IL-2 developers show off Me262

The Sturmvogel or Storm Bird is the subject of 1CGS’ latest Developer Diary with some early 3D work in progress shots of the Me262 coming to IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte. The developers asked us if we think it looks fast and I would say that it does with a resounding yes!

A few development shots

Though the diary was extremely short this week as the team is still largely on vacation (and a well earned one at that), we do get some lovely new in development shots of the 262 under construction. One of those shots even shows off the R4M rockets which were typically used against bomber formations.

 

The current understanding is that the Me262 will release last in the IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte aircraft line-up. The team is currently or will be working on some of the technology and subsystems needed to simulate the aircraft’s jet engines and all of the physics that go into that as well as its flight model and near Mach flying capabilities. Though the Me262 can’t exceed the sound-barrier without suffering a catastrophic airframe failure, it can come extremely close in a dive.

Check it all out in the latest dev diary.

Soft spot for the 262

BoBp-Me262-cropped

I have a bit of a soft spot for the Me262 (I even sort of named the blog after it) jet fighter. It’s not my favourite aircraft but it’s an absolutely fascinating aircraft to me.

The groundbreaking (and history defining) propulsion with its twin Jumo 004 jet engines is definitely part of my fascination. The aircraft was on the cutting edge of aviation when it first entered service. It offered a completely different experience for its pilots being faster and smoother than its piston engined brethren.

The shape and the overall design is another piece of it. I think the 262 represents an extremely interesting moment in history as this is an aircraft that was very conventional in its construction but also possessing some features and attributes that would influence future jet aircraft. It’s an aircraft rooted in both aviation past and in, from a 1940s perspective, the future to come.

It will likely be next year before we can fly this aircraft and I look forward to the experience.

A footnote

In writing this article, I also am realizing that we’ll have a sim that will let us all potentially fly a WWI bi-plane or tri-plane in one mission and jump into an early jet fighter in the next. That is the kind of variety that I absolutely love to see.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Nil says:

    The First Jet for Il2 series. A legendary Aircraft. No doubt that a lot of simmer will like it!

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  2. Trudy says:

    Its somehow a bit sadistic to show this to us already, while knowing the me262 will be likely the last one in release schedule.
    But it will be so awesome to have this iconic aircraft in a state-of-the-art flight sim.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      We asked for the developers to give us something, anything, to satisfy us so this is what we’ve got. Careful what you wish for I guess.

      I’m still grateful to see the work in progress here. It’s a beautiful aircraft and it will be great to see it finished…eventually.

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  3. Rainer Diabl says:

    Is there any release date for the Fw 190 D-9 yet?

    Also I’m interested: What’s your favorite Aircraft? 😀

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      No release details for the FW190D-9 yet. The P-47D-28 seems to be next in the slot for release although we don’t know how much time the turobsupercharger code will take to implement.

      With its model already underway and its similarity to the FW190A for many assets, we may see it come after the P-47 putting it at a October/November release.

      I have a REALLY hard time choosing a favourite. The Yak-1B has been a long time favourite, the Spitfire in all variations, Tempest, and FW190 all really catch my attention in the WWII era. Not that the others don’t either.

      In the more modern jets the F/A-18C has been a long time favourite.

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