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  1. It will also be interesting to see how the single engine torque is modeled. My understanding is that it could easily kill you if you lost an engine on take off, but that it can also be used to great advantage. I have read about a maneuver used against Zeros in the PTO where the P38 pulled up in a climbing turn, chopped power to the inside motor and kicked rudder to execute an immediate reversal. Then power was restored to both motors to straighten out. I’ve been wanting to try that for years, but never had the plane or the dual controls to pull it off. We shall see.
  2. I’m not so sure us wannabe Lightning pilots are all that and more, but this is early release after all. I expect things to be released when the devs are done with them, not according to what I like most. 🙄 With that said, other than the map, the P38 is what I am most looking forward to.
  3. I don’t speak for Jason, but he was clear that if you want to contribute, post your text in the linked thread. He has not stated that we are done here so if you have a bio, go for it. everyone else has been doing 2500 to 3500 characters more or less. welcome to the forum and IL2 👍
  4. The AA was in fact the most dangerous and deadly enemy for the ground attack P47s. I don’t have statistics handy, but not many of them were shot down by Luftwaffe fighters. I just don’t think you would find AA gunners that could hit you on the first burst every time you drop on a target. If we used realistic numbers of quad 20s in a mission, no one would survive it. I guess for now, it’s dumb down the AA or just don’t put 12 of them surrounding a target.
  5. If you need some more material, chapter 6 has 12 pilot bios for 1943 P-38 pilots that could give you some good information https://www.amazon.com/Jagged-Edge-Duty-Fighter-Pilots/dp/0811718425
  6. The 1st maneuver you mention is called a “split s” the 2nd is called an “Immelmann” They were both widely used since the beginning of aerobatics in WWI and certainly not stupid in any way. The split s was the standard defensive escape maneuver for the German fighters during the Battle of Britain when attacked by Spitfires. most people learn to take off and land first out of necessity. In real life it would be take off first, 90 degrees turns, and then landing. 😉 you should watch some of Requiems tutorials on YouTube, because he goes over throttle settings, rpm and speeds for taking off and landing each aircraft. To land, you need to first reduce power to your landing setting. Fly over the field into the wind at about 1000 feet and slow down. After passing the end of the runway, turn either direction and go straight about the length of the runway. This will help slow you down. Turn 90 degrees and fly back along the runway and check speed. When you are below safe speed to deploy landing gear, drop the wheels. You should be passing the end of the runway you will land on. Proceed past the runway and make another 90 degree turn towards the runway and drop landing flaps. Be ready for increased lift (ballooning) particularly in the P47. Make your final turn towards the runway and line up with your nose pointing roughly at the end of the runway. Check speed. You should be descending just above landing speed as listed in the aircraft specs. If too fast, gently pull up to slow down, or lower nose to speed up. Adjust throttle as needed but in small amounts. As you pass over the runway threshold, cut throttle and raise the nose above the horizon. Hold off the runway until the aircraft settles down in 3 point attitude. Evenly apply brakes and congratulate yourself if you didn’t bounce too high!
  7. You can change direction quickly in the P47 but it is a big, heavy aircraft. You have to maintain speed and energy. Instead of pulling high g’s in a horizontal turn, a chandelle works better. ( pull up 45 degrees, roll right or left, pull through the turn and gain speed on the way down and straighten out ). Adding a bit of flaps may be overdone at the moment, but it will give you enough lift to stay in the air in a tight turn for now.
  8. Well hopefully and surely we will be getting some additional ground objects with the release of BoBP. It would be very difficult if not impossible to make Allied front line airbases without pyramid tents, deuce 1/2 trucks, jeeps and at least a few more scenery items. We have already seen the infantry uniforms modeled so that is clearly coming as well. I don't recall seeing any mention of pillboxes, trenches or new bunkers but that would certainly be welcome. On forward airbases, there were usually no hangars or they were bombed out, so static versions of the aircraft is fairly important too. I can imagine trying to populate an airfield with 60 P38 lightnings and having to use stand in netted Pe2s. Might as well not do it.
