America has historically never been good at dogfight with the Asian powerhouses. At least never at the onset of the fight, and that has been consistently true. You can see this over the U.S. – Japan aerial combat after the Pearl Harbor bombing where the Jap’s smaller and more efficient Mitsubishi A6M Zero planes decimated the US’s Grumman F4F Wildcats.
The same thing happened during the Korean War when China supplied its MiG-15s to their North Korean allies. The planes were 100 mph (160 km/h) faster than what the US was using in that war, the P-80 Shooting Star.
But the US always seems to have a ‘bigger gun’ card under the table. So when the dog fight was taking too long, boom, they dropped the mother of all payloads – nuclear weapons – in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Bringing their enemies to (not their knees) crawling with their bellies.
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