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  1. 13 points
    US103_Tobin

    Congratulations, Cole Austin!

    I'm happy to be the first to congratulate our own Hotlead on completing all of the requirements for his college degree. This being an extremely unusual year, he will more than likely be deprived of the standard graduation ceremony that normally would take place at any American university. Regardless of this, he has his family who are undoubtedly and deservedly very proud of him. I want to add my own congratulations for a person who I am sure will be able to overcome any challenges ahead. S! and Well Done, Hotlead!! 👍
  2. 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
  3. 11 points
    Labroisse

    Humor

    Thought you all might enjoy a little levity:
  4. 11 points
    Kliegmann

    Newest JG1 Member

    At 11:12 am on 11/26, my daughter gave birth to the newest member of Jasta 4 and Staffel 6.
  5. 11 points
    Vikner

    Vikner in fire danger

    JG1, Geyserville was the first place evacuated about 06:00 AM last Thursday since the winds were driving the fire down the ridge across from our house (see attached). Wednesday night around 09:30 PM the lights flashed and the internet dropped off line. That was a PG&E power line going down near the geothermal station on Pine Flat (see attached). We had an evacuation warning as we were going to bed and a mandatory evacuation early Thursday. There are about a mile or so of vineyards—which don’t burn well—and the Russian River between Geyserville and that ridge. However, with the wind gusts they always worry that fires can start quickly a couple of miles away from the main fire due to blowing embers. Plus the road network is fairly limited in our area and they want the people out so the roads are clear for fire equipment. We went to stay with Tricia’s cousin in Healdsburg Thursday and Friday. Healdsburg was evacuated Saturday morning at 10:00 AM followed by Windsor and then parts of Santa Rosa. We went down to Menlo Park and Patrick got us a room at the Residence Inn that takes pets. We sat it out there from Saturday until Thursday morning. Tom Petty’s song “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” covers that period. Geyserville was not under much threat after the first 48 hours since the fire had burned what it could on the ridge and moved on. Plus the vineyard and river defenses. However, Healdsburg and Windsor are mostly on the east side of the river and the winds were driving it that way. They set fire lines on a couple of outlying roads and successfully kept the fire away from them. The Pine Flat picture attached is looking east from the crest (popular local bike ride since Pine Flat and Alp D’ Huez are quite similar--attached). Picture was taken about two weeks ago near the crest during a ride. The fire burned a lot of stuff out east. Fortunately, there aren’t any structures, people, roads or anything out there so they just let it go until it gets near something important. Napa was under warning, however, looks like it is betting beaten down fast. As we drove home, saw mucho fire equipment headed south for the fires down there. Stressful week, however, California has established pretty solid procedures from the experience of recent fires. Get the people out and the equipment in. Believe we had about 6000 people fighting the fire at peak. Still, constant evacuations with three cats and two dogs aren’t fun. Next door neighbors had to move three times; Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Petaluma. They’ve lived here 27 years and this was the first time they’ve evacuated so that’s encouraging. Hopefully one gigorgous fire per lifetime. Vikner
  6. 10 points
    Labroisse

    USAF Museum

    I went to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH this weekend. If you haven't been, GO, it is really awesome! A few cellphone pics:
  7. 10 points
    Well if Nov 23rd goes OK, then things mess up on Dec 7, it will truly be a "Date which will live in infamy"
  8. 9 points
    HotleadColdfeet

    Congrats Hotlead!

    Aww, thank you guys! 😊 We’ll be getting married this coming June. I’m definitely blessed to have found her and can’t wait to start our life together! 😃
  9. 9 points
  10. 9 points
    EvLeep

    Pfluuut!