  9. Oh well that’s good news then. I must have been asleep for a week. Today would be a good day for an update!
  10. It hasn’t been 2 weeks yet, wait until Friday.
  11. Probably so. You can update the whole single missions folder with the Mission Editor.
  12. Let us know if you have what you need or how many more you might like. I can continue working on it if you don’t have enough British bios.
  13. Wow, you missed the bounce set up... no worries, you will get to fly it again... 😎
  14. Since you appear to have Battle of Bodenplatte purchased, it’s already installed in your Great Battles directory. Just DL the Scripted Campaign, install and fly.
  15. it’s OK, the Mosquito was used in Italy so they will be able to release it with the next installment. Battle of Italy is a no-brainer now. 😁
  16. That’s nice indeed. I always like seeing burning aircraft over Kos. Sort of a theme going on you know. 👹
  17. Doing the Aleutians makes no sense. On the US side you have the P39, P40 and P38 that are already done or in progress along with the Gooney bird. You would need the A6M2 Zero, Betty bomber and the Pete float plane. If they were making those a reality, the central Pacific would be much more appropriate (and the weather is better). Oh, I did notice there has been a tiny bit of subtle sarcasm in this thread, I really don’t think that creates a toxic community. If anything, this is an intellectually stimulating group that does not always agree. As an example, everyone does not agree with me that Malta and southern Italy will obviously be the next installment. We have to pay attention to acronyms and BoM is already taken so Battle of Malta is out. BoS is taken so no Battle of Sicily either. That just leaves BoI for Battle of Italy. 😁
  18. Sure thing. I've learned quite a bit about WWII pilot training from this thread. I appreciate the opportunity to share some of what I've found.
  19. Yes, it is rumored to be a payware campaign. Maybe even released with the final BoBP package? Those silly non-disclosure agreements might be holding up a direct answer on when though... 😉
  20. From the internet; "In World War II, Royal Air Force doctors had started to notice symptoms of battle fatigue in their pilots. Before 1942, there was no official limit for an operational tour. Some pilots had been flying over 200 missions with only a short break. Then the Senior Medical Officer of the RAF station Biggin Hill intervened, after asking one flight sergeant how many missions he had done and was surprised to hear 200 over 2 years. A tour system was then adopted, the length of it varied, depending on period, theatre, and Command requirements of the time. In (Western Europe), it was set at 200 hours operational flying. In 1944 in South East Asia, the day fighter pilot's tour was 300 hours or 12 months. In Bomber Command, the tour length was exceptionally based on the number of successful combat sorties (missions), the first tour was 30 sorties and the second 20 sorties. In Coastal Command, the maximum length of a tour depended on tasks and varied from fighter to squadrons, normally 200 hours for flying boats and four-engine land-plane crews’ 800 hours. The tour of duty for B-52 crewmen is four to six months." Career pilots would have stayed operational for the duration, but possibly been transferred to training or other units if not promoted to command positions.
  21. My guess is that the P51 will be released fairly soon. The Tempest will be after, due to external textures and testing already being in progress, and unfortunately the P38 has not even got a skin yet or we would have seen it by now. Oh well, save the best for last. The fact that the campaign mode is getting attention, with finishing work being done on map, voices and pilot bios means that it is all coming together and nearing completion. I agree with Gambit, I will be quite occupied once this material is all available. I am very much looking forward to flying for an American squadron and recreating some good old WWII tank and flak busting!
