P-61Posted by Magnus Kimura 2018-01-29 17:17:07
Bearing to Bogey will not be used.
Range R, Altitude A (relative to the P-61), Course C (away from P-61, side, toward P-61), Speed S.
P-61 must decide Altitude and speed. When GCI vectors P-61 to Bogey, RCAS and P-61 S will give you modifiers.
You are flying in the dark. You cannot see anything which is not within visual range. GCI will guide you toward the Bogey, set you on an intercept course.
When you are close enogh your radar operator can hopefully get the Bogey on his screens and take over from GCI. The goal is to visually identify the Bogey and if it is an enemy, shoot it down.
P-61Posted by Magnus Kimura 2016-07-31 05:44:56
Radar and night fighting could work. Think I need a better combat and movement board though with hexes.
P-61Posted by Magnus Kimura 2015-11-08 11:09:25
As you know by now, I have been working on and off on P-61 for many years, longer than B-26. I got stuck and B-26 was begun instead. The challenge I have been facing is how to simulate the GCI and AI. GCI has contact on a bogey and directs you toward it, it is dark, you can't see it, your RO picks it up on his scope and directs you to the bogey, you must visually identify it before you fire. Perhaps an enemy night fighter sneaks up on you from below and behind?
I thought I had something that would work, but I have to come up with another idea....
P-61Posted by Magnus Kimura 2015-10-01 01:19:19P-61 Black Widow
LADY IN THE DARK
548TH NIGHT FIGHTER SQUADRON, AAF APO # 245
548TH NIGHT FIGHTER SQUADRON MISSION REPORT #548-4 15-16 AUG 1945
1. A. TWO P-61 AIRCRAFT
B. ONE JAP TOJO
2. A. NONE
B. ONE JAP TOJO DESTROYED.
3. NIGHT INTERCEPTIONS
4. LT. JONES----ETC BOB 72
CAPT. SOLOMON-----ETC BOB 55
(I changed my name in 1962 from Solie Solomon to Lee Kendall)
TAKEOFF: BOB 72 - 1910 LANDED: BOB 72 - 2116
BOB 55 - 1910 BOB 55 - 2203
BOBOLINK 72 WAS AIRBORNE ----------ETC
BOBOLINK 55 WAS AIRBORNE AT 1910 ON REGULAR CAP WITH PINEAPPLE CONTROLLING. ABOUT 2000 CONTROLLER INFORMED PILOT THAT THERE WAS A BOGEY ON HEADING OF 180 DEGREES,ALT. 4500 FT. ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AI CONTACT WAS MADE AND BOB 55 CLOSED TO 2000 FT. RANGE AT A SPEED OF 300 MPH. IN CLOSING RADAR OBSERVER PICKED UP WINDOW NUMEROUS TIMES AND ALSO DURING THE CHASE. BOGEY MADE A HARD RIGHT TURN. GCI CUT OUT THE RO AS HE DIRECTED THE PILOT TO MAKE A PORT TURN AND SECONDS LATER, AS MESSAGE WAS REPEATED OVER INTERPHONE, BOB 55 HAD LOST ADDITIONAL RANGE. PILOT MADE TURN AND BEGAN CLOSING AND WINDOW WAS AGAIN DROPPED BY BOGEY, AS HE CONTINED HARD, EVASIVE ACTION, UNTIL HE WAS OVER POINT OKIE WHERE HE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE GEOGRAPHY AND DUE TO GROUND SCATTER, RO LOST CONTACT. BOB 55 SEARCHED OVER POINT OKIE FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES WHEN PINEAPPLE GAVE PILOT A HEADING OF 270 DEG. AND THEN CHANGING TO 240 DEG. BOB 55 USED ALL SPEED OF 300 MPH OR BETTER IN TRYING TO CLOSE BUT EVEN SO, PINEAPPLE INFORMED THEM THAT BOGEY WAS PULLING AWAY. DURING THIS PERIOD, WHILE BOGEY WAS USING VIOLENT EVASIVE ACTION, AI CONTACT WAS PICKED UP FORE TIMES AND LOST EACH TIME. BOGEY HAD WORKED HIS WAY TO POINT UNCLE WHERE BOTH GCI AND BOB 55 LOST CONTACT. LATER A SPLASH WAS REPORTED ON POINT UNCLE BY PINEAPPLE. PILOT ORBITTED OVER THAT AREA FOR A HALF HOUR DURING WHICH TIME BOGEY DID NOT APPEAR. BOB 55 PULLED OUT TO NORMAL PATROL AREA TO FINISH REMAINDER OF CAP. PANCAKED AT 2203.
One more thing: an excerp from: Aircraft Number 106
"Probably the most famous Black Widow was Lady in the Dark of the 548th NFS. The Lady was credited with the last two kills of the Second World War. Both kills were achieved without firing a shot when the P-61 forced both Japanese fighters into the sea."
This publication failed to mention that Lady in the Dark was assigned to me and my crew.It also failed to give the date of the first kill on the 14th of Aug. 1945 and the second kill (mine) on the night of 15-16th of Aug. 1945, almost 24 hours after the war was offictially over!
No wonder history is so often distorted or plain wrong.
P-61Posted by Magnus Kimura 2015-05-01 10:27:12
P-61 AI Action Board
I am pretty sure that I have solved the first problem I encountered which put this project on hold about 20 years ago and that was how to use the GCI/AI Radar. Next obstacle is DOG FIGHT.
This beast will also be included:
P-61: Queen of the Midnight Skies
was what I named this B-17:QOTS
variant at first some 20 years ago. Later I found a book which has that title so I will change the P-61 B-26
Add-On to something different.
GCI Screen - use the data from GCI on the Radar Intercept Action Board