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Greetings all!
 
I am in the process of making a comprehensive flight manual for IL-2 Sturmovik (all modules included) based on real manuals. This manual does not correspond exactly to how the planes are designed in-game, in particular because the engine operation and limitations is not entirely accurate at the moment. The manual is written for those who are really into real procedures for the operation of the airplanes. You could call it a role-playing manual.
 
The manual is currently far from complete even though I have managed to more or less complete a few planes this far, for example the P-40, IL-2, La-5 and Bf 109 G series.
 
I'd appreciate both feedback on on the work in progress, as well as requests for what kind of things to add if something feel like it's missing. Currently engine operation tables are missing, and considering others already have made good ones I'm not sure if I'll be adding them to this manual. Currently the manual has a bit different units, different capitalization, very different combination of chapters/sections and layout of the general text, but this is currently based off of each individual manual for the individual planes. My plan is - once all planes have been added - to standardize the layout and formatting so that it's easy to find the wanted information for each and every plane.

 

At the moment the manual mostly contains what basically are raw transcriptions from manuals. These will be condensed later on, but to get as complete content as possible, and also a basis for feedback, I will let there be loads of text until I have added instructions for all - or at least the vast majority - of the planes.
 
I'd also love help from you guys and girls in finding manuals or reports relevant for the planes' handling characteristics for the airplanes we have in the game, because for some airplanes the information I am currently in hold of is not always enough to write a comprehensive instruction for every plane. I am not particularly interested in reports about top speed and climb rate tests as I'll rely on the manuals for top speeds when and if listed. However stall (in different configurations such as the difference between landing gears up or down), component breakage (landing gear, flaps and other control surfaces, wing, fuselage, engine, radiator/cowling shutters) and terminal speeds are interesting as these are not always listed in detail in the manuals.
I'm also very keen on finding gliding-data, as the manuals overall do not describe both the best glide speed, rate of descent, and glide range
 
The material I currently have is the following:
 

 


A-20

  • AN 01-40AL-2 - A-20 Pilot's Manual - Douglas A-20 Boston, Havoc
  • AP 1807B - Pilot's Notes Havoc II Aeroplane Two Cyclone G.R. 2600 A5B Engines (January 1945)
  • AP 2023C - Pilot's Notes The Boston IIIA Aeroplane Two Cyclone GR-2600 A5B-O Engines (December 1941)

Bf 109 E

  • 60 AE 601 XXII C. - Betriebs- und Wartungsvorschrift zum Mercedes-Benz Flugmotor DB 601 A u. B (Oktober 1940)
  • A.&A.E.E.-755 - Messerschmidt 109 Fighter Brief Handling Trials (10 June 1940)
  • Mercedes-Benz D.B.601N - Examination of the engine fitted to the Me 109 F, Me 110, He 113, and Macchi C200

Bf 109 F

  • 60 AE 601 LXXXV - Motorhandbuch zum Mercedes-Benz-Flugmotor DB 601 E-G (Februar 1942)
  • Bf 109 F-1 bis F-4 - Flugzeughandbuch (Mai 1941)
  • Kennblatt für den Flugzeugmusster Bf 109, Baureihe F-1 und F-2 mit DB 601 N Motor (1941)

Bf 109 G

  • 10056 - Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 Flight and Maintenance Manual (March 1943, United States State Aircraft Factory 112)
  • AE603-V.8.42 - Motorhandbuch zum DB 603 A - Baureihe 0, 1 und 2, Werk-Ausgabe B (November 1942)
  • Bv-FI 109 G-2, Ga-2 - Bedienungsvorschrift-FI (Juni 1942)
  • Bv-Fl Bf109 G-2 - Beidnungsvorschrift (page 22) (July 1942)
  • Finnish Air Force Fighter Squadron 33 - Instructions on the use of the MT aircraft
  • L.Dv.T.2109 G-2,G-4,G-6-Fl - Bedienungsvorschrift-Fl (April 1943)
  • L.Dv.T.2109 G-6U4-Wa - Bedienungsvorschrift-Wa - Schusswaffenanlage (August 1943)
  • L.Dv.T.2109 G-FI - Exerzier-Karte - Bf 109 G (Dezember 1942)
  • Pilot's Comments on ME109G, AAF No B-10
  • V.B. 8 18 205 001 - Einfluss der Wasserkühlerklappenstellung auf die Flugleistungen der Me 109 G mit DV 605 AS-Motor (June 22, 1944)
  • V.B. 109 15 L 42 - Wiederstand des Wasser- und Ölkühlere an Me 109 G (August 10, 1942)
  • V.B. 109 18 L 42 - Schnellflugsvermessung des Wasserkühlers 109 G (September 9, 1942)
  • Мессершмитт Ме-109 Г-2
  • Отчет по резупьтатам испытаний самолета Mе-109 Г 2 Но.14513 ДБ 605А-1, на устойчивость, и управляемость.

