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  1. 11 points
    Hello everyone! As you all know, WW1 aviation has long fascinated me. I believe the story of WW1 (and even more specifically, WW1 aviators) tends to be overshadowed by WW2 and doesn't get as much press as it deserves. I also enjoy reading/writing and now that I no longer have to write college papers (woo hoo! 😁), I occasionally get the itch to research something and write about it. That being the case, I present to you, "Climbing Higher" - my personal blog on all things WW1 aviation! Every so often, when I have the inclination and free time, I'll be posting articles about WW1 aviation to my personal blog (linked below): https://rookieace.wixsite.com/climbinghigher My first post is a book review of a rarer WW1 aviation memoir: "A German Airman Remembers" by Hans Schröder. To see my thoughts on this unique read, just click on the link below! https://rookieace.wixsite.com/climbinghigher/post/a-german-airman-remembers-book-review
  2. 7 points
    Vonrd

    History buff looking for help

    My dad was a tank gunner and his tank was also "Shanty Irish"! I found a P51 that was also Shanty Irish but didn't have any luck with Mr. Maley. M5A1 “Shanty Irish” 12th Armored Division Rouffach, France, February 1945 1st Lt. Gilbert O’Brien, 357th FG, P-51B “Shanty Irish”
  3. 7 points
    Gus

