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  1. S! About a week ago I was also witnessing a massive flight of Bristols (around seven) protected by a group of Camels. It has always been a pleasure to watch big formations on the server! Well done! PS: Yes, the 1.PL will fly Centrals for a month. We need some change and it is good to re-learn the planes and to have a wider perspective on tactics and the plane performances.
  2. This map still has some potential to be expanded in the future: - pre March 1918 map with the front line moved to Saint Quentin (Hindenburg Line): winter and spring textures - some missing aerodromes and towns - some trench remains (before Kaiserschlacht) on our current map. I agree that the arrival of some collector planes/plane pack would help the module to become even better and complete: - Fokker D.VIII - Pfalz D.XII - DFW C.V - D.H.4 - R.E.8 - Heavies I am not even mentioning about the missing French planes which would be great for some new expansion, like Verdun area.
  3. D.VII is a comparable diver, capable of reaching about 300kph (both versions). The SE5a is slightly faster, but not that fast to quickly evade from the bullets. Since German planes are generally slower, their veteran pilots usually have a good marksmanship.
  4. I will add my two cents: I would be great to have a Lewis reloading process avilable only during the level flight. Red Baron 3D had this enabled. You were not able to reload the drum while performing aerobatics or aggressive dogfight.
  5. Good flying, Emely! I was in that D.Va
  6. Snowy, Some people use their own squadron's discord server (like us, for example), some may still use Team Speak. As for the tournament, from what I read in the rules, all the participants shall use the official J5 Flugparg Discord server.
  7. Set the fuse to 5 seconds. Other fuses will work from much higher altitude. Keep in mind, that if you will drop a bomb from a very low alt, lik 15 meters, it will not explode, too.
  8. Sopwith Camel F5234, 7.Eskadra Myśliwska "Kościuszko", 1920-21 Source: Tomasz J. Kopański, "Polish Wings 22", Stratus 2017 This was the only Sopwith Camel in Polish service. She belonged to porucznik Kenneth M. Murray of the 7. Eskadra. He was one of the American volunteers serving in the unit. Because the plane arrived in November 1920, she did not take part in combat flights. Before the American pilots left Poland in 1921, the plane was purchased for the PAF. During the test flight performed by Ludomił Rayski (future CO of the Polish Air Force) on the 1st of August 1921, the engine stopped working and the pilot crash-landed. The Camel was scrapped. The plane had a PC10 cammo with overpainted roundels. The British serial numbers were preserved. The plane carried a non typical chessboards: the ones on the tail and upper wings had roundels, the ones painted on the lower wings did not have them. On the place of the fuselage roundel, the insignia of 7. Eskadra Myśliwska were painted. The 7.EM was incorporated into newly formed 1.Pułk Lotniczy in 1921 (1st Air Regiment) based in Warsaw. The unit was later renamed to 111.Eskadra Myśliwska (111th Fighter Squadron) and was one of the best units in the interbellum period. In September 1939, the unit took part in the defence of Warsaw as a part of the Pursuit Brigade. Year later, the members of the 111.EM (and other units of the 1.PL) created a backbone of the famous 303 Squadron (which inherited the unit's insignia) The Camel was manufactured by the March, Jones & Cribb company. Direct link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XLpWnN0fvyq661XbkeqQrHqQQ7Ffp6yw/view?usp=sharing
  9. It is for the Falcon II, but it should work with the Falcon III. I plan to create 20.1 or 20.2 for the FIII version in the FC in the future.
  10. 2. RAF SE5a Direct link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1goQmq41rBXAVOCeGVp2laZldgs8zh4jo/view?usp=sharing There were two SE5a's in the Polish service. They arrived in Warsaw in December 1919 together with two Bristols (later no. 20.1 and 20.2) with RR FIII. The planes were delivered by the Handley-Page for the demonstration purposes. One of the SE5a's was crashed during the demonstration flights in February 1920. After the H-P team left the Warsaw, the planes stayed in town. In June 1920, when the situation on Polish-Bolshevik front started to getting worse for the Poles, the remaining planes were purchased from the British. The SE5a, no. F9135 was one of those. When CO of the 7.Eskadra Myśliwska "Kościuszko", major Cedric Fauntl le Roy asked the Head of Aviation to assign the plane to his unit. The plane was sent to the front and arrived on the 15th of July 1920. The same day, she was sent for a recon flight. During the attack on the Bolshevik cavalry unit (problably belonged to the Horse Army), the plane was hit, the engine damaged and the pilot crash-landed and became POW. The wreck was destroyed. Because of that, the spare parts of the other SE5a (which crashed in February 1920) were not needed. The plane was carrying PC 10 cammo and had some surfaces overpainted with the unknown paint. Note the elevator position on the B/W photo taken before the last flight of this plane.
  11. Direct link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xCrrzzjxnR8oOyMC9Qi9kvzaPNjGYhOy/view?usp=sharing Bristol F.2B Fighter, no. 20.3, 10. Eskadra Wywiadowcza (10th Recon Sqn), 3. Pułk Lotniczy, Poznań-Ławica, 1921-22 Source: Tomasz J. Kopański, "Polish Wings 22", Stratus 2017 This was actually a Hispano-Suiza powered Bristol. The 20.1 and 20.2 were RR Falcon III powered and came first, then there was an order for 100 Hisso Bristols which started arriving in the Summer of 1920. The planes kept original British PC 10 paint. Only the roundels and serial numbers were overpainted with the unknown paint (German?). During the service, the paint started to fall off the canvas, especially on the places where the number/markings were overpainted. The 20.3 is a good example of that. She served in the Summer 1920 during the war with the Bolshevik Russia and was heavily damaged.
  12. Flying a combined British plane set gives lots of fun. Our fighter guys began to carry Cooper bombs, so they often strafe ground targets in Camels. Some from us prefer fighters with inline engines, so some SE5a or Dolphin is also present. Plus a Bristol or two. This way we can practise escort flights over enemy territory together with ground attacks.
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