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StihlCanuk
07-16-2004, 04:57 AM
Original IL2 game,
Campaign mission #20 somrthing,
Flying for Germany,..BF109-G 1942

After successfully completing this mission in which me and my squad mixed it up with some Yaks,I was attempting to land at my base.I'm not very good at landings,so I was pretty tense.
After a pretty rough landing...that was scary...I realized I was fine and breathed a huge sigh of relief.I was quite proud of myself that I had survived another sortie,AND landing my plane without incident....a rather rare thing for me...
As I settled in for a victorious taxi down the runway,I suddenly heard the sound of a plane's engine approaching fast.At first I thought it was one of my squad mates buzzing me.
I then realized it was the sound of a Russian Yak.This actually scared me!!Then,to my shock and horror,I heard the very loud sound of rockets being fired!
I actually paniked.I could hear about three volleys being fired,and the explosions were very close!So close in fact that when I looked out over my left wing,I could see debris!
Suddenly my plane lurched and tilted to the left.This put me into a slow turning skid.When I stopped I hit Ctrl-E and ran away from my plane.When I panned around to have a look I saw two Yaks flying lowover my base.
All this happened quite fast.I was really surprised at how startled I was when this happened.I was totally immersed in the game,and when the attack came,I was taken by complete suprise!
I LOVE THIS GAME!
BTW, the rockets hit so close to me that one of them blew my left landinding strut off.I"m clearly extremely lucky to be alive!!
--sorry this story is so long-- http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

Rodger,go with throttle up...

StihlCanuk
07-16-2004, 04:57 AM
Original IL2 game,
Campaign mission #20 somrthing,
Flying for Germany,..BF109-G 1942

After successfully completing this mission in which me and my squad mixed it up with some Yaks,I was attempting to land at my base.I'm not very good at landings,so I was pretty tense.
After a pretty rough landing...that was scary...I realized I was fine and breathed a huge sigh of relief.I was quite proud of myself that I had survived another sortie,AND landing my plane without incident....a rather rare thing for me...
As I settled in for a victorious taxi down the runway,I suddenly heard the sound of a plane's engine approaching fast.At first I thought it was one of my squad mates buzzing me.
I then realized it was the sound of a Russian Yak.This actually scared me!!Then,to my shock and horror,I heard the very loud sound of rockets being fired!
I actually paniked.I could hear about three volleys being fired,and the explosions were very close!So close in fact that when I looked out over my left wing,I could see debris!
Suddenly my plane lurched and tilted to the left.This put me into a slow turning skid.When I stopped I hit Ctrl-E and ran away from my plane.When I panned around to have a look I saw two Yaks flying lowover my base.
All this happened quite fast.I was really surprised at how startled I was when this happened.I was totally immersed in the game,and when the attack came,I was taken by complete suprise!
I LOVE THIS GAME!
BTW, the rockets hit so close to me that one of them blew my left landinding strut off.I"m clearly extremely lucky to be alive!!
--sorry this story is so long-- http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

Rodger,go with throttle up...

cueceleches
07-16-2004, 05:02 AM
Good story! Yeah...FB is such a great sim!

Hairball_1
07-16-2004, 05:04 AM
It's moments such as those, that make this sim worth every penny. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ForkTailedDevil
07-16-2004, 07:08 AM
If I was still landing and heard bad guys I would have gone full throttle and gone after them.

"You can teach monkey's to fly better than that"

CzechTexan
07-16-2004, 08:07 AM
Sounds like a pretty awesome story! That was a close rocket hit. did you by chance record the mission so that we might be able to see it?


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Slight9999
07-16-2004, 08:22 AM
LOL... great story. I too get right into the game sometimes and your story reminds me of my very first kill... I was in a I16 type 24 - I was last in line to takeoff on a bomber escort mission. Everyone started their engine and only 2 I16's were off the ground when the air-raid siron began! Two Finland fighters were coming in. I started to sweat, the mission just started and I was in a VERY bad spot. I start yelling at the screen "Move it!!!!" Still waiting my turn to takeoff the two fin's fly by and start to turn around.

Now I'm REALLY nervous, #5 just started down the runway and 6 was getting ready to go when the lead fin strafed the runway and blew #6's tailright off then took #5's (who was half way down the runway) wing off. #5 when swinging right at about 80km/h off the runway and into a building in a blazing flame. #6 had jumped out of his plane and ran away before it exploded.

I said "Screw this!" gunned the engine, dodge all the debris and flew like a mad man down the runway. Which finally leads me to my first kill.

I was a noob (and still am) and I was mad. I lined one of the fighters up and cam roaring in on his tail. A full 2nd burst at point blank range - MISS. every round missed at a range of about 10 feet. then I flew by and got more mad as I turned for another pass. During my 2nd attempted another I16 flew and and peppered him a bit and little did I know at the time, that was enough to scare the fin and he bailed out. Well, I was too far away to see this and the fin fighter kept flying upwards so I lined up and GOT IT THIS TIME! Yep my first kill was a pilotless fighter.... I'm such a noob. hehe.

But it did give me credit for the kill since I did smash that empty plane to bits.

Bu tI was so happy with my first kill as I thought I had avenged the other 2 pilots only to see later in a replay - and to my horror - the plane had no pilot in it when I shot it down.

Thats my story too - sorry for it alos being long =)

Farkitt_
07-16-2004, 08:55 AM
I had quite a fright today, flying a Bf 109 F-4

I was flying Number 4 in a fighter sweep kind of mission, (I think we might have supposed to have attacked an airbase) anyway, we got bounced by about 10 I-16's, and there was 6 of us, I faithfully followed number 3 around as he took shots at various aircraft, and then, an I 16 dropped infront of me, and absoloutly HAMMERED my lead plane with fire, THe wing broke off, and he went straight in, I didn't see a chute, but I wasn't looking for long.

I punched the gas on, and followed this I-16 through Spiral dives, barrel rolls, tight turns, Each getting snapshots at him each time.
Now, to set the picture properly, I shoot from close, Real close, Windscreen full kinda close, and I was with this guy, he came out of a spiraling dive with little energy left and leveled out, I was right behind him and started throwing everything I had at him, (If it was an open cockpit plane I'd have thrown my keys at the bastard) and He blew up. One minute I had a windscreen full of I-16 and next BOOM! now with Headphones on full crank, that makes ya jump. and I actually froze, for a second, before breaking away and joining the fight.

Spewing as I was, After I landed and shutdown the engine, And pressed "Quit Mission" the computer crashed. And I was thinking "Don't forget to save the track!"

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PBNA-Boosher
07-16-2004, 10:49 AM
I think my most immersive FB moment can be dramatized by this story, which I wrote in order to emphasize the immersion I was feeling:

I was flying higher than the suggested waypoint, and cruised at 3500 meters in my fighter plane over Normandy. It a scouting flight, supposedly to intercept any bombers patrolling the area. The takeoff had been a bit bumpy, but other than that the plane was flying fine. I bent foward to switch the fuel tank, the left wing tank was getting low. I turned the red knob until it read "right wing tank" on the selector panel, and sat back upright in my seat.
I called in a left turn on our next waypoint to my wingman. I checked behind me, he was close. I told him to back off a tiny bit. As we exited the turn, I looked up...

"Enemy Fighters! 12 O' clock high!â" exclaimed my wingman, and just as I banked hard cockpit, I felt hot blood dripping down my leg. Long flashes of excruciating pain engulfed me seconds later as I pushed down on the stick to evade. The metal lodged in my calf slid all the way into the muscle and when I pulled a tight barrel roll to slow down, it lodged itself against my bone.
I screamed into the cockpit, but nothing could be heard against the roar of my engine, which I boosted up to 2900 RPM and climbed sky high to gain an advantage on my opponents before they could rip my wingman and me in half. I reached the maximum altitude my speed would allow me, and kicked the rudder all the way to the left. The back of my plane swung behind me and I pulled out the RPM's and dove toward the 109 on the tail of my wingman.
"I'm coming buddy!" I screamed into the radio, and as I plummeted toward the ground I pulled out of the dive at 700 KPH and fired a 2 second burst on the 109. The engine flashed and continued toward the ground, engulfed in flames. The pilot didn't make it out.
I pulled up violently and used my remaining energy to gain altitude again. I pulled another hammerhead, and came down on the second 109, firing short 1/2 second bursts. I cut a huge hole in his left wing and another series of holes in his fuselage. The engine started to spit fuel on the third burst. The pilot lost control of the aircraft, and jumped out of the plane. I was so close to him I could swear I heard his yelp as his parachute opened and pulled sharply upward on his crotch.
I spent too much time watching his chute open, and suddenly I had the remaining two 109's on my six, blazing away at me. I pulled a high G vertical maneuver to try to stall the 109, but it didn't work. I was left stalling while the Bf-109 continued to climb, and he fired a series of machine gun and cannon rounds, all of which hit my left wing hard, shredding a major part of the aileron off, and putting a giant hole in my left fuel tank. The remaining fuel, about five gallons, spilled out of the punctured tank. I thanked God that it didn't explode. My plane was beginning to become unresponsive to my commands. the stall turned into a spin, and luckily the 109 overshot me and I was able to recover before the spin became too serious. I maintained level flight while I spun the trim wheel as far as I possibly could to keep my plane from rolling from the loss of lift. I overloaded the engine for a few seconds at 3200 RPM as I desperately climbed up to 2000 meters. when I finally managed to turn around, I heard my wingman's voice break through on the radio. "Dammit! Get him off of me!" The last Bf-109 had pulled an split ess manuever and wound up luckily on my wingman's tail. I pulled out some RPM and brought the plane down to 2500 meters as I dove toward my wingman and his pursuer on the deck. I arrived a second too late, and by the time I had started firing, the 109 pilot's accurate gunnery had pelted my wingman and blown him to pieces. The wing tank was on fire, and the canopy popped off. The radio garbled so much I was only able to hear a few wordsâ...
â"I'm bailing out! I'm bailing-" My wingman's P-40 exploded in a giant ball of hot red fire. The 109 pulled up to avoid the debris. I flew straight into it. My wingman's blood splattered onto my cockpit windscreen.
In a rage of fury I started to climb, stupidly, directly into the diving Bf-109 He let loose with his cannons before I fired my machine guns, and, to my horror, I watched as the guns in my wings ripped out of their mountings and fell the 500 meters to the ground below.
I cursed into the radio. The 109 pulled another hammerhead while I fought the controls and positioned himself directly behind me, lining up for the kill. My plane wouldn't last long even under short bursts from his small caliber machine guns. I looked to my left to see if there was a way out. A River! YES! Wherever there's a river, there's a bridge sooner or later, I thought. I pulled a shallow turn toward the right, throwing ten degrees of flaps into the mix so that I wouldnâ't lose too much lift. I finally straightened out after the steep turn on course with the river, and flew low, skimming the ripples and forming whitecaps with the air I pushed behind me. I put as much fuel into the engine as I could, and rammed the throttles all the way foward. Up ahead, a bridge poked through out of the fog. Ah! Hope at last! I flew as low as I possibly could, the 109 behind me following very closely, he was less than fifteen meters behind me, he wanted me dead!
At the very last few seconds before the bridge, I pulled sharply up and then pushed hard down on the stick, going almost vertical toward the ground before I pulled back up, just clearing underneath the bridge. The Bf-109 pilot wasn't so lucky. As I had pulled up, the bridge was revealed to him, thinking I was avoiding going under it, he must have tried to follow me. When I pushed back down, he then tried to follow me as well, but he pulled back up too late, and his plane clipped the iron bars protecting the roadway on the bridge. The fuel tanks exploded, and for the second time, a giant red fireball engulfed my plane. The blood on my windscreen evaporated in the heat. Shrapnel from the 109's debris smashed through my aileron control cables, and I used the elevator and rudder to steer myself over the riverbanks. I belly landed on the road next to the bridge, and a Willys MB jeep came by fifteen minutes later. I was dragging my broken legs out of the cockpit and screaming in pain. The commander in the backseat helped carry me onto the back of the jeep, and he held me down in the rear seat, gingerly pulling the hot metal out of my thighs and calfs, then applying his shirt to the freshly bleeding wounds.

Boosher
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StihlCanuk
07-16-2004, 11:56 AM
Like I said,ForkTailedDevil,I paniked!Afterwards in the pilot's lounge I calmed my frazzeled nerves with a few stiff shots of bourbon.
I couldn't have taken off again even if I had thought aboutit at the time,'cause my left landing strut was gone. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

Rodger,go with throttle up...

StihlCanuk
07-16-2004, 11:59 AM
Unfortunatly,I didn't save the track,CzechTexan.I was so shaken up I didn't think about that till after http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/1072.gif

Rodger,go with throttle up...

