As my last question brought wonderful answers, i figured this one was begging to be asked. What is the most over rated aircraft of World War II?
I would have to say the A6M Zeke. Regardless of what has been said over in the other thread, the allies had aircraft that could turn with the Zero. One of those being the P-36 Mohawk that could actually turn inside the A6M. Both the Buffalo and Wildcat, in proper hands, could compete on an even mark with the A6M2. Of course this was in a dog fight that was a furr ball. Where the Zero had its advantage was in speed and climb, but this came at an expense the aircraft was fragile as hell. A good placed first burst could down it. The Zeke had no armor plate or self sealing fuel tanks. In most cases didn't even carry a radio in the early stages of the war.
All these protections for the pilots that were dropped off the Zeke is what made the American planes rugged as hell. All the American planes could absorb tons more dameage then the Zeke.
Once the tactics were figured out the negated the Zekes speed, the Zero lost its invincibility and its reputation.