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ninjanut333
02-12-2007, 03:55 PM
hello all , nooby to this type of thing anyway
got some glitches on pf my f4f wing flaps wont stay in combat mode, under carriage wont come down..always have to ditch and on mission five in a spity crashes striaght away before i can even take off any suggestions

FritzGryphon
02-12-2007, 04:51 PM
Welcome to the forum. Your 1 stop shop for PF help.

F4F has flaps that automatically retract above a certain speed.

The gear is manually extended and retracted. Look in your controls for 'manual gear extend' and 'manual gear retract'. Press these multiple times to extend/retract the gear.

The Spitfire can fly all right. Can you be more specific as to what happens?

berg417448
02-12-2007, 06:21 PM
Here is how the flaps worked on the F4F Wildcat:

"The Wildcat has an interesting flap system that is activated by the vacuum system in the airplane and is also used to spin the gyro instruments for instrument flying. Instead of using positive pressure to operate the flap cylinder, this aircraft uses negative pressure or suction. A large tank in the rear of the aircraft stores the negative air pressure. At higher speeds, the negative pressure does not create enough force to overcome the air loads to lower the flaps. It will not hurt the system, as in some aircraft, to put the flaps down at high speed. They just simply won't come down! Pilots could use this to their advantage in a dogfight and could select the flap handle down before engaging another aircraft. If during the dogfight the airplane happened to slow down below a certain speed, the flaps would creep out. The more the aircraft slowed down, the more flap would creep out. This gave the Wildcat a tighter turning radius, which was a major advantage in a dogfight, as they could potentially turn inside their opponent and get on his tail. "
http://www.fantasyofflight.com/aircraftpages/wildcat.htm


In this game the flaps will retract automatically (around 150 knots if I recall correctly) but they will not come back out automatically once you get back below that speed.