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Ace "Pappy" Boyington scored most of his victories flying one of the best combat aircraft of World War II the F4U Corsair. But the Japanese Zero was still a formidable opponent. On January 3rd 1944 Pappy tangled with a group of Zeros in a dramatic fight.
During World War II the last thing a Thunderbolt pilot wanted was to get in a dogfight with a Focke-Wulf 190 at low altitude. But in early 1944, that's exactly what happened to Don Gentile. The result was a heart-pounding dogfight.
A US naval aviator named John Thach devised tactics that allowed the F4F Wildcat to fight the technologically superior Zero on equal terms.
Speed and maneuverability are the most important features in a combat fighter. The Japanese Zero had both, making it the deadliest plane in the Pacific during the early months of World War II.
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- Premiered: June 15, 2008
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: Aerial battles conducted during wartime are recalled in this documentary series. (more)