Covers 11 U.S. fighter types produced for WWII, with a combined production total of 100,000+. Includes: Army Lockheed P-38 Lightning, P-39 Airacobra, Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk/Kittyhawk/Warhawk, P-47 Thunderbolt, North American P-51 Mustang, Northrop P-61 Black Widow, and the Navy F2A Buffalo, F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair, and F6F Hellcat fighters. Includes heavily illustrated overview of earlier inter-war production from 1920-on, along with wartime experimental types. Includes engine models, supercharger types, propellers, aerodynamic thrust, lift and drag, aircraft weight, balance, stability and control, and armament. Details the models and changes, numbers produced, and major engine and aircraft performance aspectsóin tabular and graphical formódetails of weights, discussion of handling qualities, and descriptions & many illustrations of aircraft structures. Concludes with comparisons of milestones, aircraft drag, power available at various altitudes, speed, climb, rolling and turning, acceleration, and diving performance, etc.