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Haha, I love this.  Our foes were gracious and their losses not as initial appearances might make them seem.  As for ourselves, we did not shy from our duties to the fatherland  😅  and I believe that given our equipment we did mighty good in the situations we found ourselves in; I challenge any to do better.

Both sides are to be congratulated on an extremely fun time, I think.

S!

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6 hours ago, Vonrd said:

Do you use hat switch? It seems that you use hat until engaged then you switch to TIR. Just wondering.

Yeah, I use TrackIR + a hat switch to look around in normal flight. Once engaged, I go full TrackIR. I turned off the 6 DOF setting so TrackIR wouldn’t track if I leaned forward or to the side. That way, no matter where I might be looking, the instant I bring my view back to the center, my gunsights are perfectly centered. It helps my accuracy in ROF. ;) But, the price I pay is that I lose the ability to check hard to see places by leaning. Thus, I have snap views mapped to my hat to cover all those places. 

Still trying to decide if I want to replicate this in Flying Circus or if I want to go full 6 DOF there. 

 

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You seem to be shooting very well in FC using all 6 dof.  I'd like to try using all 6 dof again, but at this point I'm very set in my ways and don't want to go back to square one when it comes to accuracy.

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Unless I'm performing a bounce, where I have time to align my sights in 6DOF, I just shoot by the seat of my pants.  In WW1 aircraft you're usually so close it hardly matters.  But then again I'm usually flying an Alb and the nipple on the front of the engine serves as a pretty good placeholder for a gun sight.

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On 6/3/2019 at 9:31 AM, US103_Talbot said:

Just have a button that centers to the sights while you hold it.

Sorry, but no.  First you have to hold it and that interferes with handling; and most buttons can jump back and forth if you're not holding even pressure on it all of the time, as in times of increased stress.

Second even that small amount of time will preclude snap shots taken during hard maneuvering.  Also, that sudden move from one point of view to another requires you to have time to readjust your flight path.  Your accurate shot opportunity will often be lost in that interval.  When you are ALWAYS in exactly alignment with your sight, it changes things a ton because it becomes a simpler task aligning vectors with no uncertainty about making corrections when your bullets aren't going exactly where you thought.

It is funny, both HL and I had both come to the same conclusion long ago, and completely without knowledge of each other.  Only later did we discover our common methods, and as far as I'm concerned, that only convinced me all the more.

The person that initially inspired me to take this route was Peter Zvan.  I've never known or talked to him, but I was the recipient of his incredible shooting on plenty of occasions.  He was always a favorite to win fighter competitions, and it was well known that he flew with fixed views only.  I have no idea how he maintained such good SA doing that.

My compromise was a combination of TIR with a fixed home view.  A throwback to the days of 2 dof in early IL2, but a little better. You can actually use 3 of the 6 axis without ever becoming misaligned with your gun sight.

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Here's last Thursday's livestream from JG1's perspective:

Last Thursday was unique in more ways than one! To start things off, I got some time before the "serious stuff" to fly around on NFF. Had some fun in my trusty Albatros D.III against a very aggressive SPAD pilot and actually got to unofficially wing up with one of my Twitch followers, which was a lot of fun! smile.png

Then it was on to JG1's "One Life to Live" flying on Wargrounds with the 103rd, J30, J5, and other friends. I'm pleased to report that JG1 did not lose any aircraft this time up, and accounted for several player-controlled Handley Pages. The aforementioned Handley Pages fought valiantly (one nearly killed me by jettisoning bombs low to the ground!) but with no escort, it was only a matter of time. Meanwhile, the 103rd managed to account for several victories themselves, despite having single-gun SPAD 150s. Also, as usual, J30 continued to menace anyone who so much as looked sideways at them. :lol:

Following that, we all headed over to Cuban's server, which was still running the Eagle of Lille map. Since I missed it on Sunday, I was actually thrilled to see it still up! There, we ended up with 2 massive "lawnmower" dogfights that sprawled across the skies. Good fun everyone! 

We will see you on Wargrounds next Thursday! biggrin.png

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Our time on Wargrounds was a bit abbreviated last Thursday. Nonetheless, we did get some "big wing" formation flying in and had a scrap with the 103rd and friends. As so often happens, they fight ended briefly, with one JG1 pilot's engine being shot out in enemy territory. Some good large-scale maneuvering on both sides! The 103rd had multiple 2 or 3 ship flights spread out covering a wide area of operations behind their lines, which was quite impressive to see. You can catch that all on part I of my stream:

 

After that, we nipped off a little early because the Albatros D.Va and Se5a are now live in Flying Circus!!! So of course, we had to try them. :lol:  I mainly operated the Se5a, with one rather abrupt flight in the Albatros near the end. You can see my first flights with these birds here in part II of my livestream:

 

Finally, I wanted to mention that after a long absence, we were pleased to see JG1_Sturtz drop in and fly a sortie with us on Wargrounds. Salute man, was great to see you airborne again! :) 

We'll catch you on Cuban's server next week! B)

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In response to the untimely demise of a certain US103_Talbot...

French soldiers observed a lone Pfalz D.XII drop the following message from high altitude in a message canister over their lines. The message was quickly forwarded to the 103rd HQ:

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Hey guys! Here is last Thursday’s livestream. I’ve been busy over the weekend, so I’ve posted it up a little later than I usually do. But hey, maybe it’s in time to whet you fine gentlemen’s appetites for tomorrow’s fly in on Wargrounds!:):

Last Thursday’s livestream:

The skies were hot for JG1 last Thursday! Following last week's counteroffensive by German troops, HQ wanted hard evidence that the attack had been successful. So, our first mission was escorting a recon aeroplane piloted by the one and only Dudley von Flederwurst. We spent a good amount of time climbing to altitude within our own lines, but we never even got to the mud before the blasted SPADs sniffed us out. One of our escorting flights was bounced and quickly a chaotic furball ensued.

