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XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 05:28 AM
I was playing the original version and had the rank of Major in the Bomber Campaign.

The scenario was during the Kursk Tank Battle and my orders were a to lead a wing of IL-2 on a night attack at 03:00 AM on a German Airfield, the weather was excellent but strafing the airfield was by no means easy task because of a severe flak and a lack of visibility on the target, as a result the damage I inflicted was pretty trivial and as if that weren't enough, a wing of BF-109 joined the party.

Anyway what happened was pretty simple, my plane got turned into Swiss cheese by both the flak and the Fighter cover, my Rear-Gunner was killed in battle and my plane looked more like a wreck than a plane but was STILL flying, could still manoeuver and I even managed to shoot down a BF-109 in those conditions.

When there were no more bandits in sight, I bailed out since it was obvious I couldn't make it home the way my plane had been damaged but after completing the mission, I was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and given the awards of Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin.

That was the story I had to tell but if only you guys had seen the damage my IL-2 taken and despite that it could still fly and fight...Now I'm really amazed, those Sturmovik can take a licking and keep on flying, it's no wonder the Luftwaffe pilots sometimes called them "The Concrete Plane"

In anycase Sergei Illyushin (The man who designed the Sturmovik if I ain't mistaken) sure did his homeworks I knew the Sturmovik was reliable but this was beyond anything I could possibly think of on reliability.

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 05:28 AM
I was playing the original version and had the rank of Major in the Bomber Campaign.

The scenario was during the Kursk Tank Battle and my orders were a to lead a wing of IL-2 on a night attack at 03:00 AM on a German Airfield, the weather was excellent but strafing the airfield was by no means easy task because of a severe flak and a lack of visibility on the target, as a result the damage I inflicted was pretty trivial and as if that weren't enough, a wing of BF-109 joined the party.

Anyway what happened was pretty simple, my plane got turned into Swiss cheese by both the flak and the Fighter cover, my Rear-Gunner was killed in battle and my plane looked more like a wreck than a plane but was STILL flying, could still manoeuver and I even managed to shoot down a BF-109 in those conditions.

When there were no more bandits in sight, I bailed out since it was obvious I couldn't make it home the way my plane had been damaged but after completing the mission, I was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and given the awards of Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin.

That was the story I had to tell but if only you guys had seen the damage my IL-2 taken and despite that it could still fly and fight...Now I'm really amazed, those Sturmovik can take a licking and keep on flying, it's no wonder the Luftwaffe pilots sometimes called them "The Concrete Plane"

In anycase Sergei Illyushin (The man who designed the Sturmovik if I ain't mistaken) sure did his homeworks I knew the Sturmovik was reliable but this was beyond anything I could possibly think of on reliability.

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 06:19 AM
As a member of the VVS, you'll have to do more to claim your kills. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

Pics, pics, tovarish.

http://members.shaw.ca/cuski4678/sig.jpg

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 07:02 AM
Gimmee a break mate, if you want evidence I'll gladly give you some but if you want pics I'm afraid I just dunno how to make them appear on my comp, please stand by for my current stats as a Sturmovik pilot.

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 07:07 AM
hit the "printscreen" key while in flight then latrer on go to the iL2 install directory and look for the tga files.

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 07:18 AM
Ok I'm a man of my word, here are my current stats and I should also add that I kept unlimited ammunitions and fuel.

Air Kills:34
Ground Kills:158
Rank:Podpolkovnik
Score:10380
Total Missions Flown:25
Aircraft Lost:31 (I owe this high number of aircraft loss to the first night mission, I always ended up crashing due to a lack of visibility until I found a way to get through this one)
Friendly Kills:10 (During my debut missions I had trouble telling friend from foe appart which explains this number)

Do I need a printer to use that trick btw? I'm afraid I don't have one.

XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 07:54 AM
The IL-2 is just the coolest plane. I like to use it against bombers because of ammo and firepower.

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michapma
07-22-2003, 08:06 AM
Blackjack,

The IL-2 truly is an amazing aircraft. I have seen it take enormous amounts of damage&mdash;rudder missing, huge holes in wings, bullet-ridden and looking like it belongs on the ground&mdash;yet still fly and even land at its airfield. You might have been surprised to find that you could have made it home after all! It can also perform some astounding low-speed maneuvers to protect itself against attacking fighters.

Concerning screenshots, as mentioned you only have to press PrtScr (print screen) during the action. The screenshots will be saved in the root directory "IL-2 Sturmovik". They are saved in TGA format, which is an uncompressed bitmap format. (The files can be quite huge but are easily compressed to JPG format with little loss in quality.) They are saved sequentially, starting with grab0000.TGA, grab0001.TGA, etc. Be careful though, every time you restart IL-2, the counter will be reset to 0000 and if you take more screenshots it will start overwriting your previously taken shots. The best thing is to get in the habit of transfering screenshots out of your root IL-2 folder each time you exit the game.

If you don't know how to view the TGA files, you can do this with any number of high-quality image editors such as Photoshop or Corel Photo-Paint. If you don't have one of these expensive softwares, there is an excellent high-quality freeware on the Internet that I have been using called XnView. It is downloadable at http://www.xnview.com/

You can convert TGA files to JPG with this program, just open the TGA file and save it as a JPG. You can't compress them with this program, but it's a big difference in file size if you compress them with the JPG format.

Cheers,
Mike

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XyZspineZyX
07-22-2003, 08:22 AM
michapma wrote:
- Blackjack,
-
- The IL-2 truly is an amazing aircraft. I have seen
- it take enormous amounts of damage-rudder
- missing, huge holes in wings, bullet-ridden and
- looking like it belongs on the ground-yet
- still fly and even land at its airfield. You might
- have been surprised to find that you could have made
- it home after all! It can also perform some
- astounding low-speed maneuvers to protect itself
- against attacking fighters.

You got it right man, the shape my plane was in I couldn't believe it was still flying and your description fits exactly the conditions in which I was in