Introducing the 103rd Aero squadron!
Getting the 103rd back up here!
Gentlemen! I’ve noticed a distinct lack of USAS squadrons at the front, so I’ve decided to create one.
I am a player that has recent returned to the game after being off for quite a while. I flew with J2 in the early days and JG1 more recently under the handle vonKost. (Both great squads and community members) I followed the game through development and pre-ordered a copy so I have been around since the beginning. Before the game came out I was planning a USAS squadron, but never got around to it, I guess now is the time.
So why the 103rd?
I’ve selected the 103rd Aero Squadron for several reasons. First, they are the direct descendant of the Lafayette Escadrille. When the Lafayette Escadrille was disbanded, the American personnel were transferred to the 103rd. This gives the squadron an opportunity to fly earlier war scenarios and still have a historic mount and perspective. Second, the 103rd was the first American squadron to the front and was flying under French command before being moved into the US 2nd and then 3rd Pursuit Group, this gives the 103rd more historic opportunity as well. Thirdly, the 103rd was not a high profile unit like those in the 1st Pursuit group, (94th, 27th, 95th, 147th) but it provided something like 3 out of 4 group commanders and 12 squadron commanders. Last, but not least is that the 103rd has that great Indian Head insignia that looks pretty cool on all our planes.
What will the 103rd look like?
I’m motivated by historic interest first and foremost. (I daresay most folks here are in that boat) I want to recreate the atmosphere of the USAS in RoF. Considering this, members will hold a particular rank in the squadron and expected to do the job pertaining to their position. Flight leads, section leads, wingmen etc.. all have important jobs to do in a fight and I want to emulate how the USAS operated when we are flying as a group together. This will be part of the website which I created and is linked below.
I'm looking for a few folks interested in USAS to build a core group, SPADs need wingmen!
What are the Squadron Aircraft?
- Nieuport 11
- Nieuport 17
- SPAD 7 150 and 180
- SPAD 13
What is expected of members?
- Members will be expected to work together and fly together.
- Members will need to be able to active Teamspeak 3 and use voice comms when flying together whenever possible.
- Members will be expected to be mature folks who understand real life etc.. (I'm 39)
- Members will be expected to be proficient and regularly fly our historic squadron aircraft listed below. That is not to say we will be limited to only these, they are just our "squad rides"
Members are encouraged to choose a handle based if at all possible on a USAS pilot of the period. This is just if folks are into the Role Play side and not a hard rule. Mine is US103_Hunter after Frank Hunter who was one of the 103rd squadron aces who went on to command 8th AAF fighters in ww2.
What do I need to do to join?
Go to the website and register, Post here, send me a PM or give a shout in game and we can talk.
S! and see you in the air!