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wells
11-09-1998, 04:02 AM
They are not too slow...every other plane you've flown before was too fast!
hehe

Seriously, most WW2 fighters did about 350 mph @ sea level which is about 300
knts 'indicated'. Don't expect much more than this! When you see a spec like
437mph @ 25000' (for the P-51), that's 'True' airspeed. True airspeed is the
groundspeed with no wind factored in. Because of the less dense air at higher
altitudes, True airspeed increases with altitude for a given 'indicated'
airspeed. When a P-51 is doing 437 mph @ 25000', the pilot only sees about 290
on the airspeed gauge (or 250 if it's calibrated in knts, as in Fs98).

rrbarna
11-10-1998, 04:49 PM
They are not too slow...every other plane you've flown before was too fast!
hehe

Seriously, most WW2 fighters did about 350 mph @ sea level which is about 300
knts 'indicated'. Don't expect much more than this! When you see a spec like
437mph @ 25000' (for the P-51), that's 'True' airspeed. True airspeed is the
groundspeed with no wind factored in. Because of the less dense air at higher
altitudes, True airspeed increases with altitude for a given 'indicated'
airspeed. When a P-51 is doing 437 mph @ 25000', the pilot only sees about 290

on the airspeed gauge (or 250 if it's calibrated in knts, as in Fs98).

hmmm... if the awnser to the following question is NO, then I guess it's just
me...

When approaching oncoming enemy planes, do the planes appear slow the moment
they pass by you?

Well for me, the awnser is definately YES! I think when you have a combined
speed of 500 mi/h, you should barely even see the planes pass at a close
distance. I guess in a way, I'm also comparing CFS to the demo version of
European Air War where planes do appear to manouver faster too.

Barna