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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 02:34 AM
I'm getting together with a former Luftwaffe Ace tomorrow (hopefully) /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif ..and i was wondering if any IL-2 fans out there have any questions they would like me to pose...anything of the 109 and luftwaffe?

Get back to me as soon as you can!

Mike

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 02:34 AM
I'm getting together with a former Luftwaffe Ace tomorrow (hopefully) /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif ..and i was wondering if any IL-2 fans out there have any questions they would like me to pose...anything of the 109 and luftwaffe?

Get back to me as soon as you can!

Mike

P.S. he also flew the 262...

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 02:41 AM
Did they use trim on a slider?

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 02:43 AM
Ask him about the mk108 muzzleflash /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 02:44 AM
What did it smell like?

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 02:51 AM
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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 02:52 AM
Whats the deal with 262 flameouts? Do they really cause the whole wing to blow off everytime?

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 02:55 AM
Another vote for the muzzle flash question.

Its been a few years, but I was a machine gunner (M-60). I don't remember having any awareness of the muzzle flash at all. I do remember being able to follow my tracers quite clearly though.

XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 03:02 AM
What i'd like to know is how he made it through that war or what were his fears and what tactics did he use in dangerous situations (going safe? just fly away? changing target priority? ...)

XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 03:08 AM
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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 03:11 AM
"Can I have your autograph?"

That's what I'd ask...

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 03:14 AM
The thing i am most curious about is the range at which a trained WWII pilot could sucessfully spot and ID a bandit and how often they lost track of a bandit in combat.

XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 03:17 AM
Since it's a German Ace I would ask him:
1-Did you ever fly against any of the Schwartzevogulmenshen (Blackbirdmen aka Tuskegee Airmen..I dont know if I got that right) and what did you think of them if you did.
2-Did you ever fly against the P-51, P-47, P-39,Spitfire.
a)What was it like & which plane was the most
challenging to fight against.
3-How long did it take for the fatigue of combat flying to wear on you.
4-Were you disillusionerd with the policies of your government as far as tactics and the immplimentation of those tactics.
5-If you had your choice of planes between all the warbirds you have flown in your entire life (even after the war) which would you say was the best all around fighter.
6-What did you think of the Soviet aircraft if in fact you faced any of them in combat.
7-Which in your opinion was the better German fighter the 109 or the 190
and last but not least....
8-If you flew in the FW-190...how was the view from the cockpit and if it was not very good how did you compensate for it.


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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 03:32 AM
I would ask him what flavor ice-cream is his favorite, and then have a light-hearted discussion about the weather.

Not everyone wants to relive those days. I think some of you lack perspective.

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 03:34 AM
If he did fly the me -262 what was it like flying the most advanced fighter in the world. Did he ever think about the unreliability of the engines and whether it would affect him survived flying it. Was the danger ther to fly such a machine. Also did he evere feel like giving up, when the high command put pressure on the luftwaffe to protect the skies, the americans contantly overwhelming the skies and the shortage of fuel.

XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 03:36 AM
It all depends on what he's been through. Some people love to reminisce about the battles they've been in, some people close up and get really quiet and refuse to talk. Just ask him nicely if you can ask him a few questions that some friends would like to know.

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 03:39 AM
Ask him how often much he used elevator trim.

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 03:49 AM
RE: If you could ask an ACE anything...what would it be?

RayBanJockey: What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream? Hows the weather? Oh, and how often do you use elevator trim?



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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 04:23 AM
RayBanJockey wrote:
- Ask him how often much he used elevator trim.


He'd probably say "quit stammerin', and spit it out already" /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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adlabs6
06-24-2003, 04:33 AM
WTE_Galway wrote:
- The thing i am most curious about is the range at
- which a trained WWII pilot could sucessfully spot
- and ID a bandit and how often they lost track of a
- bandit in combat.
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This intelligent question should provide some insight on the 'padlock' feature, ask him this.

My questions?

How often the planes you shot down 'saw you coming' and had a chance to respond?

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 04:47 AM
How friendly was later 109G for the Newbie pilots around him to handle, both in training and in their first combats?

XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 04:58 AM
A good point, Baldie, but sometimes they are impressed when young people know their history!

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 05:09 AM
Whats the allied plane you respected and feared the most?

How many average sorties and hours did you as a fighter pilot fly in a day, and any regular scheduled time off?


Did you ever fly other guys planes when yours was down for maintance, and once it was worn or phased out did you get a new one personnaly assigned?

Did you guys have regularly scheduled training courses and refreshers in things like bailout, escape and evasion, small arms usage, water survival?

XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 05:18 AM
I want to ask him if the feeling of flying in real life is similar to flying in FB. Is it close? Are the guns over/undermodeled? Many types of stuff like that, but mostly, I'd want to ask if he ever just went up in his plane, without permission, just to have fun and to fly. I've heard of people doing this. Also, ask him if he ever put beer in his droptanks, I've heard this was done too.

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 05:30 AM
If he was the type to talk. I'd ask him about technical stuff first to loosen him up.


Like the

trim thing

aircraft identification at distance

rear 6 view and how well he could turn aroun strapped in to look and bandit.

How many things was he trained to do and what of them he threw out and never used, do to inpractability. Like staying strapped in, ect.

Then Id ask about his favorite memories and then the worst if he was able to speak on them.

Did he ever sneak a gal up in one and go for a ride and more maybey LOL


Then I would invite him home for a barbyQ or the like and show him my rig and game implore him to give it a go and creatic it honestly.

Then after a long day of comradaree and enjoyment of each others company I'd ask for his auto graph and Pic and tell him he was welcome any time and to please come back. If need be I'd fetch him from the retirement home or house he lived in.


I go to the school of hard knocks most of my time very seldom am I able to glene from someones experiences, but when I do I give them my complete attention, and if possible show them a thing or two aswell. All free of charge of course.


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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 07:18 AM
What's the question whose answer is 42?
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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 07:58 AM
Bender2k2 wrote:
- What's the question whose answer is 42?

Thats a good one. Ask the Ace that one, please.

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 08:00 AM
Bender2k2 wrote:
- What's the question whose answer is 42?


The meaning of life.



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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 08:12 AM
Did you get laid alot for being an ace??Was the life of a pilot really given more royalty than the ground troops?

When dropping bombs did the plane get noticably light as you let em go?

XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 08:12 AM
BaldieJr wrote:
- I would ask him what flavor ice-cream is his
- favorite, and then have a light-hearted discussion
- about the weather.
-
- Not everyone wants to relive those days. I think
- some of you lack perspective.



Many years ago I used to go out with a German girl who's grandfather survived Stalingrad. He was evacuated from the pocket after suffering head wounds from a Soviet grenade. He returned to active service and ended up being captured by the British in Normandy.

After a few whiskeys he was always happy to talk about the war. He seemed happy that I had some interest and was able to talk about it.

So I would ask the pilot the same sort of questions as I asked him (repeated elsewhere in this thread). Enjoy your chat.

Regards

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 08:33 AM
RE: If you could ask an ACE anything...what would it be?


1) How can I get my eyebrows to join together in the middle?

2) What's happening with scripts and the language filter?

3) When did you last see any moderator input in here?

I have other questions, but these will do to for the time being.

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06-24-2003, 08:41 AM
OOOOhhhhhh Commie.

Funky new script. I'll have to play with mine when I get home. Errr script I mean.

Regards

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