Chance Vought F4U-1D Corsair -
Books on the F4U Corsair !
Focke-Wulf FW-190A8 -
Books on the FW 190 !
Messerschmitt BF-109G2 Gustav
WB 1.06 Bf109G2 Flight Model Prior to WB 1.03 I used to fly the 109 a lot. Since then one major change to the flight model has put me off flying the 109, more about that later. The 109 climbs extremely well (managing 4000+ fpm even at 150 MPH), turns well at low speeds and packs a propeller shaft mounted 20mm cannon and two engine cowling mounted MGs. However, top speed and acceleration although good are not enough with FWs, P38s and P51Ds around and turns bleed energy very quickly (hence the tight turns). The pre 1.03 model handled quite well at high speeds but started to compress at about 450-500 IAS which varies depending on the trim....during which it will have an uncontrollable roll to the right...one notch of flaps will cure this problem. The 1.03+ versions compress at much lower speeds (350-400) and only min throttle and full flaps keeps the 109 controllable in sustained dives. This is the main reason why I don't fly the 109 much nowdays. The centrally mounted armament make convergence settings unnecessary and gunnery is much easier. Overall until 1.03 the 109 was a fantastic aircraft to fly and was a great all-rounder. Now the low speed compression makes it an aircraft you need to fly carefully.
A BF109G2 about to make a bombing run against a carrier group.
CK 93 North American P51-D Mustang Flight Model
The P51D Mustang, famed for high altitude performance, speed, and long range. It was at the request of Pate, famed, CK 51 driver that I took up a Mustang a few times to check it out. The current flight model has a few problems, the nose waggles in level flight with auto trim on but this is not really a problem. The CK 51 retains is high speed and is easily the fastest fighter in CK. It has only the FW 190 and P38 to fear as these two accelerate slightly faster but once the 51 gets going, nothing can catch it, earning 51 drivers the derogatory nickname "Runstang". Turn performance is slightly better than the FW but the difference is small enough that pilot ability matters more...anyway neither of these fighters were designed to turn anyway ! Both FW and 51 are classic Boom-and-Zoom fighters, the dive from higher altitude onto a target, high speed slashing attack and a zoom climb back to the safety of altitude. FW and 51 pilots must be patient, impatience in both fighters usually result in a quick death. If in trouble in a 51 (as in the FW) dive, capable of maintaining controllable flight at 600 IAS (off the speed scale in CK !) the 51 will outdive anything. Climb rate is also similar to the FW, with the FW having a speed advantage in the climb. However the P51 has one major weakness, the six 50 caliber machine guns do not have the raw firepower of the FW's four 20mm cannons and kills of tough fighters are very expensive on ammo. Pate managed to shoot down my BF109G by destroying the vertical stabiliser at the cost of expending half the substantial ammo load of the 51. Up to the point of my 109 losing the VS and becoming uncontrollable, there was no serious damage. The 51 is itself extremely tough and takes a lot of punishment, which gave me an idea....its fast, tough and maintains control in high speed dives, what better platform for bombing ? So I took one up for 3 bombing runs and for the first time in CK 93, survived the deathrays and flew my 51 home, trailing smoke all the way :). Unfortunately, the AG ordnance load of 2 bombs and 10 rockets is far short of the 4 bombs and 20 rockets of the F4U and P38J.
Boeing B17 Flying Fortress
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