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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Under New Management

BOBGAMEHUB has found a  new owner. Re-opening soon as War Thunder Game Hub!

About me: My name is James Halliday, I am 23 years old and grew up in Killarney, Ireland, though I am currently studying at Trinity in Dublin.

You will see me active on various forums for War Thunder, World of Planes, ArmA and Battlefield 3 (fighters/choppers). I love all flight games. Not yet into hard core flight sims, but maybe one day.

I am currently taking my PPL (private pilot licence) training in a C152 at the NFC near Dublin.

If you have been reading BOBGAMEHUB for PC hard core sims I hope you consider also having a look at flight games like these. They are a load of fun, and as a trainee pilot, I can tell you, with the right peripherals, they are also good training for the real thing!

Here is my current favourite ride: The awesome Yak-9T.

This plane is really worth the work to get from Tier 5 to Tier 9 on the USSR tree. The first shot from its 37mm cannon is usually enough to bring any opponent down. It isn't very accurate though, so I always get in close and make sure of my kill!

The Yak-9 was a Soviet single-engine fighter of the WWII era. It was the first combat aircraft designed by Alexander Yakovlev's construction bureau. The most mass-produced Soviet fighter of the war, it remained in production from October 1942 to December 1948, with a total of 16,769 built.

The Yak-9 was a further modification of the Yak-1 and Yak-7. In its core design, it was a redesign of the Yak-7. With few external differences, Yak-9 was at the same time much more advanced internally. This is not unexpected, as almost two years of design and combat experience of the Yak series went into the Yak-9. Also, at the time aluminium was in much greater supply than it had been two years previously at the start of the war. Amongst other things, the use of metal allowed the plane’s weight to be significantly reduced, meaning that more fuel could be stored and that the aircraft could be equipped with more powerful armament and more specialised equipment.

Yak 9T in action! Bringing the BOOM...

The Yak-9T variant, for instance, had an incredibly powerful 37mm NS-37 cannon firing through the propeller hub. Due to the length of the gun barrel, the pilot’s seat had to be moved 40 cm aft, and the airframe was strengthened. The variant carried 30 to 32 cannon shells, as well as 200-220 rounds for the synchronised UB machine gun. Salvo weight for the variant was a whopping 3.74 kg (8.24 lbs). The 37mm gun allowed for fire at increased ranges, up to 1,200 yards against bomber formations, and 500-600 yards against single non-maneuvering bombers. The Yak-9T was also successful against ground targets. Armour-piercing shells, fired from 500 yards at an angle of 45 degrees, could penetrate 30mm of armour. In late 1943 the Yak-9T was used in an anti-shipping role in the Black Sea. A total of 2,748 Yak-9s were built between March 1943 and June 1945.

The one shot wonder: Yak 9T


  1. War Thunder is the Call of Duty of flight sims

    1. Agreed, Call of Duty where you get it for free and then get bled dry as you get hooked in. No thanks.
      Unsubscribing from this blog.

    2. I gave WT a try a year and a half ago. The golden eagles and user interface seem tailored for narrowing your options and getting you to play the way gaijin sees fit. It is much more like a video game than something I would recognize from the flight sim genre.

  2. 'More like a video game' far as I know, all PC based flight sims are video games? No? OK I have to post about this one...