The vast majority of the documentaries and animations I’ve seen show or portray Japanese kamikaze planes as flying low close to the water on their approach to ram US ships. At most, I’ve seen a few planes dive at something close to a 45 degree angle.
Did (or why didn’t) many of the Japanese kamikaze planes of WW2 fly high and nosedive towards the target at a much more steep angle?
Wouldn’t flying high and taking a steep plunge have been more effective than flying low due to a steep dive angle creating a higher velocity, increase the chance of a destroyed plane wreckage still crashing into the ship, and limiting the ship’s anti-aircraft gun field of fire?
I’m thinking if a plane is almost directly above a ship and flies straight down, then the anti-aircraft guns would have a much harder time aiming at it.
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