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SpitfireSeafire
07-09-2005, 10:54 PM
I trying to adjust the flaps on the wildcat, they always return to raised while in flight. If I try to turn them to combat, they go to combat, then quickly go back to raised. Are the flaps meant to be manual or is something going weird on my end?

SpitfireSeafire
07-09-2005, 10:54 PM
I trying to adjust the flaps on the wildcat, they always return to raised while in flight. If I try to turn them to combat, they go to combat, then quickly go back to raised. Are the flaps meant to be manual or is something going weird on my end?

marine428
07-09-2005, 11:10 PM
The Wildcat's flaps won't deploy above 250mph (I think that's the speed). It has something to do with that they are vacuum operated rather then hydraulic. Hopefully somebody with more knowledge will give furter details. I'm pretty interested in a more detailed explanation myself.

han freak solo
07-09-2005, 11:12 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SpitfireSeafire:
I trying to adjust the flaps on the wildcat, they always return to raised while in flight. If I try to turn them to combat, they go to combat, then quickly go back to raised. Are the flaps meant to be manual or is something going weird on my end? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I don't know for sure, but the real Wildcat may have been unable to open it's flaps past certain airspeeds. I can't open them above 130 KIAS in the game. Zoom in on the instrument panel and you should be able to read the placard that gives maximum speeds for flap and gear extension.

With other planes in the game, I could open flaps at high speed and damage them. They would stick in the opened position and create enough drag to be unable to escape a pursuing enemy.

Ooops. I can't see that placard in the Wildcat. Sorry! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Waldo.Pepper
07-10-2005, 01:38 AM
Other planes will set flaps, and consequently damage them if you go to fast. The Wildcat can't be dameged this way, they are "blow up" flaps. It is historicaly correct.

Zyzbot
07-10-2005, 12:59 PM
€œThe 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. €œ
http://www.fantasyofflight.com/aircraftpages/wildcat.htm

han freak solo
07-10-2005, 06:24 PM
Nice find, Zyzbot! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

mortoma
07-10-2005, 06:51 PM
Actually they are called "blown flaps" and not blow up flaps. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Very close, but who would want flaps on thier plane that would blow up during use?? Ha ha ha!!!

Arms1
07-10-2005, 07:21 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SpitfireSeafire:
I trying to adjust the flaps on the wildcat, they always return to raised while in flight. If I try to turn them to combat, they go to combat, then quickly go back to raised. Are the flaps meant to be manual or is something going weird on my end? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

slow down

IL2-chuter
07-11-2005, 02:43 AM
Blown flaps have a gap (slot) between the wing and the flap (as a Fowler flap does) and . . . oh, well . . . it's very late . . . http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

Skarphol
07-12-2005, 03:05 AM
It's easy to fall for the temptation to make small jokes on the 'suction' and 'blow' topic of this thread, but... blown flaps.. doesn't the F-104 Starfighter have blown flaps? This system operates by blowing compressed air from the engine over the flaps, reducing turbulence in the boundary layer due to flow separation thus reducing the stalling speed of the plane?
This is something totally different than the system on the Wildcat...
Am I confused here?

Skarphol