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Billy_BigBoy
03-25-2006, 01:29 PM
When you fly on-line, how much fuel do you take with you? I usually fill the tanks for 50%

Dean3238
03-25-2006, 02:05 PM
For a simple dogfight sim, I go 25%.

Any more will just make the fireball I create 25 seconds later worse.

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Dean

FritzGryphon
03-25-2006, 02:08 PM
Depends on plane, and how long you plan to fly around.

25% is always good for long range planes, like P-51 or naval planes.

For continental fighters, like 109 or Spit, I take 50% just in case.

JG53Frankyboy
03-25-2006, 03:49 PM
perhaps you are interested in that to check endurance of some planes

http://mitglied.lycos.de/jaytdee/t404/404testing.html

ElAurens
03-25-2006, 04:50 PM
What I don't understand about that chart Frankkyboy, is how fuel levels/endurance were "extrapolated". The note at the bottom said 5% fuel was taken for testing. The only fuel loadouts available in the game are in increments of 25%. I.E. 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%.

I have always had serious doubts about the actual levels and fuel consumption of aircraft in the sim. Do you really think the H8K1 could go 4000 miles on 100% like the real aircraft could? Or in the case of the P51, 25% should get you about 300 miles. I don't think the aircraft in the game could even come close to that.

vocatx
03-25-2006, 07:20 PM
There is another side to this coin, too. If you take off with 100% fuel, your fuel consumption will be higher because of the increased weight, then drop as you burn off fuel (In real life, anyway).

El, I know for a fact you can go 800 km. on a full tank with the Spit Vb and the Hurri IIb cruising at 10,000 feet. I haven't tested the full range on other aircraft, but I have flown the P-40B in co-ops for an hour and a half, including some wild combat, and still had fuel left in the tanks.

Z4K
03-26-2006, 02:30 AM
ElAurens

I think you can set arbitrary fuel loadouts in FMB.

JG53Frankyboy
03-26-2006, 03:36 AM
Originally posted by ElAurens:
What I don't understand about that chart Frankkyboy, is how fuel levels/endurance were "extrapolated". The note at the bottom said 5% fuel was taken for testing. The only fuel loadouts available in the game are in increments of 25%. I.E. 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%.

I have always had serious doubts about the actual levels and fuel consumption of aircraft in the sim. Do you really think the H8K1 could go 4000 miles on 100% like the real aircraft could? Or in the case of the P51, 25% should get you about 300 miles. I don't think the aircraft in the game could even come close to that.

as , said, you can give a plane every amount of fuel you want in FMB.

about endurance , yes sometimes its strange.
for example:
Bf109G2 with 100% fuel at 100% power you can fly 54min
Bf109F4 with 100% fuel at 100% power you can fly 84 min !
in the long Range Yak9D you can fly 94min http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
F4U-1A 80min (less than Bf109F http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif ).

KG51-Edelweis
03-26-2006, 07:55 AM
Well with the Zero type 21 you are at a 100% a lot slower than a Zero with 25% squadron members just wizzed away with 25% while I was just chugging along at a 100% fuel and 100% on the motor!
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bogusheadbox
03-27-2006, 02:41 AM
I prefer bombers, and i usually never take less than 75%. Its not uncommon to get a fire in the fuel tank or savage leaks. So every bit counts. As dogfighting performance is not an issue with bombers. Taking more fuel is nothing but a saving grace.

As for fighters....>And well, I am a **** dog fighter. Depending on the map. I like to take 50% with drop tanks. That way when you do get into a fight, you can drop the tanks for a weight reduction and better performance and still have 50% fuel to play around with and get home on.

TgD Thunderbolt56
03-27-2006, 06:44 AM
It's so relative. I typically take 50%, but if I'm flying a FW or I'm in a server where I need to get really high, I'll take 75%. I've even started taking 100% at times, but find it better somtimes to take 50% and drop tanks. I use the tanks to climb or ingress and simply drop them once on location.

Simply having all these options is what makes it cool in the end.

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R988z
03-29-2006, 08:07 AM
109K on 25% has about 10mins fuel I think, about enough to take off, climb reach combat zone (close by on a dogfight map) do a couple of passes and get home, all running at full power for most of that time.

Or about enough to take off and climb with a bomb and do a hit and run on the enemy airbase and make it back running on fumes, especially if you have to go full power to escape enemies in hot pursuit. Got to be careful with the 109 it's tanks are small and its fuel economy isn't very good.

Billy_BigBoy
03-29-2006, 03:02 PM
I only ran out of fuel once when chasing a P-47 up to over 6000 meters, not counting the times the Jerries shot big holes in my fueltanks. I was able to land the Spit I was flying with a dead engine.
The option of using a droptank is something I didn't use yet, but it is something to try for sure, thanks for the advise. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Stigler_9_JG52
03-29-2006, 05:53 PM
If I get even the vague inkling that my opponent is "fuel dweebing", that is taking a 25% fuel load for maneuverability purposes, I'll just toy with him for awhile until he gets fuel critical or even runs out and gleefully blast his gamer ar*se.

I never take off with less than 75% fuel, and most combat planes never did, either. You are likely going further than 20km, you don't know for sure how much of that fuel you really need (since you don't know if you'll be damaged), it's wise to burn off a good 25% just to get much needed altitude, and I would rather have one, hour-long sortie than to attempt 4 "quickie" hops in the same time frame.

All reasons to "fill 'er up" or thereabouts before every sortie.

smokincrater
03-31-2006, 10:56 AM
Well Sir Charles Kingsford Smith once said `The only time that an airplane has to much fuel on board is when it is on fire!`