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Well, it was an awesome night, with the server very much alive indeed! After some delightful massed formation engagements, I went on to Flying Circus 1 for my first time. I have to say that I am impressed, even though it is still very much a work in progress. Expect to see me there more often after Thursday nights! 

 

Here is last night's livestream on Twitch:
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/352006304

 

I won't be able to make next Thursday due to having family over for Christmas, but the event will still be open for anyone who wants to join on Wargrounds!  icon_e_wink.gif

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Yes it is very true that this gentleman is a class act.  Whenever I've heard the commentary become heated, he's never joined in or disrespected an opponent.  Personally I'm as guilty of sounding obnoxious on comms as anybody out there, when things get dicey; or even acting in a way strangers would see as offensive (kill monger).  But Sir Baer's attitude is what I would aspire to, in my fondest wishes.  S! to as honorable a foe as there is out there!

 

About that, I should probably apologise to you guys for about 97% of what I fire off on comms...obnoxious is a good word for it ;) 

 

 

I won't be able to make next Thursday due to having family over for Christmas, but the event will still be open for anyone who wants to join on Wargrounds!  icon_e_wink.gif

 

 

 

Your presence shall be missed - enjoy the family do! 

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We spent a lot of time up high last mission. We were able to get our Pfalzes up to about 6k...but this did not satisfy JG1_Vikner, however. He proceeded to shoot for the moon...and clawed his way all the way up to a historic 8 kilometers high. O_o 


 


Not a whole lot of engagements that night, but good teamwork and excellent formation flying to all involved! default_smile.gif


 


After this, a few of us decamped to Flying Circus where I ended my evening with a twisting, turning dogfight in my SPAD against a gallant Pfalz D.IIIa. I haven't had that much fun in a SPAD in a long time! 


 


I'll see you all on Wargrounds next Thursday! default_salute.gif


 


https://www.twitch.tv/videos/358523213


 


(Also, here is the view from the Allied perspective, courtesy of US103_Baer):



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Last night, JG1 decided to switch things up to keep it fresh. The previous Thursday, we were up at 6k. This Thursday, we were down in the weeds in our bombers, pushing the objectives! We had a very successful night on the first map, turning it around in very quick fashion - not to mention scoring some air kills along the way! The next map was Metz. Traditionally, the Huns are supposed to be relegated to stooging around their own lines to stave off the inevitable bombing offensive from the Allies. Well, we decided that we'd had enough of that. It was time to take the fight to the enemy!  B)  Thus, we lifted off in our trusty Rolands and Halberstadts and bombed out their airfields. Not in a long time have the Allied hangars burned in Metz as they did that night! Although the casualties for us were high, we managed to shut down both of their airfields (although not simultaneously as we had hoped). 

 

After all this, we decamped to Flying Circus for some fun dogfight action on the JG1 server. Really looking forward to the future of this title! 

 

All in all, it was a fun night! Big salute to all who came out and filled the skies! We'll catch you next week on Cuban's server! :)

 

Here is the archived livestream:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/362031209

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Salute guys! I got on about an hour late, but got to participate in some nice furballs on the first map before we switched over to Gothas in the next map. We got 5 Gothas in a high-altitude formation at one point and level bombed an airfield, which was good fun! After this, I switched to Il-2 and tried some tanks. Conclusion? I suck as a tanker! :lol: To cap it all off, I went to Flying Circus and had some really entertaining 1 on 1 duels with a gentleman named GCF. Good fun! Reminded me a lot of the Bier Stein competition we did a few years back. (Maybe we should do it again sometime? Hint...hint...) 

 

You can see the archived livestream here:


 

See you guys on Cuban's server next Thursday! :)

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It was interesting for sure! Work + college studies combined to make me a bit late again, but once I joined I got right into the action! Low overcast ceilings made for some very interesting fighting for sure! Bristols bombing targets down low, Dolphins causing mayhem at the cloud base, and SPADs lurking in the clear blue above - no matter where we went, there was action! icon_mad.gif Afterwards, Butzzell, Dudley, and I were joined by Baer as we tested out the new Camel's capabilities in Flying Circus. Our conclusion? The Camel there seems to have a pretty shocking flat flight to instant climb ability! Most engagements, I could handle 2 foes simultaneously and have a good shot at winning; when I was 1 on 1 with anyone, I could pretty much outclimb, outturn, and outspeed them. Dare I say it...but I think it may need to be nerfed juuust a tad. [Takes cover and puts on steel brodie helmet.] Not to the extent it was in ROF, but maybe just taken down a bit? Or perhaps it's fine and the competition (looking at you, Dr 1 and Pfalz) needs to be buffed just a bit. 

