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  1. I'd be up in orbit and simply implement General Order 24, and be done with it.
  2. Those Mustangs were assigned to the ground attack role during the early stages of the Korean War. They were old and tired when they got there, but it's all we had that could be put in the field rapidly, and just like the F105s that were sent to Viet Nam over a decade later, they were aircraft that big Air Force wanted out of their inventory, and were sent there to be used up and discarded. You never saw F86s looking that scruffy.
  3. I have a CH Quadrant with 6 levers, and the unused throttle wheel on my CH Fighter Stick assigned as follows. Quadrant: Inlet cowl Outlet cowl Oil cooler Water radiator Engine mixture Prop Pitch CH Throttle Wheel: Horizontal Stabilizer for 109, 190, and, the few WW1 kites that have that function.
  4. jollyjack, the first photo is the P40 E on display at the USAF Museum at Wright Field in Datyon OH. That is a drop tank she is sporting, not a bomb.
  5. Limits in all likelihood will never be changed. Sadly. They are in place to force a more "realistic" play style on the user base, even though in real life the so called "limits" were tossed out the window if it meant saving pilot's lives. Engines can be rebuilt or exchanged a whole lot easier than a pilot can. Plus, the engines most hurt by this, the Allison V1710 and Pratt & Whitney R2800 were amazingly robust power plants that could be, and were, run way beyond "the book" and just kept going. Be sure.
  6. Try the 4 gun setup in the P40. Still has plenty of punch, and longer time on the trigger, while lowering overall weight. The key to the P40 is having some patience, starting high, and not jumping into a fight at the first chance. It's a rugged airframe with a good roll rate, can actually turn pretty well, hampered only by it's gamey engine limits, and it dives really well too. Choose your fight, not theirs. A usable 50" of manifold would really change things for the Warhawk.
  7. Not what you want to see out of your cockpit windows... Flying the "Havoc over the Kuban" scripted campaign. Tasked with attacking advancing German column south of Maikop. Our base was Adler, near Sochi on the Black Sea coast. Outbound we flew over the mountains just fine. Blew up some trucks, my gunner shot down a 109G6, and I shot up a AAA gun. However, that gun got my port engine. I feathered the prop, closed the cowl shutters, and nursed her over the mountains on one engine, to a safe landing at home plate. Gotta love the A20.
  8. In IL2 '46 we used to have TB3 dogfights. Hilarious fun.
  9. Good question. I was flying against AI last night and an MC 202 rammed my P40. Lost the tail and both wings but my fueselage was otherwise totally intact.
  10. No way to accurately determine true multiplayer numbers without access to the stats that only the devs can see. Will grant that they are quite low compared to single player.
  11. Ummm. No. This is a very common misconception about the P40. The Allison V1710 in the P40 models that used that engine (almost all of them), had a single stage, single speed supercharger that was optimized for low to medium altitudes. BTW, it was not uncommon early in the war in both US and Commonwealth service to alter the supercharger gear ratio to obtain 70+ inches of manifold pressure, thus giving around 1500bhp. This boost was often run for extended periods of time, without the engines self destructing one second after a mythical 5 minute time limit was reached.
  12. I work on classic and antique cars for my living. Even when equipped with modern kevlar/carbon type linings, the drum brake cars from the 40s can't come close to even the first generation Girling or Dunlop disc brakes found on English cars, which were the first to go to discs in the 50s. Yes, the modern linings do extend the number of hard stops you can make with the older cars, but they are still barely adequate compared to any vehicle with disc brakes. And, as ZachariasX said, properly setting up 40's design drum brakes is not just a matter of slapping in some pads and off you go. The drums have to be perfectly true, and the shoes have to be machined to the precise inner circumference of the drum they work against to have any chance of them not pulling one way or the other, not to mention precise centering and adjustment of the shoes, and proper actuation of the hydraulic cylinders. All of which is all the more difficult because machine shops that are willing and able to do proper drum brake truing work are now few and far between. In short you cannot compare today's flying WW2 birds, that have upgraded brakes, to what was standard service equipment in the 1940s.
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