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neural_dream
08-28-2005, 01:52 PM
This is the 8th post in a series of topics on the Revised Cockpit Reference Guide that i am working on. It will contain all planes this time so i will share it with you just after the release of the last patch. In these topics i post what i have chosen for the time being to write about each aircraft as side-info to the cockpit reference. This way the experts of this forum will quickly point out errors and maybe offer better alternatives to my words for each aircraft. Do not stick that much to numbers. I offer approximate ones first because you can never be sure with so many conflicting numbers out there, and second because this is a compact guide and shouldn't waste precious space by adding all speeds for every model of a plane if they are very similar. Still if you find that there are important inconsistencies please tell me so before i "release" the guide next month.

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Curtiss P-40B,C,Hawk 81A-2,Tomahawk Mk.IIa,b (`41)
Derived by the earlier P-36A Hawk, the Curtiss P-40 was one of the most controversial fighters of the era. Not particularly capable but sturdy, it served pretty much everywhere and in most Allied Air Forces. The P-40B (Tomahawk MkIIa in the RAF) had armoured windscreen and armour plating for the pilot. The P-40C had larger, self-sealing fuel tanks and two more wing guns. It served in the RAF as Tomahawk MkIIb and performed particularly well as tactical support in North Africa. In total 2097 P-40s of all types were delivered to the Soviet Union following the German invasion of 1941.
Max. speed: 457km/h at sea level and 573km/h at 6250m. Turn time 21s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ The P-40C/MkIIb start disintegrating at 810km/h. The others at around 780km/h.
Armament:
P-40B,C: nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (250rpg/22sec), wings - 4x7.62mm Browning .30, (left 300rpg/17sec,
right 240rpg/14sec)
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Curtiss P-40E,M "Warhawk" (`41,`42)
The P-40E version had a new engine, improved visibility and better armour than its predecessors. The Soviets made several modifications to the P-40E that they received from the US through the Lend-Lease program. They used different engine and different propeller, not for performance reasons, but because the Soviet ground crews were more familiar with the Soviet engine, which had almost identical performance and dimensions to the American one. The first P-40M appeared in November 1942. It was very similar to the P-40E, only with more powerful engine, dorsal fin and longer fuselage.
Max. speed (E/E field mod/M): 470/472/475km/h at sea level and 578/566/580km/h at 4500/4800/6300m.
Turn time 20.5/19.5/18.7s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ All P-40s are very stable gunnery platforms, have minimal torque, are very easy to fly and easier
than most to land; In other words they are recommended for training newcomers to the game.
¦ The P-40s are generally weaker than their contemporary German aircraft, but can fight as equals at low
altitudes in slow rolling scissors or turn fights.
¦ The Warhawks do no perform well at altitudes higher than 3500m.
¦ The E and M start losing parts after 820km/h. The P-40E Soviet Field Mod earlier.
¦ For the P-40E field mod and P-40M switch the Supercharger to stage 2 at 2200m. Also consider to
start leaning the mixture at 4000m.
Armament:
P-40E,M: wings - 6x12.7mm Browning .50 (left wing & right inboard 300rpg/24sec, right wing
two outboard 240rpg/18sec)
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Bell P-39 "Airacobra" (`41-`44)
The Airacobra had a very unusual design, with the engine installed behind and below the pilot's seat. While it in Western Europe and in the Pacific it was considered more of a failure, it really excelled with the Soviets. For example, Soviet ace Aleksandr Pokryshkin scored most of his 59 victories in a P-39. The Soviets as well as the Americans were using it for high-speed passes from higher altitude and escapes at full throttle. They had very little time time to aim but with a single hit the 37mm cannon would definitely destroy the enemy aircraft. The total production of the P-39 was around 9500 aircraft, about half of which went to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease program.
Max speed(D1,D2,N1,Q1,Q10): 490/537/505/520/529km/h at sea level
and 571/627/589/608/619km/h at 3500m. Turn time 22/19.5/20/20/19s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ The P-39 stalls easily if not flown gently, it has very low climb rate and it's performance drops at high altitudes.
¦ The 37mm nose cannon needs a little practice. Then you will be able to destroy enemy aircraft with a single hit.
Armament:
P-39D-1 & P-400: wings - 4x7.62mm Browning .30 (500rpg/29sec), nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (200rpg/18sec),
nose - 1x20mm Hispano M2 (60rpg/6sec).
P-39D-2: wings - 4x7.62mm Browning .30 (500rpg/29sec), nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (200rpg/18sec),
nose - 1x20mm Hispano M2 (60rpg/6sec), nose (optional) - 1x37mm M4 (30rpg/11sec).
P-39N-1: wings - 4x7.62mm Browning .30 (500rpg/29sec or 1000rpg/58sec), nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50
(200rpg/18sec), nose - 1x37mm M4 (30rpg/11sec).
P-39Q-1: wings - 2x12.7mm Browning .30 (300rpg/23sec, nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (200rpg/18sec),
nose - 1x37mm M4 (30rpg/11sec).
P-39Q-10: nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (200rpg/18sec), nose - 1x37mm M4 (30rpg/11sec).
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Bell P-63 "Kingcobra" (`44)The P-63 was bigger and faster than its predecessor, the P-39. Most of the Kingcobras were flown by the
Soviets and a few by the Americans and the Free French.
Max. speed: 590km/h at sea level, 694km/h at 6100m and 656km/h at 7625m.
Turn time 19.4s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ Just like the P-39, the P-63 has low climb rate and is prone to spinning and stalling. However, it is very fast, has good turning rate and excellent armament.
¦ The P-63 has terrible rearward visibility.
Armament:
P-63C5: nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (200rpg/18sec, nose - 1x37mm M10 (58rpg/21sec),
gunpods - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (300rpg/23sec)
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neural_dream
08-28-2005, 01:52 PM
This is the 8th post in a series of topics on the Revised Cockpit Reference Guide that i am working on. It will contain all planes this time so i will share it with you just after the release of the last patch. In these topics i post what i have chosen for the time being to write about each aircraft as side-info to the cockpit reference. This way the experts of this forum will quickly point out errors and maybe offer better alternatives to my words for each aircraft. Do not stick that much to numbers. I offer approximate ones first because you can never be sure with so many conflicting numbers out there, and second because this is a compact guide and shouldn't waste precious space by adding all speeds for every model of a plane if they are very similar. Still if you find that there are important inconsistencies please tell me so before i "release" the guide next month.