    Pimax 8kX VR

    As VR is getting more and more popular for flight sims, I just thought to write down some of my experience and impressions with the new Pimax 8kX headset if anyone considers to purchase or preorder one. VR is now technically on the edge of fullfilling its expectations for the user, in particular: the visual quality of high resolution headsets provides an image quality in VR very close to a regular monitor. Before I got the 8kX, I had the Pimax 5k+, Samsung Odyssey ( and the Odyssey+ ) and before a HTC Vive. In terms of resolution the 8kX surely is the next step up and it does provide a lot more details in DCS. The cockpits in DCS became very rich in details, just like used to get on a monitor. Readability of the panels is much better ( not perfect and depending on how the headset is setup ) and especially the landscapes and depth of the world in DCS now looks fantastic in VR. Spotting is now no longer a disadvantage in VR. The resolution definitely is convincing! So, the high display resolution of 3840 x 2160 per eye and the huge field of view are the selling points of the Pimax 8kX. First thing, what becomes an issue, is finding the sweetspot ( the sharpest area in the field of view ). The sweetspot of the Pimax 5k+ is huge and you don´t have to adjust the headset to instantly be in this sweetspot, when putting on the headset. In the 8kX the displays are much smaller, than in the 5k+, but both frames are the same. I think it was a bad decision to replace the bigger displays with smaller displays while keeping the same housing and lenses. In addition to this, the new face mask ( they call it comfort kit ) of the 8kX puts the headset a bit more away from the eyes, which results in an even smaller sweetspot on the lenses for the eye. Pimax reacted to this issue by replacing a thicker face foam with a thinner face foam to get the eyes closer to the lenses, but its not enough to reach a sweetspot like the 5k+ or other VR headsets, like Valves Index. I had to replace the face mask of the 8kX with the one of my old 5k+ to get closer to the lenses and not be forced to fiddle around every time I put on the headset, to find the sweetspot. At this point a positive effect falls into place: I need to wear glasses, because of being shortsighted. With the modified 8kX with 5k+ face-cover there is not really space for glasses, but due to the circumstance of modding the headset, now the visual focus of the eyes had come into the area, where I don´t need glasses. In VR the visual focus of the eyes is around 0,80 m to 1,50 m I would assume. But that´s not enough about the sweetspot. It also depends on IPD ( inter pupil distance ) settings. My IPD is 63,5 mm, but as the P8kX uses smaller displays, while keeping the lenses for bigger displays they used before, the physical IPD dialer, which moves the lenses, need to be pushed down to the physical limit of IPD 60 in the headset´s frame. Then by software IPD adjustment, the individual IPD setting ( -5 to +5 ) need to be found to get into the sweetspot. Everything outside the sweetspot is blurry! Now another issue appears: As the lenses are now dialed down by physical IPD setting, they got physically such close together, that the nose gap between the lenses is nearly gone and the plastic frame of the lenses now pushes hardly directly on to the nose, or let´s say: my big nose. So far I´ve handcrafted kind of soft pad out of a corona face mask and some soft material, to make the 8kX wearable on the nose. Now the sweetspot issue is solved and I always got instantly a sharp high resolution image, when putting on the P8kX. One word to the integrated headphones in the Pimax 8kX ( they call it modular audio strap 😞 crap. Totally crap! The cheapest headphones, I´ve ever heard. Needed to replace the head strap with the Vive Deluxe Audio strap. Another issue, which now goes viral in the Pimax forums is ´Mura´. This is like a thin dirty looking shadow over the entire view. Mostly visible in bright, white areas. This effect appears, when focussing the lenses instead of the image behind. Mostly it is not noticable while concentrating on the image and what happens there, but when looking into a bright sky in DCS or looking down on a shiny desert landscape, the effect becomes apparent. Other headsets got this too, more or less. It´s annoying, when you see it, but does not make the headset unusable. Regarding the demand for performance, the 8kX is pretty good usable for me in DCS, as I don´t measure the fun I got in the simulation with an FPS counter. What´s not so good is, that the native resolution of the P8kX is 3840 x 2160, but the rendered images @100% SteamVR SS setting is a lot more, because the wide FOV needs more pixels to compensate the distortion in the peripheral view. A regular headset with approx 110° not canted displays don´t need this extra rendered pixels, which is a waste in performance the system needs to provide. Going under 100% SS SteamVR the image looses quality and shimmering of far distant objects become visual. Anyway the headset needs a quite powerful PC, that´s for sure, but with that, the performance in DCS is ok, at least for me. A nice thing is the new Pimax Experience Software. This tool or overlay program really makes configuring the headset more easy. The software got some nice feature, which makes life with any Pimax headset more easy. Finally I have to say, that I do enjoy the high resolution and highly detailed images of the P8kX. Also the wide FOV is very enjoyable, especially in the flight sim. But this headset got issues, like the Mura effect or the focus/sweetspot, which other older headsets got as well. It also got some design downsides, as other headsets got as well. Also need to be mentioned, that it is quite expensive, but provides beside the high resolution image and wide FOV only poor quality. To be honest, I would not buy the Pimax 8kX headset again, because the overall quality appears too poor at this price tag and sooner or later other companies will bring up headsets with comparable specifications to the P8kX´s resolution and FOV.
  4. 6 points
    AngryGoat

    History buff looking for help

    So recently I remember my grandfather’s best friend and next door neighbor flew P38s and P39s in the war. His name was Joseph B. Maley. He was a part of the 32nd Air Operations “the spitting wolfhounds.” So I started diving deep into Internet searching and to my surprise, I found an AWESOME picture of him posing on his P38 “Shanty Irish”. Was wondering if anyone could help me out with finding markings or paint colors? Seeing I only have one black and white photo, I feel like there’ll be a lot of guessing. But would love to recreate it and fly it in his honor. I feel bad that I was too young at the time to really appreciate talking to him and can only wish to be able to pick his brain about his time in aviation.
  5. 5 points
    SCG_Neun

    Battle for Schmidt

    The Americans have been bottled up in the Hurtgen Forest for weeks now and have worked their way to the eastern sections of the forest. Difficult terrain, both in dense timber and high hills has created a terrible situation for the Americans. Now they are poised for a push on the Village of Schmidt and some open country where their armor, artillery and air superiority can once again be brought into play. The Germans, well they have plugged the area with determined men and material, since the battle is being waged on German soil, it's now or never. Most know the war is all but over, but they are fighting for their families and buying time for the super weapons, or possibly the breakdown of the Allied Alliance with the Soviet Union. The big push into the Ardennes is being planned and the Americans will soon come to realize that this war is anything but finished. This battle will be conducted in late Autumn just before the snows that will soon blanket the area with impassable roads and record breaking freezing temperatures. The battle will begin with a consolidated American armor thrust deeper into the forest and hopefully secure a breakout into open terrain. The 707th Tank Brigade with their Sherman tanks will assault the forward base of the 116th Panzer Division. This base must be captured and will provide the Americans with fresh armor and supplies for their final push into Schmidt. After this objective has been met, 3 members will switch over to the German side and defend the Village of Schmidt. Objective number 2 will be to capture the Village of Schmidt. However, the Americans must hold this Village for the anticipated German counter attack which will come from a reserve Zug unit which was positioned outside of town a couple of kilometers or so away. Historically, the village was retaken by the Germans, so it's important for the 707th to hold on to the area for a victory. The Air Combat within this mission will hopefully draw enough participants to allow for a PVP battle. There will be air strike objectives in addition to ground support as the battle unfolds. It's important for our members and any other participants to signup in our Events section, in addition to any of our Tank N Spank buddies who would like to join us. Tank squads will be filled keeping JG1 members together whenever possible. In addition, I'd like to have 2 JG1 members with me, to go German when we make the switch, if at all possible. I will have this posted in the Events section soon. More to come.
  6. 5 points
    S! All, The following JG I pilots are being recognized for their overall contributions to JG Nr. I "Richthofen". Congratulations! . . . JG Nr. I "Richthofen" Promotions Gfr. Thadeaus (Ted) Tripp (Jasta 11) - promoted to Unteroffizier (Uffz.) Gfr. Bruno (BernTeas) Stachel (Jasta 11) - promoted to Unteroffizier (Uffz.) Gfr. Beate (LadyBrit) Köstlin (Jasta 11) - promoted to Unteroffizier (Uffz.) Sgt. Heinrich (ScorchedBeans) Freund (Jasta 10) - promoted to Offizierstellvertreter (OffzSt.) Uffz. Oskar (Dutch) Verboten (Jasta 10) - promoted to Vizefeldwebel (Vzfw.) Gfr. Josef (Jaus) Ostländer (Jasta 10) - promoted to Unteroffizier (Uffz.) Vzfw. Max Focus (Jasta 6) - promoted to Offizierstellvertreter (OffzSt.) Gfr. Otto (AtariBaby) Fiedler (Jasta 6) - promoted to Sergeant (Sgt.) Uffz. Gustav (Boslandschap) Greif (Jasta 4) - promoted to Vizefeldwebel (Vzfw.) Honor Cross for Combatants with Swords 1914-1918 "For 4 years of active service to JG Nr. I "Richthofen." OffzSt. Lothar (GenMarkof) von Zudet (Jasta 11) - 4 years of active service (joined: 2 August 2016) OffzSt. Heinrich (ScorchedBeans) Freund (Jasta 10) - 4 years of active service (joined: 3 March 2016) OffzSt. Wilhelm Madvlk (Jasta 6) - 4 years of active service (joined: 1 December 2015) OffzSt. Max Focus (Jasta 6) - 4 years of active service (joined: 6 March 2016) Hptm. Werner (danudet) Kliegmann (Jasta 4) - 4 years of active service (joined: 6 October 2016) Lt. Matthäus Erhardt (Jasta 4) - 4 years of active service (joined: 22 June 2007 / active since: 2016)
  7. 5 points
    Vonrd

    Trip down memory lane

    While searching the ROF forum looking to find early FIF posts, I came across this which is where I first flew with JG1... https://riseofflight.com/forum/topic/37743-open-jg1-dogfights-mondays-9pm-edt-all-welcome/
  8. 5 points
    S! All, The following JG I pilots are being recognized for their overall contributions to JG-1 "Fritz Schmenkel." Congratulations! . . . JG-1 "Fritz Schmenkel" Promotions Offz.-S., 3 Martin Balge (II.JS) - promoted to Offiziersschüler 4. Studienjahr (Offz.-S., 4) Offz.-S., 3 Gustav (Gus) Hegel (II.JS) - promoted to Offiziersschüler 4. Studienjahr (Offz.-S., 4)
  9. 4 points
    There's a lot of otherwise intelligent humans out there that allow themselves to look like drooling morons because they don't know how to operate the apostrophe to standard. https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Apostrophes I'm on a mission to civilize.
  10. 4 points
    Hess

    Spit Chameleon

    S!
  11. 4 points
    Hess

    What are you guys listening to?

    S!
  12. 4 points
    Rookie

    Application - Rookie

    Hi my names Michael AKA Rookie and i'm interested in joining JG1 What is your Timezone? I am in GMT, i live in the UK, but i'm a bit of a rubbish sleeper so it normally rolls over into EST Do you have a joystick or HOTAS? I own an Rhino X-56 Do you have TeamSpeak installed,as well as a working microphone? I can install teamspeak and yes i have a mic. Do you have TrackIR, or a FreeTrack system for view control? Track IR What sims are you currently flying? I've been out of the game for a while but early this year i had been flying DCS particularly the A10c and the Viggen - i also have a lot of of experience in P3D flying civvies mainly the 747/400/8 and 737 How did you hear about JG1? DCS forum. Is there anything else that you'd like us to know? Is it only teamspeak or do you run discord as well? I'd like to start flying the Mig-21 but i'm totally green so are there training exercises? Cheers, hope to hear from you soon. Rookie
  13. 4 points
    Britchot

    1C Halloween sale

    https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/66231-halloween-sale-is-on-25-85-off-select-items/ Crazy low prices on some things: BOS – 85% Off BOM – 75% Off BOK – 75% Off BOBP – 50% Off FC1 – 50% Off Yak-9 – 30% Off Yak-9T – 30% Off Fw-190 D-9 – 50% Off P-38 J-15 – 50% Off U-2VS -75% Off Ju-52/3M – 75% Off Bf-109 G-6 – 75% Off Yak-1B – 75% Off Spitfire Mk. VB – 75 % Off LA-5FN – 75% Off HS-129 B-2 – 75% Off P-40E-1 – 85% Off Macchi MC.202 – 85% Off Fw-190 A-3 – 85% Off LA-5 Series 8 – 85% Off Blazing Steppe – 75% Off Fortress on the Volga – 75% Off Ten Days of Autumn – 75% Off Havoc Over the Kuban – 75% Off Achtung Spitfire! – 75% Off Hell Hawks Over the Bulge – 30% Off Ice Ring – 30% Off Desert Wings Tobruk – 25% Off Cliffs of Dover Blitz – 75% Off All ROF Content – 75% Off
  14. 4 points
    SCG_Neun

    Battle for Schmidt

    This post is to the JG1 guys that flew American this past Sunday. I'd like to apologize for the lack of flak protection there. What happened was I moved that base from way North to Aachen to reduce flight time, and in my hurry, I placed flak there, but I did not test it out. The original mission had the American base.....off base with a scheduled attack on the German base, so I had standard flak protection for German base to make it realistic. I did not know who would fly American or OKL at that time...and I let Terref decide on that and he chose OKL. So, if it placed you guys in a bad situation I apologize, it was an oversight of trying to tweak these kinds of missions, based on the number of pilots that signup. As the numbers come in on the last day, it makes anything preplanned kind of difficult. Such as do we even fly PVP in the air, or just go with AI. We will switch the air combat side so you guys can fly Luftwaffe next time, I promise.... Neun
  15. 4 points
    Lowengrin

