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  1. See also Prien's response on the same blog: http://falkeeins.blogspot.com/2018/08/notes-on-cult-of-fighter-ace-example-of.html
  2. Good to know, my own 'tests' have been of a less scientific standard However, did your test start with cold engine, thus include warming up and taxiing? I ask because there is a P-39 debate raging in another forum and here it is mentioned that the P-39 with 87 gallons internal used about 1/3 of it's fuel warming up, taxiing, takeoff and climb to 25,000 ft (from memory)! I haven't tried with the P-39, but my initial impression when trying with the say the Fw 190 cold start, that the fuel consumption during warmup- takeoff is not that great. Different engines, so that may play a role. Sorry for the topic diversion.
  3. However, this does not take into account other factors that also separate a 'simgame' from RL, such as: Fuel consumption goes up dramatically with the use of higher engine settings; probably modeled, though I've no idea how correctly. RL WWII pilots didn't fly missions where the enemy was met after 5 mins, as a norm; often missions were required flying a longer distance to possibly engage the enemy, and if that went well, they then had to fly home. Using combat or emergency power uncritically, might put you in a precarious position; particularly if there is a considerable stretch of ocean, jungle or barren desert that has to be traversed. Having a refly button in the cockpit, makes a lot of difference for 'virtual' pilots.
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    Runaway-Tactics

    I haven't read that book, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if your opinion of the book is spot on. That doesn't detract from the Luftwaffe's own classification of Schlacht pilots as bomber pilots. In general, whether the Airacobra met Fw 190 fighters or Fw 190 Jabos, I doubt that they shot down any where near as many as they claimed.
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    Runaway-Tactics

    Fw 190 pilots of the Schlacht- and Schnellkampf Geshwader were considered bomber pilots by the Luftwaffe; some were certainly experienced fighter pilots, while others probably had flown 2-engine bombers or Stukas earlier. Either way, once with a ground attack unit, they were bomber pilots, even if their mount was a Fw 190 or Bf 109. My source on this is Arthy and Jessen's books on the Focke Wulf in North Africa and Sicily.
  6. Wasn't it specifically the Emil that had this problem, and it was fixed with the Friedrich? Or am I remembering it wrong? That has happened before, so entirely possible,
  7. Tthe devs have already said that they will look at this and fix it when time allows, iirc.
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    La-5FN - impressions?

    Even if there were 37 it's not a lot. The Luftwaffe lost something like 1200 aircraft on operations during Dec '44.
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    La-5FN - impressions?

    Yeah, I know, because that's so overrated.
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    Thoughts on the P39...

    Agreed.
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    Thoughts on the P39...

    Luftwaffe losses April-May '43, for the whole Eastern Front range from 523 to 569, destroyed and written off. Low number is Salonen and high number is Murray. Dan Zamansky
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    Thoughts on the P39...

    I don't think the P-39 pilots exaggerated their claims anymore or any less, than Yak or La pilots. Point is, we don't know how many the P-39's shot down; nor do we know how many the Yaks or the La's shot down,
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    Thoughts on the P39...

    Those aces may have got just as many kills flying another type. Either way it's not really a useful parameter; overclaiming was probably the most excessive of any theater (by both sides), only rivalled perhaps by the Far East. Without knowing the total number of enemy aicraft the Soviet P-39's claimed/ were credited with and having some idea of how many the Axis lost to P-39's; it's difficult to say how well they actually did.
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    Thoughts on the P39...

    Yet the Bf 109 shot down the highest number of enemy aircraft in he history of air warfare, which mitigates it's many faults to some extent. The same cannot be said of the P-39, whatever success the VVS may have had with it. I know that it wasn't the Bf 109 design alone; the expert hands certainly were instrumental in it's success. Some perspective is needed, however, as even in expert hands the P-39 is a very long way of the pace in combat performance compared to the 109
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