Who wins or loses in today’s Malta event seems to depend entirely on the quality of the 109 pilots. Whenever you have competent pilots that know how to fly their Messerschmidt’s correctly and not do idiotic things like turnfight Spitfires, the game goes very well for the Germans.
Those idiots get filtered out quick. I just got out of a game where me (4 kills) and two other 109s (5 and 3 kills) pretty much took care of the entire British team on our own. By then, half our team had been shot down turnfighting at low altitude.
Flight School 21 is finished. Unfortunately I don’t have translations for the next comics yet, so I can’t start on them quite yet.
It’s fine if my short little description isn’t 100% accurate. What’s important is if I got the full posting right. If you don’t mind, could you check out the full posting and fact check it? I went back to correct this post and its diagram multiple times already, but it can’t hurt to have someone who actually knows about Harriers to have a look.
I spent a lot of time reading up for it, and frankly the amount of time that I spend on these “Read Mores” is why the FHS Tumblr is so behind. My specialty is in Cold War and modern US fighters, particularly the F-35, so I have a hard time with foreign jets. I’m curious how right I was. If I made any mistakes I’ll correct it and leave a note on the posting.
By the way, it’s cool that you’re on Tumblr. Any time I need a quick Ace Combat fix, I open up your Youtube channel. Thanks for all the playthroughs.
Yeah, that ones definitely good enough.
Though if I was to really nitpick, the Kestrel would be a separate entry as they were completely new-build aircraft and as different from the original P.1127’s as the Harrier is from the Kestrel.
I would also probably list the YAV-8B which was the Harrier II prototype. It was an AV-8C that was heavily modified with the new wing (so it still had the more sleek 1st Gen Harrier fuselage, nose cockpit etc. The 1st Gen Harriers are actually nearly 100mph faster than the 2nd Gen Harriers)
It’s literally the missing link between the two generations of Harrier.
The GR5 and AV-8B would then be separate branches from the YAV-8B rather than the GR5 being from the AV-8B as they were concurrent projects. British Aerospace and the RAF were just incredibly slow in validating and clearing everything.
You could also do the off-shots from the AV-8A to the AV-8S, the Spanish version. And if you really want to have fun, all the two seater variants. :P
The Sea Harrier FRS1 also had an offshoot, the Sea Harrier FRS.51, which is the Indian version that removed some of the more ‘advanced’ tech and was incompatible with Sidewinders, instead being modified to use French Magic missiles.
The Indian Sea Harriers are still in service and the only 1st Gen Harriers in military use.
Anyway, you’re quite welcome. I’ve always had fun with the Ace Combat vids. My YT channel (the bryUK one) also has a number of real life aviation vids/documentaries, including two on the Harrier.
Sorry for getting back to you so late on this, but I want to say thanks for this. I’ve appended your comments to the Harrier posting on the Flight Highschool blog along with a link to your blog. A few of your details were things I deliberately skipped over or compressed for the sake of brevity and relevance to the posting, but most of it is news to me.
I always want to make the little “Read Mores” that I write as accurate as possible, so I’m always open to suggestions. Like I said before, my expertise ends as soon as I have to start talking about non-US planes.
Maneuver “Borderless World”