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7 hours ago, JG1_Hotlead_J10 said:

Was fun indeed, @US103_Baer! 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!  To cap it all off, I went to Flying Circus and had some really entertaining 1 on 1 duels with @GCF. Was a pleasure flying with you Sir! 

 

You can see the archived livestream here:

 

See you guys on Cuban's server next Thursday! 

 

Thanks mate, was great fun, really enjoyed it ! thanks for the games.

 

S!

Paul

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Reminder we're on Cuban/SteveFs Syndicate Server this week.

 

Our livestream should kickoff by 830pm EST here https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

 

Looks like i'll have a bit of time at the end of session this week, so might try adding an FC stream if enough folks head over there afterwards.

 

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Work + college studies combined to make me a bit late for last Thursday's fly in 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: 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: 

 

See you guys on Wargrounds next Thursday! :icon_e_salute: 

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Interesting night! A decent crowd of over 27 with a low cloud base kept most of the action low, but there were some engagements high in the empty blue.
Being the claustrophobic type, I ended up doing quite a bit of that high Nav by dead reckoning, which actually worked... Mostly :)

Wasn't the happiest Mess later that evening as our CO, and leading ace, Cpt Hunter failed to return from a patrol shortly after scoring his 26th victory. 


Also noticed a couple of mass discos that affected some and not others, possibly caused by the current cold weather spell in the US?

Here's our stream.https://youtu.be/TTyzVisp34g

YouTube issues are resolved and full steam available with timestamps now. YouTube seemed to actually respond to my feedback.

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Great to see everyone out again.

 

We were missing Larner this week so scoring was a bit lighter than usual! Still, a solid 8 downed without loss, although Hobbs was captured after having engine trouble behind enemy lines near Metz and had to ditch. He got it working again but then hit bumpy ground taking off and wrote his Spad off!

 

The Metz map was spent helping protect the HPs as they worked to roll the map against some determined fighter opposition and most victories there will be rejected for lack of witnesses over enemy territory, but a special Salute to Hotlead for phoning in the confirmation of a J5 Dr1. Our Adjutant will be pleased :icon_e_salute:

 

For Verdun we tried something different, escorting Talbot's recon in an effort to get Spad 13s. This worked well though we had to deal with a Dr1 on the way back.  By the time Arty was done too, not much time remained and the 13s sat in a hanger unused.

 

Here's the stream. Timestamps to action in the description.

https://youtu.be/7vdcyNSZhAw

 

Looking forward to next week on Cuban's.

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The Metz map was spent helping protect the HPs as they worked to roll the map against some determined fighter opposition and most victories there will be rejected for lack of witnesses over enemy territory, but a special Salute to Hotlead for phoning in the confirmation of a J5 Dr1. Our Adjutant will be pleased icon_e_salute.gif

Lol! Salute back at ya! I happened to be limping across the trenches in a Handley-Page and saw it go down. Nice shooting! icon_e_salute.gif

 

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: 

 

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

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On 2/9/2019 at 3:20 AM, JG1_Hotlead_J10 said:

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

 

 

I can't believe we didn't see you guys over Sivry. We did all 3 recons and by checking the game time on the streams i can see we were doing recon 3 and 1 about the time you engaged the Nieuports. Unfortunately none of us saw the gunfire, it would've been a great time to bounce :icon_e_biggrin: 

On the return we hit Hammer's Dr1 at '2:46pm' over the Arty spot location (German lines) at cloud height - that was just West of you, but again, no viz.

 

On 2/9/2019 at 3:20 AM, JG1_Hotlead_J10 said:

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

 

Can see from your stream you experienced the difficulty SPADS are having in FC. It's very difficult to get away after a pass, it doesn't retain energy at all. That's against the Pfalz and the Dr1, can you imagine the DVa or D7? Bit frustrated honestly.

 

Also weird our us103 skins didn't appear in your view of us, but when you flew out with Talbots skin it was visible. 

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We're on Cuban/SteveFs Syndicate server this week.

 

Really looking forward after a couple of lean scoring weeks, and we have some new tactics to try out too.

 

Hope to see you all there :icon_e_salute:

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This turned out to be a most memorable session complete with long dogfights, some extreme luck, a couple of very real engagement scenarios and multiple heart-attacks!

 

Cuban really freshened things up with a great mid-1916 map. It looked tough at first N11s, N17s, DH2s and RE8 vs Halb DIIs, Alb DIIs, EIII and DFWs. Added to that we were low on numbers with only 3 US103 available to fly. But Recons gave better planes and we have a great Recon pilot, so really nothing to lose!

