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09-25-2004, 11:31 AM
ââ‚¬Ĺ“The Tangmere Pilotsââ‚¬Âť is over thirty pilots strong, and organised into three squadrons (No1, No145 and No601). Together we form the Tangmere wing. We fly a career mission every Sunday at 21:00 hours [GMT], which follows a historically accurate story line. Currently we are fighting the Battle of France (1940) and are therefore equipped with the Hawker Hurricane Mk1. All scores from career missions are collated and stored in our online database, which records each pilot's virtual career. Our Officers and NCOââ‚¬™s are organised in a command structure that mirrors that of our real life WWII RAF counterpart. We also have an award system and a strict code of conduct, which is made available to every pilot in his 'standard issue' Operational Handbook. Other Tangmere flying activities include Tuesday night training, as well as Friday night co-ops and DFââ‚¬™s during which we fly the whole range of FB aircraft.
To become a Tangmere Pilot you must first complete four assessment flights at No6 OTU (Operational Training Unit) at RAF Sutton Bridge. OTU isnââ‚¬™t about teaching you how to fly, you should be able to do that already. OTU is designed to give you the skills required to fit into a section of aircraft flying combat missions in a simulated WWII environment. The fourth and last OTU assessment flight also tests your knowledge of the Operational Handbook. Successful trainees are then posted to an operational squadron. All new operational pilots start their career as a Sergeant Pilot regardless of skill and previous experience. Promotion is earned by commitment and proven leader skills.
If you are interested in becoming a Tangmere Pilot, please report to:
You can find the application form at the bottom of the main page or e-mail:
09-27-2004, 04:43 AM
Just to add that the friendships made in this squad is one of the things that makes it truly unique - Tangmere Pilots is about more than just flying operational missions although that is our main weekly priority. There is a great deal of fun to be had on non-official coop and training nights too. I have been in this squad coming up 2 years now and have loved every minute of it - if you want to know as close as is possible in a sim what it felt like to serve in WW2 come along and check us out - you wont regret it.
09-29-2004, 01:35 PM
Shameless self bump for the TP. If anybody is interested in joining the Tangmere Pilots and is a bit worried about the 4 OTU assessment flight then I have this piece of advice.....Don't be!!! The Hurricane is a lovely kite to fly and has excellent handling characteristics compared to a lot of the other kites in FB.
10-06-2004, 11:05 AM
Excellant Group, would love to fly there except for the 12 hour time difference between Hawaii and the UK!! The OTU is great, had 2 to go, and the crew there are top notch.
10-07-2004, 09:39 AM
I'd love to join this group but cannot do Sundays (I think me flying is up to it though http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)
Do you have to be a Tangmere pilot to join in on the Tuesday and Fridays Co-Operatives. I tried this Tuesday but hadn't quite got the hang of Hyperlobby... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif
10-08-2004, 04:23 AM
Hi Gazzmatazz, get hold of one of us in HL on a Tuesday or Friday mate - anyone with a No1, No601 or No145 prefix is a Tangmere Pilot. We often have non Tangmere Pilots joining us in dogfights etc on our unofficial nights http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif
10-09-2004, 03:39 AM
We've had a good response from this so far. Don't forget chaps, now is a good time to join the R.A.F. We're bound to be very popular once the Battle of Britain game is released.
Gazzamataz, so it was you the other night. Sorry I didn't recognise your nickname in HL. Flying on Sunday is an integral part of being a T.P. We sometimes throw our doors open to the public for a DF between 8 - 9Pm on a Friday but it depends how we feel. We've found some problems with non TP members and skins so sometimes it's a closed session. If you need some help with HL just ask. I'm sure you'll find the right squad for you that suits your schedule, just like Anderson there who couldn't make it due to time differences.
Nice to hear from you Anderson BTW and I hope youââ‚¬™re having fun with VMF. You're and XO already? I think you should get the next round of drinks in then!
10-16-2004, 04:13 PM
Canadian flyer here - and I will definetly be sending in an app soon. I am looking forward to my new rig arriving in a week and then to hit the skies hard. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
One question: I have IL2, do I need IL:FB too or Pacific Fighters to join?
Thanks in advance,
10-17-2004, 12:23 PM
Give us a try personally I've never flown with a nicer bunch of chap's than Tangmere Pilots.