Bf 109 K

Nothing this far

 

Bf 110

  • A.M. Pamphlet 114C - Instructions for Flying the Messerchmitt 110
  • L.Dv.T.2110 E und F Wa - Schusswaffenanlage - Starre Rückwärtsbewaffnung 2 MG 17 (November 1942)
  • L.Dv.T.2110 G-2 bis G-4 Wa - Schusswaffenanlage (April 1943)
  • Report No. 260-28 - Analysis of the Messerschmitt Me-110 Airplane (1942)
  • Vorläufige Betriebs- und Rüstanleitung - BF 110 B mit 2 Motoren Jumo 210 G (1 Dezember 1938)

Fw 190 A-3

  • 29.11.02 - Fw 190 mit BMW 801 D Normaljäger
  • Baubeschreibung  Nr. 1060 - Fw 190 A-3 mit BMW.801 D(Blatt 12)
  • D.(Luft)T.2190 A-6 - Teil 8A - Schusswaffenanlage (August 1943)
  • Fw 190 A-1 Bedienungsvorschrift Fl (Mai 1941)
  • Handbuch für die Flugmotoren BMW 801 C und BMW 801 D (Mai 1942)
  • Kennblatt Fw 190 A-3 (Werkfoto der Fw 190 A-3 WNr. 471)

Fw 190 A-5

  • 29.11.02 - Fw 190 mit BMW 801 D Normaljäger
  • D.(Luft)T.2190 A-5, A-6 - Teil 0 - Allgemeine Angaben (Dezember 1943)
  • D.(Luft)T.2190 A-6 - Teil 8A - Schusswaffenanlage (August 1943)
  • Fw 190 A-1 Bedienungsvorschrift Fl (Mai 1941)
  • Flugbericht Fw 190-812 A-5 U-9 (Nr. 1)
  • Flugbericht Fw 190-0816 A-5 U-2 (Nr. 1) - 2.-6. Flug
  • Flugbericht Fw 190-861 A-5 (Nr. 1)
  • Flugbericht Fw 190-1286 A-5 (Nr. 1)
  • Flugbericht Fw 190-1286 A-5 (Nr. 2)
  • Flugbericht Fw 190-1288 (Nr. 4)
  • Flugbericht Fw 190-1303 A-5 U-11 (Nr. 1)
  • Flugbericht Fw 190-160033 A-5 U-3 (Nr. 1) (Oktober 23 1943)
  • Flugbericht Fw 190-160420 A-5 G-3 (Nr. 1)
  • Flugbericht Fw 190-160420 SV (Nr. 2)
  • FW 5582 - Flugbericht Fw 190-1083 (Nr. 3)
  • Handbuch für die Flugmotoren BMW 801 C und BMW 801 D (Mai 1942)
  • PTR-1107 - Report of Comparative Combat Evaluation of Focke-Wulf 190 A-4 Airplane

Fw 190 A-8

  • D.(Luft)T.2190 A-8 - Aircraft Handbook (English, September 1943)

Fw 190 D

  • D.(Luft)T.2190 D-9 - Teil 8C - Sonderwaffenanlage (Januar 1945)
  • Werkschrift 2190 D-9 - Teil 8A - Schusswaffenanlage (November 1944)

