Aviation Archive: No. 25: Twin Engined Fighters of WW2

The twin-engined piston fighters of World War 2 were something of a paradox. On paper, it all made perfect sense. Give a fighter double the ‘horses’ and it can carry double the firepower twice as far. This class of aircraft were fast, big and muscular and many viewed them as the future of air superiority. While lighter fighters were intended for defence, the ‘destroyers’, or Zerstörers as the Germans called them, were intended for offensive missions: to escort bombers on missions at long …

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