    DCG 3.50 Open Beta

    Beta 11 refines the upgrade/downgrade of aircraft so nationality plays a bigger role in selection. The class file should now be able to contain multiple entries for the same aircraft but with different "long names" and nationalities. il2dcg350b11.zip
  16. 4 points
    It looks like I actually will have some time free tomorrow, so here's my hat in the ring... 😎 JG1_Hotlead Jagdgeschwader 1 CDT
  17. 4 points
    S! All, The following JG I pilots are being recognized for their actions during Session A1 of Flanders In Flames 2020 "Fall Campaign" (flown on 10 October 2020). Congratulations! . . . Honor Goblet for the Victor in Air Combat Sgt. Heinrich (ScorchedBeans) Freund, Jasta 10 (session #A1, 10 October 2020), for the destruction of 1 enemy aircraft within one streak. Honor Goblet for Successful Attacks from the Air Gfr. Josef (Jaus) Ostländer, Jasta 10 (session #A1, 10 October 2020), for the destruction of 1 enemy ground target within one streak. Iron Cross 2nd Class Gfr. Josef (Jaus) Ostländer, Jasta 10 (session #A1, 10 October 2020), for the destruction of 2 enemy ground targets within one streak. Iron Cross 1st Class Gfr. Josef (Jaus) Ostländer, Jasta 10 (session #A1, 10 October 2020), for the destruction of 5 enemy ground targets within one streak. Wound Badge 1918: Black Class Sgt. Heinrich (ScorchedBeans) Freund, Jasta 10 (session #A1, 10 October 2020), for being wounded in action 1 time within one streak. Gfr. Josef (Jaus) Ostländer, Jasta 10 (session #A1, 10 October 2020), for being wounded in action 1 time within one streak. Bavarian Knight's Cross of the Military Order of Max Joseph OffzSt. Lothar (GenMarkof) von Zudet, Jasta 11 (session #A1, 10 October 2020), for bravery and meritorious leadership in battle [for outstanding leadership and esprit de corps.] German Army Report Hptm. Fritz Butzzell Jasta 11 (session #A1, 10 October 2020), posthumously, for gallantry in battle, but also extraordinary fidelity and essential service. [great streak - 9 ground victories and 1 wounded-in-action, over 10 sorties.] Lt. Peter Pragr, Jasta 4 (session #A1, 10 October 2020), posthumously, for gallantry in battle, but also extraordinary fidelity and essential service. [esprit de corps]
  18. 4 points
    Rookie

    Application - Rookie

    So far so good guys, a beast to fly but addictive as all hell.
  19. 4 points
    Firefly

    Happy birthday to reunified Germany!

    Today, 3 October 1990, marks the 30th anniversary of German reunification. Germans celebrate this date as Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity). I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all the best to our German colleagues. Herzlichen Glückwunsch! I also prepared something truly special for everyone to enjoy. Ladies and gentlemen, will you please welcome... THE HOFF! I'm not even sorry.
  20. 3 points
    SCG_Neun

    Battle for Schmidt

    Another mission set for this coming Sunday if anyone is interested.
  21. 3 points
    AngryGoat

    JG Juggernauts???

