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Charlie901
03-07-2005, 12:16 PM
Did many of the simulated A/C in this game have the ability to dump fuel? If so is this modeled in the game or could it be added?

Taylortony
03-07-2005, 12:36 PM
some of them would have like the bombers, but it isnt modelled, though saying that u can vary the fuel load in the arming window at the bottom, i always go with about 50% as it can help out turn the opposition............. only downer is when you have the strip in sight in the far off distance and the props a windmilling

Drifter_Bob
03-07-2005, 03:30 PM
I am interested in this as well. I often also set takeoff fuel to as little as 25% especially with some of the longer ranged fighters such as the P-51, F4F, P-38, A6M, or even the P-40. Why lug around the fuel for an 800 mile trip when you are only flying to a nearby enemy base 5 miles away? It makes a huge difference in performance.

My question is, how often was this tactic used? I mean, I would assume attacking or escorting fighters would be around 75% - 50% fuel when they reach a far away target, but what about CAP and base defense? Did they take off with light fuel loads? I imagine they would except that fuel usage seems like much more of a capricious issue for pilots in RL than in Sims.

Just wondering if anyone knows of historical examples of this.

DB

lbhskier37
03-07-2005, 03:53 PM
I would think aside from maybe in late P51s and P47s that had huge range pilots would always take off with a full fuel load, as you never know what is going to happen up their even on a CAP or base defense. That's the one thing about latewar dogfight serers I dont like, how often do you think German pilots were dealing with P51s with less than 25% fuel spinning in circles at 500m?

Call_me_Kanno
03-07-2005, 03:53 PM
Set your plane's fuel for 25%, 50% or what ever you want then, if it's in the load out, equip a drop tank. That plane will use fuel from the drop tank first then when you engage an enemy drop it and your plane now has the percentage of fuel you set for it.

bolillo_loco
03-07-2005, 03:57 PM
the only way I have found to do this in the game would be to let somebody shoot holes in your tank :O sorry cannot help either.

Charlie901
03-07-2005, 06:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Call_me_Kanno:
Set your plane's fuel for 25%, 50% or what ever you want then, if it's in the load out, equip a drop tank. That plane will use fuel from the drop tank first then when you engage an enemy drop it and your plane now has the percentage of fuel you set for it. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


O.K. This makes sense but I can't quite figure it out?????

If I set my Fuel Level at 25% at mission start and equip a droptank or two, what will be my total % fuel amout at takeoff?

Then if I drop my drop tanks (either empty/full) what will be my remaining total A/C fuel level.

Anotherwords if I set 25% fuel at takeoff w/ drop tanks equipped, do I have a total of 25% fuel or will I achieve 25% remaining fuel once I lose the tanks?


I was just wondering about being able to dump "Internal" fuel when you've suffered damage and are trying to stay aloft and outrun the opposition, when headed back to safety.

3.JG51_BigBear
03-07-2005, 06:19 PM
You have 25% internally and full droptanks. I do it a lot online with the 109. Take 25% or 50% for manueverability and then a droptank to have the legs to get to the combat zone. When you drop the tank you still have 25 or 50% in the internal tanks as long as your drop tank didn't run out before you dropped it. I think they drop automatically when empty though.

Charlie901
03-07-2005, 06:26 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 3.JG51_BigBear:
You have 25% internally and full droptanks. I do it a lot online with the 109. Take 25% or 50% for manueverability and then a droptank to have the legs to get to the combat zone. When you drop the tank you still have 25 or 50% in the internal tanks as long as your drop tank didn't run out before you dropped it. I think they drop automatically when empty though. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Good idea!

So how much over your initial starting percent % do the drop tanks give you?

3.JG51_BigBear
03-07-2005, 06:34 PM
I never did the math (which wouldn't be hard, I'm just lazy) but I don't think I've ever dropped a dry tank. You get plenty of fuel out of the thing, especially if you fly at an economical throttle and pitch setting.

Bearcat99
03-07-2005, 09:31 PM
This is what I do... plus I think it is just so cool on the flyby to watch those tanks go flying off of my P-51.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

civildog
03-07-2005, 09:50 PM
Ya know....if you have a wingman hit your plane just right with a quick burst from his smaller guns it'll simulate a fuel dump.

p1ngu666
03-07-2005, 10:41 PM
beufighter has it, its the lil tabs on rear of engine nacile http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

for emergancies i think

Chivas
03-07-2005, 11:26 PM
I hear from the 190 jocks that their fuel tanks are emptied in seconds with the magic bullet.