    Greetings Gents! I heard my long lost beloved D-7 was left in the hanger here. Has anyone seen it?
  11. 9 points
    DeFreest Larner

    3rd Pursuit Group Markings Guide

    Greetings, all! I'm very excited to share with our frenemies at J.G.1 some sneak-peeks at the upcoming skin pack for the 3rd Pursuit Group. Meticulous historical research has gone into the 3rd P.G pack in order to give it as much historical grounding as possible, down to the tiniest detail! This includes factory serial numbers, stencilling and camouflage patterns, individually painted Indian heads for the 103rd, and historically correct and unique markings for each squadron. Some of our aircraft even have replacement parts and patched-up bullet holes! Without further ado - here are the markings of our four units! The 103rd Aero Squadron: The unit you all know and love to hate - the 103rd is our 'Heritage Squadron' - the original unit that has now developed to form the first Squadron of the 3rd Pursuit Group. The 103rd's Indian Head is steeped in tradition, dating back to the Lafayette Escadrille of old. Squadron Markings: The 103rd display yellow fuselage and wing numbers with a black outline. Their Squadron Recognition Code is a green band with two red stripes. Unique Markings: Some aircraft of the 103rd have small personal insignia painted underneath the cockpits - but for the most part, they keep it plain and simple! The 93rd Aero Squadron: The second squadron of the 3rd Pursuit Group to be activated, the 93rd have already been causing trouble over the front. Their heritage traces back to the 103rd Aero Squadron's infamous 3rd Flight. Squadron Markings: The 93rd display white fuselage and wing numbers with a red outline. Their Squadron Recognition Code is a green band with three red stripes. Unique Markings: Pilots display one victory marking on the Indian head's necklace for every 10 aerial victories during a single V-Life. The 213th Aero Squadron: The third squadron to be activated with the 3rd Pursuit Group, the 213th is currently the largest Squadron in the group. Their heritage traces back to the 103rd Aero Squadron's 2nd Flight. Squadron Markings: The 213th display black fuselage and wing numbers with a white outline. Their Squadron Recognition Code is a red band with three green stripes. Unique Markings: Each aircraft of the 213th bears a name underneath the cockpit. And last, but not least: The 28th Aero Squadron: As of yet, the 28th Aero Squadron remains inactive. However, we are hoping to gain some new recruits in the near future to fill its ranks! Squadron Markings: The 28th display blue fuselage and wing numbers. The fuselage numbers are against a white backdrop. Their Squadron Recognition Code is a red band with two green stripes. Unique Markings: None as of yet. Other Markings: Squadron C.Os are permitted to display a unique nose cowling, as well as a fuselage stripe (typically tricolour). The numbers '0' and '1' are also typically used by Squadron C.Os for further identification. Pilots, after scoring 3 victories, are allowed to paint a small insignia or legend underneath the cockpit. This was a historical practice by the United States Air Service, and one we replicate within our unit! Each Squadron is divided into three flights, which are signified by the coloured nose cowlings: Red for 1st Flight, White for 2nd Flight and Blue for 3rd Flight.
  12. 8 points
    EmerlistDavjack

    Microsoft Flight Simulator Back.

    Hour 56 of the download. Food supplies are almost depleted, fresh water is scarce, and the natives are getting restless. Send help. I'm looking forward to seeing how the game handles the ICON A5 water landings and wave physics in general. I still occasionally load up RoF just to mess around with the seaplanes, it's a lot of fun to surf around the heavy seas in a Felix.
  13. 8 points
    Kliegmann

    Microsoft Flight Simulator Back.

    Got it, took about 2 hours for the install and control set up. Did a night flight from KMKE to KJVL in the Bonanza. The visuals are stunning. Very impressed overall
  14. 8 points
    US103_Baer

    Congrats Hotlead!

    Just heard Hotlead announce on his stream that he got engaged. Big congrats to you both! What a wonderful journey you have ahead. Really happy for you
  15. 8 points
    Britchot

    Remembering Joint-Ops

    I was clearing out my inboxes and came upon my certificate. I spent a lot of time in their courses, finishing all but the last bomber course, I believe. It was a wonderful flight school based on IL-2:1946. I met a ton of fine pilots and instructors and I hope they are all doing well. I only know of a few that are no longer with us, such as Lily. I wish I had all the material they had, it was all great theory.
  16. 8 points
    HotleadColdfeet

    Congratulations, Cole Austin!

    Wow guys! I had been off the forums for while due to working on finals, so I didn’t see this until now. Wow. I seriously didn’t expect this; my heart is so full! 😊 Thank you for the well wishes, gentlemen! It’s definitely the end of a journey for me and it feels surreal being done. I’m going to be starting full time work on June 1st as a customer service rep/social media coordinator for Heart of Dakota Publishing. Definitely very excited for this next stage of my life! 😃 But I am also thrilled for some of the things that will stay the same. Like my involvement in WW1 flight sims with some of the best online friends and squadmates a guy could ever ask for. I am thrilled to be a part of this niche and look forward to sharing more memories in the virtual skies with you all! Prosit! 🍻😄
  17. 8 points
    J5_Gamecock

    FiF Teams

    True blue to the end. Better dead than Red.
  18. 8 points
    Vonrd

    Cockpit picture BOx / FC

    Here are my completed cockpit info photos for WWII in a zip file. Either extract to your main game folder - C:\Program Files (x86)\1C Game Studios\IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Stalingrad or into a temp folder then paste it over. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fespqr0650h45pf/AADzzvXIdrI7UgaKGnGOnLU4a?dl=0
  19. 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.
  20. 7 points
    Hi guys! What do you mind to join Adler Legion in small event in ROF this Friday? Do you miss WWI heavy bombers and adequate DM? In short, the event is dedicated to Gothas and their historic raids on cities in England. Several Gothas take off from the mainland and fly to Dover to bomb strategically important targets such as the port infrastructure, railway station, etc. The port is protected by small Entente fighter forces and flaks. We flew this event in December 2017 and it was quite interesting. Having the stupid situation with DM in the Flying Circus, all our pilots, without exception, jumped back into the ROF and decided to gather in such chamber event. And we invite you to join us and we will be glad if you do. You can fly for either side, no restrictions. In general, the more Gothas we have, the better. By this link you can see screenshots from that flight in 2017 - https://riseofflight.ru/forum/topic/45472-event-london-gudbaj/?p=635887 . Despite Germany's superior forces, the Gothas couldn't destroy all the targets in two flights. Dover was protected by few Hanriots HD.2 with assistance of several AI Sopwith Pups. At the moment, we're discussing options for the Entente fighters and the Gothas' cover fighters (if any). Anyway, this will depend on the number of participants. The flight will take place on Friday this week. At 19:00 Zulu - briefing, at 19:30 - start. Treat this event as a cozy, interesting flight in the company of old friends in an old favourite game - no any serious requirements or hard trainings for that. What do you think? S! Baron *more details soon
  21. 7 points
    Klaiber

