High Jump

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  1. IIRC, the Japanese pilots were forced to wear parachutes later in the war due the high cost of losing skilled pilots.

    They often had several thousands of hours more training than the pilots they were fighting. Add in the fact that the Mitsubishi Zero was the best fighter at the start of the war, and it is clear why the Americans really struggled until the newer planes were developed.

    Beautiful drawings of the aircraft.