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  • Fighter roll rates.

    Lookin to add to data base. Can anyone add other fighters stats to this?



    The P-63 had an impressive roll rate, besting the P-47, P-40, N1K2 and P-51 with a rate of 110 per second at 275 mph. [citation needed]


    FW 190 The roll rate was 162 degrees at 410 km/h (255 mph)

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    Japanese Zero:

    "Roll rate is enhanced by servo tabs on the ailerons which deflect opposite to the ailerons and make the control force much lighter. The disadvantage is that they reduce the maximum roll effect at full travel. At 160 mph (260 km/h) the A6M2 had a roll rate of 56 degrees per second. Because of wing flexibility, roll effectiveness dropped to near zero at about 300 mph indicated airspeed."

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      Originally posted by Tom D View Post
      Japanese Zero:

      "Roll rate is enhanced by servo tabs on the ailerons which deflect opposite to the ailerons and make the control force much lighter. The disadvantage is that they reduce the maximum roll effect at full travel. At 160 mph (260 km/h) the A6M2 had a roll rate of 56 degrees per second. Because of wing flexibility, roll effectiveness dropped to near zero at about 300 mph indicated airspeed."
      Very good point. The roll rate varied with speed. The P-40 and Wildcat could not maneuver at lower airspeeds with the zero, but as long as they maintained sufficient airspeed they could dive away and use an aileron turn
      (a partial roll combined with elevator input) to escape. Given sufficient altitude they could then zoom climb to a position to re-engage.
      "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen." - Albert Einstein

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