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Between the 2 of us, we accounted for 6 planes in that sortie, plus the one Sturtz got.  You should look at the Wargrounds server stats when you have time; all of us, and the enemies too....it shows a

Not a lot of people know this, but US103rd_Larner acted as the model for the British rear gunner  😄

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Luft,,, I should have stayed on your six when you dove in instead of sticking with Hotlead. Next time holler at me to follow you and we can drag and bag a few .

 

I didn't expect that either, Sturtz, although you would have been welcomed.  I knew you could go either way, but since HL was the flight leader, you make the correct decision.

 

In any engagement, flights are expected to get separated at some point.  Just think of that R.E.8 as a part of a very large engagement.  He was passing through the general area, which is why the whole situation evolved in the first place.  Technically I did the wrong thing by telling HL I was breaking off, instead of asking.  Most people know I play things a little loose and go rogue now and then.  However, I have little doubt HL would have had any objection anyway; we both understand one another very well and I think we both knew we could handle our situations separately....at least that was the plan.

 

In the end I stayed alive by bravely running like smoke and oakum at the first opportunity   :)

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Salute all! Got started a little late last evening (what with Windows updates and ROF updates erasing some of my default settings) but hey - better late than never! :D We got the good, the bad, and the ugly sorties all in one stream this evening lol...enjoy! :)



 




 



NOTE: Had some initial sound issues in the first part of the stream where you could only hear my voice in one headphone. We got that fixed mid-way through the stream. ;)



 



Also, as of next Thursday, we are going to be switching solely to the Cuban-Syndicate connection server. We'll test-drive that for a few weeks, and if it all seems to work well, we'll keep the Thursday night fly-in there. We appreciate your feedback and wish to make this as fun as possible for you all!



 



Until next time!



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Hi Guys,

Excuse me for intruding into JG1 airspace, it seems numbers have dropped quite a lot over the last 2 weeks with just 10-12 last week.

Do realise it's getting into Summer for most of you and FiF is ongoing at the moment, but we'd still like to keep the Thursday night fly-in going.

 

To that end and perhaps being slightly provocative  ;)  here some links to live comms videos from the last 2 weeks mostly featuring JG1 and 103rd. 

Looking forward to seeing JG1 in the air soon!

 

1. US103 Over Arras 2: 'Say Hello To Mr Lewis'

Featuring JG1_R.Recon in a Gotha fighting off myself and Hobbs

https://youtu.be/JIkNgZaF9a0

 

2. US103 Over Arras 3: Revenge!

JG1_Butzzell in an Albatros takes down Parsons. Hobbs and I chase, intent on revenge.

https://youtu.be/tCtlaurfqHY

 

3. US103 Over Montdidier (1): When SPADs Ruled The Skies

AngryGoat's lone D7f bravely takes on 5 SPADs

https://youtu.be/ZZ40zgPss04

 

4.  US103 Over Montdidier (2): Another Fokker Down

The 5 SPADS meet another lone D7f. Sounds fair!

https://youtu.be/Ea0-uhde0BU

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Hi Guys,

Excuse me for intruding into JG1 airspace, it seems numbers have dropped quite a lot over the last 2 weeks with just 10-12 last week.

Do realise it's getting into Summer for most of you and FiF is ongoing at the moment, but we'd still like to keep the Thursday night fly-in going.

 

To that end and perhaps being slightly provocative  ;)  here some links to live comms videos from the last 2 weeks mostly featuring JG1 and 103rd. 

Looking forward to seeing JG1 in the air soon!

 

 

Well chaps, thats a red rag to a bull!

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Been gone Thursdays and Fridays a lot....reserving time for FiF on Saturdays.  Sure would like to see 103rd back in FiF, but this week's is the last one for a long while.  Hopefully the week day situation will change.

 

Great work in the videos, Baer.  I always enjoy your videos.  I didn't remember that you were PaulLMF.  Keep on making them, I don't take the time to film and upload much anymore.

 

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Great videos fellas! Love seeing it from the "other" side.

 

I remember that fight. I don't normally fly Gotha but needed to bomb a big factory. I saw you below and that's when I established that the hole in the midsection of a gotha is mostly useless haha. Good fight. I think if you didnt have to reload on that second attempt from under I would certainly have gone down.

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Thanks all for the encouraging comments.

RL has hit us too but hopefully we can get 4-5 planes up each week for the next little while.

 

@Ricky Recon New sig huh..but yeah, that Gotha hole is ineffective from the OH lewis angle. Tbh I find human- flown Gothas pretty easy from below unless i make a mistake. The AI however do that gentle left-right roll thing which makes it hard to stay in the blindspot.

