I believe many here may agree with the statement that the current depiction of the P40E Kittyhawk in the sim, is not up to the same standard of quality set by the rest of the BoX fleet, with respect to the credibility of its flight dynamics
many of us have researched the topic at length, and thus far most, if not all, accounts of this airplane made by real-world veterans, as well as present-day pilots who fly it, seem to be at a general disagreement with our simulator version.
these accounts suggest a much more "benign" airplane to handle than what we can fairly assess from the simulator - often we encounter terms such as:
"easy/a joy to fly"
"a stable gun platform"
"has no vices",
"a plane one could trust to always bring him back home"
...and many more positives to its credit
there is no doubt, the plane we have in our hands, doesn't appear to fit the description very well - I'm sure many here agree, it is anything but "easy to fly"
in fact, even when compared to the other planes in the sim fleet, the Kittyhawk stands out with a reputation* of:
- having a worse turn performance than any other VVS type (including IL2 and Pe2)
- being erratic in handling to the point of often posing a greater threat to the pilot than the enemy in chase
- a choice of mount which grants "bonus point for style" and/or "the thrill of the challenge"
- effectively incapable of delivering reliable combat results, even in engagements starting from a full advantage position
*largely agreed upon across a great number of frequent multiplayer flyers
also, no veteran/pilot accounts have been found so far which describe the Kittyhawk as: "dangerous", "unforgiving", "extremely demanding" or any such themes - however, in collecting many player opinions on it, it is evident that those are the very terms used to describe the simulated airplane as it stands
surely, none of this is to say, or even imply that it was a superb aircraft - by all means - it certainly wasn't
the P40 was known for being mediocre at best, and obviously it was outclassed by most of the other types in game -- however, the main objections towards the current flight model are not in any way derived from comparison against an opponent in combat or test flights -- the criticism made here is solely based on comparison between the BoX P40 and its historical counterpart
and therefore, this poll is intended as a petition, to collect signatures from users who also share the opinion that the P40 needs a revision similar to that given to the FW190, which effectively "gifted" the Luftwaffe a plane which was previously considered "unfit for action"
the Kittyhawk remains as the last exception to the generally very credible representation of the aircraft in this series
note: please refrain from discussion about the relative merits of the P40 vs any of the german planes -- the matter at hand is really towards how the sim relates to the real airplane, as much as we can piece together from our various sources
links to historical accounts will be listed in following posts
Edited by 19//Moach, 17 March 2017 - 14:34.