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Curtiss P-40B,C,Hawk 81A-2,Tomahawk Mk.IIa,b (`41)
Derived by the earlier P-36A Hawk, the Curtiss P-40 was one of the most controversial fighters of the era. Not particularly capable but sturdy, it served pretty much everywhere and in most Allied Air Forces. The P-40B (Tomahawk MkIIa in the RAF) had armoured windscreen and armour plating for the pilot. The P-40C had larger, self-sealing fuel tanks and two more wing guns. It served in the RAF as Tomahawk MkIIb and performed particularly well as tactical support in North Africa. In total 2097 P-40s of all types were delivered to the Soviet Union following the German invasion of 1941.
Max. speed: 457km/h at sea level and 573km/h at 6250m. Turn time 21s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ The P-40C/MkIIb start disintegrating at 810km/h. The others at around 780km/h.
Armament:
P-40B,C: nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (250rpg/22sec), wings - 4x7.62mm Browning .30, (left 300rpg/17sec,
right 240rpg/14sec)
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Curtiss P-40E,M "Warhawk" (`41,`42)
The P-40E version had a new engine, improved visibility and better armour than its predecessors. The Soviets made several modifications to the P-40E that they received from the US through the Lend-Lease program. They used different engine and different propeller, not for performance reasons, but because the Soviet ground crews were more familiar with the Soviet engine, which had almost identical performance and dimensions to the American one. The first P-40M appeared in November 1942. It was very similar to the P-40E, only with more powerful engine, dorsal fin and longer fuselage.
Max. speed (E/E field mod/M): 470/472/475km/h at sea level and 578/566/580km/h at 4500/4800/6300m.
Turn time 20.5/19.5/18.7s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ All P-40s are very stable gunnery platforms, have minimal torque, are very easy to fly and easier
than most to land; In other words they are recommended for training newcomers to the game.
¦ The P-40s are generally weaker than their contemporary German aircraft, but can fight as equals at low
altitudes in slow rolling scissors or turn fights.
¦ The Warhawks do no perform well at altitudes higher than 3500m.
¦ The E and M start losing parts after 820km/h. The P-40E Soviet Field Mod earlier.
¦ For the P-40E field mod and P-40M switch the Supercharger to stage 2 at 2200m. Also consider to
start leaning the mixture at 4000m.
Armament:
P-40E,M: wings - 6x12.7mm Browning .50 (left wing & right inboard 300rpg/24sec, right wing
two outboard 240rpg/18sec)
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Bell P-39 "Airacobra" (`41-`44)
The Airacobra had a very unusual design, with the engine installed behind and below the pilot's seat. While it in Western Europe and in the Pacific it was considered more of a failure, it really excelled with the Soviets. For example, Soviet ace Aleksandr Pokryshkin scored most of his 59 victories in a P-39. The Soviets as well as the Americans were using it for high-speed passes from higher altitude and escapes at full throttle. They had very little time time to aim but with a single hit the 37mm cannon would definitely destroy the enemy aircraft. The total production of the P-39 was around 9500 aircraft, about half of which went to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease program.
Max speed(D1,D2,N1,Q1,Q10): 490/537/505/520/529km/h at sea level
