From: Columbus. Ohio
ORIGINAL: Mike Scholl
Based on availability and effectiveness, I'd have to say the Betty.....The load wasn't
the biggest, the defense not the strongest, and the construction certainly not the
sturdiest.., but the range is the key.....The size of the Pacific made the range in-
valuable.....The game over-rates it--but it was still truely incredable for a two-
engined (or even a 4-engined) bomber.....And in the Pacific Theatre, range was
the trump card.
Bergerud in "Fire in the Sky" considers the Betty one of the worst aircraft designs of World War II and I'd tend to agree.
What great accomplishments of the Betty, exactly, can you point to in World War II? (Remember Force Z was sunk by Nells).
Basically there was no point in the Betty having a range longer than the Zero. A shorter range, better armored aircraft would have been more useful.
Yep, I never use them out side zero range unless I really need too or the is going to be on CAP.
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