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XyZspineZyX
07-07-2003, 09:22 AM
I have has IL-2 FB for a few days and I have had IL-2 for about 8 months, but I have never figured out what vector means. Like when they tell you the altitide to fly at they also say vector. I know this is a really dumb question someone will have the answer to.

XyZspineZyX
07-07-2003, 09:22 AM
I have has IL-2 FB for a few days and I have had IL-2 for about 8 months, but I have never figured out what vector means. Like when they tell you the altitide to fly at they also say vector. I know this is a really dumb question someone will have the answer to.

XyZspineZyX
07-07-2003, 09:25 AM
Vector just means a heading...i.e: vector 180 means heading 180...simple

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michapma
07-07-2003, 09:30 AM
Not a dumb question. The vector is a compass heading. The compass runs from 0&deg; to 360&deg;, both of which are the northerly heading. East is at 90&deg;, south is at 180&deg; and west at 270&deg;. A heading of 45&deg; would be northeast. You have noticed the speed bar at the lower left-hand side of the screen. It shows you the speed, altitude and heading of the aircraft. There are also whiskey compasses and repeater compasses in the various aircraft. These all use the same system.

Unfortunately, the vector headings that you hear over the radio are not always what you need to follow. At least in IL-2 they are often off by 180&deg;. They certainly are useless if you are not with your flight. Furthermore, you often hear flight followings from other aircraft as well. The best thing to do is use the waypoints. There are various ways to do this. You can follow the points on your in-flight map, plot the points on a paper (or plastic-covered) map before the flight, or follow your repeater compass if so equipped. If you fly, for example, the P-39, the repeater compass (upper right-hand instrument on the central column) has two readings: the current heading of the aircraft and the heading of the next waypoint. Aligning the two will bring you to your next waypoint.

Cheers,
Mike

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