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In WW2, German pilots considered the Focke-Wulf FW 190 fighter aircraft better than its American equivalent- the P-51D Mustang.

Summary

This article on the National Air and Space Museum site makes the following points about the FW190:
  • The only completely successful German piston-engined fighter introduced during WW2.
  • They entered service in late 1943, just as the American 8th Air Force commenced daylight raids over Germany.
  • Top speed of 692kph at 11,300m.
  • Armament: 2 x 20mm and 2x 13 mm cannons.
  • Some aircraft carried bombs.
  • Also used as night fighters.
  • Some aircraft were involved in the Battle of the Bulge airfield attacks.
  • After the war, the Soviets used captured FW 190 D-9s as torpedo bombers.

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Source Information: National Air and Space Museum