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XyZspineZyX
10-22-2003, 04:59 AM
What sort of information did real WW2 pilots get before missions?

In all the WW2 sims I've played, even those with complex engine management, the mission briefings were pretty sparse. Nothing about altitudes, fuel use, alternate targets, weather forecast, winds aloft. No pictures of the target area or information on who is flying escort (or if there IS an escort).

Did real pilots in WW2 get those things?

When pilots were told to "bomb a factory", how did they know which factory to hit without photographs? In the sims I've played all I get is a waypoint somewhere in the middle of the city, and I have to use cheats (e.g. target highlights or ground-target padlock) to find the primary target amongst the clutter of buildings and criss-crossing roads.

Did they get information about how much their aircraft weighed with certain combinations of ordnance and if they should take fuel tanks or not? Or was the technology not available, and they did things by "gut feel"?

XyZspineZyX
10-22-2003, 04:59 AM
What sort of information did real WW2 pilots get before missions?

In all the WW2 sims I've played, even those with complex engine management, the mission briefings were pretty sparse. Nothing about altitudes, fuel use, alternate targets, weather forecast, winds aloft. No pictures of the target area or information on who is flying escort (or if there IS an escort).

Did real pilots in WW2 get those things?

When pilots were told to "bomb a factory", how did they know which factory to hit without photographs? In the sims I've played all I get is a waypoint somewhere in the middle of the city, and I have to use cheats (e.g. target highlights or ground-target padlock) to find the primary target amongst the clutter of buildings and criss-crossing roads.

Did they get information about how much their aircraft weighed with certain combinations of ordnance and if they should take fuel tanks or not? Or was the technology not available, and they did things by "gut feel"?

XyZspineZyX
10-22-2003, 05:09 AM
I think b-17 flying fortress does a good job in mission briefing if I remember correctly. You should try it if u haven't. They do give you like the kind of information you're talking about, and a picture of what your target looks like. I am debating with myself whether or not I should install it again right now.

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Tully__
10-22-2003, 10:33 AM
EAW also included things like flight distance, altitude, weather and expected enemy activity.

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XyZspineZyX
10-22-2003, 10:47 AM
Well, in a real brefing you even get told the alt. of the condesation level which makes you know the alititude, the contrails start to develop behind you, telling everybody in the air "Here I am.."



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