 

Following this, I had some entertaining Camel on Camel duels with GCF!

 

You can see the archived livestream here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/373212474

 

See you guys on Wargrounds next Thursday! icon_e_salute.gif

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Last night started with...Metz. Ugh. Since we'd been on that map quite a few times recently, JG1 decided to trade German fighters for Allied bombers and knock out all the targets to roll the map as soon as possible. There was level-bombing, dive-bombing, and even some epic Handley-Page-vs-the-world dogfights!


 


Afterwards, we returned to the German side of life and had some good coordinated patrols. All of us scored some good kills; personally, I ended up adding 2 more victories to my One Life to Live streak and my wingmen and I RTB'd safely afterwards. Well done lads! 


 


After that, it was off to Flying Circus for some more dogfighting tests between the SPADs, Camels, Dr 1s, and D.IIIas. Really looking forward to the new planes, they'll add some new flavor to the dogfighting scene! smile.png


 


Anyway, here's the archived livestream: 


https://www.twitch.tv/videos/376927864


 


See you all on Cuban's next Thursday! icon_e_salute.gif


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We had a highly-eventful night that started off with a bang...quite literally lol! (I crashed into JG1_Butzzell while we were maneuvering for a shot on Baer. This was totally my fault and could have been avoided.) However, up until that point, our 4 ship Halberstadt flight did very well against enemies from above, shooting one down and sending Baer away with bullet holes and more than likely picking pieces of Halberstadt out of his flying scarf. :lol:

 

Afterwards, JG1 switched to flying Albatrosses and patrolled over enemy lines, bursting balloons and looking for trouble. I had one moment where I dove on a Nieuport 17 and then he completely disappeared, probably due to disconnection from the server. We concluded the evening in Rise of Flight by facing off against SPADs in a well-fought draw and then returning to base. Despite my dumb collision earlier in the evening, I managed to add 1 enemy aircraft and 1 balloon to my latest "streak," so we shall see how it goes from there. 

 

In Flying Circus, Butzzell, Talbot, and I conducted more outfighting tests with the Dr 1 and found that it seems to have an advantage over the Camel in a left turn, when both are loaded with 50% fuel. We also discovered what may be my new signature move...you'll have to watch the stream to find out. :P

 

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/380785369

 

See you next week on Wargrounds! :)

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Had a good time last night! Started things out with high-alt patrols and flying the Fokker D.VIIF, which I haven't done for a while! Still debating whether I like it or the D.XII better for high altitude operations. Then, I took the Albatros D.Va for some lower altitude defense options...and ended that by unceremoniously smashing into I_Got_Shot's Camel from behind. No excuse for that really; I got too greedy. Sorry about that mate! :(


 


Afterwards, I ran some tests in Quick Mission about the best way to attack a Felixstowe and live to tell the tale. (Hint: It ain't from directly above and behind! tongue.png 


 


Finally, I went to New Fliers and Friends for some entertaining dogfights between myself, Larner, and Baer. DH.2s, Fokker E.IIIs, Nieuports, Rolands, Strutters, Halberstadts...had a lot of fun puttering around in those old birds! biggrin.png


 


You can see the archived livestream here:


https://www.twitch.tv/videos/384625244


 


See you all on Cuban's server next week! icon_e_salute.gif

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Hey guys, here is the (belated) Twitch stream of last Thursday's fly-in from the German perspective! College hit me like a ton of bricks with final papers for 2 separate classes...both due tonight. I had prepared for it as best I could, but it still took me out of social life for the last several days. Got the last one submitted tonight...whew! :lol:

 

Anyway, here's last Thursday's stream:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/388350249

 

Thank-you to Cuban for the interesting map choices you continue to offer us twice a month! Between Wargrounds and your server, Thursday nights continue to be engaging!  B)

 

I'll catch you guys on Wargrounds this Thursday! :)

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Salute all! Had a lot of fun last night! 

 

JG1 started by conducting patrols over the mud and enemy lines with inconclusive results. Unfortunately, the map ended a few minutes too early, as we were practically diving on the tails of several bandits! Ah well, C'est la vie. Another time, perhaps.  icon_mad.gif

 

Afterwards, the map rolled to Metz, so it was time to defend our targets! JG1 took off in Pfalz D.XIIs and encountered lots of action over our side of the lines, including a dramatic furball between SPADs, Se5as, a Handley Page, and ourselves. 

 

Lots of fun and a big salute  icon_e_salute.gif to everyone who showed up last night! 

 

Following Metz, JG1 switched over to Flying Circus to try out the brand spankin' new Dolphin and Fokker D.VII! 

 

You can watch the archived livestream here:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/392036792

 

We will see you all again next week on Cuban's server! 

