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Tallyho1961
06-16-2005, 11:53 AM
With respect to the recent discussions about torque, trim, etc., I thought I would post this snippet of an article written by an airline pilot who recently had the chance to co-fly a P-51D:

"... I asked Jim (the pilot) what some of the more tricky aspects of flying the Mustang were. He replied, €œYou have to be ready for the torque as you bring up the power, and the Mustang is a trim aircraft. You always have to trim it.€ "

Read the whole article here (http://www.wargamer.com/articles/P-51d_flight/Default.asp)

Over the last nine months that I've been flying this sim on a fairly regular basis, I've also done a lot of reading about how real aircraft operate. I purchased a popular ground school text book and the Canadian Government flight training manual and have learned a lot from each. If I had not done this, I would have a lot of trouble understanding how and why the virtual a/c we fly behave the way they do.

Not having this knowledge would not prevent anybody from becoming a great sim fighter pilot. FB/AEP/PF is, after all, a simulation. But without it, an appreciation of what is modelled into the sim would inevitably be lacking, as would a frame of reference from which to make judgments about how an a/c 'should' or should not behave.

After nine months effort I'm still only an average sim pilot and my gunnery needs a lot of work, but I can tell you this: From what I've read all the things we are experiencing in the latest patch make sense.

My two cents worth http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Tallyho1961
06-16-2005, 11:53 AM
With respect to the recent discussions about torque, trim, etc., I thought I would post this snippet of an article written by an airline pilot who recently had the chance to co-fly a P-51D:

"... I asked Jim (the pilot) what some of the more tricky aspects of flying the Mustang were. He replied, €œYou have to be ready for the torque as you bring up the power, and the Mustang is a trim aircraft. You always have to trim it.€ "

Read the whole article here (http://www.wargamer.com/articles/P-51d_flight/Default.asp)

Over the last nine months that I've been flying this sim on a fairly regular basis, I've also done a lot of reading about how real aircraft operate. I purchased a popular ground school text book and the Canadian Government flight training manual and have learned a lot from each. If I had not done this, I would have a lot of trouble understanding how and why the virtual a/c we fly behave the way they do.

Not having this knowledge would not prevent anybody from becoming a great sim fighter pilot. FB/AEP/PF is, after all, a simulation. But without it, an appreciation of what is modelled into the sim would inevitably be lacking, as would a frame of reference from which to make judgments about how an a/c 'should' or should not behave.

After nine months effort I'm still only an average sim pilot and my gunnery needs a lot of work, but I can tell you this: From what I've read all the things we are experiencing in the latest patch make sense.

My two cents worth http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Endrju
06-16-2005, 12:39 PM
And the most amazing thing is that P-38 became thrust-vectoring fighter http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Is there any other two-engined aircraft with counter-rotating propellers? I didn't find any.