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craignt55
10-19-2004, 01:44 PM
Hello All,
Just wondering if PF's carrier aircraft will have foldable wings. I thought I saw a screenie with the planes on an Essex class carrier with the wings folded up. I remember that the planes in MS-CF2 had that option and it was VERY cool! Plus with the canopies being able to open, we will have some nice carrier-ops procedures to go through!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
cheers, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
- CraigNT55

craignt55
10-19-2004, 01:44 PM
Hello All,
Just wondering if PF's carrier aircraft will have foldable wings. I thought I saw a screenie with the planes on an Essex class carrier with the wings folded up. I remember that the planes in MS-CF2 had that option and it was VERY cool! Plus with the canopies being able to open, we will have some nice carrier-ops procedures to go through!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
cheers, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
- CraigNT55

GT182
10-19-2004, 01:56 PM
From Oleg -

Wing Fold: This key will toggle your carrier-borne aircraft’s wings between the up and down position. Not all aircraft are so equipped. None of the land-based aircraft have this feature, and many carrier-borne planes, such as the SBD Dauntless or the F4F-3 were also not historically equipped with folding wings.
We do not recommend using this feature while airborne.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it once. Or twice.

stansdds
10-19-2004, 04:13 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> We do not recommend using this feature while airborne.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it once. Or twice.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That line really bothers me, I am the one who will try it. Unfortunately, I am most likely to try it purely by accident in the heat of battle. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

LStarosta
10-19-2004, 04:28 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by stansdds:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> We do not recommend using this feature while airborne.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it once. Or twice.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That line really bothers me, I am the one who will try it. Unfortunately, I am most likely to try it purely by accident in the heat of battle. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's why you don't map wing folding onto your HOTAS http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif.

Lateralus_14
10-19-2004, 04:38 PM
How was the folding mechanism typically operated? Mechanically by carrier crewmen, or hydraulically?

If by the pilot, would it break the mechanism if the wings were folded in flight?

What I'm getting at is whether or not its possible to fold them up then back to normal while in flight, given enough altitude. If its possible, I can see it now:

I'm dogfighting the enemy, one gets on my tail, he lines up, his finger is on the trigger... WHOOM! I hit my fold wings command, my plane drops out of the sky like a rock, out of sight of the enemy, whereupon I unfold my wings, get my bearings, turn for home and fly off into the sunset...

Future-
10-19-2004, 04:48 PM
Unfortunately, it might just be like that... as you can not only fold up your wings in flight, but also fold them out again. However, I believe the physical reaction of the planes isn't fully correct, as the movement momentum keeps them going and up for a surprising long time instead of immediately falling down.

Starnge, yet fun to watch, especially on the Hellcat, which looks like a bird folding his wings to his body.

S!

Cragger
10-19-2004, 11:16 PM
I wouldn't expect the wings to stay attached to the aircraft if the mechanism where to be engaged in flight. Something tells me a very high drag load on a pivot join can't be a good thing.

stansdds
10-20-2004, 03:58 AM
It is not the push of one button or one lever on real aircraft, at least not on the Corsair. The Corsair required the pilot to:

1. Release the manual wing hinge pin lock handle. This was a pull and turn handle.

2. Move the wing fold control to the "fold" position. This was a lever that moved fore and aft.

This control box was located on the port wall of the cockpit next to the pilot's seat, so there was little chance of accidentally bumping the controls.