How Would a Modern Jet Fare Against Propeller Planes in WW2?

Suppose, just suppose, we were to pit the best propeller-driven fighter from the Second World War and the best modern jet fighter currently available against each other.

Would the outcome be a forgone conclusion? Or would the propeller plane have at least a fighting chance? 

The answer, it turns out, might actually surprise you. 

Why were propeller aircraft replaced with jet aircraft?

The short answer is they weren’t, at least not completely. Propeller aircraft are still commonplace today, albeit in more specialized roles.

A full discussion on the differences between these two types of engines is far beyond the scope of this article, but we’ll attempt to make a quick and dirty comparison for brevity. 

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