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Old 07-10-2013, 09:40 PM
Thaeris Thaeris is offline
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Default He 162 Pilot Story

This has to be one of the most interesting WWII stories I have ever heard or seen. If you're an adamant student of aviation history, you'll note that some of his details (plane names, minor features) are a bit off, but no matter. What I found most disappointing about the presentation was the fact that those asking questions seemed more interested in other planes... I just wanted to know more about the flying qualities of the Volksjager!

From what reports of the flying qualities of the He 162 I have heard, it seems that it was well recieved by those who were seasoned enough to handle it. This always comes as a shock, because the aircraft is struck with the unforgiving stigma of falling apart (due to a lack of that all-so-important Tego-Film) and being difficult to handle. And both are quite justified stigmas!

Thus, when I note how well the 162 handles in Il-2, I'm always quite surprised. But then, it does seem that if the aircraft had better materials, men, and consumables available, it might have indeed proven itself to be a quick, agile fighter. I hope you'll find the presentation insightful - I certainly did.
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:25 AM
EJGr.Ost_Caspar EJGr.Ost_Caspar is offline
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Didn't watch it yet, but I got a book about JG1, which have flown the Heinkel jet in the last months. There is no word about any problem with the glue. Only about tricky handling in low speed turns near stall (which you can tell from alot of other planes in WWII too BTW). The other point was the sensitive engine, same issue as with the Me262. Both are things you could overcome with a proper pilot training, something the Germans couldn't provide anymore in the last days. At least it's unfair to make it into stigmas of a warplane.

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