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  1. It's beautiful what you are doing with this simulator. Impressive! Once again thank you all team for this fantastic update 👌 Maximum joy over here 👌
  2. Could the devs add the following line in the patch list😀: "Today we will let you experience the very first P-51 "Drama" in our sim history, please enjoy and don't forget to complain, enjoy summer, cheers!" BTW thank you for the hard work 1CGS team! You rule 👌
  3. Thank you for the track and your observations. Is it possible that the AI is programmed to drag you for some other AI in the sector and that as long as you're not in a firing position he will let you follow him to so that you can get bagged by wingmen? How does AI react in multiple ac environment (with wingmen)? Could it be that we do not have an Ai able recognize and focus on tactics required for a 1 vs 1 situation, instead it is focusing in team tactics and working to prolong the fight to eventually lose (well because it is alone: drag is good but there is no bag)?
  4. As said: Tomahawk and also C47 or li-2! I'd like a four bladed propeller P39Q too. With that, why not an early Lagg3, the Yak9T, and the magnificent I153.
  5. Fantastic news, you guys at 1CGS rock the sim world!
  6. I found that in Luftwaffe Test Pilot, by Hans-Werner LERCHE, p 129 : thought it would be interesting to share with those who do not have the book 🙂: "As things were, only the Messerschmitt Me 262 was actually superior to the enemy piston-engined fighters with regard to maximum and climbing speeds. But it was at a great disadvantage in numbers, however, and sometimes perhaps also wrongly used tactically. Thus, it was reported again and again that a Me 262 had been shot down by a Mustang, Thunderbolt or Tempest despite its superior maximum speed, and i have often seen myself how Me 262 pilots let themselves in for dog-fights with enemy fighters which put them at a distinct disadvantage. Apart from unavoidable surprise attacks at higher altitudes and especially during the landing approach, when the fighter was hanging in the air clumsily with its udercarriage and flaps down, it was dog-fighting in particular that the Me 262 had to avoid at all costs. It is a fact that aircraft with high wing loading need high minimum speed in a turn (and thus greater radius) to hold themselves in the air, and that in a tight turn the load to be carried by the wings will be increased to three or four times the normal gross weight due to the centrifugal force. Therefore in this flight condition the airflow hits the wing at rather high angles of attack than just before landing. This creates vastly increased drag, to overcome which the aircraft needs more thrust from its power plants -and this is exactly what the jet engines could not provide in low speed flight. This characteristic of the Me 262 was clearly apparent during the take-off as well: if the throttles were fully opened, the acceleration was very much less than with a piston-engined fighter, and it took some blind trust to rely on an increase in the jet thrust with increasing speed. The Jet fighters therefore took a lot of time to accelerate again after coming out of a tight curve. The Thunderbolt may be considered tactically similar compared with its piston-engined adversaries [...] It had to avoid low-level flying and dog-fighting and could not afford to lose speed if it did not want to 'get a licking'. "
  7. LOL Gambit21, It was not only US air force pilots! "When i had acquired some practice with the Mustang, i found it fun to take off with only little fuel, i.e. at low weight, retract the undercarriage and landing flaps at once and then immediately fly a full circle close to the ground. Apart from everything else, this manoeuvre really showed the agility of this fighter. " "It was fun to fly such an excellent and responsive aircraft both at low level and at higher altitudes, i was really enthusiastic about it. The Mustang also excelled in turning flight, and if i remeber correcly, my P-51B clocked about 670 km/h (416 mph) at an altitude of 7000 m (23.000ft). " in: Luftwaffe test pilot, by Hans-Werner LERCHE, Janes Publishing Company limited, 1980, p119
  8. CBI theatre in this series could be an answer!
  9. Oh i see i misundestood your post, my bad! Of course in a what if scenario with pilots highly trained and combat experienced (number of kills is not the unique and ultimate criteria and it does not tell everything btw), in a target rich environnement where enemy aircraft in massive numbers (of large and non agile targets) are flying in a predictable path at way lower speeds and are sticked to a duty of mass bombing and escort duty, with (more equal?) odds no question the 262 would perform, and that would already be a formidable feat! Still you would need highly trained and combat experienced veterans to achieve that. PS About being shot down in the pattern: i do not see the problem in that, it is not as if the 262 slew down to the prop fighter's speed to fight for instance, instead they used the specificity of their oppenent's flight parameters to gain advantage, that's just what allied pilots desperately tried to do with the 262: getting them when they were vulnerable. The 262 is perhaps the only WW2 fighter that required such combat heavy support both from the air and ground: it needed lanes of flaks and specialized squadrons of high end prop fighter to protect them it is truly fascinating! (Of course all of this could not be used elsewhere on the front.)
  10. The issue with the 262 is that only Experten with an incredible amount of combat experience, confidence and flying skills could make it something like a fantastic fighter. Losing one of these pilots is more devastating for an air force than losing multiple bombers and their crews (what is more against a side that can afford the sacrifice). Without this kind of pilots, the 262 would just be like the KI84 and N1K2 japanese fighters in the end of the war: far from being used to their full potential. It's clear that the 262 is not a plane to learn to fight with like the 109, it's the weapon of a master. As such they were not a major threat and could never really be. In fact unlike the japanes designs mentionned, the 262 was used to its full potential, they were flown by some of the best fighter pilots in the world. The figures 2:1 K/D is much more a figure about what those elite pilots could do than the machine itself. IMHO It is more so in the case of the 262 than it is in general. Still the machine was a formidable design, shining, lonely, a star in a class of its own.
  11. The P-51D sure is a cool plane, but for me the P51-A is the most beautiful of them all, long before the B which i like too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R08bQJCW_Ss I know it's all feelings (i have no charts) but for me the mustangishness® is much stronger in the A ( hopefully at one point we will eventually get an allison Mustang in this sim, i'm waiting for this to happen for so many years....)
  12. Is that true? That would be really nice... (if true, could you post a link? thank you)
  13. How is engine management in the P38? Is it more or less complex than with the P40? Do they share common characteristics (manifold and rpm management)? I guess turbo must make things more complex? would that be correct?
  14. Sad news, we will remember you Kwiatek, salute!
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