Id forgotten about your book. I will certainly have to pick up a copy.
~8 minutes, quite a difference to 35! Leon Bennets account always worried me.
I couldnt understand why he described the DH2's performance as almost equal to the DII's.
During that 8 or so minutes MVR must of had Hawker in his sights a fair bit to get through 900 rounds. Seems it wasnt as even as I thought.
Seems that during the turn portion of their battle, neither Hawker nor Richthofen could bring their guns to bear and neither man fired. After Hawker went through his series of defensive aerobatics and began his retreat for the lines is when MvR did all his firing; i.e., the latter minutes of their encounter. MvR recounted he "fired continually" and it would seem so during that chase. Perhaps this continual firing caused his gun jams? Nobody knows. Perhaps other pilots would have disengaged at that point but Hawker's misfortune was Richthofen was behind him. He was an enormously tenacious pilot once his fangs were out and often times chased planes at low levels and/or across the lines; 21 April 1918 wasn't the first time he had done so.
Anyway, I mean not to steer this discussion away from performance.
Even 8 minutes is a hell of a long time for a dogfight with neither pilot gaining an advantage during the turning phase…that just doesn't stack up with my experience of DII vs DH2 turning fights.
I'm an abysmal pilot in the dh2 but it seems it can only handle something like 30 degree bank without stalling or rolling and the Albatross DII is all over it in no time. One, or both, FM's seem questionable imo.
I was part of the open beta test for the DH2 and in it's first incarnation it was much more stable and could turn much much faster than the one we have now…so much so that we reported this to neoqb and suggested it's performance was too good.
I personally estimated that it was about 10% too good (not exactly a scientific analysis but one that I stick by even now).
The pre-release version we tested was like a different aircraft, it's performance had been reduced by (imo a ridiculous amount) my estimate (again hardly scientific) 30-50%.
By performance, I am referring to sustained turn rate and we were testing it against the DII during this process.
I feel that the DH2 should perform on average about 25% better than we have and the DII seems to perform better than it should as well.
I realise that my unscientific opinions will hold little weight with neoqb but i'm not the only one that is of these opinions.