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    Flight Simulation games (of course!), World War Two History, Volunteer at Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia USA www.militaryaviationmuseum.org Check out our excellent collection of World War Two Era Soviet Air Force warbirds!

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  1. I've pre-ordered. The original IL-2 has always been my favorite plane. Hope there'll be some airfield strike missions against Pitomnik and Gumrak with plenty of Ju-52's and other transports on the ground or about to land/takeoff!
  2. Since writing that on Wednesday I've been flying the Yak-9 Series 1 and Yak-9T a lot in a single player career with the 157th IAP out of Slavyanskaya on the Kuban map. Have to say I've grown to like them a lot. The Yak-9 Series 1 really handles very well and I like the rearward visibility you get with the bubble canopy. Flying the Yak-9T has been awesome and has given me some of my best missions of any plane type in the IL-2 Great Battles series. The 37mm really packs a punch. It's challenging to get in close and get hits. So I'm changing to two thumbs up for these planes. Looking forward now to the Hurricane. Swoose
  3. It would be great if Jason and the developers would consider incorporating the A-20 into Battle of Normandy and Bodenplatte, although by 1944 later models had superseded the C version we have.
  4. Re the Yak-9: Here's my two cents. The Yak series of fighters are my favorite fighter aircraft in the Great Battles series. I like them for their ease to fly and honest handling characteristics. They're a good gun platform, although with limited ammunition throw weight and load out. I had high hopes for the Yak-9 in terms of performance and handling. The first thing I did after installing the update was fly some missions with the Yak-9 Series 1. Have to say I feel somewhat let down. In terms of handling and performance it just seems like a Yak-7 (from which the Yak-9 was developed) with one less UB machine gun. I was hoping for an "uber plane" along the lines of what I recall about the Yak-9 in the old IL-2 1946 game. The last time I played 1946 was in 2011, but if I recall correctly the Yak-9 in that game was a Yak-9M which had improved performance over the Yak-9 Series 1 we have in Battle of Kuban. I'm still glad to have the Yak-9 Series 1 in the game for variety and maybe with time I'll get to like it better. Also, I haven't tried the Yak-9T yet. It will be good to have a plane like that with a 37mm cannon as I don't do well with the LaGG-3 and P-39, the other VVS fighters mounting a 37mm cannon.
  5. Salute! Here's my two cents. The Yak series of fighters are my favorite fighter aircraft in the Great Battles series. I like them for their ease to fly and honest handling characteristics. They're a good gun platform, although with limited ammunition throw weight and load out. I had high hopes for the Yak-9 in terms of performance and handling. The first thing I did after installing the update was fly some missions with the Yak-9 Series 1. Have to say I feel somewhat let down. In terms of handling and performance it just seems like a Yak-7 (from which the Yak-9 was developed) with one less UB machine gun. I was hoping for an "uber plane" along the lines of what I recall about the Yak-9 in the old IL-2 1946 game. The last time I played 1946 was in 2011, but if I recall correctly the Yak-9 in that game was a Yak-9M which had improved performance over the Yak-9 Series 1 we have in Battle of Kuban. I'm still glad to have the Yak-9 Series 1 in the game for variety and maybe with time I'll get to like it better. Also, I haven't tried the Yak-9T yet. It will be good to have a plane like that with a 37mm cannon as I don't do well with the LaGG-3 and P-39, the other VVS fighters mounting a 37mm cannon.
  6. Have you tried unplugging your controllers and then plugging them back into the USB hub or PC? I recently tried to install CH Control Manager in order to run a script to allow me to use my Pro Pedals as toe brakes. That failed and it completely messed up my key assignments because, in the process, BoS assigned new control numbers to all my devices. I had to uninstall CH Control Manager and plug my devices back in to get BoS to recognize them which it did. Good luck. I hope you find a solution. It's frustrating.