 

Of course the Central guys were wise to this so our 2 N11s and RE8 were greeted by 4 Halb D2s from JG1! A fantastic dogfight ensued and ultimately ended in highly dramatic fashion. During this fight Lt Larner was forced to ditch near the German trenches, his Nieuport overturned and promptly exploded into flames. A bizarre end to a great streak of 21, and really rotten luck.

 

Later Talbot and I had some excellent engagements with J30 Albs and JG1 Albs. Both were highly tactical and anyone making the slightest mistake paid dearly. These 2 fights reminded me a lot of the descriptions in Biddle's book "The Way Of The Eagle" and McCudden's early encounters from "5 years In The RFC"

 

 

Thanks again to everyone who flew and to Cuban for an excellent Map!

 

Our Stream is here, timestamps done.

https://youtu.be/bu03tVR_mzE

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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
 

 

 

See you next week on Wargrounds! :)
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Quick reminder were on Wargrounds this week.

All welcome as usual. Look forward to seeing you all up there!

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Pretty average session for most of US103rd. We didn't lose anyone and Larner did find plenty of trouble and got a few, but i never even fired my guns the whole night!

 

For Summer Verdun we had just 3 Nieuport 11s, so decided to go all out for the Recons to get something better. Parsons and i did that while Larner distracted the Rolands and Halberstadts. Talbot and i made sure of the Arty while Larner attracted the attention of the entire Fliegertruppen des deutschen Kaiserreiches!

 

Jumped in a Spad 150 which was now available and headed out to help out Larner...just as the map rolled. Not sure quite why, and at the time i didn't see any chat, though apparently it was mentioned. Certainly would have voted against if i'd seen it, especially after doing all that work. Hell, i'd even been practicing in the N11 this week for just such an eventuality. That early Verdun map isn't bad either, no flak fence and Central probably have the stronger planeset so, yeah, bit confused about that one.

 

Beaucamp was a weird. We went high, low and medium alts up and down the mud, but barely even saw a Central 2-seater and only a couple of D7fs. JG1_Hotlead did get a good bounce at one point and another D7f (Red nosed i think) was super high over us quite a lot, but never came down. There did seem to be fights going on but low over ground targets on the Central side . In the end Larner went off low in enemy territory to get a scrap, downing at least 2, but unfortunately without witnesses.

 

Here's the stream with timestamps.

https://youtu.be/lc2QNnzfYCY

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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! :P

 

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! 😄 

 

You can see the archived livestream here:

 

See you all on Cuban's server next week! :salute:

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Salute all!

Hostilities resume on Cuban's Syndicate Server this week. 

 

We've had some interesting maps and good battles the last few weeks, so do come along and join the fun.

 

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Really interesting scenario this week. Autumn 1917 but with thick 7/8 cloud around 1250m. This meant there were some gaps to climb thru and use to navigate from above but it wasn't easy. Added to that was a strong Northerly wind.

 

Personally i liked the heavy, broken clouds, though if something like 3/4 cloud cover is possible i'd like to try.

Anyway it was real pretty up above the clouds, but the wind up there also pushed us further South than realised.

 

Fights below the clouds obviously didn't suit our Spads, so you'd think that i'd have been smarter when Larner and i engaged 2 Jasta 5 Albatros. But no, and i lost an 18 streak that's been going since mid-December. S! J5_Gamecock.
 

After that we got a J30 CL2, a DFW and chased a certain Green-tailed Alb into the clouds, later forcing him down. End of the session we ran into a high DFW recon with 2 escorts and they went home with extra ventilation.

 

Stream with Timestamps here.
https://youtu.be/5LsnphAid6A

 

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Tough way for the streak to end @US103_Baer! But big salute on getting 18; that's not a small streak by any means! :)

 

Anyway, 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:

 

 

Thank-you to @CubanCoveRunner for the interesting map choices you continue to offer us twice a month! Between Wargrounds and your server, Thursday nights continue to be engaging! :salute:

 

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

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:icon_e_salute:  Reminder we're on Wargrounds this week.

 

All welcome. Look forward to seeing you there!

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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:

 

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

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Was a pretty hectic session alright. I spent a lot of time practicing my escape from being bounced :icon_e_wink:

The Lille - Early map is much disliked by us. Spad 150s and N17s are no fun against Alb D3s and Pfaltz D3s (or Gothas), especially up high and co-alt. Anyway..

