Veteran Plane Snapshots from Flight Sims

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JHartikka:
JU-88 A4 Veteran Plane Introduction

23.10.2008

Anyone is welcome to add his veteran plane pics to this thread! The screen snapshots below are from IL-2 simulator 1946, or version 4.08. The landscape detail is set in my computer very low and plane detail to medium because of the moderate display driver I have, so details are not too impressive.

However, I like to learn fly historical planes in the only way available for me - with a simulator. Here is one of them, the heavy twin 'Sturzkampfflugzeug' Junkers 88, the big brother of JU-87, introduced with a series of sim snapshots. For this introduction flight, we use a special painting and our own test pilots, which are still a bit yellow, however...   

JU-88 was a pretty advanced plane for its time, having gyro actuated level stabilizer for automatically straightening from deep dives when g-force would knock out pilot's vision for a moment. It also had a 'radio rudder' that could be locked to a ground radio station frequency to automatically steer the plane towards the beacon. In the IL-2 sim, it has a simple ADF (the plane shaped rotating dial), that guides pilot to the next turning point, if they are planned in the mission. Prop pitch, motor mixture and supercharger stage are actuated atutomatically, but engine radiators are opened manually. Flaps are raised automatically in 250 km/h. Ju88 can withstand up to 850 km/h speed in dive. All cocpit gauges operate, as usual in this sim.


Pilot's view to cocpit.

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Radio rack with FuG's and back gunner work corner.

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Our test pilots took off with Ju88. The plane requires heavy right rudder in the beginning of accelerating on runway, but stabilizes with speed, and behaves otherways quite nice once in air.

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Two about 2000 hp Jumo motors make the prop toque effects considerable in start.

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Bomber's view, taken near Viipuri.

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View from back gunner and radio operator seat.

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Ju-88 in dive approaching targets low.

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Belly gunner's view to hit in target area.

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Bomber's view through level bomb sight.

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Fuel bled out from flak holes in tanks, so here gliding down to land with engines stalled. Ju88 has effective air brakes, shown activated here under wings. It is a bit tricky to land because with flaps it requires very accurate speed of about 170 km/h on touchdown. More speed makes it easily bounce many times, less speed makes it stall one wing down and crash.

It needs enough speed on approach, usually using about 30% throttle, and trimmed very tail heavy. Instead of landing with flaps, many pilots find it easier to approach without flaps at about 200 km/h, and activate air brakes on touchdown to prevent bouncing.

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Touchdown. Coming down in steep angle to retain speed, heavy JU-88 can be landed even with stalled motors rather easily, because air brakes effectively kill excess speed.

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An original photo of JU-88, which appears have a special field modification looking nose cannon.

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This photo was from my uncle's wartime album. He served as a mechanician maintaining Finnish Blenheims during war, but he got some pics of German planes, too, from his friends. Here are links to other photos from his collection:

Twin motor planes:
http://www.fsnordic.net/discussion/index.php/topic,55604.msg957920.html#msg957920

Blenheims:
http://www.fsnordic.net/discussion/index.php?topic=55604.msg958365#msg958365

Barrage balloon escaped from Leningrad, found near Joensuu, Finland, 1941:
http://www.fsnordic.net/discussion/index.php/topic,70631.msg958868.html#msg958868

Pics of people, flak and bombs:
http://www.fsnordic.net/discussion/index.php/topic,70631.msg959264.html#msg959264

Biplanes:
http://www.fsnordic.net/discussion/index.php?topic=70631.msg959655#msg959655

Others:
http://www.fsnordic.net/discussion/index.php/topic,70631.msg960809.html#msg960809

JHartikka:
Here are some night mission pics, followed by damage pics showing how well plane structures are modeled in IL-2 simulator.


Moonlighting, bomber's view:

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Searchlights seen thru bomb sight.

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Belly gunner's view to searchlights.

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Coming home - runway ahead, seen from pilots seat.

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Touchdown, looking from front gunners window.

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Pretty durable - withstands a few Spit hits...

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Good twin keeps in air even with one motor - literally! Flak got the other...

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Ouch! Bullseye by flak. No wing, no fly..!

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Arctic piloting JU88, looking at the destroyer he hit.

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An original pic showing the robustness of the plane. Junkers JU88 props hit the surface of Mediterranean when Ofw. Bach was dodging enemy fighters that were following him. Even with splintered tips of the laminated wood blade props, the plane took its crew home..! Photo is from book by Ries: Luftwaffe Photo Report 1919-1945.

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Osguu:
Can i add this? From FS9 and plane is B747-200. Hope its classic enough
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Didint find my 707 shot. Found it
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fly_boy:
Brewster 

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