could have made hon­or­able men­tion at least, in my opin­ion.

The Hawker Hurricane played a huge role in the Bat­tle of Bri­tain, scor­ing more planes de­stroyed than the Spit­fire. It was used as a cat­a­pult-launched mer­chant-ship de­fender, night fighter, fighter bomber, and even tank buster, and it served in Europe, Asia, and North Africa.

The Wild­cat served from Pearl Har­bor to the end of the war. It more than held the line against the best pi­lots and planes the Ja­panese had through 1942, with a 7-to-1 kill ra­tio.

Butch O’Hare, Joe Foss, Mar­ion Carl, and John Thach, among many other aces, got the most out of this far-too-often-over­looked air­plane. And while there are com­plaints about it, it was the best plane for the job at that time and did it well. I liked your list; I just would have liked to have seen these two in­cluded.

Good points, James. — BD

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