    Official JG1 Skins

    All, This is a new full paint pack for JG Nr. I Richthofen. This WW1 paint pack is important, and replaces all previous packs for Richthofen. It is highly recommended that all JG1 pilots download and install it. Please join me in thanking @Vonrd and @Heinrich for their countless hours of work on this project. This update would not be possible without their dedication. . . . This is a full Flying Circus - JG1 paint pack. All skins match JG1's current naming standards: v_!_JG1_[aircraft folder]_[pilot name].dds All skins follow JG1's posted Paint Policy: https://jg1.org/richthofen/dicta/paint-policy/ !!! This paint pack replaces all previous paint packs. !!! !!! All previous skins should be deleted or overwritten. !!! It is recommended that you hand-place all aircraft folders into their appropriate location: X:\ ... \1C Game Studios\IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Stalingrad\data\graphics\skins Here is a complete list of all changes: AlbatrosD5: ++AngryGoat = CONVERTED TO 2K --Barton = COLOR CORRECTION --Dudley = COLOR CORRECTION / MARKING ADJUSTMENT ++Greif = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++Heinrich = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION --Hotlead = COLOR CORRECTION ++Jaus = CONVERTED TO 2K ++J4 Early = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J4 Late = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J6 Early = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J6 Late = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J10 Early = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J10 Late = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J11 Early = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J11 Late = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++Klaiber = CONVERTED TO 2K / MARKING ADJUSTMENT / COLOR CORRECTION --Kliegmann = COLOR CORRECTION --Labroisse = COLOR CORRECTION --Lee = COLOR CORRECTION >>Lipfert = NEW SKIN --Maushake = COLOR CORRECTION --Moxy = COLOR CORRECTION --Razwald = COLOR CORRECTION <<Snaggle = ALPHA LAYER ADDED --Vikner = COLOR CORRECTION --Vonrd = COLOR CORRECTION BristolF2BF2 N/A BristolF2BF3 N/A FokkerD7: >>Barton = NEW SKIN --Britchot = COLOR CORRECTION --Dudley = COLOR CORRECTION / MARKING FIX ++Greif = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++Heinrich = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION --Hotlead = COLOR CORRECTION ++J4_Early_4c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J4_Late_4c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J6_Early_4c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J6_Late_4c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J10_Early_4c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J10_Late_4c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J11_Early_4c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J11_Late_4c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION >>Jaus = NEW SKIN --Klaiber = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION --Labroisse = COLOR CORRECTION --Lee = COLOR CORRECTION >>Lipfert = NEW SKIN --Maushake = COLOR CORRECTION --Moxy = COLOR CORRECTION --Vikner = COLOR CORRECTION --Vonrd = COLOR CORRECTION FokkerD7F: ++AngryGoat = CONVERTED TO 2K >>Barton = NEW SKIN --Britchot = COLOR CORRECTION --Dudley = COLOR CORRECTION / MARKING FIX ++Greif = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++Heinrich = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION --Hotlead = COLOR CORRECTION ++J4_5c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J6_5c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J10_5c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J11_5c = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION >>Jaus = NEW SKIN ++Klaiber = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION --Labroisse = COLOR CORRECTION --Lee = COLOR CORRECTION >>Lipfert = NEW SKIN --Maushake = COLOR CORRECTION --Moxy = COLOR CORRECTION --Vikner = COLOR CORRECTION --Vonrd = COLOR CORRECTION FokkerDr1: ++AngryGoat = CONVERTED TO 2K ++Baron = CONVERTED TO 2K ++Barton = MARKING FIX --Butzzell = COLOR CORRECTION --Dudley = COLOR CORRECTION / MARKING FIX --Etzel = COLOR CORRECTION ++Greif = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++Heinrich = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J4_Early_Beige = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J4_Late_Beige = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J6_Early_Beige = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J6_Late_Beige = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J10_Early_Beige = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J10_Late_Beige = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J11_Early_Beige = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J11_Late_Beige = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION >>Jaus = NEW SKIN ++Klaiber = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION --Labroisse = COLOR CORRECTION --Lee = COLOR CORRECTION --Lipfert = COLOR CORRECTION --Maushake = COLOR CORRECTION >>Moxy = NEW SKIN ++Pfeil = CONVERTED TO 2K >>Razwald = NEW SKIN --Vikner = COLOR CORRECTION HalberstadtCL2: --Britchot = COLOR CORRECTION --E. Davjack = COLOR CORRECTION >>Jaus = NEW SKIN ++Klaiber = CONVERTED TO 2K / MARKING ADJUSTMENT / COLOR CORRECTION ++Vonrd = CONVERTED TO 2K HalberstadtCL2au: --Britchot = COLOR CORRECTION --E. Davjack = COLOR CORRECTION >>Jaus = NEW SKIN ++Klaiber = CONVERTED TO 2K / MARKING ADJUSTMENT / COLOR CORRECTION ++Vonrd = CONVERTED TO 2K PfalzD3a: ++AngryGoat = CONVERTED TO 2K >>Barton = NEW SKIN --Britchot = COLOR CORRECTION <<Butzzell - ALPHA LAYER ADDED --Dudley = COLOR CORRECTION / MARKING FIX --E. Davjack = COLOR CORRECTION --Etzel = COLOR CORRECTION ++Greif = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++Heinrich = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J4_Early = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J4_Late = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J6_Early = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J6_Late = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J10_Camo = CONVERTED TO 2K ++J10_Early = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J10_Late = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J11_Early = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++J11_Late = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++Jaus = MARKING FIX / CONVERTED TO 2K ++Klaiber = CONVERTED TO 2K --Labroisse = COLOR CORRECTION --Lee = COLOR CORRECTION --Lipfert = COLOR CORRECTION --Maushake = COLOR CORRECTION --Moxy = COLOR CORRECTION >>Razwald = NEW SKIN --Vikner = COLOR CORRECTION --Vonrd = COLOR CORRECTION SE5a ++AngryGoat = CONVERTED TO 2K ++Britchot = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++Klaiber = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION SopCamel ++AngryGoat = CONVERTED TO 2K ++Britchot = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++Klaiber = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION SopDolphin ++AngryGoat = CONVERTED TO 2K / ALPHA LAYER ADDED ++Britchot = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++Klaiber = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION Spad13 ++AngryGoat = CONVERTED TO 2K / ALPHA LAYER ADDED ++Britchot = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION ++Hotlead = CONVERTED TO 2K ++Klaiber = CONVERTED TO 2K / COLOR CORRECTION U2VS N/A
  22. 7 points
    What is your current Timezone: US Central Standard Time (CST) Do you have a Joystick or HOTAS? I have a very basic Logitech 3D Pro w/ Twist rudder and plastic throttle tumb-rotor - luckily it also has hat-switch and base buttons for engine management controls and a weapon trigger. Do you have TeamSpeak installed, as well as a working microphone? No Teamspeak currently as I mostly use discord, however I can and will install Teamspeak again - I used to use it for many iRacing leagues between 2013-2016 Do you have TrackIR, or a FreeTrack system for view control? I do have a TrackIR and an Occulus CV-1 VR headset - it suffers from some poor quality head tracking issue that may be due to damage, though, so I would most likely be using the TrackIR instead. What sims are you currently flying? IL:2 Great battles series - Battles of Stalingrad and Kuban mostly, as well as pickup matches in War Thunder (A bit more arcade-oriented but not terrible) How did you hear about JG1? Through the 2Old4Forza Sim racing community inviting me to Race in the JG1 Sim racing league - and then realizing that the community was mostly flight sim oriented and discussing my setup a bit with Britchot on Discord! Is there anything else that you'd like us to know? I'm probably a bit more capable in the 4-wheeled vehicles than I am in the winged ones! I've been passionate about Military history and WWII era aviation for a very long time; have dabbled in many Simulators but never been part of an active squadron or done more than dipping my toe into some of the Larger IL:2 Great battles servers. I would most likely need some coaching to grow into a pilot that was helpful to the Geschwader rather than a more casual lazy-boy tumbling my way across the skies; but would love to learn and grow while still having fun with everybody! Due to the current COVID Situation I am laid off and my main source of income is now instructing racing students remotely on the simulators from home, so my schedule may be a bit odd and inconsistent at times as well; just to have that out front in case it's an issue.
  23. 7 points
    Butzzell

