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FlatSpinMan
01-13-2005, 07:28 PM
Hi all.
If you have had a particularly frustrating day at work or school or whatever it is that you good people do, I can wholeheartedly recommend the single mission for Finland flying the B-239(?) Brewster buffalo. The joy to be gained from streaking around the skies like a mad thing in that stubby, half-arsed wee fighter, all the while downing unescorted bomber after unescorted bomber, cannot be expressed in mere words. All you can do to share my joy is fly it,enjoy it, then sit back and watch the track as the enraged flying peanut wreaks havoc upon the hapless bomber crews http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif. An excellent way to avoid running amok at the workplace.
~S~

ImpStarDuece
01-13-2005, 08:06 PM
The stubby little flying beer can is one of the best planes online, mostly because its so highly underrated. It dives well, has reasonable armament, spins and rolls like a top, has a great inital AND sustained turn, hangs in a stall and is as rugged as they come.

Its great fun to go up against late war planes and sucker them into turn fights, especially when the pilot is over confident. The only thing that beat downing a mid 44 turnfighter in the flying beer keg is doing it in a gladiator. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Wilburnator
01-13-2005, 11:16 PM
I LOVE the Brewster. If only the F2A had the same reflector sight as the B239. I'm not crazy about that telescope-lookin thing.

FlatSpinMan
01-14-2005, 07:05 AM
I can see I'll have to fly this one a bit more. I agree it does handle pretty smoothly. I was surprised at the rollrate when I first jumped in, in fact I actually stalled for a second. I'll definitely try it online sometime if it is available. I've never seen it, but then again, I never looked for it either.
Cheers.

Von_Zero
01-14-2005, 07:23 AM
Yep, the feeling that little demon has is awesome http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

GerritJ9
01-15-2005, 01:46 AM
I was looking forward to seeing the F2A-2 in PF, but am a bit disappointed with it. I can live with the gunsight, but its overall performance is the same as that of the B-239, which is clearly totally incorrect. Jim Mass's booklet "F2A Buffalo in action", the best publication available on the Buff, states that the F2A-1's top speed was 311 mph, and the F2A-2's top speed was 344 mph. In PF, the F2A-2 should be at least as fast as the A6M2-21, but it isn't. Until this is corrected (hopefully in the next patch), I'll stick with the B-239; if performance is the same, the B-239 at least has a decent gunsight.

GerritJ9
01-20-2005, 07:25 AM
Patch 3.04 has increased the top straightline speed of the F2A-2! Where B-239 and F2A-2 were equal on top speed at approx. 350 kph at 5000 metres, the F2A-2 now tops at approx. 380 kph at the same altitude. It is a much better aeroplane now, so I'll just have to practice using that dreadful gunsight a bit more..........
Thank you Oleg and others of 1C team!!!!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Tallyho1961
01-20-2005, 07:56 AM
Great fun to attack loitering IL2s in a B-239 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

There's a handful of Finnish Air Force B-239 missions (might be a mini-campaign) by EuroFinn over at airwarfare.com. They're very much worth downloading for those who like to fly offline.

S!

PBNA-Boosher
01-20-2005, 08:54 AM
yummmy, buffalo! Brewsters are **** cool. To quote Pappy Boyingtion:

"IT WAS A DOG!! But before they added all that armor and ****, they were pretty sweet little ships!"

Capt_Haddock
01-20-2005, 01:18 PM
Lovely plane isn't? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

But is it me or the gunsight 3D model is broken? It wansn't like that a few patches ago http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

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You learn to know a pilot in a storm. Seneca

GerritJ9
01-20-2005, 04:05 PM
As far as I can tell nothing has been changed with regard to the gunsight.
With the extra speed, I have little trouble in shooting down a flight of four A6M2-Ns or Ki43-1as in QMB. Previously, with the B-239 (which I used because of its better gunsight) I could get two at most before being hammered.
The F2A-3s, like the Commonwealth B-339Es, were overloaded with all sorts of "useful" equipment. The F2A-2 was overall a much better version. It certainly was superior in straightline speed to the Ki43, had better armament and could easily outdive its opponent, though it could not outturn or outclimb the Oscar. Plus, it was, like most Allied fighters, a much more rugged aeroplane.
Next test will be against four A6M2-21s. Be interesting to see how the improved F2A-2 deals with them!