Again, thank you for welcoming me to your squadron...
At the request of the Squadron Commander I am providing the information requested below...
Eastern Standard Time (EST) - USA
- Do you have a joystick or HOTAS?
I use a joystick...
- Do you have TeamSpeak installed, as well as a working microphone?
I use a headset with an attached microphone.
- Do you have TrackIR, or a FreeTrack system for view control?
To be honest, I don't know what these are so my answer would have to be "no".
- What sims are you currently flying?
I have been a long standing fan of flight-sims. I played the Original Dynamix "Red Baron" until the bytes fell out of the hard-drive.
I also played the other Dynamix flight-sims prefering the Pacific Air War to that of the European one (Favorite WWII plane has always been the P-40 Warhawk).
I eventually got copies of IL2-Sturmovik and played that one on and off for a while until I found ROF, which I have been playing for a while but increasingly more
now as I am concentrating on the German aircraft and have been specifically practicing with the Pfalz DIII with which I am getting fairly
good. So far, I can hold my own with six planes on my side and around 12 to 15 veterans on the Allied side. Currently, I changed all of the
Allied planes from standard fighters to Sopwith 2-seat Strutters, which really lights up the sky. Its like a hornets' nest so I am getting bloodied
but still knocking the ones I go after out of the sky.
- How did you hear about JG1?
I signed into the multi-player part of my account and found this site on the server listing.
- Is there anything else that you'd like us to know?
I am a professionl software engineer with too many years to count in the profession as well as a military historian by avocation. I began studying WWI combat aviation
when I was 11 years of age and by the time I was 16 knew every major facet about it including aerial combat tactics. To this day, WWI aviation has always been
a deep interest of mine.
I begun playing primarily the German side of things after completing my reading of David Hoggen's extensive diplomatic history of the beginnings of WWII, which provides a completely
different take on the German part in this conflict. So far, I have found more corroborative evidence of Hoggan's thesis than anytingb to directly refute it. I also have Udo Walendy's similar
history, which is now in my hopper to read. And like other histories it too corroborates some of what Hoggan has written about. Unfortunately, most people, especially in the States have
no interest in unearthing such histories since the mythologies sound better.
Now knowing that Austria and Germany were not responsible for WWI (Germany was actually the last aggressor nation to enter the war and Kaiser Wilhelm was trying to stop it from
becoming an international conflict. Austria's moves after the assasination did not light the fire of international conflict but in fact was initiated by the eventual Russian mobilization.) and has
quite a bit of documentation defending its policies prior to the second conflict, I have developed a historical sympathy for the German nation.
Might as well fly to defend them...