 

@Luftritter Not sure why we don't have a presence in FiF, will ask the guys and try get some in the next event. The timezone won't work for me unfortunately - kick off is 1 or 2am here. Btw thanks to your videos i have a nice smooth handling Nieuport 11/17 now, so those kind of things do have a good shelf life.

 

Salute All. See you in the air

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Salute all! After a few months' absence, I've reentered the fray once again. Glad to see Thursday nights still going! :D



 



Had an awesome time scanning the skies and facing some stiff competition with the US103rd! You guys were good when I left, but I would dare say that you've all gotten even better! Very good cohesion & teamwork!



 



After the serious flying, I went and had a series of hilarious duels on New Fliers and Friends. Apparently my Camel and DH.4 skills need to be dusted off lol.



 



Anyway, you can catch the livestream here:




 



Also, you can get a view from the other side with US103_Baer's excellent YouTube stream here:




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Salute all!

 

Was quite the interesting night on Wargrounds this evening!

 

You can see my archived livestream here:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/333440900

 

You can also see US103_Baer's livestream from the Entente perspective here:

 

(Twitch stream 0:00:00 - 1:03:48)

We started off with some super high-alt attempts to engage the US103rd in our Pfalz D.XIIs, Fokker D.VIIfs...and Dr 1s. (We dragged poor AngryGoat up to nosebleed altitude in his Dr 1. Upon his return to our lines, we were only able to stave off the effects of severe hypoxia with craft beer and assurances that we wouldn't do that to his beloved Dr 1 again. :lol:)

 

(Twitch stream 1:07:00 - 2:16:28)

Following that, we headed to the claustrophobic skies of winter Cappy, where JG1 and J30 teamed up to try some 2 seater formations with Halberstadt CL.2s and Rolands. Had some interesting run-ins with the US103rd once more, and some entertaining dogfights with a brave man flying a Sopwith Triplane and one particular Cuban gentleman in a SPAD 7.

 

(Twitch stream 2:18:00 - 2:39:00)

I then decamped to NFF in search of some PvP action. No luck, so I took an S-22 and tried to brush up on my level bombing. After the bombs were dropped, I attempted to dogfight the AI in my trusty Russian passenger plane. :P

 

(Twitch stream 2:40:00 - end)

Still searching for PvP action, I returned to Wargrounds determined to have some fun. One life to live was earlier; now it's time to live like there's no tomorrow! Thus, we took a hypnosis-inducing paintscheme in our gun-packed DH.4 and attempted to draw some planes into a fight. After that, it was back to NFF for some really hilarious dogfighting action with some dedicated Camel pilots, including the one and only Voodoo! (Several collisions may have been involved...my apologies, Herr Voodoo!)

 

All in all...I had way too much energy last night. This is what happens when I take a 3 hour nap in the afternoon. :P:lol:

 

Big salute to the US103rd! You guys are maintaining your discipline and cohesion. But you still manage to have fun, which really is why we fly this sim. (On that note, seeing Parsons demonstrate low-altitude bombing techniques at 0:09:35 on Baers YouTube stream is the funniest thing I've seen in ROF livestreams for a while lol!)

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Was funny watching 'Larner's amazing disappearing SPAD trick' from the Bosche perspective - I was glad to see those 3 Pfalzes swing back towards Hunland ;)

 

 

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.... I took an S-22 and tried to brush up on my level bombing. After the bombs were dropped, I attempted to dogfight the AI in my trusty Russian passenger plane. :P....

 

Much was said about the number of reloads the single Lewis needed on the S-22.  The original number of rounds in a Lewis gun was 47 rounds.  Later, the double drum (97 rounds) was developed.  I believe all planes in RoF must have the 97-round drums, other than the S-22, which is an early war plane.

 

Also, you were chatting with a twitch follower about the ease the game allows for "lifting a double Lewis and changing firing positions".  If you'll recall, all of the double Lewis' are on a ring mount, and don't have to be moved to different firing positions.  At the same time, their field of fire is somewhat more limited than the single Lewis (which needs to change firing positions to cover 360 degrees).  Obviously, most gunners would agree that the more limited field of fire is far less of a disadvantage than having to re-position the gun every 90 degrees.

 

In most cases, the historical accuracy of RoF is pretty good.   ;)

 

Thanks for posting the videos, they provide hours of serious and many times humorous entertainment.  I find myself laughing out loud!

 

Thank you!

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Thanks Luft! Glad you're enjoying the streams!  B) Good point about the Lewis guns. Now that you mention it, I don't think I've ever seen the twin guns mounted on a pole in the back; only the single version. Like you said, I'd personally take the ring mount and double guns any day over the single gun and switchable firing point. Also, the Lewis gun on the S-22 did take some getting used to. Guess I've been spoiled by the 97 round Lewis guns lol. :lol:

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