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#1 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 05:54 PM

Salute all!
 
There's no easy way to go about this, really. I have been involved in Rise of Flight since 2012 and loved every minute of it. But there comes a time when all good things must come to an end. As of today, I am leaving Jagdgeschwader 1 and combat flight sims. 
 
I am not bitter or angry. I am not disillusioned. Please understand that no one drove me away. This is merely me entering a new stage in my life; a stage where I need to focus on other things. Although it is one of the hardest decisions I've ever made, it is the right one for where I'm at. 
 
For three years, I have been a part of this amazing organization. It has been my privilege and pleasure. I was part of the Rise of Flight community as development shifted away from Rise of Flight, and now, as I leave, the future is brighter than ever for WW1 flight sims. Keep the dream alive, gents. 
 
The one thing I'll regret most about leaving is missing the friendships I've formed - too many to count. It has been an absolute honor to know you all. Thank-you for the camaraderie, training, sparring, and flying. I will deeply, deeply miss it. 
 
This squad has been simply the best, the most amazing group of people I could have ever imagined being a part of. I am so grateful for all the time everyone has invested in me. 
I will never say never, but at this time in my life, this is goodbye. I will be putting my flight sim gear up for sale later this week. 
 
Salute and blue skies to you all!
 
- JG1_Hotlead
 

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#2 Smolders

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 06:32 PM

Well that's sh*t news in deed....

 

Good bye dear fellow, remember me better that I am. I am sure that you are destined for great things


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#3 Ricky Recon

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 06:37 PM

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

 

Well bud,

 

Best of luck in all your endeavors. You'll certainly go far.

 

RR


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#4 Shadepiece

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 06:42 PM

Good luck, with what you're going off to do!
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#5 Vonrd

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 08:27 PM

It's been a real pleasure to watch you come into your own through the years. You WILL be missed but as we all know RL ALWAYS comes first. Salute!


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#6 GenMarkof007

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 08:44 PM

S! Hotlead,

 

I wish you a great new path in your life... remembering your age, I do agree that we need to do some decision on what we need to concentrate.

If you ever come back to sims, we might see each other over the Flanders, Russia or any other WW1, WW2 regions!

 

Wish you all the luck and thanks for all the great memory flying with you or watching your videos!

 

From the bone crusher ;p

Cheers,

Gen ;)


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Posted 26 May 2018 - 08:45 PM

I haven't had the pleasure to fly with you often but when I did it was fun. Real life comes first and feel free to stop by and say hi once in awhile.

 

S!


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#8 JG-1_Trev5150

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 09:21 PM

HLCF,

 

You gotta do what you gotta do. Best of luck, fair winds & following seas!

 

Trev


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Posted 26 May 2018 - 10:07 PM

It's not the 1st of April....


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#10 Luftritter

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 10:14 PM

In life, there are friends, and there are FRIENDS.

 

You've always been in the latter category, in my book.

 

If you've thought of me even half as well as I've thought of you, I'll be very happy, indeed.

 

See beyond your current situation, having faith that things will get better, as they have for all of us here; we were once where you are now.

 

If at the end of my life, I'm afforded the opportunity to remember the best people that I've known in my life, you sir will be on that list, without question.

 

Gott Mit Uns!

 

Luftritter

 

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#11 Britchot

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 11:31 PM

Good luck Hotlead, I hope to see you around in the future, you brought quite a lot of honor and discipline to the group.

You will be missed.
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Posted 26 May 2018 - 11:36 PM

Hotlead.

Thanks for making us all better from having known you!!

S! As you enter your new stage of life!
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Posted 26 May 2018 - 11:56 PM

Hey Hot. I didnt get to know you however I thank you for the help you gave me. Its true that ppl grow and move on however 6 yrs is quite an investment to just throw in at once. I am sure there are good reasons in your mind.

 

I wish you blue skys!

 

!S!


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#14 Klaiber

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 12:02 AM

Hotlead,

 

It's hard to see you leave us.  I wish you a lot of luck on everything that you tackle.  You have a lot of friends here, and are always welcome.

 

Perhaps, when things change, you'll be able to come back and join us again.  Just as with Barton, going to the Reserves is always an option. *hint hint*

 

Wishing you all the best in the next phase of your life!


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 01:43 AM

Salute Hotlead and see in a few years then. :D

Because you know you are in this for life.

You may walk away for some time but once you are hooked there is no way back. ;)


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 01:54 AM

~S,s~Lead!

 

Viel Erfolg!

 

Moxy


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 04:02 AM

Thanks for the kind words, guys! 

 

Smolders: Thanks man. I haven't gotten the opportunity to fly with you as much as I would have liked, but from the times we have flown together, I can tell that you catch on quick. You'll be a killer in no time! I've also really enjoyed reading your fictional letters home. Very well-written and immersive! 

 

Ricky Recon: Looks like you'll have to find someone else to carry your ammo drums...gonna miss you man! You are one of the best tail gunners I've ever seen. When I hear you're on recon and need an escort, I sometimes think you ask us along just to show off how handy you are with those tail turrets when you get engaged. :lol: Keep it up! 

