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Sabre vs MiG-15; similar to Bf 109 vs Spitfire
You had always compared the duel Sabre vs MiG with the duel Zero vs P-40,
and it is quite right, but it also remiond me another duel between classic
fighters: the duel Bf 109E Emil vs Spitfire Mk I over England in the
summer-autumn of 1940.
The Bf 109 had some similarities (also important differences) with the
Sabre: both were flying over enemy soil (the Bf 109 did it over the Thames
estuary, the Sabre did over the Yalu river) so both had limited fuel for
only 20' of aerial combat before to be forced to disengage, as both the
Spitfire and the MiG-15 could be in CAP at least 45', the Messerchmitt and
the Sabre usually disengaged of a Spitfire/MiG performing an steep diving
(the Messerchmitt could do dit becuase its fuel inyection engine could
resist negative g, and the carburators in the Spitfire could not; the Sabre
did it because it could resist a supersonic diving as the MiG could not),
and at high altitudes the Emil/Sabre were outmaneuvered by their opponents
the Spitfire/MiG-15. Of course, the main difference between the Bf 109E and
the Sabre was that, as the Bf 109E was better armed than the Spitfire (3
machinegus of 7.92 mm and a cannon of 20 mm against the six Vickers
machineguns of 7.7 mm) the Sabre was not better armed than the MiG-15 (six
0.50" vs the already mentioned 37 and 23 mm cannons). Addittionally, I think
the Emil outclimbed the Spitfire, as the MiG-15 did so to the Sabre.
What do you think about it?
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