We currently fly with ACE's 2.04 but we will be switching to Pacific Fighters with ACE's within a few weeks of it's release.
10-17-2004, 01:24 PM
What are you going to fly in PF?
10-17-2004, 04:54 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by No601_prangster:
Give us a try personally I've never flown with a nicer bunch of chap's than Tangmere Pilots.
We currently fly with ACE's 2.04 but we will be switching to Pacific Fighters with ACE's within a few weeks of it's release. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
It sounds just like the group I want to be a part of - I look forward to my first sortie.
My only problem is having been out of the loop, so to speak, for a couple of years. Still, I am ready to ready to fly as often as possible.
10-19-2004, 04:24 PM
Tomas77 we fly training on Tuesdays and coops on Fridays but we are mainly focused on our weekly Sunday evening career missions.We currently have three squadrons and over thirty active pilots.
For the past year and a half we have been flying Hurricane MkI's in a day by day recreation of the Battle of France 1940. As we are about to finish soon with the final evacuation of the RAF from France we will be starting a new campaign. We had originally intended to move on to the Battle of Britain but as there is the prospect of doing it properly with Oleg's new sim in a year or so we have decided instaed to move on to Malta in the Med. We will fly Gladiators then Hurricanes and finally the Spitfire Vb.
BuzzU We will need PF for the British carriers and the Beufighter for the Malta campaign and we will also need it for the extra British and Italian aircaft that will be released soon. Of course we will fly the Pacific theatre some of the time in our coop's and in our dogfighter server.
10-22-2004, 03:08 AM
Just a shameless bump for a great squad http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
10-31-2004, 06:38 AM
A little bump. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
11-08-2004, 09:11 AM
A BIG BUMP FOR A GREAT SQUAD!
11-08-2004, 10:12 AM
In all my searching for a good squad base din Europe, you guys seem like a great bunch-Even for a LW flyer;-)
Are you UK-only or are you open to pilots from the rest of Europe as well?
11-08-2004, 11:08 AM
We certainly are open to everyone. We currently have an Italian, a German, a Belgium and a Frenchman as well as three Americans and thirty UK based pilots.
As long as you can fly our weekly career mission on Sundays at 21:00 GMT then you are very welcome to join. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
11-08-2004, 11:45 AM
I could do that, and you certainly fill the bill when it comes to organization, I'm just a little aprehensive about switching over to Allied planes over so many year of LW flying.
The tactics that LW birds require are great for teamwork, and since I've never flown Allied in a team environment, I just don't know how much I'd actually like the flying.
Any switchovers here that care to share their experience?
BTW, do you guys fly in any online wars as well or do you gly exclusively against the AI in your campaigns?
11-08-2004, 02:03 PM
We fly against the AI in our campaigns, we have flown against other squadrons but finding 1940 based German squadrons and being able to accomodate 30 plus pilots is difficult to say the least. We've just finished a Battle of France campaign and we're about to move on to a 1940 Malta campaign flying Gladrags.
We really love our slow kites at Tangmere Pilots!
11-08-2004, 02:46 PM
SOunds real fun!;-) Glads must be great flying.
Any plans for Spitfire based campaigns?
Or Seafires over Malta?
THis is sounding better by the minute. I don't suppose a prospective recruit could listen in to one of your missions on TS could he? ;-)
If only we had a Channel Map!!
11-08-2004, 04:27 PM
BTW-forgive me, I just read you would include the Spitfire, but I was wondering, the Malta campaign you are reffering to will in actually take place in the Online Desert Map correct?
11-09-2004, 05:18 AM
No, I believe there is an online Malta map available ingame complete with an airfield (although I believe during WW2 there were 3 airfields on Malta), Valletta and the harbour.
11-09-2004, 08:14 AM
???!!! Is this already available, or is it in development? (The Malta map)
11-13-2004, 03:52 AM
It was good seeing you ingame last night Hans.
11-18-2004, 04:03 PM
Thanks to everyone that has shown interest and also those of you that have made it. We will be off to Malta soon for about 6 months. After that it depends on where top brass decide to send us. If youââ‚¬™re interested in all things R.A.F and think you can hack it then apply using the links listed in this thread.
