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A Wildcat flying from Akagi? - 8/23/2019 9:36:21 AM   
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https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2019/08/usmc-to-first-fly-f-35b-from-japans-izumo-class-aircraft-carriers/
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RE: A Wildcat flying from Akagi? - 8/25/2019 11:00:11 PM   
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This seems to be the plan. Oh and it is the Kaga, not Akagi.

Interesting the article mentions several times the eventual Japanese F-35Bs will be operated by the Air Force (JASDF), not the Navy (JMSDF). Guess this makes sense from a logistics, maintenance, and training perspective given the JASDF is getting numerous F-35As.

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RE: A Wildcat flying from Akagi? - 8/26/2019 5:58:33 PM   
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It was just a title for comparative proposes. It was if an Wildcat would be flying from Akagi in 1941.

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RE: A Wildcat flying from Akagi? - 8/26/2019 6:26:12 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Dili

It was just a title for comparative proposes. It was if an Wildcat would be flying from Akagi in 1941.

If the Japanese had an organized intel program to capture and test out Allied aircraft they probably could have assembled one and tried it out.

There was a thread a couple of years ago about the US Intel program to test out enemy aircraft. A lot of effort to retrieve some wrecks but the intel was very useful, especially given the number of new allied pilots needing every edge they could get.

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RE: A Wildcat flying from Akagi? - 8/26/2019 6:42:23 PM   
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An A6M2 was captured virtually intact in the Aleutians. The pilot flipped it when he tried to land on soft ground. The tests from that plane was used to develop the F6F Hellcat.

The Germans had an entire unit to repair and test captured Allied aircraft. They even used some in combat.

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