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#561 US103_Baer

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 01:20

I am interested in joining these 2 squadrons, but discovered they are password protected. How do I, or who do I see about getting the passwords? Do I leave my email here ? I have been here 90 days now and besides trying my best to learn how to shoot you guys down the only other problem In caused was shooting hangers alone in Basic Training :) In the beginning shooting those blasted balloons was hard to do !

 

Hey Von-Devare, did you mean actually join the Squadron, as a pilot, or join FiF, or simply join their teamspeak on a Thursday. The first 2 are through our websites (though note most Squads insist on only being a member of one squad at a time). The latter i can PM you regarding ours.


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"Gathering his pilots around him on arrival he gave a pep talk, saying that they were equipped with the finest machine of all time and had three battle-experienced flight commanders. He expected every one of them to fight like hell and that it must never be said that any of them ever failed to go to the aid of a comrade, regardless of the cost, and that no patrol was ever to be late in taking off."

 

Major Keith 'Grid' Caldwell, 74 Sq


#562 Von-Dervare

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 17:11

I think you're talking about Flanders in Flames. The Thursday night fight is open to any team ne byr FiF you need to register for. You can register here:

http://forum.jg1.org...ion/#entry47533

Yesterday Saturday 3/9 2019 there was a JG -1 at Flanders I would have liked to join in on to see what it is. I am better with German planes so far not that I have any skills really yet. I will follow this link, and see what happens. I don't know the specs and asked in a game , where I was asked where in the world I am. I am in New Hampshire USA in the White Mountains.


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#563 Von-Dervare

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 17:24

Hey Von-Devare, did you mean actually join the Squadron, as a pilot, or join FiF, or simply join their teamspeak on a Thursday. The first 2 are through our websites (though note most Squads insist on only being a member of one squad at a time). The latter i can PM you regarding ours.

I mean to fly. I wouldn't know you can only be in one or the other. I do better with the German planes so if it has to be one or the other the German Squadron would be better for me . Talbot gave me that link in the reply above. 

As to teamspeak I have a new headset and can't get a sound check for the life of me. The other head seat was giving me nasty headaches, and this one isn't a lot better, but it is what it is. I don't do well with any hats of any kind either. No idea why that is but it has been that way my entire life so far..

You both used 'FIF' and I don't know what that means. In 2000 I flew Microsoft Combat Sim for a while on the Zone. That was with Win 98. Then I took a road trip and Win 98 was a done deal when I returned. My win XP wasn't powerful enough to run any games, so I didn't. When that dies the cash flow was right enough to buy this HP Omen with Win 10 and allowed me to try Rise of Flight, and today is day 90 for me.

So really I am still a beginner.

I have forgotten who was running things in Basic Training, but he seems to be gone. Since then,  I have found no one willing to come there to help teach me to fly. 40 years ago or so I set out to get a pilots lic, for light aircraft and then things changed ( divorce) and I was unable to finish. None of that was like any of this. LOL

Just finding web sights is hard enough for me as I am not PC savvy. Everything takes longer and for me to understand it is probably frustrating for everyone who tries.

If you see me in games, I appear to be trying to be a wingman, and this is how I try to learn by duplicating the moves they make .


Figured out FIF .....


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#564 US103_Talbot

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 18:13

Yeah so "flanders in flame" is a weekly event where each team swaps sides every week. So you will fly both entente and German with your team. It is a lot of fun and defintely give it a go. Comms is necessary so make sure you set that up. The guys running the show over there will get you up and running in no time for sure.
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#565 Von-Dervare

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 18:32

Yeah so "flanders in flame" is a weekly event where each team swaps sides every week. So you will fly both entente and German with your team. It is a lot of fun and defintely give it a go. Comms is necessary so make sure you set that up. The guys running the show over there will get you up and running in no time for sure.

LOL my hearing is far from the best but I will try. I can sort of get 3 words out of 10 in TS. What I can't do is get anyone to talk to me on TS. I enter it in the lobby and post a text asking for a sound check. Nope it doesn't happen . I have signed up over on http://forum.jg1.org...ion/#entry47533 and probably left the message in the right room but in the wrong place . This is why I am Von Dervare. as in Wonder Where ;)

I am going to see if I can fly shortly and then as this snow passes by go out and get it plowed.


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#566 J5_Gamecock

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 18:44

 Where in the White mountains Von?  I have a sister in So. Tamworth and visit a few times a year.

 

 Also... are you familiar with the airfield in Hampton? 


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#567 US103_Larner

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 13:37

It was an interesting night yesterday!  Great turnout on the Hun side, with all the Jastas seemingly at full strength, and plenty of action to be had. 

The 103d were understaffed and reduced to about half our usual strength - we were also out of our comfort zone, with fog and high cloud limiting visibility. Nonetheless, we rose to the challenge and sent up a pair of SPADs to patrol the lines. 

 

Our first encounter of the night was a bizarre one - we caught a sneaky Fokker trying to make a run on our balloon, but before we could intervene he crashed right into it while attacking. Amazingly, his aircraft remained intact and he swung around for a second pass - only to crash into it again! This time he wasn't so lucky, and we watched in bafflement as the Fokker broke apart and crashed to earth. Unfortunately, the balloon went down with him.

Early on, we realised it would be a tough night, as we quickly spotted a formation of 5 EA headed back to their lines after an offensive patrol. Not long after, we spotted another formation of EA, again five or six strong, attacking a pair of allied machines. We stalked this formation, but they quickly crossed into Hunland and so we broke off. 

 

However, we soon saw flights of Sopwith Dolphins and S.E.5s over the front, taking the fight right back to the Hun. With the numbers starting to balance out, we went out on a hunting patrol and managed to bag an Albatros. Just after downing the Hun, we spotted Fokkers bearing down on us, close, and so we dove out - in the dive, I managed to bust the SPAD's engine and had to put down in the mud, but my wingman, Lieut. Parsons, got home safely. Back on the aerodrome our C.O, Capt. Hunter, made an appearance, and we went back up as a flight of Three. 

Seeing no action on our side of the mud, we decided to do some offensive patrols of our own. It wasn't long before we found a big formation of Hun scouts, and decided to engage. We made good runs on a Pfalz and a Fokker, forcing them both out of it,  before the Hun's top-cover arrived and we bugged out. There seemed to be something wrong with our bloody SPADs that night, as I had another engine blow up on me while diving (it can't have been pilot error, surely? ;) ). Hunter and Parsons lingered around in the area and shot down a Pfalz. 

 

On our next sortie, we sadly lost a wingman to a mid-air collision. Going after the Hun responsible, we shot him about badly, chasing him down to the deck on his own lines. However, the pesky Hun machine stayed intact and, with so many EA lurking in the fog, we elected not to chase him any further into his own side. 

Back out on patrol after regrouping, we lurked over the Hun frontlines, looking for trouble and attacking the odd Hun that strayed too close to our patrol zone, but nothing of significant interest happened. Not long after, we saw a flight of 3 Dolphins being bounced by a flight of 4 EA, and moved to help. However, 4 more EA intervened, diving at us from above, and we were forced to retreat back out into the mud, leaving the Dolphins to their fate. 

After that, the Huns seemed to decide they'd had enough - Hunter and I ran into a pair of Pfalzes a couple of times, but both times they turned away into Hunland right as we expected to mix it up. Later on we found a Pfalz and a Halberstadt. Deciding to remove the Pfalz first, we set up our runs, putting some bullets into him at which point he spun all the way down to the deck, recovering at low altitude and running for home. By that point we'd lost the Halby. 

Everything went quiet after that, so after a little bit of searching we decided to go home. 

No confirmed claims this week so far, but we know we left some Hun wrecks on their side ;) Unfortunately, you'll just have to imagine the action this week, as Lieut. Baer wasn't present to stream, and Hotlead's stream was having some technical issues. 

 

Looking forwards to next week! 


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#568 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 14:02

Yeah, for whatever reason, my livestream was really laggy due to network issues. Had to stop streaming after about 12 minutes. :(

 

Had a lot of really awesome engagements last night! JG1 conducted multiple patrols, encountering the Brits behind their lines, within our lines, and everywhere in between! 

 

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Of course the highlight of the night was a massive furball in no man's land. A simple bouncing of a 3 ship flight of Dolphins snowballed into a ginormous dogfight featuring 1 flight of Dolphins, 1 flight of Se5as, 1 flight of 103rd SPADs, and 2 flights of JG1 Pfalz D.XIIs. Took my hands a few minutes to quit shaking after that one!

 

See you all on Wargrounds next Thursday! :icon_e_salute:


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#569 US103_Larner

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 15:18

Of course the highlight of the night was a massive furball in no man's land. A simple bouncing of a 3 ship flight of Dolphins snowballed into a ginormous dogfight featuring 1 flight of Dolphins, 1 flight of Se5as, 1 flight of 103rd SPADs, and 2 flights of JG1 Pfalz D.XIIs. Took my hands a few minutes to quit shaking after that one!

