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#4126292 - 05/29/15 02:44 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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And here I am.


#4126303 - 05/29/15 03:25 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I had posted a pic before in the prior thread.
Repeating myself again...hope it's taken as LOUD and DRUNK winkngrin


#4126304 - 05/29/15 03:33 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Banjoman]  
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Originally Posted By: Banjoman
MFair, we have had an incredible amount of rain. This past Saturday we had 4 inches just in the evening. The whole state of Oklahoma was under severe drought conditions, but not anymore. I really don't know what our current rain total is right now, but this is by far the wettest May that I've experienced since moving to Tulsa and I've lived here 20 years.


This HillBilly feels your pain as best he can. Most water I see is when the Beaver Swamp walls are beeing reconstructed as they are now. Man. the township gives me a special permit to get rid of them when they do, as they are doing this summer..... How should i politely tell them Beavers to move this year?

Edit... NOT Taken as LOUD and DRUNK....oops...fooking clouded up... I'll miss the moon light tonight for frogging.
Have to make do or cat5ch them anutter night. screwy

#4126486 - 05/29/15 02:34 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Do you catch enough for a good batch of frog legs? I haven't been frog gigging since I was a kid.


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#4126607 - 05/29/15 09:36 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4126643 - 05/29/15 10:53 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Banjoman]  
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Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Do you catch enough for a good batch of frog legs? I haven't been frog gigging since I was a kid.

No, only 3 very large bullfrogs. I'm rusty at it.

#4126693 - 05/30/15 03:47 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I say, what a journey, I will having a go at Solo flight then graduation. Used the Trams to get through London then joined up with some service types for the Bike ride over to the hill. Seems so long ago and now almost over.


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#4126872 - 05/30/15 07:44 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Since Germany itelf is a long way from familiar flying areas, I thought an early account of my flight from Cologne to Phalempin in Flanders would be helpful.

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Kölne. 1 Kompagnie Flieger Bataillon 3 (The German military flying school at Kölne)
Snow lay thick on the ground as Officier Stellvertreter Axel Liedenbrock prepared to take off. He was well wrapped up and the air was still and fairly clear, with only clumps of white cloud here and there.

His kit was in the front seat of his Aviatik BI in place of an observer. Liedenbrock climbed into the rear cockpit and checked his controls.

At 08:20 the Aviatik swept into the sky. Liedenbrock liked the power of the 100hp Mecedes engine. It was so much better than the training machines could give him. He didn't like the tail heaviness of the BI. He had to keep forward pressure on the wheel at all times. He climbed to an approximate height of 1000 metres and estimated his speed as varying between 80 and 100kmh depending on the wind. It was about 290 kilometres along his planned route, so Axel expected it to take 3 hours. His tank was full, which he hoped meant that he had four hours or better.

The first waypoint was the city of Kölne itself. The aerodrome was SE of it, so Liedenbrock headed toward the smoke of morning stoves. He crossed the mighty Rhine over the southern suburbs of the city. He smiled as he thought of the people looking up in amazement from below.



From here, Liedenbrock's planned route was to head west by compass until Flanders, find Lille and follow the rail lines south west from Lille to his new base at Phalempin.

There were rail lines here to the west of Koln, but for now Liedenbrock relied on his compass.

At 09:11, Liedenbrok overflew a town that he believed to be Aachen. At 09:52 he passed the town he knew to be Tienen.
At 10:00 the lone Aviatik was passing Brussels. The Belgian capital was to the north and between Liedenbrock and that place was a giant forest. Axel skirted the south edge of this in case he lost engine power and had to land.



The first evidence of war was found soon after Brussels slipped behind. At Etterbeck, there was an aerodrome with one of the great hangars used to store airships. Leidenbrock overflew this at 10:23, waving to the people below.



At 11:00, Liedenbrock reached the Scheldte river, which marks the eastern border of Flanders. Crossing it at Kluisbergen (due east of Kartrijk) he entered the war zone proper. Kartrijk was too far north for Liedenbrock. He established that he was north-east of his intended route and changed course appropriately. Soon, the built up areas of Roubaix and then Lille approached over the horizon.