  7. Thank you for sharing! Indeed, 10 May is a sad but important day. I was particularly impressed by the accounts of the Royal Netherlands Air Force against overwhelming odds. Kind of reminded me of accounts of the few US Army Air Forces P-36 and P-40 pilots who were able to get in the air to fight the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Probably never happen due to lack of commercial viability, but it would be wonderful to see some of the air battles you described modeled in a BoX: Great Battles module using the NW Europe map.
  8. I exclusively play SP offline and agree with a lot of what you described about career mode. FWIW it's better than it was thanks to Jason and the developers. AI has improved and the new DM makes downing enemy aircraft more challenging. You're especially right about the environment being sterile without a lot going on other than your flight. I would highly recommend downloading and installing Pat Wilson's Campaign Generator. It really has improved career mode for me. Using the advanced configuration you can really make the air war come alive, i.e. seeing many other flights conducting different missions. It's not that difficult to set up PWCG and there are a lot of good YouTube tutorials to help get you started.
  9. Question: When flying bomber or attack missions, could you consider changing the mission parameters so that the fighter escort stays with my flight all the way to the home airfield approach point? Currently I hear the escort leader give the RTB order after my flight reaches the egress point, usually just after crossing over into friendly controlled territory. But on some missions (312th ShAP out of Ivanovskoye on the Kuban map), the bandits chase us until we've almost reached the base. In regular SP career mode the escort stays with you until you reach your base and then departs. Thanks for all you've done to improve PWCG. It really makes for a better SP experience! Swoose
  10. Salute! My computer crashed a few days ago. I think it was the motherboard. Anyway, I'm working to get it fixed and working again. Question: What's the best way to reinstall my HOTAS settings after reinstalling IL-2? Is there a config file in my backup that I could move into the new folder? I'd rather avoid having to go through the drill of programming all the buttons and axes I had set up. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  11. Suggest you check out the "P-47 Do's and Dont's" thread Maybe it will improve your experience? Good luck.
  12. Shaping up to be a great game. Also looking forward to the commercials. Go Chiefs!
  13. Question for @BlackSix: Similar to my question about the Hurricane, can you tell us what units you currently plan to place the Yak-9 and Yak-9T in Single Player Career Mode? Thanks for any information. I have pre-ordered the Yak-9/Yak-9T collector planes and am really looking forward to them. Of all the VVS and Lend-Lease fighters in the game, I find the Yak series the easiest to fly and get the most enjoyment from flying them. Keep up the great work!
  14. Fantastic! Thanks so much BlackSix for your detailed answer. I'm really looking forward to trying the Hurricane in SP career mode.
  15. From the VVSairwar.com website: A number of Hurricanes were used for air defense around Moscow, where the 67th, 429th, 438th, 488th, and 736th IAPs were equipped with the British fighter. The VVS Hurricanes in this sector were engaged both the defense of the Soviet capital and in offensive actions on the Western and Kaliningrad Fronts. In January 1942, several Hurricane-equipped regiments flew in support of the Red Army’s counter offensives outside Moscow, and a number of the Soviet capital’s Hurricanes were transferred to the South-Western Front. In early 1942, the 1st GvIAP was equipped with the British fighter, with which the regiment’s pilots managed to shoot down four German aircraft over the Kalinin in March, and another 20 in April. On the Voronezh Front, Hurricanes of the 438th IAP were tasked primarily with escorting Il-2 Sturmovik missions against the Wehrmacht. A Hurricane on the North-West Front. Photo source: Airpages.ru In the summer of 1942, several Hurricane-equipped regiments, most notably the 436th, were transferred to the Stalingrad area. In the first few days of July, while flying cover Red Army ground troops, pilots of the 436th claimed 29 German aircraft shot down. By the end of the month, the regiment had claimed a total of 40 enemy aircraft shot down for the loss of 17 Hurricanes. Shortly thereafter, the regiment was requipped with P-40s. Question: After release of the Hurricane in IL-2: Great Battles, will we see the Hurricane and associated IAPs in Single Player Career Mode?
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