Learn more about the history, tactics and helicopters flown by the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War during which the U.S. Navy made approximately 25% of the combat rescues.
Army Air Force pilots who flew the P-51 will say it was the best performing fighter in the world. Postwar publicity has anointed the P-51 as the best fighter of the war. Navy and Marine Corps aviators who flew the F4U take issue with the Air Force's contention and say the Corsair, hands down, is the best. This article takes a look at each airplane's history, combat record an actual comparison and flight test data to provide some facts.