The Aviatik was over Lille at 11:28 where Liedenbrock looked for the rail line and road that headed south-west in parallel. These he knew would guide him to Phalempin.

So they did. Phalempin was spotted at 11:30 near a balloon site. He circled to land, noting with dismay many fences in the fields around. The Aviatik touched down and taxied in 3 hours and 20 minutes after leaving the Flying School grounds.



Now Leidenborn had to report to... he checked his orders. Hauptman Steinborn.

#4126875 - 05/30/15 07:51 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I got breathless just by reading your account of the long journey, so I can imagine how much stamina you needed to complete it. Cool report. thumbsup

Carrick, take care crossing the channel in case of engine failure. Happened to me only once in 4 crossings.

#4126917 - 05/30/15 10:35 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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In!

And In!


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The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4126962 - 05/31/15 02:05 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Maeran]  
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I like Maerans flight report. I've been practicing doing night flights from Vadeliancourt and Nanacy/Malseville to Mannheim/Ludwigschafen where the French squad MF-25 'The Owls', started doing their night bombing runs to the factory areas in the Saar valley and other areas that had previously been French steel smelting plants. It's a difficult route to master in the dark.


Barmy OFFer in questionable standing, maybe collapsed in a corner?

Join the few, the touched, the moon spacklers.

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#4127054 - 05/31/15 02:12 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Like all above, I have been practicing with the AV, mostly bombing & landing. I am not good at bombing.

Albert Bergman will show up for duty on 1 Feb 1915, to do his best for Germany.

I hope I have all of the proper checks on correct spots ( outcomes, weather, etc. ) and follow through with the first 3 missions properly.

Having no "real paper maps" I assume the in flight map "M" will work for mission one. Will it give me a headings to follow?

If bad weather forces me to land short of my landing field, you will find me RON in the nearest Gasthouse.

Will we get a final list of rules and "must do's"??

CW3SF


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#4127059 - 05/31/15 02:28 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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CW3SF, you could fly WSW from Koln following that main road until you hit the edge of my Flanders map at which point you could then navigate using the 'paper map' and WOFF landmarks. I've just posted an updated download that includes the situation maps for 1915.

Here is a link to that thread: WOFF Map Set May 2015 Update 3

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#4127061 - 05/31/15 02:32 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Wow Maeran, 3 and a half hours!

I thought my last mission of just over two was a long one but that really takes the cake. In fact it also takes the cake tin, the sifter, the egg whisk and half the bloody kitchen!

My hat's off to you. cheers


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#4127118 - 05/31/15 04:53 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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It's something to do once, I guess. I wouldn't want to do it again. Although a hopping 'tour' might be a possibility.

#4127119 - 05/31/15 04:58 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Good Luck, you guys, fly safely!

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#4127125 - 05/31/15 05:31 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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For those who don't fly in realtime, then just fly at a high enough altitude, point your craft West and use time compression.



#4127151 - 05/31/15 07:17 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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May 31, 1915.


Assigned to Ferry a BE Over There. Departed Biggin Hill to Manston ,But I Ended up at Dover after getting lost . Refueled and Crossed the Channel landing at St Inglevert. then on to 2 Sqn at Ablee Airfield in Flanders.

Took a pic of Biggin Hill.


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#4127152 - 05/31/15 07:20 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Being a full time RVer ( in a 36 X 8 foot coach ), we do not have a printer along with lots of other heavy stuff.

I plan to leave Koln with a full gas tank and fly on a heading of 225 Mag untill I reach the limit of WOFF maps.

Wish me luck.


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#4127175 - 05/31/15 08:59 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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And we're airborne!

REAL DATE: June 1, 2015

Intrepid Fliers: February 1, 1915
Warbirds Rising: June 1, 1915


Final Rules are on Page 1. Please note that it makes sense to get your transfer flight out of the way on the weekend, but in game it takes place on February/June 1, and advance your campaign a day after it's done. The first scoreboard will be posted next Sunday.

Good luck everyone!

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