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PenGs
10-25-2007, 10:16 PM
As much as I want to get better in simming, I do want to learn and understand the planes themselves and how they worked. To be honest, I know very little and by very little I mean nothing at all.

So tell me, what are some great things to watch or read to get a bit comfy in this wide world of WWII fighter planes?

PenGs
10-25-2007, 10:16 PM
As much as I want to get better in simming, I do want to learn and understand the planes themselves and how they worked. To be honest, I know very little and by very little I mean nothing at all.

So tell me, what are some great things to watch or read to get a bit comfy in this wide world of WWII fighter planes?

LEBillfish
10-26-2007, 09:56 AM
As to what to read or watch there is simply so much I can't even begin to suggest past going to a local book store or library and seeing what they have on the subject....Seriously, you've asked a very broad question in many regards.

Imagine a time when in say 6 years....Nations went from bi-planes, canvas control surfaces, wires to keep things stiff and cables coupled with brute force to manuever a plane to jets, guided missles, television used for optical guidance, radar, Atom Bomb, etc.....Amazing advancements in such a short period...Yet with each advancement there was still old technology & tactics coupled to it often hindering it....

So it's really still as up close and personal as WWI bi-planes, yet with new surprises from both sides constantly.

an example?.......

credit: Jan. 1941 "Flying and Popular Aviation"
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v707/Kaytoo/IL2/japnpost.jpg

article reprint hosted here....... http://www.rwebs.net/avhistory/history/japan.htm

Note the date...Jan. 1941, vs. Dec. 7, 1941. The world thought Germany was crushed and Japan a backward un-technological nation......Surprise Surprise....

RAF_OldBuzzard
10-26-2007, 01:08 PM
Stop in at Zeno's : http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com/main.html

WWII training films on a lot of US aircraft, plus some other interesting films from WWII.

PenGs
10-26-2007, 06:49 PM
Buzz- Nice site, appreciate that link a lot.

Bill- I should have been a bit more specific, possibly narrow it down and say which have thought and helped you out the most.