A modern piston engine fighter

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A modern piston engine fighter
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:21 am
  • The North American P-51 mustang (which was the best fighter plane in WW2 and some say the most perfect plane ever built) is over 75 years old.

    This got me thinking with today modern technology could engineers build a better piston engie fighter today? I know its not war time and we have jets, plus the government isn't issue any frag orders for a new piston engine fighter.

    The brits had the RR Merlin but the plane was drawn up and built in 120 days.

    Its hard to dream a dream when its 75 years old. ;)
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Re: A modern piston engine fighter
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:15 am
  • Today's two stroke cycle engines and four stroke flat head, overhead valve and overhead cam engines have all been improved. But, there are now more candidates from which to chose.

    The liquid piston concept, still in it's infancy, is intriguing >>>>> https://liquidpiston.com/technology/how-it-works/

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Re: A modern piston engine fighter
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:59 am
  • I'm not the least impressed with the thoughts of a wankle rotary engine, matter of fact they suck. A lot of rpm's but the durability is were the problems lie.

    If you want to see a amazing engine youtube seach: power heads boss 351. DOHC 10.5 compression making over 500hp on pump gas. Real wicked sounding engine with open headers. :179417:
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Re: A modern piston engine fighter
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:48 pm
  • RevelAero is building a new plane, the X project which will give you three models, Talon, Stryker and the Voodoo. The first two are piston powered and the Voodoo is a jet. Single seaters that you become part of you. The Voodoo they are talking speeds of 300 to 400 mph. Looks alot like a F 18.

    Youtube X project Voodoo :179417:
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Re: A modern piston engine fighter
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:59 pm
  • Chawker wrote:RevelAero is building a new plane, the X project which will give you three models, Talon, Stryker and the Voodoo. The first two are piston powered and the Voodoo is a jet. Single seaters that you become part of you. The Voodoo they are talking speeds of 300 to 400 mph. Looks alot like a F 18.

    Youtube X project Voodoo :179417:


    What?
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Re: A modern piston engine fighter
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:40 pm
  • Wat up pe?

    You're not a plane enthusiast are you?
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Re: A modern piston engine fighter
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:05 am
  • Astral plane, yes.
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Re: A modern piston engine fighter
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:23 pm
  • The biggest issue with piston pounders is that the fuel they use is drying up, and less is being produced. In fact, it's being phased out entirely due to the use of tetraethyl lead. For the military, that's a major issue.
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Re: A modern piston engine fighter
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:35 pm
  • Not piston engined.. but turbo props are being re-evaluated. The A 29 Super Tucano is going to be the next big thing in attack aircraft, for a number of reasons.

    re: P-51.. its a really good aircraft but youd never settle "the best fighter of WWII" in a real discussion. And there are just too many variables.. high level? low level? should range come into it?

    P-51, Spitfire, Tempest, Fw-190, Ki-84, Ta-152, F6F, F4U, Mosquito.. all could have a case made for them.
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Re: A modern piston engine fighter
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:23 am
  • Vetamur wrote:Not piston engined.. but turbo props are being re-evaluated. The A 29 Super Tucano is going to be the next big thing in attack aircraft, for a number of reasons.

    re: P-51.. its a really good aircraft but youd never settle "the best fighter of WWII" in a real discussion. And there are just too many variables.. high level? low level? should range come into it?

    P-51, Spitfire, Tempest, Fw-190, Ki-84, Ta-152, F6F, F4U, Mosquito.. all could have a case made for them.


    Your talking to a guy that also believes the “new Bronco” by Ford is going to replace/overtake the Jeep Wrangler.
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Re: A modern piston engine fighter
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:32 pm
  • Vetamur wrote:re: P-51.. its a really good aircraft but youd never settle "the best fighter of WWII" in a real discussion. And there are just too many variables.. high level? low level? should range come into it?

    P-51, Spitfire, Tempest, Fw-190, Ki-84, Ta-152, F6F, F4U, Mosquito.. all could have a case made for them.


    Agreed...Although the P-51D was considered the cream of the crop in WWII in terms of speed and agility, you're right, a host of other warbirds all excelled in particular dynamics and could make a case for air superiority in its own right. But as mentioned, there are too many variables to call one the very best over all others in every way. But if I get to choose - and for my own reasons - I am going with the P-38, P-51D, F4U and Spitfire.
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