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spitfire22287
01-26-2006, 05:55 PM
Hi everyone.

I know you probably hear this all the time, but I'm having problems when I fly online. I always try to fly my beloved Spitfires whenever they're available, even with their relatively low top speed.
The problem is if I'm heading home, empty ammo, a plane always manages to slowly catch up to me and either damage my elevator controls, or kill my pilot with one bullet. (but thats a whole different issue http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif)

Anyway, lately I've tried different, faster planes: P-38's, La's (ugh.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif), and Fw-190's. Still, no matter what plane I fly, any other plane can catch up to me. Even flying a P-38 at full throttle, 25% fuel, any plane catches up to me, even other Spitfires! If I dive down on other planes in a Fw-190, they still manage to get away. I'm at a loss.

What am I missing here? How do you guys manage to get so fast? I've tried different settings with the prop pitch and mixture, but still to no avail. What settings are ideal for speed? Thanks in advance for any help. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

spitfire22287
01-26-2006, 05:55 PM
Hi everyone.

I know you probably hear this all the time, but I'm having problems when I fly online. I always try to fly my beloved Spitfires whenever they're available, even with their relatively low top speed.
The problem is if I'm heading home, empty ammo, a plane always manages to slowly catch up to me and either damage my elevator controls, or kill my pilot with one bullet. (but thats a whole different issue http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif)

Anyway, lately I've tried different, faster planes: P-38's, La's (ugh.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif), and Fw-190's. Still, no matter what plane I fly, any other plane can catch up to me. Even flying a P-38 at full throttle, 25% fuel, any plane catches up to me, even other Spitfires! If I dive down on other planes in a Fw-190, they still manage to get away. I'm at a loss.

What am I missing here? How do you guys manage to get so fast? I've tried different settings with the prop pitch and mixture, but still to no avail. What settings are ideal for speed? Thanks in advance for any help. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Stigler_9_JG52
01-26-2006, 06:07 PM
You may be inducing drag inadvertently by not having proper trim. So you're pushing or pulling on the stick to stay level...but you're dirtying up the airframe in doing so.

You need to trim better so that your plane flies straight and level for that speed you're in at the moment.

Also check for yaw; are you using the rudders a lot and "crabbing" your plane? How's the spirit ball look? Centered? If not, that can chop some speed off.

spitfire22287
01-26-2006, 06:32 PM
Good points, thanks for the tips. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif I'll try it out the next time I'm online. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Cheers!

Bearcat99
01-27-2006, 05:59 AM
Also consider using throttle and pitch to get the most out of the engine.

jds1978
01-27-2006, 07:11 AM
trim your nose down a *tad bit* and decrease prop pitch slightly

p1ngu666
01-28-2006, 01:56 AM
closing rad on planes will speed them up (unavalible on spit IX/VIII)
and theres the W key too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Max.Power
01-28-2006, 07:29 AM
Another good way to try to keep out of trouble is to climb whenever you're not engaged. Don't slink away from an engagement on the deck. Get some distance and then start climbing home. This will give you some energy to work with if you're jumped.

The above information is good in an 'all-things-being-equal' drag race, but it's hard to escape from any aircraft that has energy on you, at least initially.

SeaFireLIV
01-28-2006, 10:32 AM
1. Trim pitch.
2. wep/boost (if available)
3. rad closed.
4. mixture to 120%, if at ground level. (Everyone forgets this one).

spitfire22287
01-28-2006, 04:09 PM
Big thanks to everyone for taking the time to help me out, its greatly appreciated! Salute! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif