Originally posted by SirPapps:
now for the calculations. La-7's empty weight is about 5,816 lbs. and its wing area is 188 sq ft. Wingloading is therefore, 31 lbs/sq ft.
The F4U-1D has a weight of 9,015 lbs. and a wing area of 314 sq ft. Wingloading is therefore 28.7 lbs./sq ft. (im assuming the F4U-1D is slightly lighter due to the abcence of wing fuel tanks). Why then does the La-7 turn SO much tighter?
Yes, the power loading is 0.31 hp/lb (la-7) vs. 0.25 hp/lb. (F4U) but the Spitfire XIV also has a power loading like the La-7 and still turns a lot worse than the Spitfire IX.
Or are these comparison sheets on Hardball's and the 'Il-2 Compare 4.07' comparing a/c when they are average TO weight/fully laiden?
Also, any suggestions against the Ki-84 would be great (as it seems as though i have the same advantages agaisnt the Frank as i do against the La-7, though it seems, without WEP, the F4U-1D climbs better and runs faster at most alts.)