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CorvusCorvax #1 Posted 31 March 2018 - 03:33 PM

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I was not thinking that it would be a good match with my play style, but the cannon-armed Mustang really does a fine job.  I wish it could climb a little higher and be a real threat to bombers, but as it is, it can deal with HFs and other energy fighters.

 

Maybe not worth $13, but a fun change of pace from pure TnB.



CorvusCorvax #2 Posted 31 March 2018 - 05:11 PM

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OK, now I like this plane a LOT more.  Thanks to ExploratorOne for the good game.  You got me in one, and I got you the next time.  I think I like your style of low-level work with the A-26.  I'm going to have to try it more.

ExploratorOne #3 Posted 31 March 2018 - 07:26 PM

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View PostRico_CotC_, on 31 March 2018 - 12:11 PM, said:

OK, now I like this plane a LOT more.  Thanks to ExploratorOne for the good game.  You got me in one, and I got you the next time.  I think I like your style of low-level work with the A-26.  I'm going to have to try it more.

 

Was a good battle.  The A-26b was designed for low level (the "A" is for "Attack").  Low level high speed lets you put the string of bombs right where you want it and you are usually fast enough to evade attackers.  I can solo cap some sectors in one pass if my timing is spot on.  It is difficult in the Attrition mode, though, because there is a mission specifically to shoot down bombers and attackers for completing with distinction.  In Invasion mode, being outnumbered by the defenders brings its own challenges.  In Conquest, I usually get 15-20 ground targets (record around 31).  In Invasion mode it is between 7-10  and i stopped taking her out in Attrition mode.  The Blenheim IV (e.) bomber is also good with its bigger single bomb.  It does suffer from being much slower - A-26b pushes 600km/hr.  With both bombers, a savvy opponent can shut me down and I have to go high level.

 

It is interesting to do some dogfighting with it when all the ground targets are gone - surprises a lot of fighter pilots.  Wish WOWP would add the Douglass A-20G Havoc and the Mitchell B-25...

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=WB25bbhp2s0

http://forum.worldof...-level-bombing/

 

 


Edited by ExploratorOne, 31 March 2018 - 07:31 PM.


CorvusCorvax #4 Posted 31 March 2018 - 08:06 PM

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View PostExploratorOne, on 31 March 2018 - 07:26 PM, said:

 

 

It is interesting to do some dogfighting with it when all the ground targets are gone - surprises a lot of fighter pilots.  

 

Totally agree.  In the hands of a capable pilot, the plane can really kick butt, and HF pilots have to keep their heads about them if they tangle with a human-powered A-26.  I have it, and I still don't fly it very well.  I need to work harder at it, but I'll wait until after Westwall is done, I think.



Blucraft #5 Posted 31 March 2018 - 09:11 PM

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I had no idea that bird used cannons!  SOLD!

 

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CorvusCorvax #6 Posted 31 March 2018 - 10:04 PM

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View PostBlucraft, on 31 March 2018 - 09:11 PM, said:

I had no idea that bird used cannons!  SOLD!

 

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The premium 1A, which is on sale.  I think it also comes with a 6-point pilot.  It can really light up HFs, and if could climb just a little higher, could be a great bomber-killer.

Cloud_1 #7 Posted 31 March 2018 - 10:23 PM

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View PostRico_CotC_, on 31 March 2018 - 10:04 PM, said:

 

The premium 1A, which is on sale.  I think it also comes with a 6-point pilot.  It can really light up HFs, and if could climb just a little higher, could be a great bomber-killer.

 

The real selling point for me was the 6 skill pilot. I love cannons on the mustang( always wondered why the US didn't use them much).

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Wombatmetal #8 Posted 31 March 2018 - 10:45 PM

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View PostCloud_1, on 31 March 2018 - 02:23 PM, said:

 

The real selling point for me was the 6 skill pilot. I love cannons on the mustang( always wondered why the US didn't use them much).

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US used MGs for a variety of reasons. 

 

- US fighters were designed as escorts primarily rather than interceptors

- US targets in Europe had inline engines mostly where 1 hit could disable it so more lead in air was better

- US targets in Asia were flimsy without armor or self-sealing fuel tanks so more lead in air was better

- US rotated it's pilots so there was a constant supply of well trained inexperienced pilots so spraying was better than precise aim

- License built Hispano cannons in the US were notoriously unreliable

- US fighters did not escort bombers all the way to the target, they did it in waves, swapping off along the route. Once their escort duties were complete, they were free to engage targets of opportunity. The Browning was better for this general purpose use and cheaper ammo

- US wasn't shooting down medium or heavy bombers.  



Blucraft #9 Posted 31 March 2018 - 11:32 PM

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View PostRico_CotC_, on 31 March 2018 - 10:04 PM, said:

 

The premium 1A, which is on sale.  I think it also comes with a 6-point pilot.  It can really light up HFs, and if could climb just a little higher, could be a great bomber-killer.

 

Yes, I agree it's a nice premium.  The 6-skill crew was just cherry on the Sunday :great:!

 

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