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BOPrey
03-12-2004, 03:31 PM
Is it realistic that in WWII, the compass on the plane will automatically point you to the next way point? If it is, what tech did they use? I'm having a lot of fun just flying blind, and only rely on instrument for navigation.

BOPrey
03-12-2004, 03:31 PM
Is it realistic that in WWII, the compass on the plane will automatically point you to the next way point? If it is, what tech did they use? I'm having a lot of fun just flying blind, and only rely on instrument for navigation.

BOPrey
03-12-2004, 10:01 PM
Anyone know?

Bearcat99
03-12-2004, 10:28 PM
Some of the panes had radio compasses i think. They would home in on a beacon and point in that direction.

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BOPrey
03-12-2004, 11:29 PM
But that was if the beacons were there at the first place. When you put a flight plan together, there is no beacon on every way point of the plan. So, my question is, is it a feature of IL-2 to have the compass always pointing to the next way point or it is the way it is in RL?

BfHeFwMe
03-13-2004, 01:34 AM
You certainly would never have had a beacon station behind enemy lines. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif Wouldn't be wise to place them to near an airbase either. They probably had a few mainly located within the larger cities near the front, would be very hard to locate an pinpoint it for destruction, and also hard to wipe out an entire city. Many of these aircraft would have used regular AM radio stations as beacons, like the Japanese using Honolulu AM radio to guide them into Pearl.