StihlCanuk
07-16-2004, 12:13 PM
Very ummmmm...descriptive Boosher,Get Well Soon! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gifBTW,what has happened to screenshotart.com?I can't seem to find it anymore,and I need my Asteriods/Space Invaders fix! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/53.gif

Rodger,go with throttle up...

FI-Aflak
07-16-2004, 12:27 PM
Haw, I was landing a Me-262 after a ground attack run, one of my engines had taken a direct hit from small caliber flak, but the fire had gone out. Anyway, I was coming in fast to keep the fire from starting before I got a chance to stop the plane and run away from it. My flaps jammed, I lowered my gear, I was doing about 360 kliks right before the runway, when the fire broke out again, I looked over at it, and then at my instruments to see if I could see anything that said "Bail out now!" on it. Then I remembered that I was about a foot off the ground and descending: I look back out the window - Too late! I hit hard just before the start of the runway, my landing gear gamely try to support my weight for a bit, but then the main gear failed and the back of the plane started to mush down, I get a glimpse of burning stuff coming off my plane, but then I bounce back airborn again - whered that burning stuff come from? I looked out over my left wing and see mangled steel where my burning engine used to be. The wing is still there, thats good news. I check the right wing, everything is still in place. I hope my tail is still attached - opps, that whole ground thing again! The plane hits hard again, but the nose gear prevents death, again, I see debris: what now? My right engine is gone too! But both wings are still there, and I still get response from elevator and rudder. My back wheels are gone but I figure I'll try to salvage what I can from the landing and keept her level while applying brakes on the nose wheel. As I slow, I feel the tail begin to drag. So far so good. As I loose speed, though, I loose the ability to keep the wings level, and the left on digs into the runway and brakes off: Now I'm strapped into a burning (another fire started!) cartwheeling, 200kph wreck hurtling down the runway. Its time to get out! I release the shattered remains of the canopy, and as soon as I think its stopped moving, I hope out and run. I'm about 15 feet away when the plane explodes, killing me instantly. At least I tried.

Then I saved a track.

Slight9999
07-16-2004, 03:04 PM
That sounds like a very cool landing... you should post that track.

FI-Aflak
07-16-2004, 03:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Slight9999:
That sounds like a very cool landing... you should post that track.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You know a free place to upload it? I suppose I could add a .jpg to the name and put it on photodump, but they might protect against that. . . .

Yeah, photodump protects agains that. Isn't there some big track-hosting website?

Udidtoo
07-16-2004, 03:18 PM
Its those moments like you all have related that make me forget any minor(or major) complaints I may have and keep coming back for more of what this simm excels at.

For hours on end I can forget that I'm mostly confined to home due to health and become virtual pilot &gt;blank&lt; looking to survive another terrifying/exhilarating mission.

Great stories guys.

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I always have just enough fuel to arrive at the scene of my crash.

PBNA-Boosher
07-17-2004, 06:28 AM
[QUOTE]BTW,what has happened to screenshotart.com?I can't seem to find it anymore...QUOTE]

I dunno, it works for me.
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Boosher
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"So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you..."
-Gandalf

Wallstein
07-17-2004, 01:19 PM
Your story was a hot one just like the many other stories. I want to tell you mine: I`ve told it twice here (at this forum) already, but just in case you havenâ´t read about it, here it comes:

AT THE TIME WHEN THE AEP HAD JUST BEEN RELEASED, I WAS IN AN ONLINE BATTLE WITH A STUKA. AFTER MY ATTACK I REALIZED A MUSTANG ON MY TAIL. EVERYTHING HAPPENED NOW VERY QUICKLY. I TURNED AND HALF-ROLLED, THE MUSTANG PASSED ME, I AIMED, PUT THROTTLE OUT AND SHOT.

I SHOT DOWN THAT MUSTANG!

I GOT THAT KILL CONFIRMED

I`ve experienced nothing like that before or after that air kill. and of course, i did not tape it. Because it was online, I should have had time to toggle on the recording button. but it was all too hectick.

very good simulator indeed!

JG5_UnKle
07-17-2004, 02:09 PM
My greatest moment was one time lugging iron down low in a fw-190. I had zoomed up to attack a P-39 and damaged him so went back for the bomb run.
Jinking to avoid flack I was checking six and saw a LaGG-3 coming down for me http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif so I decided I would ditch the bomb and engage. I saw the target ahead (derailed train) and pitched up and lobbed the bomb, I then nosed down and ducked into a town.