    FiF Spring Campaign

    Salute to the Flight Sim Community. Normally we would be offering Flanders in Flames Spring Campaign. Unfortunately we are not going forward with FiF at this time. The recent changes to the DM have created a huge disparity in plane survivability. We have made a commitment to FC as being the next generation WW I flight sim but do not want to put forward an event based on a sim with obvious problems. The developers are aware of the situation and are actively seeking a solution to the DM problem. Hopefully it will be fixed soon. At that time we will re-evaluate. Thank you for your support and understanding.
  24. 7 points
    Razwald

    Zuper VR!

    Lets all chip in on one. We can keep it at my house for safe keeping.
  25. 7 points
    Kliegmann

    Europe in Flames

    After FIF tomorrow, I would like to test the WWII tourney, EIF (Europe in Flames). Most of the pieces I have verified as working, so I want to load up a server with pilots and see what happens to the mission. Things to test 1. At mission start each side has a "Destroy enemy building" icons located at intersections of 4 sectors (ie: 2204, 2205, 2304, 2305). This indicates a target is located somewhere within 1 of those four sectors. The side only needs to fly near one of the targets, then they get a message "Enemy target has been found", and the old icon disappears, and the true target icon appears. These need to be verified as working. 2. I need suicide, err, I mean dare-devil pilots, to attack an airfield. Each airfield has fuel depots, ammo depots, and a HQ base (almost ALWAYS located off base, near a nearby city). If you kill all the fuel depots at an airbase, the enemy pilots can no longer refuel at that base. Killing the ammo depots stops rearming, and killing the HQ no longer allows the pilot to heal their wounds. 3. The player ground war elements need to be tested as well.
  26. 7 points
    McDonnell

    New Application

    Hullo All, Coming back to flightsims after years away as a result of an introduction to FC from a friend. I play a few detailed sims with steep learning curves and have always found that it's best to learn from experienced players to get the most out of the simulation and the epxerience so I'm applying to Join JG1 What is your Timezone? UTC Do you have a joystick or HOTAS? HOTAS Do you have TeamSpeak installed, as well as a working microphone? YES Do you have TrackIR, or a FreeTrack system for view control? TrackIR What sims are you currently flying? FC, BOS, RoF How did you hear about JG1? A member (Archibald) is a friend and I've played a lot of other sims with him. Is there anything else that you'd like us to know? Happy to engage and be as active and helpful as possible. Good luck all. McDonnell
  27. 7 points
    Anstennje Sause

    Application

    What is your Timezone? - CET (Germany) Do you have a joystick or HOTAS? - VKB Gunfighter Mk.II MCG / X-52 Pro Throttle Do you have TeamSpeak installed, as well as a working microphone? - No TeamSpeak (but shouldn't be a problem to install) and yes, I have a microphone. Do you have TrackIR, or a FreeTrack system for view control? - TrackIR 4 What sims are you currently flying? - Mostly DCS L-39, once MiG-21, sometimes MiG-15 and Yak-52 How did you hear about JG1? - ED forums Is there anything else that you'd like us to know? - Based in Eastern Germany, I'm highly interested in the history, planes and tactics of our former air force. I used to fly the MiG-21 once (about 500 flight hours) but at the moment I'm flying the L-39 (a lot) and the Yak-52 (a little). Flight dynamics, flight and control techniques and navigation tasks are just as interesting to me as weapons delivery. If I have the time, I try to read and learn a lot out of historic original documents, to get to know how the "ancestors" have done it... Thanks for reading
  28. 7 points
    Adler_Blau

    FiF Teams

    FIF is going in new sim, some will gone, some will come. Its too early to have a decision about it. But i can say exactly the we have to use ROF core in FIF.
  29. 7 points
    DeFreest Larner

    Larner's Last Stand

    In which I dive into a 20+ plane furball and immediately regret my decision: On a side note, watching back Hotlead's stream after the night, was very happy to see Gen mention a "93rd SPAD"! Would hate to be lumped in with that US103 lot, ya'know? Was also really cool that Gen noticed the number. I actually officially fly No. 0, but 24 is my "other other SPAD"
  30. 7 points
  31. 7 points
    Greif

    Application for FC squadron

    What is your Timezone? CET Do you have a joystick or HOTAS? Yes Do you have TeamSpeak installed, as well as a working microphone? Microphone: Yes. TS not installed, but obviously that can be done Do you have TrackIR, or a FreeTrack system for view control? VR Oculus CV1 What sims are you currently flying? IL-2 FC mostly. I fly WW2 planes from time to time when I want to feel that comparatively unlimited power compared to WW1 planes, but nothing serious for the moment How did you hear about JG1? Via IL-2 forum Is there anything else that you'd like us to know? Sure: I love anything about flying IRL and have dabbled with flight sims on and off previously, and I have very fond memories of the careers I flew in Red Baron (shows my age: generation X). Nonetheless, I consider myself an enthusiastic beginner in Flying Circus. As indicated, my timezone is CET (from the Netherlands) my availability for playing is during the weekend, on Fridays from time to time and during the week after 20:00 CET. I would love to have a group of fellow pilots that are interested in flying somewhat regularly to have fun and that would also like to improve functioning as a team/squadron. Ideally a team of not too many people that can fly together somewhat regularly so that the team members get to know each others' style and strengths. I am fine with flying Entente as well as Central, though I must admit that I do find the Central planes just that tad cooler (fite me, preferably in a dogfite : ) In case this plays a role: I am fine with speaking English, French, Dutch, and if you are willing to tolerate my rusty language skills, German (I'd actually find that quite fun to give that a try)
  32. 7 points
    Klaiber

    Firefly's video archive

    Found this on the Eagle Dynamics forums: https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=254502 Great cockpit shots of a MiG-21bis.
  33. 7 points
    S! All We had a mission with no big disco dump. We still do not know what caused the discos. We will run the same mission on December 7. Even map. Blue team will be Entente and Red team will be Central. This will be the final mission for this campaign.😥 Sorry we have had these problems. FiF is in transition to Flying Circus. For those that want to see a preview, after the Dec 7th session of FiF the server will be changed over to an FiF Flying Circus mission. It will take about 10 minutes to change it over. More about this next week.
  34. 7 points
    Klaiber

    Vikner in fire danger

    I've heard from Vikner. He and his family are safe. His home and community were protected from the fires by a river and a vineyard (which made it hard for the fire to cross to him). There was serious concern about embers jumping the water line, however. But the fire seems to have burnt out a lot of stuff to the east of him and is moving on. Thankfully, the eastern area doesn't have a lot of structures or people. All in all, he said it was a very stressful week. I've encouraged him to post on the boards to let everyone know that he's okay.
  35. 6 points
    Pfeil

    BoX update out !!!

