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Low_Flyer_MkVb
10-23-2006, 01:42 PM
Avro's recent thread on WWI pilots tempted me to re-read some of my stuff on Mick Mannock. I found the following passage and thought it might strike a chord with some of you. Wonder how long until we get a sim that delivers this sort of eye-candy?

'We emerged from the bitterly cold cloud into a world of glittering white iciness. The sun was shining brilliantly and a glistening expanse of white hills of powdered snow appeared before us as a newly created world. The reflected light from the cloud was blinding, and the 'hummocks' and slopes were clearly defined, the silhouettes of our machines showed up with almost perfect definition, each one surrounded by a circular halo of rainbow colours. On every side of us the clouds stretched right to the horizon, the intense whiteness of those furthest away bearing testimony to the crystal purity of the atmosphere. It was indeed an entrancing world in which our SEs were suspended, and very soon the rest of us realised that it had cast a spell over Mannock. There were no other machines in sight, the world was ours, and Mannock 'wagged' his wings once, asking us to take up our wing-tip to wing-tip formation, and without the second 'wagggle' that would have signified the presence of the enemy, dived slowly down towards the clouds. He flattened out just above them, and began contour chasing among the steep feathery mountains and valleys, round one peak, down the slopes into a hollow, zooming up to avoid the next mountain, occaisionally dashing into an overhanging precipice of freezing cold, billowing cloud, all the time with the silent rainbow spectres following us or preceeding us across the arctic expanse. In the thrilling excitement of flying in such magnificent circumstances, and following the leader with such an appreciation of the beautiful and glorious scenery, we all entered into the spirit of the chase, forgetting the war in our enjoyment.'

Second Lieutenant William MacLanachan, 40 Squadron RFC.


From 'Tumult In The Clouds: The British Experience Of The War In The Air, 1914 - 1918.'
Nigel Steel & Peter Hart. Hodder & Stoughton, 1997. ISBN 0 340 63845 1.

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Taylortony
10-23-2006, 02:02 PM
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stathem
10-23-2006, 02:21 PM
Just..wow

And to thinking that, they, those WW1 pilots were pretty much the first people ever to see such vistas - must have been magical. I wonder if it was enough to offset the fear and horror of what they were there to do - to kill and to die.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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LEXX_Luthor
10-23-2006, 06:50 PM
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Royal Aussie Air-Commodore Heffernan, flying Bristol Bulldog...

The RAAF Meteorological Flight (continued)::
Sometimes during a flight one would encounter huge towering cumulus clouds, and it was a sheer delight to play chasings around them?through the valleys and then a dive into a mass of cloud, a couple of minutes of clammy wetness and out into brilliant sunshine. In fact we were not supposed to do anything other than climbing and gliding, as there was some theory that violent manoeuvres upset the thermometers; but it was hard to resist the temptation of this type of sport; and as I said earlier, because of the limited number of aircraft around the sky in those times, there was virtually no risk of collision. One morning however, I was frolicking around a big cumulus cloud and was actually about to <span class="ev_code_yellow">loop the machine through a hole in it</span> when, as I came over the top of the loop, I saw to my horror another Bulldog looping in the opposite direction. Both of us were upside down and pointing straight at each other! I've forgotten what type of avoiding action we took, but I know that I fell back into the cloud and prayed that the other chap had gone the other way. On returning to the tarmac I was greeted by my friend, and we both made the same remark: 'Were you the bloody fool that was mucking around that cloud?'. Thereafter, we treated cumulus clouds with a bit more respect.

RAAF Met Page 249 ~> http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/fam/0249.html

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Feathered_IV
10-23-2006, 11:25 PM
Cor!

I agree Lex. As much as some would have us switch off all models and scenery and just fly a finely-honed icon. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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LEXX_Luthor
10-24-2006, 07:31 AM
True, for the ultimate hardcore dogfight simulation, all we need is blank one-shade blue sky, flat blank green featureless land, a tweaked Icon, and The Perfect Flight Model.


A sweet and very large collection of sky photography. Czech it out, under Cloud Pages ~> http://www.polarimage.fi/


Oleg is an underwater photographer. When he makes his SubSim, we can Be Sure(tm) that the underwater combat environment will be immersively modelled, for external view screenshot simulation of course, as combat subs don't have windows, unless the Conning Tower View OFF Option is enabled. If only Oleg, or any sim developer, was an atmosphere/sky photographer.
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"You will still have FB, you will lose nothing" ~WUAF_Badsight
"I had actually pre ordered CFS3 and I couldnt wait..." ~Bearcat99
"At the altitudes this community flies at, diving is not an option." ~Stiglr
"Gladiator and Falco, elegant weapons of a more civilized age" ~ElAurens
"109Z flew briefly, after being hit by a bomb. Go-229 also saw combat, when the factory was overrun." ~pingu666
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Close this book forever and don't open anymore!" ~Oleg_Maddox http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

MB_Avro_UK
10-24-2006, 06:17 PM
Bump..

In my previous life I was an SE.5a pilot...or was I Nelson ?

Low_Flyer_MkVb
10-25-2006, 02:45 PM
Right on, LEXX, right on.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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