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For whatever reason, my livestream was really laggy due to network issues and I had to stop streaming after about 12 minutes. Since Baer was on holiday as well, this means no livestreams of last night's action. sad.png

 

Despite this, we had a lot of really awesome engagements last night! JG1 conducted multiple patrols, encountering the Brits behind their lines, within our lines, and everywhere in between! 

 

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Of course the highlight of the night was a massive furball in no man's land. A simple bouncing of a 3 ship flight of Dolphins snowballed into a ginormous dogfight featuring 1 flight of Dolphins, 1 flight of Se5as, 1 flight of 103rd SPADs, and 2 flights of JG1 Pfalz D.XIIs. Took my hands a few minutes to quit shaking after that one!

 

See you all on Wargrounds next Thursday! icon_e_salute.gif

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Salute all! Sorry about getting the stream posted up late; here it is:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/399157460

 

Started out last Thursday by gunning for JG1_Jocassee and then flying a rather uneventful patrol in the Albatros D.Va, adding one more sortie to my scout pilot streak. Following that, I decided, "Hey, I wanna do a recon! I mean, how hard could it be?" Thusly, I lifted off in a Halberstadt CL.II to accomplish said mission...only to find over the target that my absentminded gunner forgot to bring his camera. (Totally my gunner's fault...nothing to do with the pilot.) That meant we had to go old-fashioned and start drawing what we saw. Halfway through this time-consuming endeavor, an enterprising Se5a found us. The result? Timestamp 1:03:00 tells the tale...icon_mad.gif icon_e_deadman.gif icon_eek.gif

 

After this encounter, we conducted fighter sweeps per protocol. We lost some pilots, the Allies lost some pilots...all in all a pretty fair exchange of blows! icon_e_salute.gif

 

Finally, I went to Flying Circus to try out the new Fokker D.VIIF. I conclude that it is a beautiful aircraft, capable of turning a mediocre pilot into a great one. It is excellent at altitude and still very capable of punishing Allied opponents who get careless around it at low altitude. Personally, I agree with Larner that it is slightly better than ROF, as in the engine seems to last longer when blasted (which is still a regular occurrence for the Flying Circus model) and the plane has better wing durability. The D.VIIF can also outclimb the SPAD, true to what I believe is historical form. However, the SPAD still reigns when it comes to diving away and sheer speed. I think that if most server operators limit these planes while offering unlimited standard D.VIIs, this will make for a good historical representation. 

 

Anyway, those are my thoughts. See you all on Cuban's server next week! icon_e_salute.gif (Depending on availability, I may or may not be able to make it.)

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Here's the livestream from last Thursday:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/422756027

 

After a long absence, it was great to be back in action last Thursday! Jastas 10 and 11 took to the skies in Albatros D.IIs. Our first mission was to take out two enemy balloons that had been giving our troops in the trenches grief. Afterwards, we patrolled the lines, intercepting a flight of brave, brave souls flying Fe2bs. This however, spiraled into a larger scrap involving some N.17s. One of them gave me a really rough time, but I got a lucky shot off and knocked his rudder off. 

 

Following that, those of us and the 103rd that remained went over to Flying Circus where we tested out the Pfalz D.IIIa/SPAD XIII, discussed rudder pedals, and traded bullets in a most congenial manner. :lol:

 

Once again, a really great experience! Thanks to all who keep this event going! :D

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@ Hotlead: yup, those things are radiators, regardless of whether they have shutters to close them off, or not.  Coolant (in the case of all WWI water-cooled aircraft: plain water) flows through them, which cools it, and in turn, the engine.  I recently had a laugh when I heard a pilot say that he was "losing glycol" in RoF.  Nope, no such thing in WWI; just plain water.  In fact, in the Fall/Winter/Spring seasons, the mechanics had to completely drain the engines at the end of every flying day, and refill them in the morning, so that the water wouldn't freeze if the outside air temperature dropped below 32 deg. F (0 deg. C) and crack the engine blocks. Imagine that!

 

@ Vik and all: the RoF Alb D.II engine is actually very resistant to blowing it up....you almost can't do it without trying especially hard.  Why?  Because by the time it reaches the redline RPM, the plane is going fast enough that the lift from the wings overcomes the ability of the elevator to keep the nose down (what Vik called "I lost elevator authority").  That reduction in dive steepness in turn keeps the RPM's from going too high....like what is known as a negative feedback loop.  The only way to overcome that and force an overspeed of the engine is to use the rudder to spiral and keep the nose down in the process.  That's not a condition that's easy to duplicate unless specifically trying to do that.  In the case of all types of Albs, that is unique to the D.II's; you will not get such engine robustness in any other model of Alb.  Any D.III or D.Va will easily surpass 1,600 RPM in a dive and blow up; so throttle modulation and dive angle becomes far more important in those planes.

