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Duce Lewis

Reunion with an Old Friend

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I haven't really flown an Se5 since early in P2

Took her up on a whim and it was like meeting an old friend

It sure was nice to have her speed

 

On the 1st mission 3 Pfalz's passed high to Port, intending to fly by

We just put the spurs to her and ran them down, shooting all 3 down w/o loss

Next scrap w/ Alb DIII's didn't go so well as I somehow lost my top wing (see screenshot thread)

 

Great visibility, a nice sight, and good manueverability

I think I'll keep flying her for a while

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That's a good choice on Crumpet side, Duce!

Coming from the (inline engine) Albatros, the Scout Experimental is the British craft I feel most

related to. I fly her in occasional campaigns (until I'm shot down).

Though the overall view is better in the German craft, she is in some ways better than the Albatros.

Much (!) faster, better climb, and maybe a bit more agile. And I'd say she is as sturdy and reliable.

I leave the Camel with her bad view for the acrobats - the S.E.5a is my British later war single seat

fighter of choice. Enjoy flying her, and stay aloft, Duce!

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If I had to choose the best British single-seater fighter of the war, the choice would always be the SE5. An excellent fighter plane. That powerful engine is really handy, because it makes it a lot easier to dominate situations and escape from tough places. The Albs lack that kind of speed.

 

But if speed is the most important factor, then nothing beats the SPAD S.XIII.

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Yes, flying inline DVII's it's quite easy to slip into the Se5

And I was flying the Viper version Zoomzoom (74 Sqdrn)

The Hispo has that big headrest and Aldis sight that complicates her

I'm sure many of those were removed in field

 

One thing that puzzles me is her 4 ailerons (like Camel)

She's reputed to have poor roll performance but with 4 flippers you'd think she'd snap round easily

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The Aldis sight apparently can't be modeled correctly in OFF (thanks to CFS3), so it's not very useful currently. But maybe things will be different in P4? Would be nice to have realistic sights in every plane, if at all possible.

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The Aldis sight apparently can't be modeled correctly in OFF (thanks to CFS3), so it's not very useful currently. But maybe things will be different in P4? Would be nice to have realistic sights in every plane, if at all possible.

I wonder if the cfs3 Bomb View can be altered to an Aldis View

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Yes, flying inline DVII's it's quite easy to slip into the Se5

 

They are very similar. When I fly D.VIIs, I enjoy fighting SE5s the most because while the planes do have significant differences in some areas, they're so close in most others that it's all about pilot skill and instictive ACM.

 

One thing that puzzles me is her 4 ailerons (like Camel)

She's reputed to have poor roll performance but with 4 flippers you'd think she'd snap round easily

 

The SE5 has a huge amount of dihedral, the whole purpose of which is to keep the airplane level. Thus, you need a lot of aileron to overcome the massive inherent stability.

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They are very similar. When I fly D.VIIs, I enjoy fighting SE5s the most because while the planes do have significant differences in some areas, they're so close in most others that it's all about pilot skill and instictive ACM.

I think a lot depends on the AI skill level in the Se5

If he's an Ace, you're in for a wild fight in the vertical

Rookie and he'll use his speed to fly wide climbing circles forcing med to long range shots

 

Camels are a challenge too

They lack the speed to run so it's a close quarters rumble

 

I had my 1st scrap w/ Razors tonight

Man they can zoom and turn

...and stop on a dime!

Overshoot was a constant threat

But I managed to bag 4

 

The SE5 has a huge amount of dihedral, the whole purpose of which is to keep the airplane level. Thus, you need a lot of aileron to overcome the massive inherent stability.

That makes a lot of sense

They say every great fighter must be unstable in at least 1 axis

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Who is they? Are they referring also to WWII fighters?

I can't remeber where I heard it originally

But it makes sense

Stability is the opposite of manueverability

Camel and Se5 exibit this comaprison pretty well

Se seems to have been designed for beginners, speed and a stable gun platform

Even with 4 ailerons her roll rate wasn't that great

I think Bullet is right, her dihedral added stability at the expense of roll rate

Camel on tbe other hand is so unstable she'll jump into turns seemingly on her own

In the hands of an expert she was deadly and in the hands of a noice ...deadly to him

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