It’s possible but not easy.
And dont expect too much from the AP-1.
BTW finally somebody writes about the AP-1, I didnt want to start complaining myself…it’s horrible to fly.
I like the SBD-3 because of the bombload but it’s so slow, maybe 350 is cruising speed.
I can take out some enemy planes with this big, heavy, slow thing.
So I was hoping that the AP-1, which is unlocked later than the SBD-3, would be better.
Faster and more manoeuvrable.
But no. It’s worse.
After unlocking the level I immediately got the gold order version.
But the speed is even more low than the SBD-3 and you can just forget about taking out planes that are not biplanes.
Taking off is difficult, extremely slow and heavy.
And the view from the cockpit is poor.
Take off at 150, flying to the objective takes forever (be advised, before you reach good altitude, the plane can start to shake, seems to go down but is does not), speed reaches about 200, then drop your bombs on target (you can do only one drop) and turn back to the ammo point more than 3000 ayway, turning loses speed and by the time I reach the ammo point the speed is finally 300.
All that trouble and time wasted, and you can do only one bomb drop.
And then you have to fly all the way back tot the target again…walking is faster.
This is so extremely ineffective that I dont use the AP-1 at all anymore.
I wonder what your opinion is on this plane.
US planes in the Pacific face the general disadvantage of having to build energy for far longer than Japanese planes do, though they’re probably better overall once they have built up their energy. I’ll be curious to use some of the Pacific planes outside of the Pacific to see if my opinion on their effectiveness changes.
Conversely I would imagine planes like the P-51 would be a nightmare to fly in the Pacific because of how slowly they build energy in my experience.