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XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 12:44 AM
NAME, BALLOONS DESTROYED, COUNTRY

1 Willy Coppens, Belgium, 35
2 Léon Bourjade, France, 27
3 Michel Coiffard, France, 24
4 Maurice Boyau, France, 21
5 Friedrich von R¶th, Germany, 20

XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 12:44 AM
NAME, BALLOONS DESTROYED, COUNTRY

1 Willy Coppens, Belgium, 35
2 Léon Bourjade, France, 27
3 Michel Coiffard, France, 24
4 Maurice Boyau, France, 21
5 Friedrich von R¶th, Germany, 20

XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 12:53 AM
It was a story about little Willy that 1st sparked my intrest in planes and pilots as a boy. He had some big brass ones that guy!

XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 01:00 AM
it doesnt seem like it would be ahrd to shoot down a baloon, still interesting though

I always knew I was going to get shot, I just never imagined it would happen at that particular moment...

XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 01:03 AM
ST_Spyke wrote:
- it doesnt seem like it would be ahrd to shoot down a
- baloon, still interesting though
-
- I always knew I was going to get shot, I just never
- imagined it would happen at that particular
- moment...


I think you'd find that many dead pilots from that era thought the same...

XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 01:08 AM
ST_Spyke wrote:
- it doesnt seem like it would be ahrd to shoot down a
- baloon, still interesting though
-

Considering the fact that the baloons were almost always ringed with large amounts of AAA it was usually a dangerous affair.

XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 01:18 AM
Plus some balloons had MGs.

Nic

XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 04:11 AM
The right amount of incendiary in there however and they would be done http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 04:22 AM
Zyzbot wrote:
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- ST_Spyke wrote:
-- it doesnt seem like it would be ahrd to shoot down a
-- baloon, still interesting though
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- Considering the fact that the baloons were almost
- always ringed with large amounts of AAA it was
- usually a dangerous affair.
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Can't recall where I read it...but apparently the balloons were very difficult to bring down.

whether due to small calibre bullets not penetrating, or the helium not as easy to spark off as you would think...

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XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 04:30 AM
Zyzbot wrote:.............helium not as easy to spark off
- as you would think......tenmmike writes...wrong gas bud hydrogen was the flamable one ...


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Message Edited on 10/27/0307:31PM by tenmmike

XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 12:07 PM
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XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 01:18 PM
If you can get hold of a copy of his (Willy Coppens) book "Days on the Wing" you can read how he did it. It was a very dangerous job. He had to fly at very low level, trench hugging, so as not to be seen or heard coming, otherwise they would have time to winch the balloon down. Then he would have to zoom climb up to it under very heavy ground fire to get one shot at it. I seem to remember he helped develop incendery shells to bring these down although he used rockets quite effectivly too. Definatly one of the best personal accounts of WWI flying. Highly recommended. My favorite pilot of that time.

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XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 01:48 PM
OMG.. When I first read the thread topic I though you were talking about baloon to baloon air combat.. I was thinking.. "That must be as boring as watching grass grow!"

Then I read your post, and I thought.. wow was I wrong.. hehe!


On a side note, I once hit 8 baloons with 8 darts at a carnival and won a stuffed animal. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif


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XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 01:53 PM
-..........and won a stuffed animal.


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XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 02:11 PM
tenmmike wrote:
- Zyzbot wrote:.............helium not as easy to
- spark off
-- as you would think......tenmmike writes...wrong gas bud hydrogen was the flamable one ...
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Wrong NAME bud. I'm not the one who wrote that.