 

Those specific idiosyncrasies that apply to the different Alb types in RoF are probably just the way the FM's turned out, in RoF.  I doubt those specific things will translate to FC.  I can't see that the parameters were that much different in those planes, that would cause those kinds of differences in engine management requirements.  However, in RoF, it is good to know and make use of those idiosyncrasies; both as a user of those planes, and as an opponent to those planes.  It should be very apparent that any Alb, regardless of the reason why, is pretty much incapable of keeping his gunsight on you during a straight-down dive.  If he tries, he will either blow up his engine, or just plain be unable to do so due to his flying characteristics.  Consequently, an experienced Alb pilot will not attempt to do that; instead, he will point his plane ahead of your trajectory and decend at a shallower, more efficient angle, and eventually meet you again, where he can damage you and slow you down, and then be able to finish the kill.

 

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JG1 had a very good night last night! The 103rd and JG1 danced around each other but never engaged each other. Occasionally, we could see the 103rd doing their deadly work in the distance, but things never got close enough for blows. As things were, we had our hands full enough! Metz was claustrophobic as per usual, and I managed to lose a contact just as I dove on him. However, JG1 managed to keep cohesion and unity throughout the whole foggy map, which I was exceedingly pleased to see! Once we hit Verdun, things kicked into gear. Jasta 10 engaged 3 AI N.28s who had the impunity to enter the airspace directly over Sivry and promptly sent them earthwards. Jasta 11 then encountered a lone SPAD who flew with amazing daring and audacity on the deck. Refusing to run, he put up a heroic fight, but was eventually brought down by Labroisse and Vikner. Since he survived, upon our return to base, we made it a priority to invite him to the chateau to dine with the Jagdgeschwader. 

 

Afterwards, we found a train that looked lonely and in need of saving, so we guarded it until it was time for us to RTB. All JG1 pilots involved performed excellently, and Labroisse in particular did well. Due to stellar actions, the following morning I tore a page out of my notebook and placed a recommendation on the desk of our Rittmeister. (Click to enlarge.)

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(Yes...I realize I misspelled "recommend" on the original document. I needed to attend a briefing and was in a hurry. tongue.png ) 

 

Anyway, following that, I went to Flying Circus and had a series of 1 on 1 duels with GCF. He may be one of the most amiable fellows I've ever had the pleasure to duel with and in the course of nearly 10 duels, we never had a collision. Not. Even. One. icon_eek.gif  icon_e_salute.gif A lot of this was due to GCF's deft maneuvering. (That's not to say that stall spins, trees, and the ground ended their fair share of fights for both of us lol!  laugh.png) All in all, it was a very fun evening! smile.png

 

You can watch the livestream in its entirety here:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/425848381

 

See you in the skies on Cuban's server next Thursday! biggrin.png

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Last night's livestream. (Hey, looks like our new forum can embed this stuff now - sweet!)

Synopsis:

We had a mainly-quiet night punctuated by brief periods of action. Jastas 10 and 11 (plus one Jasta 4 pilot) took to the skies and collectively accounted for 3 enemy aircraft destroyed and one balloon. The Allies were a bit understaffed for the duration of the night, so this would probably explain why we didn't see much of them. We did encounter the US103rd very high over their side of the lines and had a fairly tense face-off that never amounted to anything. In the end, we merely grimaced at each other before saluting and parting ways. :lol: 

Our only casualty for the night was myself. :P Basically, I got a little too greedy underneath a wounded and stalling Se5a. Usually, I love it when enemy planes stall in front of me, as it gives me great shots. I didn't realize what was wrong with that sight picture until 1 second too late to dodge away. My demise was very Boelke-like, as my wings slowly peeled off and I plummeted earthward. Ah well. Live and learn! Still a very fun evening. :)

Following the action on Cuban's server, Luftritter and I were joined by US103 memebers Larner, Talbot, and Hunter as we took to the frenzied skies of NFF in Nieuport 28s. Albatrosses, Dr 1s, D.VIIFs, oh my! Whatever action was lacking earlier was more than made up for during those frenetic furballs. 

Had a great time guys! I'll see you next Thursday on Wargrounds! 

PS: An artifact from last night. (Click to enlarge.)

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Here's last Thursday's livestream from the German perspective:

 

Last Thursday was nothing if not action-packed. You can read the details in today's (faux) issue of the Berliner Morgenpost. 

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(Newspaper idea inspired by @US103_Talbot of Thursday night US Bulletin fame.)

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