  22. Here is my attempt at a German Bio ... ================================= Glider Pilot ~ Luftwaffe pilot biography ================================= In the small town of Zobten in lower Selesia, Headmaster $[lastName] proudly held up his third son, $[firstName] who had just been born on $[birthdate]. He would follow in his two older brothers’ footsteps and attend the small one room Catholic School where Headmaster $[lastName] taught. As young $[firstName] reached the age of eleven, he joined the local Jungvolk troop while in school, as was the custom now that the National Socialist German Workers’ Party had taken control of the government. It was a peaceful and simple life in the rural countryside, and $[firstName] spent many pleasurable hours hiking, camping and paddling on the river Bober with his friends in the Jungvolk Troop. At the age of fourteen, $[name] joined the Flieger-Hitlerjugend where young schoolboys were taught to fly gliders by the National Socialist Flying Corps. He did well during the A course and thanks to his experience leading the Jungvolk troop as a Fähnleinführer, he was put in charge of the group of students. He was one of the first to pass the final flight test on the SG-38 training glider and receive his A-rating certificate. The $[lastName] family moved from Zobten to Hermannsdorf, where Headmaster $[lastName] had taken a new position at the Catholic school there. There was news of Germany invading the Soviet Union on the radio, but those political problems seemed far away at the time. $[firstName] now had to bicycle 15 kilometers to Bunzlau to take glider courses on the weekends and achieved his B-rating certificate. He completed the course by the time the thermometer dropped to -15 degrees C and snow covered the ground. $[firstName] spent the winter attending school in Löwenberg, which required skiing there and back each day. It was a healthy lifestyle but did not leave much time for anything else. $[firstName] took the C-rating Glider course the next summer, but it required staying in Glogau on the River Oder some 70 kilometers away. This course utilized the enclosed cockpit Grunau Baby II aircraft, and was completed successfully before school resumed again in the fall. With a full set of 3 gull wings on his glider certification badge, $[firstName] applied to become a volunteer officer candidate in the Luftwaffe. He was ordered to report to the reception center in Berlin for testing and medical examination. After the duty NCO confirmed that he had been accepted as a pilot candidate, the recruits were given room assignments, but that night was spent in the air raid shelter when the sirens went off signaling an RAF bomber raid. Upon completion of the medical exam at the Charité Hospital the next day, $[firstName] returned home to await call-up papers. When the notification arrived that he was assigned to the 4th Company of Air Training Regiment 33 at Detmold, he presented the papers to the authorities at his school in Löwenberg, and was given his Notabitur certificate of early completion from Gymnasium for military service. The Air Training Regiment at Detmold provided a 3-month basic training course. All their needs were provided for, with the exception of sufficient food. The rations available were never enough and hunger was a constant companion. The difficulties of physical training, parade marching and infantry weapons practice were endured and the next assignment was the 2nd Volunteer Officer Candidates’ Company of Luftkreigschule 3 in the town of Werder. There the candidates were given basic flight instruction in the Heinkel He 72 Kadett biplane and various other obsolete types. The training syllabus stated that transport planes would be included, but none were available to fly. The course ended with conversion onto the Arado AR 96 advanced trainer. The cadets were required to fly 125 hours to be issued a military pilot’s license, but the instructors were certifying the students at 90 hours due to pressure from their superiors to get more pilots into combat units. After completion of the course at Werder, the next assignment was 1 Staffel of Jagdfleigerschule 1 at Werneuchen, just north-east of Berlin. This was where the new pilots learned to fly the Me 109 fighter. They practiced the intricacies of piloting the F and G models and learned how to master the engine torque and narrow landing gear that was a weakness of all the 109 models. It was difficult to get in flight time at Werneuchen, due to frequent air raids and fuel shortages. Almost half his time in the advanced training school was spent waiting for the planes to be deemed serviceable. There were accidents and mishaps, but $[name] made it through unscathed and his pilot’s license was updated to certify him on all models of the Me 109 at the age of $[age]. $[startRank] $[lastName] was declared operational on $[startDate] and ordered to report to $[startSquadronName] for combat duty.
  23. Well, the systems were fairly simple. I happen to know if you take 2 cylinders off a 1940 radial engine and chain it to a 5 speed gear box, you have a motorcycle engine that has not really changed for 62 years except for adding fuel injection and electronic ignition. (HD Sportster) i made valve adjustment clips out of coat hangers and a chain tensioner access wrench by grinding down a crescent wrench. If parts are missing you can make them with basic hand tools. i think their technical manuals were hand drawn comic books if this forum is any indication. 🙄
  24. Well, that’s how we do it now.... how did they keep them running without YouTube back then anyway. 😳
  25. Are you the guy under the motor on his cell phone? 🙃
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