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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.

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Hello Rookie, welcome to JG1 boards! Our CO will get in touch with you shortly. 

48 minutes ago, Rookie said:

I'd like to start flying the Mig-21 but i'm totally green so are there training exercises? 

Yes. II. Jagdstaffel (our EU section) holds practice sessions every Tuesday at 19:30 CEST. We try to keep those exercises varied, so depending on the week we could be doing navigation, air to ground, interception or dogfight training. @Klaiber, our CO, recently came up with a lovely mission on Caucasus that's designed to cater for a variety of training scenarios and includes a fun little recon mission. Normally we use both TeamSpeak (for general stuff) and SimpleRadio (for in-flight comms). We fly in OpenBeta exclusively. 

If you'd like to start flying the Fishbed then you've come to the right place. The 21 recently received a new flight model, so many of us are still trying to master it. From personal experience I can tell you that it's the best it's ever been. Next week we're scheduled to fly the MiG-15. In JG-1 "Fritz Schmenkel" (our Cold War squadron) we fly Warsaw Pact aircraft, so if you're looking to expand your DCS collection I suggest you wait for the upcoming Autumn sale and pick up a few of those (I'm getting the MiG-19 and the L-39, gonna get the Mi-24 as soon as that's available for pre-purchase). 

If you have any more questions feel free to post them here.

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Hi Firefly,

 

Thanks for your reply. 

I am well up for that. I have been looking for a cold war flight crew for a while. I'm about to pull the triggar on the Mig-21 but wanted to see if i could join first before doing so. In terms of the Mig-15/19 and L39; the autumn sale might actually be a great time to snap them up. I am primarily (as you can see from my other airframes) a ground pounder so i have a lot to learn with interception and dog fighting though i have some experience with the eastern european style of cockpit with the Viggen.

Thanks for your reply, mate.

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Welcome to the forum, Rookie.  

As far as vacancies, we are certainly recruiting.  As mentioned, our CO will be sending you some correspondence with rules and other administrative information. Once you go through those, we’ll schedule an initial evaluation session, with any airframe (I know a few of the II. JS guys have the Viggen).

That initial eval could even be in the MiG-21 and can be a completely first-time introduction. It is really to get to know you and for you to get to know us.  Of course, I f you’d like to wait until after that first eval to make a purchase, that would be understood, also.  

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1 hour ago, Rookie said:

Hi Firefly,

Thanks for your reply. 

I am well up for that. I have been looking for a cold war flight crew for a while. I'm about to pull the triggar on the Mig-21 but wanted to see if i could join first before doing so. In terms of the Mig-15/19 and L39; the autumn sale might actually be a great time to snap them up. I am primarily (as you can see from my other airframes) a ground pounder so i have a lot to learn with interception and dog fighting though i have some experience with the eastern european style of cockpit with the Viggen.

Thanks for your reply, mate.

Rookie

Sounds like a workable plan. As Brit said, a few of our EU pilots have the Viggen (not me though, I could join you in another airframe), so the evaluation shouldn't be too much of a problem. The MiG-21 has rather limited air to ground capability, but until we get a Cold War-era Soviet ground pounder (think Su-17 and MiG-27) it's one of the best assets we have. We've done both A-A and A-G in tournaments before (we even sank an imperialist CV once! :P), so we're no strangers to mud moving. 

As for A-A training, we'd be happy to give you some guidance. As long as you know the basic flight manoeuvres and can navigate your way around the cockpit (which is a loose collection of switches, buttons, toggles and gauges scattered around a toothpaste-coloured bathtub) you should have no problems dogfighting in a MiG. Just remember that the 21 is a difficult machine to master, as it's actively trying to kill you at every opportunity. It's like training your own Russian attack bear - it may not always work as intended (and you may get eaten along the way), but when it all comes together it's great fun. In Soviet Russia aircraft fly you! :D

Do you own any helicopters? We fly those too. Many of us are eagerly awaiting the Mi-24. 

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32 minutes ago, Firefly said:

Sounds like a workable plan. As Brit said, a few of our EU pilots have the Viggen (not me though, I could join you in another airframe), so the evaluation shouldn't be too much of a problem. The MiG-21 has rather limited air to ground capability, but until we get a Cold War-era Soviet ground pounder (think Su-17 and MiG-27) it's one of the best assets we have. We've done both A-A and A-G in tournaments before (we even sank an imperialist CV once! :P), so we're no strangers to mud moving. 

As for A-A training, we'd be happy to give you some guidance. As long as you know basic flight manoeuvres and can navigate your way around the cockpit (which is a loose collection of switches and buttons scattered around the cockpit) you should have no problems dogfighting in a MiG. Just remember that the 21 is a difficult machine to master, as it's actively trying to kill you at every opportunity. It's like training your own Russian attack bear - it may not always work as intended (and you may get eaten along the way), but when it all comes together it's great fun. In Soviet Russia aircraft fly you! :P

Thanks Brit and Firefly,

Dont talk to me about Su-17s - pretty much my dream plane! I think there is a player made mod coming though so maybe? Who knows! Yeah i'm up for a challenge, mate, no problems. I've flown the A10c so if i can work that crazy system out i hope i can with the MiG-21!

Looking forwards to it

 

R

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On 10/1/2020 at 1:49 PM, Firefly said:

 

Do you own any helicopters? We fly those too. Many of us are eagerly awaiting the Mi-24. 

I'm so Sorry Firefly i didnt see this question! No no Choppers yet but i concidered the Shark at one stage. I was so engrosed with the A10 though that i never came about. I bought the MiG-21 today and had a start up and quick circuit. Crashed it on landing of course! 

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2 hours ago, Rookie said:

Crashed it on landed of course!

Pretty normal first results.  With the MiG-21, you have to fly it to the ground, not allowing yourself to get too slow trying to flare. 

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2 hours ago, Britchot said:

Pretty normal first results.  With the MiG-21, you have to fly it to the ground, not allowing yourself to get too slow trying to flare. 

No kidding. Very tricky aircraft, i can see that. Looking forward to getting to grips with it though. 

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Glad you're liking it so far! She's a hairy beast, but once you tame her flying becomes an incredibly addictive experience. If I were to choose just one DCS module to use for the rest of my flight sim career then this would be it. 

p.s. Nice camo. ;) 

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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!!!

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