He 111

  • D.(Luft)T.2220-1 (Erster Teil) - Kurzbetriebsanleitung He 111 H mit 2 Jumo-211-Motoren und He 111 Pu.D mit 2 DB-601-Motoren (Juni 1940)
  • D.(Luft)T.2220-1 (Zweiter Teil) - Kurzbetriebsanleitung He 111 H mit 2 Jumo-211-Motoren und He 111 Pu.D mit 2 DB-601-Motoren (Juni 1940)
  • Kurtzbetriebsanleitung He 111 H mit Motoren Jumo 211 für Besatzung (September 1938)
  • Werkschrift 2111 H-20 Teil 0, 1, 2, 9A, 9B Heft 1, 12D, 12G - Flugzeug-Handbuch (Mai 1944)

Hs 129

  • Gnome-Rhone Baumuster 14 M
  • L.Dv.T.2129 B-1 und B.2-Wa - Beheift 1 - Hs 129 B-1 und B-2 Bedienungsvorschrift-Wa (Januar 1944)

I-16

  • Техническое описание самолета И-16 с мотором М-63 (1941)

Il-2

  • Pilot's Instruction for the Operation of the IL-2 Airplane with AM-38 Engine (1942)
  • Squadron Signal [Aircraft In Action] 1155 IL-2 Stormovik
  • ИЛ-2. Самолет и модель (Таллер, 1978)
  • Инструкция Летчику по Эксплуатации Самолета Ил-2 с Мотором АМ-38 (1942)
  • Памятка по воздушной стрельбе с самолета Ил-2 (1942)

Ju 52

  • D.(Luft)T.2052 g3e-g8e-Fl - Ju 52-3m g3e-g8e Bedienungsvorshrift-Fl (März 1941)
  • Ju 52-3m g3e und g4e  Betriebsanleitung (Juli 1939)

Ju 87

  • Abbreviated Pilot's Manual for Junkers Ju 87 D-3
  • D.(Luft)T.2087 D-5 Teil 12A - Schusswaffenanlage (Dezember 1943)
  • D.(Luft)T.2087 G-2 Teil 12A - Schusswaffenanlage mit zwei 3,7 cm BK (Oktober 1943)
  • Kaltstart für Ju 87
  • L.Dv.576-1 - Ju 87 Bedienungsvorschrift für starre und bewegliche Bewaffnung (1937)
  • L.Dv.576-2 - Ju 87 A-1 Bedienungsvorschrift für Bombenausrüstung (1936)
  • L.Dv.576-3 - Ju 87 B Bedienungsvorschrift für die starre und beweglige Schusswaffe (1938)
  • L.Dv.576-4 - Ju 87 B Bedienungs- und Beladevorschrift für die Abwurfwaffe (1938)
  • L.Dv.577-2 - Ju 87 B-1, B-2 Bewaffnung (1939)
  • L.Dv.T.2087 D-1 Wa - Bedienung und Wartung der Schusswaffenanlage (Januar 1942)
  • L.Dv.T.2087 D-5 Bo - Bedienungs- und Beladevorschrift für die Abwurfwaffe (Januar 1944)
  • L.Dv.T.2087 R-1 Fl - Bedienungsvorschrift-Fl (März 1942)

Ju 88

  • 12C1 00 - Ju 88 A-4 Flugzeug-Handbuch - Teil 12 Sonderwaffenanlage - Heft 1; Zusats-Waffenbehälter 81 (Juli 1942)
  • Ju 88 A-1 - Betriebsanleitung (März 1940)
  • Junkers-Ju 88 Flying Operations
  • L.Dv.T.2088 A-4 und D-1-Wa - Bedienungsvorschrift-Wa - Bedienung und Wartung der Schusswaffenanlage (September 1941)
  • L.Dv.T.2088 A-4-Fl - Bedienungsvorschrift-Fl - Bedienung und Wartung des Flugzeuges (Juli 1941)
  • L.Dv.T.2088 A-4-Fl - Exerzier-Karte (November 1942)
  • L.Dv.T.2300-5c - Ju 88 A Bedienungsvorschrift-Bo - Beladung, Bedienung und Wartung der Abwurffenanlage - Panzerdurchschlagsbombe PC 1000 RS (Juni 1941)
  • L.Dv.T2300-5d - Ju 88 A Bedienungs- und Beladevorschrift für die Abwurfwaffe - Heft D; Einsatz des E-Rost ETC 50 in Ju 88 A (Mai 1943)

La-5/La-5F

  • MBI - LAVOCHKIN La-5
  • Инструкция летчику по эксплоатачии самолета Ла-5 с мотором М-82 (1942)
  • Истребитель Ла-5 Кошмарный сон 'Бубновых Тузов' (2008)
  • Методические указания по технике пилотирования самолета Ла-5 с мотором М82 (12 июля 1943)

La-5FN

  • MBI - LAVOCHKIN La-5
  • Pilot's Manual for the Use of and Flying the La5 with the Engine ASh-M82FN
  • Rechlin Test Centre - Test No. 90014 - Test of the Russian La-5 fight with M-82FNV engine
  • Инструкция Летчику по Зксплоатации Технике Пилотирования Самолета Ла-5 с Мотором М-82 ФН (21 April 1944)
  • Истребитель Ла-5 Кошмарный сон 'Бубновых Тузов' (2008)
  • Самолет Ла-5ФН c Мотором М-82ФН - Описание Конструкции (1944)

LaGG-3

  • Инструкчия летчику по эксплоатачии и технике пилотирования самолета ЛаГГ-3 с мотором М-105П и М-105ПФ (1943)
  • Инструкция летчику по эксплоатачии самолета ЛаГГ-3 с мотором М-105П и М-105ПФ (1942)
  • Самолет И-301
  • Самолет И-301 ремонт
  • Техническое описание самолета ЛаГГ-3 с мотором М-105П и вистом Виш-61P (1941)

M.C. 202

  • C.A. 670-2 - Istruzioni e norme per il montaggio, la regolazione, I'impiego e la manutenzione del velivolo da caccia AER Macchi C. 202 con motore R.A. 1000 R.C.41 I

Me 262

Nothing this far

 

MiG-3
Nothing this far
 
P-38

  • AAFM51-127-1 - Pilot Training Manual for the P-38 Lightning (1 August 1945)
  • AAFM51-127-1 - Pilot Training Manual for the P-38 Lightning
  • AAFMC-205-WF-S-S-42-200M - Memorandum Report on Pursuit Twin Engine P-38G-1, A.C. No. 42-12687

P-39

  • ALD-3F2 - Handbook of Operation and Maintenance for Allison V-1710 F Type Engines - 3rd Edition (1943)
  • Bell Airacobra Specifications (unknown number or date)
  • Memorandum Report L-602 - Measurements of the Flying Qualities of a Bell P-39D-1 Airplane (Johnson, Liddell & Hoover)
  • P-39 Aircraft Performance Characteristics (unknown origin)
  • Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions for Army Model P-39Q-1 Airplane
  • TO01-110FG-1 - Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions for the P-39 K-1 and P-39 L-1 Airplanes (1944)
  • Инструктция лётцику по экспловатации и teхнике пилотирования самолёта Р-39 Аэрокоьра (1944)
  • Самолет Аэрокобра с Мотором Аллисон V-1710-Е4 - Техническое Описание (1943)