    Did you expect some? The improvements are replacing the alternative visibility server setting. What did change is that you can set the MSAA to 8x. Looks nice but you will get a fps hit. For me it went from 144 to 130-135 fps. As for visibility I can see on the J5 Flugpark from Beugnatre a dogfight going on over Arras. Not bad I think. The aircraft are more visible over the front and dont blend with the lanscape textures that much.
  36. 6 points
    Vogel

    Microsoft Flight Simulator Back.

    @Firefly Seeing as you mentioned it I thought I'd check out Warsaw from the airfield you listed. How does this look for a comparisson? Perhaps not quite the perfect position for a 1-1 comparisson but close enough I'd wager. This isn't a "hand crafted" location either, the building/tree placement is purely auto-gen based off of satellite imagery.
  37. 6 points
    Vogel

    Microsoft Flight Simulator Back.

    Have you gents had much chance to do some flying? I'm hooked, been flying all over the place. Been doing the Yosemite bush challenge, flying VFR in the Cub which was very gratifying. No radios, no GPS. Just you in the most basic aircraft you've ever set eyes on... and a MAP. Completed the first leg with no issues, great fun! Note: I'm flying on primarily "high" settings, with a few "ultra" for things like volumetric clouds at 1080p resolution. Getting upwards of 75-80FPS here. Can recommend flying out of Innsbruck to Fusen, via the Neuschwanstein castle. I visited Fusen a couple years back with my dad on our motorcycles, the place looks spot on. Could even spot the location of the restaurant we had some amazing salmon before heading back! Really spectacular terrain flying through the alps. If you do the flight in the Icon A5 you can also make a water landing on the lake just next to the town. Flying out of Reykjavik was pretty spetacular too, the tonal variations in the terrain over there are crazy good looking. Oh, and here's my house! We've got a couple of trees by the house, but the AI really went overboard here lol. Fun fact, when we moved here in 1996, there was part of a BAC Lightning fuselage in the field to the right of the house. I'm afraid for my wallet, I feel like I'm about to dive down a rabbit hole with an infinite number of terrain/scenery and aircraft packs soon to start releasing. Already bought the ORBX pack for Innsbruck airport and the city itself, was tempted to get another but have to restrain myself for the time being!
  38. 6 points
    Firefly

    World's finest airshow

    Day 3:
  39. 6 points
    Afternoon, all! I'm proud to finally be able to publicly release the Third Pursuit Group's NEW AND IMPROVED skin pack! Featuring a mix of 25 historical skins and the new US93 / US103 SPADs have a whole host of aesthetic improvements and are looking better than ever! The first release here will be the CORE skin-pack, which has the personal skins as well as a good chunk of the historical 103rd and 93rd aero squadron aircraft. I hope in future to release a second pack with the rest of the 103rd / 93rd, as well as the historical 28th and 213th aero squadron skins! Note: These skins are intended to fully replace the old 3rd P.G skins (both historical and fictional). Please feel free to delete the old 3rd Pursuit Group skins (both fictional and historical). Our historical squadrons are the 28th, 93rd, 103rd and 213th - just so you know which ones to get rid of! More info on the historical research and work put into these skins can be found Here! DOWNLOAD HERE (Readme is there for 3PG pilots) Markings and insignia of the Third Pursuit Group explained in the spoiler below:
  40. 6 points
    DeFreest Larner

