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The Bf 109K-4 in World War II
The Me 109 K series was the evolution of the Bf 109G-10.The K series was a response to the fact that the bewildering array of series, models, modification kits and factory conversions for the various Bf 109G versions led to logistic problems, making production and maintenance complicated and costly - something Germany could ill-afford late in the war. As such, the RLM ordered Messerschmitt to rationalise production of the Bf 109, consolidating parts, types etc to produce a uniform, standard model with better interchangeability of parts and equipment.
the standardization included:
- aerodynamic improvements, the bulges on the cowling disappeared
- improved landing gear with bigger wheels
- fully retractable, longer tail-wheel for better airflow in T/O and better sight when taxiing
- new tail unit with rudder trim tabs
- improved DB 605 engine
- blind flying instruments
- stronger armament
- "Erla Haube" canopy for better vision
The Bf 109K-4 in Aces High II
Aces High II Performance Charts
Fighting in the Bf 109K-4
One of the most exciting advantages of the K4 is the climbing ability. Most planes cannot follow the K4 in a climb especially if you keep your energy high after an attack. One promising strategy is, to fly high into the fight, boom in and zoom out without turning more than 45°. The K4 is not a good turner, it looses a lot E in a turn and one of it`s biggest drawback it it`s high speed compression. You have to use your trim to keep the plane balanced in a dive and if you are too fast, you have to nose up by hitting the trim key as often as possible. In this situation it may slightly roll to the side and will not response to the alerions. So keep this always in mind, if you dive. Hold your speed below this point and -if neccessary- throttle back so you always keep controle over the plane.
The 109K4 also is a very fast plane, but due to this, you may get some compression already in a level flight or a light dive. You may follow the fastest prop driven planes in the game for a while, but you should not do it for a long time.
The 109 is very vulnerable. Oil leaks are common and if you have one, you should immediately try to disengage and fly directly to the nearest home base. If you have a con your six and if you don`t have an E advantage, it is quite hard to escape as long as you opponent is flying a late war plane, too.
... to be continued
Fighting against the Bf 109K-4
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