Albatrosses and SPADs swirling and shooting - pure pandemonium! Kudos to the 103rd for a highly-surprising bounce over our own territory. Nonetheless, as soon as we found ourselves engaged, our pilots performed admirably, damaged planes spiraling down and away to save the aircraft while the undamaged pilots fought a brief rearguard campaign to keep the SPADs at bay. In the chaos, our recon slipped away and managed to photograph 2/3 of the recon objectives and RTB with the pictures. Salute to the cool nerves of sir Dudley! The pictures showed that the offensive had been marginally successful, but that fresh American troops were massing in the reserve trenches to push our lads back. The situation on the ground remains tenuous.

The aircraft that were forced to RTB from last flight then rendezvoused with us to continue a front line patrol. Midway through, I and my wingman Schafer were required to return to base due to low fuel. I turned over the reins to him on the leg home and, winter fog and frozen landmarks notwithstanding, he managed to navigate us all the way to our original aerodrome. Well done!

Then, Butzzell and I lifted off for one more patrol over our own lines. I encountered a very scrappy Hanriot HD.2 and then Butzzell and I found a Felixstowe motoring along the lines. The behemoth floatplane put up a staunch fight, getting some hits on Butzzell. Nonetheless, Herr Butzzell’s guns finished the giant off in fine fashion…with a spectacular explosion! Gotta say, Butzzell knows how to put ‘em away in style. B)

Following that, we transferred to Flying Circus where I put the Albatros D.Va through its paces against the Camel. Still getting a feel for the Alb currently, but I must say, the modeling is nothing short of beautiful. It’s an awesome feeling to sit in the Alb D.Va’s cockpit in Flying Circus. :D

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Here's the look from the Hun side!

Had to say I felt really good about our boys last Thursday. No pilots lost, several enemy aircraft downed, and strategic objectives accomplished. Well done lads! :icon_e_salute:

We were expecting to run into scads of 103rd SPADs but it seems as if our paths were not destined to cross, at least for that fateful evening. For our first sortie, JG1 conducted low-level factory defense and managed to save our tank factory from an untimely demise, despite a stiff effort on the part of 2 separate flights of bomb-laden Bristols. When the map rolled, JG1 then took to the high-altitude skies and patrolled in enemy skies while Dudley and special guest J5_Karl Loppnow nabbed all the recons on the map successfully. We were prepped for a fight, but had clear skies the whole way. However, on the return trip home, we encountered a nice surprise high and behind our lines. Timestamp 1:31:00 tells the tale.  :icon_mad:  :icon_e_biggrin:

Following that, I had to call it an early night. What can I say? Real life stuff has been quite busy for me lately. On that note, I will not be able to make it to next Thursday's fly-in because I will be traveling to Colorado for a cousin's wedding. Looking forward to getting back into the cockpit with you fine gentlemen soon after though! 

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Salute gents! Here is the German livestream from last Thursday: 

Last Thursday was a fun night! Our numbers, while still not up to full strength, were higher than expected, especially with a new recruit joining us. Please join me in welcoming Jasta 11's newest flieger, Herr @Von_Webber! It was my pleasure to fly with him, and I think I can safely say that in time he will be a competent flight member. He already impressed me by spotting a low-flying Bristol that I totally missed, and then proceeded to assist in its destruction. :icon_e_salute: 

Since I didn't have a good idea of who would show up for us, JG1 also played pretty conservatively for the evening. After receiving a panicked telephone call from the foreman at one of our local aircraft production facilities, (why our engineers built the factory so close to the front lines baffles me to this day :lol: ) the Circus scrambled to rescue it from impending doom from Allied bombers. 

We actually ended up saving the facility from being shut down for as long as we were on station. Also, we didn't end up losing any of our valuable fliegers. And let's not forget J30 and J5_Karl Loppnow for accomplishing all the offensive objectives in fine fashion as well! All in all, a good night with objectives defended and enemy aircraft shot down. But you know what? The most special part of the night to me was the shared camaraderie of our small community, whether they were flying Allied or Central. I've said it a lot, but I'll say it again: the players make the game. Thank you to each and every one of you who came out and made it a fun night! :icon_e_salute:

Following the fly in, von Webber and I ran some training dogfights on NFF. Then, Dudley and I headed over to Flying Circus to look at...drumroll please...the new Bristol and Halberstadt two-seaters! :icon_eek: :icon_e_biggrin: :icon_e_biggrin:  You can see a permanently-archived clip of my first flights in both aircraft here: 

 

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Last Thursday was a hard-fought one! I was unable to Twitch stream due to tech troubles, but this post by @US103_Larner does a more than adequate job of conveying the excitement, tension, and tragedy felt during last week's fly in: https://riseofflight.com/forum/topic/51030-join-us-103rd-and-jg1-flyin-thursday-evenings/?p=705031

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6 hours ago, US103_Larner said:

It was a rough night for all involved! That first battle was something else. We later dispatched a SPAD to J.G.1's aerodrome to drop off a parcel containing the bullets that Hotlead misplaced in my wings :lol:

Holy smokes, that first battle was freaking insane! 

Danke for the bullets! I'll polish them up and put them back in my machine gun belt. They might make an encore appearance... :P:lol: Oh, and check your desk for a similar parcel loaded with 11mm shells pulled from a certain Pfalz D.XII. ;)

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