    Make me a skin! ...please? :D

    Update 4.006 is going to be introducing new lighting effects / reactions for the aircraft of IL2 - essentially, planes are going to look nicer when they 'shine' (probably not the best explanation 😬). The good news is, that 'wet metal' look should be getting replaced, so the new effects should look closer to doped linen when translated to FC! Yay! The bad news, is that Jason has said that Alpha layers may need adjusted to match the new effects. We won't know exactly until we see them, but all FC skins might be affected to the point of Alpha layers needing re-done. the update should be out either today or tomorrow. Side note: It should be updating FC's current DM as well! Fingers crossed the wing-shedding is less of an issue! @127Tom Skins take time and effort to do. Lots of time, and lots of effort. Our unit's new skins (3rd P.G) are about three or four months in the making now, and I'm sure JG1's skins have been similarly time-consuming to make. Not to mention that that particular design on an Albatros is going to be especially difficult to make. You can either sit patiently and wait for Gen to get your skin done, as he so generously offered to do, or you can learn to make skins yourself...
  41. 6 points
    J5_Baeumer

    FiF Teams

    Love is a delicate thing. So too are side balances in campaigns. See how things sort out this time. Everyone will understand that adjustments may need to be made later. I seem to recall that the side swapping only came into being in response to the RoF FM/DM changes being perceived as making the plane sets very inequitable. Now with FC (and the resurrection of allied Entente players and new units due to the much improved and more equitable plane sets in FC compared to RoF) it may even be possible to consider at some point in the future the possibility to going back to Central vs Entente to build each sides familiarity flying with long lost brothers and sisters (could still swap sides of too many people would still want to continue doing that).
  42. 6 points
    Lipfert

    Noice.....

  43. 6 points
    US103_Tobin

    FiF Teams

    I wanna be on purple team. They have chicken, beer, cake and wine! 😄
  44. 6 points
    Labroisse

    LadyBrit Application

    Welcome aboard Ladybrit. Watch out for our squadron X.O.
  45. 6 points
    S! All, Just want to wish all JG1 pilots and all ROF/FC pilots (from the flight sim community) some great Holidays and a Happy New Year! Please take a few moments before the New Year to remember all veterans from WW1, WW2 and wars that gave us our freedom... Best wishes to all! Gen Photo: the legendary Manfred Von Richthofen—better known as the “Red Baron” — Photo: Manfred Von Richthofen—I think with Jasta 11 pilots — Photo: Richthofen (in the cockpit of an Albatros D.III) pictured with members of Jasta 11. Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen —
  46. 6 points
    Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to hop on Jasta 5's Flying Circus server and test out the Arras Map for the first time. Typically, numbers are around 50 or so people for this event (I have seen server logs listing as many as 120 for one mission last month! 😮). This particular week, numbers were more like 30 or so, but I still had some super cool fights! And hey, just flying around the Arras Map was so much fun in and of itself. 🤩 Here's one particular dogfight I got into over the mud: You can view the full livestream here: Flying Circus looks to be taking off gents! I'm super excited to see what the community does with it in the future!
  47. 6 points
    EvLeep

    Pfluuut!

    Klaiber! S!~ I got an email from the IL2 dudes with the new FC info. I dabbled with ROF for a bit awhile ago but had a crappy computer so gave it up. Have a screaming Alienware laptop now so thought I'd try it again when I heard about FC. I actually coined the term "Flanders in Flames" and co-wrote the first rule set. I'm really happy to see it still going on, it's been close to 20 years! I joined JG1 in August 1998 and assumed command of Jasta 4 in April 1999. I think it was Jan 2000 when I assumed command of JG1. I was looking for a good pic of my old D7 and the one with Riv and Willie escorting me home was the only one I could find. Let me get this game downloaded and see if I can fire up my old Cougar and we'll go from there. Good to see you again my friend!
  48. 6 points
    Klaiber

    Pfluuut!

    Holy crap, @EvLeep! It's great to hear from you! I was actually just thinking about you the other day. I was going through some old JG1 and FIF records, and wondered how you were doing. For those who may not know, Leep joined JG1 back in the late 1990s. I wish I could tell you exactly when he joined, but I don't seem to have that record anymore. He was Jasta 4 commander, and eventually served as Richthofen's commander. Leep is also one of the creators of Flanders in Flames, and helped formulate a lot of what became the "JG1 way" of doing things. I do have this, btw: A side view of Leep's D.VII.
  49. 6 points
    Congrats to Maus, Loopy and Gen! Thank you for the beautiful Merit award! It does take away the sting of missing the Red Eagle...💔
  50. 6 points
    DeFreest Larner

    Screenshot art

    Super awesome! The 'Cannon Bore' one is outstanding! Inspired me to try one of my own
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