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Kamikaze_239
06-01-2006, 09:38 AM
How do you extend the landig gear in the F4F Wildcat? In all of my planes, I can extend it, exept the Wildcat. Is there a special method of how to open it?

marc_hawkins
06-01-2006, 09:42 AM
some planes such as the wildcat have manual gear only, and you have to set keys to open and retract them. Then you tap the keys repeatedly untill the gear is where you want it!

McThag
06-01-2006, 10:28 AM
The manual gear keys will also allow you to extend your gear if they are damaged and the normal gear extension isn't working.

This is a very rare occurance, but it does happen.

berg417448
06-01-2006, 01:55 PM
The I-16 also has manual landing gear.

The Wildcat also has another feature not found on most other airplanes in this sim...the flaps will automatically retract above a certain speed (above 150 knots I think...can't recall now ). There is no problem with this ....the real life Wildcat flap system worked that way too. The difference is that in real life the flaps would also automatically come back out below this speed but that does not happen in this game.



€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

JG53Frankyboy
06-01-2006, 03:01 PM
you should read the readme that you can find in your PF install folder

Kamikaze_239
06-02-2006, 05:50 AM
I thank you guys!!!

kalaluth
06-03-2006, 10:37 AM
Try Wildcat_training (http://www.simulation-france-magazine.com/download.php?op=mydown&did=429). This short campaign (2 missions) is designed as a "tutorial" for the Wildcat.

leitmotiv
06-04-2006, 02:25 PM
I-153 ought to have manual gear control but it doesn't---error probably based on new I-153 replicas which have pneumatic gear control.

SaQSoN
06-04-2006, 02:51 PM
I-153 had electric gear actuator since 1939, as designed by Polikarpov. Same is in the replicas.

leitmotiv
06-06-2006, 09:39 PM
No dice, SaQSoN: see POLIKARPOV'S BIPLANE FIGHTERS. Yefim Gordon and Keith Dexter. Midland Publishing, 2002. Page 82: "Retraction was manually operated via a cockpit handcrank."

joeap
06-07-2006, 05:47 AM
"Close that book and don't open anymore"

Sorry, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

SeaFireLIV
06-07-2006, 06:55 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Kamikaze_239:
How do you extend the landig gear in the F4F Wildcat?QUOTE]


With great difficulty. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif



I`ll get my coat then.

leitmotiv
06-07-2006, 07:56 AM
Real Wildcat pilots had to tussle with the gear crank and the airplane bobbled up and down as they worked at it. If their hands slipped, the pilots got barked shins from the whirling crank.

justflyin
06-07-2006, 10:49 AM
Originally posted by McThag:
The manual gear keys will also allow you to extend your gear if they are damaged and the normal gear extension isn't working.

This is a very rare occurance, but it does happen.

IIRC, this is simulating an hydraulics failure. It happens to me in the Ki-84 series and sometimes in one other I used to fly, that for the life of me, I can't seem to recall at the moment.

The first time it happened, I bellied in OK. The next I thought I'd try the manual keys and they lowered the gear. I was so happy with myself, I flew around trying to get my hydraulics shot out for a little while after that. hehehe

bird_brain
06-07-2006, 06:28 PM
Originally posted by justflyin:
.... I was so happy with myself, I flew around trying to get my hydraulics shot out for a little while after that. hehehe
I'll bet no one could though, eh? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif