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#35850 Come Fly With Us! (A ROF Promo)

Posted by HotleadColdfeet on 31 January 2018 - 06:46 PM

Salute all! I've been working on an unofficial promo video for Rise of Flight since last September. Today, it is finally done. Thanks to all who helped make it possible. I hope that your passion shines through in this effort. Enjoy!  icon_e_salute.gif



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#40787 10 years of the Jasta 6

Posted by Baron on 10 June 2018 - 05:18 PM

Salute kameraden,


here are some pictures from 10th anniversary of the Jasta 6. I think that it was one beautiful action, we celebrated with friends from III./JG1 and 312thRAF. Have fun  :)



We are on the way - Tomas as driver  :)



first evening - first celebrate...



...and our fighter ace was very happy  :D



next day - the decoration of the object by the flag of Jasta 6 and the flag of his Majesty. From left to right: Stefan, Tomas and Pfeil



becouse war is war, we did treaning in fire. Unfortunately we havent any Albatroses, so we used old good classic as you can see  ;) From left to right: III./JG1_Dejavu, III./JG1_Willy, with bow is 312_Lazy, behind him is I./JG1_Tomas ako JG1Tomas_J6, and the situation is controlled by III./JG1_Gunman



time on cake - was specially prepared for this opportunity. BIG THANKS to Tomas's wife Katka for the fantastic cake. We took it in 10 minutes  :wub:



photo of members I./JG1 aka Jasta 6 and III./JG1 - in the upper row stands (from left to right): Pfeil, Willy, Dejavu, Black (exmember of Jasta 6, he is excellent man), in the bottom row are Gunman, Tomas, Baron, Stefan



Thanks for looking  :)


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#40495 Arrived

Posted by Lipfert on 02 June 2018 - 12:52 PM

About an hour north of Chelsea, Quebec. My best bud bought a cottage, they have a good run for a seaplane and we just need to update the dock.





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#29083 Memorable Moments in ROF: The Phantom Bomber!

Posted by HotleadColdfeet on 13 March 2017 - 05:07 AM

During the last minutes of Saturday's Flanders in Flames mission, a train needed to be destroyed. It seemed like any other mission...until a horde of enemy planes showed up to guard it! Who can save us? Perhaps this is a job for the Phantom Bomber! 


Enjoy!  :D




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#48976 Unintentional consequences of last FiF

Posted by Pragr on 09 April 2019 - 06:54 PM

I was so excited about the last iteration of FiF, particularly the early war setup, that I've shall build this:














It's Eduard's 1/48 model. Each square on the cutting board represents 1 square centimeter. Thanks Butzzell, Luftritter and others for three months full of excitement of building this model (since you are responsible for it indirectly :) ) as well as for FiF  :D

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#39384 So, I’ll probably never see the light of day again

Posted by Barton on 08 May 2018 - 03:47 PM

First off, photobucket is garbage. But that’s not what I’m posting about.

I’ve taken a break from flight simming to pursue a personal goal of mine and that is coming along. I was hoping to get away from simming altogether but having a new wheel set up, a gaming rig, and some excess lumber I put some elbow grease into a dedicated racing rig. With a $40 Racing seat I pulled from a Toyota Celica at a local U-Pick it worked damn well. I had made some errors that I needed to correct to make it really work right but I never really got around to it until now.

However, when I decided to modify the setup I decided that racing sims weren’t as exciting as other things (and iRacing is a money pit) so when I pulled screws, recut some of the components, added new components, and did a little bit of redesign....well....this happened:


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#46570 For the modellers ...

Posted by Maushake on 31 January 2019 - 03:31 AM

Thanks to Luft's help, here's the picture for modellers to have a laugh!



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#45745 Christmass gift from Peter "Sipi" Pfeil

Posted by Baron on 27 December 2018 - 07:06 PM



i got beautifull Christmass gift from Sipi and his wife Anka. Here is:





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#45650 JG1 test FC server

Posted by Baron on 22 December 2018 - 12:30 PM

Im glad, very glad, that we have own WW1 server at IL2 Great Battles game. I must say, that FC is better like old RoF for me and is really pleasure fight against Camels and Spad in Dreideckers and Pfalzes. With Pfeil we did some beautifull battles on this server - look to the pictures. Looking forward to next online battles and to incoming next planes from FC. I feeling the first FC FiF is closer and closer :)


Very very long time i did not see so many planes in air (icons are for illustration only, picture is from track)



Furious fight with a Spad  :huh: (some minutes later he was shootdown by me. I really like Spad in flames :P )



I saw that my friend leutenant Peter Pfeil is in big problems - pissed Camel attacked him from low altitude. Pfeil had not any chance spotted him, he followed another one before him (later he had kill this another Camel)



Saving leutenant Pfeil`s ass  :ph34r: Pfeil is in dogfight with another one.



ha haaa! Is down! another two victories for Jasta 6 - Pfeil got another Camel. Time to beer, cognac, cigarette and very hot french girl  ;)



returning to home, low fuel, low ammo


leutenant Pfeil landed in field




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#43796 Well...I'm back! :D

Posted by HotleadColdfeet on 21 October 2018 - 10:11 PM

Things took a really unexpected turn for me yesterday. Basically, my parents met with me and told me that they would be fine with me returning to flying ROF. This naturally came as quite a (pleasant) shock for me, as when my parents and I decided I should stop flight sims and PC games, I thought that this decision was pretty much set in stone and not subject to change.


Now, it's not that my parents brutally swooped in and forced me to give up simming lol. It was a joint decision we made, albeit a very hard one for me. And I still believe it was the right move at that time. Flight sims (plus a whole lot of other PC games) had really gotten a hold on me to the point where I wasn't trying any new hobbies and sacrificing time with my family. I know in JG1, one of our core mottoes is "real life comes first," but things had gotten to the point where real life was starting to take a backseat for me. Also, especially as my younger brother (Furious Flea) started to battle with ulcerative colitis and was hospitalized, it was crystal-clear that I needed to be available for my family rather than spending 2-3 hours on my PC every night. 


Anyway, so that's why my parents and I jointly decided to pull the plug not just on ROF but every PC game. At that time, we thought that I would never do it again and just leave it all behind. That's why they suggested I sell my gear so that I wouldn't be tempted to re-enter it. So, when I submitted my resignation from the group, I honestly thought that I was done for good. I closed down my Twitch channel, sold my gear, and said my goodbyes. 


That's why yesterday came as such a shock for me! I believe my time on leave was ultimately was a good thing. I started new pursuits, learned some new hobbies, and spent time deepening my relationship with my family in a way I probably wouldn't have if I was still flying every night. But now, I think I can put ROF in its proper place in my life and take to the skies again!


I'm planning on flying one night a week, and not on Saturdays. I've grown to like having my Saturdays free, so I wouldn't be doing FiF. But honestly, FiF wasn't what I missed most about ROF. It was just the pure awesomeness of flying sorties with the guys in JG1 and the adrenaline rush of dogfighting that I missed the most. And now that I've been away, I think I am going to appreciate and enjoy that one night a week so much more! I’ll be reopening my Twitch channel too, so really looking forward to that as well. :) Finally, I've decided to focus purely on ROF, and later on Flying Circus. With only so much time available, it makes sense to focus on what I really love.  B) 


So yeah...I'm back! Who’s ready to send those Entente boys down in flames? :D :D :D 

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#46221 WWI lectures by the best

Posted by Butzzell on 16 January 2019 - 10:46 PM




You gotta check this out

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#43422 Civil War short film trailer is out! :D

Posted by HotleadColdfeet on 07 October 2018 - 07:50 PM

Hey guys! :)
In 2016, my brother and I started work on a short film set during the American Civil War. Since then, we've come a long way. In 2017, we received permission to shoot our film at a local state park and began the filming process. By the end of the year, we had a first draft put together and started looking for score composers and sound designers. In 2018, we found a score composer for the opening of the film, and found a sound designer for the whole thing. Over the course of the year, we've slowly but surely been working with them. Finally, about a month ago, we sent our final draft of the film to the sound designer to work on. As things stand, we hope to have the short film released before the end of the year!  B) 
Our film (called "Remember Me") tracks the experiences of a single Union soldier from Berdan's elite group of sharpshooters. Although the film is set during the iconic battle of Gettysburg, the film takes a look at the much more isolated and personal battles our main character struggles with. It takes more than nerve and grit to survive the day...
Anyway, without further ado, I'm pleased to present a short teaser trailer for the upcoming film! Enjoy!  :D
PS: If you want to get regular updates on this film and other projects, feel free to follow us on Facebook here:

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#35921 Come Fly With Us! (A ROF Promo)

Posted by Butzzell on 01 February 2018 - 08:15 PM

Thanks guys! I am glad you enjoyed it! :D

Actually, Jason Williams personally commented on the ROF Facebook group. O_O Here’s what he said:
“Cole Austin - excellent video! The team thanks you for your effort. Flying Circus will be even better. Salute!”

I couldn’t believe it! I think he was impressed by the dedication and vitality the community still shows, even 9 years after ROF’s release. You guys are the reason for that. Salute! :)



S!   The problem is....  half of the forums are people just bitching with no constructive comments.  HotLead has shown that the real RoF community is positive and engaged.  He not only demonstrated the visual beauty of the game but the vast variety of personal and community aspects as appreciated by the players.


The developers could not ask for a more fitting tribute to a marvelous sim.

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#34776 "Rupp's Skizzenbuch"

Posted by WWGeezer on 09 January 2018 - 04:29 AM

It was a number of years ago the I flew Flanders in Flames and Bloody April with you all as part of the Wingwalker's Squad.  Some of you may remember that I started a sketchbook journal during the Bloody April tournament that I published after each mission.  I used real events from the flying ( like stealing Adler's Pup by accident) and worked them into the story line.  All the artwork was done on an Ipad.  


This experience led to a much more refined World War I project that I have worked on over the last few years.  "Rupp's Skizzenbuch" is a simulation of a German Unteroffizier's journal and sketchbook from World War I.   The characters and story are based on the novel "The Blue Max" written by Jack D. Hunter in 1964. Primary sources including photos, postcards and news headlines are interspersed in the fictional work to tie the story to real-world events during the Great War. 


The journal is being published online every couple weeks from now until Armistice Day in November.  You can read the first two chapters here




An aging German immigrant passes away in St. Augustine, Florida.  Among her personal effects a soldier's journal and sketchbook from World War I is discovered.  The sketchbook is sent on to the Smithsonian's Special Collections Archivist for further study.




Unteroffizier Rupp Gerhardt introduces himself and explains what  brought this “old campaigner” to the town of Beauvin and what services he provides to his squadmates at Jasta 77.


Rupp shares a map he drew to show where  Jasta 77 is located on the Western Front.   He intercepts an American paper and gets some insight into how the other side thinks the war is going.



Rupp’s squad mate takes him for a wild ride in a DFW and ruins his aerial photo shoot of the Aerodrome requested by the Hauptmann.  Angry with all of them he settles into some late night sketching and writes about the Aerodrome, the village of Beauvin and his lucrative side businesses.





Rupp’s goal was to survive the war, not to win it and he was willing to do just about anything to make sure he survived.  In this chapter, he shares his insights into the strengths and weaknesses of his fellow squad mates and explains how he uses that information to his best advantage.





Bruno Stachel arrives at Jasta 77 and meets Rupp for the first time.   Their not so friendly introduction is  interrupted by an attack on the base by a group of Sopwith Camels. 





Luetnant Bruno Stachel has an immediate impact on Jasta 77 and not in a good way.  Hauptmann Heidemann is trying to get to know his newest pilot and Rupp is sure he will either be the next Ace in the squad or dead within three weeks.   It could go either way.






Leutnant Stachel, frustrated by his unconfirmed kill a few weeks earlier, makes a point when he drops an RE8 right on the Hauptmann’s front porch.  Bold, skilled and cruel, Stachel’s  begins to make a reputation for himself.





The Big Push begins and Jasta 77 is in the thick of the fight.   German pilots like their chances of winning, especially when they hear the new Fokker DVII’s will be delivered soon.   Rupp can’t figure out why the Hauptmann is giving Stachel special treatment, but he knows he better figure it out soon.





It has been quite a week for Bruno Stachel.  He shot down two more enemy aircraft, had a job offer from the Red Baron and got a nice write up in the Berlin papers.  Hauptmann Heidemann seems to be putting Stachel on the fast track.





The Hauptmann sends Wili and Bruno on a road trip to introduce the “Black Angel”  to German High Command located in Spa.   Along the way they make a stop to visit Wili’s Aunt and Uncle, the Graf and Gräfin.  Sparks fly and a fire is ignited between sweet Kaeti and young Bruno.  She proves to be more than a match for the Cobra.





The Big Push starts  to fizzle out.  Von Richthofen is shot down over the Somme Valley.  The only good news is the arrival of the first Fokker DVII for test flying.  The aggressiveness of this machine is a perfect match for young Stachel, but he is counting heads to decide if he will be assigned one when the rest arrive later in the week.  Rupp enters into a business arraignment to satisfy Stachel’s drinking habit, but he is having second thoughts.





Stachel’s drinking gets worse, but the kills keep piling up.   With the Hauptmann’s support, he demands that his Fokker be painted all black and asks for a unique slogan to be painted in English on the upper wing.  Realizing what a good customer Stachel has become, Rupp raises his price.  Amid all that Stachel surprises everyone when he risks his life to save a French school girl who falls into an icy stream.   Angel or Devil?  A little of one, a lot of the other.





Stachel finally achieves his goal of being awarded the Blue Max.  While Stachel’s achievements in the air are extraordinary, on the ground his drinking begins to take a toll.   Heidemann’s publicity campaign goes into full swing and Stachel is overwhelmed by all the attention.






Heidemann continues his campaign to make Stachel famous and sends the Black Angel on tour.  Stachel fits in a stop at Sonnenstrahl to visit with the Gräfin and attempts to blackmail her over Wili’s journal.   Things do not go well and Kaeti reaches out to Rupp for protection.  Rupp has just what Kaeti needs.





The tide begins to turn against Germany in the Great War and Jasta 77 is forced to relocate to Coucy.  A shortage of replacement parts and fuel is making it a struggle to keep aircraft in the air.  The Fokker DVII is plagued by engine problems and Leutnant Stachel has a very close call. 






Heidemann gets  an invite to attend the Johannisthal Trials near Berlin.  This event brings the most accomplished aces together to test fly the newest aircraft and is the perfect venue for Heidemann to show off his young rising star.  Rupp makes the mistake of getting in the way and Heidemann punishes him severely for it.  





Rupp gets sent to the front lines at Bellicourt and discovers what life is like in the underground tunnels of the St. Quentin Canal.  Kettering has taken over Rupp’s mail delivery service and sends a messenger to him with an apology, a box of cigars and an update on the continuing adventures of Hauptmann Heidemann and Leutnant Stachel.


CHAPTER NINETEEN – Kaeti’s Revenge



A tragic accident, an unwanted promotion, a forced marriage.  Poor Bruno….even when he does the right thing he can’t seem to catch a break.  Meanwhile, Kaeti sends Rupp a letter with a large cash payment to settle her debt with him.  Rupp needs one more lucky break to put his “exit plan” in place.  He hopes that break comes soon, he is not sure how much longer he will last in the Tunnels of Bellicourt.


CHAPTER TWENTY – The Yanks and the Lucky Break



The Americans start making their presence felt on the Western Front and things are heating up at Bellicourt.  Rupp’s Hauptmann sends him into harm’s way  to photograph a crash site.   Rupp is angry about having to put his life at risk on a whim, but the Breguet  provides just the lucky break he was looking for.




The Battle of the St Quentin Canal begins and the inexperienced Americans manage to push the Germans back with a lot of help from the more seasoned Australians.  Rupp takes advantage of the chaos while retreating through Nauroy and hides away in the belfry of an old church.  A giant leap and a bad landing send his “ best made plans” into a tailspin.


CHAPTER TWENTY TWO –Recovery by the Sea


Rupp manages to continue his ruse while he recovers from injuries at the American Hospital in Étretat.  There are rumors all around that Germany is ready to surrender.  The Americans are in a mood to celebrate, but Rupp only becomes more withdrawn.  All the lying and the sleepless nights are taking a toll on him.  He needs to find a way out before his luck runs out.





The train breaks down half way to St. Nazaire.  Locals invite injured soldiers into their homes overnight while the locomotive is being repaired.  Rupp spends a quiet night in a peaceful villa with a house cat and a view of the vineyard.   It’s the first time in weeks that he has had time to think in a restful place.   He comes to realize that he needs to adjust his plans one more time.





On the Centennial of Armistice Day the Smithsonian confirms the authenticity of Rupp’s sketchbook and informs the family.  In St. Augustine ( Jack Hunter’s hometown) the Historical Society underlines this discovery as providing unique insight into the experiences of one German soldier who survived the Great War. 


Rupp’s final sketch is discovered in the last sleeve of the journal and it documents both the end of his wartime experience and the beginning of his long road back to home, health and recovery.









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#30401 Warbirds Over the Beach 2017

Posted by Lee on 21 May 2017 - 06:09 PM

I worked the Airshow Saturday.  Morning was beautiful.  Blue sky, gentile breeze and the day was shaping up to be perfect for an airshow.  A few planes made test flights.


At 12:15 we started to move the guests back to the spectator line in preparation for flight operations.  Then a sea fog blew in from the north, the wind picked up and the ceiling dropped.


No flying.


In order to provide some entertainment for our guest, many of the aircraft were started up and taxied along the spectator line so everyone could get a good look at each airplane and at least hear the engines running.  Not the same as flying, but the best we could do in the circumstances.


I didn’t work Sunday, but it was overcast with a 1500 ft ceiling, and I understand they did fly.




Curtiss C-46 Commando



Douglas SBD Dauntless



Kate from Tora-Tora-Tora (Modified AT-6 Texan)



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FG-1D Corsair



AD-4 Skyraider



FM-2 Wildcat



Junkers Ju-52






De Havilland Mosquito



P-51D Mustang



Bell P-63 King Cobra



Goxhill Tower



AT-6 Texan (front) P-64 (back)



Flak 37 88mm Gun





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#27452 Kampffliegerschule

Posted by Barton on 30 December 2016 - 09:19 PM


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#48805 JG I "Richthofen" - FIF2019 "Winter Campaign" Session B4 (23...

Posted by =VS=emely on 02 April 2019 - 09:55 PM

First of all, congratulations to all those who won awards! I like the tradition of your squadron. Modestly I want to add that the statistics on downed enemy aircraft or targets destroyed - does not always accurately reflect the weight of the pilot’s contribution to the common cause. And some who may not be able to boast a large number of victories, but without his participation - the victories of his comrades would not be possible. So they also congratulations! :-)
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#35893 Come Fly With Us! (A ROF Promo)

Posted by HotleadColdfeet on 01 February 2018 - 02:45 PM

Thanks guys! I am glad you enjoyed it! :D

S! Hotlead,

Great job... you should show this to 777!


Actually, Jason Williams personally commented on the ROF Facebook group. O_O Here’s what he said:
“Cole Austin - excellent video! The team thanks you for your effort. Flying Circus will be even better. Salute!”

I couldn’t believe it! I think he was impressed by the dedication and vitality the community still shows, even 9 years after ROF’s release. You guys are the reason for that. Salute! :)
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#34533 P-40 Guide

Posted by Barton on 28 December 2017 - 03:46 AM

Beginner's Guide to the Warhawk.



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#41116 My new ride

Posted by Ludwig on 22 June 2018 - 04:30 AM

WELL.... this will be taking up my attention for the next few weeks... I just was hired by CAE Parc Aviation SimuFlite in Dallas as an instructor Type check airman on the Phenom 100 and 300 so I have to bag both type ratings and go to work.  Amazing software on this thing and a fair amount of thurst. When I pushed up the throttles it really put me back in my chair. It is a hoot to fly.




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