12-04-2004, 11:55 PM
A timely wee bump!
We're about to make our second sortie in our new Malta campaign! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif
S! to Tail and Zulu for a very cosy and convincing Malta. The Med looks beautiful and warm - not at all like the Baltic!
Again, if anyone's interested in a historically-inspired challenge (Zulu and Tailshot could probably now appear on Mastermind with the air war in Malta as their specialist subject...), cameraderie and really getting to know the British kites that TB/PF includes, you should check out the link: www.tangmere-pilots-raf.co.uk (http://www.tangmere-pilots-raf.co.uk)
The white-knuckled immersion I've had at Tangmere (first the gruelling Battle of France - thanks Ginger!) and now the defence of Malta, all with lovingly crafted missions, skins, etc, has revolutionised my experience of this game.
12-05-2004, 02:17 AM
I'm the Belgian chap and i have only one advise about Tangmere Pilots: don't talk about it, just join for a try on a tuesday or a friday.This virtual life experience became a real life experience for me.
(a proud) F/O Tigertooo
You don't know the URL you say???
12-05-2004, 11:56 AM
Come and join us! The tea and crumpets are top notch and you get to fly an aircraft of some sort to boot!
Oh you'll need this:-
12-05-2004, 12:17 PM
Well i wont post the URL again as it appears here in many forms - but i must encourage anyone who has a general interest in WW2 aviation and the time period. Tangmere Pilots is more than just a flying squad, it is a group of mates who get together when we can, have a great banter going on in our forums as well as historical articles and interviews with aces of the time. We have awesome mission builders and a great leadership team, if you dont check out Tangmere Pilots you ought to be ashamed http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif
12-05-2004, 07:49 PM
Very tempting. You guys look like you're really having fun. It will be even more fun when BOB is released.
12-06-2004, 02:52 AM
Just wanted to say that as a person who flew LW a/c exclusively and with a passion, I have found a fantastic new home over at Tangmere!
Besides the fact that i ma getting to fly types which are wholly new to me, the atmoshpere in the group is simply outstanding. Uncompromising dedication to authenticity and realism, super esprit de corps, and just loads and loads of FUN!
These are some of the nicest chaps on the net, with a lot of dispersed and varied talents and extra stocks of humour!
I am on my way out of training and just can't wait to start flying the Sunday campaign missions with the rest of the lot!
If you're thinking about a serious European based unit, NO MATTER what plane or side you've previously flown in, then Tangmere is the place for you. I can tell you that the change of focus from the Luftwaffe to the RAF was a welcome refreshment for me!
12-09-2004, 11:01 AM
Looks great AND now you're flying Gladiators in Malta too!!
Seems like flight sim heaven to me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
My application's on it's way!
12-10-2004, 01:43 AM
Hi Pat Pattle, we will look forward to recieving your application - i am sure you will enjoy it , we fly Gladiators in our social evenings quite often and we are using them in Malta at the moment before we switch back to Hurricanes and then over to Spitfires at some stage . . .but if your name is anything to go by the Gladiator is what you will be deadly in http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
12-10-2004, 04:48 AM
Classic quote from last Sunday's ops mission;
"I miss the Hurricane's speed!"
Now when was the last time you heard anybody refer to the Hurribus as fast? It could only happen at Tangmere Pilots I swear. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
12-15-2004, 10:11 AM
I joined The Tangmere Pilots nearly one year ago, and I can say it was the best move I have ever made. I have always been a dedicated RAF type, and I realy wonder why it took me so long to find this bunch.
If you like a good mixture of realism and fun in your flying then this is the place for you. And just like those days in 1940 The Tangmere Pilots have attracted pilots from all over, pulled by the roundel of the RAF to fly a Hurricane, Spitfire or Gladiator.
With our tour of duty completed in France we have moved to warmer climes, to Malta to defend that fortress island, often out numbered by the enemy the boys from Tangmere battle on.
So come in from the cold and reserve your place in the sun, we've a nice warm cockpit waiting for you, sometimes it gets real HOT!
12-16-2004, 02:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Got The Beaufighter in PF, only the Tempest/Typhoon and Mosquito to go!! Please <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I can't wait for that either! Still can't make Sunday evenings even though I would love to try and join http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif