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  1. Did you just completely ignore what I posted above? I don't fly on dogfight servers such as Berloga, mind you. Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary all were targets and fought actively against the USAAFs strategic bombing campaign. There were tens of dogfights between '109s and P-51s over Bulgaria alone with confirmed losses on both sides.
  2. Thank you, although I definitely do not consider myself expert on Yaks. The advantage I have is that I understand Russian. ☺️ English language resources to start with - check Yefim Gordon's two volumes "Yakovlev Fighters of World War II" (2005) and "Yakovlev Piston Engined Fighters" (2013), Vlad Antipov and Igor Utkin's "Dragons on Bird's Wings: The combat story of 812th IAP" (2006), and Osprey Duel 65 "Bf 109 E/F vs Yak-1/7, Eastern Front 1941-42". As someone who flies mostly the '109 and Yaks since the days of "Il-2 Forgotten Battles", I can wholeheartedly say yes to this! The G-2 and G-4, and Yak-1 and Yak-7 are similar yet quite different - the heavier airframe of the latter is quite noticeable, although you get a very improved ground handling.
  3. Here's a good comparison of the two: https://stormbirds.blog/2016/12/23/reviewing-the-bf109g-4/ The G-4 is heavier (reinforced undercarriage system and wing) and has more drag (fixed tail wheel, wing bulges). Yes, it's not as major as on the G-6 but is is noticeable. It climbs worse and is slower than the G-2 at the same ATA rating. The G-2 with 1.42ATA would be some 10-15km/h faster than the G-4. That's not something to throw away especially if you're up against a P-51.
  4. Externally, I think only the radio antenna mast. In terms of performance, quite a bit - it had the wing from the Yak-9D with extra tanks, reinforced construction with thicker plywood covering and reinforced wing-fuselage joint (these allowing higher dive speed), emergency jettison of the canopy, automated water cooler, pneumatic gun reload system, improved radio set and filters for the radirator intakes. Entered production in May 1944 as Yak-9 Series 25. It also got the M-105PF2 engine either in September or October 1944, this having 1350HP at takeoff and low altitude. There was a PVO version with decreased fuel load, improved cockpit equipment for night and poor weather flying, radiocompass and landing light. I'd say comparing it to a '109G-14 in that it was an attempt to standardize all minor production line improvements and a more powerful engine isn't too far off.
  5. Not really difficult since the -9T is being made. The -9M used the fuselage of the -9T with reinforced frame and canopy moved further back but with a host of small improvements that made the the standard '44 model. I don't think it was ever called -M officially though. Just Yak-9 Series xx .
  6. Aside from the Finnish example, the Royal Bulgarian Air Force operated around 84-88 G2s and G4s, mostly G2s, these being heavily engaged against the 15th USAAF from Operation Pointblank up to September 1944. The first batch of brand new 16 G2s was develivered in March 1943, followed by more (new and used) from June 1943 onwards, the last batch arriving in January 1944. I would imagine these were, at least most, enabled for 1.42ata. Bulgarian pilots certainly felt confident when engaging even Mustangs and considered the 109 a very fast fighter (it's official nickname was Стрела - Arrow). These were, ironically, later used against the Germans although they didn't see air combat against the Luftwaffe. As far as I know, Romania used a fair number of G2s including against the USAAF over Bucharest and Ploesti, and I believe the Royal Hungarian Air Force too used them extensively. Both fought against the Soviets. Between these you have four Axis nations that used several hundred G2s (and G4s) throughout '43-45. I don't see why it wouldn't be overall historically accurate to have a 1.42ata G2 against late war USAAF or Soviet airplanes.
  7. Burdokva + BOBP Thank you for the fantastic giveaway, The-Doctor!
  8. Some quick notes: The power band of the M-105 family ranged from 1050HP to 1350HP in the final M-105PF2 version. The M-105 and M-107 (later re-designated as VK- on their designer Vladimir Klimov) are not the same engine, although the M-107A was developed from the M-105. The M-107 was rated at 1600HP but due to issues with overheating and oil leaks was limited to 1500HP in operations almost up to the end of the war in Europe. The AM-35 and AM-38 are actually the same engine with a different supercharger setup (high/low altitude one). One of the main reasons the MiG-3 was stopped on the production line was to prioritize all engines for the Sturmovik. Interesting how a high-altitude optimized 1750HP late production AM-38 would perform on the MiG-3...
  9. Thank you very much, GiftZahnsSteigern! I though that the подъем / въiпуск level controller the angle... and it seems I often flew with flaps down! 🤪
  10. I recently bought BoM and, surprisingly, I am having a blast flying the MiG-3! It's like a race car with a bad attitude that, when flown well, can take on a 109F... Yet, I can't figure out my flap positions! I know how they operate - single push on the release flap button drops them, hold and the angle can be a djusted - same for retraction. But I fly without UI (no compass, no flight data, etc. - just chat info in multiplayer) and I can't figure out what the lever shows. If I press and hold, no matter how much time I hold, it stays either in the uppermost or downward most position, so there is no way to know the angle. Any ideas?
  11. Sounds awesome, thank you busdriver! Eh, not exactly entertaining but it's thematic for BoN...
  12. Fantastic giveaway, Varibraun! There's no other gaming communicaty like the flight simmers! Hard pressed to list a first person book in English as most of those that I've read were in Bulgarian. I will list two - One of First Division by Georgi Georgiev The first hand story of an officer of the First Sofian Division - the Iron Division, as it was called, during the First World War. Full of both brutal combat, including hand to hand, on the supposedly "stale" fronts in the Balkans, both in Greece and Romania. A book that's shaped and moulded Bulgarian psyche to this day, even if many people don't know it. Across my Memories by Stoyan Iliev Very touching memories from a participant in both World Wars. Honorable mention (even though it's not first person) to Dragons on Bird Wings: The Combat History of the 812th Fighter Regiment Very well researched and very beatifully prepared volume that is, as far as I know, the only unit history of a Soviet fighter unit in English (maybe at all). Only minus is that the publishing house is defunct and Volume II likely won't ever see the light of the day. The 812th was one of the best Soviet units, having destroyed over 500 enemy planes in the air. It's also one of the participants in both BoS and BoK. Do yourself a favour, find one of the few remaninig copies and treat yourself with an obscure subject that's related to our favourite sim! My number is 8. Battle of Bodenplatte, as I have the rest of the WWII stable and Collector's Planes.
  13. Both "lines" were developed from the same I-26 prototype. Due to Soviet nomenclature in aircraft naming people assume they are different models but more truthfully, they are major versions of an aircraft - much like the Bf 109's E - G, or Spitfire major Marks. Generally, the Yak-1b would be marginally slower and more maneuverable. The Yak-9 was the "heavier" frame so it should feel that way, both more solid and just a bit more heavier during maneuvers. It should be slightly faster in level speed owing to improved aerodynamic and a new wing design. There's definitely a distinct feeling to them in the old 1946 although you could hop in either and still feel comfortable.
  14. By the entirety of the VVS RKKA, actually. The -9T wasn't used as a dedicated ground attack fighter. The 37mm NS gun was installed to address the issue of the limited firepower of the Yak-9, especially against the armored 190Fs. It was a pure fighter and most Soviet aces liked it better than the 20mm gun version as the heavier cannon was used like an airbourne sniper. It was too poorly armored, vulnerable, low payload for main armament, no bomb racks, etc. The base -9 had two dedicated versions for ground pounding - the (much maligned) -9B "bomber" and the -9K armed with a 45mm cannon. Both were produced in very limited quantities (the -9K actually pre-series only and was field tested by the 812th IAP in 1944, never actually deployed in services) and were, overall, disliked. The -9B in particular. No Yak family fighter was ever put in a dedicated ground attack role after the rushed use of the original Yak-1s in 1941 with rockets and bombs.
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