|Supermarine Spitfire Mk. 1a (Source)|
|Messerschmitt Bf-109E (Source)|
That was a dark period in human history but also an interesting one. The relative merits of the Spitfire and the Messerschmitt have been much discussed since the Battle of Britain. I suppose that opposing aircraft will always be discussed this way. Which one was faster, more maneuverable, which had the heavier armament? But in the end, I think it will come down to the human in the cockpit. As it always has.
Men like these (and now women) will always be the determining factor as to which pilot goes home and which one does not. Yes, the machine is important, but the brain which controls the hand on the stick is crucial.
|RAF Wing Commander James E. "Johnny" Johnson (Source)|
|Luftwaffe Generalleutnant Adolf "Dolfo" Galland (Source)|
(You'll have to click on through to the Tube o' You to watch this but it's worth it. Trust me.)