P-40

  • 4-43-12 - Final Report on Tests of Operational Suitability of P-40N-1 Airplane (7 June 1943)
  • AFDIS Performance Specification - P-40E (U.S.) Kittyhawk I (BR.) and P-40 B&C (U.S.) Tomahawk (BR.) (P-40E)
  • ALD-3F2 - Handbook of Operation and Maintenance for Allison V-1710 F Type Engines - 3rd Edition (1943)
  • AN01-25CN-1 Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions for P-40N Series
  • AN-H-8 - Specific Engine Flight Chart (12 December 1942)
  • Eng-47-1660-A - Memorandum Report on P-40Q Airplane, AAF No. 42-9987 - Pilot's Comments (2 November 1943)
  • Eng-47-1728-A - Flight Tests on the Curtiss XP-40Q-2, AAF No. 42-9987 (5 April 1944)
  • Engine Operating Instructions - Allison V-1710-39 (18 November 1941)
  • FS-M-19-1535-A - Memorandum Report on Pursuit Single Engine P-40N, AC No. 42-9987 - Flight Tests (30 January 1943)
  • Mat. Div. A. C. 129a-Wright Field 2-8-39-500 - Official Summary of Characteristics - P-40E (unknown A. C. Type Spec.)
  • Mat. Div. A. C. 129-Wright Field 2-8-39-500 - Official Summary of Characteristics - P-40 (A. C. Type Spec. No. 98-610-2)
  • Mat. Div. A. C. 129-Wright Field 2-8-39-500 - Official Summary of Characteristics - P-40E (A. C. Type Spec. No. 98-610-7)
  • P-40E Engine Operating Instructions (Engine; Allison V-1710-39) (18 November 1944)
  • PBQ-M-19-1398-A - Memorandum Report on Curtiss P-40E AC No. 40-433 - Spin Test (14 May 1942)
  • Pilot Training Manual for the P-40 (1944)
  • TO01-25CF-1 - Pilot's Operating Instruction Manual for the Curtiss P-40 Series D&E Warhawk (10 April 1943)
  • Инструкция летчику по эксплоатации самолета Кертисс П-40Е1 (Киттихаук) с мотором аллисон V-1710-39 (F3R) (1942)

P-47

  • AAFM 51-127-3 - AAFM No. 50-5 - Pilot Training Manual for the Thunderbolt P-47
  • AAFM 51-127-4 - Pilot Training Manual for the Thunderbolt P-47N (1 September 1945)
  • AN 01-65BC-1 - Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions for Army Models RP-47B & C and P-47D & G Airplanes British Model Thunderbolt (20 November 1943)
  • AN 01-65BC-1A - Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions for Army Models P-47D-25, -26, -27, -28, -30 and -35 Airplanes British Model Thunderbolt (25 January 1945)
  • TO 01-65BC-1 - Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions - P-47B, -C, -D and -G Airplanes (20 January 1943)

P-51

  • A.P. 2025G-P.N - Pilot's Notes for Mustang III - Packard Merlin V-1650-3 Engine (June 1944)
  • AAFM 51-127-5 - Pilot Training Manual for the Mustang (15 August 1945)

Pe-2

  • Пикирующий Бомбардировщик Пе-2 (Июнь 2004)

Spitfire Mk.V

  • A.P.1565E - A.P.2280A,B,C - Spitfire VA, VB, and VC
  • Das englische Jagdflugzeug Spitfire (Theo Kränzle - Luftwissen, 1942)
  • L-334 NACA Wartime Report - Measurements of the Flying Qualities of a Supermarine Spitfire VA Airplane (September 1942)
  • L-353 NACA Wartime Report - Stalling Characteristics of the Supermarine Spitfire VA Airplane (September 1942)
  • Operational Notes for Pilots on Merlin 46 Engines

Spitfire Mk.IX

  • A.P.1565J, P & L – P.N. – Pilot’s Notes for Spitfire IX, XI & XVI – Merlin 61, 63, 66, 70 or 266 Engine (September 1946)
  • Техническое описание общие данные и компоновка самолета Спитфайр IX (1945)

Tempest V

  • A.P.2458E - Tempest TT Mk.5 Vol 1 - Servicing and Descriptive Notes

Yak-1

  • Instructions for the Pilots About the Use and Flight Techniques of the YAK-1, YAK-7, YAK-9 with M-105P, M-105PA Y M-105PF Engines
  • Инструкчия петчику по экзплоатачии и технике пилотирования самолетов Як-1, Як-7 л Як-9 с моторами М-105П, М-105ПА и М-105ПФ
  • Самолет Як-1 Техническое Описание, Книга 2 (1942)

Yak-7

  • Instructions for the Pilots About the Use and Flight Techniques of the YAK-1, YAK-7, YAK-9 with M-105P, M-105PA Y M-105PF Engines
  • Инструкчия петчику по экзплоатачии и технике пилотирования самолетов Як-1, Як-7 л Як-9 с моторами М-105П, М-105ПА и М-105ПФ

 


 
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE LATEST VERSION HERE
 

UPDATE:

  • 30 May 2018: The Spitfire LF Mk.IX(e) has been included according to the A.P.1565J, P & L – P.N. – Pilot’s Notes for Spitfire IX, XI & XVI – Merlin 61, 63, 66, 70 or 266 Engine (September 1946) manual. Complementing with the Russian manual listed above will be done in the future.
  • 4 April 2018: The A-20 has been included according to the AP 1807B - Pilot's Notes Havoc II Aeroplane Two Cyclone G.R. 2600 A5B Engines (January 1945) manual. Updating it with information from the other manuals will follow.
  • 8 October 2017: The P-40 instructions have been completed according to the above listed manuals.
Edited by Inkompetent
Added Russian P-40 manual
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Nice initiative.   But where is the Ju 52;)

 

I've sent you a PM with some information.

 

Oh, drat! Forgot about that one! It's been added to the list.

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The instructions for the P-40 have now been completed according to the operating and training manuals listed above. It ended up at a whopping 15 pages, but it now contains everything from engine operation to cold-starting the plane to emergency operations to bombing procedures. The link in the top post has been updated with the new document.

 

Use of radio and oxygen equipment has been omitted since there is no way to use either in the game either way. This will be the same for all planes in the manual.

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Looking good!  I like the format and layout you are using too. Very neat and clear.

 

Thank you!

 

I've got some comments on that the line spacing feels too small (i.e. everything is too compressed for easy readability) but it's good to hear that I at least am going in the right direction!

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Did you really mean to say that the Spitfires radiator should be closed while cruising?   I was of the opinion that 'Minimum Drag' was about 20% but I may be wrong.

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Did you really mean to say that the Spitfires radiator should be closed while cruising?   I was of the opinion that 'Minimum Drag' was about 20% but I may be wrong.

 

It was not specific on what "minimum drag" was, so it is me assuming that "minimum drag" equals closing the radiator to be as closed as possible (which of course still means that it is partially open). If you can point me to something that describes the radiator operation and that term in particular I would be delighted.

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Great initiative, thank you. I have a question though: According to your manual, I believe it says that for the 109, the F4, G2, G4, and G6 all have identical standard armament. I was under the impression the G6 had upgraded armament? You have it listed with 7.92mm but didn't the G6 get 13mm? Not looking to critique or correct anything, just genuinely trying to learn the different variants of the 109. Thanks 

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That's a really nice of you considering the amount of work :)

 

Below there are the main two sites from which I used to gather official manuals. There are info about the missing planes and more. Maybe it'll be useful, or maybe you already knew these but had no useful info.

 

 

 

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First and foremost I want to say that work is still ongoing. I've been working on translating Russian manuals, and that takes some time because I don't know Russian. Personal problems haven't exactly aided in the progress, but more will come.

 

 

Is this manual for the newest IL-2?

 

It is for this instalment of IL-2, i.e. BOM, BOS, and BOK.

 

That's a really nice of you considering the amount of work :)

 

Below there are the main two sites from which I used to gather official manuals. There are info about the missing planes and more. Maybe it'll be useful, or maybe you already knew these but had no useful info.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for the compliment and support! I've been using both of the websites to gather manuals and reports, and I'll do so even further. This far I've mainly hoarded German stuff from there, but I'll scour the places for the other planes too.

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Here comes another update! Due to further personal reasons and also due to having a hard time to stay with one project at a time I've not worked as much as I should have on this manual, but here it comes with the A-20 included. I am also almost finished with translating the first La-5 manual from Russian so that it can be included too, and an update of the Spitfire chapter is in the works. It's also worth mentioning that I will add chapters for the Bodenplatte airplanes, but I consider these low priority at the moment.

 

The A-20 content this far is a transcript of the AP 1807B - Pilot's Notes Havoc II Aeroplane Two Cyclone G.R. 2600 A5B Engines (January 1945) manual, which is for the British night fighter and Turbinlite (search/illumination light) versions of the A-20A. The A-20B we have in the game is almost identical with this A-20A version however, so although the manual lacks instructions for bombing procedures all engine and other flight operations are the same.

 

The link in the top post has been updated with the new version!