and 571/627/589/608/619km/h at 3500m. Turn time 22/19.5/20/20/19s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ The P-39 stalls easily if not flown gently, it has very low climb rate and it's performance drops at high altitudes.
¦ The 37mm nose cannon needs a little practice. Then you will be able to destroy enemy aircraft with a single hit.
Armament:
P-39D-1 & P-400: wings - 4x7.62mm Browning .30 (500rpg/29sec), nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (200rpg/18sec),
nose - 1x20mm Hispano M2 (60rpg/6sec).
P-39D-2: wings - 4x7.62mm Browning .30 (500rpg/29sec), nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (200rpg/18sec),
nose - 1x20mm Hispano M2 (60rpg/6sec), nose (optional) - 1x37mm M4 (30rpg/11sec).
P-39N-1: wings - 4x7.62mm Browning .30 (500rpg/29sec or 1000rpg/58sec), nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50
(200rpg/18sec), nose - 1x37mm M4 (30rpg/11sec).
P-39Q-1: wings - 2x12.7mm Browning .30 (300rpg/23sec, nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (200rpg/18sec),
nose - 1x37mm M4 (30rpg/11sec).
P-39Q-10: nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (200rpg/18sec), nose - 1x37mm M4 (30rpg/11sec).
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Bell P-63 "Kingcobra" (`44)The P-63 was bigger and faster than its predecessor, the P-39. Most of the Kingcobras were flown by the
Soviets and a few by the Americans and the Free French.
Max. speed: 590km/h at sea level, 694km/h at 6100m and 656km/h at 7625m.
Turn time 19.4s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ Just like the P-39, the P-63 has low climb rate and is prone to spinning and stalling. However, it is very fast, has good turning rate and excellent armament.
¦ The P-63 has terrible rearward visibility.
Armament:
P-63C5: nose - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (200rpg/18sec, nose - 1x37mm M10 (58rpg/21sec),
gunpods - 2x12.7mm Browning .50 (300rpg/23sec)
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neural_dream
08-28-2005, 01:54 PM
Tomorrow the IARs and the P11

The previous posts:
7. Bf109, Bf110: http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/26310365/m/5031062053
6. Ki84, Ki100: http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/26310365/m/9451054943
5. I16, I153, I185: http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/26310365/m/2921071943
4. Stukas,He111: http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/26310365/m/3011097843
3. La5,La7: http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/26310365/m/9311023843
2. CR42,G50: http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/26310365/m/5971000843
1. Ki43,61: http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/26310365/m/7311047743

neural_dream
08-28-2005, 01:56 PM
I don't fly very much those planes so these words are based mainly on forum talk and books. Feel free to suggest corrections or more useful tips.

Vacillator
08-28-2005, 02:39 PM
Keep up the excellent work. You can never have too much info about anything, and if something is not quite right, then somebody will hopefully chip in and comment. Thanks for your effeort, look forward to the final guide.

VF-29_Sandman
08-28-2005, 02:44 PM
properly trimming the p-63 will improve handling. if u dont, this plane will be very stall happy; will snap stall in a heartbeat. same goes for the p-39's.

p-39 is out of it's element 4k meters and higher; especially the early model p-39's. they have no mix controls or supercharger settings on the early p-39's.

the cannon is devastating. 1 shot, 1 kill. recoil and low rate of fire tho makes it a point blank only for air to air.