    My Blue Nosed Bastard from Bodney. Fifty Cal Gal v_!_JG1_P51D15NA_AngryGoat.dds
  22. 3 points
    S! All, The following JG I pilots are being recognized for their overall contributions to JG 1 "Oesau." Congratulations! . . . JG 1 "Oesau" Promotions Ogfr. Otto (ataribaby) Fiedler (2./JG 1) - promoted to Unteroffizier (Uffz.) Uffz. Seow H.Q. Badger (5./JG 1) - promoted to Unterfeldwebel (Ufw.) Ogfr. Bruno (BernTeas) Stachel (5./JG 1) - promoted to Unteroffizier (Uffz.) Ogfr. Günter (Witt) Wittmann (5./JG 1) - promoted to Unteroffizier (Uffz.) Ufw. Nicholas Noël (5./JG 1) - promoted to Oberfeldwebel (Obfw.) Ogfr. Thadeaus (Ted) Tripp - promoted to Hauptgefreiter (Hptgefr.) Wehrmacht Long Service Award (Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichen): "For 4 years of active service to JG 1 "Oesau." Obfw. Georg Nechy (1./JG 1) - 4 years of active service (joined: 25 July 2015) Obfw. Wilhelm Madvlk (3./JG 1) - 4 years of active service (joined: 1 December 2015) Obfw. Heinrich (ScorchedBeans) Freund (5./JG 1) - 4 years of active service (joined: 3 March 2016) Oblt. Werner (danudet) Kliegmann (6./JG 1) - 4 years of active service (joined: 6 October 2016) Obfw. Lothar (GenMarkof) von Zudet (6./JG 1) - 4 years of active service (joined: 2 August 2016) Maj. Wilhelm (Willy) Lagermann (7./JG 1) - 4 years of active service (joined: 6 March 2016) Stabsfw. Richard (gunman) Lattak (7./JG 1) - 4 years of active service (joined: 6 March 2016) Stabsfw. Hans von (D3JAVU) Deutschbrod (7./JG 1) - 4 years of active service (joined: 6 March 2016) Obfw. Max Focus (7./JG 1) - 4 years of active service (joined: 6 March 2016) Maj. Fritz Hroznýš (7./JG 1) - 4 years of active service (joined: 6 March 2016) Hptm. Loch von Littau (7./JG 1) - 4 years of active service (joined: 6 March 2016) Flying Dagger with Swordknot (Fliegerdolch mit Portepee) "Awarded to all Unteroffiziere mit Portepee (senior non-commissioned officers)" Obfw. Nicholas Noël (5./JG 1)
  23. 3 points
    Erhardt

    Application - Rookie

    Welcome to the Squadron "Rookie" - I also own the Viggen and alhough I can read Swedish pretty well (I am Norwegian), I have never been able to master it....I own most of the DCS modules except the Mil Mi8 and F-86 Sabre - never could wrap my head around the A-10C...I learned to start it up...but as far as Mavericks and LGBs are concerned - "I havent got a clue"... These days I mostly fly the F-16C (an old favourite of mine) and the FA-18C (which I never really liked, but it has grown on me...). Look forward to making circles in the virtual sky with you Sir!!!
  24. 3 points
    S! All, The following JG I pilots are being recognized for their actions during Session A2 of Flanders In Flames 2020 "Fall Campaign" (flown on 17 October 2020). Congratulations! . . . German Army Report Oblt. Richard (Vonrd) Ausweichen Jasta 10 (session #A2, 17 October 2020), posthumously, for gallantry in battle, but also extraordinary fidelity and essential service. [great streak - 2 aerial victories, and 8 ground victories, over 4 sorties.] Gfr. Josef (Jaus) Ostländer, Jasta 10 (session #A2, 17 October 2020), prisoner-of-war, for gallantry in battle, but also extraordinary fidelity and essential service. [great streak - 7 ground victories, and 1 wounded-in-action, over 4 sorties.] OffzSt. Lothar Loopy, Jasta 4 (session #A2, 17 October 2020), for gallantry in battle, but also extraordinary fidelity and essential service. [esprit de corps]
  25. 3 points
    US103_Tobin

    ROF shifting control axes

    Thought I could attach our latest (and hopefully final) floor plan. This has to be approved by the county and the HOA. This takes up to 3 months 😬
  26. 3 points
    Vonrd

    Trip down memory lane

    Ah... actually I was getting much more hairy until my Flowbee arrived... getting more "Silver" though.
  27. 3 points
    SCG_DarthTater

    SCG_CorZero

    Just saw this thread. Thank you, all, for your kind wishes. It's a solace tanking with you all and hearing many of the voices that are so familiar. Mrs. Cor/Tater
  28. 3 points
    Looking forward to this Cole! (since it's a scholarly effort, I thought it appropriate to address you by your given name). BTW... we used to do this in grad school... I had no idea that is was such an old tradition... Then when the victim bent his head back to receive the coin, all the conspirators poured the contents of beer and wine bottles into the funnel."
  29. 3 points
    TedsOnMeds

    What are you guys listening to?

