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Old 08-05-2014, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default How to Fly the Dora

Some time ago I posted a preliminary report how Dora flies in DCS. It had been written just after a week of test flights. In July I was very glad to spend a lot of time with Erich Brunotte. He is a former Luftwaffe pilot, he flew Ju-52, Bf-109s, FW-190A and Dora as well.

His feedback about Dora FM was really priceless. Moreover, thanks to Erich, now we have a unique document - 190-D9 Pilots Manual that was not available before and is a very useful addition to our sources.

So, we are very grateful for Erich's assistance because it gave us not only an opportunity to tweak Dora but find an old deeply hidden bug...

I will try to add our educational video with some hints taken from this manual and Erich's practice.

Takeoff.
The TO in the video is a little bit gentle... 3250 rpm can be set just from the start of TO roll, release brakes, do not let the plane to yaw applying rudder, stick to the centre. Va = 170-180 kph IAS. (In the game it is 180-190, but I am sure the IAS gauge has errors at low IAS and we still have no correction graph for it. Anyway, the TO roll distance corresponds the value from the manual - 350-400 m)
Dora takes off by herself from three points or tail-heavy attitude.

Gear up at 250 kph, then retract flaps. The best climbing speed is 280-290 kph. TO power in emergency is permitted not more than 30 minuts.

Currently in DCS the rudder is balanced for cruise at 2200-2400 rpm, though the required rudder input is small for the higher power ratings and corresponding speeds.

Landing. Gear down at IAS not more than 300 kph, flaps down at 220-300 kph, IAS at final 220 kph, touchdown at 170. I wrote that in DCS all my attempts performing 2-point landings was not lucky... not only in DCS - real Dora landed ONLY IN THREE-POINT ATTITUDE.

In reality, the flaps can be deployed at IAS exceeding 300 kph without any damage. Erich said that they got planes but they did not get manuals - they were not printed in time or delivered - so they all were test pilots for themselves finding the plane limits.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:41 PM   #2
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Thx Yo-Yo!
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:44 PM   #3
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Will we have access to the Pilots manual??

Does it mean that the manual we currently have will be enriched with some more information?

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Old 08-05-2014, 08:45 PM   #4
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Thanks Yo-Yo,

I am intrigued as to what the bug was

Also for others...

From The Fw 190 Dora Volume 1 by Jerry Crandall



Supports the need for a three point landing given the increase in nose over landings...
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:47 PM   #5
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Thanks Yo-Yo!
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I really like this post thank you Yo-Yo. I am glad there are still WWII pilots who want to help with this aircraft. I have just one question.

How much power is actually Take Off power? Does it count MW-50?
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:52 PM   #7
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Yeah it would be great to hear more about the interview with Erich and his other thoughts about the Dora's capabilities vs other fighters (US, Brit, Russian) if they were given.
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Yeah it would be great to hear more about the interview with Erich and his other thoughts about the Dora's capabilities vs other fighters (US, Brit, Russian) if they were given.
Trust me, I have been pestering him
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