The LaGG must have lost sight of me and carried on the same course, flew right through my bomb blast and burst into flames http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/784.gif Looking over my shoulder I had to smile http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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Sweetiecakes
07-17-2004, 02:22 PM
Get a force feedback stick! Flak burst, turbluence, damage etc.. is all felt in the stick. I love the way the stick jumps when I get hit with a sudden flak burst.

No limpeys please

woofiedog
07-17-2004, 03:48 PM
Good Story! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
Maybe you should talk to one of the People making the Movie Videos?
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-surprised.gifSounds like a Great script for a New Movie Thriller.

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LeadSpitter_
07-17-2004, 06:05 PM
no sir plz have another.

the only thing that makes me bleed all my airspeed is flying over a crashed plane at 7000m the gun firing and loudest engine sound like a planes on your tail firing makes me respond faster.

I dont really call that immersion but immersion killer bug that needs to be fixed and seems like an unfinished product.

Happens on all soundcards and all people experience it and its not a drivers issue but a in game issue.

Even in 1.22 when they lowered the external sounds it still occured just slightly lower but you still heard it. Im suprised ubi didnt reinburst people for the loud ship flak blast which broke many peoples speakers and headphones a couple patches ago.

I myself lost a cheap pair of speakers, good bose speakers and a 250 dollar set of sony headphones.

I even tested with the cheesy speakers that it was the ship flak sound that breaks them not any other game even with the volume turned halfway up. Luckily the bose speakers and sony headphones were under warrenty, but thats over 500 of hardware damage this game caused.

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AztekWrath
07-18-2004, 02:37 AM
I had a close call recently as well. I was flying an offline campaign mission flying for the Germans. We were in G-2 on a bombing mission on Stalingrad. We completed the mission but lost my mates on the way back, so I had to fly solo back to base. I got to my airdrome and landed without any problems. As I parked the G-2 and turned the engine off, I heard on the radio that bandits were spotted. I thought about taking off and lending a hand but I decided to call it a day. I was about to hit the escape button when suddenly I see a couple of Shturmoviks heading my way. I could see the distance indicator getting shorter and shorter. I was only staring at them and did nothing. But then it hit me, they were coming srtait for me. I hit the E button (eject) and out goes the little fellow. Just as he hit the deck I heard the eerie sounds of incoming bombs. The first pair hit a AAA battery, the secong hit my plane amidships, destroying it completly. No wounds for the little fellow. Never had a close call as this one, probably never will.

I did record a track but don't know how to upload it.

Farkitt_
07-18-2004, 09:01 AM
Leadspitter, I swear you are queen of the crybabies on this forum.

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Rab03
07-19-2004, 04:41 AM
Great stories http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. It always makes me jump from my seat when an enemy doing 700kmph dive shoots me up while I'm on his friends tail. Wham, bang, I'm out.

I was chilled recently while playing QMB mission 4xG6 aces vs 4xP51d aces (enemy had altitude advantage). Initial head on (stupid, I know) left me alone, three of my squad knocked out, against four angry Yanks. Suddenly I was infuriated http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-mad.gif, went in a turn glued to a tail of a pony maneuvreing, shooting him down with a short burst, then doing hard diagonal split S and opened head on at other pony http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif, which I saw in a split second, shooting him down also. Entire scene lasted 5 secs, and I remember thinking "Wow, I'm too dangerous when I'm mad". It looked very very real, similar to those fire furballs depicted by Pierre Closterman in his book-no time to think, gotta shoot.
That wasn't it after that, beacuse I started planing consequent actions with cool head.

Finally, not so interesting epilogue: Other two ponies shot down-forced them to fly low and maneuvre, never giving them the chance to raise speed and height.

Bf-109 G-6 all time favorite.

tfu_iain1
07-19-2004, 04:55 AM
i remember that sound bug - i'm glad i was using my home hi-fi for that. real hi-fi, none of this computer speaker rubbish ( http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ), often has a useful auto-cut out feature. volume plays too high? amp just turns itself off, no damage. ahhh, smugness. plus a mate and i did a volume test, turns out i can create realistic engine volumes. i can just picture the anti-social behaviour order now 'but mi'lud, how else can i get that authentic world war 2 experience?'