On the basis of incomplete tests of a captured Focke-Wulf 190, Germany's
newest and best fighter plane, the following comparison may be made between
the FW-190 on the one hand, and the Spitfire IX and the P-38F on the other.
a. FW-190 Compared with Spitfire IX
Speed--the two planes are approximately equal at most altitudes.
Climb--up to 20,000 ft the two planes are approximately equal, but at higher altitudes the Spitfire is definitely superior.
Dive--the FW-190 excels.
Maneuverability--except in radius of turn the FW-190 is superior.
General conclusion--the Spitfire compares favorably with the FW-190, especially at high altitudes.
b. FW-190 Compared with P-38F
Speed--while the P-38 is slower at low altitudes, the two planes are approximately
equal at 20,000 ft, and at higher altitudes the P-38 rapidly excels.
Climb--the FW-190 is superior up to 15,000 ft, but after 20,000 ft, the P-38 has the advantage.
Dive--the FW-190 is faster in a dive than the P-38, particularly in the initial stages.
Maneuverability--except at lower speed of around 140 mph the FW-190 is superior and will out-turn the P-38.