The team at 1C has posted up another new dev diary. this week is a big update on IL-2, Tank Crew and Flying Circus. The Battle of Bodenplatte is getting two new planes – the P-47D-28 and the Messerschmitt Bf 109 K-4 “Kurfürst” which we have seen quite a bit of in recent dev diaries. Flying Circus will soon see the addition of the iconic Sopwith Camel and the Pfalz D.IIIa while Tank Crew will get 4 new player controllable vehicles early next year.
USAF P-47D-28 Thunderbolt is a beast of an airframe, when it wasn’t carrying huge amounts of ordnance for strike missions it could carry a huge amount of fuel to escort bomber groups deep into enemy territory. Powered by a radial 18 cylinder engine that was renowned for its durability and power that could take it to 700 km/h at an altitude of 7000m. It was equipped with eight Browning machine guns with a massive 3400 rounds and could also carry up to six rockets and up to three 500lb and 1000lb bombs.
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 K-4 “Kurfürst” was the last variant of venerable 109 series that the Luftwaffe used throughout WWII. It was fitted with the very best from the DB-605 line of engines to help it climb to intercept the ever increasing threat of allied bomber formations and could reach up to 715 km/h at 6200 m. It was equipped with the MK-108 30mm cannon to tear into those formations of allied bombers and also carried MG-131 machine guns and could carry either a 250kg or 500kg bomb for air to ground missions.
The Sopwith Camel is probably one of the most famous of British planes used in WWI. It entered service in June 1917 with No.4 Squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service. Fitted with two 7.69 Vickers Mk.I machine guns it was the humps added to cover these guns that gave the aircraft its name. It was a bit of a handful under full fuel load but once burned off it’s ability to turn in a knife fight was legendary. As well as a very capable fighter it could also carry 4 20lb bombs for attacking ground targets.
The Pfalz D.IIIa took flight with Jasta 10 in August 2017. It was often compared to the Albatros, to which it compared poorly in terms of speed and climb rate and was used as a second line fighter for escort duties or attacking enemy balloons. It was fitted with two 7.92mm LMG 08/15 which was Germany’s standard machine gun in WWI that was used widely on land and in the air.
You can read the full diary post here: https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/168-developer-diary/?do=findComment&comment=690091