Wulfe, welcome back! Glad you got your rig sorted out. It’s a shock to have to fly this piece of crap after the N.11. Just you wait for some Eindeckers. You’ll swear they’re cheating. So, looks like new wings and a fresh coat of paint for Fullard. Have you asked Thenault for a shiny new N.17 yet?
Rick, I was going to honk at him for cutting in when I realized he’s playing for the other team. Yes, you have to use unconventional tactics to stay alive against those reputedly awful N.16’s. The AI has no problems keeping them in the air. As to the gunner, I think he had to step away to answer the call at the door. In reality he was probably locked on the other Nieuport flying somewhere nearby. Would be nice to have a button to tell him to switch targets if he’s unable to do it on his own.
An outside loop? I guess I wasn’t drunk enough. As Obi says: “- If you only knew the power of the drunk side.”

"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."