    One of the tightest Rhythm sections and most stacked woodwinds sections you're ever going to hear in a big band ever. Phil Collins big band is still around even these days but unfortunately a lot of the great old Cats like George Duke are dead or dying/can't play anymore.
  30. 3 points
    TedsOnMeds

    What are you guys watching?

    More WWI history pretending to be about guns from C&Rsenal, this series is honestly such a Goldmine.
  31. 3 points
    Guys, it was decided to take a pause in "London event" till our team shows good results in FIF So looking real at things, we may continue to fly Gothas and Pages after FIF will be finished. I hope it's okay for you.
  32. 3 points
    Firefly

    What are you guys watching?

  33. 3 points
    Here are the rewards for the second and the third missions: 2nd: 3rd:
  34. 3 points
    Guys, unfortunately, I'll be away from Thursday till Sunday. So there won't me Gotha/Page mission on Friday as usual. We'l ldo the next one next week on Friday. Neccessary story and needed additional material will be provided before the mission as usual.
  35. 3 points
    Vonrd

    What are you guys watching?

    Interesting discussion about it on Quora: https://www.quora.com/In-1946-the-UK-government-agreed-to-sell-Rolls-Royce-Nene-jet-engines-to-the-USSR-as-long-as-they-dont-use-it-for-military-purposes-The-Soviets-quickly-started-putting-them-into-jet-fighter-aircraft-Was-the-British#:~:text='In 1946%2C the UK government,British government really that naive.” I tend to agree with the first guy: The Cold War did not really kick-off until 1947, and the Labour government in the UK were not knee-jerk anti-communists like most American politicians. Moreover relations between the US and UK were not warm. The Truman administration had abruptly terminated Lend Lease after Japan had surrendered, forcing the UK to negotiate an emergency loan from US banks. This was considered to be an economic attack on the Labour government and its policies. It was therefore considered to essential to maintain an amiable relationship with the Soviet Union. If only to stop the US from taking us for granted. Selling the Nene to the Soviets was regarded as a good will gesture without great strategic significance: the Soviets already had access to German jet technology and the British had decided to concentrate future jet development on axial flow engines rather then centrifugal compressor engines like the Nene. If the Soviets did renege on the no military use clause and reverse engineer the Nene it would give them a temporary benefit but it would also send them down a technological dead end. Still, it did allow the Soviets to field the MiG-15 sooner than they would have been able to without having the Nene to copy and it turned out to be a nasty surprise for the US. BTW: This book is a pretty good read and he makes a strong case that the supposed 10 : 1 kill ratio of the Saber over the MiG was basically BS: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Z1FQHXD/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
  36. 2 points
    Klaiber

    History buff looking for help

    Here is a better photograph: I can't find a lot on the 32nd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group. I don't have a ton of books on Allied fighter squadrons. I did find this, however: http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/36th_Fighter_Group.html We also know that the 32nd Fighter Squadron transitioned to the P-38 in 1945, but VE day cut their operational use short. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/32nd_Air_Operations_Squadron#Panama_Canal_Defense Based on the picture you have above, it looks like the nacelles are olive drab. The nose tip is probably yellow. And the aircraft would not have invasion stripes on it, as it's early 1945. Honestly, it's probably similar looking to this P-38L: Unfortunately, it's just not possible to get specifics without a more complete photograph. For example, I have no idea what the unit markings were like, either on the boom tails or on the vertical stabilizers. Hopefully that helps!
  37. 2 points
    Moxy

    Tank n Spank V 2

  38. 2 points
    Thanks a lot for hosting these, as usual, Snaggle! I've been doing a lot of work US evening times so haven't been able to attend, requesting a small schedule change so I can make the next series! The BTCC cars really excite me! The racing should be close and hard! Salutations - Ted
  39. 2 points
    S! All One more week of Phase A. A few quick reminders: A flak fence runs down the middle of No Mans Land. You want to be at 1000 meters or higher. ( This means you Gen Markof ) Flak inside the playing map is set to low. There is flak outside the borders and it is set to high. Not just along the front but around the borders. You can fly outside the map area but it is dangerous. WARNING! Time change in Europe. For European players, the start time will be one hour EARLIER. Plane set for Phase B is being finalized. It will be posted very soon.
  40. 2 points
    Firefly

    What are you guys watching?

    Short and sweet.
  41. 2 points
    US103_Tobin

    ROF shifting control axes

    👍 As far as being "moved", welI, we're down here, we have Florida driver's licenses, car license plate, and we're voting as Florida residents!! However, our "residence" is my sister's address, and we travel back-and-forth between there in Sarasota and Englewood to spend most of our time taking care of our 91/92 year-old parents (my in-laws). Teresa cooks and I do the dishes and try to keep things clean and organized 😄 Mom-in-law just got back from a month's worth of hospital/rehab facility stay. As far as our own permanent home, we have a lot in a great residential area already bought (Rotonda West) and we've contracted with a builder, but the market is so active down here they all take a year or more to get it done. It takes approximately 3 months just to get all the permits and approvals in Charlotte county, alone! Then of course you have the actual building. We have found out that things like appliances and furniture take 6 months or more to be delivered! My motorcycle, tools and stuff are in storage still in Michigan, for a monthly fee ($$) 🙃 In the mean time I am forgetting how to fly and using a laptop and phone. We are really liking this area, what with the beaches and the great places to eat and drink. I'm a big reviewer online 😄 who would have thunk it. We know all the good places! We are dodging virus' too, so far successfully. Also, as of today, Oct 21, it is still 88-90 degrees every day!!! 🤪 No end in sight! Crazy, man! I don't mind it a bit. Obviously I still look in on you guys now and then, and hope you are doing well and are staying healthy. S!!
  42. 2 points
    Labroisse

    Pimax 8kX VR

    Good post Gus, thanks. I'll be very interested in your comparison between the Pimax 8k and the Reverb G2.
  43. 2 points
    Firefly

    Firefly's video archive

    The Swedish Dragon in all its afterburning, rollerskating glory. I'd love that plane to be in DCS.
  44. 2 points
    =GenMarkof007=

    Pick Up Group (PUG) Announcements

    Hi all, just a small message to say that I will be online on FIF (ROF) tonight, trying my best to finalize my setup (having my map by pressing O) and see if I can remember all of the missions...Welcome to all... When? Around 8:30-9:00 pm ... Where? JG1 ROF server Cheers, GenMarkof
  45. 2 points
    Butzzell

    Wen TNS

    S! All Results of 7, Oct. Allies put up a strong attempt and pushed the Germans back to KleineDorf. This only strengthened the German resolve. Trapped like rats they broke out and infected Bravo November. Final positions are Allies 7, Germans 2. Germans refuse to surrender. Will they survive next week?
  46. 2 points
    Those awards look great! Very nicely done.
  47. 2 points
    Firefly

    6th gen fighters are here!

    The future is now.
  48. 2 points
    Vonrd

    6th gen fighters are here!

    Maybe it's already here? "Siri... waste that MiG" Siri... "OK... I'll baste that pig"
  49. 2 points
    Lipfert

    What are you guys listening to?

    Bridge City Sinners Perfect 2020 band.... S!
  50. 2 points
    Vogel

    Microsoft Flight Simulator Back.

    From what I remember of my flying days the 152 feels very realistic for stalls. I never did spin recovery but for a regular stall with wing drop it felt very lifelike. I'm trying to learn how to use the G1000 systems but all my IRL flying has been with the traditional six pack of instruments. I bet guys who are used to the SA afforded by the moving map display get REALLY disorientated when they're forced to fly without it. Being able to place yourself on a map using traditional methods is a skill every pilot should know like the back of their hand. GPS is cool until something happens or the company/state that owns them decides to not play ball. Germany in particular has spent a lot of time and money investing and upgrading their VOR stations as it's still very much needed.
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