Showdown: Air Combat P-51D Mustang vs Me-109

Please note:  While there is some good information in this comparison, a blatant lie is told. Observe the high mounting of the exhaust stacks, and the large airscoop, on this supposed “G” model Me 109.  Also in the video, note the gun positions on this restored 109, which coincide with the description of the early “C” model in Development and Service below.

This is NOT an inverted engine that later model 109’s were equipped with; but one of the earliest model 109’s that were used in the Spanish Civil War in 1937.  I’m mystified as to why they would insist on this fraud.

From Fact Sheets  Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10:

Development and Service
The Bf 109B first entered combat with German-manned Condor Legion units during the Spanish Civil War, and they were a welcome replacement for the obsolete Heinkel He 51 biplane fighter. The Bf 109C, introduced in 1938, retained the twin 7.9mm MG 17 machine guns mounted above the engine but replaced the single MG 17 firing through the propeller spinner with two MG 17s in the wings.

Observe the actual side view of a “G” model 109. 

071017-F-1234S-032DAYTON, Ohio — Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note the low position of the exhaust stacks, and the improved canopy.  The 30mm cannon fired through the propeller shaft.

071017-F-1234S-033

 

 

 

 

 

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: One 30mm MK 108 cannon and two 13mm MG 131 machine guns
Engine: One Daimler-Benz DB 605D inverted V rated at 1,850 hp for take-off
Maximum speed: 426 mph at 24,280 ft.
Range: 373 miles
Ceiling: 41,400 ft.
Span: 32 ft.
Length: 29 ft. 5 in.
Height: 8 ft. 2.5 in.
Weight: 5,800 lbs.

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=505

Ironically, the actual WWII clips you will see during the first part of this video are of the “E” model 109, used in the Battle of Britain in 1940 and 41.  Note the less streamlined nose, which housed a 20mm cannon; it also had two machine guns in the nose, one 20mm cannon in each wing, and struts to brace the tail section.  Later clips do show the “G”. The first “G” models appeared in 1942, and many variants of this model were produced.  The Gustav had one 30mm cannon and two machine guns in the nose.

Obtained from YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1J8J6YxhJk

Published on Nov 13, 2013

Among all the fighter planes of World War II, the P-51 Mustang and the Messerschmitt Me-109 fly at the top of the list. The 109 provided the backbone of German fighter forces. And when the Mustang entered service, it riddled Germany with bombing raids.

Season 1, Ep. 3
Original airdate: October 12, 2008

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