Here's our stream, timestamps to action in the description.

https://youtu.be/uB1DungH1CA

Had a bit of fun in FC with JG1 trying the new planes. Conclusions to date, the Dolphin is nice to fly except at the edge of it's envelope, then it reverts to type. Will take a calm, experienced hand to get the best out of it. The DVII looks rather good. Able to hang nose-up, keeping wings level at very low speed. Also seems to take damage differently to the other German planes ie it's hard to shoot down unless you hit the engine.

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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! 

 

they-were-everywhere.jpg

 

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:

 

 

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: :icon_e_deadman: :icon_eek: 

 

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: 

 

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 think 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: (Depending on availability, I may or may not be able to make it.)

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An action-packed session with lots of pilots and a real pretty map (Ypres mid 1917) as the low dawn sun came across the scattered clouds.

 

Saw Albs and Gothas mainly and every fight seemed to have danger and drama. I recall diving on one Alb (Labroisse maybe?) into a cloud, whereupon he looped while in the cloud and as i emerged out the bottom he was coming down on my tail!

 

As Larner said Chives35 gave us a couple of great fights too, single-handedly holding off multiple Spads, N17 and Tripe while getting shots into most of us. :icon_e_salute:

 

Here's the stream. Timestamps to the action 

 

https://youtu.be/daZBW9Q3bO0

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A busy night for sure and great to see 34 pilots on at one point :icon_e_salute:

 

Bruay was everyone vs the 103rd (+ Klugermann) for a while, fortunately the RFC showed up though nothing seemed to be able to stop the Gothas getting through and Central rolled the map fairly quickly.

 

I think we ended up with 3 heavies, a couple of 2 seaters and a couple of fighters without losing anyone. One of those fighters was a Dr1 that i ended up colliding with. No intent from either side, just aggressive fighting. Fortunately MonsieurBéchereau made his SPAD strong, Meneer Fokker not so much :D

 

Went looking for trouble over enemy lines in Foucaucourt, but most of the action was against 2-seater attacking our ground targets. Special S! to JG1_Dudley and Pragr who proved a very stubborn in their DFW and all of us ended up with damage of some kind before Hunter finally removed his wings.

 

Live Stream is here. https://youtu.be/J1AngQM6x2Y

Was good to see Hotlead drop in for while and chat. As usual timestamps to action in the description.

 

Thanks again to all who came out and flew. Look forward to next week on Cubans

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Action resumes on Cuban/SteveF's Syndicate Server this Thursday.

Not sure what Cuban has in store this week, but that map 2 weeks ago was probably the most beautiful I've seen. 
So come along, there'll be plenty of action, danger and good fun.
S!

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Today took a little while to get going. I guess with longer days up North people are finding themselves busier. We were a bit short-handed too, managing only 3 Spads most of the evening but still had good engagements.

 

Hunter, Parsons and I went on an Offensive Patrol and surprised a Halberstadt CL2 in the clouds at a location he probably felt safe. Then Parsons and I got distracted by a pretty blue-tailed Albatros which dragged us lower over their side, and while exiting that, we were bounced by a couple of JG1 Albs. Managed to avoid any damage and dragged them under Hunter who duly sent one home before combining with me and Cuban to destroy the other.

 

Regathered in friendly territory and spotted a Dr1. About 500 Entente planes quickly descended on him, poor sod.

 

Then J30 came visiting Hesdigneul with an interesting variation on their 1 fighter/1 2seater tactic. Unfortunately we lost Larner to a disco just as he was about to attack , leaving Hunter who was on his last drops of fuel and Parsons. The J30 guys had it really figured out, keeping their Alb and CL2 close together and fighting as a unit. Our guys tried to split them but both took damage and had to depart. I finally got off the ground and tried a few runs at them but it was difficult and they escaped intact over the mud.

Big Salute out to J30 for executing that really well :icon_e_salute:

However we've looked at the footage and think we've discovered a weakness. Next time! :icon_lol: 

 

Here's our stream, with Timestamps in the description.

https://youtu.be/D7AaDRYGQOc

 

See you all next week on Wargrounds

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Posted (edited)

Quick reminder we're on Wargrounds this week. 

With Friday being a holiday in many countries we should have a good session and get thru a couple of maps. Maybe an opportunity for some Europe-based vampires to join as well?

For anyone not flying but interested to watch, the US103 shenanigans should kickoff by 830pm EST here
https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

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Salute everyone who came out to fly today!

 

Mixed fortunes for us. Larner and Talbot did pretty well but 1st flight (Baer, Parsons) had a horror.

 

It started well on Beaucamp as we welcomed back US103_Paris, and i remembered how to bomb bridges in a Bristol. New recruit Doolittle escorted me most of the way, and that's about as good as it got for me.

 

Next flight up in a Spad we ran into a J30 Roland/D7f combo over Hesdignuel. Parsons caught a burst from Mein that took his wing right off. I went in on the D7 as it ran home streaming from a Larner pass and was pouring shots into it from his dead 6. The sun glare on the Chretien made it hard to see him but there were plenty of 'puffs' so i kept on letting him have it when suddenly he seemed to reverse backwards towards me. Tried to go over him but we made contact nose to tail, and instead of simply losing a prop or undercarriage my Spad's wings broke up and i rolled in! KIA#1, scoreboard back to zero. The D7 just flew away and ditched. Totally my fault (apologies J30Kaiser), still, rather odd.

 

There were more D7's and 2 seaters a little later and we did much better, plus a mysterious grey Gotha sent down in flames.

 

On Reims we went sausage hunting and got 3. Then Parsons found a couple of J30 Gothas stooging around Reims and called Talbot and i in. Managed to send one home streaming and turned on the second who, by this time, had engaged an orange DH4 in a dogfight! The Dh4 went down so we made several passes while getting lower and closer to the mud. He was streaming and had lost at least one gunner when we made our final passes. Suddenly the Flak fence spawned in. The Gotha took a direct hit immediately followed by me literally a second later and we crashed within metres of each other. KIA#2.

"Twinkle-toes" Talbot danced away untouched.. :icon_e_wink:

 

Worst fly-in result ever. Chalking it up to experience but blaming the full moon!

 

Still good fun, even on the tough nights. :icon_e_salute:

 

Stream replay is here

https://youtu.be/ClTOoImXkBc

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Salute all. 

Reminder that hostilities resume on Cuban & SteveFs Syndicate Server this week. 

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it, which is disappointing, especially as the 25th April is known as ANZAC Day for Kiwis and Aussies. A time to remember our brave men and women who have put it all on the line.

S!

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Thanks for beating the drum for Thursday nights despite your absence @US103_Baer! Once Bloody April's done, I look forward to returning to Thursdays myself. 

 

Have a great ANZAC day! :salute: to those who served. 

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Quick reminder we're on Wargrounds this week.

After a disastrous last outing and a break last week, I need to reset and just focus on staying alive.

Easy to say of course! See you up there. S!

For anyone not flying but interested to watch, the US103 livestream should kickoff by 830pm EST here
https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

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'A game of two halves' it certainly was.

 

Lille-late provided a lot of cat & mouse with high D7fs and a D8 (GTs and some JG1?) and no-one really getting an advantage, though not for the lack of trying. I thought at one point i might get a run on one but the window was closed quickly and the only escape was down thru the middle of them. That had the heart-rate up! A 1000m dead vertical dive on a J30 Gotha was also a pretty hairy but yeah, SPADS FTW :icon_e_biggrin:

 

Early Verdun was a mess. Kudos to Cuban for getting the Entente recons done as quick as possible, but even so, much of the evening was N11s and DH2s against Rolands and more Rolands. J30 probably dream about Summer in Verdun, or maybe they did some dance to influence the Wargrounds map gods  :D The arrival of N17s helped, and sanity kind of returned as we were able to get into S7 150s. But yeah, carnage really, and i still can't shoot with Nieuports.

 

Putting aside the mess that was Verdun, it was pretty cool to have 3 flights of 3 planes each flying out for the 103rd. Something we've been aiming to have for a while. Also good to have Rattlesnake and Klugermann flying with us. So yeah, bit of TS chaos, but fun.

 

Good to see over 30 pilots flying during the session too. Salute to all :icon_e_salute: 

 

Here's our replay. I couldn't get a viz on all the other flights action but did include most in the timestamps anyway.

https://youtu.be/12u5-Jb4eHA

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Thursday Night Fly-in is on Cuban & SteveFs Syndicate Server this week.

 

Have been seeing some pilots returning to RoF and joining in on Thursdays lately. Perhaps Flying Circus has stirred the interest but isn't quite able to deliver the experience yet.

 

Anyway, do come along, it's always a good evening. See you up there. :icon_e_salute:

 


For anyone not flying but interested to watch, the US103 livestream should kickoff by 830pm EST here
https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

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Lots of pilots showed up for this Autumn 1916 scenario. I think i counted 35 on at one stage, really great to see :icon_e_salute:

 

Of course stuck in N17s and N11s wasn't great for us so US103_Paris was volunteered for RE8 recon duty  ;)  while Larner, Baer and Parsons escorted. Paris did a great job despite testing the limits of the recon area and giving his flight lead pre-coronary palpitations! A lone Albatros DII showed up but chose wisely and buggered off.

 

With the RE8 safely headed home we ran into a motley collection of Alb DII, Halb DII, DFW and, apparently, an EIII. I managed to knock out one of the DIIs with lewis tilted up, but then got oiled by the very aggressive EIII that i didn't see and had to ditch.

Larner meanwhile had a Halb DII and Alb DII for company, and after a long nervous fight he managed to see them both off.

 

There was some musical chairs played for the 4 Spad 150s but we were soon up and found a gaggle of high Albatros right above us over our side arranged in 2 flights of 3. Assumed this was JG1 so we ran away and climbed North as fast as the S150 allows. Wasn't long before 3 Albatros arrived and were chasing Parsons N11, but by this time i'd got a little height so made a decent run on a DII with a white X behind it's cockpit. Unfortunately i then turned in a direction away from my squad mates and had the other 2 Albs on my tail. Not the plan at all! Larner and Paris finally got engaged but 3 more Albs showed up and after taking a few hits it was time to depart. 

 

Next flight we ran into a raiding party of DIIs, DFWs and the inevitable EIII. Managed to put them all away with the help of some random guy in an Fe2b, but by now we were down to 1 Spad and taking turns in it :) Fortunately Cuban stepped up again and did another Recon, so 4 factory fresh Spads turned up at Ballieul. Just in time for a final mud patrol that ended with a DFW shotdown by Talbot and i.

 

Again great to see so many pilots up and those JG1 formations certainly got our attention.

 

Stream replay is here. Will get timestamps done tonight hopefully.

https://youtu.be/PjoPMTv-Xbw

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Here's the livestream from the Hun perspective:

 

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! 😄

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Quick reminder we're back on Wargrounds this week.

 

Last week had a great turn-out with a lot of action so this one should be good.

 

For anyone not flying but interested to watch, the US103 livestream should kickoff by 830pm EST here
https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulLMF

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Wargrounds served up a quick trip to Lille, then Metz, followed by Verdun Late. Again a good turnout with some newer pilots too, or at least people flying with new names ;)

 

Shortened session for me but had some good engagements. Parsons, Paris, Larner and i did a quick balloon run in Lille and managed to pop 3 in the last 5 mins of the map, including actual use of rockets by Paris. Though quite how he thought it would work out carrying those things on a Spad 150, if we'd run into any fighters...

 

Metz was it's usual organised chaos. We were joined by Guynemer and kept kept running into a yellow/red D7f. I managed to get him the first time, but the second time got too low over Hun side and that nasty Metz flak, so we broke off. Well most of us did  :lol:  Larner then almost got 2 Albatros in one pass over Pont-á-Mousson and 2nd flight's Talbot and Biddle accounted for the Yellow D7 again. After that we patrolled, fished, looked for bombers to escort and had some nearly fights, but usually arrived just too late.

 

And that's about where i had to leave it unfortunately. It sounds like Verdun-late was non-stop action and stories are circulating that young US103_Biddle is claiming 7 destroyed. Having seen his marksmanship i can believe it, but someone else will have to confirm that.

 

Again, thanks and salute to everyone who came out to fly :icon_e_salute:

Looking forward to next week on Cuban & SteveFs Syndicate Server

 

 

The 103rd livestream replay is here.

https://youtu.be/9yfCO3b3sbg

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JG1 had a very good night last night! As Larner mentioned, our two groups danced around 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:

 

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

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Salute all. 

Reminder that hostilities resume on Cuban & SteveFs Syndicate Server this week. 

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it, which is disappointing, but this should be the last traveling for a while.

Still, I expect the US103rd will continue to make life hell for the hun, and 1st flight, ably led by Lt Parsons this week, to be at the fore.

S!

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Quick reminder the fly-in is on Wargrounds this week.

Really looking forward to this after a couple of weeks without flying.

See you all there. 
S!

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