 

Broke my engine diving towards that one. Never been so gutted - that scrap looked incredible! 


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#570 US103_Talbot

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 22:20

Reminder tonight is Wargrounds! See you there
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#571 US103_Larner

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 05:29

Good fun in the fly-in tonight. 

Picked up a couple kills early on when some eager German scouts came across the lines, and even had a scrap with one Hun that dove on us as we were taking off from our rear field! Later on, we encountered a Roland that was doing some great defensive flying - in the end it took a coordinated attack to bring him down. 

Our first patrol was quiet on the next map - not a German in sight, even in deepest Hunland. After a while, however, it suddenly got very busy over the lines. Our flight of three ran smack bang into 2 Albs and a two-seater as we were on patrol, and we ended up flying almost in formation, blinking at each other in surprise. Eventually we all came to our senses, and we got into it. Unfortunately one of our wingmen died to a lag collision with one of the Albs, but we shot one down and sent the other running home with his tail between his legs. We never did find out what became of the two-seater - presumably he went home, leaving his escorts to do the fighting. 

Some escorted Gothas started appearing over the front, and we attacked one of the Scouts in company, sending him down in an uncontrolled spin. A hungry S.E.5a moved in and followed him all the way to the ground, shooting at him for the whole ride down. 

The huns all vanished again, and so we turned our attention to the Hun balloon line, burning three of them for good measure. On the way back from one such trip we spotted 5 Albs on high, but they had turned back into Hunland by the time we'd gotten up to fight them. 

 

Total for the night was 8 victories for 1 loss. Unfortunately, there is no stream from our perspective this week, as Baer is still away, but Hotlead should have the Hun perspective up shortly.

Talby and our old pal Furlow took on Hotlead's D.VII F on FC1 afterwards - as expected, it continues to be the most dangerous machine out there - and is a step up from its RoF counterpart in my opinion. Tight turns and bags of energy, and a good pilot at the controls didn't hurt either. I got in for the last fight and was disturbed to see how long it could hang in against 3 spads. I also got to witness firsthand the unbelievable prop-hang ability that is possesses - just as I thought it had stalled out I took a pretty bad series of hits, as it managed to stand on its tail for about 5 seconds longer than I'd expected! The 103d might be in for some tough times in FC1 - but we are still keeping the skies dangerous for the Hun in RoF. 

 


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#572 US103_Talbot

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 20:01

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#573 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted Yesterday, 22:19

Salute all! Sorry about getting the stream posted up late; here it is:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/399157460

 

Started out last Thursday by gunning for JG1_Jocassee and then flying a rather uneventful patrol in the Albatros D.Va, adding one more sortie to my scout pilot streak. Following that, I decided, "Hey, I wanna do a recon! I mean, how hard could it be?" Thusly, I lifted off in a Halberstadt CL.II to accomplish said mission...only to find over the target that my absentminded gunner forgot to bring his camera. (Totally my gunner's fault...nothing to do with the pilot.) That meant we had to go old-fashioned and start drawing what we saw. Halfway through this time-consuming endeavor, an enterprising Se5a found us. The result? Timestamp 1:03:00 tells the tale... :icon_mad:  :icon_e_deadman:  :icon_eek:

 

After this encounter, we conducted fighter sweeps per protocol. We lost some pilots, the Allies lost some pilots...all in all a pretty fair exchange of blows!  :icon_e_salute:

 

Finally, I went to Flying Circus to try out the new Fokker D.VIIF. I conclude that it is a beautiful aircraft, capable of turning a mediocre pilot into a great one. It is excellent at altitude and still very capable of punishing Allied opponents who get careless around it at low altitude. Personally, I agree with Larner that it is slightly better than ROF, as in the engine seems to last longer when blasted (which is still a regular occurrence for the Flying Circus model) and the plane has better wing durability. The D.VIIF can also outclimb the SPAD, true to what I believe is historical form. However, the SPAD still reigns when it comes to diving away and sheer speed. I think that if most server operators limit these planes while offering unlimited standard D.VIIs, this will make for a good historical representation. 

 

Anyway, those are my thoughts. See you all on Cuban's server next week!  :icon_e_salute: (Depending on availability, I may or may not be able to make it.)


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