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I'll make sure to get to the Junkers next! Got to spread the love after all! :drinks:

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Outstanding!  I can't wait for the La-5FN Series 2 section.  I know the encyclopedic nature of your project and hats off to you for your great work.  Thanks.

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Are you sure you transcribed the cowl flaps section of the A20 manual properly?   It says to close the lower flaps in normal flight.

 

Lower gills:

OPEN (down) on the ground.

1/3 OPEN for take-off and climb.

CLOSED (up) for normal flight.

Controlled by two levers (42) with white k

nobs.

Move levers sideways to operate.

Return levers to NEUTRAL.

 

Yet, at least in my experience, it will overheat without the outlet cowls open at least part way.  I also notice the later notes telling you to close them when landing or when feathering an engine which seems to imply they were open.

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Great stuff! This forum is a brilliant place to come JUST when you're losing faith in human nature!!

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Another update has been finished! This time it is the Spitfire LF Mk.IX(e) that has been added, transcribed from the A.P.1565J, P & L – P.N. – Pilot’s Notes for Spitfire IX, XI & XVI – Merlin 61, 63, 66, 70 or 266 Engine (September 1946) manual, since the recent release of it gave me a proper Spitfire-boner. Since I also have a Russian manual I will eventually complement the Mk.IX section with that too, but since it takes a lot of time for me to translate Russian that will have to wait a while. I'm sorry that there wasn't a Junkers done this time either!

 

The link in the top post has been updated to link to the new version.

 

 

On 4/16/2018 at 11:01 AM, 56RAF_Roblex said:

 

Are you sure you transcribed the cowl flaps section of the A20 manual properly?   It says to close the lower flaps in normal flight.

 

Lower gills:

OPEN (down) on the ground.

1/3 OPEN for take-off and climb.

CLOSED (up) for normal flight.

Controlled by two levers (42) with white k

nobs.

Move levers sideways to operate.

Return levers to NEUTRAL.

 

Yet, at least in my experience, it will overheat without the outlet cowls open at least part way.  I also notice the later notes telling you to close them when landing or when feathering an engine which seems to imply they were open.


Unfortunately I forgot to check this before I made the update. I'll try to get this checked for the next one.

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On 4/16/2018 at 11:01 AM, 56RAF_Roblex said:

 

Are you sure you transcribed the cowl flaps section of the A20 manual properly?   It says to close the lower flaps in normal flight.

 

Lower gills:

OPEN (down) on the ground.

1/3 OPEN for take-off and climb.

CLOSED (up) for normal flight.

Controlled by two levers (42) with white k

nobs.

Move levers sideways to operate.

Return levers to NEUTRAL.

 

Yet, at least in my experience, it will overheat without the outlet cowls open at least part way.  I also notice the later notes telling you to close them when landing or when feathering an engine which seems to imply they were open.

 

I have to agree that the manual is quite contradicting and unclear on that point, but I did write it correctly (was double-checking right now). However when looking in another manual (AP 2023C - Pilot's Notes The Boston IIIA Aeroplane Two Cyclone GR-2600 A5B-O Engines (December 1941)) it says nothing at all about having to close the lower cowling flaps. After saying that they should be open as necessary during take-off they are only otherwise mentioned for different engine failure emergencies where they should be closed for minimum drag.

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You are hero man doing this stuff for free on your own! I wish i could help but i'm newbie about this topic. Cheers  ps: looking forward to Yak-1 my fav Russian plane  :)

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3 hours ago, Fuggi said:

You are hero man doing this stuff for free on your own! I wish i could help but i'm newbie about this topic. Cheers  ps: looking forward to Yak-1 my fav Russian plane  :)

 

All I'm doing is transcribing manuals I've got my hands on, so nothing special to it, actually. But thanks for the appreciation!

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Thank you! I've actually been working on the P-47 to get some simple transcribing instead of having to translate. Got punched in the face by the engine operating tables and take-off/landing charts though, but I'm getting there. Took a quite long hiatus from the project for a while, but it's definitely not dead.

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Thanks for your hard work and for the update. This is my contribution by updating key commands someone made 2 years ago.

 

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