Does anyone have any insight into the following problem?
In campaign, after hitting X to skip to the next action, my plane's top speed drops significantly. For example, after hitting X in a F4F with a guns only loadout at approx 6,000 ft, I max out at about 200 kts in level flight. Prior to hitting X, I was able to get nearer 250 kts. The bombers that I'm supposed to be intercepting end up outrunning me to the target.
This also happened in an A6M5 trying to chase down some B-24s. They just pulled away as though they were flying some 100 kts faster.
The manual does say that the engine settings will be set for cruise mode when you use the X key, so I thought that might be the problem. However, I have ensured that I reset the throttle, RPM and fuel mixture for high speed performance. No drop tanks, canopy closed, gear up, flaps retracted, cowl flaps closed, nothing that should induce parasite drag.