 

Shadepiece: I haven't been able to fly with you very much either, but when I have, it has been an absolute pleasure. You have a tactical mind which makes it easy to fly with you. Complex team-tactics like the thatch weave seem to run seamlessly and without much premeditated planning when I fly with you. You have a lot you can offer this group; keep those SPADs in fear of JG1 for me!

 

Vonrd: You were the guy who initially invited me to join the group. Thank you so much for that!!! I admire how easy-going and amiable you are. You are also the true jack-of-all trades of our group. One night you'll fly two-seaters, the next night level bombers, and another night fighters. I find that amazing. Thank-you for taking me under your wing so many times as I worked to learn new skills. You're absolute gold, man. :)

 

GenMarkof007: Thank you! I'll always remember you as the flamboyant devil-may-care Ace of our group. With bravado you take to the skies and return to toast your successes with wine and cheese. It has been such fun flying with you! Keep the other guys from getting too stiff, ok? :lol:

 

Razwald: When I'm in an engagement, it is refreshing to hear your level-headed voice on comms. You can keep your head when everything is going down. That's a trait that elevates the potential of the entire flight and a trait I really, really admire! It has been a pleasure winging with you. 

 

JG-1_Trev5150: Thanks! I haven't flown much with you, but I distinctly remember our brief time together in ARMA III Coop. I still am amazed how you can wander into a dense jungle, call out 7 different contacts and take them all out before I have the courage to leave cover from behind my tree stump! :lol: It's mind-boggling to say the least. 

 

Lipfert: No April Fool's here, I'm afraid. I actually am leaving. It has been awesome winging up with you! I sincerely appreciate your tech know-how and patience in helping me set up things like reshaders for ROF. Thanks so much for all you did for me and for others in this squad! 

 

Luftritter: Oh man, what can I say? You were the best wingman I ever had in all my years flying ROF. When I winged up with you, I felt invincible, like we could take on the world together. You're a killer shot and a master of all things scout. I love how you consistently pushed me out of my "Albies-only" comfort zone to try new things. (Still not sold on the N.17 though. Them things is only good for Alby-fodder! :lol: ) You have been an amazing friend and I have truly been privileged to know you!!! Salute!

 

Britchot: I have always respected you, man. I love how your Twitch channel has been growing! Your livestreams are entertaining and engaging to watch. I really respect how you've been Klai's right-hand man in keeping this group together. JG1 as it is shows a lot of your influence - and that's saying a lot because I think we're the best dang group out there! 

 

Snaggle: I love it every time your Tennessee accent comes on comms. You're kinda like Clint Eastwood...you don't talk fast but you're not to be trifled with. An absolute Ace in the ground-pounding role, I think you are one of the best we've got. Keep the bomb-flinging going man! 

 

Schafer: I didn't get to know you as well as I would have liked either. I think you are one of the rising stars in JG1. You haven't been around this game long, but you're already killing stuff. Nice!!! Keep learning and keep accruing victories. You're in good hands with these guys. :)

 

Klaiber: You have my utmost respect for the way you have held the helm of this group. At a time when other groups have been dissolving and shrinking, under your direction JG1 has swelled and matured. You carried us through the drought years and now with Bodenplatte and Flying Circus on the horizon, JG1 is a healthy, functioning group ready to hit the ground running. Thank-you also for your tireless work in doing all the bookwork so the rest of us didn't have to and could concentrate on flying. If JG1 is a being, then you are its heart. 

 

Pfeil: It has been great fun seeing your after-action reports! I really admire how you and the rest of J6 stick together as a disciplined, cohesive unit. You guys are not to be taken lightly when you enter the field of battle! I also remember the one flight I flew with you guys a couple FiFs back. It was great getting some first-hand knowledge of the Slovak language - Ďakujem, my friend! :D Maybe I'll be back, but right now it's looking like this is good-bye. ;)

 

Moxy: I learned so much from you regarding leadership and teamwork! In fact, if you hadn't repeatedly "volunteered" me for flight lead duty, I might have never gotten the taste for it and had been contented to stay a wingman all my days in JG1. Anything good about my flight leadership is directly attributable to you, man. Thanks for all you do! Keep teaching these new guys how to "rock n roll!" 


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#18 Hess

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 04:59 AM

Herr Hotlead

I've been a part of this family for a long time and I've seen many guys come and go. Although I have not been active all the time I have always kept close and know the importance that each of us represents for the whole group.
As well as being an excellent fighter and leader, you are a great human being. I'm glad you've made a conscious decision, you're young and the world is ahead of you. So go ahead, we'll always be here.

Big Salute


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 05:13 AM

Salute Hotlead, sorry to hear about this but I still hope once you come back. I wish you good luck and "if once" I am sure you find us. Will be glad to fly with you again, probably in Flying Circus. Good Luck.


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 05:46 AM

Very sad news. Take care friend. And dont worry - im sure that after time you will return :) we'll always be here for you.

 

Salute


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