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Oilburner_TAW
08-30-2004, 09:30 PM
I've been doing a lot of offline 1 v 8 or 1v12 fighter v bomber (usually 38 or spit v he111). I've noticed the bombers when making emergency landings always land with gear up. Any thoughts as to why? (is it safer?). I've also noticed that AI NEVER bail out unless the pilot is dead or the plane is missing something vital (like a wing http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif ).

Oilburner_TAW
08-30-2004, 09:30 PM
I've been doing a lot of offline 1 v 8 or 1v12 fighter v bomber (usually 38 or spit v he111). I've noticed the bombers when making emergency landings always land with gear up. Any thoughts as to why? (is it safer?). I've also noticed that AI NEVER bail out unless the pilot is dead or the plane is missing something vital (like a wing http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif ).

Zeus-cat
09-01-2004, 11:46 AM
I can think of several reasons why you want to crash land with wheels up.

1) Better stability in your damaged aircraft with the wheels up. The wheels create a fair amount of drag and if your plane is damaged, they might be enough to cause you to lose control and crash. I remember one time I was coming in for a landing in a damaged P-47 and I stalled as soon as I lowered my flaps. I was well above the stall speed for an undamaged P-47, but the rapid change in lift characteristics was more than I could handle at the altitude I was at.

2) Rough ground can be very difficult to land on using wheels. I'm sure you have run your plane off the runway. You really bounce around when running on the grass. The plane could flip or you could snap the gear off and do a lot more damage to the plane (and yourself) than you would if you belly landed.

There are probably some other good reasons, but I think these two cover a good part of it.

Zeus-cat